A few months ago, an acquaintance of mine asked me if I'd ever done any local decorating before. I had not -- we live in a small town, and there is no shortage of interior professionals -- so I told her I'd love to help her, but that I hoped she was a patient person.

I had no local contacts at the beginning, so it took a while longer than your normal project trying to make things happen, but we figured it out together and now that same lady is a dear friend of mine. Isn't it awesome how that works? Anyway, she tasked me with turning her young daughter's room from a little girl's room to a big girl's room.

You may recall that I have done this before, with my own child. I regret to inform you that this little girl did not -- as my dramatic child did -- react in a reality show fashion. However, she is very happy with her new room. And now, please enjoy these terrible before pictures (Aren't they always the worst?).

My client wanted to switch her daughter's twin bed out for a queen-size, so we had a headboard made along with a complementary roman shade for the window. The little girl picked out the black polka dot bed set, which is from a company called Little Miss Matched -- this piece was sort of the inspiration for the whole room, in fact. We also ordered a dresser from the company and re-covered the original bulletin board with some new fabric. The walls were re-painted in a pale cool gray (Benjamin Moore Gray Owl). Side tables and bedding are from Pottery Barn; lamps are from Target; jute rug from Overstock; desk chair is a reproduction Eames. Oh! Also, my client's daughter is really into chemistry (!) so we ordered some glass beakers for extra science-y cuteness.

So there it is: my first local project. I am so happy it's finished, and I can't wait to get started on the next one. But first I am going to take a nap for eight days.

All photos by AB Chao



AuthorAB Chao