Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rhiannon's Room, Part 1

I've never been a "pink" kind'a gal.  Not sure if it's because I didn't want to look too girlie as a youngster (I was pretty much a tomboy), if the color pink didn't go with my complexion or if I had already made up my mind that I wasn't going to let society tell me that "Pink is for girls, blue is for boys".
So imagine my surprise when I found myself putting this little baby in my shopping cart one day:
Do not try to adjust your screen, the lamp really IS that Pink!
Maybe it was a moment of weakness spurred on by the fact that the lamp was like 50% off.  Or maybe it was because I was trying to accessorize a room to match this:

If you could throw-up a rainbow, I think this is what it would look like.
Wow.  Now that's some funky / bold colors for a RealTree and Olive Drab kind'a gal.  But that's just it.  It wasn't for ME.  It's for Rhiannon.

The decor in our log home is pretty much woodsy/country upstairs and basically "blah" downstairs as the basement interior is drywall instead of logs.  Lots of antique white, beige and the like.  Rhiannon's room used to be the guest room and was painted & decorated in that same aforementioned "blah" motif.  Gray carpeting, antique white paint, family pictures framed on the walls, an antique lamp and antique mahogony furniture.

I had originally thought that I'd be doing Rhiannon's room in light brown and light blue colors.  You know, pretty contemporary.  Pretty mature.........Pretty much "Blah"!

But it was time for Rhiannon to claim her own room.  So my Mom was wonderful enough to make Rhiannon this quilt:

At first, I was a little worried.  Ok.  I was a lot worried.  How could I ever find anything to match that quilt?  There was not a single speck of brown, hunter green or beige in that thing!!

But I slowly embraced the colors of the quilt.  I might even say that I had become "one" with the quilt for a short time.  To understand the colors, to read the colors, to even enjoy the colors.  And I realized that I didn't have to "match" everything.  That everything didn't have to be a color normally found in the woods.  And I had to remember that it wasn't my room, but my daughter's room.  Being under the age of three, she wasn't really involved in chosing the quilt colors or paint colors.  But I tried my best to pretend I was a (normal) little girl and think of what I'd like my room to look like.

So Mom, Rhiannon and I went to Lowe's to pick out some paint for the walls to replace the antique white.  I also picked up a semi-gloss white to paint.....the wood trim!  Oh, the horror!!  Painting over perfectly good wood!  I didn't know if I'd actually be able to do it.

Part 2 to follow.....


  1. My little girls would LOVE that lamp! I think its great that you did up your daughter's room in such a special way. I'm sure she loves it.

  2. I often wonder if I screwed up my daughter for life in that I am definitely not a girly-girly-pink-girl and never dressed her in ruffles or such. I mean this girl (now 40) can be a real knock-out (when she sheds her Carhartts) but I've never seen her sporting a single ruffle or any kind of frou-frou. But that's okay, isn't it?

  3. I refused to wear frou-frou forever. Until I hit the business world and had to go to "functions". Blech. Even though I clean up well, it was never really me. I was tomboy material for years and, basically, still am. However, I have grown to It feels so wrong, heehee. That quilt is a knock-out, by the way! Your mom must be something.

  4. Can I borrow your mom? LOL Love the quilt!

  5. The lamp goes perfectly with the pink in the quilt! Kudos to your mom for such a great job and kudos to you for "becoming one" with the girly stuff! :)

  6. I was never a girly-girl and I LOVE that quilt! I don't see it being super girly, just mod-bright! I always associate eyelets and ruffles and lace with super girly stuff LOL. I think the lamp looks great with it and you won't have any trouble finding stuff to go with it, the quilt is beautiful and I'm sure her room is looking great!