If My Soulful Home had a Bill of Rights for the younger inhabitants it would declare inalienable rights to:
- watch tv on Saturday mornings until it is not morning anymore
- pocket $ upon polite request & promise of a chore to be done sometime in the future
- and, a room re-do upon one’s 11th birthday
Not to be denied her rights, Lara Louisa began planning her room re-do at 10. By the time she turned 11 she was full of ideas & drawings, but hadn’t chosen the color for her walls.
Choosing a paint color has been a process. See, Lara is sentimental & really likes things just as they are.
She considered maybe just moving the furniture, but the pull to get what her sister got 2.5 years before was stronger than her sentimental soul could stand. Only a full re-do would do!
Two months after her birthday candles were blown out she has decided. She chose the the color that makes her happiest – purple! (this upon advice by her co-decorator (me!). Everyone’s own room should make them happiest!
The exact shade of purple eluded her until just the other day when I bought home a flat of pansies. “That is the color“, I heard as the pansies emerged from the trunk. “That is the color I want my room to be!!!
Finding a paint to match a flat of pansies might seem daunting, but not to Lara. I put on her the web and she checked out hundreds of virtual paint chips & came up with a winner. Dutch Boy Lavender Sprig
It reminds me of the color of my favorite ice cream when I was little. It was raspberry ice cream from from Friendly’s.
Remember Friendly’s? Are they still around? Anyway, I would get a cone of it with pastel sprinkles. Thinking it was the prettiest thing ever, but not too pretty to eat of course.
Lara’s room, with a sprinkling of pinks, yellows and soft greens, will have the color palette of that ice cream cone.
This is the color of the walls now, Benjamin Moore Odessa Pink. A dusty soft pink. Nice, but not the color of a pre-teen’s dreams.
Lavender sprig, while bold for the walls, has a feminine quality and will go with many of the things Lara does not want to change about her room. Such as her wall of Sunday art & special things we have collected together.
We pulled out my stash of linens & found several beautiful pieces with purple designs to make into dainty toss pillows.
With a bold wall color & her antique oak furniture, I am suggesting we keep the linens white with pops of color in the pillows, lamp shades & other accessories. Don’t you think?
So here we go! I told Lara once we put it on the blog we are committed. She is ready ~ so stay tuned to see the transformation from little girl room to almost middle schooler room.
Put that way, I may be the one to back out – where does the time go?
Ok, can’t get all mommy misty now, I have a room to re-do!
What rights are inalienable in your house?
** Kelly **