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Ella’s "Pink and Chinese" Room — Reveal

Ella has been asking for a room redo for her birthday since April. Her only stipulation was that it be “Pink and Chinese”, which presented me with a interesting design challenge.
Here is a before:

 And after:

The first thing I did was find some Asian looking fabric with women in Kimonos. I loved the colors and decided to play up the coral color {kind of pink…} in the fabric. Then I found a quilt that color and I had the paint mixed to match the quilt.
I knew the wall color was bright, so I didn’t want to overwhelm the room with too much color, so I balanced the bright coral color with a soft neutral tan.
I love wainscoting and thought it would be a fun spin on the traditional look of wainscoting to add sheet metal panels. So we cut panels of sheet metal and nailed it up. Then we put strips of wood between the panels to cover up the nail heads. I still need to caulk….

I have never loved the plain white ceiling fan that was in the room, so I found an inexpensive girly one at Ikea and changed that out. And last summer while visiting my sister in San Francisco, I went to China Town and found these paper umbrellas which we secured from the ceiling with wire.

Then I made some curtains and added a little visual interest with panels of material that match the pillows I made.

We had this playset in our basement, but it isn’t used much, so I decided to bring it up for her room. I think she will have a great time playing in it up here. I put a little white table and a chair for her to use as a desk inside, along with a little chalkboard.

I am still looking for a little rug that will bring out the colors in the room. And, I ordered some vinyl that is cherry blossoms with her name in an Asian font. So when I get that installed, I will show it to you. I think it’s going to be very cute!

Ella was so excited when she saw her room. She spent about an hour in there today just going around and looking at everything. She loves the magnetic panels and has already hung many pictures on it.

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  1. Where did you purchase the bed?

  2. yikes, m go easy. I think it would have been better to rant in an email. And what about the bird cages? you should have given props that that is VERY Chinese!!!! A wonderful job with the room, even if the cultural items were incorrectly labeled. Hugs!!!!

  3. Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots says:

    My daughter is a HUGE fan of all things Chinese and pandas…I will be showing her this room tomorrow. LOVE it, friend! <3

  4. Love that loft bed! So cool! Great job on the room!

  5. Brooke Douglass says:

    I absolutely love this room and want that bed!!! I need to find a pair of bunkbeds or something like this. i will be redoing bedrooms soon!!! This is an inspiration! Thank u, Brooke
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

  6. m @ random musings says:

    I came to this post via the feature on nester….While I absolutely believe that you created a fun and loving decor for your daughter, I find it more than irritating that this room could be labeled "chinese".

    Kimonos? Japanese
    Cherry blossoms? Japanese
    And no, Chinese and Japanese are not "the same" or "similar". (That would be like saying England and the US are the same)

    Perhaps you should call this an asian inspired room?

    I realize that your daughter is still quite young and hasn't encounter world studies at school, and I'm certainly not objecting to your design choices. However incorrect labeling and poor research are part of how stereotypes are propagated. In the blogosphere, we make such a big deal about acknowledging where we obtain pictures and design inspiration. Cultural inspiration deserves the same level of acknowledgment.


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