A child’s bedroom space is one of the most fun places to decorate in the home because children will always welcome bright colors and playful patterns. Last year I wrote an article all about color in boy’s rooms so today let’s focus on girl’s rooms, and all the ways to add color to these youthful yet feminine spaces. 

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I just finished up my own daughter’s room a few months ago in her preferred shades of aqua and lavender, adding layers of pattern and color with fabric, bedding, painted pieces, and accessories. Here’s a peek at twenty favorite feminine spaces from the archives, and five different ways to add color to a special little girl’s room in your home. 

Add Color With Paint.   Tried and true, a coat of paint on the walls is the easiest way to add a lovely shade of color to a girl’s room, choose a soft pastel or a vibrant hue to set the palette for the space.

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The use of marble in interior design has a long history, dating back as far as Ancient Rome. Marble has been used over the centuries to embellish everything from iconic architectural structures to modern day kitchens and bathrooms. Sculptures as famous as Michelangelo’s David have been carved from this prized stone and it has always held its appeal throughout the years.

Marble is a luxurious choice and is often more expensive than other solid surfaces, but is worth the investment since it’s unquestionably elegant and forever timeless. There are two varieties of Italian marble that are similar in appearance, both milky white with gray veining, and they are Carrara and Calacatta. Carrara has more delicate, lighter veining; Calacatta is a rarer, pricier stone and has bolder more defined strokes, yet both are a desirable luxury stone.

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Slabs are the most expensive but smaller scale tile patterns tend to be more affordable per square foot. The mixture of small and medium scale motifs add interest to any bathroom space from petite herringbone to offset brick pattern tile.

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Calacatta marble appears on the walls in this bathroom, adding drama and one-of-a-kind pattern. One thing is true about slab marble, it doesn’t need embellishment of any kind. Marble has earned its beauty and is best left with its stunning and unique veining on display.

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Instead of slab on the floors or walls, look for large scale marble tiles that will give the same look, but broken up into smaller sections.

 

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Or consider a marble basket weave tile for a decorative inset pattern that is both intricate and exquisite.

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One of the most popular ways to add marble to the bathroom is with slab countertops. Mix it up with tile or wallpaper in the same gray and white palette to bring additional pattern to your bathroom space.

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Looking for the ultimate in luxury?  How amazing is this retro inspired vanity washbasin with spectacular Lucite legs – stunning!

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Whichever way you choose to use it, from tile on the floor to slabs on the walls to the simplicity of a countertop, you can never ever go wrong with marble in the bathroom.  Carrara and Calacatta marble are surfaces that hold a rare title, they have stood the test of time for not just decades, but centuries!

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I’ve been on the hunt for some nesting tables for our family room, to take the place of a plain end table. I love the versatility of nesting tables, and the fact that they can be compacted together in a matching set tucked away, and then separated for any day when you need an extra surface to rest a book or drink upon.

Nesting tables come in all shapes, sizes, and finishes, choose a warm metallic like classic brass or gold leaf to add a dose of elegance.

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A contemporary white set looks lovely paired with traditional furnishings and provides extra storage for magazines, keeping remote controls handy for surfing on the television.

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Wood always warms a space, and a shapely modern trio provides a perch for plants or reading material.

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Or introduce an industrial element to your home with a metal and wood combination!

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I rounded up a dozen favorites, from the gilded and glamorous to colorful and cottage styles, enjoy!

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From top left: Bronze Mirrored Tables, Lamps Plus; Peekaboo Tables, CB2; Woodland Tables, Walmart; Astair Tables, Z Gallerie; Hailey Tables, Grandinroad; Maharaja Tables, Home Decorators; Durham Tables, Ballard Designs; Jenna Tables, Pier One; Stella Tables, Horchow  Blue Tables, Overstock; Granger Tables, Pottery Barn; Gray Criss Cross, Overstock.

 

Which set is your favorite?

 

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Today we’re wrapping up the Outdoor Room Series with a look at spaces that aren’t enclosed or covered like we’ve seen with previous articles. Now we’re talking about outdoor rooms that anyone can create in a small area with just a patio, deck, or balcony. All it takes is a few square feet, some furnishings, and accessories to make a sweet and scenic space for enjoying the summer months!

The best outdoor rooms mimic what we love about indoor spaces – they include comfortable seating and practical and pretty accessories, but they have the added benefit of being situated out in the sun and surrounded by foliage. What could be better? So I rounded up five favorite elements for creating your own blissful outdoor room!

A Gathering Space.  There must always be seating for a group, so consider a small sofa and chairs with a coffee table or ottoman in the middle for setting beverages or reading material.  Choose neutral seating or make it colorful!

 

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A Cooking Place.  Outdoor kitchens come in many shapes and sizes, but having a barbeque, perhaps a sink, and some prep space are all you need to create memorable meals infused with seasonal flavor.

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A Dining Space.  Once the meal is prepared, there’s nothing quite so delightful as dining alfresco on a warm summer night. Combine a table and chairs for a sit down experience or get creative with a bar type scene for enjoying informal appetizers and beverages.

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A Growing Place.  An outdoor space is incomplete without greenery – your blooms can consist of just a few succulents, an enchanting collection of thriving botanicals, or could include a lush pathway that welcomes anyone who enters your patio scene.

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A Warming Space.  Mankind has gathered together around the fire for centuries, and in modern times we use fireplaces and fire pits to warm our surroundings and also to create ambiance. Invest in a permanent structure with a chimney or a simpler chiminea or fire pit.

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You’d never need a vacation away from home if your outdoor patio possessed all five elements mentioned.  The most perfect outdoor room would incorporate seating, dining, cooking facilities, greenery, and warmth! 

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This concludes the Outdoor Room Series, I hope you’re inspired to create a fabulous space of your own!  To read the entire series, don’t miss the other spotlights on covered porches and patios, screened porches, sunrooms, and cabanas!

 

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The focus on outdoor rooms continues today with a peek at unattached spaces, namely converted sheds or cabanas that are freestanding in a rear yard, often requiring a short but worthwhile walk to the destination.

Converting a shed or erecting a breezy cabana are two ways to get creative with an outdoor room when your home lacks a covered patio, screened porch, or sunroom. Both give you the same benefit of an enclosed space designed for lounging throughout those fair weather months. 

Remove the walls of an old shed and use its frame to create an inviting sleeping nook for lazy summer afternoons.

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Hang colorful paper lanterns up above and include a daybed that also acts as a sofa for gathering or lounging with friends.

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Hang an elegant crystal chandelier for contrast against the rustic wood paneled walls and include cozy linens for catching up on your summer reads or stealing an afternoon nap.

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Sheds also make wonderful playhouses for children – include all the adult amenities like curtains, window boxes, and bistro sets for summer fun on a small scale.

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Cabanas are readily available from many retailers and a wonderful way to enclose a small deck. Curtains add to the ambiance and also allow for greater sun protection.

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A comfortable sofa or sectional is all you need to make your cabana style space a welcoming one. Combine colorful stripes and solids in summery shades of blue and green.

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Posed under a favorite tree, a small yet sophisticated black and white cabana provides both shelter from the sun and a stylish spot to chat for hours.

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Later this week, we’ll wrap up the series with some inspiring ideas for uncovered alfresco spaces, including patios and balconies!

 

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The conservatory dates back to 16th century when British and European civilizations living in colder climates realized citrus and botanicals could be cultivated indoors. The modern day sunroom is a successor of the conservatory, and is also referred to as a solarium or a Florida room.

The sunroom is a space that is filled with natural light, hence the label and one of the most desirable rooms for relaxation because it allows residents to enjoy the light and view of the outdoors any time of year and without fear of inclement weather.

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Architecturally, sunrooms are defined by their multiple walls of windows, ones that often stretch from floor to ceiling. Some sunrooms are designed to capture a scenic view while others are designed to collect sunlight for warmth and light.

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Take the opportunity to dress up your sunroom as you would any other indoor living room with colorful upholstered furnishings, keeping in mind that outdoor fabrics which resist fading are smart choices due to increased sun exposure. 

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Some sunrooms repeat the home’s exterior on the interior walls with shingle siding, stucco, or brick adding a textural element to the space. 

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Space permitting, tuck a dining table and chairs into a corner to enjoy the view while you linger over lunch.

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Invest in a large outdoor sectional to guarantee a comfortable seat for everyone.

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Or convert an empty corner into a daybed for reading and snoozing in the soft sunlight. How clever is this solution placing three trunks together?

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Next week we’ll wrap up the Outdoor Room Series with a spotlight on patio rooms and cabanas, see you then!

 

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