This 9-year-old girl’s bedroom is full of fantasy
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Design blogger Kate Pearce’s daughter Eva may be “struggling in the decision-making business” but there was one thing the 9-year-old knew when she moved from New York to Chicago in last January: his cabin bed accompanied them. “It’s impossible to build, so I was eager to get rid of it, but she insisted,” says Pearce. Eva has had the RH Baby & Child find, which features plank and slat cladding, a slatted roof and windows with roll-up canvas curtains, since she was 2, so it’s understandable she doesn’t want to. not leave it behind. “It gives it a certain consistency and familiarity,” Pearce concedes. He left in a moving van, ready to be reassembled a few days later.
To finalize the rest of the details of her new room, Eva leaned on mom. “Her brain is brimming with creativity — she draws these fashion sketches that look like something you’d see on the Alexander Wang runway — but when it comes to interiors, she’s not particularly interested,” Pearce shares. . Although she’s joking, it took them 3,000 hours to choose the wallpaper, even after narrowing it down to about ten options for Eva to choose from. Luckily, the space didn’t need much more to make Eva feel at home: its nooks and crannies naturally turned into a cozy reading nook, and the three giant beveled glass windows flood the area with light for hours of play.
Enter the frame
The Queen Anne-style home’s lack of crown molding shocked Pearce when they moved in. After all, the place was built in 1899 and had all the other telltale signs of a character-rich space (ornate doors, thick baseboards). “It just bothered me,” she says. So she added the architectural details in all the rooms, including Eva’s, which turned out to have a bonus feature. “It helps smooth the transition from printing on the walls to the ceiling,” Pearce points out.
The molding also provided a guideline for the wallpaper installer and makes it less noticeable to the naked eye that the surfaces in Eva’s bedroom are in fact crooked. “It wasn’t an easy job to do,” Pearce said of entrusting the project to a professional. Pearce’s husband added the ceiling medallion himself, drawing attention to the main focal point: the Stray Dog Designs chandelier. While he was installing the fixture, Pearce took on the task of painting the trim (and old radiator) in Farrow & Ball’s red reading room to coordinate with the wallpaper.
“I always had to take Eva to estate sales with me and she hated it,” recalls Pearce, who bought and sold her vintage finds for a living. But like her mother, Eva learned to appreciate the art of hunting and was eager to follow. Her daughter’s extensive collections of Russian nesting dolls and ceramic dogs, picked up on these trips, have grown steadily.
Add oil to the imaginary fire
Sticking to the subtle cabin theme, Pearce filled the original fireplace with stuffed toys and eventually replaced the Moroccan rug with a floral Loloi rug. On the mantel, a special memento remembers their stay in Long Island: a framed sheet of paper with the name Eva above. “When I was getting her room ready when I was pregnant with her, I found this under the base molding,” she recalled of the chance find (Pearce had already decided on her daughter’s name by that time). the). “He came to all the houses with us.” That and another beloved article.