Her Room Made Perfect With IKEA

The room is complete! And I wish I had like a super professional camera that I could do a photoshoot with and really show you the splendor that is the room. I am so incredibly happy with it.

Barragan Quote

I love that Barragan quote because it is simple and true. If I had to tell you about all of these as they related to the girl's room, here's what I'd say: her workspace is the serenity part. She can find everything she needs, when she is playing or drawing or painting. The magic part? Definitely the "castle" as she calls it. That canopy rocks. On the sorcery side are the lights that come on at night when she goes to sleep and shimmer the possibility of magic as she lays in her castle and looks around while she falls asleep. The mystery? Well I think the mystery is simply "how did mami do it?!".

Here are some of the things I learned during this redesign journey. I learned...

  1. that up until I sat down with their designers, I had no idea what I was doing
  2. don't try to fill a space with furniture, figure out functionality first
  3. there is such a thing as too much pink
  4. that shelves are a ridiculously awesome way to gain space in a room
  5. that I love IKEA a lot more than I realized

I'm reminded once again about how having the right space with the right furniture will make you feel, as the frog princess says...just right!

I used to have two storage bins in her room. Now, I only have the one because so much goes on her shelves and in the pocket storage and bins.

For the future

I am planning on creating artwork on the French doors. The (ex)man suggested glass painting so I think that's what I will do. On the wall above her easel, I plan on using this cool curtain wire to display her artwork. Because my child is a natural artist and I want to display her beautiful work.

Epilogue

I feel incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to meet and work with the great team at the IKEA Orlando store. Josie, Chris and Kendra have made this experience fantastic. I have been so impressed by the level of detail that they put into their work. Simple things that I think is what makes IKEA such a great brand. I distinctly remember the first meeting I had with them. Chris asked me if I wanted to incorporate flowers into the design of the room because of the special meaning of my tattoo. And I thought what?! Well, Chris had taken the time to get to know me via the blog and my Pinterest boards and I did not expect that.

I think what they bring to families and home living is that commitment to make their living space the best that they possibly can. Something as simple as the designers getting around the kids area on their knees to see what's accessible to them and what's not. What works and what doesn't. I was glad that they did all of that. I will miss working with them on this project but I know that I will maintain the relationship because, y'all know how I am!

So, what do you think of the room?

Necessary disclaimer: This is not a service that is generally provided to the public. Rather, this was done in order to enhance my story (and blood, sweat and tears) as I embark in this redesign. So, don't be callin' your local IKEA and telling them I sent you! ;-)

How it all began...

Falling for IKEA

If you follow me on Pinterest you know I have a board for home and garden where I have been tucking away ideas of things I want in my home. With the move to mami's house a year ago, I gave up my own space and comfort to create some new melting pot of style in this big community house, as I like to call it. With the fall already here (though it's still 90 degrees here in Florida), I started getting serious about organizing and re-purposing rooms in order to give a more comfortable and organized feeling. On Pinterest I also have a board called Frog Princess's Abode. See, her room was enclosed to create a suite of sorts similar to what we had in the last house where she is right off of the master bedroom. Only thing is that it's an interior room and while her furniture worked well in her last space, here I'm having trouble finding a place for everything and as she grows, we need her space to be comfortable and usable as well. I started having an idea of using this small space as best I could. As I was pinning and dreaming one name kept coming up in my head: IKEA.

Every time I peruse their catalog I get a sense of the feeling I want to have in my house: organized, good use of space and comfortable. If you know me, you know I'm not afraid to ask for help. My favorite way to ask for help is via Twitter and so, this little message went out.

Long story short, I met with some fabulous IKEA designers a few weeks back. Man, was I impressed! First of all, I was shocked at the fact that I had to fill out a questionnaire that made my anal retentiveness look like child's play (so jealous!). I was asked everything from measurements of the light switch to what kind of lighting is needed (um, I believe my answer to that was a light bulb). Thorough does not being to describe it.

I did my part and took all kinds of pictures from the different angles and even did a little diagram of the room (cuz I didn't want to be outdone in the OCD category).

Layout

I met with three fantastic and talented people: Josie, Christopher and Kevin. Here was my first impression: these guys know their stuff. My second impression was: these guys are passionate about what they do. The biggest thing that happened during this meeting? I learned. Lots!

I learned about why those questions were asked. I learned about the fact that we must first figure out what a room's functionality will be prior to selecting furniture or decoration (I needed this tidbit for the rest of the house thankyouverymuch). When was the last time you bought a piece of furniture with the room's functionality in mind? I guess this is why they are so great at their jobs.

The shocker for me? These guys had learned me. Not just the presentation I sent over with pictures and words. They had taken the time to read my blog and find out who I was. To peruse Pinterest and check out my style (you know, the one I'd have if I had a job that actually paid me and could afford 95% of the stuff on I pin).

They asked me why I call the frog princess the frog princess and were interested in the stories. Christopher made a very deep statement that their designs tell stories and in order to create a room, they want to know the story that goes with it. I also found out that they are really invested and passionate in and about families. They wanted to make the space comfortable for us and make this house feel like our home. I was so grateful for their time and energy.

After taking a blood sample and DNA swab, the IKEA design team took their leave. But not before clearly communicating that they were going to take all of what I gave them and bring back a design that would give me the first step to having this house functional and fabulous!

And now, I wait. Thankfully I have a catalog and will be passing the time thumbing through the pages and picking out textiles for the fall so that I can give each room a little makeover for the season.  I'll let you guys know when the design ideas come back and hope you'll join me for my journey (feel free to come over and bring your sewing machines, paint guns and screwdrivers to help. You know they say it takes a village to create a living space).

So tell me, have you fallen for IKEA?

Disclosure: This is not a service that is generally provided to the public. Rather, this was done in order to enhance my story (and blood, sweat and tears) as I embark in this redesign. So, don't be callin' your local IKEA and telling them I sent you! ;-)

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