Peek-a-Room Blog — Welcome to Wonderland!

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Children and parents want a positive and safe environment that creates happiness, self-esteem and a unique personal space of their own..... Sarita

As a mother of two children and a member of the Design Alley team headed by Award  winning Designer Ronnie Vanstone, I have enjoyed creating beautiful and functional children's spaces for my home, for our clients and for many show suites. Nothing stops a crowd of mothers more than walking through a new home or housing development, then a elegant nursery or a fabulous kids themed bedroom. My new blog Peek-a-Room has been created to help you design your perfect baby’s nursery or child’s room that reflects your personal style and meets your personal budget. Enjoy!

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Let’s take a Peek-a-Boo at this month's Peek-a-Room!

Some of the most difficult bedrooms to design are for our amazing pre-teen daughters. They have out grown their cute and playful theme rooms but have not yet grown into the edgy urban look that speaks to their own personal taste. This month's Peek-a-Room is a fabulous way to still give your pre-teens some fun and whimsy along with a touch of "Alice in Wonderland" sophistication which can easily be adapted to their changing personalities.

The bed in our Peek-a-Room has a black chalk painted head board with soft curved moulding detail. Chalk painting is an easy way to give an older inexpensive furniture piece a charming vintage look. The nightstand is mirrored and round adding a soft touch of sparkle to the space. If you require two nightstands in your Peek-a-Room make them each unique ... there's no "matchie - matchie" in Wonderland. Tip: Find step by steps chalk painting instructions online.

This Peek-a-Room's bedding, which is done in black, red and white with touches of lavender, is sophisticated and fits perfectly into our Wonderland feel. Using fabrics with a raised brocaded pattern and mixing textures like velvets and silks creates a royal feel for your young Queen of Hearts. Tip: For a more grown up feel make sure one of your through pillows is a bolster and for a bit younger feel change out your bedding to a fun harlequin black & white pattern.

The desk and shelving in our Wonderland Peek-a-Room looks great and can be easily replicated with Ikea pre-made shelves and desk top units, then trimmed with a decorative dental moulding to give you that custom built in look. For the desk chair, anything in black, red or white will work, just keep it soft and either whimsical or sophisticated.

The wall trim mouldings in this Peek-a-Room are beautiful but detailed and may require some custom millwork to achieve. A simpler option is to create a rectangular picture frame moulding design using a more decorative moulding profile. For more of a vintage flare, add pre-made wood rosettes throughout your moulding design.

Our Wonderfland Peek-a-Room's window valance has a fun shape and has been uphostered in an unmatched patterned fabric incorporating our black, white and red colour palette. You can achieve the same look and feel in your Peek-a-Room with a basic uphostered box valance or by adding full length velvet draperies. Tip: for less expensive draperies use Velour or Velveteen.

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By just adding a few easy-to-find decor items, you will take your daughter's new Peek-a-Room to "Wonderland". This rich red teapot lamp from Etsy.com is a must-have and the white rabbit chair that I absolutely love is from yankodesign.com. For more of a Wonderland feel add a black & white checkers rug or an imitation Dali "melting clock" on the wall.

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There are many different Alice in Wonderland word decals available on line like the one in our Peek-a-Room "We're All Mad Here". Spend a little more time surfing the net and pick the perfect one for your daughter's Peek-a-Room. The whimsical flourishes wall decals can also be found on line, I suggest you purchase a few packages and then use your own creative style to make a design that matches your Wonderland quote and fits your wall space... and don't forget to add a couple of decals on the ceiling above your daughter's bed.

Our Peek-a-Room has a subtle striped wall which can be easily replicated. Choose one paint colour such as our Peek-a-Room's light lavender and have it mixed with two different finishes, Matte and Eggshell, for a softer look, or Eggshell and Satin if you want a bit more dramatic look. Using the two finishes will create a slight sheen on every other stripe and give an illusion of stripes, but really it's just the light bouncing off the two finishes differently. Tip: Do not go any farther than one colour step difference on the finishing chart as it will be much too distracting to the eye and take away from the sophisticated effect you are trying to create.

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If this "Alice in Wonderland" Peek-a-Room is your vision or if you have a Peek-a-Room vision of your own that you love, but just don't have the time to tackle the DIY and all the shopping and selections, give us a call at (604) 374-2336 and ask for our Design Alley Kids Room Special!

For a younger child who wants a more fantasy Wonderland room check out furniturefashion.com