Monday, January 17, 2011

Blog For Digs-"My Childhood Bedroom Was..."

This post is all about my childhood bedroom and is written in honor of Blog For Digs, a blogging fundraiser started by Claudia Clobes of Stonehouse Love and Beth Doloto from Hello Splendor. It benefits Dwell With Dignity, a non-profit founded by Lisa Robison that brings inspiring design to families in need. So please, after reading, consider donating something and sharing your love of design with those less fortunate. We all know how the right environment can lift your spirits and give you the strength to go out and face the day.

Reality TV to the contrary, I don’t think the words “surprise” and “redecorate” belong in the same sentence together, but the Saturday before my 8th birthday, they did. My mother sent me out into the cold February weather, and over to play with the three girls who lived next door to us. Their doctor parents allowed us to magic-marker up their Patty PlayPal doll for fake surgery, while unbeknownst to me, back home, movers were installing an entire new room of furniture for me.
                                 Miss Patty Playpal

My mother made me close my eyes, and told me that my birthday gift was in my room. And was it ever. What had been a simple room with a flowery bedspread and white walls was now a riot of color. Olive green shag carpeting. The body of the furniture suite was turquoise-marbled Formica; the drawers were white Formica with a gold boomerang pattern, and V-shaped gold hardware. On the ceiling, a disc of white frosted glass with glittery stars. And then there was the wallpaper, which would eventually show up in my nightmares. Covered with huge turquoise poodles drawn in the popular sketchy “Parisian” style of the moment, there were also tiny butterflies and bugs cavorting among breezy, oversized flowers. For the next 5 years, until I was allowed to move upstairs to a bedroom vacated by my older brother, I stared down those enormous dogs with creepy snouts that made me think of dinosaurs.

   HGTV Home Heist-the color scheme was similar

  This was the pattern on the furniture drawer fronts, in gold!

 This was the color story Mom was going for and I think that the Jonathan Adler version rocks.

My mother doesn’t remember the where she got her decorating scheme, but I think that the Jetsons, Vogue Magazine, and some weird friend from the country club were involved.   Of course, today I’d die to have that retro turquoise desk, custom built to fit into a corner, and would probably frame that vintage poodle wallpaper if I could only find a sample.
 This sort of looks like the wallpaper that was in my bedroom, but not as creepy.

                               Dwell With Dignity


  1. the high life of poodles was unknown to me before this.
    i love the huge perfume atomizer. thanks for the peek into your highly decorative past!

  2. Beth! Sounds wonderful that your mom went through all trouble to surprise you! and how awesome would it be if you could find that wallpaper or see that desk funny that maybe a weird friend form the country club may have been involved...thanks so much for participating in blog for digs, your support means the world to us and to the families who will benefit...xocc

  3. What a fantastic story and such an amazing birthday surprise! Great post!