The Tale of “The Princess and Two Princes of Air, Water & Earth, A Children’s Bedroom Design Story”. Chapter 3: “Princess of the Air”

Our story continues with the fairest little Princess in the land………..

The youngest child, of exquisite angelic beauty, Princess of the Air, commanded all the wind currents, all the winged creatures, all dreams and all with a very feminine attitude. Her voice like a beautiful bell, when she sang, soothed all beasts, including her Father the King after a bad day at the office.

She loved the sky…ahem…of course, and wished to greet each morning in her bedroom and adjoining playroom, with her own sky that said, ”Have a wonderful day, Princess, and don’t forget your wings!” She loved roses, kitty cats, fairies, butterflies, and anything that sparkled, as did her late great Grandmother, another wonderful Queen, and wanted these special things to decorate her room. Being a Princess of course, she had quite the jewelry collection, –a little Elizabeth Taylor in fact–with tons of crowns, rings, and necklaces. Her motto was (just like her Mom, the Queen), MORE IS MORE!!! She loved to perform in front of a mirror (or people), singing, dancing, acting and giggling for her royal audience. She loved to draw winged creatures, usually fairies, and she could often be seen by the townspeople riding her little bike with her own fashionable wings on. In fact she wore them ALL the time with her tutu and had a collection for any occasion. Her nursery school teacher created a dream circle, (inspired by our little Princess), beginning the class each day with the Princess of the Air, in full regalia, sharing her last night’s dream with high drama and passion! Other children wanted to get in on her act, sharing their dreams as well, some making them up as they went along, and delivered with vim and vigor!

The new Princess bedroom, in this tired old castle was in dire need of magical transformation. Our Design Fairy Godmother whipped out her trusty wand, tons of sparkle! And began to call in the Merry Forces.

First, new electrical wiring replaced the old knob and tube. We included a light in her closet to help the Princess coordinate her wings and outfits any time of day or night. A beautiful 1940’s light fixture with green leaves and roses was miraculously found and hung from the original plaster rose medallion on her ceiling.  The floors were refinished! Covered with three layers of linoleum from different eras, black tar, and white glue, the beautiful oak floors were preserved but suffocating underneath. Sanded, stained with an off white paint glaze (a light airy look called “pickling”) and finished with satin verathane, made this floor fit for the Princess’s tiny royal tootsies. A beautiful morning sky was painted on her ceilings with paint glazes in an impressionistic style. Her walls were also glazed in an Italian faux fresco style, with a peachy rose color not unlike her little cheeks! Antique bedroom furniture with gilded leaf accents, custom bedding, custom curtains with ties and crystal/pearl details, rose garlands and pearls strands were added to complete this child’s bedroom story. Kitty cats, fairies, and butterflies found their home with this little Princess of the Air. And of course, an ancient enchanted mirror was placed in the right magical spot for our royal one to practice and perform her astounding routines! The Design Fairy Godmother chuckled with delight as she watched the little Princess jump up and down with happiness, squealing with excitement!

And as the Princess grew and sparkled, so did her multiple artistic talents. When she became a teen, her passion for fashionable fairy wings soon evolved to a fashionable shoe collection, although she never forgot how to fly. Her jewelry collection grew– of course, and she kept her last (and favorite) pair of fairy wings, safely in her closet, ready for action whenever she chose. The Princess of the Air acquired through her talents, determination, and some good luck, a real audience to entertain and her imaginative dreams became a reality…… except the one about the Kitty Cat Fairy Dragon.

THE END
…..and should you be wondering about THE PRINCESS of the FIRE, well that my dears, is another story………………….

© 2012 Andrea Carini

© 2012 Andrea Carini

AFTER photos by Michael McDonald
INTERIOR DESIGN by Andrea Carini for Your Sacred Space Interiors

BEFORE: An absolute mess to demo & redo! New electrical, plastering and removing the layers of "history" from this floor to reveal its hidden beauty. The walls an ugly fleshy color--this is no a room for a Royal!!! (1-before pic with window & door------2- before pic of ceiling medallion and hanging knob/tube)

BEFORE: An absolute mess to demo & redo! New electrical, plastering and removing the layers of “history” from this floor to reveal its hidden beauty. The walls an ugly fleshy color–this is no a room for a Royal!!! (1-before pic with window & door——2- before pic of ceiling medallion and hanging knob/tube)

AFTER: A lovely room fit for any little Princess! Pickled Floors, Italian Fresco Walls, Antique Heirloom Bedroom Furniture, Designer Bedding, Roses, Pearls, Kitty Cats, & Fairies! 

AFTER: A lovely room fit for any little Princess! Pickled Floors, Italian Fresco Walls, Antique Heirloom Bedroom Furniture, Designer Bedding, Roses, Pearls, Kitty Cats, & Fairies!

AFTER: An impressionistic sky tops this airy space and a gorgeous 1940's light fixture is the "icing on the cake"! Simple elegant window treatments let the light shine through!

AFTER: An impressionistic sky tops this airy space and a gorgeous 1940’s light fixture is the “icing on the cake”! Simple elegant window treatments let the light shine through!

AFTER: A Princess Mirror, Mirror on the Wall!

AFTER: A Princess Mirror, Mirror on the Wall!

AFTER: A Magical Playroom with a view of the garden! Sky above and a "pond" floor below! A Princess storage chest for all her lovely dresses and crowns is accented with two vintage stain glass windows from 1915.

AFTER: A Magical Playroom with a view of the garden! Sky above and a “pond” floor below! A Princess storage chest for all her lovely dresses and crowns is accented with two vintage stain glass windows from 1915.

ANDREA’S DESIGN PEARLS OF WISDOM:

  • When designing a child’s room, consult and get to know your child, Prince or Princess. The space should reflect their individual personalities, and interests, not those of their parents, interior designers or cookie cutter cartoon character. Ask questions. Find out what they like AND don’t like. AND LISTEN.
  • An Interior Design Professional (or fabulous Design Fairy Godmother) will LISTEN intently, and skillfully blend/harmonize your child’s wishes, dreams, interests and personality into their special space. Not only should a child’s bedroom be functional, but must also encourage him/her to be and express themselves comfortably in their own personalized environment, conducive to their healthy growth.
  • Children should be partners in the design process of their own bedrooms. They must own their space. What colors do they like? Allow him/her to express their imaginative and creative ideas! The design-challenge? Make it all work!
  • Don’t follow trends. These have nothing to do with who your little Prince or Princess is. If you must as a result of their current interest, then represent these trends in decorative items, accessories, you can use and later remove and sell on Kijiji. Remember as the child’s interest changes, so will those accessories!
  • A child’s bedroom should grow with them. They will not remain 4 years old forever!  After the baby stage, choose furniture that has multi-functions and can organize the space with lots of shelves and storage. Someday your child will be a teen and will need places to put things– other than the floor—or at least have the option!
  • A child’s needs for their new bedroom design includes; a place to sleep, a place to play/entertain, a place to do homework, a place to relax, and most importantly a place to feel safe.
  • Don’t be afraid to paint the ceiling with a lovely relaxing accent color, or even a sky! Lying on the bed, a child can look up and be inspired.
  • Great Lighting is important for your child’s space. Make sure to have soft light, and a lamp for reading. If possible, install dimmers to control the brightness in the room (actually great for all bedrooms). Have an interesting light fixture as a focal point. Remember lighting affects our moods—even children—to read, play and relax.
  • Place your child’s art in their rooms. Frame their artworks, and display them proudly.
  • HAVE FUN! A child’s imagination is unlimited and has no boundaries!
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The Tale of “The Princess and Two Princes of Air, Water & Earth, A Children’s Bedroom Design Story”. Chapter 2: “Prince of the Water”

As our story continues…..Our next Royal Family, a King and Queen, had two beautiful  children with incredible artistic talents fueled and inspired by the Water & Air. This is the story of the eldest, the Prince of the Water. He played melodic Jazz tunes on his saxophone, calming wild mythical creatures, and his Latin beats even got the kitchen staff to boogey. Although rather young, this boy had a sophisticated creative eye, the soul of an artist, with an appreciation for the unusual. (This was all pre-PLAYBOY, by the way).

Our Prince wished for a room where he could display his own artistic pieces, listen to “cool” music, play his saxophone, watch his favorite kid programs including Much Music, chill after a hard day at school learning how to rule his land and slay a dragon or two, and go to sleep under a lovely night sky that reminded him of the sea. He had a 1920’s radio that he cherished. It had been given to him by his late Grandfather, the Big King, and would serve as inspiration for his unique teen boy’s bedroom design.

The Design Fairy Godmother was called upon, three times, and on arrival she began to envision a bedroom for this Prince that would fulfill his wishes, blend his interests, give him storage space for his entertainment, and grow with him. Out came the wand and in came the most talented carpenters, artisans and artists in the land.

She found a brilliant illustration of a sea nymph resting on a rock in the middle of the ocean under a beautiful “sea” sky, by artist, Maxfield Parish. Ahhhhh…the colors! This was the perfect inspiration to paint a “sea” sky on his cove ceiling topped off with a gorgeous “star “ light fixture. He’ll love it!! The treasured 1920’s radio was refinished, and became inspiration to redesign an antique oak 1920’s cabinet into an entertainment/book shelf/ clothing dresser, hand-painted with an art deco burl design as in the classic radio. It was lined with silver lurex “radio” fabric as in the radio, and two pillows were made for his bedding design in this same amazing material. A 1940’s oak desk chair was found and refinished to work with a vintage desk. Shelves were put up to display the Prince’s art with more of his art decorating the walls. A hand-painted custom mirror from Picture It Framed was placed strategically over the fireplace mantle to reflect the details of this innovative teen space (and for the Queen to sneak a peak at her beloved son). The wall color, Benjamin Moore, Ginger Root, was placed below the plate rail to accent the sky above. The Prince of the Water’s pet gargoyle, Bert, sat comfortably on his mantel. The fireplace was filled in and used as a backdrop for a 1920’s headboard, found at the Royal Family’s country estate. Custom “art deco” style bedding, hotel sheets, leather pillows, leather and suede curtains and hello! King Arthur’s Beard!!– A masculine, watery, artful space that would grow with our young Prince!

Our young royal would lie on his bed and gaze at his sky each night, surrounded by things that he created and loved. His friends would come over too, lie on his bed eating Airheads and O’Henry Bars, and yes, admire the sky. Later when the Prince became a young man, he finally left his nurturing space to travel the world, ride unicorns, photograph voluptuous sea nymphs, play the occasional gig, and then came back to rule the kingdom—in his own poetic way of course! But when he went to sleep, he could still see in his mind, the beautiful “sea” sky above his head.

THE END of Chapter 2….now to Chapter 3

© 2012 Andrea Carini

© 2012 Andrea Carini

AFTER photos by Michael McDonald
INTERIOR DESIGN by Andrea Carini for Your Sacred Space Interiors

A Transformation: The Prince of the Water’s Edgy Teenage Boy’s Bedroom Retreat

BEFORE: A cove ceiling with plaster issues, dark gum wood trim, a non-functioning ugly fireplace in the middle of the room--Where do you put a bed?

BEFORE: A cove ceiling with plaster issues, dark gum wood trim, 
a non-functioning ugly fireplace in the middle of the room–Where do you put a bed?

DURING: Inspiration comes from this Maxfield Parrish illustration to create a beautiful "sea sky" on the cove ceiling. 

DURING: Inspiration comes from this Maxfield Parrish illustration to create a beautiful “sea sky” on the cove ceiling.

DURING: These Benjamin Moore paint swatches we used in glazes to create this spectacular art ceiling.

DURING: These Benjamin Moore paint swatches we used in glazes to create this spectacular art ceiling.

AFTER: An art deco teen boy's bedroom with tons of personality!

AFTER: An art deco teen boy’s bedroom with tons of personality!

AFTER: An antique 1920's cabinet is rebuilt and redesigned with shelves for books and entertainment, and 5 drawers for clothing and storage. A Maxfield Parrish Sky, Starburst light fixture, custom bedding, and his own teen art make this an adolescent sanctuary.

AFTER: An antique 1920’s cabinet is rebuilt and redesigned with shelves for books and entertainment, and 5 drawers for clothing and storage. A Maxfield Parrish Sky, Starburst light fixture, custom bedding, and his own teen art make this an adolescent sanctuary.

AFTER: custom, handpainted mirror, strategically placed above the fireplace mantel, reflects this "sea sky" in all its glory!

AFTER: custom, handpainted mirror, strategically placed above the fireplace mantel, reflects this “sea sky” in all its glory!

AFTER: Grandfather's 1920's radio that was the catalyst for our design!!!

AFTER: Grandfather’s 1920’s radio that was the catalyst for our design!!!