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My favorite and MY best

Posted in Uncategorized by laurencorbyn on August 26, 2009


Inspired by this post at My Favorite and My Best, a blog I look forward to reading daily, I have decided to flex my decorator muscles and create a Modern Princess room.  I have no desire to be on Design Star.  I don’t even watch Design Star (I have a pretty strict reality TV schedule and my standards are high.  I need fabulousness mixed with a little (or a lot) of crazy.  Design Star hasn’t made the cut yet (I’m not even going to take the time to link to its lameness!).  Rachel Zoe, Flipping Out,  Project Runway… each of these has the requisite amount of fabulous.  And of course, then there’s the Real Housewives.  Whole ‘nother level.


So since it’s a modern *princess* I’m starting with a serious dose of graphic pink from Jonathan Adler.  Holly at decor8 tipped me off to the new custom options at JA, and I’ve gotta say it’s fun.  Of course I’m a little irritated because I NEEDED these options for a client a month ago, but must’ve just missed the new designs.

ANYWAY.  Starting here:


Jonathan Adler Zig Zag Custom Rug

Jonathan Adler Zig Zag Custom Rug

Jonathan Adler “Design  Your Own” Rug $1620 for a 9×6′.  I’d like to use the 9×12′, but at a price over $3000 that eats up too much of the $5000 budget  I am vaguely trying to remember.


Next: a headboard.  I like headboards.  They feel so much more finished, especially if you don’t have massive pillow frouf piled up against your wall.


Tufted Headboard, Target

Tufted Headboard, Target

A mere $299 for queen size!  No the fabric isn’t going to be fabulous, and the shape leaves a little to be desired, but it’s soooo much better than the awfulness that I saw in images from Design Star.



Slideaway Desk, Polished Dove Gray

West Elm Desk in Dove Gray, $199 without the hutch.


Wisteria Venetian Glass Mirror $189.  To be propped on the gray desk for use as fabulous vanity/face making distraction while doing homework.  Of course, the mirror should probably be hung on the wall rather than propped because kids are crazy, and should this modern princess decide to have a Flashdance reenactment/performance in her room, I’d hate for her to get 7 years bad luck.


Wall color:  I kind of like that color behind the Wisteria mirror, however, I was initially thinking a nice pale gray with a touch of blue would be good.  The gray will last longer and fit with more styles as she grows up into the super-fun and not at all obnoxious teen years.


My total thus far (not including paint) is $2307.  Already I feel light years ahead of Design Star in class.  But of course, I am a mere decorator, not a *designer*.  (I think there was a knock on decorators from the guy that designed the terrible princess room, but I’m not sure.  Anyway…


Next up: nightstands.


On one side I’d add a pop of color with one of these garden stools.  It’s just the perfect size to stack a few books or magazines by the bed.  There’s something kind of fabulous about that yellow.  



On the other side of the bed:

This night stand is symmetrical enough to the garden stool that the two sides will feel balanced plus it’s got a nice curve to it and will relate well to 

the vanity/desk chair.  Not so much my style, but its laciness plays up the whole princess vibe.  $199

For windows, how about something fairly tailored, like this:

Domino bedroom, violetAdds a dose of color coordinating with the zig zag rug.  I’ve decided this girl’s mother sews and they found the fabric on sale, so this window treatment only costs $150 (I can cheat. There are no judges here).  


Bedding.  This isn’t exactly what I was thinking, but yay for Dwell Studio for Target, $89 for the bedding $24 for the yellow pillow: 

Can I just note that my total thus far is $3118?  For that price I can go ahead and do custom bedding.  A simple white duvet with pink piping.  Much like this fabulousness from Diane Bergeron as featured in Vogue Living:


Girls' bedroom, rubie green+stripes

Diane Bergeron



I’d like to add in even more pink.  Let’s see what Jonathan Adler can do for us.

We could have a little of this:


Pink Union 1

Front Side



Which flips to a little of that.

We could also add in some of this and this.


Pink Zebra

Pink Zebra

Pink L

Pink L

And woah, it’s getting too pink in here.  I just had so much fun designing the pillows on the Jonathan Adler site!

I would really like that zebra pillow to be black and white.  There definitely needs to be some more black and white in this place.  How about a couple of Ballard Design’s Parsons benches at the foot of the bed?  Maybe in a simple black? 

And one pillow I can’t believe I forgot:


Peace pillow

Peace pillow

So I’m feeling pretty good about this room.  Maybe it’s not princess enough, I don’t know.  

Would the mini roses light from Stray Dog Designs help?

Perhaps with the roses in yellow or pink?  Just an idea to add some flowers.


I would say for artwork that this girl is pretty damn creative and likely has done her own artwork.  If she’s more into soccer than art, let’s travel to Etsy (you can click on the images to head to the artists’ etsy shops): 

For more flowers


Break the Routine

And last but not least, should this girl need a dresser for her clothes, how about a simple painted white dresser (PB Teen has some on sale I think, dressed up with some fun knobs from anthropologie.  I’d go glossy black, or maybe even yellow.  I’m sorry, I don’t know why I’m typing inside this picture box.  I’ll learn how to better use wordpress.  I promise.

Black Glass Knob, Anthro


Yellow Ceramic Knob

Yellow Ceramic Knob

I know.  I stopped counting.  That’s probably the fear of anyone who hires a decorator.  I’m just saying, you could have a FABULOUS room for under $5000.  Much better than the Design Star disaster.


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  1. my favorite and my best said, on August 28, 2009 at 11:09 am

    you have outdone yourself. fabulous job. and as if you needed telling, you definitely outdid the designtards. i must show MFaMB readers!!!

    • laurencorbyn said, on August 28, 2009 at 12:42 pm

      Thank you! Amazing what you can do with an internet connection and $5000.

  2. LindsB said, on August 28, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    oh, I love it!! Found you though MFaMB of course and I love your blog!!

  3. Jill said, on August 28, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    From one decorator to another…Bravo, three cheers to you…clap, clap, clap…standing ovation!

  4. Jackie said, on August 28, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    I just came over from MFAMB, and was happily reading this post thinking “This girl is awesome, where do I sign up?” so I start to peruse the rest of your blog when allofthesudden “Wha-? I’m on her blogroll? Holy crap now I like this girl even more!” So pleased to meet you-glad you enjoy my blog like I am soon to be enjoying yours!

  5. laurencorbyn said, on August 28, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for the bloggity love. Maybe I’ll try another DesignStar/tard challenge. I promise not to halve any children in the process.

  6. blue hydrangea said, on August 28, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Now this is more like it!! Are you sure you don’t want to be on Design star? You and Jenny would really add some life, as well as good design, to the show!!

    • laurencorbyn said, on August 28, 2009 at 2:28 pm

      I’m afraid being on reality TV would make me awkward and self conscious (even more than usual) and that I might be so freaked out that I might do something like staple placemats to a wall and call it a headboard.

  7. Kate J said, on August 29, 2009 at 8:33 am

    Ok how much did all this cost…really?

    And could you walk into a room..see it, clean it out,(all furniture, stuff,etc) paint it, shop for all this,( find it in a store and buy it…not just look for it on the net)and decorate/put the room together to it’s finished state…

    All in just 20 hours! With no help from anyone else…

    That is the amount of time the Design stars have….

    • laurencorbyn said, on August 30, 2009 at 2:30 pm

      Well, yes and no. I could not do a fabulously beautiful room in 20 hours. I do believe I could go to some “big box” stores and knock out a decent room in that amount of time. Painting would be iffy. And if I had to put things together and hang curtain hardware myself, it might not be child safe. I ALWAYS give reality show contestants (cast members?) the benefit of the doubt for lameness and horrible behavior…. to a certain extent.

      Like I said, I don’t watch Design Star. I think it would make me sad.

      This was an exercise at best, and I totally fessed up to cheating and not fully counting dollars. I did get half way finished with my room though and hadn’t spent half the budget yet. Most of the work I do in actual reality (as opposed to TV reality) revolves around budgets that are definitely tighter than $5000 for a kid’s room. Especially a kid’s room that has furniture that is still usable. And walls that don’t end up getting painted.

      So, I don’t know how much this imaginary room costs, but I do know how much projects I’m working on cost.

  8. laurencorbyn said, on August 30, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    And I seriously doubt there is no one, producers, interns, random staff, helping the designers.

  9. Design Challenge #2 « The Blog said, on August 31, 2009 at 12:32 pm

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