Thursday, October 26, 2017

Rainbow Room

I mentioned before that when we moved this summer, I'd expected to use Zuzu's cute curtains (from the Target pillowfort collection) as the basis of her new room, too. But when I asked her input on wall color, she totally shut me down and said she wanted a rainbow room. So we ran with it!

We repainted the room (which previously had lime green walls and a bright yellow ceiling) a lovely shade of light blue (Soar by Sherwin Williams). I went ahead and did the ceiling blue, too. It's nice and saturated so it doesn't read gray, but it's not overwhelming.

The rainbow duvet cover and pillow shams are from Pottery Barn Kids (bonus: a coupon we got since we just moved.) The rainbow "love" pillow was from Target a couple years ago around Valentine's Day, but if we hadn't had it, I would have ordered this one from Land of Nod.

I bought plain white curtains from Target and ordered rainbow colored pom pom trim, which I sewed on (it looks very cute as long as you don't look closely at the not-quite-straight-stitched seams!).

I put up the "Who Run the World?" poster and then sorted through art and photos we already had to create her gallery wall--a newborn photo of Zuzu with David and me, a photo of Coco as newborn with Zuzu kissing her, a photo of Zuzu as a sweet sleeping baby, a plaque that has Zuzu's motto: "Though she be little, she is fierce," a sweet print of a painting of the St. Louis arch with a rainbow banner, a print that says "Will there be rainbows?" and a photo of David's mom as a toddler. I plan to add a baby picture of my mom to finish off the display. I topped it all off with the rainbow mobile that hung in my nursery when I was a baby (the hook was already in the ceiling there--a most serendipitous placement). Oh, and over to the right are two heart-shaped hooks from World Market, two light switches, one with a Harry Potter switch plate ("Happiness can be found even if the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light"), the ceiling fan controller, and a sign that was in my room when I was a kid: "Thou shalt not whine."

But of course the star of the show is the mural painted by our friend E! I asked her mom if E might be interested, as I knew she was super talented and also Zuzu thinks E is awesome, so I wanted her to see the cool stuff big kids can do. E agreed, so I texted a few inspiration photos from Pinterest. She and her mom (known here in the comments as thirdstoryies) came over to scope out the scene and talk about supplies, and then while we were out of town at the end of September, they came over and got to work.

It turned out even cuter and better than I expected. I love everything about it, and I love that my rainbow baby sleeps in the clouds under a rainbow every night. (A couple nights ago, she moved her pillows down to the foot of the bed so she could stare at the rainbow as she dozed off.) Zuzu's room is really the only room in the house that I would venture to call "finished" (although there are a couple of finishing touches I want to add... including a photo of my mom as a toddler so grandmas on both sides of the family are represented) and it is so relaxing and satisfying to relax in there and read stories at the end of the day.

I can't thank K and E enough for their work on Zuzu's beautiful mural, and if you're local and want some original art on your walls, I know an artist I can recommend!


  1. It's so great! What does Coco's room look like? Does she have an adorable theme as well?

  2. Seriously, the sweetest room! <3

  3. Gorgeous! A friend's daughter also had a rainbow mural painted on her bedroom wall... Zuzu's is nicer, though! ;)