In case you aren’t following along this is our third and last (for now) feel good makeover – Holiday Style – this week working with blogger/designer Shavonda Gardner and supported 100% by Target. If you are just catching up here’s the quick story – Shavonda’s sister just moved near her after decades of living on opposite coasts. She has four kids and being a military ICU nurse works 12 – 14 hour shifts (Covid isn’t helping this situation – she’s been deployed twice for Covid relief) so furnishing and decorating her kid’s room couldn’t be her first priority. And any of you out there know what it takes to design a room – far more time, thought, and resources than you’d think so Shavonda knew she was going to help. As we were chatting on Zoom we decided to pitch the three rooms to Target and they said yes, enthusiastically. So off we went (months ago) brainstorming and ordering, all set for a Thanksgiving install/shoot. Covid spikes hit and I wasn’t able to travel to the install or shoot so Shavonda basically had to execute without me with the help of styling assistant Jordan (plus some production assistants). I literally can’t say ‘thank you’ and ‘I wish I could be there!’ enough. They did a great job and this room turned out to be quite the pre-teen jewel box for Ariyah.
Since they just moved in there wasn’t much other than this bed which nobody was a huge fan of (and was safely donated). Ariyah is 12 and she loves color (her favorite is neon yellow). Shavonda wrote more about it on her blog so go check it out! It was time to paint, decorate and of course give it a heavy dose of holiday.
The colors – that teal and yellow – simply POP. We knew we wanted that neutral bed and rug, and she chose this super sweet light blue wall color (it’s on the ceiling too). Then accented it with the bright teal and yellow. Since her favorite color is neon yellow, Shavonda figured that this bright yellow was a great way to bring in that vibe, but not neon necessarily.
They went to Target and Ariyah chose all of her own ornaments and pillows because while you don’t NEED a tree in your bedroom, it sure made them all really happy to have them. While the twin’s room was more playful and fun, Devin’s was totally Star Wars themed, Ariyah went with a cool blue and silver with a lot of glam.
I really love how it’s clearly a room for a soon to be teenager but that there’s still that playful whimsy that doesn’t make it feel too grown up.
I think we could all use a big ‘before and after’ to see how this was transformed in a week (with obviously a lot of planning and prep).
1. White Comforter Set | 2. Printed Flannel Sheet Set | 3. Wood/Metal LED Flush Mount | 4. Good Tidings Pillow | 5. Embroidered Christmas Tree Pillow | 6. Christmas Village Lumbar Pillow | 7. Velvet Tufted Quilt | 8. Scandinavian Upholstered Bed | 9. Holiday Embroidered Zebra Pillow | 10. Boucle Throw Pillow | 11. Glass Dry Erase Calendar | 12. Grid Wall Organizer | 13. Mixed Metallic Ornament Set | 14. Tabletop Christmas Tree | 15. Diamond Patterned Woven Rug | 16. Rattan Fan Back Chair | 17. Gold Wire Pencil Cup | 18. Desk Calendar | 19. LED Task Lamp | 20. Baby Yoda Snow Globe | 21. Perry Desk | 22. Unlit Tinsel Tree Figurine | 23. Wood & Enamel Church Figurine | 24. Seagrass Tripod Floor Lamp | 25. Pelham Vertical Dresser | 26. Countdown Garland | 27. Faceted Curtain Rod | 28. Velvet Curtain Panel
1. Pre-Lit Flocked Tree | 2. 10″ Glitter Snowflake Topper | 3. Glitter Snowflakes Ornament Set | 4. Acrylic Diamond Ornaments | 5. Silver & Blue Ornament Set | 6. Faux Fur Christmas Tree Skirt | 7. Turquoise Bead Garland | 8. Silver & Dark Blue Ornament Set
Not being able to finish the project (and trying to just facetime from here was a bummer), but Shavonda (with the help of Jordan) pulled these rooms together and they are so vibrant and fun. Designing and shooting during a pandemic is challenging. Trying to please 4 personalities with different requests wasn’t easy either. Shavonda was nominated ‘best sister’ and ‘best aunt’ by Ariyah, Devin, Isaiah and Jayden. Andrea said “I was filled with so much joy and love after seeing each room!” followed by “The kids ABSOLUTELY LOVEEE their rooms!” A huge thanks to Target for supporting these feel good makeovers that can make us all smile during this time. Now go read Shavonda’s blog post about the rooms and see other photos (and more personal anecdotes that I can’t give). xx