Outside the Box

Story: Diane Carroll  |   Styling: Diane Carroll  |  

At Home in Arkansas: Your son Sawyer’s room is so colorful and fun. What was your inspiration?

Homeowner Katie Henry: I have always been drawn to colorful, modern design, but didn’t necessarily want that look in my entire house. This room was a great place to implement that style. When we moved into this house, we were expecting our daughter, so it was a good time to move Sawyer into a toddler room, and I wanted to create a room that would be fun, bright and transitional as he grows older. 

Tell us about the stencil on the wall and how you created it.

I wanted to create an accent wall in his room and could not find any wallpaper that fit my concept. After looking online for a few days, I found the stencil from a shop on Etsy. When I received it in the mail, I realized that it was not something I was patient or talented enough to paint without mistakes. I hired someone to paint it and it turned out to be quite the mathematical task to line up everything correctly. She did an amazing job and I love how it turned out. 

When it came time to create your daughter Brooklyn’s nursery, what was your inspiration?

I had always dreamed of designing a little girl’s nursery. I actually had so many ideas that when it came time to focus, it was difficult to narrow down. I decided to begin with the bedding and I kept returning to beautiful, neutral linens. I quickly figured out that my taste was too expensive for our budget, so I found a seamstress on Etsy that had linen crib bedding, and I emailed her to see if she would be interested in trying to pull off my idea. She sent me samples of her gorgeous washed linens and I immediately fell in love. I found a crocheted tablecloth from a flea market, sent it to her and it became the basis for the dust ruffle and bumper pads. After I found the linens and figured out the crib bedding, I envisioned a neutral space with touches of pink. I knew that I wanted it to feel a tad shabby chic, and overall, I wanted it to be girly, girly, girly. 

Did you learn any lessons from working on Sawyer’s room that helped when creating Brooklyn’s space?

The main thing I learned from designing Sawyer’s room was how to think outside of the box and find deals online, discover the best flea markets in our area and learn how to refurbish furniture. Both rooms have several heirloom pieces that I’ve repainted.

Did those concepts figure into the design of the playroom too?

Yes, I based the room around the vintage flashcards that I found at a flea market. I knew I had to buy them even though I had no idea what I was doing with that room. After I purchased them, I decided I wanted to use all the colors that were in the cards and create a fun, colorful, eclectic theme for the room. Putting together the patterns and colors was so much fun, and created a unique space.


Design Resources 

Bed, crib, glider Kid’s Furniture, Little Rock, (501) 978-5439, kidsfurniturelr.com

Boy’s bedding Tuck & Cover, Little Rock, (501) 225-8825, tuckandcover.com

Boy’s bedside tables, lamp shades, playroom floor lamps Target, locations statewide, target.com

Monogrammed basket inserts Cynthia East Fabrics, Little Rock, (501) 663-0460, cynthiaeastfabrics.com

Stencil artist Jamie Brandes, Concepts N Color, Fayetteville, facebook.com/concepts.color

Table, chairs Bed Bath & Beyond, locations statewide, bedbathandbeyond.com

Toy baskets, playroom bedding Pottery Barn, locations statewide, potterybarn.com

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