Summer Project: The Purple Palace

A friend shared this on Facebook last week and I had to snag it for today’s post.  It seems so weird to be kicking off my summer project in July… shouldn’t summer be half over?!

Not in Oregon.

It’s just beginning and the weather is near perfect today!

So without further ado, I want to announce what I’ll be working on over the next few weeks and what will be infiltrating your in box as a result.

When our son entered middle school, we upgraded his room to a more teen worthy space. He traded in his boyish style for something with a little more swagger to it.  That story I’ll save for another time.

Now that our daughter is hitting 8th grade, it’s time to redo her room too.  We’ve talked about it for the last few years, but I’m not sure that she was up for taking the plunge. She’s not a big fan of change and has a hard time saying good-bye to anything.

But with her thirteenth birthday around the corner, she is ready!

A little background… From the moment she could talk, Tess has had an opinion about color.  I’m serious when I say one of her first words was “purple”.  When we first moved into our home, I had visions of decorating her room in red gingham, but she quickly put the squash on that by insisting on all things purple.  She even earned the nickname “Purple Princess”.

And over the years, not much has changed.  For the last decade her room has been decorated in light lavenders and pinks; very girlie.

Now she is interested in a more sophisticated space and she has some definite opinions about it.  Our Purple Princess is on a mission to create a Purple Palace.  Think deep purple, black, white and silver accents.

We have new bedding on order and we’ve been out getting paint swatches for the project.

I love that at the end of this journey,  Tessa’s room will be a place that she will find joy in. And since we will be working on this together, it will culminate in a space that will uniquely reflect who she is.

So stick around… it should be a colorful summer.


  1. northofseven says:

    My daughter’s fav colour is purple too. It’s made for impossible decorating choice only b/c of the furniture my parents bought for her ‘pre-purple’ walls (red). I look forward to seeing what you do if only b/c I am currently doing the slow (very slow) room makeover to try to make her room work too.

  2. Stacey says:

    A purple project! Sounds like a fun way to spend some time together. Purple is a tough one that I’ve never used in decorating… but almost every flower I choose in my yard is purple — and they’re so beautiful! Mother nature gets it right… so you guys will too. Can’t wait to see what you do with it. No doubt the change will help her “blossom” into the young lady she’s becoming.

  3. Storypiece says:

    Oh girls… wish me luck; the deep purple is going to be interesting. The one Tess is eyeing is leaning towards raspberry which is beautiful, but is it too vibrant for a bedroom? We shall see.

    Alex, I am truly blessed because all of her furniture is white and the only piece that needs some TLC is her dresser which she is begging for us to get rid of. I would love to see photos of your progression. It’s always interesting when you’re working with young people and design. 🙂

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