I finally framed these two images for the kids’ bedroom – specifically for my daughter – since my kids share the space. I want the room to reflect two genders and two ages. I knew these small prints by Canada’s own Camilla d’Errico felt like the perfect thing, ever since I found them sometime last year. (Go find @Helmetgirl on the Twitter.)
I bought a 6″ x 6″ calendar of her awesome works, got some white frames from Ikea, et voila! Instant girly art, with pinks and yellows and butterflies, but the subjects are Helmet Girls, Anime-style drawings of doe-eyed girls (a fixture in much of Ms. d’Errico’s art) often depicted with some sort of animal, insect, or flower, which provides the excellent twist and they please me so much because they’re so unexpectedly funky and weirdly interesting. The “helmets” on the girls are intricately drawn additions on the girls’ heads, made of metal, nuts and bolts… very steampunk, which I like. It cuts the sweetness in the girl-factor.
A closer look at the girl with the pink butterflies (Caught Pink Handed) will show she’s actually squeezing the one in her hand… and it looks as if it’s turning to liquid and dripping… but, I cropped it in the mat, so it wouldn’t scare my baby.
What can I say? I have no interest in Winnie the Pooh, nor Strawberry Shortcake. I shun all things Disney inside my house, as far as permanent fixtures are concerned. I just can’t go there.
Fortunately, Ava Scarlett loves them, but I’m still pondering where to hang them exactly. I’m veering towards side-by-side on the wall at her lower bunk, but I’m not certain yet. I also bought some ledges at Ikea for the wall beside the window… and I might have to order a larger print of The Wings to frame and hang somewhere in their room – it’s one of my favourites, but they’re all so excellent, it’s hard to choose. Projects for the fall, I guess.
How do you like to decorate in a child’s bedroom? Are you classic, or eclectic?