Seems to me it’s Parrot Green, by Benjamin Moore. The fabric on the bed was bought on sale from Ballard Designs, many years ago now, because when I saw it I knew it had to be mine. Buy the fabric, and the room will come!

The footstool, given to me a long time ago by Auntie M, dressed up in that fabulous horsie fabric, finally found its calling as a boost up for Miss H. The fringe passementerie probably cost 5 times as much as the stool, but sometimes you just have to do what’s right.

The armoire was dragged home from a barn sale down the road, dark and looming and dirty, but with such pretty lines and carving. It took me just a few hours of brushing and wiping paint samples from Restoration Hardware onto the old wood. No sanding, no prep, no plan: the kind of thing that drives guys crazy. Then, getting it upstairs was the hardest part, but we did it.



The bag hanging from the letter H was another Ballard Design find: it was a special they were running and was something like $25 including the embroidered name. Just last weekend as I was putting her to bed, she looked over and grinned and looked up at me and said “Helen!” She had been looking at it almost since she was born, but just now realized she could read her name in cursive writing.

The small painting above it is by my friend Meredith Reynolds, as are  the other two landscapes in the room. The portraits next to the bed are of my mother, Helen, with my sister, Joan Helen, who watch over their little namesake.

In the corner is a nursing rocker, probably from the 1880s, which was Mr. Pirate’s grandmother’s.

The two black and white prints were Aunt Frostie’s, and before that, my great grandmother’s.

Funny how you — I — suffer over the tiny details in projects like this. Don’t know how many places I had to go to find just the right buttons, then buy enough of them for the shams and duvet.

Here is where Skank Barbie hangs with her pals.

This green, “Parrot Green,” by the way, although it’s very bright and wacky and not the sort of thing most family members or neighbors would let go without comment, (“Are you joking! What is that, Bozo Green??”) it is incredibly welcoming to artwork. Everything looks good against it. Love it.

– L


119 Comments

  1. stephl says:

    Thank you for the tour around the Green Room. It’s beautiful. The color doesn’t seem too bright, maybe it’s just the pictures, but it does set off the artwork nicely. I remember when my niece and nephews were able to read their names in cursive, they were so excited.

  2. michelle says:

    Beautiful room!! Love everything about it!!

  3. Stephanie Barton via Facebook says:

    Aaahhh!! I ADORE how intentional every single detail is in your decorating! The paintings, the fabric, the buttons, the “H” hook, the fringe on the footstool, the nursing chair, the paint color….Miss Helen has only just begun to appreciate the beauty and precious thought put into “her” lovely bedroom. I’m sure she will have a lifetime of sweet dreams in here. Anyone would. 🙂 xoxox

  4. Manda "Fluffy" says:

    I love this room!!! And the color if I do say so myself is fantastic. It really connects all the colors in the room. From the beautiful green weathered looking

  5. Manda "Fluffy" says:

    I love this room!!! And the color if I do say so myself is fantastic. It really connects all the colors in the room. From the beautiful green weathered looking Armoire to the deep browns and antique colors of the frames.. You never cease to amaze me!! Oh… Love the Skank Barbie pic… Lmao

  6. Ms. Jenny says:

    Absolutely love everything about The Green Room!

  7. Ms. Jenny says:

    Absolutely love everything in The Green Room!

  8. Toni says:

    I simply adore this room.

  9. dwilson3480 says:

    Oh Auntie L – I absolutely love this room. It is so warm and inviting. Miss H is so lucky to sleep in that beautiful bed. The toy basket is just adorable and you made me laugh with the “Skank Barbie” comment. The armoire is just absolutely gorgeous. Mr. Pirate’s grandmother’s rocking chair is so lovely. I too am a HUGE Ballard Design fan! As for the buttons, I am addicted to them. lol I will have to post a picture of my “buttons”. Thank you so much for inviting us into your amazing home. 🙂 <3

  10. Diana says:

    Love all the special items in this Green Room. Horsey covered stool is adorable! Thanks for the tour Lynne!

  11. Dee Wilson via Facebook says:

    Love it! I love seeing someone else as dedicated to details as I am. I thought I was the only who obsessed about the little things. Thanks for sharing.

  12. jen says:

    love this. thanks for sharing.

  13. Rose says:

    I love the way you restore the furniture in your home. So cute that Miss H recognizes her name in cursive. Thanks for the view of your green room. Love it!

  14. ClaudiaM says:

    So beautiful. Love the colour on the walls, and all the details. Love the light fixture..so pretty. Great fabric!! and the little foot stool and rocker. A room full of memories (old and new). Thanks for sharing Lynne xo

  15. ellie says:

    I feel like a broken record saying “I love this” on all of your blog entries, but I really do. This room is just so… PERFECT. I love how you’ve clearly put thought into every single element of the design. It just all goes together so, so well. I especially love the table of photos – I love putting out photos like that, and I think they add so much to any room. What a lucky little granddaughter you have to have a room like that at your house! And what an incredibly sweet story about Helen’s reading her name! Love those little moments where you didn’t realize what they didn’t realize before, lol. AND I love your description of Barbie. The corner sounds perfect for her. 😉 Thanks again for sharing all of this with us!

  16. Lynne says:

    You’re welcome, pals, and thank you for all your very kind comments. I always hope you’re not rushing off to your other “private” FB groups, going “Jeez! All that granny crap she’s always painting green; looks like deposed Croation royalty to me! Gaaaaaah! Does she really think we give a rat’s ass about her TRASH CANS??” You know, stuff like that. Love having pals who at least are so adept at faking interest!

  17. ShannieY says:

    That nursing chair was my favorite. You can change the fabric BUT you are not allowed to paint the wood, remember?? No paint on this wood, on this chair.

    • Lynne says:

      And right now, I’m way too busy to worry about the fabric, either! It looks pretty happy where it is, with it’s green needlepoint. We’ve got other fish to fry, eh?

  18. ellie says:

    Lynne!! I can only speak for myself but I really do love reading your blogs, especially the design ones! I don’t think anyone is ‘faking’, at least not anyone I’ve talked to! And as for the green, it’s not really my color, BUT I’m always impressed with anyone who can make any color work so well like that in a room, whether it’s a color typically used for that purpose or not. Have you ever done interior design as a career?

    • Lynne says:

      I did some interiors — businesses — when I was in my 20s. Always loved it. Did my own room as a kid. It’s no different than lots of other kind of art — color, texture, line. But the challenge of 3-dimensional art is huge to me. Interesting and fun!

      • ellie says:

        I think the reason you view it that way shows how talented you are at it! Some people don’t see it as art so can’t/don’t give it any effort. Thanks again for sharing your home with us like this!

  19. Kelley Marie says:

    Looks great! The rocker and foot stool are my favorites. I would never pick this green but it looks lovely. My mother always said pick your fabric or a painting of some sort and you will find paint to go with it. Cute skank barbie, we have a few of those here at my house. Love when you discuss moments with Miss H, just warms my heart. Keep them coming Lynne!!!!

  20. dairyqueen25 says:

    Love the bag hanging on the letter “H” on the wall. A bag like that could possibly be used as a shopping bag. Perhaps?

    • Lynne says:

      That bag could be used for anything! Small zippered pocket inside, plastic lining. It’s a perfect swim bag, for one. Or laundry bag.

  21. Larissa says:

    The green room seems like somewhere where I would love to escape to after a busy work day. Love the table of family pictures and the painting above the bed. Skank Barbie has a pretty cool room to chill out in! Keep it coming Lynne! This is great !

  22. Jodie B says:

    My absolute favorite room at the ODF! So cozy and comfy! You have a great eye for decor.

    Is there anything you can’t do?

  23. Chanda says:

    Your decor always works. Being able to take many individual pieces to form a unified look is definitely a skill.

  24. andrya_s says:

    I absolutely love your blog posts!! I don’t ever comment so you wouldn’t know it though. haha This room is awesome! It reminds me, I really want to paint my bedroom pink. I still might do it one of these days. And I’ve never t

  25. andrya_s says:

    Oh piddles, I apparently hit submit & I wasn’t ready! haha Anyway, as I was saying… I’ve never told you Lynne how much I adore Helen’s name. It is my middle name. It was given to me because my Grandma Helen died 11 days before I was born & so the name is very special to me!

  26. Jodie Head Boullon via Facebook says:

    You know I love it!

  27. amandahawking says:

    I agree with Ellie, I’m sorry of we keep saying we love your posts but we do!!!! What a darling little room. Is this where Miss H sleeps? Love the Barbie comment and particularly love the ‘green’ wall. My fave color…
    You certainly have a eye for detail lovely one xx

  28. Rose says:

    Mizz Lynne, you’re still a mess in a half. I think you’re getting really close to becoming two messes. That is hilarious! Whose rushing off to their private FB pages? Why would you even think that? I hope you’re joking, right?

  29. I completely forgot to mention that the Green Room is where Mizz D bunks in when she’s at the farm.

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