Peg Carmack Short - Produced by Jill Leslie Haack
- Photography by Jessie
Walker - Styled by Aurelia Joyce Pace
upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and
their names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and
Peter". . . so begins one of the world's best-loved
children's stories. It is fitting that this delightful
tale should be the theme chosen for decorating
the bedroom of a little girl, graced with another
familiar storybook name-Madeline.
"When I was growing up, this is the kind of room
I wished that I had," shares Sara Bliss, Madeline's
mother, "but I never had that opportunity." So,
with the help of designer, Mary Anne Herring,
Sara turned the room of her dreams into a magical
place for whispers and giggles for her little
real inspiration for the room came when Sara saw
a bunny-trimmed bed in Mary Anne's shop, Robin's
Egg Blue. "I saw the bed and just fell in love
with it!" says Sara. "Madeline is my only daughter,
and I wanted her to have a great room with bunnies-because
I love bunnies."
was from this inspiration that Sara and Mary Anne
decided to theme the room around the delightful
children's classic, Peter Rabbit, written by Beatrix
Potter. Calling upon the help of Mary Anne's friend
and associate, faux painterRobert Ryan, the bedroom
was transformed into a magical place with " lots
of scope for the imagination," as Anne of Green
Gables, heroine of another children's classic
would have said.
just love what Bob did," says Sara, "and Madeline
adores her bedroom." Here, Madeline presides over
her many playmates-plump teddy's and cuddly rabbits,
who undoubtedly feel right at home. Often, Madeline
can be found sitting in her bunny-filled room
dreaming and reading her books-including one of
her favorites, which is, of course, about the
adventures of little Peter Rabbit, a book her
mother had once loved.
room is full of memories for her mother. A chest
and dressing table preserved from the boyhood
farmhouse of her father, have been freshly painted
white and embellished with scenes from the Potter
storybook. Chairs, neatly dressed in new raspberry-dotted
slipcovers, graced Sara's parents home for more
than 30 years, and a quilt, turned back at the
bottom of the bed, was stitched by Sara's grandmother.
A family heirloom cradle, handed down through
many generations, has become a place for Madeline
to stash her many books and treasures.
could never redo this room," says Sara, who is
already considering how the pink walls might be
turned to a shade of blue when Madeline outgrows
the room. Then, it will be turned over to baby
brother, Cameron, so that he can go for adventures
with Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail.
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