I found a few options, but none of them hit a nerve of inspiration. Since I love Michael Miller fabrics, I started looking there and after much digging and searching, I found the collection I was looking for. I started gathering the coordinating fabrics and then my wonderful mother, who was shopping with me, showed me a pinwheel print that was not in the same collection, but coordinated perfectly. I was suddenly inspired!
Pinwheels. So cute, so summery, so innocent, so fascinating for a child. It was perfect. I went to work sewing curtains and textiles, giving my youngest daughter her orange room. (well, more melon than orange, but she loves it as if it were orange.)
Painting was an annoyance. We ended up needed 3 coats and almost 2 full gallons of paint. But I like how it eventually turned out with a cheerful melon color.
Orange and pink bedding backed with light aqua
Orange coordinating bed skirt
Detail on the pillow sham
Pinwheel curtains and ties
Ikea curtain rod cost me less than $15
Of course, she needed a matching laundry bin
And, my personal favorite: pinwheel pictures (made with scraps of fabric, wooden dowels, fiberboard, wood trim and spray paint and, of course, hot glue)
She is pretty proud to be in her big girl room now (almost as proud as I am of it). Better yet, she loves that the vent in her closet is connect to her big sister's room. They will have many nights of secrets and giggles ahead.