Pretty in Pink

It was one year ago that I almost choked on a piece of gum and died.  Almost.  At the very least I was winded and had to sit quietly for a moment.

I remember the day like it was yesterday.  Ironically I can’t remember my “actual” yesterday.   I was visiting my niece’s house to see how her Christmas decorating was coming.  My niece is the chucker by the way.  I’ve mentioned her before. She chucks stuff.  Not cabers or anything … household items mainly.  If something’s in her way, she chucks it out, if she can’t fit something in a cupboard she chucks a bunch of stuff out, if her garage is messy … she chucks it all.  Chuck, chuck, chuck.

So I’m not sure how she managed to hold onto all her Christmas stuff from last year, but she did.  It was her little girl’s room decorated for Christmas that made me almost choke on my gum and die by the way.

My niece had 2 boys before she finally had a girl.   So the second she was born, it was all pink all the time, and Christmas is no exception.  Behold … the pretty pink bedroom that almost … took my breath away.

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Estelle 3


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Estelle 10


Estelle 4

Estelle 6


Estelle 14
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Estelle 11


Estelle 8


Estelle 13


O.K.  I know that’s a LOT of pictures of a baby you don’t know and quite frankly I have no idea how bloggers who have kids manage to post only a single picture of their kid in a post, but … I couldn’t help myself.  I also have no idea how I ended up taking pictures of only one side of the room.  Perhaps it was the distractions.  The kids food fights from downstairs, the baby girl running between my feet randomly screaming at the top of her lungs then laughing her head off, or the 100 pound dog that looks like a muppet constantly knocking my lights over and breaking my bounce board.  Maybe it was that.  Regardless, I only took pictures of half of the room.

The other half’s quite nice too.  Really it is.  Honestly.

I’m lying.  There’s nothing on the other half of the room.  She chucked it all.



  1. Marti says:

    Haha! Wittily done! Loved the ending!

    And I know how your niece feels: I love my CHUCKING!

  2. Jeneen says:

    Too cute!! LOL!

  3. Didn’t know they made a Barbie of you Karen! Well done.

    What a face that kid has. Almost makes me believe in santa.

  4. Jeanette Schnell says:

    Karen, these pics are so charming! Very professional and lovely!

  5. Sandy says:

    Gorgeous room and your niece’s daughter is precious! She reminds me of Cindy Lou Who.

  6. Meg says:

    Sandy nailed it– she is Cindy Lou Who! With a dash of, “Would you get that camera out of my face, I’m trying to eat this cookie…”

    LOVE the pictures, though! Makes me want a little girl. Or just to do about ten different trees in my house each year so I can decorate them all in different color schemes and themes!

  7. KEL says:

    Death by cuteness!! I love it.

  8. Lucy says:

    Absolutely adorable little girl and a fantastically decorated room! I’m not a pink-type of girl, but even I’d like to live in this. What a lucky kid!

  9. Dru says:

    what fun! a lovely way to celebrate Christmas!

  10. magali says:

    wow times a million. I really love that room!

  11. i especially like the pics when yr niece is sitting there grasping her sugar cookie.

  12. Brenda says:

    Oh the room is dreamy…the little girl is so adorable, how sweet!!

  13. Susan says:

    TL is a talented girl! As is her Mom and Aunt! What a creative and imaginative family you all are! Merry Christmas to you all! BTW ….Little one is the epitome of princess!… She will turn out to be her Dad’s best hockey player!

  14. Leslie Zuroski says:

    I especially love her little expression in photo # 3. Great story!

  15. Lynn says:

    I hate your niece (but I love her little girl)!
    If my girls saw that spread they would divorce me for sure!! All I’d hear as they packed their ratty old things would be, “We’re going to be CANADIANS…” and off they’d be to find your niece so then she’d be blessed with three rooms to decorate! But the real reason I hate your niece is I want to be a chucker but my stupid sentimentality gets in the way! Go chuckers!

  16. Angeline says:

    The first photo of your niece’s daughter is SOOO precious! Love, love a Pink Christmas!

  17. Nicole2 says:

    Is that Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two? What a cutie! Love her little pink gold shoes! And that room is sheer perfection. Does it stay that clean? And the little girl doesn’t try to climb up the tree or throw the ornaments around?

    You take a darn good pic, Karen!

  18. marilyn says:

    sigh..pinkalicious..i cant wait for a granddaughter! i want a room like that..and holy terry lookalike..can you say clone! great pics karen and beautiful subject . we all need a little reminder of what makes the season wonderful now and then..children are so precious.

  19. OMGOSH! the look on her face in the first (well not “first”) photo! PRICELESS! Then the look in the second one! PERFECT! It’s like she’s saying ….OH COME ON! Really? are you gonna make me sit here and pretend to be happily doing something while you snap away???

  20. Carol says:

    Absolutely adorable, the girl and the room! Luv the snowflakes especially. That first picture of her sitting in the chair with the cookie is priceless,,,,LOL. Pink is one of the most difficult paint colours to get right, please share the name of this one if you know it, it looks *just right*. ~ C

  21. Langela says:

    My little girl would LOVE that room. She loves anything pink and/or princess-y. I’m glad because my oldest daughter doesn’t care for pink and my son throws fits when I try to force him into pink clothing.

  22. Madmarize says:

    I read your blog always….but now I have to comment….I am a chucker too…glad to hear there are others out there :). Gorgeous pictures….thanks for the daily laughs!

  23. How is it that you manage to make me pee my pants laughing all the time?! I think I might be in love with you. Jokes, jokes….
    FANTASTIC PHOTOS, btw !!!!!…I wanted to bite that cookie too!
    Cheers and Merry HoHo
    Lynne xx

  24. Gloria says:

    This is so magical for a little girl… it won’t look like this when she in her teens….LOL

  25. Nancy says:

    That is so beautiful..she is just adorable..

  26. Renee says:

    Wowza! Creativity obviously runs in the family. Beautiful room and adorable Sweetpea.

  27. carin says:

    Stunning. All of it. The room, the kid, the photos.

  28. Cheryl K says:

    Karen, How precious! (and the room is cute too!)

  29. Amy says:

    What a beautiful tree and room and such a cutie for a niece! My oldest sister is not a chucker but she has a pink tree upstairs. Also a 10 ft. tree in the living room, and more trees in the family room, kitchen, dining room, master bedroom, study, dining room and the pool house (only Santas in the bathrooms). As she says, “More money than sense.”

  30. tina says:

    whoa…v. cute. the pic of her looking at the red ornaments looks just like you, karen!

    merry christmas!

  31. Thera says:

    A perfect dose of cuteness to start my day!

  32. Stephie says:

    I love this room it is so cute! My Nana had a pink flocked tree one year, it sounds ugly but it really was amazing!

  33. Aunt Sandy says:

    So cute but so strange at the same time! She looks exactly like my brother did as a kid, we even did his hair like that! Although the little princess can pull off the pink better than her dad ever did!

  34. Sherri says:

    Fanfrickingtastic pink room for an adorable (and very lucky) little girl. I was blessed with two boys so I never got to exercise my pink genes on their room decor. Youngest soon and his lovely sweetheart just got a female puppy recently so I did buy the new member of the family a pink fleece hoodie with white polka dots for Christmas. I’ve lived a good life and have been kind to old geezers, small animals and babies so I hope that means I’ll have a granddaughter some day who is not of the canine persuasion so I can go pink all over the place. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Amy in StL says:

    The 7th picture shows that kids learn bershon early in life.

  36. Cynthia says:

    Beautiful pictures!

  37. Korrine Johnson says:

    The best part is that she looks like Cindy-Lou Who!

  38. Susan says:

    Ohmy! What beautiful portraits you have of your neice!! Timeless.

    BTW, THAT was the bedroom I wanted 54 years ago when my parents built their house new. What I got was Dirty Tan Pink walls and one varnished plywood brown wall.

    LOVE THIS ROOM AND DECORATIONS. Thank you for sharing.

  39. Karen B. says:

    Love the baby’s room! Gloriously pink!!

  40. Liz S. says:

    Precious room and precious little girl. Now I want to see what she did with the boy’s room. I have a 2 year old son and I have not been very successful in keeping my cute decorations in place with his constant reorganizing, hoarding, hiding, and breaking.

  41. Precious! Everything about this post…loved it!

  42. Bonnie says:

    She is a precious little girl, so I enjoyed looking at all of the picture, though I kept wondering if rooms in Canada only have one side.

  43. Shauna says:

    This cutie only has two possible options – become a princess or go totally goth. You’ll have to do a 10 year later photo to see how her room and her have changed;)

  44. Robyn says:

    I bet heaven in pink looks just like this!

  45. deanna says:

    I’ve always dreamed of a room looking just like that – all neat and tidy and beautifully perfect! Sigh.

  46. Louise says:

    I’m not crazy about pink but I have to say the room looks really good. And you took amazing pictures, especially the ones with the little girl.

  47. Gknee says:

    Dang I’d sleep in a crib again just to have a room like that. Way cute.

  48. Charmaine says:

    I have to say…I’m in love with this room. Good job! You rawk!

  49. Heather says:

    So what was/is the wall color? Please and thank you

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