Pretty in Pink. An Alternative to the Farmhouse Christmas.

I’m a big old traditionalist with most things in life and that includes Christmas decorating. I didn’t think I liked pink as a general rule, let alone for Christmas decorating.  Then I saw my niece’s pink Christmas room.


It was seven years 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’s managed to hold onto Christmas decorations or her children, but she has.  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.   The second the girl was born, it was all pink all the time, and Christmas is no exception.  Behold … the pretty pink Christmas bedroom that almost … took my breath away.

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I mean seriously.

The sad thing is, her room isn’t like this anymore.  Because this toddler is now a big girl.  She’s like 7 or 8 or something.  I can’t be expected to remember the exact ages of all my relatives.  Unless you are over 100, I will not remember your age.  I’m looking at you 104 year old Aunt Jean.

Everything pink, pretty, frilly and tiny.

I’m not sure what she’s looking at in this photo but that’s the same look an old Uncle used to get when he spotted an unattended beer.

Pink. Honestly. I never would have believed I could like it let alone for Christmas.

And at this point you’re rolling your eyes thinking, AS IF.  A crystal cake plate in a toddler’s room?  Bullshit.  But it’s true. This is how my niece had her toddler’s room throughout Christmas and everything was fine.  It’s how she herself was raised by my sister.  Nothing “good” was ever put away so that it didn’t get broken. Instead the kids were taught certain things couldn’t be touched or you had to be gentle with them.

As far as I know nothing was ever broken other than a pair of crystal candlesticks, 12 teacups, 5 saucers, 2 televisions, a rare and unreplaceable Beatles album, countless dishes, a set of Royal Doulton china and an arm. So there you go.

This is the Met Gala Barbie.  She just shoved Kim Kardashian out of the way.

Under the tree even more pink.  It was a relentless swath of pink.

As every Christmas decorator knows, when in doubt or out of money, put out some Christmas balls for instant festive.


O.K.  I know that’s a LOT of pictures of a toddler (who is now like 17 or 18 years old I think) you don’t know, so thank you for being so patient.  To be quite honest with you I’m not sure how mommy bloggers only post 1 or 2 pictures of their children.  It must take hella self control.

I hope this quick break from all the Farmhouse Christmas inspiration that’s out there was a bright spot in your decorating day.  Nothing against Farmhouse Christmas decorating of course, I love it.

By the way, I have no idea how I ended up taking pictures of only one side of the room.

The other half of the room was quite nice too.  Really.  Honestly.

I’m lying.  There was nothing on the other half of the room.  My niece chucked it all.

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  1. Heather says:

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

  2. Charmaine says:

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

  3. Gknee says:

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

  4. 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.

  5. deanna says:

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

  6. Robyn says:

    I bet heaven in pink looks just like this!

  7. 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;)

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. Karen B. says:

    Love the baby’s room! Gloriously pink!!

  12. 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.

  13. Korrine Johnson says:

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

  14. Cynthia says:

    Beautiful pictures!

  15. Amy in StL says:

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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!

  19. Thera says:

    A perfect dose of cuteness to start my day!

  20. tina says:

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

    merry christmas!

  21. 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.”

  22. Cheryl K says:

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

  23. carin says:

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

  24. Renee says:

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

  25. Nancy says:

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

  26. Gloria says:

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

  27. 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

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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

  31. Babie Knoop says:

    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???

  32. 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.

  33. 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!

  34. Angeline says:

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

  35. 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!

  36. Leslie Zuroski says:

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

  37. 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!

  38. Brenda says:

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

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

  40. magali says:

    wow times a million. I really love that room!

  41. Dru says:

    what fun! a lovely way to celebrate Christmas!

  42. 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!

  43. KEL says:

    Death by cuteness!! I love it.

  44. 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!

  45. Sandy says:

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

  46. Jeanette Schnell says:

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

  47. Tricia Rose says:

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

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

  48. Jeneen says:

    Too cute!! LOL!

  49. Marti says:

    Haha! Wittily done! Loved the ending!

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

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