“With a dreamy far-off look and her nose stuck in a book.” – Howard Ashman, Beauty and the Beast
We have full-on Beauty and the Beast fever after seeing the preview of the Live-action remake released last week. The Disney version is the most known story, but we like this pop-up book by Robert Sabuda as well. Sabuda’s book features the classic version of the story (no talking inanimate objects, no angry mob). The images are vivid and interesting and the pop-up work is exquisite. Take a look at the detail work on this castle!
Between this gorgeous book and the movie, we were inspired to try something new on the blog this month – a bookish bedroom! We decided to design a modern beauty and the beast bedroom that was subtle in its nods to key elements of the story without being over the top. With children’s rooms it is important that a “theme” not be taken too far. Equally important, is that the bedroom and its key (often expensive) pieces are able to grow with your child over time. We think this bedroom nails the mix of whimsy, fun and practicality.
Wallpaper // Bed // Yellow Bedding // How to be a Princess Pillow // Tea Set // Rocker // Rose Pillow // Tale as Old as Time Print // Ladder Bookshelf // Clock // Mirror // Dresser // Adventure Print // Fresh Flowers add a special touch
- Anna French Klein Trellis Wallpaper – Beautiful and subtly elegant, this wallpaper will grow with your child from the toddler to teenage years.
- Pottery Barn Kids Juliette Bed – A streamlined, but still ornate bed perfect for any little french princess! The neutral shade is sure to last any stage of childhood.
- Pottery Barn Kids Audrey Quilted Bedding in Yellow – This bedding immediately calls to mind Belle’s dress in the epic ballroom scenes from the movie, though in a toned down shade.
- Land of Nod How to be a Princess Pillow – This book pillow is just everything! What an adorable nod to the princess in all of us!
- Disney Beauty & The Beast Live Action Enchanted Tea Set Playset – This whimsical tea set is a reproduction from the live action version. Mrs. Potts’ eyes blink and Chip twirls in his saucer! What fun elements to add to your tea parties.
- Pottery Barn Kids Modern Wingback Rocker in Ivory Everyday Velvet – Wingback chairs were a stable in the movie and book versions of Beauty and the Beast. The clean lines lend this chair a modern feeling and the rocker works well for story time. An ottoman is available as well.
- Wayfair Montrose Throw Pillow – The classic take on Beauty and the Beast involves Beauty’s father stealing a rose from the Beast’s garden. Beauty later finds the Beast close to death under the rose bushes. Sabuda’s roses are pink – a color more suited for this bedroom than a harsh red.
- Tale as Old as Time Print – Classic song. Elegant font. And at only $5!
- Wayfair Leaning Bookcase – The library scene is my everything and those bookcases with ladders are my shelfie goal. While that look may not be the most practical for a children’s room, a bookshelf that resembles a ladder is a clever nod to that aesthetic.
- HoppsShop Clock – There is nothing subtle about this reference to Cogworth but COME ON. Could you die from the cuteness of this little guy?
- Wayfair Regal Frameless Mirror – The magic mirror is a key feature in both versions of the story. This one is a not too ornate but gives off a royal vibe non the less.
- Wayfair Latitude Run Hill Dresser – I adore this dresser. It looks like it is ready to start chatting away, recommending outfits to wear. Whimsical and functional!
- I want Adventure Quote Print – This quote is inspiring and we love it framed on a dresser or on the wall. It looks amazing next to the flowers in this photo too. You can never go wrong with fresh flowers – particularly roses in this bedroom.
So what do you think? Should we do try this feature again? Any suggestions you would like to see?Beauty and the Beast by Robert Sabuda
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing on 2010
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True love blossoms and wins through in this innovative pop-up adaptation of a beloved fairy tale. Once again bestselling pop-up and paper engineer, Robert Sabuda, has created amazing paper structures that will lead readers through the magical story of this age-old story. With artful renditions of the magnificent castle, a life-like Beast, and an enchanting closing scene ~ just to name a few ~ this three-dimensional retelling of a classic tale with surprises throughout is certain to become a favourite in every family's library.