JADE ON MOTHERHOOD There's a piece of advice I heard when I was twelve years old, and it always made sense to me: Communicate with your child. Explain things rather than saying "because I say so."
HARDEST PART Consistency. I try my best to make sure that I make one-on-one time with Secret.
BEST PART Every time I look at her, I feel a sense of pride. It's mind-blowing to have been a part of creating a life.
ROOM STYLE Eclectic Cool
Filled with family heirlooms, draped silk, and vintage music boxes, this girlishly whimsical space is the perfect mix of magical and meaningful.
She was three when we moved in, and it was going to be her first real bedroom, so I wanted it to be warm, inviting, and fun.
STARTING POINT The bed was the starting point. It's a family heirloom that began with my great-grandfather-it was mine when I was younger, too.
PERSONAL TOUCHES I put together a wall of family photos (shown at right) over Secret's bed. The one of Secret and me covered in paint was taken by my mom one summer in Sag Harbor. I want to keep adding to this collection.
Save: I've kept it pretty simple-I had a basic bookshelf built and stacked it with her toys and books. Splurge: If I were to splurge, it would be on bedding!
HOMEMADE TOUCHES She was once given about a dozen beautiful, handmade small animals. I found them too special to play with and possibly lose, so I strung them on fishing string, and they now float below the ceiling all in a row. She loves it!
THE LITTLE MOMENTS I always enjoy tidying her room and putting away all the tiny details-it calms me, and she loves to help.
SECRET'S ROOM IS . . . Pink, tranquil, and inviting.
I started off with all of the great hand-me-downs I've been given, and then I splashed the room with all of Secret's toys. Great bedding, a good lamp for atmosphere, and beautiful curtains pulled it all together. Still, it's always a work in progress! That's the fun of it.
Sarah's Silks canopy