Have you ever wondered what personality traits a 4-year-old girl might develop if she sleeps in a $6,000 custom-made "castle bed" every night? If it's not clear already, we'll find out soon enough: The Wall Street Journal reports that "cultural flash points" like Frozen and the royal wedding have pushed parents to spend obscene amounts of money creating bedrooms fit for a princess.
Lindsay Dickhout, the mother of two little princesses, Stella and Presley, spent $70,000 on transforming one room into a tomboy's greatest nightmare. "It's going to be a pink explosion, with hearts and bows and crowns and tassels," she tells the Wall Street Journal. Somewhere beneath all that glitz will be a "mini-French cafe."
Sure, some parents are worried about the long-term psychological effects a "gem-encrusted performance stage," might have on a girl, but Dickhout believes "they have their whole lives to think practically and be efficient in the real world." Which I can get behind—keep your kids in the jewels and away from the beige office break room! They have their 30s to be normal!
According to Jason Hulfish, the artist in charge of bringing this and other mini-castles to life, many parents do think about whether or not it's a good idea to give their daughters a "princess-fairy" themed room: "Every girl wants to be a princess, and every family is worried about making that princess." But maybe not worried enough?
Though little girls growing out of these rooms is one obvious problem for parents, it's a boon for interior designers like Dahlia Mahmood, who was later brought back to redesign the $200K, Swarovski crystal-accented "princess-fairy themed room" she created for a two-year-old in Virginia. Sounds like a pretty good business model, as long as the princess love holds steady. Thank god for Frozen 2, right?
· Princess Bedrooms That Rule [WSJ]