I love making over a room. I love all of the creativity and vision and work that comes with it. Early on in my marriage, it was not unusual for my husband to come home from work to find a room of our house completely rearranged from top to bottom. The first couple of times it happened, it really caught him off-guard. After awhile though, I think he practically came to expect it. Ha! We recently moved my daughter into a bigger bedroom. Let me just say, redoing a little girl room may be my favorite type of makeover ever.
With #2 due in September, the list of house projects that I am hoping to get done this summer is pretty extensive. Because of this, and because I am working against a deadline that is just a few short months away, I chose not to repaint this room. Fortunately, it is a fairly neutral color, although it is a bit darker than my original vision. Even so, I am thrilled with the way the room turned out.
So, let’s just jump into some pictures, shall we?
Unfortunately, I don’t have any before pictures of this room. It originally served as an extra living space upstairs with a couch, TV, desk, etc. Over the past couple of years though, it slowly morphed into part play room, part dumping ground for everything that didn’t really have a place in the house.
I’ll just let you imagine the sight this room used to be…
This, however, is how it looks now.
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The handmade blanket on the chair was actually my inspiration for the room. My grandma made most of this blanket for me, although she was unable to finish it. So, my mom found someone to finish it and then gave it to me a few months ago. I knew the moment that I received it that I wanted to use pink and brown as the color scheme for the new bedroom.
I love the way it turned out, and I just love all of the details in the room.
One of my first projects was the ribbon mobile that hangs above the crib. Click here to see how easy it was to make. I also love this set of flower pictures. They originally hung in my grandma’s house, and I have always thought they were so pretty. I had them hanging in a bathroom, but knew they would fit perfectly here.
I also love these little shadow boxes. Everything within the boxes came out of the same grandmother’s house. My daughter is particularly fond of the “reindeer.” 🙂
My next DIY project was the bow holder. A good friend of mine made a bow holder for me before my daughter was born, and I loved having it in her nursery. It was such a great way to organize and keep track of all her bows. It was considerably smaller than this though, and unfortunately, didn’t fit the new color scheme. So, I made a new one. This was also a cinch to put together. See the tutorial here.
My final creation for her room was the decorative swing shelf that hangs above her chest of drawers. I absolutely love the way this turned out. It’s fun and different and a great way to display a few special things. Again, this was a breeze to whip up.
Another element of her room that I adore is the teepee. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to put a teepee in this room. They are pretty popular right now, and I think they are just brilliant. What kid doesn’t love a good teepee or fort? My daughter was often asking my husband to build her one out of blankets. Now, she’s got one to play in whenever she wants.
The forest behind the teepee was actually my husband’s idea. Shortly after we got her furniture moved in, I was wondering aloud about how I was going to fill all of the wall space behind the teepee. My husband suggested I find some sort of tree decal, and I thought it was a brilliant idea.
This little wood table and chairs were mine when I was a child. My mom passed it on to me shortly after my daughter was born, and she absolutely loves it. It is the perfect size for her.
While the Little People princess castle is not the most aesthetically pleasing element of the room, she spends hours playing with it. Literally. So, I wanted to make sure it was easily accessible for her.
Finally, one of my favorite things in the room is this cross stitch piece. A good friend of mine made this shortly after she was born, and I just love it. I reframed it for this room, and hung it in a prominent spot.
So, there you have it. My baby no longer lives in a nursery, but officially has a little girl room. How did that happen?! And now that it is done, we are on to the next project!
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