Tuesday, February 9, 2010
a big girl room!
The sun finally came out today, and although it was too cold to go outside to play, we had a fun lunch play date with friends inside instead. I also got some pictures of A's big girl room. She has just been so giddy with her new little environment since we've finished it all, and that it's made all the painting and re-painting furniture and walls worth it!
And with that, here we go.....
I admit it. I was one of those that fell in love and fell hard for the Brooke bedding at Pottery Barn Kids. Purchasing the quilt, shams, and the owl nearly shot my budget alone, so I bought sheets and a dust ruffle at Target and Walmart--which I feel much better about when I'm up late at night changing sheets for one reason or another.:) The bed itself is a twin Jenny Lind-style, which was found on Craigslist for $80 and painted white by my sweet husband. I felt so fortunate to find such a deal on it, especially since most antique Jenny Linds run around $500, and even a new one at The Land of Nod is $500! Please know--it pays to wait for exactly what you want at your price point! Waiting 4-5 months for this bed was nothing when I see it everyday, and it looks exactly how I envisioned for her room. The mattress and box spring were purchased new.
The paint color is Benjamin Moore Harbor Fog.
My little girl, almost 3 years old, is not into napping anymore. Well, she never was into it (I was), but I still enforce a rest time, regardless. Her grandparents bought this hanging book display at The Land of Nod, and it now makes rest-time a little more restful. Somehow she also thinks she can "read" her books during the night, too, and we often hear some shuffling and page turning by the light of her tiny nightlight.
The framed tree picture is a gorgeous photo that I won from the talented Kelly. It adds to the woodland theme in the room so much!
I've had these letters for awhile, although they were just painted white and hung in A's nursery with ribbons. I was somewhat tired of that look in her room, so I used Modge Podge to adhere some fabric strips on them. We gave her the cat on her first Christmas. And yeah, she couldn't have cared less about it. The shelf is a hand-me-down from a friend before A was born.
My favorite part of her room is this little tree I created on top of her bookshelf! A couple of branches from the yard, some fabric scraps with green in them cut in the shape of leaves, and a cheap tin planter from Joanne's ($2) makes a little bit of whimsy for her active imagination. I had noticed that lots of children's rooms lately online and in catalogs had incorporated tree branches somehow--I love bringing the outside in. I wanted somewhere safe to put it, though, so high up and away from curious hands on top of her bookcase was perfect. I also glued some small butterflies from a kit that I used around the room (Pottery Barn Kids $30, although it's not sold there anymore) in the tree.
A little bird sits on top of the highest tree branch.
Hooks for dress up! Is the Louis Vuitton purse not the most hilarious thing you've ever seen? I love when she pretends to be mommy with it. As if Mommy actually has anything that resembles a designer brand purse. I found this accordion peg rack at a friend's parent's garage sale, and they insisted I take it for free among other things. B spray painted it white. Love!
Because her room functions as a bedroom and a playroom, I tried to make several "stations" for her playtime--reading, art, kitchen, etc. Here is her art station (although she does have table and chairs for other crafts in the dining room). One side is for paper and the other a chalkboard. Perfect for practicing her shapes and recognizing upper- and lower-case letters!
I was stumped on how to find art for a large, awkward wall in her room. Our furniture placement has had to be strategic, based on the floor vents that cannot be covered and the numerous windows, and that didn't made wall decor easier, either. I saw somewhere that someone had let their own child provide the artwork for a large wall with these art clips from (you guessed it) the Land of Nod. And for the record, I had no idea of my level of loyalty for the Land of Nod until this post. Although it makes sense when it ALWAYS appears in my ads when I'm skipping around the Interweb. Sneaky Google, knowing where I like to shop and whatnot.
Kitchen station! Her darling little Kid Kraft kitchen from Christmas two years ago. I was mesmorized by it's cuteness then and, thus, did not plan for any subsequent children that might not love the color pink for all of their toys when I purchased it. Oops. Oh, well. They aren't here yet to complain about it, anyway. But can you blame me? I made the curtains from a cute fabric I got on sale at Joanne's (also made a Valentine's Day applique for her class party on Friday with it!). The mirror is from Garden Ridge and was clearanced as damaged merchandise for $5. It used to be gold, and we did indeed break out the spray paint for this as well. Sorry, global warming. We will do better, I promise.
Hard at work being mommy to her doll--such the nurturer....
And, finally, why we did it all. So worth it, as always.
Hope you enjoyed our little tour through her room!
I've linked up with the following decor parties!
DIY Day @ A Soft Place to Land
Trash to Treasure Day @ Reinvented
Show and Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Posted by Alison at 8:41 PM