It all began with a pillow….
Ok. Well, technically it all began with realizing that our crib-turned-toddler bed was just not cuttin’ it anymore for our Little Miss. Her legs weren’t quite dangling over the end but it was getting close!
But the inspiration behind this transformation was this pillow!
I knew I wanted to work with her existing decor and particularly the yellow toile that has been apart of her room since she was a baby. So, taking cues from this pillow, I set about to add some pops of color and some sweet vintage charm to my sweet girl’s space.
Would you believe that there are 6 different patterns represented in this room?
If you are counting to make sure I’m correct, be sure to notice the tiny pink flowers on the pillowcases at the back of the bed! When it was all said and done, these fabrics and colors worked
together to create just the look I was hoping for. Want to see?
First let’s take a look at where this room began…
And now, here is the new Big Girl Bedroom!
You may remember how I used a Simple Stencil monogram surrounded by creamy yellow plates to accent this space above the dresser.
And that I found the most adorable little vanity with a darling swivel stool which was recovered in toile fabric along with a thin piece of plastic for added protection.
Would you believe that this beautiful painting was done by my incredibly talented Father-in-Law?
I like to call him the Renaissance Man! He painted this gorgeous piece of artwork when Lauren was born and it has been gracing the wall of her room ever since. By framing it out with molding and hanging curtains up, we created an extra little “window”.
You may also remember that I created a Cornice over her bed by using this foam wall plaque, up-cycling her crib dust ruffle and adding a ready-made curtain panel to the back.
I fell in love with the large floral patterned Ralph Lauren bedding as
soon as I spied it at Tuesday Morning. I knew it would be the perfect way to tie in all of the fabrics.
And when I found this gorgeous Toile Print at Hancock Fabrics, well…that just sealed the deal!
But then came the decision of what to make with that toile fabric. I had to have a heart-to-heart with myself….has anyone else ever had to do that? “Self”, I said, “You know that if you try and make a bunch of throw pillows for this girl’s bed that they are just going to live up to their name and get THROWN off the bed, up in the air, and at her brother”. So, after I argued a bit with the voice(s) in my head, I decided to make just one GIANT bolster pillow to grace the bed and be a real statement piece.
Ok…so here’s the thing. I like to call this the Lazy Girl’s Bolster Pillow. The ends are not finished off but are gathered together instead and tied off with coordinating ribbon. The advantage of being Lazy in this case is that I can add more stuffing when it begins to look deflated. And as often as this is getting jumped on and rolled around with, I’m thinking it will be restuffed pretty often!
Let’s take a quick look around the rest of the room!
I knew as soon as I saw these darling little canvas bird paintings that they would be the perfect addition. The fact that they were only $9.99 each didn’t hurt either!
Some of you have seen her chandelier before but I just couldn’t resist showing it off again!
These little framed prints were in my own nursery and I love having this little piece of my history in my daughter’s room. Of course, now that I think of it, maybe they were in Heather’s nursery too. Were they Heather? I know I had to wear your hand-me-downs but now I’m wondering how much of MY stuff is actually YOUR stuff! Hmmm…we may need to talk to mom about this.
And speaking of Auntie Heather, she gave me this beautiful framed print of a scene from Sense and Sensibility which is, of course, one of our all-time favorite movies. I cannot wait for Lauren to read all of Jane Austen’s novels. Oh, and the Anne of Green Gables series of course. And Little House on the Prairie…that goes without saying!
This part of the room made my heart skip a beat when I first saw it while touring our house.
Doesn’t every little girl want a window seat? Sometimes I catch her just sitting there staring out the window and it just makes me melt! Other times she climbs onto the window seat and throws up all over the place and then I have to try and clean it all up and end up having to throw away the foam cushion which used to be here because…well…have you ever tried to clean vomit out of foam? Not pretty!
Also, cleaning it out of the hinges of a window seat might just go down as one of my grossest mommy moments. But, I digress….
The dollhouse was actually built by our dad for Auntie Heather when she was a little girl and she graciously allowed it to come and live in Lauren’s room for awhile. We love Auntie Heather!
These shadowboxes hold baby gowns that belonged to my grandmothers.
Can you see the word ‘Baby‘ at the top of this one?
Well, that is it for now folks! I have a few more little things I want to add to her room…like maybe a cushion on the window seat to replace the aforementioned vomit covered one.
But I sure am loving my Baby Girl’s “Big” Girl Bedroom.
It’s bittersweet, isn’t it? The crib is gone….
The vanity sits waiting for the little girl spinning on the stool to become a big girl trying on makeup for the first time…like when she is 20! And Mommy gets to decorate it to her heart’s content.
I know it won’t last so I’ll enjoy it while it does!
Thanks so much for joining me today at the Fence,