We moved Madison into her “Big Girl” room back sometime in April or May so it seems only appropriate that I’m just now getting to post pictures of it in October. Damn kids, they really get in the way of my blogging.
A photographer I am not so please just look past the photo quality and try to just look at the room.
This is a view of the room from her doorway. I originally wanted Gray walls and to go with a Gray, black, white & lime green color palette. The problem is this room is in the corner of the house and only has that one tiny little window. The room already had this dark tan on the walls and it made it feel like a small cave. After much deliberation we decided we needed to go lighter to brighten it up.
I scoured the internet to find the bedding hoping we could build the room off of a bedding set. I ended up falling in love with the Amy Butler Sari Blooms line. It had this beautiful red/coral color along with soft yellows, lime green and turquoise and even hints of pink. From there we were able to find a shade of turquoise for the wall & we were on her way.
I hemmed & hawed for weeks trying figure out what kind of bed to get her. I really wanted a day bed but in case you haven’t priced those recently… they are REALLY expensive. Every day I would get on Craigslist trying to score & deal and finally found this one from a sweet young couple just a few miles away. The rails were a little scratched up and dull so I bought Kilz spray paint primer & 2 cans of white semi gloss spray paint and pretty soon it looked brand new. I’m absolutely in love with it.
The two prints above the bed & the green flower are all from Hobby Lobby, purchased when they were 50% off. They say “Smile” & “Dream” and coordinate with the colors in the bedding perfectly.
Below is the wall across from the bed. I originally wanted to put the Ikea expedit set here but then found this 9 cubby storage unit at Target and decided it was perfect. The Teddy Bear was actually a gift at my baby shower from Madison’s GiGi (great grandmother) It was made from the sheet that coordinates with her nursery bedding. I hope Madison realizes what a special bear that is someday.
Normally I’m not a fan of “Princess-y” things but my mom found that piece at Hobby Lobby and it worked perfectly to hang the flowers she found at Kirkland’s. The flowers are meant to hang outside but we like to break the rules. Please ignore the empty picture frames scattered throughout the room… I hope to put pictures in them before she is old enough to want to redecorate the room.
Close-up of the flowers:
Next up is the dresser & mirror that we transformed. The dresser was mine as a kid & was a nice, sturdy piece of furniture that was in desperate need of a makeover. Two coats of Kilz Spray Paint primer, Two coats of white semi-gloss spray paint, two coats of antique glaze and one coat of poly later we had the perfect dresser for her room!
The flowers next on each side of the mirror are another Kirkland’s “outside decor” find.
The sign above the mirror that says “Madison” is another one of my favorite pieces in the room. My dad saw it at Home Goods & bought it for her. There’s something about a grandfather buying something sweet & girly for his granddaughter that really gets me. I knew it needed a special place in the room and that seemed to fit.
You can also see two more of the wall hangings through the mirror. Eventually there will be a nightstand that goes there as soon as I can trust Madison not to knock it over or get hurt on it in the middle of the night.
Below is the hairbow holder I made from a letter & some ribbon at Hobby Lobby. I think it’s adorable but it doesn’t come close to holding all over M’s hairbows. most of them are in a plastic shoebox inside one of her drawer but I try to keep the ones we use most clipped on the ribbon.
When I ordered Madison’s bedding I didn’t even think about ordering the corresponding window valance. I didn’t want things to be too matchy & I was certain I could find a plain colored valance to match the room. Boy was I wrong. I searched for a long time and even bought a few things only to come home and hate them. I decided to bite the bullet & buy the valance only to find it no longer available. At that point I didn’t know what to do until I came across a coordinating shower curtain. A couple of calls to Madison’s GiGi and an afternoon over at our house later she had transformed the shower curtain into this beautiful valance complete with tabs. It totally pays to know talented people.
And last but not least, the corner of junk. I’ve got her stuffed animals piled into a basket from Hobby Lobby (you know the ones they have stacked on the top of every aisle with all of their overflow merchandise? I didn’t know they sold them…. but they do for $4/ea. & they are perfect for toy storage. I bought a few of them for the playroom too). Oh, and that’s not even half of her stuffed animals. My children do not need a stuffed animal ever again or we’ll have to start a stuffed animal adoption.
The plan for this corner is already in the works. Madison is 100% girly girl. She loves to put on crowns, play shoes & dress up clothes any chance she gets. I’m on the lookout for an old dresser that Clint can turn into a dress-up closet. Idea can be found floating all over pinterest here.
So there you have it folks, Maddie’s Big Girl Room. What do you think? Did it all come together okay?