Once upon a time, I asked my mom for the whole New Kids on the Block bedroom shebang: comforter, curtains, pillows…and then, with the word “no,” she crushed my dreams of being cool. I think I got a NKotB t-shirt as a consolation (and wore it like every day). What I know now is that my mom was in fact smart, because she was unwilling to spend insane amounts of money on things when she could create something way cooler, for way less (even though at the time, I still thought she was just mean). Basically what I’m saying is that crushing my daughter’s dreams of having a My Little Pony or Disney Princess room is not my fault, it’s my mom’s–it was bred in me. Adelie forgave me as soon as she saw her room though. It’s totally girly, totally her, and I did manage to incorporate things she’s “totally into” as she says. She’s actually spending time in there (queue the angels singing for my sanity), and keeping it clean! (Although that may also have something to do with promises of a pet fish if she keeps it clean long enough.)
This is what we started out with way back when we moved into the house. Sort of a storage/guest room. After we moved her in we painted and made it a little more girly, but it’s been a space in transition for quite a while.
This room basically revolved around a couple of things:
The pink armoire. She LOVES this thing, so I couldn’t really bring myself to paint it. My child cries when I sell furniture, no joke, so I couldn’t really bring myself to traumatize her by painting her “pink” as she affectionately calls it. Plus I really love it and wanted to keep the color if possible. The walls were also already this soft shade of pink and I really didn’t want to paint again. But, operating around a huge pink piece of furniture can be challenging, until you’re at JoAnn’s one day and find the fabric of your dreams.
You know what will make a girl love her room? Fur + a mirror at her height. She thinks this throw on the back of the chair is the greatest thing ever (like a princess chair) and walks in and out of her room endlessly to check the mirror. You can find my tutorial for the embroidery hoop bulletin board here.
I found a new place for her artwork, and added glitter letters over the bed. I wanted something a little “inspirational” and more unexpected than the usual “DREAM” or “PLAY.” She loves the song at the beginning of The Croods, so “SHINE” was the perfect word here. And it’s in glitter–sometimes I’m so poetic. I also upholstered an ugly, old, hotel headboard. She’s convinced that she now has a legit princess bed.
On the other side of the room, there’s a little reading/creative corner. We’ll probably have to incorporate a desk here at some point, but since her room is in the basement (hence the lack of light in the pictures), she does most of her artwork upstairs (I’m not trusting enough for art supplies in her bedroom yet), but she loves to “read” and color on her chalkboard, so this space is perfect for her. I added a few smaller embroidery hoop bulletin boards to show off more of her art and pictures. I decided to paint the trunk mint to break up all of the pink and purple a bit.
Finally, just a few of our favorite details around the room. I’ll be back later this week to start sharing tutorials and sources for all of the stuff we put in here.
Other Projects In This Room: