A room fit for sweet dreams and peaceful play

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Let's face it, it is beyond easy to get carried away decorating a little girl's room. I had to reel myself in a few times before I finally settled on something that I think she'll be able to live with for a few years to come. I have no interest in redecorating the kids' rooms every time they get a year older.

I really tried to create a space where Amelia can rest and be soothed in now and will be able to play and relax in in the next few years. In fact, I'm going to be making her a quilt with some really crazy cute fabric that will extend the life of her room when she moves from her crib to a big girl bed (more on that down the road).

Remember how I said these renovations would be done by Thanksgiving? I'm still waiting. Since all that is left in Amelia's room is to paint a few doors and add a door knob for the closet, I decided to share. Oh, I'm on the hunt for a great jewel type drawer pull to use as a closet door pull. If you know where I can get one, please let me know!
At last, I present Amelia's room!

The Owl art above the crib is actually something that Austin made at preschool. At first he wasn't thrilled to see it on Amelia's wall but now he likes that his owl watches over Amelia as she sleeps. The other wall decoration is a hand and foot print set from Carter's. I got her prints at 5 months so they are still pretty small.

We took down the wall between the two bedrooms and rebuilt it, changing the closet size and location. I am thrilled with how much more space there is in this room. It doesn't feel nearly as small is it did before we made that change. The extra 6 inches of floor space make all the difference in the world. We've recycled a dresser/change table from friends. I was thrilled that the drawer fronts were already purple and no painting was required. Down the road we'll remove the change table top and put the top drawer back in for non diaper storage. For now I love seeing the cloth diapers all folded neatly and hiding all the mess in the drawers.

I had the wall decal and the clip holder custom made. We've actually got another clip holder that I haven't hung up yet. Yes I have a problem with hair accessories. They are just so darn cute (and keep her Mohawk under control).

I had wanted to reupholster the glider and ottoman but decided that the neutral added a calming element to the space (that and I couldn't stand the thought of starting another project that would delay the completion of this room).

In the end, we're thrilled with how it turned out. It makes the time I spent searching the Internet for wall decals, fabrics and bedding and figuring out how to get them to us worth it. Here's a run down of the materials used:

I purchased the crib sheet, crib skirt, valance and fleece blanket from Baby Super Mall
Superstore (white black out curtains)
Jysk (Butterfly curtain clips, butterfly decor clips)

Carter's (print frames)
Rooms Come True (flower wall hooks)
Happi Tree Wall decal (I ordered it online but you can now get it at Weaton's)
Kudos Signs and Gifts (Girl wall decal)
Grasshopper Kids Creations (custom clip holders)
Bouclair Home (lamp)
Tag (rug)

Chateau Rose by Behr (I love that it is a purple/pink so neither colour overwhelms and the sunlight makes a big difference in what colour you see on the wall)

I am still very impressed that I managed to pull this room together on a $300 decor budget. The bedding ate and Happi Tree wall decal ate up the majority of that. I decided to make them the major elements in the room and thought it was worth the money. I tried to buy local and support WAHMs whenever I could. I love that the room isn't over done and that there is space to grow and breath in there.

The most important thing of all is that the little lady loves it. She's pushing herself around on the floor and dreaming sweet dreams in her bed at night.

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