I have been talking about Belén’s Big Girl Room for some time. It has been a very fun project for me because I have never in my entire life been able to design and decorate a room from the ground up with a blank slate. There have always been certain pieces of furniture I needed to make do with or other items I could not change, so the blank slate made this especially fun.
The wall color is more-or-less the existing color of this room when we bought the house and used it for our bedroom. It is very versatile and I really love it and thought it might make a good little girl’s room if matched with hot pink because the darkness of the walls helps make sleeping easier. I find out later, after the entire room was finished and Andy had repainted a fresh coat of paint using something very similar to the old color that not only does he not think the wall color is light enough but he thinks the room is strange. Might have been nice to know earlier, but I guess he thought better than criticizing the decor choices of a pregnant lady…
That said, let me introduce you to Belén’s new Big Girl Room.
My goals for the room were simple:
1. I wanted it to be girly but something she could grow with for perhaps her entire childhood. I wanted to design the room once and not redo it every two years.
2. I wanted it to be centered around a fun, funky round rug.
3. It needed to have hot pink if we were to keep the existing wall color.
4. Finally and most importantly, I wanted it to have international diversity with elements from our travels fitting for a little girl.
5. Oh right, and I couldn’t spend a fortune on it and therefore tried to be as frugal as possible and only splurge on really key items for the room.
The night stand is an itso storage cube from Target, $8.99
Pink dog is Wahoo Inflatable Dog from amazon, first birthday gift, $34.98
Pink jeweled chandelier night light is from amazon, $19.99
The entire room was designed around the round rug from overstock.com which was purchased last fall for I believe around $199 and then I splurged for the super plush rug pad for lots of spring for jumping and padding for falling.
Bunk bed from Mor Furniture
Owl made by Nana for Belén’s 2nd Birthday
Xhilaration Sheet set from Target, $18.99
Quilt and pillowcase Made by Nana, another 2nd birthday gift, she will be posting the pattern she created for them here.
“Valentina” or Tina, Valentine’s Day Gift from Andy and me, our name for the Coco doll from goodbyebluemonday etsy shop, $38
Chandelier, antique from local shop, $100
PDF, Printable kit, Sweet Paper Dolls, paperglitter etsy shop, $3.99 and then a few painstaking hours of cutting out every little detail
Paper lanterns were a gift from a friend from Shanghai but I have seen them at Cost Plus World Market for less than $10
I love these little paper dolls and they bring the international diversity we (I) was looking for in the room!
Mama bear in high chair was mine from childhood.
My First Table and Chairs, Pottery Barn Kids, $159
Fisher Price Tea Set, Christmas gift from her Auntie, $18.99
Toy box (with toddler proof pads) built by Andy.
Circo Shopping cart, 2nd Birthday gift from the Campbell’s, $22.99
“B” Letter Wall Hanging, Craft Cuts, $20
Vase, Garage Sale, $1
Lucky Chinese Golden Pig Bank, something we picked up while living in Shanghai, $2
Porcelain Doll from when I was a kid
Antique Dresser made by my Great Grandfather (Belén’s Great Great Grandpa)
Skip Hop Zoo Pack Little Kid Backpack, amazon, $19.95
By the time I got to this wall, I had exceeded my budget and therefore couldn’t get the alphabet hanging I really wanted. My mom (Nana) offered to create this wall hanging and I am so glad she did because I like it even better than the $100 hanging I was coveting before she came up with this. I love how it uses unique animals for each letter!
And last but not least, a Chinese calendar wall hanging from my friend Cathy in Shanghai.
I personally love how the room turned out and Belén seems pretty smitten with it. For the longest time it was just a rug with a thick pad and we would spend time every night in there jumping around playing on it, getting her excited about her “Big Girl Room.” I really think having a fun new room made the transition from crib to bed much easier as she thought it was “cool” to be sleeping in her new “Big Girl Room.”
My only wish for the room was that Andy liked it or at least didn’t think it was strange. But then again, when I asked him what he would have done for the room, it is probably good he let me have free reign.
What do you think? Do you like it? What is your favorite element of the room?