We are jumping for joy
(as in actually leaving the ground, both feet at the same time, and landing without falling over!) with excitement over Nora’s new “big girl” bedroom. As a reminder, this is what Nora’s room looked like when we first moved here(until last fall when we also crammed an armoire in there). It was a lot of furniture in not a lot of space, so the first thing we did was get rid of the chair and the dresser we were using as a changing table, then move her crib to the back wall which opened up a lot more floor space for playing.
Then came the fun of re-decorating. I stayed up late last night (really into this morning) to get it done, and I am giddy at how well it turned out (and how much can be changed in less than 24 hours).
I decided to to go with blue paint to off-set the pink in her armoire and curtain (my amazing tag sale finds), plus I wanted something that could potentially be gender neutral if we have a boy and a girl in here someday. The paint alone made a huge difference her room. It’s a very small space (7ft wide by 11ft long; just big enough for twin bunk beds on that back wall — we’ve measured if you’re wondering). Mostly, her room felt like a box since it only has one window and everything was the exact same shade of flat white paint. It helps the space immensely to have the walls a different color from the ceiling and trim.
I also decided to paint this door and trim the same color as the walls so they would blend in a little better. We don’t use this door (it has furniture in front of it on both sides — a casualty of our small house). It looks funny to have furniture in front of it, but I think it is a little less obvious now.
I was most excited when I found these vinyl decalson Pottery Barn Kids. I obsessed over them (and everything else in this collection — have you seen my pinterest?). I love that they look semi-hand painted instead of obviously like stickers, but still have the flexibility of moving with us when/if we move in the future. I told myself it was cheaper than framing art. And, of course, nerdy me thought they seemed appropriate decor for a house 30 miles out to sea. I watched them for a while; when they went on sale I finally decided to splurge and I’m so glad I did.
The Land of Nod tent I got for free(!) at the landfill take-it-or-leave-it. That was an incredibly exciting day and one in which I was reminded of the benefits of living in a wealthy area — the things people throw away! It was the first thing Nora saw when she walked into her room and she spent a good portion of today playing in it.
There’s a few final details missing from her room. She needs a new lamp shade to replace the red one and I’m contemplating hanging a paper lantern in a dark corner. When I got her curtain,
there were three other matching curtains that would have covered more than 12 feet of windows (I can only imagine the house these came from). I paid $5 for the lot of them, put one up on her window and carefully disassembled the rest. I now have yards and yards of extra pink and white stripe fabric and ribbons. If I have time this week, I’ll sew a bed skirt, hamper cover, and a few pillows. I just haven’t decided what I want to do for a comforter/duvet cover. Any thoughts on what would go well?
Despite those few missing pieces, I love how Nora’s room has turned out and so did she: