girls bedrooms

{ the elephant room }

Last summer, whilst the middle one was away at camp, I completely made over her bedroom. Top to bottom, I painted everything, including all of the trim (window sashes and doors, casings, etc), which had been a disgusting dark tan from the mid '80s. To say it was long overdue was understatement. 


In the spirit of all my makeovers, it went until the final minutes and there was a VOILA and then it was too late to take photos because, well, she is a bit of a slob and that recommenced immediately upon arrival.

I mean it. She dumped all of her camp stuff, took a shower, climbed into bed and the room hasn't looked the same in 365 days. 

But she went to camp again this summer. Which means I finally had a chance to take pics. 

Sidenote: At one point, our house was home to a family of boys. This I know because neighbors have been kind enough to regale us with stories of the "House of Fitches," but I might have guessed anyway because nearly every surface of the second floor bedrooms and baths was covered in this special tannish brown almond trim. One bedroom even had semi gloss brownish walls. I am still undoing this ugliness, and it's slowly getting better. Awesome cool old houses with lots of poorly painted trim can be lots of work. Let's just say it is a good thing I can find zen with a paintbrush in hand.

So, the makeover. It was crazy and fun and exhausting! A year later, she still loves it, so I'm pretty confident in sharing our success here on the blog. 

Screen Shot 2017-07-18 at 1.56.14 PMWhen I came across that pillow at Target last June (which I am still seeing in stores, but is no longer available online), I knew I was on the right track. She will say she doesn't care for pink, but she is a teal/aqua/bright CORAL fan. So hello, cute-little-global-and-not-at-all-girly-pillow inspo piece. Brought it home, got the nod. Sent her to camp. 


This one has loved elephants ever since her first trip to the zoo at two and has collected them ever since. So elephants, yeah. I knew I was going to have to incorporate them somehow. AND THEN I FOUND THAT ELEPHANT CANVAS AND THERE WAS A CHOIR OF ANGELS AT WORLD MARKET AND BOOM, I had a visual focal piece.  (Now cheaper at Amazon


Let's also go on record and say this room is NOT PINK.  These walls definitely fall into the coral department, even if the color is officially called "Pink Bliss." (Benjamin Moore)  


Most of the bedding is from Target as well, except for some vintage pillowcases I throw in there to mix things up sometimes.  The bed, dresser, side table, bookcase and desk are all from Ikea. Bless that store. 




(What to do, what to do, what to do with kid art and momentos? Gah, there is so much. I'm trying to frame our favorites and have my girls participate in that process. Purchasing tons of frames and hoping for the best is my only strategy. And as much as I have installed in her room, there are piles in our guest room still waiting for their fate of some kind. Portfolios? Flat Boxes? Ceiling galleries? Will keep you posted on that project.)


Obviously, we have a Dot Thing going as well. The dotted, scalloped sheers were purchased at Amazon, and I made the roman shades by following one of the many tutorials on pinterest, using the hardware from inexpensive mini blinds. They are actually lined, and the brightness here speaks to how much light her room gets! If there is one thing I would do differently in the room, I would have used a slightly thicker lining. 

Other than that, her room is one of my favorites. :) And if she's happy, I'm thrilled. 


BTW, the Hogwarts crest we picked up on spring break at Universal this year? Pretty cool, actually. I just added it to her wall, using an old trick to hang it even and properly on the first go.  I shared that trick last week on my instagram stories, but I will share again in another post! It's life-changing and ever so handy. You will be able to hang with confidence!  I promise.  


PS: I totally forgot there were even more reasons this is the Elephant Room. It would be a bit much if I shared her entire collection, but worth noting are: 


  • The elephant throw on her bed made by a sweet aunt
  • her handprinted elephant knick-knack dish
  • an extensive plushy collection (the most important of which is at camp with her right now!)


{ looking forward }

The girls are having fun dreaming about their new bedrooms.  The currently share a room with bunkbeds.  It's pretty and pink and yellow.  There are remnants of Fidget's nursery as well as my littlest's. I combined the two as well as I could when we were planning the nursery three years ago... and then everything kind of sputtered to a stop. 

Since then, they have enjoyed their combined space and the bonus of having a playroom.  Lately, however, they have decided they want separate rooms once we move (although I am convinced they will be sneaking into each other's rooms at night anyway).

Fidget isn't 100% sure about what direction she wants to go.  That, of course, means that her younger sister, Piglet, has had not only one vision, but several.  

When we began talking about things, she was convinced that a Frozen-themed bedroom was exactly what she needed.  I struggle with plastering rooms with decals and novelty bedding.  It's just not going to happen.  I persuaded her to embrace the idea of having a room like one that Elsa would want.  The Ice Queen wouldn't want sheets with characters all over the place -- she would want classy, sparkly, wintery decorations. 

After much discussion and time together online, we agreed on a vision:

Frozen inspired bedroom

 We already have a vintage 4-poster French Provincial bedroom set to paint, which will eliminate the bulk of the expense.  So we're talking paint and a sparkly chandy.  I like the idea of silver foil on the dresser somehow. Or just painting it with a faux metallic finish. The Flokati rug and long flowy bedskirt feel like they are straight from the cold.  I was smitten with this vision.  We'd keep the walls white and paint the ceiling an ice blue.  

And then she decided this was not what she wanted AT ALL.


She wanted a room Rapunzel would feel at home in, too.  Of course. 

So there was more discussion. 

inspired by Tangled: A room for Rapunzel

And I was ever so excited to get started on that one.  I could simply repaint the original furniture in cream and gold -- or just gold! -- add a little lavender.  And shutters on the INSIDE of the room.  And a frying pan.  Thrilled, I was. 

Wouldn't you know it? Today my spunky little sidekick amazed herself, calling this her most BRILLIANT idea.

"Mommy, if I do a SHELL-themed, beach bedroom, I won't complain about not being able to go to the beach all the time!"  

Um, okaaaay.

I still didn't want to put up beach signs or starfish hooks. I have a really hard time using things other people designed for themes for my own design.  

So, shells, sea, beach... PINK.  Of course.

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Inspired by the inside of a seashell, the texture of the sand and grasses, and blowy wonderfulness that is white linen.  I think we have a winner!  I love the color of the bedframe... it's a perfect peachy pink. 

But it's best not to get too excited.  She will surely have a new idea tomorrow.  

I'll keep you posted.