Nursery to Big Girl Room

With mixed emotions we bought our 2 year old daughter a big girl bed. She was ready... her mom was not.  It feels like yesterday we were setting up her nursery and waiting for her arrival.  When designing her nursery I wanted to create a space that would grow with her. All I had to do was buy a headboard and bedding and her room was instantly transformed to her "big girl room".  Not only easy , but it also helped me with the transition. Her room still looked the same and that was comforting to a mom who is not ready to part with a room that has such strong sentimental meaning. 

Before Pictures of her nursery 

After pictuers of her BIG GIRL ROOM! 


Can you tell she is obsessed with her ballet class! :) 

Below is a shopping list for her big girl room.  The bedding and headboard for her big girl bed are seen below. Some items are alternatives due to the fact that the those items are not longer available since creating her nursery 2 years ago. The Serena and Lily fabric for the bumpers and pillows are no longer available.  My father made the wooden rocking horse, and all of the wooden furniture was found at antique shops and used furniture stores and painted white. 

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Sweet little Girls Room | First Draft

I often wait until the end of a project to share it on my blog or my Instagram account. However this project is so special to me that I wanted to share the progress start to finish. My newest In-Person Design client and new dear friend hired me to create a room for her little girl.   Her little girl has cerebral Palsy and they are changing their first floor office into her bedroom. Her current bedroom is on the second floor and she is getting to big to carry up and down the stairs.  In addition, my client and friend is expecting her fourth daughter in July. They will need the extra bedroom upstairs for a new nursery.

One request from the family was to use a daybed instead of a regular bed, with the idea that they will only need to add a guard on one side of the bed with the other two already in place.  

I created a custom daybed design with a headboard in the back. I wanted her to have a special "big girl bed" despite it being a daybed. I love big fabric headboards for little girls rooms. I wanted her to have the same despite it being a daybed. I never saw a design like this before but imagined it and searched for someone that  could make it!  I was so happy to find a company that could! 

Here is the first draft I presented to the family: 

The wingback love seat is a sleeper sofa. So if a parent or care taker need to stay overnight they can sleep comfortably nearby in her room.  

I chose a pink and gold theme to grow with her. I did not want the room to be too "little girl" and they would have to re-do it in a few years. 

I found a wonderful company on Etsy who can create my custom design for the daybed.  The company is called Liven up Design.  You can find them also on Instagram @livenupdesign .  They can also make beautiful custom benches/ottomans as seen in front of the love seat and window below. 

This is only the first draft and some starting ideas.  I am sure we will make some changes and revisions to fit the families needs.  I will continue to update the changes and progress of this project. I am so happy to be a part of it!  


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From nursery to "little boys" room

About a year ago a few months before our daughter was born we decided to turn our son's nursery into a "little boys" room! He wasn't ready for a "big boy " room but he was outgrowing his nursery and crib! Even with the crib set up as a toddler bed he still seemed uncomfortable . It was time for a full size bed but he wasn't necessarly ready for the traditional big boy room decor.  He still loved his teddy bears and wasn't really into sports yet. And I certainly wasn't ready to part with his nursery! No other room could ever carry as much sentimental value as a nursery ! The room you create waiting and dreaming about your baby and the room that you bring your newborn home to. The room you rock your baby to sleep in, change them in .....and then all of a sudden in the blink of an eye they are not a baby ! How can it go so fast ?!?! So fast that I didn't want to rush it even faster.....I didn't want to force him into a navy blue sports themed big boy room when he still wants to cuddle with his teddy bears ! I love the way it turned out! It is so fitting for the stage that he is right now! He is big but still little! He was so proud of his "big boy bed" and showed everyone that came over to visit his sister-to -be's nursery and his new room!

Here is a picture of his sweet baby blue nursery before:

Changing from nursery to a toddler room was so easy ! All we needed to do was re-arrange his furniture to fit a full sized bed . Next we picked out complimentary bed linens. I wanted them to match the colors of the room but not be too babyish . I decided on a baby blue, white and beige gray stripe that matched the colors of the nursery perfectly but the stripe helped to make it a little bit more mature! 

Finally we made sure the full sized bed was low to the ground so he could easily get in and out of bed on his own! We did this by not using a box spring . Instead we used what the mattress professionals call a "bunkie board". We had a piece of inexpensive ply wood cut to the size of the frame at our local Home Depot! We kept all his decor in the room the same!

Here is the finished big boy bed" and toddler room an "almost big big room"! 

Little by little I have noticed more and more "big boy " signs creeping into his room! He now has a shelf for all his cool guy hats! I will often find a baseball or football on his bedside table or library books about outerspace !

 It's been a year since he has had his "big boy bed" and he is now 3 1/2 years old! He's growing up , and even starts his first soccer team in two weeks! Yikes!! It's almost time to start incorporating big boy decor in his room. More on those changes coming soon! Until then I'm going to enjoy my "little boy "and his "little boys" room a "little" longer. :)