Thursday, November 13, 2014

A Sophisticated Girls Room | One Adventure at a Time

Hello All,

My little girl is growing up people..  She just turned a whopping 8 years old!  Where did the time go?

It seems like I just got used to the idea of putting her on the bus to go to Kindergarten.. Now she does her homework on the bus, so she can play with her friends right away when she gets home. Very clever.

So how can I give a witty, 8 year old that loves animals and likes to play dress up with her friends, an updated super sophisticated room?  One adventure at a time.

(Hannah's old room (and Hayden's!) was featured on CNN Living, but that was almost two years ago.) 

Any room takes time to evolve.   Layer upon layer is what tells a story.. Here's the latest version of my daughter's room and how I decorated it--One adventure at a time.

This floral pillow was once a placemat.  I simply ripped the side seam open, stuffed it with a pillow and sewed it back together with a needle and thread.  No one would even know.
I found these placemats while on the 'hunt' at Marshall's.  And there were (4) so that means 4 pillows!

The lamp was a brass rescue painted cream.  

We recently traded in Hannah's twin bed for a super-roomy queen mattress perfect for sleepovers.  But finding the 'perfect' bedding became a challenge. 

I have never been a fan of a 'bed in a bag' or any coordinating set.  I think the concept is great--you walk away with everything you need to dress your bed, but I like to add my own personality. It adds character and whimsy..

The textured rose quilt, linen floral pattern with a hint of blue, and green/white stripe sheets are the perfect combination.. 

My Mom's armoire from the 70's painted cream houses all Hannah's books, pajamas, socks, bathing suits, and such.  Can you say storage?! 

I also added a $10 gold mirror from Walmart-- so 'the girl' can check out just how fabulous she is every day.

This desk (and nightstand) was a gift from my Mom when Hannah was born.. She found it at a tag sale for $20, painted it and changed the hardware.

The tutorial for the fabric memory board and 'letter H' frame can be found here.

These two projects are super easy and you could probably make them using things you already have on hand.

And every room needs a touch of gold.. this deer antler magnifying glass is from Marshall's and has become very popular with my 8 year old.  She even talks in a funny accent when she uses it..

A sitting area to read books is a must.  

Nanny's old 'coo coo clock' got a complete makeover too.

The color of all the bedding is tied together with the 'placemat' pillows.  And to add a little jazz another shopping trip revealed a blue beaded pillow to pick up the blue in the pillows.. 

What girl doesn't like a little sparkle? 

The 'cow oil painting' is a $5 tag sale find.  I don't know if I will ever be able to part with it. 

I recently reupholstered this chair with a stripe fabric that has the same colors as the placemat pillow.  It's a match made in heaven.

The chair was a tag sale find for $20 that I have re-upholstered many times.  It finally found the perfect home in my daughters room.

To add some texture, I made these pom pom's from tissue paper and a string of Chinese lantern lights.  Here's the tutorial.  

I also painted some frames to display some of Hannah's art.

The butterfly plate that is sitting on the frame belongs to a tea set.

My dollhouse from when I was a little girl..  It was yellow and white with a forest green door.  When I was pregnant with Hannah, I painted it and gave it a new look--complete with a red door!  
She likes to play with the original furniture too.   I am so tickled that my Mom saved it.  

Of course, it's mostly is a place where all Hannah's 'tiny animals' live. 

The perfect rescue stand for her dollhouse.  I will be sharing how I came up with this 'dollhouse stand' soon.  

Because every girl needs a leopard cape, cat ears, a tutu and a pink sequin cap..  

This trunk holds costumes, purse's, gloves, heels, hats and more!   

I made this 'butterfly specimen art' from old thank you cards and magazines, a butterfly punch and hot glue.  Simply spray paint a picture frame and create.  Go!

Where are the toys?  
Glad you asked..
Most of the toys are kept in bins on the top shelf of the closet.  Others in lower bins, which makes for a cleaner room.  When Hannah wants to play with something, we pick it up and put it back when she is done.  

For more tips on how to cut 'kid clutter', visit my  Just For Kids section.

This 'room remix' is full of whimsy, tradition, sophistication and lots of color...perfect for my little animal lover.

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  1. Your daughters room is soon pretty!! I love coral and pink color combination. Ahhh and that doll house is precious :)

    1. Thank you, Jane. Such a fun project for the 'little girl' in all of us!


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