A Pretty Room For A Toddler Girl

It snowed again. Yes, on the first day of spring, we got another snowstorm. Die, winter, die!

On the bright side of being stuck inside again, the boys napped for 3 hours today, and I decided to snap some quick photos of Eloise’s room while we girls enjoyed the quiet afternoon together. So you all get another mini house update. 😛 #thrills

One thing we learned very quickly in this house – work with light, neutral, easily switched around colors. The nursery is a perfect example. When we first moved in, we painted it bright blue and green to match Mikey’s bed-in-a-bag baby decor. When Eloise was born, it became this:

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By the time I was pregnant with Lucas, we’d figured things out a little better, and made sure to make a neutral room that could be easily transformed if/when necessary. It ended up like this:

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I have to say, that nursery was my favorite room in the house, and I was just a teensy bit bummed when we realized Eloise was better off in her own space, and the boys were better off sharing the bigger room. In the end, though, she was thrilled with the girlie updates, and kid life is working out much better with this new space arrangement, which makes me happy, too! 😉  We ended up with this:

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Transforming Eloise’s room was a pretty quick job. The basics stayed the same, and then we bought a Ikea Kallax unit, the baskets, gold dot decals, the little Ikea lamp, cloud pillow and the felt banner. We already had the bed, sheets, other pillows, toys, etc. which had been bought or given over the last couple years.
The baskets are huge. Two of them hold all Eloise’s clothes, one holds her shoes, the fourth one is empty.

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The sheets are from Land of Nod during one of their bedding sales. After the discount, I’d say they’re definitely worth the slightly-more-than-Target price because they’re super soft, and obviously – cuuuute! I mean, who doesn’t love girlie poodles? haha The comforter and fleece blanket are both from Target, two years old and still going strong.

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Random kid item recommendation: this little owl comes in a set of cardboard puzzles. We have the woodland set, but they have many different sets, and the kids adore these. Many hours spent putting them together and playing creatively with them. Love! Ok, moving on….

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The closet hasn’t changed – the same setup is still working for us so far.

The table is the one that used to be in the other bedroom. I moved the coloring materials downstairs, so now they use the table for legos, finger puppet shows… and tea parties. 😉

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Still to-do: add picture labels to the baskets so Ellie Bear can put her clothes away easily on her own. 🙂

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Just a quickie update today! 😉 Anyone else making changes in their home?

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17 Comments

  1. that rug looked so cozy that i snagged it at ikea for a mere $13. winning!! my 2 1/2 year old loves to lay on it half naked and say “mommy this is my cozy rug.” <3 thanks for the inspiration! now maybe i'll clean enough to post pics of her room re-do on my blog? or maybe i'll just leave it "real" and post those in the name of authentic. haha.

  2. I love this room! It is adorable and looks so functional. The gold dots make such an impact. I am so with you on keeping it neutral so that switching things up is simple! You are brilliant!

    1. The table was from Amazon, Stacy. I got it over a year ago, so I’m not sure if it’s still on there, but when I was looking for a wooden kids table, a bunch of great options came up, so definitely give Amazon a try! 🙂

  3. Since I was little girl my favorite part of any play was: setting the doll’s houses 🙂 After all I even didn’t like the play that much. At all my houses in adult life (and I had few, before I found my dream house) was the same thing – getting great joy of creating little changes that allow to transform any space to a good looking picture with a bit of “personal character”. And only few years ago I found my professional passion – home staging and house hunting. Funny, – all these years I already had found it back in my childhood 🙂 Sometimes we need maaaaany years of professional traveling to find something that was always with us… P.S. looking at Ellie’s room makes me remember all changes we did in our son’s room. He’s 6 now and got his last room update recently. Next one I guess he’ll be making himself closer to his “teenager hood” 🙂

    1. Yes!! I “re-did” my bedroom about 17 times between childhood and moving out – not even lying. haha Good for you, turning your personal enjoyment into a profession! That’s the best kind of job, one that springs from doing something your truly love. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

      1. Ana, it was so weird and amazing at the same time to understand that something that completes me was INSIDE me all those years. Funny how “goes around, comes around” works 🙂 Bob had a good point!

  4. I love it! My daughter’s room is so small that it is so cluttered and not really a playable area. We are moving in the fall to a much larger space & I cannot wait to have the room to decorate and have a tidy space again…well tidier.The room really does look great.

    1. Thanks! This room is crazy small, too. I had to carefully figure out where to put things so nothing was in the way of play and movement. bwahaha So exciting for you to look forward to a bigger space! xoxo

  5. It’s darling! I’m always making little updates. Getting the house ready to go on the market again, means packing a lot of stuff up and depersonalizing. The best thing about home decor for me, is always changing it.(The hubby just loves it, not) I’m all about the subtle room colors so you can elaborate with the fun stuff like fabrics and accessories!

    1. Oooo that must be exciting! Best of luck with your sale! I agree – sometimes just changing the smallest thing makes a huge difference in a room. So much fun! <3

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