The minute my daughter turned 2 (Jan.) I was ready to give her room a makeover. She had outgrown her nursery and was now a big girl. This means we totally need a big girl room to go with this new phase of life. As eager as I was it would take several months before I actually did it. She would climb out of her crib in the middle of the night but couldn’t get back in. SMH We took the front off her crib for about a month and that helped but it was time for the crib to go. While we didn’t agree on the exact bed we both wanted a loft bed.
I wanted to maintain the bold colors we incorporated in her nursery but wanted to turn it up a little more. I kept the shelves, but changed out some of the things on them. I also kept the belly shot because I’m not ready to let it go yet. This bed is from Ikea and I absolutely love it. She sleeps at the top and lounges while playing, watching TV, or taking a mid-day nap at the bottom. We made the crayon art on the sidewall, see tutorial here.
We kept the stone decals from the nursery as well; and the only furniture we actually changed was her bed. Her book shelf used to be a changing station, now it houses her TV, jewelry box and a picture. We replaced the three flower pictures from the nursery with three DIY canvas arts. Every time someone comes in Nori’s room she proudly tells them that she and mommy made them. They were really easy and fun to do; we used the bold coloring that went with her other decor. Nori is in her doll phase so her stuffed girlfriends are hanging out between her dresser and book shelf. We are still potty training so the basket holds her pull ups and wipes.
I used to rock Nori in this chair, I used to nurse Nori in this chair and her Daddy would sometimes read her a bedtime story. Oh and when she climbed out the crib and couldn’t get back in she would sleep in this chair. SMH These days she sits in it to watch TV or I sit it when I’m in here. She now has two toy boxes that maintain some order in here. Nori loves blankets so they are all over her room.
I wanted Nori to have images in her room that look just like her. It is so important for her to always love the skin she is in. The picture on the left is a logo I had created of she and I. (She proudly tells you it’s her and mommy). I scored this princess crown from Hobby Lobby and had to have it. The picture in the yellow frame came from the internet, the artist is Keturah Ariel. Her Hello Kitty alarm clock came from Target.
I want something else to go here but I’m not sure what that something will/should be. For now its three more pictures of pretty little brown girls. The blocks were handed down from Big Brother; they both still play with them. I purchased this storage tote from Target as well.
Her bedding came from Target. The color combo was exactly what I was looking for. The sheets are hot pink with white polka dots. Her second set of sheets are white with orange and pink polka dots. In the corners of her bed are a few of her favorite stuffed friends. They make sure she sleeps well.
This is my favoritest (I know) part of her room. I wanted it to be comfy and cozy yet fun. We put a very thin mattress on the bottom so she wasn’t just lying on the hard floor. To keep the punch of color going I got these bold colored pillows (Ikea) to brighten things up. While I want Nori to always love the skins she is in I also wanted to give her some reminders of who she is and who she should be as a young lady. LOVE, HONEST, STRONG, CONFIDENT, KIND, SMART, PRETTY & FUN! I made these vinyl stickers with my Cricut.
The lights in the book shelf still serve as a night light. Click here to see them in action.
The paper lamp on the left is from Ikea.
Another view of Nori’s big girl room.
Nori loves her big girl room; it is a perfect mixture of what we both wanted. Changing out a few things is a great way to make over a room without breaking the bank.
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Mimi Green is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a mother of two and a girlfriend to one. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.