Room refresh- From Baby to Big Girl

My daughter recently transitioned from a  crib to a big girl bed, and this change gave me the perfect opportunity to refresh her room. I didn't want to do an entire design overhaul, (I'm sure that will be coming at some point when she inevitably decides she doesn't love pink anymore) but I did want to breath some new life in the space, and make it a little less "baby" in feel. After all she reminds me 543,000 a day she is "a big girl" now.

Step one was getting the crib out of her room and adding in a real bed, or in this case, two real beds. (For the sake of this post, let's just pretend that I *wasn't* weeping quietly to myself while we did this thinking abut how quickly the past 2.5 years have gone by.) I love the symmetrical look of double twin beds, and we really lucked out getting this set for her room.  We moved into our house a little over a year ago, and worked with the absolute nicest sellers. Since we were moving from an apartment in the city, we negotiated with them to leave behind some of the furniture pieces we loved. Twin bamboo bed frames were high on the list of items I wanted, and they have been the perfect addition to this room.

My second step was to oomph up the color scheme a little. I had painted the room a soft pink back when we moved in and wanted to keep that as the base. I added in some pops of hot pink (my daughter's current favorite), and then grounded the room with some natural elements in jute and linen. I pulled my entire color palette from an abstract piece of art by Michelle Armas.  The piece is actually the very first gift I bought my daughter when I was pregnant with her back in 2014. I love abstract art in any room, but think it is particularly compelling in children's spaces because it really gives their imaginations an opportunity to run wild.

Finally, I needed to add in a little more storage for her ever growing stuffed animal collection and her bedtime books. I added in shelving that can double as a bench for her to sit on and "read". It's a great place to tuck away some of her toys and stacks of her little books. I also added in some more baskets for larger overflow items.  My daughter is fiercely independent and loves to do things for herself so this allows her take out the toys she wants when she wants them. Easy access also means she can start to learn to put away her toys on her own; score one for Mom!

We're two weeks into the transition and so far she loves her new room! I've included a full room tour below and hope you love it too.

My daughter helped to pick out the bedding. I think it's important for kids to weigh in on their likes and dislikes so they feel comfortable in their room.

My daughter helped to pick out the bedding. I think it's important for kids to weigh in on their likes and dislikes so they feel comfortable in their room.

This shelf has been the most practical addition! I love the extra storage it provides us with, and it is a perfect reading nook. It sits below the art that inspired the room's entire color palette.

This shelf has been the most practical addition! I love the extra storage it provides us with, and it is a perfect reading nook. It sits below the art that inspired the room's entire color palette.

Kid spaces are some of my favorite to work on because they are so much fun! This project was extra special having my little one by my side. I always want my clients to be happy, but making my daughter happy is best of all.

xx, Kate