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Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Path to Our Dream Home: Little Girl's Room

Today we continue the Path to Our Dream Home series with our older daughter's bedroom.  To catch up, you can visit these posts: Back to the Beginning, the Main Bath, the Guest Bath, the Utility/Storage Room, the Media Closet, and the Nursery.  Each post tours the space in photographs, and shows how we work a lot of organization and function into each room of our small house.  There are many project ideas for each room, so none of them is ever "done", but they are all on the path to our dream home!

We planned for our second child about the same time our older daughter was ready to move into a regular bed.  Since we wanted to re-use the nursery furniture, we opted to move Alyssa into a different room with new (to her) furniture.  In order to completely separate Alyssa's transition from the new baby's arrival, we put together her new room as a surprise for Christmas, and Zoe was due in late May.  That worked very well for us; Alyssa's didn't associate her new room with her baby sister at all.

We based the color scheme for Alyssa's room on a beautiful play quilt that my extremely talented Mom made for Alyssa when she was a newborn.  Her previous room had been pastel pink, green, yellow and purple and I wanted to incorporate some brighter colors into a similar color scheme (so we could re-purpose her curtains, but more on that in a minute!).  This was perfect!

Then I found these canvas prints and pillows at Target and they coordinated perfectly!

We chose a white bed and trundle that can also be made into bunk beds with the purchase of a second bed, in case we ever decide to have the girls share.  We repainted the dresser and nightstand from my teenage bedroom white for use in her room, and painted the walls a soft lavender.  I chose a quilted coverlet that is bright pink on one side and lighter pink on the other side and simple lavender bedding, all of which could stay in the room with different accessories as she gets older if we choose.

My super talented Mom also helped transform the window-length curtains she had made for Alyssa's nursery into a coordinating valance for the new room by shortening them and adding custom appliqued flowers in brighter colors to tie in with the accessories in the room.

I discussed the awesome wire art hanging system in an earlier post. We really like the ease of changing out the artwork.

Someday we'll add a hang-up bar for clothes, but right now the closet is all about toys storage.  We use natural bins from IKEA to covertly stash toys all over our house, including here in the closet.  Dolls and doll clothes go in a slightly larger basket and vehicles are parked here as well.  The top shelf gives Mommy a little extra storage for over-sized items.  We'll put the doors on sometime when the girls are both a bit bigger, but for now it is easier access with them off (and they still haven't been sanded or painted, to be honest!).

At the end of her bed, Alyssa also has a play area where her imagination can really run wild.  Since she loves to help her Daddy works on cars, she spends just as much time at the workbench fixing things as she does playing in the kitchen - so awesome!

Many more projects are also planned for this room, so we'll be back here soon!!  :)

This room has all the different areas a pre-school girl needs.  How do you coordinate the sections of your children's rooms?

This post is linked up to the following link parties:

Home Decor and Organizing Link Party @ organize & decorate everything

Party Time @ The 36th Avenue

Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts

Delightfully Inspiring Thursday @ Delightful Order

Hookin Up with HOH @ House of Hepworths

Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage

Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

Inspiration Friday @ At the Picket Fence

Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now

Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple

DIY Project Parade @ DIY Showoff

Sundae Scoop @ I Heart Nap Time

Overflowing with Creativity @ It's Overflowing

Love It, Like It, Link It @ The Organised Housewife

Weekend Warrior Party @ Ask Anna

Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
One Project at a Time @ A Bowl Full of Lemons

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