Monday, April 18, 2016

Big Girl Room--This Old House Tries for Young-Ish

E moved on up from her crib to a "big girl bed" a while ago, and I made some room decor upgrades to match.  


Modern DIY projects ahead.


The first was super-simple--I decided to order one of those wall-decal self-sticky things.  

We repurposed a cradle as a stuffed-animal repository.

Now, I know, Disney princesses aren't the most original. But in this case, E loves the song "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes," and asks me to sing it every night for bedtime.  So it made sense to include it in her bedroom!

Not too tricky to use, and I love that it's a) very temporary and b) takes up a whole wall.

She has this awesome little oh-so-late-1800s alcove in her room, which I decided to make into a reading/craft/coloring nook with the little table and chairs and a paper lantern "chandelier." 

Fun and super-simple project--I used paper lanterns of various sizes in blues and greens that coordinated with her room, varied the length of the hanging strips (I used fairly thick, torn strips of semi-sheer cotton voile), and attached them to a hook in the ceiling.

(The table and chairs are from IKEA, and I covered the tabletop with chevron ConTact paper.  This is not just for show--when she marks it up sufficiently with crayons and craft glue, it can be easily peeled off and replaced.)

E's view of the old-fashioned white church across the street.

Easy-peasy project!  Screwing the hook into the ceiling was the hardest part.

Sometimes it can be hard to keep This Old House feeling kid-friendly and fun, but I liked how these additions made her room feel more "hers" and less fussy!