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It’s One Room Challenge Reveal day! Well actually, I was hoping to reveal on Wednesday but as of Wednesday, we didn’t even have drywall finishing finished. So This room makeover came together in a SNAP and I’m so pleased with how it turned out. We started painting yesterday and had it DONE last night before I crawled into bed. The quickest turnaround on a room we’ve ever done and I know Aubrey’s going to love it. She comes home from a weekend at my Dad’s tonight and I can’t wait for her to walk into her space. I’m waiting on that to put a little video together and then I’ll share that in this post as well!
This room was a total stretch for me creatively. You can see the design plans we were working from HERE. I am not a girl who decorates with pink. Now or ever. But that was Aubrey’s big request so we went for it. I wrote a whole post about designing a room WITH your kids not just for them so that was something I really wanted to work hard to do. I wanted it to grow with her (although, let’s be honest- I’m sure I’ll say yes if she asks for something different in a few years) and I wanted it to be a space that I loved just as much as her. Walking into this room it totally feels like a big girls room not a toddler room. Perfect for the fiercely independent kindergartener that she is.
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Should we look back at the ‘Before’ and see how far it’s come?! Dark floors, red curtains and the creamiest walls (not in a great way). Oh… and no light because it wouldn’t work for more than a couple days after you changed the light bulb. You can see all the BEFORE photos of our new house (moved in June) HERE.
And now? Light, bright, PINK, and modern. I love all the texture in here and how much the space reflects who she is and the things she loves. I had such a fun time talking with her about what she likes and wants and was always so curious to hear the things she came up with (more about how I do that here). From macrame (yep!) to fans (check!) to fuzzy pillows (done!) and her doll bed (yas!), I think we delivered on everything she’d been dreaming of.
And we moved her baby brother into the boys room. So it’s officially HER room.
Notice how the window moved? This project took way longer than we’d planned because we were working on the garage (why the window moved) and even though this One Room Challenge deadline was one that we wanted to meet… we wanted to beat the snow on the garage even more. We had our first snowfall yesterday so I’m really glad we made that call. And we still managed to squeak this one in at the last minute so I’ll call that a double win. I would have loved to centre the window above her bed but on the outside of that wall is our meter and it would have cost big $$$ to move that baby. So off centre was the only way to get a garage on this house.
An off centre window over the bed isn’t ideal but I think it looks amazing regardless. We ran the curtains across the whole room to balance it (if that’s even a thing) and I hung the macrame on the side with no window shade (aka. with no window) to add some texture to that side of the wall. That macrame is a DIY (I made it for outdoors originally, but Aubrey asked for it- you can see it outside HERE). I’m working on a tutorial for it… since June. It’s a lot of video to edit- ha!
I really love how all these textures (wood blinds, textured polka dot sheers, macrame) play together as the backdrop for her bed. Working in bright whites and creams is easy when you add lots of natural textures and elements- it doesn’t feel mismatched, just cozy.
UPDATE! We made a video of the space :)
Just as a recap of what we did in here…
- Moved the window, removed the valance
- New doors & knobs (goodbye bifold!)
- New closet organizer
- New floors
- New trim
- New window coverings
- Doll bed makeover
- Lighting (ceiling fan)
- NO new furniture or bedding
- Some new decor
It’s a lot for a teeny tiny room! But now it’s totally new and totally girly and she’s going to be so happy when she sees it, we have been talking about what she’ll love the most all day.
The new doors, trim and flooring are going throughout the house. This totally changes the look of every room on it’s own. I chatted all about our doors and doorknobs for the space in this post– we decided to give her room some fancy doorknobs compared the the rest of the house where we’re doing basic black. Everywhere in our house is getting a fresh coat of paint as well. We moved here in June and every room (except this one) is painted green. Which is not my shade ;)
Hers is the first room to officially get the paint makeover though. The paint colour in this room is General Paint Peachy Bloom- it’s so soft and perfect! We painted the little shelves above her desk before the room was drywalled and were so worried that it would barely look pink because it seemed so light. But as soon as it started going up on the walls we knew it was perfect. Never doubt that it will look SO MUCH MORE SATURATED once it’s on your walls. It always does.
We honestly didn’t replace any furniture for this makeover- I would have liked to get her a new bed frame (I thought). I didn’t think the dark grey would play well in such a pretty girly space but it wasn’t in the budget (or necessary, this is a new one we got in the fall when she was still sharing with the boys). It’s called the Sun Up from Leons Furniture and it really is great quality, I just wanted something creamy. But she also didn’t want new bedding… I picked out a pretty satin comforter at Home Sense and she flat out told me NOPE, she didn’t want new blankets. So we kept the grey and added that in to the plans for her. I did get her a couple throw pillows to bring some pink on to the bed though.
Those night stands might look familiar, they are our old nightstands and I really love them still. When we bought them second hand, I refinished them and knew that as Aubrey grew up, they’d be perfect for her. There’s also a large matching dresser which I’m obsessed with but it just doesn’t fit in this room (it’s much larger than the desk). We’re storing it for now because I can’t sell it and break up the set!
The desk and chair are also pieces we already had. I’d been using them in my office (aka. the storage room I have my desk and computer in) but know how much she loves her journal and colouring so this is a really special gift that we can give her as she grows and starts bringing homework (hopefully not soon!) home to do.
You can see the desk in our last house when I was using it in our living room right HERE. We took inspiration from Stylizimo and painted the shelves the wall colour for a modern touch. We want her to use these to display whatever art she creates and any things that are precious to her. I also gave her a letterboard of mine and know she’ll have so much fun changing out the letters. Maybe this way she won’t change mine all the time ;)
The third little space in her room (her room is not large- the photos make it look way bigger than it is!) is this pretty mirror and pouff with her hamper- her getting ready station, you could call it. We’ve had this mirror since we got married (it was on our registry, I still love it even though it’s not my style any more) and I love the subtle butterfly details. I love shopping our home (or in this case our moving boxes) to find pieces that I can use in room makeovers. This mirror was in our master bedroom at the last house.
The pouff was actually a bit of a flop but Aubrey loves it. Why do I say that? Because I totally had a different idea of what it would be like. It’s perfect for a poof, but it’s called an ottoman online and was supposed to be 15″ (maybe the fabric is, but when it’s all squishy, it’s barely 13″)- I was planning on adding a little wood base (assuming it wasn’t a pouff, but an actual structured ottoman) to be a seat for her desk… that didn’t work out BUT She adores it though, so I can’t be too bothered.
I did also buy her a new hamper because she’s always shared one- this one is from HM Home and it’s so darn cute. The hooks just down the wall (behind the door) are also from HM Home and were a smoking deal for $5. They only have the longer ones online right now though. That little pennant is one I made at midnight last night because I thought we needed a little something extra ;) Should I make a tutorial?
We did purchase the rugs for this room when they were on sale. The big one is this one right here from Rugs USA and I’m totally thrilled with it. It sets the tone for the neutrals and all the texture in the space. The furry mauve one is from Home Sense and I was planning to make it into pillow cases but Shane told me my time was worth more than the $15 I’d save… so I bought a furry pillow case and now she has a fuzzy rug to step out of bed on to.
So I know the room probably would have looked more tidy and minimal and pretty without the basket of stuffed animals and the doll bed BUT that doll bed is so darn precious to me (and Aubrey) that I had to put it in here for the photos. It’s one that my grandpa made for me when I was a kid. Aubrey never got to meet him, but I love that because of his craft (we have pieces of his woodworking throughout our house), my kids will always have bits of him around. I refinished it in a beautiful purple cranberry coloured paint (Alana Cranberry from Premier Paint) and my Grandma helped me sew new bedding for the doll crib. She’d originally made bedding for me when I was little too but it was a bit dated. I love that this is becoming a piece of her childhood and can be something she can pass down to her kids since we’ve taken care of it and taken the time to make it something she loves.
Since I already wrote posts about them- I won’t focus on it too much but I did want to point out both the beautiful fan and closet. I’m so in love with both of these updates to the space. The white and gold fan was the first thing we picked for Aubrey’s room after the paint colour. It was such a great jumping off point and we chose the other two lamps in the room to match. I’d actually taken her to buy a lamp and she chose that gold heart one from Home Sense but when we got it home, it didn’t work. I returned it and she cried. I bought her the desk lamp instead but this weekend when I ran in at the last minute for a furry pillow, I found that they’d restocked the heart lamps so I can’t wait to surprise her with the lamp she chose in the first place.
The closet is also such a treat for her. I love that she will have a space that’s totally functional that gives space in her room for a desk (because we can ditch the dresser!). We partnered with Imagine the Room Kamloops for this closet and they always knock it out of the park. It actually will grow with her and can add more hanging space when she needs it. You can see more about it here.
To me this room was about so much more than just re-decorating. She has never had a room to herself so we really wanted to spoil her with that. We added little touches that you can’t even see that I know are going to make her smile. A pretty pencil sharpener and set of stationary for her to write notes to her cousins in her desk drawer, a new dress hanging in the closet (because when you’re ordering from HM already, you can’t NOT buy a $6 dress…), notes from mama, a glass container I’d had that she loves to put trinkets in, and a purse for her to bring her birthday gift cards to the store.
Ahhh OKAY I’m going to leave it at that and get a video filmed of this space before she comes home to see it (and surely mess it up)! I’ve listed ALL the sources for the items in this room below! If I missed something you’re interested in- let me know!
- Paint Colour – Peachy Bloom, General Paint
- Ceiling Fan – Emerson Fans (I shared more about it HERE)
- White Desk – Was from Leons Furniture (discn’d) but now exact one is available on Wayfair!
- Door Knobs– Grandeur Hardware (I shared more about them HERE)
- Grey Desk Chair- Leons Furniture (discontinued… I couldn’t find a comparable chair!)
- Nightstands – Vintage
- Headboard – Leons Furniture
- Wood Window Shades – Amazon
- Polka dot curtains – Home Sense
- Black Minimal Curtain Rod – Amazon
- Picture Ledge Shelves– Amazon (we painted them)
- Doll Crib paint – Premier Paint Alana Cranberry
- Doll Crib Bedding – Made from Fabricland fabric
- Closet Organizer – Imagine the Room Kamloops (I shared more about it HERE)
- Closet Organizer Hardware – discontinued from Anthropologie
- Pink Bins in closet – Amazon
- Large area rug – NuLoom from Rugs USA
- Small fur rug, fur pillow – Home Sense
- Plain pink throw pillows, pink throw blanket– HM Home
- Plush swan head, bunny hamper, wood coat hooks (this is the larger size)– HM Home
- Fur pouff – Bouclair
- Macrame- DIY, tutorial in the works!
- Rope Basket & Bedding (discontinued) – Target
- Do Hard Things Pennant – DIY Tutorial Here
- Ampersand Watercolour- a gift from a talented friend when the twins were born :)
- Mini Wooden Pennant- DIY… want a tutorial?
- Mirror- Discontinued from Urban Barn
- Lamps – Home Sense
- Geometric Photo Frame – also a gift, but available on Amazon
Thank you to the One Room Challenge for encouraging all us guest participants to take on a space and COMPLETE it in 6 weeks. You’re the bomb.
It’s SO GOOD Colleen!! I have no doubt that she will LOVE this space for a long time! Beautiful room reveal :)
Beautiful work, I love the colour of the walls and all the cool details. The dark headboard and grey bedding prevents the room from being too froo-froo. Aubrey’s such a lucky girl!
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Tiffany- Pretty Real Blog
This room is lovely! Such a nice job! Can I ask where the waffle blanket is from? You shared “bedding- discontinued from target” but I wasn’t sure if that was just the comforter or also the blanket! Thanks for sharing!
The blanket is from H&M Home!
Sarah @ The DIY Mommy
I love all the special and uplifting touches in this room like, “kind is cool” and “you are already amazing”, it’s such a beautiful space – nicely done!
Thanks so much Sarah! Those little touches are my favourite to add :)