Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Taylor's Big Girl Room

Once we discovered we were having a boy, I (somewhat) let go of my disdain for pink and decided to incorporate some bright and bold colors in Taylor's big girl room. We kept the same wall color since we knew we would have to paint the nursery but decided to spruce up the space with light pink, coral, raspberry, and gold accents. I came across this tassle garland in the exact color palette I was envisioning and ordered it right away. It's great quality plus I didn't have to spend an afternoon hovering over our kitchen island to make it!

Once we selected a color palette, our next task was to find a bed. We knew we wanted a twin bed but after shopping around and not finding anything we really liked, we decided that building a frame would cost a fraction of the price and add sentimental value as well. Plus, Jake likes feeling manly and tinkering around with his tools in the garage on the weekends. So, with a little help from various Pinterest finds, we drafted some plans and Jake went to work. I was surprised at how quickly the entire thing came together and have been amazed with the hubby's craftsmanship. Seriously, the guy can create almost anything! As for the mattress, we ended up getting an incredible deal on this memory foam mattress & box spring set and have been extremely pleased with the quality and comfort, especially for the price. It's amazing how much you can save with sales, coupons, and your Target Redcard!

For Taylor's bedding, I wanted something classic and simple that would grow with her over time. After scouring every store in Columbia and spending weeks searching online, I finally came across this white and gold duvet cover from PB Teen. It is young and feminine and can easily be paired with different color schemes as Taylor's tastes evolve. Simply put, it was exactly what I was looking for! We paired the duvet cover with a lightweight Ikea comforter and white, microfiber sheets from Target. Everything is machine washable and has held up great so far! For the colder months, we've added a mint throw (which we already owned) to provide extra warmth. The combination has been an all around success, because there is no place our girl would rather be than snuggled up in her bed!

We knew that we would be moving her dresser into the nursery in order to use the top as a changing table again, so we purchased an inexpensive (yet surprisingly sturdy) dresser which we jazzed up with some colorful glass knobs. We added new artwork (most of which came from Hobby Lobby) and incorporated some fun prints from the cutest Etsy shop using the luxe frames that were previously in her room. Hint: you'll likely see a few prints from this shop in the nursery as well.

Since the amount of toys in our house has quadrupled over the past year and every free inch of our house is now consumed with baby items, I wanted to ensure that all of Taylor's toys could be stored in her room in an organized yet easily accessible manner. We utilized the space under her new bed by storing all of her stuffed animals/babies/Barbies in wheeled totes with snap on lids. We replaced the lavender square bins in her storage cubicle with dark teal to go with the new color scheme and then filled them with all of her puzzles and coloring books. She uses these items frequently, so it was important that they be close to her play table and easy for her to get out and put away every day. As for the 500 dishes/silverware/pieces of food that go to her play kitchen, they are stored either in the kitchen itself or in her shopping cart. Her dress up clothes, jewelry, and shoes are stored in bins in her closet along with all of her baby accessories. I can't tell you how nice it is to have her toys out of our living space and neatly organized in her room! She has her own space to play and we aren't constantly yelling at her to clean up her mess.

While the overall room has come together, there are still a few pieces that remain a work in progress. I have searched high and low for a new rug but have yet to find anything that really fits the space or that is worth its expensive price tag. If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them! Also, her play kitchen (which was gifted to us and has been one of the tot's favorite toys) is starting to fall apart, so we'll likely be getting her a new one for her birthday. I love this retro one in white or maybe even that fun blue!

Overall, the tot loves her new room. The first thing she does every evening when we get home is ask for a cup of juice and then runs to her room to play. Most nights she will put together puzzles or ask me to come in and read to her, but other nights she climbs straight into bed, burrows under the covers, and rests for a while. We were mindful early on to teach her where each of her toys go and so far she has been good about cleaning up after she plays, but every now and then she needs a friendly reminder. ;c ) I love that we've created a fun yet functional place for our girl to learn and grow. And with her brother's arrival just around the corner, I'm glad she has a space that is all her own.