Harper’s Room

Posted on | November 7, 2011 | 77 Comments

Harper’s “big girl” room is a constant work in progress because she’s always growing, changing, and i’m always finding new things to put in there. but it’s finally at a point where i wanted to share it with you guys and show you how we have redecorated her nursery as she got older with very minimal moola involved. i may have about three trillion photos, so i’ve enlisted the ever so helpful “read more” option on this post only so this post doesn’t eat my entire front page and force people to scroll for days. if you want to see the whole post, be sure to click through!

before Harper was born, we created a pretty pink and brown nursery for her, and i loved it. but as she got older, i wanted something a bit more colorful – a really fun place she could play in and let her imagination run wild. as the space evolved, we kept coming up with things to add – like a reading area, and a chalk board – so that her room was the perfect place for a three year old to do her thang.

thrifting and keeping many of the original elements of the room (paint, furniture, etc.) kept the cost way down. you’ll see as we go along how much of the goodies in here were bought second hand. what can i say – i have a problem!

shall we begin?



as you walk in there is a print from The Little Illustrator, a gift that i just adore. the door hanger is an old hanger with a page from a vintage alphabet book, and an old floral suitcase i thrifted (score!). Harper uses it when we go places for more than a night. both the sailor dress (!!!) and the hanger it’s on were thrifted. the paint in the room is Brushwood by Glidden.

over the closet is a doily banner i made, and the clippy holder was a DIY i did when Harper was a baby. all the clips are either made by me or standard clips from target.

crib (yep, she’s still in one) & hamper: babies r’ us // sheet: pottery barn kids // boxes under crib: target // rocking horse: handmade by my aunt and uncle // wall box, trinkets and embroidery art all thrifted // quilt: a gift from bird e studios


the infamous framed name – i see our old photo of this almost every day on pinterest and get loads of emails about it! my husband gets all the credit for this. the frame is made from moulding and corner pieces from home depot, painted white. the letters are from craft cuts and the font is century gothic. century gothic no longer shows as an option, but they do still offer it. thanks to reader B.J. for the heads up!


birdcage: ross, spray painted yellow // tin tray and all embroideries: thrifted // narwhal taxidermy: misfit menagerie (bought this at the queen bee market in SD when i was there for blogher! – obsessed, obviously) // piggy bank: target // old cameras: thrifted // narwhal painting: gift from modtots


our favorite part of the room – the reading area! cushions: thrifted // squirrel pillow: gift from amenity home // 3 floral pillows: thrifted // fawn pillow: made by me // owl pillows: gifts, handmade


rug: urban outfitters // dresser/changing table: babies r’ us


i thrifted all of this! gathered lots of embroidery hoops on various visits, as well as vintage fabrics, pillowcases and doilies. i found this chalkboard just the other day for $2.99 and danced a jig of joy.

custom drawing (remember my old header?) from the Paper Mama // hook: michaels // dress: thrifted

crate, typewriter toy, granny squares and old polaroid: thrifted



shelf: ikea // big H: joann’s, painted white // framed print: free! at feed your soul // everything else: thrifted








the details of Harper’s room are my favorite. no, there isn’t a theme, or a color scheme, and some might even consider it a mish mash. but we love it, and most importantly, she loves it. i feel the need to state that her room never actually looks like this – i took these photos while she was at preschool one day. she’s three and her room shows it on any given day. her room is made for and meant to be played in and i’d hate for anyone to think we keep it looking like this for more than 10 minutes at a time because no.

i hope i covered everything and hope you enjoyed the tour! if you have any additional questions, leave them in the comments and i’ll be happy to help.

holy crap that was a lot of pictures. thanks for sticking it out.

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  • http://twitter.com/MyBottlesUp nic

    i cannot tell you how many times i have seen what is your name/frame and didn’t know it was yours until just now. ::palm head::

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  • http://twitter.com/babyrabies Jill Krause

    You make everything so cool, Mandy! You have a gift. LOVE it!! Did Harper wind up with the coolest mom, or what? :)

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    Mandy Reply:

    well i don’t know about that, but i try! thanks Jill, you are the sweetest! <3

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  • michelle

    so cute, love it all. thrifting is my fave!

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  • Ryley

    Um, my favorite part is that she still sleeps in a crib. :)
    I get crap all the time for my (almost) 3 yr old sleeping in a crib. He’s happy, I’m happy and until that changes… That will be his bed. :)

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    Mandy Reply:

    you get crap for it? i’m so sorry, that is lame. Harper has no idea she can get out and has never tried. so there she stays. :)

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  • Leanne

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!  I was dyyyyyyying for pics!

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  • jen_schoeph

    adorable!

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  • http://www.parsnipsandpears.blogspot.com Ami @ parsnipsandpears

    what an awesome room.  does Harper need a roomate??

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  • http://www.parsnipsandpears.blogspot.com Ami @ parsnipsandpears

    what an awesome room.  does Harper need a roomate??

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  • http://twitter.com/Nanette Nanette

    Love, love, love! And I had no idea the infamous “Harper” pic on Pinterest was THE Harper’s! Every time I saw it, I thought, “I wonder if Mandy has seen this…” I should’ve known! ;)

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  • http://theenlightenedbug.blogspot.com LisaMarie

    I love it!  The yellow birdcage and the Noah’s Ark embroidery are my faves!  I think that “big girl” rooms like this make it easy for you to keep transitioning as she gets older.

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  • http://soulsingingliv.blogspot.com/ Olivia

    I LOVE IT!!  Every bit of it, it’s so beautiful.  SO many thoughtful details!!

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  • ashley

    aw i love everything! you have an amazing talent for making things look pretty and go together!!! I would love for you to link it up to tell me tuesday tomorrow. :)

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  • Juliaolson01

    I Love it!

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  • Beth

    adorable 

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  • http://abananamedley.blogspot.com abananamedley

    What an absolutely beautiful room! I LOVE the reading area on the floor. Such a great idea for when our baby girl gets a little bigger. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Mandy Reply:

    Harper could sit there for hours. highly recommend!

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  • http://stephaniert90.blogspot.com Stephanie T.

    i’m pretty sure that’s what the nursery looks like in heaven.

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    Mandy Reply:

    <3

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  • http://www.facebook.com/emallernee Ellen Mallernee Barnes

    oh I just love it!! It’s perfect. My favorite it that Noah’s ark embroidery on the wall and the embroidery hoop fabric collection. You go on with your bad self. 

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    Mandy Reply:

    i’m goin’ on. thanks friend!

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  • Rae Veda

    Harper’s room is so so cute! You are fabulous at decorating. I absolutely love your style. xo, rv

    http://aneclecticheap.blogspot.com/

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    Mandy Reply:

    thank you Rae!

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  • http://www.adayinmollywood.com molly

    Love it! Did you know I pinned that rug like ages ago? Too cool.

    I bet she loves it. It’s beautiful yet kid-friendly too :)

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    Mandy Reply:

    last i checked it was on sale!

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  • @TheNextMartha

    Love the use of pattern, color and texture.  I wish I could thrift my ass off with you one day

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    Mandy Reply:

    one day it SHALL happen.

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  • Kristin | Snip&Scribble

    adorable! I love how you’ve so lovingly chosen everything for her room, it really shows! :)

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    Mandy Reply:

    thank you, i had too much fun :)

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  • Marty

    Her room is absolutely beautiful! I love all the thrifted touches the best! I also love how you took that pink doily and put it in one of those round loom things. What a great idea.

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    Mandy Reply:

    that one is my favorite. thanks Marty!

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  • http://a-token.blogspot.com jodi

    that’s pretty much the most adorable room ever. I love the way you set everything up.

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    Mandy Reply:

    thank you jodi!

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  • http://www.misselaineouslife.com Elaine A.

    I love the way you’ve made so many different things look SO lovely together.  

    My favorite thing is the embroidery rings with fabric.  I just love that idea and I am inspired to do something like that for K’s room too.  That largets one with the pink doily is amazing! 

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    Mandy Reply:

    i found that hoop and that giant doily in the same day and got SO excited! you should make some fo sho :)

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  • david lee bilbrey

    my favorite part of her room HAS to be those adorable owl pillows! you say they are “gifts, handmade” but didn’t happen to say WHO made them…you really should let everyone know who crafted and gifted them for harper. i hope “whomever” made them knows just how much you adore them and display them with care in your first-born daughters’ room.

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    Mandy Reply:

    you’re right. thanks again for the pillow and party favor Emily and David.

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    michelle Reply:

    sounds like this “gift” was given with a little side of hostility!

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  • Anonymous

    Oh my GOSH! Love love love!!  You are seriously amazing with the thrifting!  I’m inspired everytime!  We’re in the process of re-doing Ruby’s room too and holy moly… it’s harder than setting up a nursery!  

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    Mandy Reply:

    i thrift OFTEN and gather like a hoarder :) thanks lady!

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  • Barefootandvintage

    Oh my goodness, Mandy! Harper’s room is brilliant! Shoot, I would decorate my own bedroom like that! In fact tomorrow, I’m making myself a reading area. ;) so cute! I’ve bred struggling w decorating Zoey’s room, as there’s just not enough ROOM or wall space. But you just gave me some ideas. Thanks! Plus, I think her room will be a lot more fun to decorate when shes older. :)

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    Mandy Reply:

    thanks lady! gathering the toys and fun things for her to play with and learn has seriously been so fun. and everyone needs a reading area! or reading ‘are-ruh’ as Harper calls it. :)

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  • http://www.sarbearsjourney.blogspot.com Sara Reeves

    Of course she loves it, it’s so full of creativity. What a wonderful place for a kid to grow. 

    -Sara-

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    Mandy Reply:

    thank you Sara!

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  • Anonymous

    Love, love, love it. I hate rooms with a theme.  This is so much cooler :).

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    Mandy Reply:

    thanks Gina! i love how it turned out. xo!

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    Mandy Reply:

    thanks Gina! i love how it turned out. xo!

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  • http://www.pecklife.com Emily

    This looks amazing! I love that it’s a mish mash…that’s the best and it makes it so cozy. It reminds me of my room growing up! Such cute details!!!

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    Mandy Reply:

    thanks Emily! xo!

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    Mandy Reply:

    thanks Emily! xo!

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  • Blair

    Looks real familiar
    http://poppymilkface.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/nursery-tour-poppys-handmadevintage-themed-room/
     Don’t get me wrong, it’s super cute! Just something that I had seen before…

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  • http://happinessiseva.tumblr.com Happiness is Eva

    You have done an amazing job. So unique! 

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  • IzzyRoy

    This makes me miss my good old days of interior decorating… Great job Mandy! Its an absolutely lovely room! My favorite = Dresses hung up on the wall :D

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  • Heather Booker

    I LOVE IT!!!! Makes me want to do more thrifting….. but I see things when I go and can’t figure out what to use them for…. I guess i should just get things I like and the idea will come. :) Looks great

    http://www.ayoungwifestale.com/

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  • bobbi

    So adorable! Perfect for H.

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  • North American Bear Co., Inc.

    This room is so charming!

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  • http://www.ThriftyVintageKitten.com Christy Thrifty Vintage Kitten

    Super fun room! Love all the thrifted items! Gotta get my paws on a chalkboard for my 2-year-old! Fab idea.

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  • http://www.grumblesandgrunts.com the grumblie j

    i love the color, always have. classic. and the name ‘n frame. what i really can’t believe is that she’s still DTF with a crib! i wish i could get away with that. nice work as usual, my sweetie pie.

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  • Jeanette_d1

    Her room is precious!! I love all the Kitchy elements!  I was a huge fan of her original nursery and its great to see it in a more grown up stage! She is lucky to have such a colorful and imaginative Mama!

    http://www.nettaville.blogspot.com

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  • http://not2but3.blogspot.com Chrissy.B

    Love Love Love her room.

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  • Dramaqueensmum

    I love it. The reading area is my fave. I also love the rug & the yellow birdcage. My daughter has the book, Pat the bunny & it’s still 1 of her all-time fave books & she’s 4.

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  • Sweetgreentangerine

    I LOVE it!  The reading area is a great idea! I love rooms without a theme, just a mish mash of personality.  SO much better than perfect matchiness.  <–i just made up a word. lol  great job :)

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  • Kirstenmcclelland

    So lovely! Harper is a lucky girl to have such a fun bedroom. Love the hair clip holder…hard to make?

    -Kirsten
    http://kmcclelland.wordpress.com

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  • Kirstenmcclelland

    So lovely! Harper is a lucky girl to have such a fun bedroom. Love the hair clip holder…hard to make?

    -Kirsten
    http://kmcclelland.wordpress.com

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  • Luvinlifephotography

    So cute, thanks for sharing, the embroidery hoop art is my face! I am a new follower, can’t wait to link up on SOS!

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  • Shannon M

    In the infamous words of Rachel Zoe, I die. There is almost too much cute to handle. Harper is a very lucky little girl to have a mama like you.

    Shannon
    http://www.bunglow960.com

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  • jeanette_d1

    Just Curious- Did you get rid of the Pink Hippo Rug??

    http://www.nettaville.blogspot.com

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  • Mfaught22

    Love Harper’s eclectic room! Do you remember what color you painted her walls? I’m in the process of choosing things for our new nursery and I really like your wall color!

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  • Anonymous

    It’s looking so lovely! And, I’m completely honored to have my drawing up in that beautiful room.

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  • http://twitter.com/marissabreanna Marissa

    Harper’s room is beyond cool. I think my favorite decor details are the embroidery hoops and chalkboard and the reading area! How freaking adorable!

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  • http://www.katiespencilbox.com/ katie’s pencil box

    i thought for sure i comment on this! have i? i don’t think so…so here goes.

    ms. harper is one lucky gal! you’ve done such a lovely job, mama. so much room for dreaming and creating! it’s such an inspired space.

    love. love. love.

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  • http://www.bubblegumponys.com jewels

    I am in love!!! You did such a wonderful job. I kinda wish this was my room=)

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  • http://babygeisler.blogspot.com Reneekristine

    This is easily one of my favorite kids rooms. ever. fantastic job, mama. you’re amazing and she’s so lucky to be able to call that her space!

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  • Courtney

    Love the room. What paint color did you guys use?

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  • http://meandthegrub.com/ harper

    Your style just makes me happy. Your home looks so comfy but still new and… well, stylish. Harper is one lucky little lady. 

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  • Druss

    Can you tell me how your Husband put together the frame?

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