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
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.