We’re two months in to having a new baby while trying to keep up with our other two little ones. House projects have slowed down while we save up for our kitchen renovation and other minor things that we have been wanting (like new windows, a shed, a bathroom renovation…ya know, little stuff).
We’ve had fun finishing up the kids rooms and our bedroom. We set that as a goal to reach before Jackson came. Scraping popcorn and spraying texture on the ceilings isn’t too fun with a newborn. Thankfully though, we are popcorn free and almost all of our rooms now have crown molding and newly textured ceilings. It’s looking a lot nicer in here! I’ll have photos of our bedroom and bathroom to share with you soon, but this post is all about Carly’s room. Brace yourself for lots of sharing and lots of pictures of a little girl’s room.
Awhile ago, I left you with this little sneak peak:
Before we get too far though, I think you should see what we were looking at before we tackled this room. When we first looked at the house, this is what the room looked like:
After we moved in, this room became our temporary junk room. It was the place we put everything we didn’t have a place for:
In other words, it was a nightmare. A dark corner of the house that we often forgot about, and would occasionally blurt out things like, “Oh, remember that other room we have.” It was kind of amusing since our house is really not that big (only 1500 sq ft). Alright, now back to the present time where things are lighter, brighter, and more cheerful.
We really wanted this room to have a more girly vibe, but without being bathed in pink. We chose to go with a soft greenish-blue on the walls. The color is Olympic’s Delicate Petal, and works great in this room. It is amazing the difference a wall color can make. It was like a cave in there before. The previous color wasn’t terrible, but for some reason it sucked up all the light and looked very dingy. It didn’t help that the popcorn ceilings were covered in yellow stains. If anyone is on the fence about whether or not to remove popcorn ceilings, just do it! Popcorn ceilings create thousands of shadows on the ceiling which effectively trap light. I don’t know if that can be backed scientifically, but I swear it’s true!
The bed is from Ikea, and was a such a good find. They were discontinuing this style, and we got it for almost 50% off. We saw some curtains at Pottery Barn that had pom poms on them and thought they would be perfect, but they were $100 for just one panel! We already had some white linen curtains that were in the dining room of our last house, so Katie decided to get some pom pom ribbon at the fabric store and then she just ironed them onto the curtains with hem tape. The hem tape and the ribbon was less than $20, so we got the look we wanted and saved $380!
Carly loves having a little light on when she sleeps, so I put the wall sconce in for her, and I have it wired on a dimmer switch that you can barely see if you look to the left of her pillow. She loves having this light and the ability to control it herself.
At the foot her bed, is a vintage dollhouse that Katie’s grandfather built for her. This thing is a work of art, and she loves playing with it! The plates above the dollhouse are probably my favorite thing in the room. They each have these silly little animals wearing funny outfits. They are very whimsical and storybook-ish. Perfect for a little girl’s room! We got them from West Elm. We actually have one more that needs to go up (it’s a chicken).
To the right of the closet doors is Carly’s little kitchen that I made for her for Christmas a few years ago. The knobs are always ending up around the house (you can see one of them missing here). Carly and Benjamin both love playing with this little kitchen! I have plans to put another shelf below the others to hold a toy microwave.
Back on the other side of the room is a chair (perfect for story time), an Ikea bookcase that is a lifesaver when it comes to toy storage/organization, and a curtain wire from Ikea that we use to display Carly’s artwork.
On the top shelf are a few little things that are special to her.
Having a place to display her drawings and paintings is really nice. It’s also cool to watch this wall change as she grows.
Above the chair is one of Carly’s paintings, the letter “C”, and an octopus painting that we found on Etsy.
When we were doing Carly’s room I asked her what she wanted on the walls and she said, “hearts.” Notice the octopus legs? I mean, how much cuter can it get?
Well that concludes our room tour. If we head back out of the room we have a view of the boy’s room (which we shared here):
Isn’t it crazy how much this room has changed?