design challenge: the smallest room

September 16, 2008

Now that Jane is just a few months away from turning two, I've been thinking about redecorating her bedroom (surprise, Brian!) and turning it into a special place that she would enjoy playing in.

When Samson turned two, we moved him into a bigger room and a bigger bed. For now, we don't have that luxury for Jane so we'll be converting her crib into a toddler bed. Although I'd like to keep the taupe paint color, I'm up for changing everything else. And because we're hoping to move into a bigger house in a few years, I don't really need to worry about designing a room to grow with her.

Here's what it looks like now:

And what I need to keep in mind for her "new" bedroom:
  1. Her room is small so we need to keep the toddler bed. It uses crib or toddler-sized bedding.
  2. I'd like to keep the furniture the same but I could certainly paint or recover anything.
  3. She's not so big on the girly stuff-- she really loves playing with anything her brother loves (trucks, trains, superheroes).
  4. I still want it to look like a girl's room. And pretty.
It's a tall order but so far I'm inspired by these things:

(clockwise) Serena & Lilly's Eve Collection, Hush Baby Quilts' Hanna Quilt,
Elsie Marley's Chrysanthemum Digger, Artful Parent's Girlie Dump Truck Tank
UPDATE: I added a wist list on the right sidebar for things that inspire me when I find them.
Ideas? Inspirations? Something you sell that you'd love to share? Please let me know!


Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Her room is darling! I can't wait to see what her new room will look like.

Cathe said...

We;re going through the same thing - trying to figure out how to transition our little guy's room with a crib to a toddler bed (or, gasp... a full-size twin bed!). Can't wait to see what you come up with!

P.S. Thanks for commenting about my current fuchsia fascination! :-)

Anonymous said...

The mum-digger all the way! That's my vote!-NH said...

Thank you so much for commenting on our Eve collection! We're so glad to hear that we're inspiring you. Good luck with your daughter's room and check out our new blog (launched today) when you can! We plan to update it often.

-Serena & Lily

Vicki said...

DeeDee-- I do still adore her room. It's SO cozy but she doesn't want to spend any time there!

Cathe-- we got a wonderful bed from Pier One Kids for our 4-year-old (when he was two) that I recommened to everyone but then they went out of business :( It's so perfect for that big transition.

Noelle-- you know I'm going to work that digger in somewhere!

Serena & Lilly--Oh I've been in love with your Eve collection for quite a while! So glad you've visited and can't wait to read more on the new blog.

Robin said...

oh my . . . thank you for looking and commenting on my little ol' blog . . . i love yours!

i told my husband just yesterday that i should have been a paper designer. really. what a great job you have!

Erin @ Bride Design said...

Are you going to convert the changing table into a dresser. Or get something new? Just curious, as that is always part of my struggle when going from infant/toddler to preschooler/"big kid" room. can't wait to see what you do (oh and thanks for the martha shout out!!).

Vicki said...

You betcha Erin-- Loved your post!

On the dresser we have, the top right "diaper drawer" comes off. I think it's supposed to have legs so that you can turn it into a night stand (no idea where those would be though!).

I might just take that off so it will look more like a regular dresser (with a random cabinet on the bottom).

Unless, of course I find something else that's too sweet to pass up...

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