The Girls Room, Part I

I’ve been planning to redo our girls’ room for a while now. I knew that after we moved would be about the right time to put our 2 1/2 yr old in a twin bed, and that was a good excuse to switch things up with the decor. I liked their old nursery, but I was bored of the muted colors and wanted to try something vibrant for at least our year in Delaware.

the old nursery in Boston
The sad, sad former state of the girls room in our new house.

A year or two ago I somehow I managed to buy on eBay more than 3 yards of the alabaster colorway of Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon. I know some people feel the print is overused, but I LOVE it. Plus, I paid $10 a yard and can cope with ‘trendy’ for $10 a yard. Aren’t the colors so great?


While we were still in Boston, I found two upholstered headboards on Craigslist. This insanely rich woman who lived in an amazing Comm Ave. flat sold them both to me for $20. Isn’t the yellow plaid unfortunate? The quality is surprising on these though – I’m sure she paid several hundred a piece back in the day.


Reupholstering the headboards was SO easy. I had to cut off the large welting so that the new fabric would lay flat, but that was honestly the hardest part.



I cut my 3+ yard remnant of Chiang Mai in half and that was all the cutting I did.


I like the idea of being able to pull the fabric pieces off later if I get sick of the headboards, but still want to use the Chiang Mai fabric for pillows or chair seats or other small projects.


The backs of the headboards look a little funny though because I didn’t cut away the extra fabric.


You can’t tell from the front though…


Cute, right?


Next project was to make some cheap (read “free”) artwork for above the bed to replace the old Maurice Sendak prints:


I drew pictures of flowers from the Chiang Mai pattern and colored them with my trusty AD Chartpak markers while I watched Rachel Zoe suffer through Oscars week. (sidenote: After about the 50th time Rachel called Anne Hathoway “Annie”, I threw said trusty Chartpak marker at the tv… so obnoxious)


I used some navy blue linen I had laying around as the make-shift matting for the new “botanical” prints. And while it’s not real art by any stretch of the imagination, it sort of works for the room and my girls think the flowers are “SOoooOO pretty!!” Good enough for me.


Wow, this post is getting long. Okay, last project to share today –

I love the look of a pair of sunburst mirrors above twin beds. We all know how expensive sunburst mirrors are though. So, when I found these round floral tole mirrors at HomeGoods a couple months ago, I snatched up two as fast as I could. They were only $8.99 a piece and I think they look a lot like sunburst mirrors, but are maybe a little more juvenile (a good thing in a kids room, right?)


I almost painted them gold, but I had purple paint already, and I love how it plays off the purple in the Chiang Mai fabric.



Come back tomorrow for Part II. You’re going to love how this room comes together…

  1. adorable! i love your blog…this is my first comment although i have been reading it for months. i am totally in love with the wall color in your boston nursery. do you happen to know what it is called? thanks!

  2. I love it already! My two year old is ready for a big-girl room… i am frozen on the look I want for it though!

  3. I love the fabric choice — sure, it's popular, but it's popular for a reason (i.e., it's gorgeous).

    Can't wait to see how the rest comes out!

  4. This is such a great post; your girls are very lucky to have such a stylish and pretty space!

  5. Very cute! I love everything you've done.

    By the way, How do I follow your blog? I hope this isn't a silly question, but I don't see the typical locations where I usually click to join. THANKS in advance

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  6. Great detail! I would actaully never try to do anything you do — but I like observing how your mind works to bring about such a gorgeous aesthetic.

  7. Wow! Looks great! What is the paint color on the walls?

  8. This looks fabulous. I you have the most amazing taste! The girls don't know how lucky they are!!!!

  9. Sarah

    You're amazing! I always come away from your posts, inspired by something that you're working on. I'm so excited to see this room come all together. I love those headboards and the prints you made to go with them. I also love making art for my boys' rooms.
    Also, I never thanked you for emailing me those magazine recommendations! I'm excited to get a few.

  10. Judy

    Very crafty and unique!

  11. i am dying…seriously- insane! you are one awesome DIYer..

  12. Jenny, you kill me every time. you MADE those drawings? and there is still more to the room? can't wait to see part 2!!

    it looks fabulous. you always find the best deals on craigslist! i would kill for those headboards. They turned out fantastic!!

  13. oh and p.s. i think i have that same crib (in your first photo). it might even be the same color? no, mine might be a little more greenish, but still…very similar.

    love the classic look of that crib.

  14. court.

    Gorgeous, amazing, and resourceful!!! I love it!

  15. Annie

    Sorry- it's me again. I just found your fabric details! Disregard mylast comment!

  16. Candi

    You are so talented, and I am so jealous! =)

  17. The room is darling! Love the new headboard and floral mirror!!!

    xo,
    cristin

  18. emin3B

    just fabulous! i'm so very impressed with this room and i keep sending it to all my girlfriends for inspiration!

    question: do you know any other sources for the Schumacher's Chiang Mai Dragon fabric?

    can't wait to see what you've done to your dining room!

  19. What an absolute treat! You are just amazing and I adore what you have done with your girls room! I am so happy I found your blog and am sure I will glean tons of inspiration from it! Kudos to you!
    xo
    Melis

  20. Abby

    Hi,
    I have followed your blog on and off but today really dived in – and wow! i'm overwhelmed with your talent!! every detail is so thoughtful and comes together perfectly!! your girls have a perfect room. great job!

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