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One Room Challenge Reveal: Teddy's Big Girl Room

It's done! The One Room Challenge event has come to an end, the room is finished, and I'm so happy I could just about move in to it. (Ok, so maybe we should move Teddy into it instead... next challenge: how to transition a toddler out of her crib...).


If you haven't been following along the last six weeks, this makeover is for our two year old daughter, Laurel, a.k.a., Teddy. It has been an absolute blast having her as my "client" and I've truly included her in every design decision along the way. She may be small but she knows what she likes! I hope this room makes her feel as special as she is to us.


For a quick reminder of what this room looked like before: a super ugly guest room loaded up with unused stuff, still rocking the orange + beige paint job from the previous owners. Ceiling fan, blinds, blah. And the closet - yikes! Filled with forgotten items and built-ins too tall for a two year old.


Now moving on to the pretty! All photographs were taken by local KC photographer, Catherine VandeVelde, who did such a fabulous job capturing the mix of calm + whimsy I wanted this room to exude. Thank you, Catherine!


Welcome to Teddy's new Big Girl Room.




She absolutely loves it. Goal #1 achieved! As mentioned in a previous post, we have plenty of dedicated "play" space elsewhere in the house, so while this room most certainly includes some of her favorite toys and books, the overall space is meant to be a calming, relaxing retreat for our sweet little girl.


On to the details...

The bed! I cannot WAIT to snuggle up for story time in this spot! We used a queen bed turned sideways to create the feeling of a daybed for our tiny tot. Because we lost our guest room in this transformation, I wanted to make sure we still had a big bed available to sleep guests if needed. The platform bed is from Amazon, and the headboard I custom made (DIY!) to fit the daybed style. I thought this would be a super intimidating project, but I am thrilled with how it turned out, and love the fact that I saved us from a major splurge by doing it myself.



Pillows are a mix of HomeGoods (pink), TJMaxx (cream with tassles), Target (nubby cream pillows) and Pottery Barn (green). Teddy actually grabbed the green pillows from her daddy's office last week and brought them in here - I thought they were the perfect pop! My little designer.


If you recall, she also picked out the adorable bunny fabric (Hutch by Hunt Slonem Designs) for her window treatments, which were also a DIY project. Doesn't she have the best view? Big beautiful trees and so much sunlight. Not to worry mamas, those roman shades pull down to perfectly black out the room for nap time.


The picture frame molding was also a DIY addition to the room which I LOVE and was relatively easy to do (although time consuming). It completely transformed the room and added so much height. My husband likes it so much, he now wants me to add it to two more rooms in the house. Think I can squeeze that in before I have this next baby??


In other woodworking projects, see how taking out that built-in bookshelf above the radiator really opened up the room? I'm so glad I went to the extra effort to remove it and rebuild the radiator cover. Now Teddy can reach everything in this room, which was a top priority in the overall design.


For toy and book storage, I added those adorable little fabric baskets from Target (or, "Targey" as she calls it), and spiffed up a Craigslist bookshelf with green and gold paint. Just her size.


On the shelf are some of her most treasured items: matryoshka dolls from her grandmother, favorite books, and two beloved bunnies from her aunt and great aunt. The little pull along wooden horses and rider she picked out herself at an antique store. Above the shelf is a framed picture that Teddy and her grandmother colored together at Christmas - such a special memory. And on top are some blocks that her grandpa made her - what a loved little girl.


The biggest transformation in terms of toddler usability however, is definitely the closet. I ripped out (and sold!) the old built-ins, and I added IKEA Pax units with my own custom twist. I did this same type of closet makeover in our master bedroom and absolutely love it. The IKEA units form the basis of the closet, but I added the baseboard (and platform they sit on), trim work and crown molding. The best part about the closet is that while the drawers, shelves and hanging bars are set up for Teddy to reach now, they can all be easily moved around to accommodate her as she grows.


Now Teddy can reach all of her own clothes and she LOVES it. Picking out her outfit in the morning and her jammies at night has become a favorite ritual for her. Above the drawers that she can reach, she now has a little vanity area, and above her reach is additional storage for out-of-season items.


She also has her own little step stool to get up on the bed, which she tells me is for "big girls." Now if time could just slow down so you don't get too big too fast sweet girl!


A huge thank you to Calling it Home and House Beautiful for hosting the One Room Challenge event. It was an awesome experience to be pushed to transform a room in my own house on such a tight deadline. I learned new skills and surprised myself with some new DIY projects like the headboard and window treatments, for which I'm happy to share a tutorial in the future. A special shout out also goes to my husband for being patient while I yet again turned our upstairs hallway into a workshop and our kitchen into a sewing room.





Teddy can't wait to move in! Here's to hoping the transition goes smoothly since new baby will be here in only 12 weeks. Thank you to everyone who followed along! I've loved sharing the transformation with you and look forward to sharing many more as my little business continues to grow.


Additional Sources:

Floor Lamp: IKEA | White Lamp: IKEA | Pink Lamp: Tuesday Morning | Fabric for headboard/pelmets: Nell Hills | Treehouse: Land of Nod | Quilt: Amazon | Sheepskin Rugs: IKEA | Rug: Tigressa | Play Canopy: RH Baby & Child | End Table: Z Gallerie | Chandelier: Vintage | Sheep: Lauren Alexandra | Swan: HomeGoods | Kate Spade Print: HomeGoods | Large Painting: DIY | Round Mirror: IKEA | Ceiling Paint: Koral Kicks by Sherwin Williams | Bookcase Paint: Jasper by Sherwin Williams | Teddy's Outfit: Victoria Beckham for Target