Saturday, February 20, 2016

Little Girl's Bedroom Makeover

Taking photos in my daughter's room proved really difficult because of the lack of light...and the fact that underneath the blind you can see is another blind (the old one)...which is actually broken and doesn't go up....so I couldn't open them right up and let more light in.  Hopefully you can make something out of these photos without having to squint too hard.

Anyway, this was a recent makeover I did in my little girl's room.  She grew out of her cot and moved into a 'big girl' bed and as a result I was able (at last) to decorate a girly room (she has three older brothers).  My daughter is crazy about ballet so it was an obvious choice in theme.

The furniture in the photo above is second hand from my brother, well actually the bed is 'third hand'.  When my parents originally bought their farm it was used as a weekender and they had two sets of bunk beds.  One set was given to us a few years ago, which is what we've been using for our two middle boys, but the other set was used for many years by my brother for his girls.  Until recently.  Just before Christmas he asked if I'd like one of the beds or perhaps both (which can be stacked on top of each other to form a bunk) and I said "Absolutely!  Bring them down".  Actually....if we felt like being really crazy...we could stack all four beds on top of each other and make a quadruple bunk!  How cool would that be?!  Nothing like adding an element of danger to bedtime!

Alright, we didn't stack the beds on top of each other to form a quadruple bunk bed....but the option is still there.  Instead we have gone for the boring single bed arrangement and I have completely 'ballet-fied' my daughter's room.  We had to get her a mattress, doona and pillows (so all the boring stuff) but that then left me free to go to town and choose lots of pretties for her room.

The doona cover set is a really lovely blush pink, which I much prefer over any other pink.  It's a bit more timeless, something that she would still most likely be happy with as a teenager, even if we have to ditch the sheets that are covered in little ballerinas.  I decided to go with the plain doona because of the 'busy' dancing sheets, and instead fold the top of the sheet down when I make the bed to add that bit of decoration.  The sheets, and the decorative throw pillow with it's embroidered ballerinas with the 3-D mesh tutu's, were bought online from Pottery Barn Kids, and the doona set was bought in a local store in Warragul. 

The ballerina ragdoll was a Christmas present to my daughter, bought through Etsy from a store called "Sew Many Pretties".  She makes the most gorgeous dolls and it took me ages to choose one, although I got there in the end.  Her little tutu comes off so as a result I find it under the bed, all over the house and even out in the garden.  Keeping with the theme I found this print of a watercolour at another Etsy store called "Zen Drawings".  My Dad did the picture framing for me, which he does all my framing as he used to own a store and business in Melbourne, but now he works out of his little workshop on his farm.  On the facing wall are a pair of pointe shoes that I found on eBay for $20.  Yes, they are real shoes but I can imagine just fairly crappy ones, not something that a real ballerina from, say The Australian Ballet, would dance about in.  I just thought they'd look good on the wall as part of the decoration.
Another pre-loved item, this chest of drawers was passed on by my sister, still in perfect working order.  With my roses all going crazy at the moment because of the really cold winter we had I am finding lots of places to put all the excess blooms, so this was as good a place as any.  I try to keep the bits and bobs up here fairly minimal as I tend to hate clutter.  My daughter's jewellery box is on the left (you know, one of those ones that you wind up and the ballerina dances when you open it) and a pretty picture frame.  Dad framed the print on the wall, (a little girl trying on her Mother's shoes) and hanging on the corner of the frame are a pair of delicate fairy wings that I bought from The Australian Ballet shop when my eldest son and I went to see a performance of "Cinderella" last year.  The dolls house I got for a steal because it was actually broken in the shop, from a toy shop in Yarragon called "Three Cheeky Monkeys", but it's still one of my daughter's favourite toys. (note the ballerina doll peeping out the top window)
This is the view from the doll house top window.  Ok, I assume this is the view from the doll house top window because I'm technically not IN it at the moment but standing precariously over it to take this photo.  The big wardrobe was given to us by my husband's brother and wife, it was brown but hubby stripped it back and gave it this white shabby chic paint job.  He did pretty well!  Various stuffed buddies line the top and the rocking horse at the end of the bed belonged to my brother's daughter, who kindly passed it on to my little girl when they moved to a much smaller apartment in Canberra.

Hands down my daughter's room is the nicest in the house and also it stays the tidiest (except when my daughter decides to pull all the toys out from the basket under her bed), but that's easy fixed and it very quickly goes back to looking really pretty again.

Next fix up....my boys room......if I can find it under all their mess......





8 comments:

  1. Oh Amber, that's such a pretty room for a little girl! <3 I love how you even found a pair of ballet shoes to match and used them as decor. xx

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    1. Thanks Bianca! I had lots of fun doing it up!

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  2. You've outdone yourself here, AMber, I bet she gets lots of enjoyment out of it for years to come.

    On a completely unrelated note, I love it when you name the places you buy things, drive thru, shop and eat in, live, visit, vacation near... I look up each name and find it in the maps.google.com page and place you in relation to the other Aussie bloggers I read: Amanda writing as Bush Babe, Kimmie at Serendipity Cafe, Eden Riley, Amanda Wright... maybe a couple others. It's good for my world geography knowledge.

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    1. Glad you are increasing your geography knowledge! I hope she does like it in years to come, unless she turns into a stroppy teenager!

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  3. I was actually wondering if those were real pointe shoes, glad you explained!! I was like.. WELL THAT WOULD BE AN EXPENSIVE "WALL PIECE". Haha!! I absolutely love them though, good thinking!!
    Imogen is so lucky to have such a beautiful room and a wonderful Mom who keeps it that way for her. You did any awesome job with the makeover and I wish you MUCH LUCK with the boy room!! ;) ;)

    MUCH LOVE!!!

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    1. They are really pretty pointes, although not quite as lovely as the ones the girls have in my ballet class, they have the expensive ones from Bloch, which is the company that supplies The Australian Ballet. I have ballet flats from there and some really nice dance wear. I've started the boys room, I'm just waiting for new doona covers to arrive, and today I had to actually buy a whole new doona for Austen because of a 'slight' doona explosion (read MASSIVE doona explosion here ......feathers everywhere...all through my washing machine.....) Making over Ethan's room too, so stay tuned for two more room make overs.

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  4. This looks AMAZING Amber! (Ps... VERY busy. I promise I'll respond to your email soon!) I love the delicate theme here. I chuckled when I read the bit about having all boys and finally getting to do a girly room. Helps that she actually loves girly things. (: I feel like we're nearing the days Pen is done with the crib. Any tips on how to make the jump from a crib to a "big girl bed?" I'm dreading it. haha I feel like I'll wake up a 3 am to a little human staring at me and scream my head off. lol

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    1. Tips? Hmmmm...just throw her on in it! She will be so excited about going to a bed, all kids are. Make a big deal about it. Oh, as to her appearing like a ghostly figure in your room in the middle of the night and scaring the crap out of you....put a lock on your bedroom door!!

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