Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Room Makeover: Little J's Big Girl Room!

It's not easy to make room for a growing family in a Manhattan apartment, but we've been working hard to re-structure and re-organize our apartment to do so. We decided that we want the girls to have their own rooms, at least for the first couple of years when the feeding and sleeping schedules are so different from each other. This meant giving up our beloved office/den room and converting it to a "big girl" room for little J so the baby could take over the nursery.

I found some great ways to make a cost-effective but beautiful space for my daughter. I scoured sites like Houzz and Apartment Therapy for great ideas, and came up with some easy updates that have a lot of bang for the buck. The prior office room had glass French doors with sidelights, and instead of swapping out the whole wall, we changed just the doors to solid wood ones and had them installed by a helpful guy in our building. We added custom blackout drapes to the sidelights that coordinate with the rest of the decor, and match the window valence.

Chandelier from Overstock.com, Custom Doors from ETO Doors, Custom Drapes
French Doors and Bookshelves Before
The bedding and drapes in the new room are custom designed which worked well for our budget and design needs, especially since they are blackout shades. Since we will need the crib for the new baby, we were eager to transition little J out of the crib and into a bed well before her sister arrives. We used a full platform bed that we already owned, but swapped out the headboard for a prettier, more feminine one that works great with the colors in the room. We decided to keep the tall, beautiful dark wood bookshelves that were in the prior office, but jazzed them up with some fun colored baskets (Land of Nod) and trinkets to make the room feel more girly.

Fabrics by Caitlin Wilson, Headboard by Safavieh, Wall Hanging by Land of Nod, Toddler Bed Rail by Regalo
Duvet and Sham Fabrics by Caitlin Wilson, Sheets from Roberta Roller Rabbit
Grey Chevron Rug by Safavieh, Morrocan Pouf from Overstock, Nightstand by Thomasville
Elephant Figurine from Dwell Studio

Since the room doesn't have a closet, I needed to find a large armoire for all her clothes, shoes, and other things like towels, quilts, etc. I got a great, solid wood armoire from the Gothic Cabinet Craft and decided to get an unfinished wood material so I could get creative in painting it. This was such a fun project for me! I used Benjamin Moore's La Paloma Gray color on the armoire, and finished it off with a fun and whimsical stencil from The Stencil Boss. I am not much of a painter, but this was so easy and fun to do. There are some imperfections up close, but I am so happy with the end result! I love the cheerful animals, and was happy to incorporate so many animals into the decor since little J loves them so much. She has a couple of animal figurines (one pictured above), wooden elephant bookends, and a beautiful coral giraffe painting on the wall opposite her bed.

Unfinished Solid Wood Armoire from Gothic Cabinet Craft
Painted in La Paloma Gray, with the stencil on top!
Final Product

Little J made the transition to her big girl bed this past weekend, and it was a huge hit. She loves her spacious new bed, the bedding, and she also loves her new dollhouse which was a very generous gift from her aunt & uncle. It's amazing what some color, curtains and bedding can do to transform a space. It's a world of a difference!

Office Room Before:

Little J's Big Girl Room After:


  1. great Job Neha....it looks great!!

  2. The stenciling is a wonderful idea, and turned out great!

  3. Wow! the rooms are completely transformed. Awesome job!

  4. So so cute!! Love the closet especially!


  5. I love the end result and it's so awesome that you had fun and took your time decorating! After making a big move to a new apartment the most fun was picking and choosing the more creative and decorative pieces! Great use of colors and patterns!!

  6. This idea of painting the closet that i got from here was great!! I ended up painting my son's bed and his desk in Blue! It gels so well and i could pick the exact color that we wanted!