The Curbly House: Ayla's Cozy Room Reveal

Ayla's bedroom reveal

Last year was full of changes for our family, and in particular for my daughter. A new house, a new brother, and a new pre-school. That's why, when I started thinking about how to design her new room in the Curbly House, I wanted it to be perfect, inspiring, cozy, and hers. The day we moved in, Ayla's room was the most done room in the house, and to date, it's the only done room in the house. This room was my baby, and it's for my baby, so today I'm going to show you more pictures than a proud grandma stores in her wallet. Let's go!

Remember what her room looked like on the day we bought the house? This shot doesn't make it look half bad; but it was worse than it looked. The plaster was crumbling, the floors were warped, the tiled ceiling sagging, and there were no power outlets (just one wall sconce for lighting):

Ayla's room, before

And now, let me refresh your memory on the planning that went into this room. Like many 4-year-olds, Ayla is color-crazy for pink. Yeah, this totally typical and cliche, but it's who she is and what she loves. For the record, she also loves glitter and gems and leaves the house with some sort of sparkly accessory every day. She didn't inherit this from me, because it's a miracle when I make it into a pair of jeans before going out and I can't figure out how to accessorize any part of my outfit. 

Moving on ... Here's the room after the floors were sanded and the walls were primed:

The bedroom, after the floors were sanded

And here it is with a fresh coat of paint:

Bedroom with pink and blue/green

I have already written about the importance of this room to me. And I will add here that the fact that this little girl's room was inviting and cozy and totally Ayla by our first night in the house made a big difference to all of us.

Another shot of the bedroom

On move in day when it came time for Ayla's nap, she jumped right in bed and slept like she belonged in the room. This is amazing because our kids are notoriously bad sleepers, and the fact that our girl felt settled enough to rest in her new room meant she really embraced it. To this day she will disappear in there for hours at a time, close the door and play make believe, put on dance shows, and write books. This never happened in her old room, and it's so sweet to hear her little voice narrating her tales in the privacy of her own comfy nest. 

Let's begin the tour with the scrap of fabric that set the whole color scheme for the room:

Fabric Swatch from Spoonflower - Seafoam - Coral Colorway by Heather Dutton

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Here's the reverse shot of the other side of the room. Check out how different the color looks in the light (the camera exaggerates this quite a bit; the color definitely takes on different shades, but not quite this extreme):

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Here's Ayla's bookshelf/princess storage. No, I didn't organize those; she did that.

Bookshelves with Disney characters

Here's that scrap of Spoonflower fabric I loved so much. I got the butterfly artwork from Ikea, and took off the back of the frame to swap out the background.

created at: 02/22/2013

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Ayla's reading nook:

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For those interested, here's a complete source list. You can also find links galore on my Pinterest board.





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Jennie on Aug 29, 2014:

I did and it looks great!

alicia on Aug 27, 2014:

Hi Jennie! It was no trouble separating the purple paper from the white; go for it. 

Jennie on Jan 21, 2014:

Was it easy to separate the purple paper from the rest of the artwork? I was thinking of getting the Olunda but when I looked at it, it looked as if the purple background was glued onto the white paper with the butterflies and I want my background in a different colour.

alicia on Jul 06, 2013:

Hi Jessie! The pink glittery desk is still in storage from our move. But, we'll have to fish it out and add it to her room; it's the perfect addition.

Jessie on Jul 06, 2013:

Did you not end up using the pink glittery desk? 

Aidel.K on Feb 26, 2013:

Beautiful job! I would love to spend hours in there, too. I especially like how you used two paint colors to make zones. The mix of pattern & color is really lovely.

DesigningMom on Feb 26, 2013:

It looks absolutely darling. Just like Ayla! She's a lucky little girl to have such a perfect room. The colors, the art, everything is just adorable.

The Double Dubs on Feb 24, 2013:

Amazing room!  That light fixture is absolutely gorgeous and totally made for a little girl's room.  The color scheme is beautiful, girly but not over the top.  My favorite space is the cute reading nook, I think every kid's room needs one.  Excellent job!

stacia on Feb 22, 2013:

I love it. My favorite "feature" is that it isn't ALL pink. In 5 years, if she decides pink is so not her anymore, there is very little painting and replacing that would need to happen to give it a whole new look and color scheme. I wish more people were as thoughtful as this when choosing color palates for kids rooms. Tastes evolve, there are ways to honor the current obsessions without painting yourself into a corner down the road. Nice job!

Claudia on Feb 22, 2013:

This is so, so lovely. I can see why your daughter loves to spend time in her room. 

alicia on Feb 22, 2013:

Thanks, Andrea!


Andrea on Feb 22, 2013:

Excellent job, I'm sure your daughter felt so loved by the work you did in her room.

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