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):
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:
And here it is with a fresh coat of paint:
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.
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:
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):
Here’s Ayla’s bookshelf/princess storage. No, I didn’t organize those; she did that.
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.
Ayla’s reading nook:
For those interested, here’s a complete source list. You can also find links galore on my Pinterest board.
- Wall colors: Blue-ish aqua (“Rainwashed” by Sherwin Williams) and pink (“Lotus Flower” by Sherwin Williams)
- Rug: Crow’s Feet Rug in pink by Land of Nod
- Bedding: Dwell Studio Medallion (we purchased the bedding years ago, the crib set is still available on Amazon)
- Settee: angelo:Home Dover Settee
- Wall Flowers: Umbra
- Orchid Art Wire: Umbra Loft
- Ceiling Lamp: MASKROS Pendant Lamp from Ikea (Ayla thinks it looks like Cinderella’s carriage)
- Nightstand Lamp: Target base with a DIY shade
- Print: Mischief Maker by dkim
- Print: Believe It by dazeychic
- Print: Hearts Screenprint by sassandperil
- Print: 10 Mil Besos by thebigharumph
- Print: Personalized Ayla print by sarah+abraham
- Print: A is for Adventure (free printable!) from The Handmade Home
- Print: OLUNDA Picture, butterflies from Ikea with Spoonflower fabric
- Letter “a”: Anthropologie Pinwale Alphabet
- Curtains: Sailcloth Panel by Pottery Barn Kids (white) with these pom-poms