The Girls Room, Part II

When I caught my four year-old gazing longingly at PBK and Serena & Lily catalogs, I knew that something had to be done about her boring bedroom. Both of my girls love color. They are girly, but not too girly, so an all-pink room wasn't going to do.


Cupcake jars purchased 50% off at Rose and Radish

Here's what we came up with on our very (very) small budget:



I already mentioned that I did a lot of the 'shopping' for the room in our basement storage area. It was fun to work with things I already owned.

I really wanted new duvet covers for the twin beds - something simple and mostly white, but with a colorful trim that matched a color in the Chiang Mai headboards. I could have just bought some bedding like this from Pottery Barn, but I figured I could save myself a few hundred bucks and just get creative with a pair of all-white duvets we already owned and some turquoise single-fold bias tape.


The sewing is not perfect, but the result is honestly better than I expected. I like the punch of color in the sea of white bedding.


While I had the sewing machine out, I added a few yards of dark purple ricrac to the bottom hem of my cheap Target bedskirts.


I bought this cute little french nightstand at a vintage shop a few years ago. It's seen better days and badly needed a paint job.


I went with turquoise again and trimmed out some of the moulding details with white paint.



Michael's had a bunch of the Martha Stewart collage frames on clearance a while back and I finally decided to do something with the two that I picked up. It was fun looking at pictures of butterflies with my girls and picking out shapes and colors to mimic using vellum paper.



The lamp was $18 at HomeGoods, and while that price included a nice shade, it was badly damaged in our move (see before pic), so I had to buy a new shade at Target. I'm loving clean parchment shades these days.

On the opposite wall from the twin beds, I reused a large frame and a piece of sheet metal to make a chalkboard. Here's the before shot...


I mounted it low on the wall for easy kid access and also hung some freshly painted galvanized buckets filled with chalk. The floor pillows are from HomeGoods and Target. Above the chalkboard, I hung a metal butterfly wall sculpture thingy from Target's clearance aisle. It was all black metal when I bought it a few days ago, but I (shocker) decided to paint the butterflies.



Years and years ago in college, a roommate gave me a paper star chandelier. It's been in storage for a long time and I'm so glad I thought to dig it out for this project.


The colors weren't right for the space, so I painted it white and now I love it in the room.


The star hangs over a striped slipper chair we found just sitting in our basement when we moved in and some framed pages from a favorite children's book, Brundibar.



Also from our storage supply was this white mirror I bought a very long time ago at Nordstrom (well, really, Last Chance for all you AZ natives) for $20.


The old paint finish was a little too shabby chic for my taste, but I decided that yellow would be just the right pop of color for the above the dark brown dresser (which we can't paint). In this picture you can also see what the white star looks like when it's lit up. It's the perfect night light for my girls - my two year-old calls it Twinkle-Twinkle.


The little pink lamp on the dresser used to be green. I found it at a thrift store for $0.50 and used a small brush to apply some glossy pink paint. Good as new.



I also found the embroidered linen table runner at the same thrift store.


The room's not completely done yet - I still have some finishing touches to make - but I like the progress that has been made since last weekend.

189 comments:

i suwannee said...

Fabulous Jenny! Love the pink valance.

ellen said...

So darling! I love, love, love the duvet idea and your headboards turned out fabulously! This is a room that guests would feel right at home in should the need arise, as opposed to sleeping on too-small beds with polyester Disney Princess sheets and no bedside lamp for reading. And I loved all of your inspiration rooms as well.

Tara said...

is it terrible that I am completely jealous of your 2 and 4 year old and they're amazing bedroom??

Southern Exposure said...

Great job! I love the night stand and the valance.

Grits414 said...

It's great!!!!!!! ALL of it!!! Wonderful taste, great budget!

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

What lucky gals! Terrific job all around. Great vision. I love that you did all that with thrift and imagination. I'm loving that pink valance. What's the story on that?

Sarah @ In A Dream said...

Oh my gosh, I love it! I love all the different colors, what you did with the duvet covers and the rickrack on the bed skirt, and all the butterflies. It looks really great! I even want to sleep there!

KJ said...

What a great job! I love all the pieces that you painted, like the mirror, the pink chalkboard fram and the bedside table.

The ric-rac was a great touch as well.

What lucky girls!

Jeannine @ Small & Chic said...

Who needs Domino? We have Little Green Notebook!

Renee said...

Really pretty. I love the colors.

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Wow! Your use of color is amazing! Magazine worthy makeover!!

Amy

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

I am just over the moon for this room - honestly, it is so awesome! And I love how it will work for your girls even as they grow older. Now I'm dying to go switch up some of my rooms!

Amy said...

oh my gosh- I LOVE IT! This is adorable! I love it all.... the colors, the fabrics, the bias tape and ric rac on the white (what a little thing that makes a big difference!)... That turqouise table is adorable, one of the cutest things I've ever seen! The star, the mirror and chalkboard... wow, all of it is adorable! And looks like you found some great deals. The thing I love most is that you took great deals and made the best of them! I love to see something not so cute become the perfect touch to a room with just a little paint and touch of love. Your girls must be in heaven here!

ellen said...

Wow! It's so cool. Your girls must be thrilled.

Alainna said...

Absolutely beautiful! The colors are exuberant, but not overpowering. You have a wonderful talent and two very lucky little girls!

Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs said...

Eeek! I love it! Did you already tell us about the curtain thingy, because I'm dying to find out about that!?!

Adrianne said...

Fabulous! What a great room. I love the bright colors.

alexandjess said...

Absolutely fabulous!
I love the pops of color in all the furniture and accessories.

I'm curious, how you make the chalkboard. Did you just paint chaulkboard paint directly onto the sheet metal? or did you have to prep the metal in any way?
Thanks!

Lindsey said...

Amazing! I love all the details...you are so talented. I have never painted anything before... could you possibly give us a "painting furniture 101" with some tips on how to do it, and what to use? Thanks!

Jenny said...

Thanks for all the nice comments, guys!

Alexandjess- I used Rustoleum's chalkboard spray paint right on the sheet metal. I didn't bother to prime - just applied several light coats, with drying time in between.

Lindsey - Painting furniture is a breeze. I don't think there's even enough info for a full post! Pretty much anything can be painted, especially if you're willing to use a primer first and/or sand the old surface a little. In the case of the turquoise night stand here, I did neither. Just used hi-gloss interior latex paint right on top of the old white paint. Similar to what I was saying above, the trick to a long-lasting and smooth-surfaced paint job is several light coats with drying time in between. Resist the temptation to slab it all on at once in a thick coat!

Hope that helps.

Oh - and for those who asked about the pink valence/pelmets, I'm writing a post about those now. Come back tomorrow (afternoon/evening, probably).

J

Jessica Hills said...

That looks amazing! LOVE it!

Krissy said...

The transformation is absolutely beautiful. You guys did a brilliant job!

b. said...

so pretty and adorable. you did a FANTASTIC job!!! wowowowoow... so creative. i love how everything compliments each other but its not matchy-matchy. i cant stand matchy stuff. and, i love that you did so much of it yourself .. that even makes it more special. can you come to my house and help me! please show more posts of your home... i want to see. :)

Barbie said...

Too too cute. Wish I had a storage area like yours! Either way I love how you inspire me to think big within my (limited) budget.

I'm wondering if you repaint lamps just as you do furniture--no primer is needed? Will most any surface accept paint?

Lisa said...

Looks awesome!! You have a great knack for accessories and I'm sure G & C absolutely love it! :)

viera said...

Jenny, you did an amazing job, love it all.
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Dagny @ Beautiful Living said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! I absolutely LOVE what you've done! Now you can come and do my girls rooms! Norway isn't that far away, is it?? :D :D

Zenkichi said...

what a beautiful bedroom - your girls are so lucky!!! i wish i had grown up in a room like that. much inspiration as well...thank you for sharing!

Katherine said...

The room looks so great! Makes me feel sorry for my daughter! Love the inspiration!

Francoise said...

AMAZING Jenny! Your blog is my 'must' read on a daily basis and it is truly inspirational. The way you do everything on a budget sets you apart from the rest! I really appreciate all your posts and refer back to them on a frequent basis! Great job!

Polly R said...

Oh my god it's soooo nice!
I love it!
I want this room! I love the new duvet covers and the blackboard and I ADORE the cupcakes and the top of the dresser. Ooh and the bed-side table.
And pretty much everything else !
What a great project. It's gorgeous x

bluehydrangea said...

I love the duvets!! the ribbon adds the perfect pop of color. the best part? Although perfect for your little girls the room doesn't scream kiddie room. Great job!!

Haven and Home said...

Simply amazing!!!! I can't believe how cool of a room it is for so little money! LOVE the mirror painted yellow!

You won my giveaway so e-mail me when you get a chance!

Ms. Bright said...

darling, just darling!

Carolyn said...

really freaking cute! those valances are magnificent! Love all the color! You are painting master.

Terese said...

WOW! That is gorgeous and incredible. You've outdone yourself!!

Virginia @ Where You Hang Your Hat said...

so lovely and fun! the rickrack looks awesome.

The Huntress said...

simply amazing!!!!!

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Anonymous said...

That is absolutely adorable! What you can do with very few dollars! Thank you for sharing.

Also, I was wondering if one could paint porcelin and have it turn out like porcelin again, like you did with the green lamp turned pink-apparently you can? What type of paint do you use?

Fan!
~Dina in Atlanta

sarah @ realestatestyle said...

I am in love! The trim on the duvet is genius!! WTG!!

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

I was just going to ask the exact same question as "Dina in Atlanta" How did you get such a great finish on the lamp with a brush? What kind of paint did you use?

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

Oh, forgot to say that everything looks amazing! You would never know this room was done on a budget!

Blueprint Bliss said...

Jenny- I love it. I love your creativity and your willingness to do so many 'crafty' things yourself. Great, great work.

Rowena said...

I love how you did this. I love your ingenuity, reframing, repainting, repurposing, renewing, reusing.

And cheap! Yay you.

Gorgeous, sparkly room for kids which is not to kiddie. Brava.

smitten design said...

Jenny- It all looks so wonderful. You are so stinkin creative, it's very inspiring.

The Huntress said...

hi again!-do you mind sharing the paint colors you used? pink lamp and turquoise table?

Amy

FROM THE RIGHT BANK said...

Everything looks amazing! Those headboards are just stunning (I'm a huge fan of that print and don't think it can be used enough!) and everything else compliments them so nicely. How lucky are your girls? They must love it.

Sarah said...

Love it! Love it! I am looking forward to hearing about the valance. It is probably my fav part of the room.

Kelsey said...

Looking forward to your post about the valances...it's like you reached inside my brain and pulled out my imaginary guest room valances, sewed them, and dangled them before my eyes! This is EXACTLY what I've been picturing for my guest bedroom, which I want to be vintage and feminine.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

WOW. That is all I can say. Just, WOW.

beki said...

It looks great, I love it!!

Devon said...

You are really talented. I enjoyed seeing the creative ways you turned this room into something wonderful for your little gals. Nice job!

Sara said...

what kind of piant did you use for the lamp and bedside table? I have been painting some pieces lately and the paint just doenst want to harden! VERY FRUSTERATING!
The room looks fabulous by the way!

Sidney said...

Wow! The room looks fantastic! I wish I had your creative, do-it-yourself talents!

Ann Marie said...

Amazing!!! Love the bright colors and the headboards - what a creative room to wake up in every morning!!!

Rachael said...

Looks AWESOME!!

DTDorrin said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for all the details of where you got everything. It's great to see a beautiful room made with low-cost (or no-cost) items. I love all the color!

Black Zebra said...

Amazing!!! Those lucky,lucky girls:-)

Sarah's Fab Day said...

I love this room! If I had girls this bright, girly color scheme is exactly what I envision. You're good!!

rustic rooster interiors said...

I LOVE what you did... It makes me what to go & re-do my kids rooms! The head boards are beautiful! The little side table is perfect!!! I cold go on & on... LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing. Your girls are very lucky to have a creative & talanted mom like you!!!!
XOXO, Alexandra

Tanya and Colin said...

The room looks so good!!! YOu are so talented. I could look at your ideas all day. You inspire me to finish my kiddies rooms!!!

Pink Wallpaper said...

WOW what a great job! I love the valances...did you make those?

Rachel said...

What a great room!!! You are so talented! Every time I stop by your blog, I learn something new and am inspired. Thank you!

I also love that you did it all on a budget! But I have to say that I'm jealous of your basement - what great finds you have down there! Can I come shop??? ;-)

Allison Hasel said...

This is fabulous! To second someone else... your blog is the new domino! Finally! :)

Keep up the fabulousness!

Nicole said...

Those are two lucky girls! I love that you have taken the time to explain every step and that you made these changes economically. I think your projects have an accessibility that I don't see on other blogs and I really appreciate it! You make it seem like good design is very manageable with a little bit of patience and time. Thanks for sharing.

maryp said...

I love the whole room and that you painted everything! Will you come and do my daughters room???

Rachel said...

I absolutely love this room for your girls! The headboards, the duvet, that nightstand, the lamps.. so much fun in that room!

Jennifer said...

it's perfect Jenny! I would be quite happy there myself! LOVE the rick rack trim on the bedskirt. and I have the same paper star -- got in college, but haven't had the heart to toss it.

Louisa said...

What an amazing, thoughtful transformation! I love all of the little touches - from the tape on the bedding to the trim on the bedskirt, the frames, the butterfly wall thingy, the chalkboard, the colors! It is all terrific - great job!!

maryjayne said...

WOW! As soon as I saw you had posted more on your girls' room, I was literally clapping my hands in excitement to see the finished results! It looks amazing! I absolutely love the color combinations! I am a big fan of your blog and look forward to seeing more of your creativity!

inthetweeds said...

This room is just FUN! I love it!!! And it's so grown-up for little girls, which I think is wonderful. I can't get over how cute it is!!!! Well done!

urbansardines said...

Stunning! You absolutely inspire me every time! You are the DIY queen!

Leah said...

I love the colors & your innovative cost-saving ideas! Love your blog & thanks for sharing.

Mrs. Petrie said...

So many awesome things that you did to improve your girls' room! We're expecting a second baby in the next few months and I love the way you made the room comfortable for both your girls.

Anonymous said...

You are seriously AMAZING. I am speechless at that transformation, while not spending much. Wow. Wow. Wow.

brynalexandra said...

FABULOUS!!!!! Oh my gosh, just amazing. I love all the little details. You are such a true talent that I look up to. Bravo!

Kara Camille said...

so so darling! I love your creativity. I'm just wondering where you find the time to do it all, you're amazing!

Nicole Nikolas said...

Okay, I don't even know where to start.
First, love the blog!
Second, how big is this storage space and how do i get one?!?
Third, you make me not feel bad about buying things I find on clearance and love but have no idea what to do with them.
The room looks great. Thanks for all the good ideas!

Petertammenson said...

Good heavens, I should say you love it! Am so glad you demo'd the bias tape thing - I finally found my dream white comforter cover at Homegoods ($30!) but it needs a shot of color and I'm going to match it with some fabric I bought earlier this year for our headboard. Fabulous! Thank you sooo much for sharing. This is so sophisticated, but little girl accessible!

Erin Lee said...

WOW-so stinkin' cute.

Sarah said...

Well, I'm jealous of your basement. I'm not sure anything in my basement could produce anything nearly as cool on a budget. Very, very cute! What is the larger painting hanging above the bed on the left?

Erin said...

FANTASTIC!!! What lucky girls! So many great ideas here...thanks so much for sharing!

Morning T said...

I can't believe you put this all together in just a week! Love your trimwork on the duvet covers and the valance, the chalkboard, the nightstand, etc, etc. Great job!!

Beks said...

Insane!!! You are so TALENTED! What a dream room for your girls.

blackandtanandwhiteallover said...

Fabulous! You are so talented! Thank you so much for sharing this with us...

Jenna said...

Oh my word - this is INCREDIBLE! I'm sure your girls must be absolutely thrilled with their room! Thanks so much for sharing - it's truly an inspiration!

L.Duncan said...

Too Cute! Everything is so different from the typical little girl room. I love it! If you have a chance, you should stop by another wonderful blogger's page www.isabellaandmaxrooms.blogspot.com She created a nice room for her daughter as well.

The Gardner Gang said...

Are you kidding me!?? You are absolutely ridiculously amazing!!

Love ya! Carolyn

paula said...

jenny they must love it! It's gorgeous!

Rachel said...

Lucky girls! All your personal touches make the room fantastic.

Jordan and Jandee said...

Thanks for sharing, love the room! Especially all the painted furniture/mirror/etc. Do you have any tips for what paints work best on ceramic items (it looked like the green lap you painted pink may have been ceramic?)

amyks said...

Gorgeous room!Enough said.

katie carruth said...

ahhhhhh i am speechless! i adore everything in this room! your little girls are so very lucky! you have made their room a dream room for a little girl. i LOVE how you are so creative & do everything inexpensively! it is amazing!

allegra said...

wow Jenny!! love everything!! so much! i may have to copy that duvet idea with the tape border on top. genius-- i love it!

iloveSFandNY said...

I am 31 and I would like this to be my room.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Jenny! It looks fab! I've been waiting for two days to look at this. Then of course today I'm out most of the day and missed the reveal when it first happened!

I love all of it!!! Your little ladies are so lucky! It's beautiful!!

Paddywack Designs said...

It is STUNNING! LOVE, Love, Love!

Anonymous said...

you have the gift.

angela said...

I LOVE this. Your decorating talent is simply amazing. I can't believe that this was done on a tight budget. With an unlimited budget, most people couldn't pull off such a classy look. Your blog is addictivee!

Melissa A. said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I just saw this on the SCOOP. You did an awesome job.

Laura@JourneyChic said...

This is is such a FANTASTIC room! Your girls are so lucky to have such a creative mom. Your reuse of things is truly inspiring. Beautiful!!

Amnah said...

Wow, that's gorgeous! I was JUST telling my sister the other day that I wanted to buy sheet metal to paint and hang up as a magnetic board for my daughter's art. I looove the way the chalkboard with the hot pink frame looks though. Maybe I'll make two! So cute. Thank you for sharing. Very inspirational.

Elissa said...

This is gorgeous! Your girls are so lucky!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

This is just perfect! It looks tres high-end. (You're budget busting secrets are safe with us!)

southerninspiration said...

Amazing and fun!!!! Love all the detail you put into this room!

suzanne

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Absolutely a DELIGHT!
Janell

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Hi Jenny,
I just found your blog via Nesting Place...love it! I've added you to my blog roll so I don't miss more!
Janell

classiclyamber said...

ANY girl - big or small - would just love to have a room like this! You did an amazing job and I really like all the details! =-D

Jen R. said...

Awesome make over! The room is fabulous! Jen

Sheila said...

Out of control gorgeous! I love every inch of that room!!

Elaine said...

Very nicely done. Love all the bright colours!

Maggie Whitley said...

That bedroom is simply darling! I love all the colors you've incorporated... and I especially love how they are like little bursts of fun :)

The turquoise damask pillow from Target? I have the same one. It sits on my newly reupholstered red tweed couch. I love it! :)

GUSSY

june@craftyniche said...

Oh my, I bet your girls love it! I know I do!!

Casey said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Every detail is just amazing, your girls are very lucky!

Anne Marie said...

I can see why I'm the 116th comment - your girl's room is fantastic - totally puts mine to shame!

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

Absolutely breathtaking! I'm not even kidding! You deserve a gold star, girl.

TidyMom said...

AMAZING! I love your use of color! I wish I could "see" that and try it! I get stuck on a color scheme and have a hard time bringing other colors in. I LOVE this!

~TidyMom

rebekah said...

Seriously.....Seriously!!!! I dont know where to begin! LOVE the star! your colors are amazing!...its just safe to say I am IN LOVE with it ALL!!!!! beautiful job! I am sure they love their room!!!!

Christi said...

LOVE this room - makes me wish I had a little girl!

Where did you get the stools(?) at the foot of the bed - those would work great for my boys!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I adore that you have created a dreamy space that will grow with your girls.

I bought the same Martha shadowboxes and finally got around to using them too. They will be featured on my Monday post. Stop by.

ms. less is always more said...

It's so perfect!!! I just love it all!

kerry said...

I loved that you used a grown up print for little ones. I have 5 little girls a few of them could use a room redo. I just found 2 yards of Jacaranda by Quadrille today for $40. Now what to do with it...

Thanks for sharing!

the speers said...

Hi, I saw you blog on the Nesting Place and HAD to leave a comment!! SO AMAZING!! I'm in love with all of it! I love the different colors and creative you were in placeing different pieces around the room! I'm doing my son's room in a few weeks, and your creativeness totally inspires me!! Your girls have one rocken room!!

Sarah said...

Love it, LOVE IT, L-O-V-E- I-T!!! :D
God's blessings on your family, Sarah

em said...

I think this is the greatest little girls room I have seen in a long time!

I love it, a million times!!!

Stephanie said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love all colors and the way you combine. It's definitely the most beautiful children's room I've ever seen.

Annie said...

Hi! I am a friend of Anna Low's- she RAVES about your taste and now I know why. Just wondering- where did you get the fabric for your headboards. I have been looking for something like that without any luck...do you know the designers name or have any info on it???
You are darling! love, annie

Averill said...

incredible! I'm so impressed with your resourcefulness (and at the quality of the contents of your basement!). It's amazing what some bright paint can do for old furniture.

Hillary said...

lovely, Lovely, LOVELY!! I am in love!

I know everyone is asking a million questions... but, I am interested in the story with the "x-benches" at the end of their beds. SO CUTE! I am really obsessed with them lately and want to know if you have seen them anywhere for a better price than Ballard Designs?

Thanks!!

Mary Grace Thomas @ Test of Time said...

so beautiful...I love how you upcycle frames and mirrors with colorful paint

andi said...

Makes me smile! Brava!

Lisa Leonard said...

wow--this is sooo inspiring!! cam from nesting place. xo

christa said...

So GREAT! I am in awe of all the little touches and thoughtful additions/transformations. Congrats on an awesome room!

Katie said...

Beautiful room! So many great inspiring ideas!

myarbor said...

seriously, why does TLC not have you hosting your own show?! you're so very talented!

tifi said...

I'm usually a lurker, but I just had to comment and tell you what a fabulous room this is! So creative and inspirational. I'm in the process of doing my daughter's room and we particularly love the chalkboard you made.

Miss G said...

I love the way this room says girl without being the usual or all pink. So many wonderful things about it! I really like the way you painted the trim details on the turquoise nightstand with the white. I too have the Martha Stewart frames just waiting to use. Maybe I'll use them in the nursery that I get to plan now. :) One tiny thing, I used to have a star lamp like that from college also. It started smoking and I ended up throwing it away because it would give off a funny smell when the light was on and I was afraid it was becoming a fire hazard. Just wanted you to be aware just in case yours starts to be the same way so your girls are safe. :) Kelly

my favorite and my best said...

d'oh! that's so good i am beyond words. just picture me...bowing.

becca said...

The room is fabulous! Please include information on the campaign seats at the foot of the beds if you can in your next post. I want something similar at the foot of my bed and the Jonathan Adler ones are out of my price range...would love to know how you did/got yours!

Deliciously Organized said...

Wow! This is incredible! Stunning room!

Court @ Beauty Fully Used said...

This is GORGEOUS! Love the color combo and in particular, the nightstand.

Lindsey said...

I love the outcome! Perfect for a couple of not TOO girly girls!

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

You have such an eye for color and pattern. Everything just "goes." It's perfect!

Kendal Blanchard said...

Could you please describe how you did the valances? They are wonderful! The entire roomis a dream.

Lauren said...

this is just too cute!!! i love it!!! love all the fun & engergy in it!! and love your prices!! i bet the girls are so happy.

Neverland said...

Simply Charming!

Britt said...

Everything about this room is just so charming! I love that you strayed from the typical little girl's room and did something fun and bright. Everything you do always ends up looking like a million bucks. Great job!

Candi said...

Gorgeous! I just love the turquoise nightstand!

mom23blessings said...

Love this room! Can you tell me where you got the teal/white and yellow/red pillows that were on the floor? I would LOVE to get me some of those! thx!

theartfulabode said...

I just stumbled on your blog and had to comment on this bedroom. It's fantastic! I wish I was 4 and could move in right away. :) Every color choice and detail is just perfect - well done!

Nicole said...
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Nicole said...

I LOVE this room! It makes me want to be a kid again!

No.35style said...

darling, great job!

Samantha said...

God, it's GORGEOUS! Love, love, LOVE!

Anonymous said...

I love it. You are really very talented.

Jenny said...

Thanks again for all the sweet (and very generous) comments!! Also, thank you for withholding your criticisms - I'm sure you all have more than a few!! :)

About the pink lamp. It is ceramic. I used a 3/4" artist's brush and hi-gloss interior latex paint from Home Depot - no primer, believe it or not. The trick was using the hi-gloss paint in multiple coats (probably four or five coats in total). Hi-gloss will stick to almost anything, really. Be careful of drips though!

The navy x-benches were bought about a year ago on Craigslist. They are vintage and the upholstery was ugly to me, so I spray painted them blue (with a special fabric spray paint) and then painted (with a brush, by hand) the welting black. If you're looking for a pair of x-benches yourself, I would totally save up and buy the Ballard version. If you are patient and sign up for their emails, you can usually get some good discounts. The quality is great with Ballard, and once you add in the cost of reupholstering some old ebay or craigslist benches, you're close to the price of a brand new x bench.

The turquoise damask pillow (down-filled, BTW!) is on clearance at Target right now for about $6-7. The yellow and pink pillow is actually a Euro sham from Home Goods (had to purchase the insert separately).

I'll answer the pelmet questions in the comments section of that post.

Thanks!!

L said...

I am SO inspired! This is perhaps the most lovely room-on-a-budget I have ever seen. I can't wait to try the pelmet boxes myself {at least I hope to get around to it!}. Thanks for the inspiration. It's gorgeous!

Kerry said...

That's a really beautiful room, with so much personality and character. Love the bedding details.

Erin Gates said...

You did an absolutely INCREDIBLE job!!!!!!

Heather_myafbrats said...

WOWEEE, that is fabulous! I love the cupcakes.. where did you find them?

whitney said...

oh my goodness. too much cuteness. i wonder if you could tell me what kind of paint your use to redo your furniture & lamps? it looks like you have quite a bit of experience and i am curious if you have found one that works better than others...Thanks. lovely, lovely space!

Lissy said...

WOW! I have just stumbled onto your blog...perfect timing is we are about to re-do our nearly 6 year olds room...LOVE how you have just painted everything to make it fit...

stewart and james said...

this room is to die for! i'd take it and i'm far from a little girl ;) bravo on a stellar job!

-a

Laura said...

this is the perfect little girls room!! I am saving my pennies to contract with you!! (do you ever travel to Connecticut?)

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I came via The Nester...what an adorable room for your sweet little girls...just a fantastic job !!!

Nice to meet you !!!!

All the best,
Kathy :)
jokaj@comast.net

plaisirs simples said...

LOVE your little girl's room!! so chic! and even better, this look can last for years! easily transitionable into a pre-teen room as well!

Sarah said...

I love love love love this room. Original, girlie and absolutely fab. The headboards are my favorite although all of the accents are amazing too.

Molly said...

I wish I had this room - except my husband wouldn't be too fond of having twin beds. ;) I love how you made everything coordinate without being matchy-matchy. Soon my little girls will be sharing a room so I now have some inspiration to work from. Thank You!!!

the mama monster said...

wow i love this in so many way! many of your colors are the same as my family room and you have given me even more to work with. thank you for sharing your amazing space with us!

Jenny said...

Jenny,
What color yellow paint did you use on the mirror? I want to paint a side table that color. Thanks.

Jenny said...

Jenny - I think the yellow color was "Olive Oil" by Martha Stewart at Lowes.

Good luck!
j

Geek+Nerd said...

WOW! This is so stunning, your girls are so lucky to have such a cool talented mom. Now I have a question...what kind of paint did you use to re-do the pink lamp? I love the idea of updating a lamp base's color!

Geek+Nerd said...

Nevermind on the lamps Jenny - I read back through the comments and found it. Seriously...this is amazing. You have such a gift!

val said...

i am in awe. you have such great taste. perhaps i should email you and get your rates and start saving so my home can be as amazing as yours.

jessica said...

This is so beautiful! I LOVE what you've done-every detail works so well together!

Sabrina said...

I was just wondering if you upholstered the headboards or if you bought them like that? I'm in love with that fabric and wondering where I can get some. This room is a dream. I'm in love:) Thanks

Rdekko said...

Ohhh! you're a magician. Really lovely room!

Susan said...

You did such a lovely job. Perfect for two little girls. I am so jealous that you found those cupcake bowls on sale! I have wanted them ever since I first spotted them.

SnugMuggins said...

Your projects are simply stunning and so inspiring....I wish i could "see" individual pieces and recognise their beauty in the way you seem to have done so effortlessly.

Thespa McLaughlin said...

Thanks for sharing pictures of this room redo. I'm about to tackle the shared room of my two daughters and you've given me a few ideas from which to draw inspiration. Hope you have a great week!

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wendy said...

I really like this room. Especially the chalk board and the cup cake jars. Have you any idea whether these can be purchased online?
Thanks for sharing:-)

Jessica "Be Blessed" said...

I love this bog! Is there a way that I can follow? I didn't see that option?

Jessica "Be Blessed" said...

I love this bog! Is there a way that I can follow? I didn't see that option?

Tanya of Style Studio said...

my design philosophy: renew, refresh, repurpose-love the repurposing you did for your gilr's bedroom...not to mention using my all time fav fabric on the headboards-great work-always love you posts-
Tanya
www.stylestudiollc.com

Home Lighting said...

This is the BEST girl's bedroom in the whole world! The butterflies, little cupcakes, board, buckets and star chandelier are AWESOME! Great work!

Type A Ramblings said...

This is absolutely fantastic. Thanks for the tutorial. I've added your post as it inspires me. This is such an amazing room. Great job!

http://typearamblings.blogspot.com/2011/08/blog-binge-drapes-and-valances-pelmet.html

melissa said...

Your room looks great!! I really need to start shopping at thrift stores i guess! I just finished a reading nook makeover in my 5 yr. olds room, she loves it! I am going to go looking around your blog for other ideas, I have just started one of my own, you can see the nook there...
http://honeybeeboutiques.webs.com/apps/blog/show/11335606-one-small-step-for-the-malloys-one-huge-step-towards-resolution-completion-step-1

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