Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mini Makeover- Sneak Peak

A few months ago, in a week long series we did on nurseries, I shared this room with you. It was my daughter's nursery.

Today I am going to give a little sneak preview of my toddler's "big girl" room. We are preparing to move her into a big bed soon, so of course for me that meant it was time for a little makeover. I have to admit, when I look back at pictures, I LOVE the pastel, calming feel of the old nursery. It screamed baby girl to me in a way only lavender could. However, the more my baby girl's personality grew, it no longer screamed "Lola." Therefore, I have set out to make a toddler room that is as colorful as she is!

The first thing to change, which you will be seeing today, was an update in artwork and wall hangings. First up, the feature wall.

I decided to base the colors and fabrics from this room on my daughter's first birthday invitation. It is a whimsical frog-fairy-dancer-skater-princess, of course!

The invite kept the lavender elements in play, but added so many fun and whimsical colors. I quickly found Amy Butler fabric that worked well with it, which I also framed and mounted on the walls in different areas.

Next, I took out some of the baby pictures from the room and added more classic elements. I realized I wanted this to be a room to grow with my child, and since MANY more baby pictures are scattered throughout the house, they just weren't as necessary here. So, I added a little chair silhouette to a covered canvas. I also painted a simple plaque that reads "lullabye," which keeps a touch of the nursery feel, and is also a knickname my husband has for our daughter.

The next thing I changed were the pictures above the bookshelf. I had two vintage Barbie sketches I had done in high school that I was just dying to implement into the room. So, I made space for them, along with a travel print and another framed fabric sample.

The pillows and throw below give you a hint of what the fabric choices in the room are going to be.

The final wall I have to show you is a shelf that is located on the other wall. I tried to keep the use of color going across the room. For this space I simply painted a little yellow canvas, framed one of my favorite magazine covers of all time, and tried to somewhat recreate Jen's (from tatertots and jello) famous rosette topiary.

And that was it! It is certainly not the world's more amazing makeover, and very incomplete, but it is feeling more and more like the little girl who belongs to it every day. I think anyone who has met her would agree, she is certainly the sweetest little spitfire your will ever meet. And every bit as over the top as the room she lays her head to sleep in every night.

I'll be linking to these parties this week, stop by and take a look.

Happy Thursday!


Handbags*and*Pigtails September 9, 2010 at 6:40 AM  

I LOVE how you framed the LOVE fabrics!:) theyre some of my favorites! And I have to ask: where on Earth is that adorable little fabric house toy from? Im drooling over it!

Ashley Houck September 9, 2010 at 10:57 AM  

love the room! you have such great attention to detail. :-) come check me out I just did a post on my craigslist love of selling stuff! :-)

{The Appraiser's Wife}

Erin A September 9, 2010 at 2:01 PM  

I love the new colors and patterns you've chosen!! Can't wait to see the full project!

Aedriel September 9, 2010 at 2:06 PM  

It looks awesome! She's a very lucky little girl to have a mom that cares enough to give her such a lovely space. :)

Aedriel September 9, 2010 at 2:06 PM  

It looks awesome! She's a very lucky little girl to have a mom that cares enough to give her such a lovely space. :)

Jodz September 9, 2010 at 3:32 PM  

Wow. The transformation looks amazing. I cant wait to see the finished room.

Anonymous September 10, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

wow!! wow!! the framed fabrics look awesome!! Love the new make up of the room.. Am here from Show & Tell Friday..

Tiffany September 10, 2010 at 7:48 PM  

It looks great, Patrice! Love those Amy Butler fabrics you chose! Those vintage Barbie sketches are awesome! Love those! Another favorite of mine is the chair silhouette and the lullabye plaque. The whole room is just so fun and the feature wall is just so inviting and pretty!

Atticmag September 10, 2010 at 9:15 PM  

Oh my gosh, you HAVE to stop by and enter our giveaway! It's a Roxy bedding ensemble in your colors!!

Love what you have done with the bedroom so far.

Jane T.

Lori@Paisley Passions September 13, 2010 at 6:55 PM  

Isn't it amazing what just a small mini makeover can do to change up a room? Love it! Thanks SO much for joining in on Thrilling Thursdays @ Paisley Passions. I hope to see you again next week :)
~Lori S.
Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

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