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My Girl’s Room: Mint+Pink


Thank goodness I can still get away with designing my daughter’s room.  She’s 5 going on about 20!!

I was giddy when I spotted this gorgeous minty green “oops paint” at HD for $7.00!


It’s zero VOC, Self-Priming, Flat Paint (flat paint hides flaws on your walls…aka toning-down-the-orange-peel-texture-on-every-single wall-in-our-house!)

Since she is maturing at an abnormal rate I snatched up the paint, convinced her she would love it and started painting before she threw any kind of tantrum.  I’m exaggerating…just a little.

So here is how her room turned out (and by the way, her room is also full of DIY, inexpensive projects just like my son’s room!)



a_bed2Flower reading lamps: IKEA / 3-D wall butterflies: Etsy / Flokati rug: Costco (I borrowed it from my bedroom)


Reversible bird rug: Joss & Main


a_butterflyThe 3-D butterflies came in a pack of 17 and in 3 different sizes. I purchased a pack that had 2 different shades of purple and white.  You can see I painted over the white ones in gold and hot pink.



These “drapes” are just strips of fabric I ordered from fabric.com. I cut to the size I wanted, “hemmed” with Heat ‘n Bond and I actually did sew the pom pom fringe on and managed to sew a decorative zig zag line (if you can call it a “line:)


I had (and still do have) a ton of fabric left over so I made this pillow cover also created the wall decoration by stapling the fabric to an old painter’s canvas (Michael’s- $3).  I then hot glued the “K” (also Michaels- $1.99) onto a white piece of white vinyl then hot glued some gold trim to cover my imperfect cut job.  The butterfly camouflages a nice blob of hot glue.



I got these vintage yellow lamp bases from eBay.  The oversized lamp shades are from Amazon. I made the star burst mirror from a wood circle I purchased from Hobby Lobby, stick-on mirror from IKEA and bamboo skewers. I then spray painted it gold. The blue metal tray was a Home Goods purchase.




I replaced all the knobs on my girl’s dresser with these gorgeous ones I purchased from this Etsy site.


Chair: IKEA / Desk: I believe a WalMart purchase my husband made before I even knew him / Butterfly lamp: Target


Overlays: myoverlays.com (Gracie) 

I have used these in our master bedroom & on my kids’ toy chest


a_desk_collage2Rose drawer knob: Anthropologie / Flower pillow: flea market

a_desk_collageDesk tray & pencil holder: Poppin  / On a side note: if you’re looking for non-toxic, all natural and safe make up for your little girl, I found this awesome kit you can feel ok about giving your little lady too.


Chair: IKEA (this chair is no longer available, but the closest match today would be the Poang rocking chair / Floor lamp: Ballard Designs (I did not find this lamp anymore on their site)  / Book shelf: IKEA / Side table: IKEA (the pic on this link isn’t exactly the same as my girl’s, but pretty close & the same price I paid for this one years ago).  This is actually a stool that started out with a lime green top and silver legs.  I removed the top, spray painted it gloss black & spray painted the legs gold and added a black stripe detail at the bottom.




I stuck a piece of contact paper onto the wall behind the top 2 shelves for something fun.  Click here to see what else I did with it.


A treasured heirloom:  This silver cup is passed down to the first born girl on my mom’s side.  It has every woman’s initials and birth date engraved on it and dates back to 1865.  Mine is right above my daughter’s.  This was passed onto me from my mom and I have passed it on to my girl.  She will then pass it on to her daughter some day (I hope).


This is a $5 door mirror I purchased from Target.  I followed this tutorial to add the chunky frame around it then went a bit crazy with the paint job.



I found these wood embellishments at HD then spray painted them aqua and attached with Liquid Nails.


a_artcollage“You Are Loved” made by moi and custom abstract artwork created by my girl.  I can see my artsy genes are in there somewhere!

I hope you enjoyed the tour of my girl’s room.  It was fun to do and seeing her reaction was worth all the sweat and hours!



Preppy Nautical Boys Room


Sometimes decorating a room can be so easy and painless.  You get a vision and everything just clicks.  I’ve learned to “run” with those moments because they are pretty rare.

My son’s room is an example when things just fell into place.

A huge bonus is that 98% of his room was put together with DIY projects or simply using what I already had on hand.

It all started with these DIY drapes I made from an IKEA drapery panel we had on hand, scrap pieces of drop cloth and Christmas ribbon!  Click here for my tutorial.


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The drapes were the jumping off point for the rest of his room.  A preppy nautical, Ralph Lauren-ish inspired place that he can grow into.  To me this look is timeless. 

Here is the rest of my little man’s room and what was inspired by 2 drapery panels:



I wanted to add something unique to my son’s room and came up with the faux wood plank wallpaper you see on his wall.  It adds a rustic, warm feeling to his room.

buoys_mirrorsThese buoys are from Provincetown, MA 2 years ago while on our cross-country RV trip. The brass anchor bookend is from my Grandpa.


I’ve nicknamed these DIY mirrors “portholes” because…well…for obvious reasons.  I made these from wood circles from Hobby Lobby and stick-on mirrors I’ve had for over 6 years that I purchased from IKEA.




I added these stripes on the storage boxes using duct & masking tape.



I purchased this basket at Home Goods for $30.  I love this thing because it’s made out of old newspapers!


IKEA Hemnes dresser that I recently added white contact paper to. I also replaced the knobs with brass ones.  I love the way this turned out!  It looks very custom and unique!



These mirrors were my very first DIY project!  Click here for tutorial. They are made from $5 closet mirrors I purchased from Target.  They are meant to resemble the Garden District ones from Ballard Designs.



Antique basket & Navajo tapestry were given to me YEARS ago by my mom.


Of course these hooks are meant to hold our dog’s leashes, but they were too cute to put in the garage.  Plus I always get a chuckle when my boy asks, “When the rest of da doggie come out of the wall Mama?”



I hot glued faux grasscloth shelf liner to an old picture frame I turned into a little chalkboard.  I stapled some sisal rope onto the back in order to hang it on the wall.



I love these shelves because they are clear and don’t take up visual space in his room.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my little man’s room!


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