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Oh I am just giddy today to share Hadley’s completed “big girl” bedroom! We transitioned her out of her crib into a twin bed in December right after her second birthday, but I still didn’t feel like she had an age-appropriate space; It still felt very much like a nursery. I dreamed of making subtle changes and creating a space that she loved reading and playing in while still functioning as an easy to maneuver in area that Jamie and I could get around in and that’s easy to pick up and clean.
Here’s a couple pictures of what her room looked like when we first moved into our home two years ago when Hadley was nine months old.
Here’s a picture of her completed nursery (2015). I loved this room so very much, but for her big girl bedroom I desired to move away from the overload of pink and purple. I wanted to add in a few other calmer colors, like various shades of blue that would still complement the current color scheme but tone things down a bit.
If you walk into her room today, here’s a look at what you’d see.
The very best part (and the only part that really matters) is that Hadley believes she now has a true princess room. Since she’s almost three, she notices every single piece of moved furniture and new addition, and watching her get so excited over every little change has been a blast to witness. Every time someone has come over in the last couple weeks, she grabs them to show off her new room.
For months I’d had on my to-do list to buckle down and finish putting together Hadley’s bedroom. Unfortunately what lit the fire under me was Hadley’s near-drowning accident last month. Almost everyone has asked us if she’s had any “issues” that stemmed from the accident, but the only thing we can put our finger on that’s possibly related is that she’s now pretty severely afraid of the dark. The very first night we got home from Texas she started sobbing as soon as we turned out her reading light, saying that she was scared of the dark. She’d never mentioned this kind of fear prior.
We’ve been able to get a pretty good grasp on the issue and she’s doing much, much better now, but this was all the motivation I needed to finally create a peaceful, cozy, fun room that she would be excited to spend her time in during the day and sleep in at night.
When I was taking these pictures I realized just how much of her room already tells a story, and that thrills me. Very few of the decor items or toys in her room were just casually picked up at the store. Almost everything in here was a gift from someone for a specific reason, made/refinished by a loved one, or picked out with intention. I won’t bore you with the details behind each item, but I’ll walk you through a few throughout this post, if you’re interested. 🙂
Jamie and I didn’t want a load of toys in her room, but we put her dollhouse in there because it fit nicely and it’s been one of her favorite things to play with since she got it for Christmas last year from my parents. We really love watching her imagination run wild while she plays here.
This dresser and daybed were my 10th birthday gift, and I was so excited to pass them on to Hadley. I spray-painted the knobs yellow on a whim one day to give it a little pop of color.
Though we switched Hadley into a daybed back in December, I actually didn’t buy her bedding until July! I was overly picky and wanted something durable that was a solid, calm color that could be washed and thrown back on her bed with ease. I stumbled upon this quilt and sham set spontaneously and knew that it had to come home with me for Hadley.
I got this incredible sky blue pillow a couple weeks ago from Annie Selke and am completely in love with how it matures her room a bit. It’s the most beautiful light blue color and the quality of it simply has to be felt. I squealed when I pulled it out of the box! It’s heavy and durable and huge. It floors me how much of an impact a throw pillow can make on a space.
I wanted Hadley to feel cozy and happy laying in her bed with high hopes that this would lessen her anxiety about turning out the lights, so we ordered this fleece blanket from Annie Selke to add to her bedding. Jamie’s already said that he plans to steal it off of her bed to use when laying on the couch, but I axed that idea real quick. 😉 I don’t even think Hadley would let him – she loves it! The girl has excellent taste.
It’s actually the softest fleece blanket we’ve ever felt, and I can’t recommend it enough. We have a fleece blanket on our guest bed that we’ve had for six years, so we understand that fleece blankets for bedding are true timeless investments. Even though Hadley has a twin bed, we ordered a double/queen size so that this can grow with her if/when she gets a bigger bed one day.
Last but certainly not least is the long-awaited addition of a new rug. This piece tied everything together and made her room truly feel complete. I rolled it out when Hadley was at school last week, and I could. not. wait to show it to her when she got home. Like the throw pillow and fleece blanket, I also ordered this from AnnieSelke.com. I knew as soon as I saw it that it would be the perfect rug for her room.
These three Annie Selke products (the fleece blanket, heavy decorative pillow, and rug) all attributed to the freshened up color palette I so desired for her room, and the quality of each piece is second to none.
Annie Selke is passionate about style, comfort, and quality (all three things were achieved with the pieces I ordered!) and aim to be top of mind when it comes to home decorating. Looking through their recent fall catalog gave me a handful of inspiration for other areas of my home that I would love to refresh with some of their pieces (especially their bedding – it’s dreamy).
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We’re really pleased with how her room came together, and all four of us (Sadie included!) love hanging out in Hadley’s room. It’s become a really happy gathering place for our family to hang on the floor and play together, and I look forward to all of the memories we’ll continue to make in this space during the remainder of our time in Kansas.