It's been two weeks since Mom and I decorated Bren's new bedroom, but I'm just now getting the pictures off my camera. As I mentioned in this post, my brother and his family just moved into a brand new, custom-built home during the Christmas holidays and they have been working hard to get it furnished and decorated. My sister-in-law Beth asked my mom and I early on if we would be interested in tackling Bren's room and we couldn't say yes fast enough! You know we love a good decorating project. :)
Aside from two art projects that I worked on, my mom really did all the hard work for this room. We started our brainstorming by perusing Beth's Pinterest boards and actually ended up purchasing some fabric that she had pinned. With that ordered, we were off to a good start on design ideas. We knew Beth wanted Bren (age five) to have a girly room, but not too baby-ish. Mom furiously sewed away and made new curtains, pillow shams, a bedskirt, throw pillow, and seat cushions. I got off pretty easy with my jobs!
When we arrived early that Wednesday morning, I snapped a few quick pictures of the room before we got started. I wouldn't say this is a true "before" picture since I'm pretty sure all of Bren's stuff had just been placed in the room and was waiting for us to spruce it up. It's not like it had already been decorated or anything. The new curtains had already been hung to give Bren some privacy from her floor-to-ceiling windows, but other than that, you can see that we were working with a pretty blank slate!
Even though Mom and I had everything ready to go when we arrived, it still probably took us about four hours to put it all together. It was just the two of us so we didn't have any of the guys to do all of our picture hanging for us!
Here are some of the same views as above after we were finished working. Noticeably missing - and this is driving me nuts! - are new bedside lamps. We just couldn't find the perfect lamps in time to have them there on "install day." I think a couple of bigger matching lamps will really add a lot to the room!
Ok, now let's take a closer look at some of the details. :)
Like I said earlier, my mom made the bedskirt, pillow shams, and throw pillow. The fluffy white comforter came from Target. We bought the six white frames hanging above the bed at Michael's (buy one get one half off!) and I painted the watercolor "princesses" (as Bren calls them) to go in them. My paintings are amateur at best and I've already told Beth she's welcome to replace them with much better art, but they serve their purpose for now by adding color to the wall and being cheap!
I wish I had taken a before picture of the little rocker, but I forgot. We found it at a consignment shop and, while the bones of it were really good, it was U-G-L-Y. The seat and back were both covered in a fabric straight out of the 70s. We ripped off the fabric, cut a wooden seat for it, coated it in white paint, and added a pink little cushion (made by Mom, of course). Bren told Mimi that it's her favorite part of the room! I hear she likes rocking her babies to sleep.
The silhouette on the right is something we checked Bren out of school to go get. Mom, Katie Wynn, and I picked Bren up and we had a girls' day out one afternoon. Both girls did great sitting still for their silhouettes! The black and white doesn't necessarily go with the color scheme of Bren's room, so I can see it finding a home somewhere else in their house.
We cleaned off the top of the dresser and added Bren's name in silver. These are just those cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby (surely you've seen them before) that I spray painted with some Chrome Silver paint. Easy peasy.
Mom added a pink pompom trim to the edge of the curtains (another idea Beth had pinned to her Pinterest board) and I think they really take the curtains up a notch on the cuteness scale. Love them!
I also love how the watercolor quote art I made looked in the room. This picture isn't great (darn glares!) but in my opinion, it looks great hanging on the pale pink walls!
Dad and I made the little bench for the foot of the bed. It's by no means the fanciest or craftiest bench ever created, but what I really love about it is that we used all scraps to create it! We tore the legs off an older coffee table and cut them down to be bench height and found scrap wood to use for the rest of it. Can't beat a free bench! Mom made the cushion to go on top of it.
One of the first things we purchased for the room was this funky pink birdcage lamp. It originally had a long chain so that it could be hung from the ceiling, but since Bren already had a chandelier in the center of her room, we cut off the chain and hung it from a garden hook that we had spray painted white. Now it lives above her chest of drawers.
In the new house, Bren has her very own bathroom connected to her bedroom. Just like her bedroom, it was a blank slate when we arrived.
We hung the shower curtain that Mom had made and added some stuff to the walls to make it look a little better. Here are the same(ish) views as above.
The wall of white frames is probably what took up the most amount of our time. We didn't know the layout before hand so we had to figure that out, and then actually hanging them wasn't the easiest task. But I do love how they turned out! Some are new frames from Hobby Lobby and others are just ones we found in our stashes and spray painted white.
Can a girl in the South have her own bathroom and it not have monogrammed towels? I don't think so.
We hung the new shower curtain from grommets which I think is our new favorite way to make them. It allows the shower curtain to slide so much easier on the rod.
I think that just about completes the tour of Bren's new girly-girl room! Beth sent Mom and me the cutest video of Bren getting to see it all for the first time. I think she likes it! I hope she likes it for a good little while because we've got to turn our attention to a certain little boy's nursery now! :)
What do you think of her room? Got a favorite part? Do you like the princesses above the bed like Bren? Or, do you know where we can find the perfect bedside lamps?