It’s been a minute since I shared a girls bedroom redo. In fact the last one I shared was when we got rid of all cribs and toddler beds HERE. Perhaps I have been living in denial since then. But re-reading that blog post made me realize how short phases are and before you know it, things are different and you forget the rough spots. Also children’s rooms are one of my most favorite rooms to design. Which is why I’m really excited to share the Mermaid, Unicorn and Rainbows theme we did for my daughter’s bedroom!
Thank you Pottery Barn Kids for working with us on this room redo. I love that with each room we have done since they were born, we always incorporated a Pottery Barn quilt.
Because I’m pretty sure a night hasn’t gone by since they both got their own big girl rooms that they have slept separately. They typically hop back and forth between each bedroom. Which is awesome if you love laundry.
I wanted to start working on my oldest girls bedroom redo when I noticed there were times she would come home from school and go to her room to just relax and chill. I wanted to give her a space of her own that was made for her at this moment.
Now I have several things I steer them away from when we start talking about new decor.
Girls Bedroom Redo: Mermaid, Unicorn, and Rainbows Oh My!
Things to Avoid
- Characters: I don’t do characters because they love them, until they don’t. And they change too quickly. So sticking to non-character big ticket items is a necessity.
- Tons of toys and furniture cluttered.
- Putting bed in the middle of the room
- Things that don’t transition to the next phase
So one day I took Brooklyn to our Pottery Barn Kids store in Green Hills and walked around. I wanted her to be able to see and touch things so we could come up with an idea for what she wanted. Pottery Barn Kids is so nastalgic for me. I remember designing her nursery around the Dahlia bedding. Yes I remember the name of her quilt and don’t remember if I brushed my teeth today. I don’t hold on to a ton of things but I most definitely held onto this
Her Idea of the Perfect Room
- Purple walls
I want things that will grow with her vs her growing out of. Her favorite colors have always been blue and purple. So when I found that Walls Need Love Waves of Chic blue removable wallpaper I knew, that would check off my under-sea mermaid wonderland. Now granted she originally wanted purple walls and I tried to do an accent wall in purple and it literally looked like I got lazy and stopped. Which I did, kinda. So we painted all the walls Benjamin Moore Cloud White which is what my whole house is done in. I love a wallpaper accent wall and want to do every room in my house.
Remember how she said she wanted purple walls? Well guess what worked? Pom Pom Applique Blackout Curtains! And I just love a colored curtain on white walls. Add in the amazing texture of these and the fact that they are black out curtains, it was love at first site.
Now I actually sold her dresser and put a built in closet system in her closet. I wanted to free up space in her room and give her more room to play. I love how this turned out and will be doing my other daughters room shortly. Honestly does a 7 year old need a 9 draw dresser and a huge closet? I sure hope not. Read more about that HERE.
In addition to getting rid of furniture I also pushed her bed against the wall. I looked for a queen day bed or something similar but wasn’t sold on any of them so for now we are going to keep it here. It gives her the most room to play by opening up the room more.
I also replaced her old end tables with these cube organizers and perfectly matching blue storage bins. We love these because they travel easy to playroom or her sisters room yet hides everything because I don’t love seeing stuff. Not to mention, they are affordable, and easy to change out if colors change.
Sheets: Shining Star Glow-in-the-Dark Sheet Se
If you can see these in the dark, you will probably grab a set for your bed. They are so fun and make going to bed fun, which is what we all want right? They are crafted from pure organic cotton so it’s super soft and cozy. Plus, it’s Oeko-Tex® Certified to be both safe and chemical-free for a healthier night’s sleep.
Quilt: Washed Sateen Pom Pom Quilt
This quilt matches the curtains and carries over the purple to the bed. It is so warm and cozy. And all that texture makes me so happy. I love how we gravitate towards her bed now that its the most comfortable spot.
Duvet: The Pom Pom Duvet Cover
Keep in mind I don’t do matchy. A bed in a bag sounds like my worst nightmare. But I do need coordination. And the subtle metallic sheen on these small poms are perfect and will literally transition until she moves out in her 30s.
Pillows: Washed Sateen Pom Pom Kids Euro Sham
Now I haven’t found a headboard that I love being that the bed is in the corner of the room. There are a couple options I am looking at that will wrap around and basically make a faux day bed but until then I just stocked up on Euro shams to hide the fact that we don’t have a headboard.
Rug: Herringbone Rug
I love a rug in bedrooms, even if its over carpet. In the long run, it helps protect our carpet and keeps it looking nice longer. Plus a little color and design on the floor is always preferred. Its soft and plush and makes playtime on the floor more enjoyable. Hand tufted with pure wool, this ultra-plush rug brings timeless appeal to your child’s favorite space. Another thing that will transition so easily as she grows.
The one thing that helped tie everything together is this rainbow pillow with the perfect colors. It is currently sold out but also comes in this color. Another thing that matched perfectly to bring all the colors in together is this Glitterville Fuzzy Tassel Garland. It’s the fluffiest garland I have ever seen!
I still have a few things I still need to find for the wall above her bed. It is currently a blank slate. She loves taking photos (and I just bought her a new camera she doesn’t know about yet) so I would love to fill this wall with her photos.
What do you think of the Mermaid, Unicorn and Rainbows theme? Share in a comment below!
Ashley Izsak says
It looks so so good Michelle! Well done and characters are a huge no in our house too!