March 2, 2015

DIY Girl's Toddler Room

I showed you what we did in B's room last year. Why not show you M2's room as well? I absolutely LOVE her room.

Back when we first moved in (and in our old house), she had a nursery with an animal theme. She still LOVES animals so that stayed. The idea was to have a nursery that wasn't too babyish so it could become a toddler room easily. Like B's room, the key to keeping the cost down was reusing nursery items. We kept the cost of the nursery down by using furniture and decorations we'd had that were speical.

To go from a nursery to toddler room, we converted her crib to a toddler bed, put in a kid rocking chair vs. the big one we used to rock her, and replaced the changing table with cubby shelving for her toys. All the wall hangings, paint, rug, decorations, and curtains stayed. The initial letter I painted for her has a prominent spot in the room, just like B's in his room.

Many of the animal-theme items you find for kids are either frilly and pink or on the boyish side. We didn't want M2's room to drip with pink. As a result, everything we chose ended up leaning more toward the boy side. To balance it out, we put in dashes of pink and used a girlier paint -- iced mauve by Valspar, to be exact. It's a pink/purple, lighter shade to brighten up the room. The paint was a total accident. I'd asked for a sample of another color on the chip and was given this one instead. We tried it anyway and it was the best of the many, many colors we considered.
M2's reading nook. She has TONS of books. The little chair was mine growing up. The child-size afghan M2's grandmother made. The elephant KinderGlo nightlight on the bookcase is on my list of must-haves for baby and a toddler. M2 has the same AngelCare monitor. I explain more about them in B's nursery intro.

All her teddies on the cubby shelf have special meaning. The fabric cubes moved from the changing table to the cubby shelf. I love how cute they are and fit with the theme. The elephant and lion wall hangings her aunt and uncle gave her. They're fabric to add more texture to the room, while the monkeys are wood. The prints of the parent animal with his/her baby on either side of the bookcase are my favorite wall hangings in the room.

M2's bed is in a cozy corner of the room. She has a convertible Davinci Kalani crib, just like B. The crib is easily turned into the toddler bed. The part rail comes off once she doens't need it. The afghan one of her grandmother's made, the quilt was made by the other. I put in the rug to make the sleeping corner more cozy and to add some more color and interest to the room. The pictures above her bed are canvas and not very heavy, just in case they fall. I love the look of the canvas art. Yes, that is B photo bombing. Isn't he cute?

The chest belonged to my aunt, for whom M2 is named. The lamp is one made by family friends for me as a child. The shelf above the chest (you can't really see it) my dad made for me. Then hand mirror was my grandmother's--M2 was named for her as well. Eclipse thermal curtains look nice and work great to keep in heat in winter, cold in the summer.

How did you decorate your toddler's room? I'd love to hear what you did!



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16 comments:

  1. what a beautiful room love all the colors and details!

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  2. Oh I think it turned out adorable. I love decorating kids' rooms and you always need to change them up a bit as they grow older.

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  3. So cute, I love those little animal baskets.

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  4. So cute! I think the colors and storage are terrific.

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  5. Such a cute room! You did a great job!

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  6. The room looks really cute! I love all the personal and sentimental touches.

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  7. Super cute! We had beautiful toddler rooms for our girls when they were little. Now my toddlers both share with me so I haven't been able to cute them up yet!

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  8. I love how you have things from your childhood in your kids room <3

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  9. I totally love how you created the balance between the decor with the paint and animals. It looks so great!

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  10. I just love those fabric cubes with the little animal face peeking out! You did a great job..this is an adorable room!

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  11. I love this. Looks fantastic.

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  12. So many fun little touches! I'm sure that your kiddo loves it!

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  13. Love the storage unit with animal faces... so cute and child friendly

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  14. This looks so warm and inviting. Lots of sensory learning for the baby girl.

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  15. Great clean ideas for a kid's room! Love the colors as well.

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  16. I love your creativity and your budget friendliness!

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