There comes a time in every parents life when their baby becomes a little girl or boy and needs to graduate from their crib and nursery to a big bed and bedroom. For Siimon and I, we thought that a “big girl’s bedroom” would be the perfect practical AND exciting gift for Capri’s 4th birthday…so I set out to make the transformation.

Before

The first big decision was picking a “theme”; one that Capri would love today but wouldn’t outgrow in a matter of months but would instead last years to come.

Instead of investing in large ticket items such as a ‘themed’ bed or wallpaper, we kept the bed and larger pieces of furniture fairly classic choosing instead to  punctuate them with bed linen and smaller decor items that could be swapped relatively inexpensively as she grew up and her tastes evolved.

After

We decided a “Rainbow Unicorn’ theme was perfect. Not only is it a current obsession for Capri and in keeping with the gentle pastel hues within our home, but it wasn’t too immature and ‘babyish’ (in all honestly as a 30-something women, I’m just as obsessed with it as my little girl!)

We swapped Capri’s upholstered Colette crib from Restoration Hardware with a classic milky white bed from Newport Cottages. At the same time swapping out the distressed mirrored change table/ chest for a larger matching milky white set of draws with delicate crystal handles.

We selected a individual coil mattress with an organic luxury firm pillow top for a bed that would last years to come and deliver as much value as possible without sacrificing comfort or risk exposure to harmful chemicals found in many conventional mattresses.

We already had many “unicorn themed” elements such as the paper Unicorn Garland that Capri and I had made as a craft project so we didn’t have too much to change in terms of wall decor.

The plush Unicorn Head Wall Décor added a whimsical element which was picked up with the bedlinen we selected.

I layered an organic unicorn sheet set with a fresh white duvet cover and topped off with a whimsical aqua and rainbow embroidered quilt and matching european shams.

After a day of decorating we surprised Capri ‘HGTV style’ with a big unveiling. Capri was blown away, jumping on the bed mouth wide open exclaiming “I love it! It’s amazing!”. And here I was thinking it was a present for her.

Tips for going from baby nursery to big girls bedroom stylishly and without blowing the budget:

  • Get your child as involved as possible by helping select the “theme”.
  • For big ticket items, invest in classic neutral pieces of furniture such as bed frames and chests of draws that can be transformed over time. And bring the “theme ” to life with less expensive accessories like bedlinen and wall decor.
  • Mix n Match “kid pieces” with your favorite “adult pieces”- like this dreamy watercolor painting from Lola Donoghue .
  • Decide on a general color palette for a cohesive look- feel free to try up to 4 colors.
  • Floor length window dressing instantly add a feeling of “grown up glamor”. We had coconut white silk Dupioni curtains made that fall to the floor with all important block out lining for weekend sleep ins (or at least the hope of them!). You can blow the budget going custom or shop online for bargin yet uber chic versions.
  • Personalize your decor by incorporating your child’s art or craft projects (like our unicorn garland).  Not only does it make it deeply personal and add color, but it is very economical and fills them with a sense of pride seeing their own work on display on the walls.
  • Mix safety and sustainability into your style with organic bedlinen and mattress if possible.
  • Film the first time they see it…it’s a piece of footage you’ll all treasure for years to come!

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