Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Margaret's Colorful, Whimsical, Happy Space

Early in the spring I got the itch to finally decorate Meggie's room. She moved into it and out of the nursery in the winter of 2011, but we never got around to doing much with the space. Eh, enough words, here's her lovely room.

When deciding which direction to take Meg's room, I knew I had to incorporate some of Trafalgar's Square's beautiful art. I hung it with hidden Command strips for stability and added washi tape frames for interest. Meg's only request was for one of the cowgirl prints. Jessie is her best imaginary friend, and it charms me to think of her laying in bed looking at this picture. My favorite is the Adventure Girl print, because it reminds me so much of my vibrant girl.

The KidKraft retro red kitchen was a Christmas present from her Nan, as was the Target Love n Nature lamp. The rug was purchased at Ross. Meg is quite insistent that the Easter tree needs to live in her room year-round.

The white furniture was a handmedown from a family member. It's actually meant to be bathroom storage. The diminutive size is perfect for a preschooler. The pieces hold books, doll clothes and accessories, tea sets, jewelry, and memorabilia.

The buntings were originally made for our playroom. When we turned the playroom into a TV room and the family room into a playroom, there was no space for them anymore. Happy chance, because they go perfectly in Meg's new bedroom. The large one is simple pennants cut from cotton prints with pinking shears and sewn to a ribbon. The small one is miniature felt pennants sewn to the same ribbon. The other is needle felted balls strung on yarn.

The frames and jewelry tree were purchased at 70% off from Target at an end of season closeout. The crocheted doll purse/bassinet was a gift from Nan and the hedgehog plush is from Ikea. The bunny card is a Trafalgar's Square business card that was included in our order.

The glass case holds some of Meg's treasures - dolls Nana brought back from Jamaica and Mexico, special art projects, her flower girl basket from Auntie's wedding, and books she receives every year on her birthday - each has a main character named Margaret or Meg. Her hair styling basket lives on top. On the wall is a cork board holding Disney trading pins from our last trip. The doll is Haba's Lotta.

I make no effort to beautify her bookshelves, since they're hidden behind a door. Meg is in and out of there so many times a day, it would be exhausting to try to keep them neat.

The hair bow hanger is hidden behind her bedroom door.

I decorated the wall above her bed with fabric circles attached to the wall with fusible interfacing. I ironed them straight to the wall (with a pressing cloth between the iron and the wall). They've been up for months and still are holding strong. I've experimented with removing them, and they peel off cleanly. The flower table was purchased from Target is 2002 for my own bedroom. The very ugly piggy was mine as a child, and Meg loves it just as much as I did. The mushroom night light is from Target. I love that you can plug it in to charge, then unplug and carry it around. Great for night time bathroom trips. The fan pulls are from Thimbletowne on Etsy, a fabulous shop for lightswitch/outlet covers, fan pulls, night lights, picture frames, etc. The shop owner is really fun to work with for custom orders.

The gorgeous doll bunk bed was a handmedown from a friend, and Nan sewed bedding for it to match Meg's. The backpack is Skip Hop.

The three toss pillows were purchased at the same Target closeout sale as the frames above. I sewed the owl pillow for Meg before she was born. It's a little dated now, but sentimentality compels us to hold onto it. The duvet set is from Target.

Here is the Pinterest board I made for inspiration during the process. There are still some small details I'd like to add to the room in time (pom pom pillow trim, a sweet mobile, a favorite quote up on the wall), but for now, Meg's very happy with her space, and that's all I need.