Today I’m excited to share with you Lily’s new toddler room! When we found out we had another little one on the way, we had to decide which kid was going to go in which room. Ultimately I decided it’d be easiest to leave the nursery as is for BabyBoy and turn the guest room into Lily’s big girl room.
This room has gone through a lot of change, probably more than any other room in the house.
Here’s what it looked like before we moved in:
Just another spare bedroom, nothing exciting. After we moved in the room became Joshua’s office.
One of the first things he did was knock out all the shelves in the closet so it could house our server tower. It was already somewhat of an incomplete closet as it was, so we weren’t too sad about it. We figured we’d redo it at a later time which is what we ended up doing when it became Lily’s room.
Then shortly before Lily was born we merged office rooms and this room became a guest room.
It worked out great. We had many guests in 2019, but then that drastically changed in 2020. Between a global pandemic and finding out we had another baby on the way, we knew this room would have to change.
After looking through a ton of inspiration on Pinterest, I stumbled upon a pin that became my main source for inspiration.
That wallpaper in particular gave me major heart eyes! 😍 Even though I looked at plenty of other patterns, I always kept coming back to the Forest Fairies from Rocky Mountain Decals.
I knew I wanted to do an accent wall with some big floral wallpaper. I loved the idea of centering the crib in front of it because Lily is at that stage where she’s reaching for everything; by making it a focal point I don’t have to worry about putting anything else up on the wall to make it look complete.
As for the rest of the walls, I wanted to do a very light pink to go with the green. I really liked the color Jenna did in her nursery which was Malted Milk by Sherwin-Williams, so that was what I ended up going with.
I had a few other ideas as far as what kind of features I wanted such as a bookcase at Lily’s level and a calming corner with a canopy + pillows, so I did a quick floorplan mockup to work out my ideas.
Ultimately my goal with this room was to make it a special space that she could independently play in, so everything within reach would be safe for her.
The wardrobe was originally in the nursery, and we moved it to her new room. I changed up the knobs and added these Anthropologie dupes from Etsy. They’re so cute! Now the wardrobe houses stuff that she’s not ready to fit in as well as her humidifier, sound machine, and camera. It’s also mounted to the wall.
Lily LOVES her books, so I wanted to make sure she had a bookcase at her level that she could access and her own little space to enjoy them.
We got this bookcase from Crate&kids, and I created this little calming corner for her that consists of a canopy and a few pillows.
Because of how I was planning on positioning the crib in her new room, I opted to get Lily a new crib and keep her old one in the nursery. Not long after I ordered her original crib I saw a trend of acrylic ones, and I knew I’d get one if I ever had to get a second crib.
I chose this one from Wayfair, and one of the things I liked about it was that the sides had paneling. That way she wouldn’t be distracted by the mirror closet doors, and it’ll feel more like a bed when it comes time to convert it.
The other thing I like about it is that we get a better view with how we’ve repositioned the Nanit cam. We had it mounted to the wall in the nursery and now we’re using the Multi-Stand on top of the wardrobe.
The other big part of the project was a new closet. Here’s the only before picture we have:
You can see from this pic that there was a bunch of drawers on this side, which didn’t even sit/pull out properly. On the other side was supposed to be two closet rods, but one was missing and the other looked like it was too short for the space. The closet was already haphazardly put together, and when Joshua knocked the shelves out, it wasn’t functional as an actual closet anymore.
We went with Container Store’s ELFA system for her new closet because it’s future proof. Their system is adjustable and versatile making it easy to grow with her as she gets older.
With nesting in full swing, it’s been very satisfying to organize her closet especially since there’s plenty of room to grow. Her clothing sizes have fluctuated a lot, so it’s nice to see everything that fits her all organized and in one place.
Next project? The nursery closet! Stay tuned!
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