Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Evangeline's Big Girl Room

We recently moved Evie from the nursery to the guest bedroom. She'll be three this fall, so I wanted to spend my summer making the transition. The full source list with links and photos can be found on my Pinterest board Evangeline's Room. Much of her room was inspired by one of my favorite bloggers Aubrey Kinch.

First, we decided to move the nursery nightstand and one of the dressers to her new room. The nursery had too much furniture and I wanted to simplify it. I also wanted to save money by reducing the amount of furniture we needed to purchase.

We also moved her kitchen set which was a Christmas gift to her room.

I painted her room (previously the guest room) a color called Chocolate Froth. We wanted to go with a neutral room color, a color that we wouldn't have to change as she gets older. 
The biggest thing I focused on was downsizing stuff. I didn't want this project to be "buy more stuff," but rather reduce the amount we had, reuse pieces from around the house and only buy a few select pieces. I donated three huge bags of clothes, blankets, miscellaneous items. I gave three bags of clothes away to nieces and nephews. I consigned another three bags of clothes and shoes. I made $165 and counting selling old baby/nursery items online and $130 consigning clothing and shoes! I'm happy to report, the nursery closet is EMPTY! The only thing in there is a baptismal gown and some hangers.
We do plan to have more children, but I realized that I had to let go of items I know we haven't/won't use. I wanted to simplify. As a mom to three, I realize now that I don't need twenty baby blankets going forward, just a few neutral ones. I'm never going to use that Moses basket someone gave me, a themed nursery doesn't doesn't match my home decor, a baby monitor doesn't fit my parenting style and most of the clothes I've been saving are going to be too dated if we are blessed with another baby. I saved only the basics. While I was at it, I purged the boys' closet too.

I used the money I made to purchase items for Evie's new room. 

The only piece of furniture we needed to buy was a bed. I searched high and low for the perfect white bed. I had a lot of needs for the bed. I wanted a full size bed. The ceiling is sloped, so I could not purchase a canopy bed or a bed with a tall headboard. I wanted a bed that did not need a box spring (to save money as we re-used a mattress that was already in the guest room). I ordered Pottery Barn Teen's Lilac Bed in white. It arrived and was NOT white! It was a cream colored bed that just looked off. We had to return it. A friend suggested Land of Nod's Jenny Lind Bed. I fell in love with it.

It's been a long process, mostly waiting for items from Etsy to arrive. The handmade tassel garland and pink elephant taking a few weeks.

The hanging swing was something we debated, but ultimately was a birthday gift from her Gran. We thought it was a unique piece, even if there will be limited years of use.