Welcome to Margot’s BIG GIRL bedroom! I can’t believe the words “Margot” and “big girl” are being used in the same sentence already but here we are! For the past several months I have been working towards transitioning her nursery into a room more suitable for toddler-dom, toy storage, and the colorful life she lives. In my land of indigos,neutrals, and leafy greens I have finally made some room for pink – and lots of it.
I knew that in this big ol’ world I wanted her to have a space that she felt she could be independent and autonomous. I drew from some montessori ideas but also catered to some of her requests, like having a big girl bed off the floor (she likes to climb…). I wanted her to have the ability to easily see & reach her toys, and put her them back where they belonged. I also wanted it to be appealing to HER eyes, which I knew meant a lot of pinks and a lot of brights.
The biggest change was of course the transition from crib to big girl bed. I loved the idea of a house bed with cute little lights strut across it BUT I wasn’t really up for making one myself. I found the Kura bed from Ikea and used it as a skeleton, then added the “roof” (tutorial below). BONUS, when she gets a bit older I can take off the roof, flip it around and it becomes a bunk bed! (..and of course, add the roof to it again 🙂 )
I am so excited about how it all came together and I think Margs really loves it too! There are links to so many things down at the bottom and a quick little “how-to” for her bed.
I found this little toy shelf at IKEA, I love it’s straight lines and mid century feel. What I also love (and didn’t know until after I bought it) is that the shelves are metal – a perfect base for building castles with her magnetiles! I also found those grey felt bags at IKEA, they are a great size to store single sets of toys in to keep her organized. I used to have all of her toys in big baskets and random bags in various places. She a) knew where NOTHING was and b) would dump everything out and then play with one thing and it was such an ordeal to get her to clean up. She’s now learning that cleaning up is easy if you do it as you go and since her toys each have their own spot, she can take down only what she wants and put it up before she moves on to the next thing. Does she always put things up before moving on? HAHA no, she’s two! But we are working on it and she has been doing really well! In searching for montessori toy storage ideas I came across this quote, which I think sums it up pretty well:
“A smaller, more manageable quantity of toys invites deeper play and engagement. An avalanche of toys invites emotional disconnect and a sense of overwhelming.”
I also really wanted her to have a reading corner and I loved the idea of having book covers facing out. Truth be told- two year olds do judge a book by it’s cover!
This rainbow pillow was my first purchase for her big girl room and I sort of used it to help inspire the rest of the space, whimsical and colorful. These other little darlings are from Hazel Village. They have several cute animals and babydolls, each are made of organic cotton and comes with a sweet little outfit (although poor Juliette rabbit – who we renamed Violet- has been naked for months because Margot insists “changing her diaper”.. which apparently means no clothes.. like ever.)
Side note: this little “OK to wake” clock has been a GAME CHANGER for us. Like an alarm clock, you set it for a certain time in the morning and it lights up green at that time and stays green for 30m-1h (depending on personal preference). We started teaching Margot around 18 months, back when she was in a crib, that its not “up time” until the light turns green; and even now at 2.5 years old, able to get out of bed and open doors, she stays in her bed until that little clock turns green!
That photo above the shelves was taken by one of my very best friends Jesse of Dreamtown Co. (she is seriously an amazing human and photographer) It was taken wayyyy back when Margot was only 6 months old and I have always loved it! I was thinking of moving it to the hallway and when I asked Margot if she wanted it in the hallway or her in room she said she wanted it in her room so that she could see it from her bed…insert crying emoji…that was basically the end of me. Once I was able to mop myself up from the puddle I had become we hung it right over her toys so it was perfectly visible from all angles 🙂
Also, those pretty little air plant hangers are from a flea market around here but I put a link to some similar ones on Etsy down at the bottom.
These cute little crafts she comes home from school with! EEP I love them so much! For now they get taped to the door and she loves to show them off, but I need storage ideas for the next decade worth of crafts because how am I supposed to throw any of these away?!
Keep scrolling down for the Ikea bed hack and links to just about everything!
I k e a K u r a B e d H a c k :
Ikea Kura Bed
78″ Pine 2×2
Four 28.25″ pine 2x2s cut with a 45 degree angle
** Clarification the LONG side is 28.25″ **
- Assemble bed as directed, leaving off the top white panel at the headboard, the ladder rungs, and the 78″ crossbar on the side opposite the ladder. Keep the parts you didn’t use though in case you want to make the bunk bed later on!
- Attach the “A” frame by drilling the 28.25″ pieces with the angled side ON the bed frame and the square sides at the top.
- Settle the crossbar into the space between the pieces just drilled in (it will be snug). Using a drill, screw the 78″ bar into the “A” frame pieces. One screw on each side.
- **NOTE: stagger the screws so they don’t hit each other on the inside**
S h o p T h e P o s t
Bed Canopy (color: powder)
Moroccan Rug – ON SALE FOR $287!
Washed Linen Douvet (color: light grey)
Accordion Coat hanger (spray painted white)
Brass Air plant hangers (similar)