The first room that I wanted to make feel like home is our little ones room. Moving is hard for adults, getting adjusted for a toddler is 100x more difficult. My goal was to make her room feel familiar but I also wanted to take the opportunity to transition to a toddler room. Since there is no dedicated space for a playroom in the new house, Princess O’s room needed to have lots of storage space for toys, function as a soothing space for naps and sleep and be a space she can grow into.
Personally, I would prefer not to have any characters in the space but she’s 2 and she loves her characters. Seeing her happy will always be ahead of design in my option, so there are some characters scattered around the space. Instead of characters, I really wanted to have beautiful wall art which I think we accomplished with the Happy Happy Girls Wall Art.
The wall color is Retiring Blue by Sherwin Williams, I kept the same wall color as her nursery to help the same feel familiar to her. I painted the interior of her closet Magical (a purple color) to match a dresser I found on the side of the road (when I was pregnant & finally got around to finishing) and that I painted Magical about a year ago. The pulls on the dresser are recycled from my bedroom set I had growing up. The toddler bed is the Catalina crib from Pottery Barn, which is convertible into a toddler bed. We decided not to buy the toddler rail because it’s $139 (more than just buying another toddler bed) PLUS a shipping charge and a separate handling charge. Instead of the rail, I rolled up an old pillow and tucked it under her fitted sheet. I found after a night or two that she did not even need it, she sleeps just fine without falling out. But that little trick worked perfectly, not to mention it means we saved about $150 for something we didn’t even need! When we moved I thought about using the changing table in the basement for storage near the laundry, but when the movers put it in her room I decided to just leave it there and use it for toy storage.
There are so many things I wanted to have in her room, like the little table and two chairs for art projects and coloring. The Doc McStuffins checkup station that she loves and plays with daily, the princess playhouse with the rocking chair my grandmother gave her. I also wanted a comfortable chair for grown-ups to sit in and read with her so I kept the glider in there.
Transitioning to a toddler room was emotionally hard but all in all, I’m loving her new toddler room just as much as she is. I miss her old nursery just a tiny bit with it’s fabulous purple chandelier and her name sprawled on the wall, but the toddler room is way more functional.