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Emma’s Fun & Eclectic Big Girl Room

August 9, 2018

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Gah! I seriously took these pictures a year ago and just haven’t gotten around to putting this post together. So I’d say it’s now about time!

Until we decided to start trying for Baby #2, Emma was still sleeping in her old crib (converted to a toddler bed) in her nursery. I knew that with a potential second child, she’d needed to be moved into our guest room A) because we would need the crib back and B) because that room is bigger and has more space for her big girl toys.

So as soon as we started trying for Charlie, I started working on creating a new bedroom for her. It was one of the first things I did in preparation for #2. I knew bringing home a second child would rock Emma’s world, so I decided to space out the changes to her world, so that they’d be more gradual instead of all at one.

The very first thing I did was paint her buffalo check wall. (I found the inspiration here)

This wall was a nightmare for me. So. Much. Tape! It took me a couple weeks to do (because work and toddler) but once I was done, I pulled all the tape off and . . . HATED IT! I originally followed the inspiration’s instructions exactly but with a much smaller room and wall, it felt too heavy and dark. So I sanded down the wall and did it again. This time, I left the white squares the same size as before, but made all the black/gray colors half-size. And now I love it! It definitely makes a statement, but it’s also a pattern/color combo that can grow with Emma as she gets bigger. This pattern will still totally work in a teenagers room!

Remember what Emma’s dresser used to look like? It got a makeover! I painted the outside a cool, aqua blue, stained the drawer fronts a dark brown, and added brass bin pulls. I love it!

You know how much I love a good gallery wall!

counter-clockwise from top left: You Are So Loved // Flamingos (made by me) // Don’t Grow Up // Florida 500 (prize from Disney Movie Rewards) // Cactus Print // Felt Taxidermy Unicorn (made by me) // Watercolor Agate Slice


The curtains were made by me. I found this beautiful watercolor floral fabric (no longer available) on Etsy and knew it needed to make an appearance in this room (and I’m kind of obsessed with the black/white buffalo check and flower combination).

I’m still loving this storage rack that we previously had in her nursery.

This play kitchen is from IKEA. I gave it a little makeover by painting the exterior white, staining the top a dark brown, and painting the sink and handles gold. I also added a few drawer knobs above the oven to act as stove knobs. Emma spends lots of time making me food here.

I found these sketchboards on Amazon and use them to display Emma’s artwork.

I bought these Martha Stewart flamingo sheets (no longer available) well before Emma moved out of her toddler bed. They were just so cute, I had to have them! (Clearly I have a love of flamingos!) The sham is from Target.

And what big girl room would be complete without a closet full of dress-up dresses and a mirror to admire yourself in?

I love Emma’s room and am so proud of how it came out! And I’m happy to report that she loves it to. Mom win!

Want more kid’s room decor? Check these out:
Emma’s Eclectic Nursery Reveal
Charlie’s Colorful Modern Nursery




  • kristen

    July 22, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    what a fun room, i love it!

    1. jennycranford

      July 23, 2019 at 3:23 AM

      Thank you!

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