My Renovation Blog

Monday, July 18, 2011

Projects- Need Big Girl Room Inspiration

We have two projects going on right our master bedroom (I know exactly what I want) and doing Ella's "big girl" room (I have NO idea what I want).  Well, I guess really three projects since I'm also planning E's 2nd birthday, but that's a whole 'nother issue.

I'm having the hardest time finding inspiration for E's BGR, and I don't know why.  I usually have no problem knowing exactly what I like and want when it comes to decorating.  I think two problems are that (1) I can't find any furniture that I really like (let alone bedding), and (2) I really want to do pink since her nursery was so neutral (even boyish), and I don't really get inspired by pink...I'd rather do red and white or gray and yellow.

I do love iron beds.  Of all of them that I've seen, I happen to love most this very inexpenive one at Ikea...
Isn't it darling? I just love it. BUT my issue is that it's technically a toddler bed (I think?) even though it does stretch to be a normal twin size, so it's really low to the ground...therefore, I feel like it may get swallowed up by the rest of the room...dresser, storage, bookcase, etc.??? 

We currently have this bed in what will be E's BGR...
I love this bed as well, however, it's black so I'd have to paint it white, AND it's a full size. I'm just not sold on the idea of a full size bed for a child's room. Not only will it take up a lot of space in her small room, but I just like twin beds for kids- they look so cute and tiny. :)

So I've been scouring the internet for inspiration and haven't come up with much.
I like the pink color on the walls of this room (I've also always loved that jenny lind crib and considered getting it for E's nursery)...
I like the wainscotting in this room with the shelving, but I don't think I want to do paneling again since we did something so similar in her nursery, and because we have to anchor all the furniture in her BGR, and I don't want to anchor through paneling.  I also LOVE the dresser in this room and NEED to find one just like it...antique swap meets, here I come!
This room has very similar (or the same?) adorable iron beds, and it still looks pretty cute, although you can't see a large dresser or bookcase to see what it would look like with such small beds.
I love that this room show a very small toddler bed and a large shelving unit on the right, and it still looks decently proportioned.  I also like the layout of this room- great use of a really small space.
And finally, after seeing the idea of three dimensional flowers on the wall in a PBK catalog, I decided I *may* do it in E's BGR then I found this photo online, which is so well executed...

So, if anyone knows of a great idea website, please let me know- I need help!


  1. Do you know you can get the Jenny Lind look in a bed?

  2. I did! They have it at Target too, and it's also pretty inexpensive, but I *think* I like iron beds better, but the Jenny Lind is definitely in the contention. :)

  3. If you haven't done so already, you should look at all the kids' rooms they have posted on

    I am also planning to buy a white iron bed from Ikea for Megan's big girl room, but the full size one since we bought her a full size bed. I would also recommend a foam mattress to prevent excessive jumping!!!

    Good luck!!! Knowing you, the final product will be gorgeous regardless of what you end up choosing!!!

  4. Are you on Pinterest? If not I can send you and invite. There are endless albums on big girl rooms. Your style reminds me of this post.

  5. Yes send me the invite- I'm not on it!

  6. LOVE these ideas! I'm working on Isabella's room for when we move (still in her crib, though, I'm not as brave as you!) so I'm following along. I want to find you on pinterest, too, I'm now addicted there!