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11.03.2013

Elegant and Timeless Girly Bedroom Makover

I've got a horrible habit of showing small projects and corners of spaces, but not entire rooms once they're finished, so I'm trying to get better at that :)
Well, Aubrielle's elegant, girly bedroom is totally complete, and I'm so thrilled to finally share it in it's entirety!
Rug - DownEast Home, from Pottery Barn

Aubrielle loves all things pink and princess-like, so I wanted to make sure that the colors were light, airy and happy in her space, without going full-on character princess... if that makes sense. I love decor and design that can last and grow WITH us, so finding ways to incorporate the things my kids love, but in a timeless, classy way is always the challenge for me.
Dresser - thrifted for $120 and refinished

We painted this room with bright white on the bottom, where the trim was, and Glidden's Autumn Haze on the top. This is also the same color we have the most of our home. It's a fantastic, creamy neutral :)
A while ago I picked out this dresser from my friend Sausha, who worked her magic and helped me take it from outdated, to shabby chic, with light, powder-blue paint, a little distressing and crystal knobs.
girly arrow decor - thehouseofsmiths.com
Tall Arrows - Fletcher and Fox

Modern, Classy girly bedroom design - thehouseofsmiths.com
Ball Jars - thrifted, Mirror - Joss & Main, Darling sign - Salty Bison, Crepe paper roses tutorial

The decor on top was mostly gathered from craft shows, made or thrifted. One of Aubrielle's favorite additions was this Scentsy warmer that puts out little specks of light, that look similar to birds at night on her wall :)
Scentsy warmer
Girly Room Makeover - pink, yellow and blue - thehouseofsmiths.com
Crystal knobs - Home Depot & Hobby Lobby

Since this space is really tiny we used girly little accents everywhere we could. These crystal cabinet knobs on the closet doors were the same ones we used for the DIY hallway bathroom towel hanger we made.
Ombre Feather Print - girly bedroom elements - thehouseofsmiths.com
Ombre feather print - Zulily

Although small, I wanted to designate a spot in this room to just reading. I found this chippy yellow chair at a consignment store, a rag-tie banner on one of those great deal sites (for cheaper than I could have probably made it for), and stored a bunch of Aubrielle's favorite books in a blue metal basket from HomeGoods that I found, nearby.
Reading Nook in Little Girl Bedroom Makeover - thehouseofsmiths.com

Since we don't keep any toys in our kids' rooms, mostly because of the lack of space and amount of clutter it causes, it encourages them to use their rooms as a place to relax and recharge. Playing with their stuffed animals, dolls or reading, usually happens in here.
Handmade doll - Green Stitches, Blue wire basket - HomeGoods

If you know me, then you're fully aware of how important I think the actual bed and mostly bedding is, in a bedroom. I firmly believe that it sets the stage for the rest of the space.
Girly Bedroom Reveal - thehouseofsmiths.com
Bed canopy - DownEast Home, Pink pleated pillow tutorial, Fat quarter pillow tutorial, Jellycat bunny, Polka dot & Pink damask quilt - The Quilt Shop

For this reason, I painted an inexpensive headboard light pink, bought and sewed a "few" pillows (you can NEVER have too many. haha!) and added this whimsical pink canopy overhead to finish off the look.
Pink, white and gray bedding in girly bedroom - thehouseofsmiths.com
Pink Canopy in Girly Room makeover reveal - thehouseofsmiths.com
Photo art - Modern Bird Studios

Because Aubrielle's nightstand is tiny, but we still needed one, we didn't want to clutter it up with a lamp. So instead we hung a cute, mini chandelier on a hook, above her bed on the wall. It simply plugs in, and we even rigged it up on a clicker, so that she can just push a button to quickly turn it on and off!
She LOVES it and calls it her "Princess bed". With the canopy, it's quickly become one of my favorite places to read books at night too... I don't blame her :)
Girly Bedroom Room Reveal - thehouseofsmiths.com

When it came to this space, there really weren't a whole lot of layouts that actually made sense. At first it was frustrating trying to figure out how to fit everything into such a small area, but once we got the right items, and narrowed down exactly what NEEDED to be in here... everything just fell into place for this girly bedroom makeover :)

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  1. I love it and I have two little girls who would also want this to be their room. You guys have done a great job and I'm sure your little princess loves it.

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous! We are in the process of transforming our 4 yr old daughter's room into something a little more grown up... this was partially spawned by the need to repaint since our son found a permanent marker and went to town on her walls (ugh!!). Anyhoo, I really like the neutral color you used... what is the wall color?

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    1. Oh no! Marker walls are the WORST! Make sure when you repaint to use that stain-blocker primer, it will really help :)
      And the neutral we used is just the Glidden Autumn Haze. It's our FAV!

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  3. Most beautiful room as of yet! love it! love it!

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  4. I love this room! I have 3 little girls, so your blog is one of my favotites! Have you thought about putting something above her closet? Maybe one of those signs with a cute saying that you make?

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    1. Whoohoo! Your comment made my day!
      Yes! I need to put something above her closet and have been thinking about what would look the best. I just want to get the PERFECT saying up there :)
      She used to love tinkerbell, but now she's into lots of other things, so I'm hoping to find a phrase that she'll be able to love, just as much as I do, since she'll see it everyday.
      Awesome eye though, you're on the same track as I was. haha!

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    4. We put a sign up in my daughters room that says "PRINCESS". Then in a smaller font that overlaps it says "daughter of a heavenly king." We are LDS too and I love for her to see that reminder every day:)

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  6. Everything is absolutely adorable. Love the canopy.

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    1. Thanks so much! It totally makes the bed so much cuter, and since we couldn't afford or FIT (for that matter) one of those canopy beds in this space, it solved the problem for us pronto!
      She really loves it!

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  7. So adorable! What is the color of yellow for her nightstand?

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    1. Hmm.. I'm not totally sure, because Sausha painted it for me, but I'm thinking it's pretty close to either one of these mustard or marigold colors from her milk paint line :) http://www.sweetpickinsfurniture.com/product-category/milk-paint

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  9. This is just sooooo beautiful and adorable! I want to live in this room and I'm a 30 year old woman! What a lucky girl!

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  10. perfect, a little girls dream .. lovely soothing colors too

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    1. Thanks Lesley! The pale, calming colors are some of my faves too!

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  11. Gorgeous as always Shelley! What a dreamy space for your little one. Pretty, pretty details!

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    1. Aw, thanks so much Michael! That means a lot coming from you!
      xoxo

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  12. perfect balance between princess and big girl room! a retreat indeed!

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    1. Yay! Just what we were going for! Thanks :)

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  13. I'm so in love with that sweet & simple room! LOVE!

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  14. It's adorable!! You do such a cute job...always! Her room is beautiful! I had a question for you...we recently bought a new home, with six kiddos, after 12 years of being married and renting. I feel like it's finally time to decorate MY way!! Haha! I have so many dreams for board and batten/beadboard but don't know where to start. My question is, how do you know how high(tall) to do molding in a bedroom? I think that is what's stalling me on lots of projects right now! Thank you!

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    1. Whoohoo! Yay! This is like the best day ever for you! Your own house and space to decorate has got to be so freeing!
      As far as the molding goes, really, anything works. It's sort of personal preference. Most times though, I like molding to go taller than not. So if I want a "mid-height" molding in a 8ft ceiling space, I go with 4ft tall on the molding. BUT, you have to factor in the baseboard and finishing molding on top, which usually brings your overall molding height to somewhere around 4ft 5 inches or sometimes taller (if that makes sense).
      If you want to go with taller molding than that, just cut a board and see what looks right! In our other bedroom upstairs we board and batten that was taller (6ft boards), so we were only left with a little less than about 2ft at the top of the painted wall.
      Don't let specifics hold you back. Just try cutting a few boards, stand back, see how the height works for you, and go from there! :)

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    2. Thank you for replying back...can't wait to try this and see how it works. You are amazing!

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  15. So sweet, soft, pretty and Oh' so presh. Well Done!

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  16. Very very cute! I must admit though, the arrows in the jar threw me! LOL!

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    1. Haha! Well, she really likes the movie Brave, so I incorporated those to sort of bring in that "princess" theme" :)
      I guess I didn't really mention that. ha!

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  17. It turned out perfect! I bet she is loving it!

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    1. Thanks!!! She DOES love it, and so do I, because it's D.O.N.E! :) haha!

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  18. Oh my gosh, this room is just to die for! I love everything about it! This would have been my dream room growing up, and if I am being totally honest, would be my dream bedroom now (if not for my uber masculine husband, ha!) :) So, so sweet!

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  19. Oh my gosh, this room is to die for! I love it! I would have LOVED a room like this when I was younger, and really, I wouldn't mind it now ;-) (I have a feeling my very masculine husband would NOT be ok with this as our bedroom design, however!) :) So darling!

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  20. This is so pretty!!! My favorites are the mini-chandi and the knobs on the closet. The tall chest and bedding is also gorgeous. I bet she is having so much fun enjoying her new space! Keep the pretty coming!!

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  21. I have used the first picture I saw of her room 2 years ago as an inspiration for my little girls room. I love everything about it - the colors, the design choices, the eclectic mix of fun-glam-shabby-chic. You have outdone yourself!!!

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  22. So cute! I wish my room looked like that and I'm 44!

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  23. Beautiful! I love how you used a small room and fit in so much personality and loveliness. It's nice to see bloggers who don't all have giant mansions. Thanks for keeping it real and inspiring us to make do with what we have! My 4 year old would love this room!

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  24. What an adorable bedroom! I love your decorating style! What a lucky little girl! Awesome job!
    www.lifeasdez.blogspot.com

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  25. I love, love, love it. Like, seriously love. It's the perfect blend of streamlined goodness and frilly all at once. I might copy and use Autumn Haze in my daughter's room -- she also has white wainscoting on the bottom. Thank you for the inspiration. You are my FAVORITE designer!!

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  26. I love, love, love it. Like, seriously love it. It's a perfect blend of streamlined goodness and girly frilly all at once. Perfection. I might copy you and use Autumn Haze in my daughter's room -- she also has white wainscoting on the bottom of her walls. Thank you for the inspiration! You are my FAVORITE designer!

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  27. Wow! This turned out absolutely beautiful! What a lovely combination of colors and textures. The ultimate princess room. I think I might need a room like that :)

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  28. It's a beautiful room well done May she enjoy it for many years

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  29. Beautiful room,May she enjoy it for many years

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  30. Lovely space for a lovely little girl!

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  31. Oh this is just darling! There's not a single thing that I would change. I always wanted a bed with a canopy on it when I was little. I love the little wreath in the frame, have you done a tutorial on that? Love it all!

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  32. This bedroom is amazing. The colors are so perfect, it doesn't have that over the top girly feel that so many have. I love the different textures you incorporated with the framed wreath too. I really want that Scentsy. Any idea where you get them? Thanks!

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  33. Everything you touch seems to turn to gold. This is such an amazing, peaceful, happy room! I love, love, love everything about it.

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  34. OH. MY. GOSH. It is exactly as you said, so girly and elegant princess without being "character" It is just so you guys and your home and I love it! (have I reached gushing yet, I feel like I'm gushing...) I say it every time but you're such a good mom. I can really see it growing with her too, with you know, a few minor tweaks when she wants them.

    Thanks for sharing this grand reveal with us, I seriously love it!
    -courtney @PrettyCheap

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  35. Could you please share the wall paint colour with us? I like how light, neutral and warm it is.

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  36. Could you please share the wall paint color? I love how light, neutral and warm it is.

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  37. It turned out wonderfully cute! I like that pop of yellow.

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  38. Lovely room! And as noted above, lots of ideas for us "older" princesses. My life changed quite a bit this last year but I did inherit an old single wide trailer at the beach. On a lot! I will get to decorate my way. No compromise! And I really like the mini chandelier. Any info on where to buy? Love your blog! You are one of the few decorating, life style ones I follow. Thank you!

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  39. The bedroom is dreamy! Sweet dreams!

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  40. Such a beautiful and girly room! I kinda wanna sleep there ;) Great job Mama!

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  41. So...where does she put all the pillows at night?

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  42. So where does she put all the pillows at night? On the floor? closet? drawer?

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  43. The light hanging from the hook is brilliant! I have everything I need to do the same in my daughter's room. Thank you again for such wonderful inspiration. Oh, and you are one lucky lady to have such a hands on hubby! ;)
    God bless,
    Jenn

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  44. The chandelier hanging from a wall hook is brilliant! I have everything I need to do the same in my daughter's room. Thank you so much for the inspiration. Oh, and you are one lucky gal to have such a hands on hubby ;)
    God bless,
    Jenn

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  45. What a peacefull room, love it! Can you tell me where to buy the scentsy warmer? Thanks! Kind regards from Holland

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  46. The dresser stole my heart. Granddaughter is changing bedrooms and her headboard would be lovely painted the delicate pink that of your daughter's bed. Please give color name and brand. Thank you.

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  47. It's just perfection. Kudos on being able to edit the look to fit the space. I need to learn that skill. Would you mind sharing the wall color? It's a perfect neutral. Thanks.

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  48. I love this so much!! You did such an amazing job and your girls are just flipping adorable!

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  49. Can you help me find the hook you used for the chandelier. I have a similar light fixture and I've struggled with finding a means to hang it.

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  50. What a wonderful childhood retreat. Kudos for balancing decor with room size. (I have to work on that....). Would you mind sharing the wall color? It's tricky to find paint shades that work with pink. Thank you!

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  51. Love this!! Definitely saving for ideas for my daughters room in a couple years (she is 2)

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  52. It's beautiful. Now I need to order that light. It's so adorable.

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  53. LOVE the colors in there - so pretty and she has not one, but 2 of my painted pieces - smart girl ;)

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  54. very beautiful decor for a baby girl..

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  55. Love the room makeover, Shelley! And I love the idea of the reading chandelier!

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  56. So sweet and beautiful! Where is the mirror from?

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  57. So sweet and beautiful! Where is the mirror from?

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  58. The room is gorgeous, in love with those arrows!!!

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  59. Can you share where you bought the inexpensive headboard? Love this beautiful room!

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  60. So beautiful!! What color blue did you use for the dresser?

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  61. Love this room so much- I am decorating my nursery now and keep coming back here for inspiration. I have searched everywhere for that scentsy nightlight and have had no luck. Do you know if they still sell it or what it is called? Thanks!

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  62. I love the room, great job!!! I'm decorating my nursery and was wondering where you got the canopy from....its beautiful!!

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