I’ve been super excited to share this post with ya’ll, since Hattie’s room was one of those projects that I imagined (with LOTS of help from Honey) that turned out even better than I had in mind. Hattie’s nursery was gender neutral, so the walls were light blue, and the fabrics used throughout the room are super adorable and sweet, but they were totally meant for babies! Imagining another baby here soon made Hattie seem way too big for that stinkin’
nursery! (It took a phase of denial for me to accept this fact-see the gumption I used to proclaim this-it means I’m really trying to believe it myself). We wanted to transition Hattie to a new room well in advance, so that she didn’t feel like we were “kicking her out” of her old room to make room for baby.
The room that we needed to use for her was actually acting as a walk in closet, so in order to make a bedroom out of it, we had to move my office out of the closet in our bedroom, and into the outdoor kitchen, move all of our clothes into the tiny closet in our bedroom, and patch walls, and whatnot in order to make the walk in closet a bedroom again. It was a process-let me tell you, but we got it accomplished, and I had a lot of help from our family, thank goodness! (Shout out to Jessica for the help painting and moving, Paw for playing contractor, and Honey for breaking her back to remove and re-add shelving, and patch walls, and all of that good stuff!)
I knew I wanted feminine and classic for the room, but I let Honey deliver the brainchild of the room with her fabric selections. She gave me an array of beautiful designs to work with, but in the end I chose a floral print mixed with a hounds-tooth and a linen blend. The color scheme that arose from this worked well with a few of her personalized items from her nursery, so I knew that we were headed in the right direction. The room is very small-until we build our forever home, we are dealing with limited space-so I knew that minimalism was going to be the best route to pull off the look that I was going for. I was only able to take a few things from her nursery into the new room to accomplish this-putting the rest of the girly decor that we had acquired away, but I think you’ll agree that a clutter of accents would have messed with the entire look.
Here’s a peek at how her room turned out!
We had a pewter colored day bed put away from when I had my little house, pre-marriage, so thankfully, it completely went with what we were going with in the room.
I also had a beautiful white matelasse (just a fancy way to say that it has a texture to it that makes it appear quilted) spread that I used on the bed when it was mine, so we planned to just dye it an off white, almost ivory color. I used half of a bottle of Rit dye in tan in the washing machine and followed the dying instructions, only to have the spread turn out this lucky shade of pink, that coordinates with our other fabrics and the room in general as if it had been made to do so-oh wait, it was! I love lucky accidents!
Honey had the pillows, window panels, and bedskirt made by her seamstress as her birthday gift to Hattie, and the fact that she designs all of these things on her own (literally, she sketches on pencil and paper how she wants them to look, and the seamstress brings it to life) makes it all the more meaningful! The vintage rose fabric was used to make the euro shams (this just means that they are square and not rectangular) and include a ruffle around the edges, and they are corded with the pink hounds-tooth fabric to tie it all together with the hounds-tooth bolster pillows. The bed skirt was designed to flow and ruffle using a linen blend fabric that is light and airy. This same linen blend was used for the window panels, but was backed with blackout lining to keep heat and light out when need be. The window panels have a reverse tuxedo pleat along the bottom, and have rod pockets at the top with ruffles above this. They are accented on the inside edge with a flat braid type of gimp that features a pink tiled pattern similar to the one in the wallpaper.
My Aunt KayKay bought Hattie this heirloom pillowcase for my baby shower, and once she was born, had her initials monogrammed onto it. This was one of the special items from her nursery that was incorporated into her new bedroom.
Hounds-tooth and Vintage Rose fabrics as well as the flat braid/gimp: The Interior Fabric Store
Linen blend fabric: Hobby Lobby
Rosette rod: Lowe’s
We needed a dresser for the new room, but I wanted to find something with an open bottom, maybe even antique in style, that would match the off-white trim that we had painted in the room. I couldn’t put too heavy of a piece in that room or it would have seemed much too boxy and taken over the small space. Honey’s contacts at an antique store in Welsh had this beauty sitting on their showroom floor, so Ben and I ran by one Saturday morning to make her part of the family. She surely is an antique, and I adore the look that she brings into the room!
The drawers can be a bit tricky, since they don’t run on tracks like the newfangled furniture made today, but that means Hattie doesn’t pull on them much, yay! I lined the drawers with leftover fabric from her bedding, and they are super cute. I had purchased an antique vanity set from an estate sale YEARS ago, and never had a place to properly display and use them, but Hattie’s mini drawer in the dresser is the perfect place for them, plus they work like magic on her hard to manage hair! Yes, I use them every day (even the powder dish houses her hair elastics and clips), and no, I didn’t stage this picture, the fabric actually helps to keep the brushes from sliding around, so they stay put just like this day after day, I love the non-skid surface that the fabric provides, plus that pop of color under her clothes is just too cute.
I love that it has a drawer for little things like “bo-bo” cream, and her pipes. It also has a shelf on the bottom where we can put the books that were given specifically to her, or her nightly read books.
The lamp was purchased at Tuesday morning, and I thought the lampshade was too plain, so I bought some ruffled ribbon at Hobby Lobby, and hot glued it onto the shade to add a little shabby chic character. I bought her little picture frame at TJ Maxx, and the tiny rosettes are just to die for, plus they match the rosette accents on the curtain rod.
This fantastic wall mural was painted by a church friend of Honey and Paw’s after her birth, and was on the main wall of her nursery. Thankfully it matched the new room, so that I didn’t have to suffer separation anxiety! The fabric birds on the branches were even hand sewn by Honey’s seamstress. The tiny little nest gets me every time.
Another one of my favorite little details in the room is this little vintage purse that my good friend, Aunt Lauren, bought for Hattie’s birthday. Even the hook that its hanging from matches with the feel of the room.
The dresser top was an area that I wanted to keep uncluttered as well. It currently hosts her pink “keepsake” ornament tree, but normally it only holds a small apothecary jar with a pomander (ball) of flowers that she carried in my good friend Kayley’s wedding when she was the flower girl, a small jewelry box with her name etched into the top where she keeps her church jewelry (this was her gift from Kayley for serving in her wedding), a starfish that we picked out for her after our first family vacation to the beach, her photo book collection (I order here) that I keep up for her memories, and a small photo frame where I change out pictures from time to time of her or her with friends and family. I think the simplicity of the arrangement is refreshing!
The chandelier was in the room from when it was my closet, and luckily, it looks brilliant with the colors and tone of Hattie’s room. The sweet lady that I babysat for during nursing school gave it to me, because she said it would never get used in her house full of boys, and she had only purchased it on a whim because it looked lovely. I agree, it does look lovely!
The wallpaper was another one of Honey’s brainchildren. I knew that I wanted an accent wall of some sort, and she had a photo of this wallpaper on her phone from a job that she recently had finished, and it was indeed ideal for Hattie’s room too! We chose a taupe color to paint the remaining three walls with that matched the lighter color in the wallpaper as best as possible. I went with the color that seemed to pull pink more than brown, and I’m glad I did, because it looks perfect with the amount of light that makes it into the room! (Always keep light in mind when choosing a color! It will change it immensely!)
I wasn’t exactly sure at first what to put on the small wall to the left of the window, but after some thought, I thought that a vertical gallery would work perfect, plus it would give me more space to display some photos (which we all know that I love!). I needed a frame that wasn’t going to add any bulk, and I wanted something that had that open feel to it, much like I expected with the dresser. I found these floating frames at Wal-Mart for like $3/piece. It was a serious deal and I was stoked! They only came in black, so I spray painted them with this spray paint, and added some black and white 4×6’s to the inside. They were super easy to hang too, I highly recommend them for small rooms. That price is pretty unbeatable too!
In Hattie’s one spare corner, we keep her wicker table and chair set that Honey and Paw bought her for Christmas last year. It works excellent though, because tea parties are her jam, and so her tea set remains a permanent fixture in that area, as do her tea party guest AKA bears and baby dolls and angels. They all look so cute with the theme of the room anyway, so I have no problem letting them stay out!
Tea Set: Delton (similar here)
Yes, her tea set is porcelain, but I’ve actually had to repair only one dish! I am hoping that it has been helping to teach her to be gentle in preparation for the new baby.
I was worried at first about finding space for all of her bows and headbands, but I just set up my storage station on the back of her door, and it works like a charm. My aunt made her the “H” last Christmas, and I added the two butterflies on the side to house her expanding collection of bows. All of these supplies can be found at Hobby Lobby or a craft store. For her headbands, I cannot stand rummaging through a pile of them, I need them all on display where I can see them to choose what I want, so I hung twine from clear 3m hooks horizontally, allowing them to sag only slightly, then I hang each individual headband from the twine using a small clothes pin. This is the best solution I have found to having to pull them over one another when you find the one you want like I would have to do if they were on a dowel rod.
I used the inside of her closet door to house her overnight bags. The top of her closet has a cloth bin for educational games, flash cards, color books, crayons, and also holds her diapers/pull ups and wipes. She is attempting to potty train, but regresses frequently…
Her hanging rods are nothing fancy, but I do have to share with you my favorite children’s hangers in the whole wide world. These velvet hangers are amazing. I have used them since Hattie was born, and seriously have reordered them about 3 times, to keep up with her expanding clothes collection. Clothes WILL NOT fall off of them, and they take up much less space in the closet than the bulkier plastic hangers.
One of the first things I had to buy after Hattie was born was a nightlight for her late night feedings. I found this one on Amazon one night at about 3 am when I finally decided that the darkness was driving me crazy and it has looked beautifully and worked just as well since then. I automatically reordered it when we moved Hattie into the new room, so that I could leave the nursery light beaming-which I’ll be thankful for in about a week…
The only other thing that stays out in the room is this rocking chair that Hattie’s Nanny Rae gave her for her first birthday, and hand painted her name onto. She loves to sit in it to read to her baby dolls, or even uses it to house her library books after we read them. She’s kind of organized like that.
Where are all the toys, you ask? Under the day bed! That’s why I love day beds without trundles!! So much storage space! I bought cheap square plastic laundry baskets at Wal-Mart, and use them for separating toys: one is for blocks, one is for baby doll supplies, one is for stuffed animals, and one is for dress up clothes. I have a fifth one for other little overnight/tote bags that she has acquired.
Five of those totes can run the length of that bed-hot diggity dog! I cleared up a LOT of space in the living room when I moved these toys into her room, which was idealistic since I knew we would have a baby bouncer and swing out soon, plus infant toys, and I needed a separation of hers and babies to some extent. I also keep a flat rolling tote under the bed with clothes that she has yet to grow into, another small tote container with “keepsake” clothes (like things that she outgrows that has her name or initials embroidered onto it), and an accordion folder with labeled compartments to house cards she receives, her art, notes from friends, and things of this nature. I guess it’s kind of like a scrapbook in a box sort of deal!
Does she sleep in her room? Every night! Unless her grandparents steal her for a sleepover. She slept in it the first night we had her bed up, and actually sleeps much better in there than she was doing in her crib. I put a pillow on the side of her and she has yet to fall out, so I take it as a good sign! She doesn’t get out of her bed either. She will call for me when she wakes up, and we usually cuddle for a bit before she asks to get up. She adores her room, and will take you straight to it if you visit to show it off. I kind of adore it too, so I don’t blame her!
I plan to show you the nursery soon, and even though it’s very similar to what it was when Hattie first arrived, I’ve made a few changes to make it uniquely baby #2’s.
If you have any questions about details feel free to ask below or shoot me an email!