Miss Elissa's Bedroom Makeover

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Last weekend Mike and I traveled to my sister's home for her birthday weekend (get a full rundown of it here.) Since we weren't able to see them over Christmas, I also was finally able to give them their Christmas gifts.

The gifts for my nieces had been a long time coming. I planned them for months. With the help of a budget for some key pieces from the girls' mom and dad, it was finally time for bedroom makeovers!

Today I'll share my older niece Elissa's finished space, and soon I'll be back with photos of her younger sister's room.

Without further adieu, here's what things looked like when I started:

Full disclosure: we snapped these photos after we had unloaded all the toys from the room. It wasn't as bare as these photos make it seem. And yes, that's pretty Miss E modeling her pretend sleeping pose on the bed. Such a flair for the dramatic. Adorable.
As you can see, the room had a good start (nice wall color, furniture, some art and accessories) but was sorely lacking some basic elements (lamps, night stands) as well as some pieces that would tie it all together. What's more, Elissa and her mom decided the color scheme should be pink, green and purple. The room was sorely lacking the two latter colors. 

Here's where we ended up:

We  moved the furniture, changed out the curtains and bedding and brought in new wall art, lamps, nightstands and accessories. After doing some organizing, we only brought her favorite toys back into the space to keep it from becoming cluttered. 

We decided early on to avoid painting the walls since it was only a weekend visit and Mike and I didn't want to bite off more than we could chew. I'm really glad we stuck to that choice because the pink looks great in this little girl's space.

Elissa is still young, but I wanted to create a room that wasn't just beautiful to a five-year old. I went with some more sophisticated yet fun pieces (like the lamps, sconces and poster) to make it feel more adult. The purple lacquer tray is perfect for playtime, tea parties and as a lap desk if she needs it.

While I did buy a few things for the space, I scrounged around my own home as well. The poster and sconces above the bed, mirrors and lamps were all used around my home before we gave them to Miss E.

Elissa also had a surprisingly large number of existing decorative accessories that worked in the space. The pink chair, white roll-top desk, basket, much wall art and toys were all part of the space before.

Oh my goodness I love seeing the baby photos of the sweet little lady. And since they're just photo frames, she'll easily be able to change them out if she ever has the inkling to do so.

The furniture set was my mom's as a child. She inherited it when her kids were born and it also was my bedroom set while growing up. While I know it would look beautiful painted white, my mom's professional refinishing job is close to her heart. The oak stays. I'm really pleased with how it looks in the finished space though. The wood brings refinement and richness to the space, no?

So there you go, Elissa's new bedroom. What do you think? Has anyone else been doing any redecorating of spaces since the holidays?


  1. I love it. The three mirrors are great. I think the room looks much more "little girl, that will grow into a big girl room." It is amazing what some finishing touches will do. I can't wait to see the other room.

  2. This is such a fun room!! I really like what you did with the desk chair, amazing what a few hanging pictures can do as well!!

  3. Kirsti, you did a great job! If you ever want to spend a weekend restyling my home, I'll cook for you! What fun! (And now I have ideas for our little twins' room when they need to move from toddler to little girl! We've already begun adding touches of purple at Miss Emily's request.

  4. LOVE this! Would that our girls' room was that neat and tidy. We are looking to put them in separate bedrooms sometime this year (after our bedroom on the ground floor comes out of our dreams and in to the real world of bricks and mortar). Love these ideas!

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