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A Classically Cute Little Girl’s Bedroom Makeover (it’s Audrey’s and it’s finally done)

Classically Cute Little Girl's Room Makeover / jones design company

You may remember that I’ve been working on a bedroom makeover for our little girl, Audrey. I just looked back at the initial design board post and it is dated two years to the day that I decided to just be done with it. Two years!  

I was having such a hard time finishing her room. Do you have any spaces in your house like that? You have ideas, but not all are practical or in the budget and so you just wait, feeling this nagging sense of incompleteness every time you walk by.

Well, this weekend I just made the decision that it is done. Not because all of the ideas I have for her room are finished, but rather because it is good enough. It’s darling, actually. And even though the curtains are tacked up and we never got to the builtins, sometimes you just have to leave it alone. Check it off the list. Snap some photos and close this two year makeover chapter.

So here it is, Audrey’s classically cute little girl bedroom makeover. Enjoy a little peek …

(Sources and details after the photos)

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Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. DIY pinboard, paper flower garland, doll bed / jones design company Classically Cute Girl's Bedroom with mixed patterns and girly colors. Handmade doll / jones design company

Isn’t it sweet? The sun popped out earlier this week and so I hurriedly tidied up her room (let’s not even talk about all the little trinkets a nearly six year old girl loves to collect and scatter about her room) and took these pictures.

When Audrey came home from school that day she was delighted to see her room looking so pretty. It was really sweet. And you know what? She has no idea that I stopped short of all my ideas. She loves her room just the way it is. I suppose I do, too.

SOURCES

bed, dresser, doll crib + high chair: craig’s list finds by my mom

striped rug: Olin rug from Crate & Barrel

buffalo check duvet: Emmie Ruta duvet from IKEA

polka dot sheets: no longer available from Target, similar from Land of Nod

yellow flower pillow: no longer available from Target, but they really should bring this one back

hanging pleated medallions: get the diy tutorial here

wooden sign: Between You And Me Signs – read the post about the meaning here

lamp on dresser: no longer available from target

flower art: The Runner Up by Janet Hill Studio

sequin star pillow: Emily + Merritt for PBTeen, no longer available, similar in dots

gallery wall art: see post with sources and how-to here

valance fabric: Diamonds In the Rough from Minted

bulletin board: read tutorial post here

paper flower garland: no longer available, Target

handmade Audrey doll: see post with details here

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Any thoughts or questions about sources? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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The Easiest Way to Update a Ho-Hum Bookshelf

The Easiest Update for your Ho-Hum Bookshelf / jones design company

Audrey’s room has been an in-process project for well over a year. (Please tell me I’m not the only one whose projects drag on way longer than expected?!)

We started with this design board idea, made the first updates, added a darling gallery wall and a cute diy bulletin board.  Things are going slowly, but coming along.

In my dream world, we would have built-in bookcases and a bench made for the entire wall with the window (sort of like this).  But reality kicks in and this is just not a project we’re going to tackle, so instead I borrowed two nothing-special bookshelves we had laying around and flanked the window with them. They are just your average dark wood pieces of furniture, but they fit the space and are a great stand-in for the dream shelves.

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I had fleeting thoughts of painting the shelves white or gray or even something unexpected like minty-green, but once again, reality struck and painting furniture (and doing it well so that it doesn’t chip or scratch the first time she pulls the baskets out) is not a project this mama can take on right now.

So on to option B: add cute paper to the back and call it done. This is for sure the easiest way to update a ho-hum bookshelf.

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I used a roll of wrapping paper I’ve been hoarding (I used some of it as the table runner for Audrey’s 4th Birthday party), scissors and poster putty.

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I removed the middle shelf, then cut a piece of paper larger than needed. I could have measured the inside of the bookshelf and transferred the measurements to the paper and cut precisely, but I was going for ease. Instead, I pushed the too-big piece inside the shelf, smoothed it out and creased where it needed to be cut.

Next, I added a bunch of small dots of poster putty to the back of the shelf. You could use double-sided tape if you’d rather.

Then add in the paper and smooth down, making sure you press the paper to the putty dots to stick.

After a little bit of styling, here is the cute new shelf:

The Easiest Update for your Ho-Hum Bookshelf / jones design company

before-and-after

The Easiest Update for your Ho-Hum Bookshelf / jones design company

The Easiest Update for your Ho-Hum Bookshelf / jones design company

The paper gives the shelf a little more style and hint of color that’s just right for a little girl’s room.

And the best part is, it took me all of 10 minutes to complete the project :)

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Oh, how she’s grown.

Just the other morning, Audrey crawled up onto my lap as I was at my desk doing a little work. She sat there, as she has since she was a baby, only this time, I could barely see over her head.

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My baby is no longer a baby.

This little lady has been my sidekick from the beginning. That’s what happens, I suppose, when you’re born number 4 in a busy family. All three of my boys are perfectly content playing on their own; not so much Audrey. She craves relationship. On her days home from school, she is rarely far from my side – splitting her time between singing and dancing on the cleared-off coffee table, or chatting my ear off. She’s a 5 year old ball of joy, imagination, emotion, grace and stubbornness.

Time flies. This parenting thing is just cruising by and I can hardly believe how quickly my baby has gone from teensy romper-wearer to princess-jammie girl.

Many of you have been reading from the beginning – when my Audrey girl was brand new. Can you believe how big she’s gotten?! Thank you for sticking around and being so kind to me all these years. I just love doing this blog/business and without you it would be nothing! xoxo

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a special day at the american girl doll store

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Audrey turned 5 last week. Every parent throughout history has asked the same question when their baby turns a year older: how did that go so fast? And you can add me into that group. She is our baby and the fact that she just turned five only reiterates the fact that she’s no longer a baby.

I will say that I love the ages of our kids right now (11, 9, 7, 5). They are independent, but not pushing too many limits, able to buckle themselves in the car and generally fun to be around.  We’re sitting in a sweet spot and doing our best to enjoy these days.

Okay, but that’s not what I was going to talk about today.

For Audrey’s birthday, we went shopping for her first American Girl doll. We’ve waited until she was old enough to care for a special doll and a little more interested. A few of her friends have these dolls and her cousins are crazy for all things American Girl, so she was ready and excited to pick out her special birthday gift.

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Did you know you can reserve a personal shopper to show you around and help you pick a doll? It was the best thing ever.  My mom and cutie niece Hadley (who is only 2 months younger than Audrey, but so much tinier!) met us at the American Girl Doll store and we took about an hour shopping around. Our sweet personal shopper, Briana, walked us from doll to doll giving little snippets about each of them and helped Audrey pick out her top three.

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Once she had her top three dolls chosen, they were set out and Briana helped her make her final decision (with just a little bit of input from my mom who was really hoping she would choose a certain one). It was so much easier having someone guide the decisions and be quick with the process.

And her final decision was: Grace! The girl of the year.

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Grace likes baking and has a cute puppy named BonBon and Audrey was sold.

I really love the way the company shows different girls, their histories and stories. Plus, the clothes and accessories are so fun.

After Grace joined our family, we had a little lunch at the American Girl Doll bistro.

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The food was less than fabulous, but the experience was sweet and the girls loved having a birthday luncheon with their dolls.

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I adore having boys, but it sure was fun having a special day with our girl.

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And also? The American Girl Doll store bathroom tile is really cute.

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audrey’s 5th birthday invitations

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My baby is turning 5. What?!

She’s just the best. She brings a girly flair to our family with her constant songs and dancing, she makes us all laugh and maaaybe has her daddy wrapped around her finger. Possibly her mommy and brothers, too.

The kids and I talk about our favorites all the time – favorite colors, favorite food, favorite memory. They all know that my favorite animal is a dolphin (I have been known to cry when I see sea life. I don’t know what it is, they are just so magical and majestic. Sea World is a teary place for me).

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So when Audrey told me she wanted to have a dolphin party for her 5th birthday, there may have been a few secret happy tears. She knows her mama loves them and so she likes them too. See? She’s just the best. (Well, except when she’s not.)

Since I’m kinda into designing things, I had fun creating this invitation for her upcoming party. There probably won’t be a lot of decorations or fancy party food since we’re having it at an indoor pool, but I love making invitations and couldn’t help myself with the dolphin theme.

One little trick I wanted to share with you is how I add the glitter details. The secret? Glitter glue. This one, to be exact.

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I used a free dolphin graphic and glitter digital paper to add to the invitation. The cards are printed on thick matte photo paper from home on this printer.

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Then I filled in the outlines with the glitter glue.

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And filled in the 5 as well.

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The glue dries in about 30 minutes and does not flake off like regular glitter, so it works well for these types of projects.

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I also added a few gold dots to a diy envelope liner (plain paper cut to fit).

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Didn’t they turn out cute?!

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We can’t wait to celebrate our dolphin-loving girl.

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Want to learn how to create invitations like the one above? You will love our Simplified Graphic Design class! CLICK HERE to learn more.

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