Evolution Of A Bedroom

May 16, 2013



It's finally blue!!

I have stated many times that when it comes to d├ęcor, I get bored very easily, so I like to change things up often.  That said, what I usually change up is accessory pieces, rugs, bedding, curtains, pillows.  I tend to be married to wall color and furniture for a good long time.  Those are the staple pieces, I know what colors I am partial to and with a few accessory swaps a room can look dramatically different.  Alas, not everyone thinks the same way. 


Some people are not happy with a handful of simple substitutions. They require big changes, complete renovations.  Although thinking back, my daughter was pretty set on a blue bedroom from the beginning.  I should've listened, but she was two and I was operating under the delusion that I was in charge and she would come around.  Never try to argue with a Taurus!

I had a baby girl and wanted a pink room...and like I said, she was two.  So I won.  The house came with an awful green carpet, we were so overwhelmed renovating everything else, that we left it.  I worked around it and painted a thick rose vine border right below the ceiling to set a garden theme.  I thought the room looked super sweet.  

Certain people disagreed on a daily basis. 

This is where we started...so sweet.

I swapped out bedding and curtains for the seasons throughout the years, but essentially the room remained the same.  Not willing to invest the time or money needed to bring it fully up to tween speed, I invested in a modified makeover, starting with new bedding from JC Penny (I love their bedding, I can shop online ~ easy store returns, no shipping!).  

We ripped up the carpet, put down a cotton braided area rug and headed to Ikea for some new furniture to replace her hand me down dresser and beds.  She no longer needed the extra bed (sleepovers were moved to the basement), but desperately needed a desk for homework and, eventually, make up.  

The room is very small, Pottery Barn pieces, our first choice, were way too large and frankly they were too pricey for this bargain-minded mama!  (I also used to work there and buying anything without my 40% employee discount hurts way too much!)

I thought this makeover would buy me some time...I was wrong.

Then one night, very handy daddy decided that he was also sick of that half re-done room and he was willing to do the room up right and to her specifications.  So the bedroom was painted, crown molding was added, lamps and rugs were swapped out and little miss finally got her blue.  

However, I refused to replace the relatively new bedding.  It really looked great and I liked it.

The bedding was just not cutting it.

That didn't last long either.  We were in Marshall's together (favorite store of all time) and we both fell in love with a new quilt.  Neither one of us could resist and it was a deal.  I wrapped a new ribbon on her teddy bear's neck and one around the plain white lamp.  

The room is still a work in progress.  I need to tape those nasty cords to the back of the nightstand, the rug needs to be taped down to the floor.  It needs some wall art and a few more accessories.  Once completed, I will reveal the entire room, but we both really love it so far and I think we are on our way!

Ta-Da! For now!



I actually really like it.


What can I say, the kid was right about the blue all along. 

What do you think? 

Which one is your favorite? 

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34 comments:

  1. I really liked your transformation!!! I do like the blue much better, especially without the green carpet.

    Tammi

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    1. Thanks Tammi! I HATED that green carpet~ I am so happy it's gone!

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  2. Blue! But what do I know, I live in a house with 4 men!

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    1. I fought her like crazy, since the house is a ranch and the bedroom is very visible. Most of the house is decorated in reds, yellows and greens. I really didn't think the blue would go, but it does look great! I am sure you have lots of blue rooms!!

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  3. I love that color combo! blue yellow and white are my favorite mixes of color.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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    1. I agree! I love those colors together ~ very fresh!

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  4. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog and linking up to MY FAVORITE POSTS SHOW OFF WEEKEND BLOG PARTY. Love this transformation, and surprisingly I like the blue better. I thought I would like the pink better, but nope the blue makes the room, and I do prefer the 2nd bedding you choose : ) Now following on Bloglovin'
    ~Jackie @ The Non-Martha Momma

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    1. I was always stuck on the idea of the pink too, but I really love I now! I guess sometimes Mom doesn't know best! :) Thanks for the follow!

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  5. Pretty! Nicely done. I really like that second pink bedroom, and I love love love the blue!

    Great job!

    And, yes, you cannot argue. It's not worth the effort.

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    1. Hahaha! You are so right Lisa!! You would think that I would know this by now!

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  6. Wow! I love every phase this room has gone through, but the blue is awesome. So bright and cheery! I popped over from Give Me the Goods Monday. Thanks for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

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    1. I love the blue, too! I should've listened to her long ago! Thanks for popping over, Abby!

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  7. LOVE the blue. It seems so warm and sooo cozy. My daughter, the frilly girl wanted her room painted blue too and last year we did it....After years of pink and princesses it was a really nice change. Where did you get the bed frame from?

    Tracy

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    1. All the furniture is from Ikea...you have to put it together and who knows how long it will hold up, but for now we love it!

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  8. It's gorgeous, I love the blue you used. Thanks for coming over to visit

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    1. Thanks! Can't take any credit, my daughter picked out the paint! :) Kid's got good taste!

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  9. I am loving that blue! Very pretty and calming! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

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    1. Thanks! When it's clean, it does look awesome ;)

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    2. Blue is softer! We should listen to kids more often, ha ha!

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    3. I agree with you Marilyn, I love the blue! The kid has good taste! :)

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  10. Haha! I'm always more inclined to blue than pink. But this blue really pops and the bed covering is so lovely.
    Thanks for sharing at Monday Tuesday!
    Wishing you An Extraordinary Day!

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    1. Thanks for taking a look, Diane! My daughter will be glad to hear that she has another blue fan in her corner! She seems to have a lot of them...I said it before, I guess momma doesn't always know best! ;) Thanks for taking a peek!

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  11. I love the blue - what a pretty bedroom! Thanks for sharing at Project Inspired!

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    1. Thanks Heather! It's still a work in progress, but I am really happy with the way it's turned out so far. Thanks for the visit!

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  12. It does look awesome! I love the new bedding to match the sweet blue walls.

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    1. Thanks Kim! I was a little worried about those wall, but it really is a great color! Thanks for the comment!

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  13. It looks fantastic! I love the blue walls and the hardwood floors! Great makeover. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

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    1. Thanks Danielle! I do really like it too...and yes, those wood floors are a HUGE improvement! That old green carpet was icky!

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  14. I love the blue! Everything is just adorable! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,

    Trish

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    1. Thanks so much, Trish! It still needs some detail work, but I think we're on our way!

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  15. I love the BLUE!!! I am having a Paint Party on my Blog and I would love you to come link up
    http://startathome.blogspot.com/2013/06/paint-party.html
    Hope to see you soon

    Brooke

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    1. Thank you Brooke! It's always nice to be invited to a party! :)

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  16. Such a delightful tween room, Kim. I love the colors, and that quilt is perfect. I'll be featuring this at the July Every Room In The House Party. Thanks for sharing. xxx~ Nancy

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! This girl will be so excited to hear! I love that quilt too....of course, this girl has a new quilt now. A girl has a right to change her mind! ;)

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