We’re in the process of turning the nursery into a big girl room. We’re hoping to have the majority done by the end of summer, which is very quickly coming to a close.
I thought I’d share a few of the projects and inspiration that have kept me motivated.
We’ve already painted the room a light turquoise color. We bought this fun and colorful twin quilt set and have her bed all set up. (Goodbye, crib!)
And now I’m starting to work on the fun part – the wall decorations.
I’m embracing all the bold, bright colors of that quilt and am really having fun figuring out what to put on the walls. I want this to be a room she can grow with – so nothing too “themed”. She does love pink, so I want to include some pinks without going overboard. And I want a comfy, home-grown feeling with at least some of the decorations. I’d like at least a few projects to be handmade.
And then I found it.
The most incredibly inspiring book – Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts. And I knew… this was it. I was going to finally get going on teaching myself to quilt. In miniature form. The thing I love about this book, beyond the wide variety of modern quilts included, is that these are not full-size quilts. They’re all doll-sized – about 24×19 for most of them. Which means it’s not quite as overwhelming for a beginner like me to attempt one. And if you’re an experienced quilter, already, you also get to practice new designs and stitches on something a bit smaller.
So I’m attempting to make a doll quilt for her room, which will coordinate with her own quilt and will hang on the wall. If I’m successful, I’ll make another functional doll quilt, so she can actually tuck those little dolls in!
Here’s a photo of her quilt (on the left) and a few of the fabrics I chose for her doll quilt.
It’s not the best photo, but that fabric in the front? That’s my favorite. It’s called “Monkey’s Bizness”. It features the most adorable flea market stalls and you can find it here. I also snagged a few of the coordinating fabrics in the same line while I was at it.
So that’s the start of the inspiration for our little girl’s “big girl room” transformation. I’ll keep you posted on our progress, with the quilt and with the room as a whole.
Have you tackled any DIY projects this summer?