I’m so excited to share Zelda’s toddler room transition with everyone! This little girl is becoming a big girl and has needs. I’m talking a kitchen for tea parties, her own tiny bed and so much more. A little while ago I noticed that Zelda was no longer stimulated by her nursery and determined it was time to make the big transition into a toddler room.
In our family we are big on co-sleeping…yes you heard that right, I did not sleep train Zelda and she sleeps next to me every night (GASP!). The crib received very little use and was basically just taking up space. We swapped it out for the cutest little bed that I have ever seen, and Zelda has been totally crushing on it. It’s a great transition piece because it fits the crib mattress and bedding so we can get some additional use before moving her into a full size bed, or in my case permanently out of our bed.
Every girl should have a unicorn next to her bed for any unexpected magical trips that could arise!
Yes, that is a real rabbit….her name is Shakira!
I was struggling to find a kitchen that I loved for her room that wasn’t the price of a new appliance for mine (literally). I found this Ikea kitchen and decided to do what every crazy parent does — IKEA HACK! Baby Daddy told me I was completely nuts when I took over our balcony and started refinishing her kitchen cabinets from 30 stories high. I will admit, it did take a bit of time and a few hundred curse words, but was well worth it in the end!
With very limited closet space (a problem I feel like all women are born with), I had been struggling to find a functional spot for her shoes. Originally for her baby shower we purchased this mini dress up closet that made its way to storage and then made another appearance at her first birthday. I had been holding onto it for the day she has a playroom but soon realized it was the perfect piece that I had been searching for. It’s easy for her to access, and who doesn’t love their shoes on display?!
Originally Zelda had a small gallery wall that was centered over her crib. To warm up the room, it was closed in by curtains on each side. Wanting to open the space, I removed the curtains and decided to expand her gallery wall to be the focal point of the room. I was a bit intimidated because in my mind (for whatever reason) it seemed impossible to fill the wall. One evening I basically blacked out on MINTED and ordered several pieces of framed artwork. It’s the best because they frame and matte the pieces for you. Their prices are extremely reasonable and the quality is outstanding!
For a fun twist to a gallery wall, add texture and dimension. I added this couture doll from her Uncle Christian and it’s such a fun and unexpected element.
I am a huge fan of The Land of Nod’s wall decals . They are super easy to apply and remove, and give a quick refresh to any wall or room.
I wish I could say I always have fresh flowers in the house because they really do make things better, BUT that’s not always the reality. I will add this to my list of one million New Year’s resolutions for 2017……it’s going to be 2017 right?! I did add this cute owl vase as a reminder that it can always double as a wand, crayon or whatever she sticks in it holder.
Around Zelda’s second birthday I scored a deal on this vintage Louis Vuitton suitcase and I couldn’t pass it up. I thought it was the coolest piece to work into her room but wanted to do something that made it flow with the space. I knew it would be an heirloom for her to keep forever so I enlisted the super talented, dope Chicago based artist LEFTY to work his magic. *If you are totally crushing, because it’s hard not to, just send him a message for your own custom piece.
These acrylic bookcases have been the dream piece in her room. Tiny children seem to have tons of tiny things and it becomes difficult to keep them in order, as well as make them look easy on the eyes. I put three of the bookcases side by side to create a larger display that holds her “daily necessities” at the bottom and her fragile items towards the top. They have a way of disappearing into the room and create a cute curated wall.
When you transition a room it doesn’t mean that you have to start over, work with what you have and get creative. Since we transitioned her room, she has gained more independence at home and entertains herself alone now. There is nothing better than walking in on her having a tea party with the kitchen that I once contemplated throwing off the balcony!
Images by Hallie Duesenberg
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