When Kara and Cooper first came home, I had every intention of letting them share a bedroom.
They were used to sharing a room with 8 others in the baby home and I thought they may feel isolated or lonely if they were by themselves in a room.
Cooper was a great sleeper (and still is) but Kara would take a minimum of 45 minutes to get to sleep. So when we got home, we put them together in a bedroom and had the other bedroom as their playroom. Then Cooper kept waking Kara up by calling her name...loudly... That got old fast because it would take another 45 minutes or longer to get her back to sleep. So we moved Kara into what was the playroom. Well that room gets very warm and Kara's a hot-blooded girl so she was stripping off her clothes at night. We then switched the kids rooms - Cooper is in the 'once playroom' and Kara is in the 'once co-ed bedroom'.
I'm saying all this to let you know that both rooms were decorated 'kid' because we didn't know for sure who was going to be where. Not any theme per se, just fun, bright, kid-friendly rooms.
After playing musical rooms for the first few months, they've been in their current rooms ever since.
Well Kara is now a princess. A doll-lover. An all-girl pink lover. A ballerina. So I really wanted her room to reflect her personality and to make the pink/doll/dancer-loving princess happy!
I don't have any before pictures but here are the after pics.... it turned out so cute and she loves it!
I made this tutu valance and glued scrapbook stickers of butterflies and flowers to it. It was very easy. It would look better with a pretty shade behind it but for now we have the blinds.
I re-wallpapered her kitchen to match her room!
It's just a cute pink flowered pattern wrapping paper glued to the existing, ugly, 70's wallpaper.
I made this bow holder from scratch - yes I did!!! It was my first. I copied another one that I had seen online (it was $60) and this one cost around $14 to make! (no sewing needed!)
These cute wall hangings came from H0bby L0bby - I embellished them a little by putting the same ribbon on the castle that matches the ribbon that ties the flower and butterfly. (This was Jim's idea!). I hate the lampshade so don't look at that. It needs to be redone. I glued poofs of pink boa on the flower too -
I painted this giraffe on the wall before the kids came. Now SHE's wearing a princess crown, earrings and a necklace! I LOVE circles and dots so I did just this one wall so it wouldn't be too overdone.
I painted a peg and embellished it with scrapbook dancing things so she (I) could hang her dancing bag on it.
The lightswitch is a cute fabric that I had - spraystarched to the switchplate! So easy and cute.
The angel cross was a gift (actually I have 2) from my bosses wife when we got our referral - I love it there!
Above her door is a plaque that says Little Princess. It's not made by me because I have a horrible handwriting and wouldn't even attempt to paint that! I know my limitations!
The flower is from H0bby L0bby as well and it displays some of her 'jewels' for dress up. I fell in love with the pattern on a Christmas bag so I used it to decoupage her KARA letters. Again, easy and cheap.
On this wall are the words "Such a big miracle in such a little girl". These are the vinyl stick-ons that you see everywhere. I loved the saying and I wanted it very subtle so I did it in white. The round things are discs from M!chaels that I embellished with pink boas, tulle and gems. The "K" is in the same fabric that is on the switchplate - again spraystarched to the wall. The frame is from H0bby L0bby.
All in all I love the way it came out. A little fun, a little green, a lot of pink and a ton of GIRL!
All for my little peach. LOVE this child!
Next she will get a twin sized bed. She's in a toddler bed right now and she bumps around in it so much, she's ready for a bigger bed soon! I can't wait to pick out bed linens to match her room- should be easy!
Cooper says he likes his room just the way it is! YAY!
In October 2008, we brought home 2 amazing, crazy, fun, smart, beautiful, healthy toddlers from Russia.
Now we live to tell about it.
We welcome your words of encouragement and/or advice!
Thanks for reading!