Bailey’s Big Girl Room

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So it’s totally normal to post your house pictures as soon as you no longer live there, right??  No?  Oh well!  It’s happening!  We moved out of our awesome 1970’s ranch just a couple weeks ago and I find myself feeling sad and nostalgic for it already. Although we have a wonderful new home to move into later this month, this home, Brick Rancher, will always have a soft spot in my heart.  It’s the first one that we ever lived in and really felt like it was “home”.  We put SO much love, sweat, and moolah (haha!) into it and really made it our own.  With all my previous college/young adult moves from apartments to rentals and things like that, this was the first time I could really let loose and paint/demo/decorate just as I saw fit, with no thought of “will the owners mind?” or “will this be neutral enough for buyers to like?”.  And I had the best time doing it!

And through it all I figured out my style is called “Bohemian Shabby Chic”.  Whatever the heck that is!  I kind of just made that up.  But I think it describes my decorating style pretty well; though it’s not really reflected in B’s room- here I was going for more of a sweet and vintage little girl’s room.  So I posted about Georgia’s nursery a year and half ago (!!!!), but never made it to Bailey’s room.  Poor big sis!  But here it is now.  Sadly, it’s the one room I never “finished” in the Brick Rancher.  Just had lots of pieces of furniture I wanted to paint, but never got to.  But other than that, I loved her room!  And I think she did too.  So without any more babbling, here it is……(I miss it already!)……

One last thing- sorry about the quality of the first picture. Unfortunately I never went around to take “Before” pics of the house, though I wish I had, and so I had to swipe this from the MLS listing which seemed to stay on the internet months after we bought the house.  And we bought the house from our friends and so it’s fun to look back and remember it as “their” house before we made it our own.  Even though me and Caroline have different decorating styles (I play it safe and she is much more funky and bold! love it!), it’s always been a wonderful, beautiful house!  Ok- here’s the pics for real this time!

 BEFORE:

 AFTER:

 it’s a soft, soothing pale yellow color.  and not one i picked out (i’m bad at picking yellows!).  but one Caroline had used in another room in the house and i loved it, so got it matched at Lowes for Bailey’s room

 love her while/spindly wood bed.  $50 at an antique store here in Asheville.  again- i don’t post prices to brag or anything like that, but just to show you can find great stuff at low prices if you get creative, stay patient, and keep your eyes peeled! (a very gross visual expression btw! ha!)

 can i tell you how much i ADORE these 3 prints!  they are so precious and vintage and i love the colors! bought all 3 at a church consignment sale for $12! i bought them right after we sold our first house and were living w/my parents before moving to NC.  in my head it was impractical to buy something i couldn’t use right away, but i loved them so much so i bought them and stored them away for over a year, and when i finally pulled them out of storage, i was so thankful i listened to my “impractical” gut at the time.  and it’s funny b/c bailey always loves looking at the little girl in the pictures and wanting to know about her “why is she in time out?”…….”what is her dog’s name?”….ha ha!

 toy wall.  we had a “playroom” so most were in there, but we kept her dollhouse and storage bin for random toys in her room

 starting the tradition…….using the hospital flowers i got when bailey was born and making her name out of them

 little nook behind the door to her room.  coat hanger w/extra shelves for do-dads and things like that

 when we moved in all the closets had these dark bifold doors.  thought of painting them, but then decided it would be more fun to get pretty curtains to use instead.  i think it really made things feel more open and flowy

 mirrored butterfly stickers i got at TJMaxx for about $10.  they were cute.  however when i had to take them down when we were moving, they totally ripped part of the wall off. oops!  i love the way they look, but not the damaging effects, so not sure i’d use them again

 originally i had a beautiful, long white dresser in bailey’s room.  but i wanted to have more floor space b/c the room was kind of small.  so we sold that one craigslist and found this one on craigslist for only $60.  solid wood, Bassett brand- woohoo!  this was one of the pieces i kept meaning to paint a fun color…..pink maybe?

 bailey’s handprints and footprints from when she was a baby.  i can’t believe she was ever that small!!!

 her little art corner where she’d color and draw a lot.  my mom got her this table and chair set.  again – think i’ll get 2 more chairs and paint them one day

 bookcase i got for free from a former co-worker who was throwing it away from her classroom.  just needs a fresh coat of paint!  and dang- when did bailey ever have that few of books??? usually it was jam packed- maybe this was right after a spring cleaning session?  

 i just like this picture of her window curtain.  just simple and white with little dots.  it did use to be floor length, but i didn’t like that and since i can’t sew I used this tutorial and made them shorter

last pic! all the ceilings in the bedrooms had these weird, funky designs.  bailey got the “flower” room.  probably my favorite!

Well that it is for B’s room!  Gonna try to go through and post pics of each room in the house before we move into our new one and this one gets lost in my memory forever!  Just a couple weeks of downtime while we live in a furnished rental cabin and then the chaos begins and we move again (hopefully for the last time for at least a decade!) into our 3rd (and final?) home!

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