My Girlie's Bedroom




When we moved into our home four and a half years ago our daughter had her own room for the first time since she was four. It is a very tiny room, measuring at 9 feet by 8 feet. After living in the room with a single bed it felt very small. When we started thinking about what we wanted to do in her room, a loft bed was something we thought might be helpful. So I started searching on Kijiji for a loft bed. We found her solid wood loft bed for $150. Since then I have seen the same one on Kijiji for $700-$900. But I didn't love the look and thought it would be really fun to turn it into something that felt like a house. We added trim, an antique window, and panelling. We painted it white and added drawers beside it so we could have a built-in reading nook. By doing the loft bed we gained a bed, a desk, a dresser, and bookshelves all in the same space that her single bed took. The entire bed cost $250 and it made so much practical sense in such a small room. This is the before of the room. It is what it looked like the day we moved in.

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We also planked her ceilings and painted. I really wanted her to have an input in colour but we had very different ideas about what we should do. I compromised and really splurged by telling her she could choose any colour from Farrow and Ball. I knew that any colour from them would still be beautiful. She chose a really rich pink that has purple undertones. Normally I would say I really don't like a colour like this, and honestly I would never pick it myself, but my daughter loves it, and so do I.  We also changed out her light fixture to a beautiful gold chandlier that we got for $25, also on Kijiji.  

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Beside the loft bed we added some more drawers and a little reading nook. The first night we finished the room my middle son slept there. I don't think it was very comfortable then and I am pretty sure he wouldn't fit to sleep there now. It’s a sweet little spot that added some storage and used up otherwise unusable space.

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Up in her bed we bought a Beddy's set. It makes making the bed so much easier, and it is such a high quality product. A little IKEA reading lamp and a picture of the two of us finishes her bed off. 

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On the opposite wall we hung a floor length mirror with some hooks from Anthropologie. We took the door off her closet and hung a vintage chenielle blanket as curtains. It has such amazing texture and I already owned the rest of the hardware. One of my favourite parts of her room is the bird banner. Three and a half years ago my hubby's parents took my husband and me, and my brother- and sister-in-law, to Scotland. It was a once in a lifetime trip. My father-in-law was born in Scotland and still has beautiful family there. We got to see some really cool places that were connected to people we know and love. One of those places was Edinburgh. It was such a cool city and they had so many amazing small businesses with local artists. I found the bird banner in one of these shops and, every time I see it, I think about how generous my Hubby's family is and how Elsie has connections to so many beautiful people and places. 

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It's come a long way from when we first moved in and it has become one of my favourite rooms in the house. I hope you enjoyed seeing the transformation.









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