Little Girl Glam

Have you been itching to do a bedroom makeover for a little girl, but can’t make up your mind which direction to go?  Pink and aqua? Coral and gray? Paint or vinyl? Stripes or flowers?

I say YES. Do it all. See also: What the heck, why not, YOLO.

It might turn out as adorably as this makeover from Kiki at Kiki and Company

kiki bedroom before

kiki bedroom after


It’s got it all! From the stripes to the flower decals to the vibrant color scheme and painted furniture, this room is little girl heaven.


kiki bedroom makeover before

kiki bedroom makeover after

I love how she used extra large pieces for the gallery wall, anything smaller would have gotten lost trying to compete with the big flower decals on the adjacent wall.  I also love how it manages to be both bold and serene at the same time. Probably because if you look close, there is a sweet sleeping baby in the crib!

And being so nice and tidy helps too. There is zero clutter to be seen. My daughter is a major pack-rat and can hardly bear to part with even the smallest scraps of paper, so her room is a constant disaster. I have to sneakily throw things away all the time. Yet somehow she ALWAYS catches me, like “MOM!! Why did you throw this away???” as she tearfully produces an expired pizza coupon that I had stuffed inside an empty milk jug, which was inside a garbage bag, which was inside a larger garbage bag. It’s her sixth sense, I swear.


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It’s your LACKy day.

Ahh, the Ikea LACK. The humble little table that lacks pretentiousness, expensiveness and another word that ends with -ess (for the purpose of finishing this sentence). Heaviness? Tell me if you think of a good one.

Anyway! The LACK can’t be beat. It’s a sturdy little side table that costs somewhere around $10 if I’m not mistaken, and can be customized as many ways as you can imagine.  Today, let’s look at a few customization that would thrill the little Lego-lover in your life.


ikea lack table beforelego lack makeover 2

Kim topped her LACK hack off with edge to edge lego plates, and added a hanging bar and containers (also from Ikea) to the side for easy storage. Because a lonely Lego is an evil Lego. Any barefoot parent would agree.


lego lack makeover after

Jill shrunk her Lego plate footprint to leave more room for a road. How cute. My little guy would probably zoom his cars around and around that thing until he passed out. See it on her blog Meet the Dubiens.


If you’ve got more than one kid, or more than one LACK, here’s a great idea from Zografia at Bisozozo.

lack play table makeover

Combine two to make one extra-long play table! Shoot, with how inexpensive they are, you could make a 25 foot long play table if you really wanted to. Please invite me over if you do, because I want to see that.


And for the kid more into tea parties and art projects than race cars and Legos, here’s a stunning little Ikea play table by Gemma.

Aqua and Flower Ikea Kid Table Before

Aqua and Flower Ikea Kid Table

She used a tiny piece of wallpaper to cover this tabletop, and then painted the chair to match. Aren’t the colors great? If you wanted to do something similar, don’t go buying a whole roll of wallpaper. You can order wallpaper samples, which are often very close to this size. But I could be wrong, and maybe they only send samples in 3×5″ sizes now, because you know how people like to work the sample system. Just like how they only give out 1/4 of a meatball at Costco now, instead of the whole ball. Just like a friend I once had who instead of ordering lemonade at restaurants, would order water and a bowl of lemons (complimentary) and then make her own at the table with packets of sugar. Some people.

Anyway! See exactly where Gemma got this wallpaper and more at The Sweetest Digs.

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Nursery Schooled

Now that I have four kids, there are a lot of things I wish I could go back and tell myself when we had our first child.

One of them is: don’t waste any time or money on a diaper genie. Gross. A diaper genie, if you don’t know, is a little apparatus for disposing of dirty diapers. Only you don’t really dispose of them until it gets full and you have like 40 diapers sealed and stuffed inside. I dutifully used the diaper genie all throughout my firstborn child’s diaperhood and then finally wised up to how nasty the whole thing was.

Another one is: don’t waste money on a beautiful crib set. Blanket, sheets, crib bumper, skirt, the whole bit. I understand the appeal. There are so many super cute sets out there, and you want your baby’s crib to be 100% adorable. Here’s the thing. Your baby will DESTROY it. He will poop, peep, barf, drool, stomp, jump, and chew on it. By the time your kid is 10 months old, it will look like you’ve been keeping a billy goat in there.

Another thing I’d like to tell my new-mom self it this: “Look hun. Just because you are young and broke doesn’t mean you and your baby have to settle for particle-board furniture you found in the clearance aisle of a going-out-of-business K-mart. Head on down to the thrift-store, pick up some solid wood furniture, and PAINT IT!”


But Tara was already hip to this fact that I wish I knew 13 years ago. She saved big on her nursery furniture by using this old set that her husband still had from his childhood. It didn’t quite fit into her ‘white, gray, and pink’ motif, but …

White Nursery Furniture Before


White Nursery Furniture

… that’s what paint is for! Stylish, sweet and sentimental, and perfect for a new baby girl.  See it at Spot of Tea Designs.


Do you have any advice you’d love to go back and give yourself? Tell me tell me!

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Play on.

Some people are lucky enough to have ‘play rooms’ in their homes. It’s a great idea in theory. Keep all the toys and games and books in one place! The kids will adore it! They’ll play in there non-stop, then neatly put everything away in its color-coded bin when they’re done!

Reality … not so much. Most of the play rooms I’ve seen are more aptly described as an ankle-deep toy stew of Barbie shoes and broken crayons, where moms are quick to close the door, and kids hardly ever venture in.

But those dreamy play rooms of our dreams really do exist. I have proof. Behold:


Pink and White Play Room 1

Pink and White Play Room Before 1

Is this real life? Is this just fantasy?

No, it really is real life, and it belongs to Jennifer at Dear Lillie.


Pink and White Play Room

Pink and White Play Room Before

A few weeks ago we gazed lustfully at her kitchen and dining room makeover, and I joked about moving in, but now I’m wondering if she would be cool with just adopting me.

I promise I’ll just stay up here playing the tiny pink piano, not bothering a soul. Think about it Jennifer.

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