Go Inside This Bright and Blush Big Girl Room Makeover

Staying true to the playfulness of toddlerhood, the Mini team made over a formerly lilac-shrouded space for an energetic 3-year-old moving out of the nursery and into her first big girl bed in this bright big girl room makeover.

As featured in our NEW winter issue, this space is full of big girl room ideas for those looking to turn up the volume on their Mini’s current digs or if your little one is ready to transition out of the nursery and into their first real bed.


The Before

“This space was missing that punch that you can only get from wallpaper,” said Mini’s Editor in Chief Kate Kirby. “We chose Serena & Lily’s Priano Wallpaper which has these beautiful, sweeping willow branches that really play on the acres of trees seen just outside the bedroom’s window.” Priano Wallpaper in Dusty Pink, $98; serenaandlily.com

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The Placement

Moving everything out of the space to reintroduce a dose of practicality and smooth navigation, the team brought back in a twin sized bed for the toddler, set against a natural seagrass headboard, two mid-century-esque nightstands, and the Lalo Play Table which acts as a sweet, little reading nook. Natural Finish Wood and Water Hyacinth Twin Headboard, $229; homedepot.com

The Accents

It’s important to know that not every kids’ space has to have a theme. “It’s like a wedding- everyone asks what the theme is or what your ‘colors’ are,” says Kirby. “We kind of let this space decide what the accents would be and ended up with these sweet bunnies. First, we chose the handmade knobs for the side tables, then found the bookends, and Hunt Slonem prints. It was one right after the other.”

The Art

We chose a trio of art prints in the same dusty pink shade, including a portrait of Frida Kahlo made from lush florals and foliage. The floral alphabet poster is also a nod to the natural elements found throughout. Alphabet Floral Poster, $22; mushie.com; Frida Kahlo Flower Print, From $35; sistergolden.com

Mini also incorporated a bold, pink cloud print from photographer Kim Genevieve’s Sweet Dreams series. Framed Red Velvet Art Print, $275; kimgenevieve.com

The Nook

By placing a dresser inside of the room’s closet, we were able to carve out a reading nook, anchored by the book ledges and Play Table from Lalo. This is a great space for littles to browse pages and do (clean!) projects. The Play Kit, $250; meetlalo.com

The Organization

“I love using baskets and bins for storage in kids’ rooms,” said Kirby. “It makes it so easy for them to put things away without much direction.” Pom Pom Hamper, $82; Pom Pom Pint, $30; Follow Me Giraffe Printed Pint, $28; shoppehr.com

Soft Shades

Since there are three separate windows in the space, we decided to go with three individual soft Roman shades from Wovn Home. “The way the ivory linen falls at the bottom of the shade is so romantic and really adds to the softness and serenity of the space,” says Kirby. “It can be so tricky to choose shades for kids’ spaces, and oftentimes custom feels out of reach, but I loved how easy this was to choose the fabric, input dimensions, and wait for the custom shades to arrive.” Custom Soft Roman Shades in Ivory Linen, Prices vary, wovnhome.com

The Bedding

After we chose the wallpaper, the dusty pink shade became a way to jazz up the otherwise plain, white bedding. A salmon-colored throw pillow sits ahead of two muted pink printed pillow shams from RH Baby & Child, while the linen tassel throw blanket provides an added textural layer. Washed Organic Linen Paisley Print Sham in Petal, $29; rhbabyandchild.com

The Lighting

“The warm light these bedside sconces put off at night is so magical,” says Kirby. “It’s the perfect amount for reading bedtime stories.” Lanett Swing Arm Plug-In Wall Lamp Set, $129; lampsplus.com

Perfect Pinks

The striped Annie Selke rug in the same dusty pink hue offers more texture underfoot, while happy knit dolls from Cuddle + Kind perch on the bed and play table. Swedish Stripe Woven Cotton Rug, annieselke.com; Hannah the Bunny, Mia the Dog, and Lola the Llama, From $55; cuddleandkind.com

Find more from this Big Girl Room Makeover in our NEW winter issue here or browse our Serene Woodland Nursery Makeover here.