Putting Matilda's big girl room together has been fun and exciting for both of us. I wanted to highlight her personality and give her a room that was magical but also practical. Matilda is a sweet little girl. She's quiet, shy, and mostly keeps to herself. But, once you get to know her she's a silly, bubbly, and goofy girl. Her happiness is infectious and her demeanor is enchanting. Her big girl bedroom is just like her: quiet and calm with a burst of giggles and sass.
The first part of her room that I want to share is her reading corner. We decided to jump on the Ikea spice rack book shelf wagon and it turned out pretty adorable. I painted the bar with crushed coral paint for a pop of color. I used the crushed coral paint in a few different places in the room, including three of the clouds on her wall. The kids call those "storm clouds" which I thought was funny and cute.
I knew the first shelf I set up had to be dedicated to gardening. Gardening is important to our family and one of Matilda's favorite books is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I recommend purchasing Bear and Bunny Grow Tomatoes if you want to get your kids interested in gardening. It's a fun way to learn how to start a garden and why each step in the process of planting seeds is important.
Since many of you have asked, the cloud are not decals. I used a sponge brush to paint them randomly along one wall behind her bed. I did this by freehand and made a straight line with the square brush from left to right, then made 3-5 swooping motions around and ended back at the beginning of the line. That was difficult to explain so hopefully that makes sense! They are clouds after all, you can just swirl a brush around and call it a cloud. ;)
Below the gardening shelf are some of our favorite night time reads. I'm pretty sure Goodnight Moon is an obligatory book on every child's bookshelf. I remember reading it as a kid and I bet you have some memories as well.
I staggered the shelves to fill the space in the reading corner without making it look too busy or cluttered. It definitely has the cozy and inviting feel that I was going for.
The first shelf on the adjacent wall is the animal shelf. We have lots of books about wildlife so this was the easiest one to fill!
This shelf is filled with books and knickknacks from our favorite hobby: hiking. Matilda's most favorite book is Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? so I had to display it in the front. I adore that book and we read it together often. Matilda wanted to put her Deuter bear on the shelf and I couldn't have found a better place for him!
The last shelf is our multicultural shelf, I suppose. We love to travel with our kids and think it's extremely important for kids to learn a second language in the first five years of life. If you haven't noticed already, many of the books on our shelves are in German because we speak fluent German in our home. I recently went to Scotland and fell in love with the book "There was a Wee Lassie who swallowed a Midgie." I had to bring home a copy and the doll for Matilda. Both the kids think the book is hilarious and we get to learn a little bit about Scotland.
We can't wait to share more about her big girl bedroom. It's been such a joy to put together and I love watching her face light up when she sees each improvement!
~ Mckenzie & Matilda