Big Girl Room Updates and Mood Board

Less than 9 weeks to go until baby is here and we are slowly, but surely getting our act together. Work on Eleanor’s big girl room has begun. If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you already knew that. We still have lots to do. What has me the most worried is that Eleanor will be moving to a big girl bed. New room, big girl bed and she will be upstairs. All that is to be quickly followed by a new baby! Lots of changes for her and she is little miss independent so I am crossing my fingers this goes easy peasy. We put Quinn in a big boy bed around this age. He made the move, because he was so stinking tall the crib rails were hitting him at his hips. The transition was beyond easy, but how spoiled can one mom be?

Let me remind you that this room had somehow become a junk room. Most people have a junk drawer, we had a junk room! I kid you not. The stuff that didn’t make the cut from Quinn’s room ended up in there, the stuff that got moved out of a closet for my craft stuff (pre-craft room in basement) ended up in there. Truly, there is no explanation…it just happened. Check out Eleanor, crazy hair and all, jamming on the drums in the junk room. That pile of junk fills filled the ENTIRE room

Junk Room Before #biggirlroom

Literally, the entire room looked like that. So in case you are wondering why it took us so long to get to Eleanor’s big girl room, it was that mess! It was so overwhelming we just never started. Then one day I snapped. I told Ross anything you pick up needs a decision made. So we sat in that room and sorted. Tons got thrown out, lots got donated and some was relocated to more appropriate places. The drums now live in the basement in the kid’s play area. Once the room was cleaned out, this is what we were working with.

Before #biggirlroom

The long and tedious work of priming.

Walls Primed- Progress #biggirlroom

Tearing up carpeting.

Tearing up the Carpeting #biggirlroom

Painting trim (3 coats)

Priming Trim #biggirlroom

And finally walls! Here is a fun before and after.

Before #biggirlroom

Benjamin Moore Wild Aster #biggirlroom

From another angle.

Before #biggirlroom

Progress #biggirlroom

The carpet squares have arrived! That is what those boxes are. Here is a sneak peek.

Carpet Squares #biggirlroom

I should add that I really didn’t want to have to spend money on carpeting, but it was in pretty rough shape. Cat had locked herself in there while we were away once and managed to scratch a might big hole in the carpet by the doorway. She even exposed the carpet tack strips (dangerous!). Carpet squares were an affordable option, with no hidden costs that we could DIY. The biggest selling point was that the next time there is damage we are out a carpet square or two, not the whole carpet.

The part of Eleanor’s room I am most excited about is her reading nook. Since she doesn’t really use her closet to hang clothes, we decided to turn into a fun space for her. This is what the closet looked like.

Closet Before #biggirlroom

This is what it looks like now. By the way, the paint color is Benjamin Moore Wild Aster. It is a very soft, mature pink.

Closet Progress #biggirlroom

And here is a little mood board for the space.

Closet to Reading Nook Mood Board #biggirlroom

I think she is going to absolutely love her reading nook and I am so excited to get that room together and let her explore it.


1. This is a ruffled shower curtain we will be hanging in lieu of a closet door. I found it at Urban Outfitters (on sale). I originally planned on using it as her drapes by cutting it in half. It was the right height/length and all. That was before I fell in love with these drapes at World Market. I was going to return in, but then the reading nook idea developed and I knew it would be the perfect whimsical touch for my little girl.

2. I have picked up some cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby and some paper from World Market that matches the drapes (score). One day very soon I will bust out the exacto and the Spray Adhesive and rock those letters out.

3. Reading nook necessity- book storage. We are going to use gutter bookshelves just like we did in Quinn’s room. Cheap and totally customizable.

4. This is the Herringbone Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. I really wanted something that would define the space and make it fun. I fell in love with this stencil. I had so much success stenciling my drapes and my roman shade that I decided to give it another go. Next week when I reveal this little reading nook I will also be hosting a Cutting Edge Stencils Giveaway so be sure to check that out :).

5. A cushy place to read. This floor cushion is a Pier 1 Imports find.

6. I fell in love with these pillows at World Market when I was there getting the drapes. I loved the way they popped against the drapes. They aren’t quite red or pink and I just think the color is fantastic.

7. Lucky for me World Market had napkins that match the drapes. So I did what any self-respecting DIY’er would do and decided those napkins could become throw pillows. Pillow have yet to be made. Add it to the list.


As soon as we get Eleanor moved into her big girl room we are going to have to start creating the robot nursery I envision for baby boy. So much to do and so little time to do it in. I didn’t want to leave you all hanging while we are working on the room. The journey is half the fun, right? If you would love to keep up in real time, join me on Instagram (balancinghome) or Facebook. You can find more mood boards and decor ideas here, and if you are new around here don’t forget to check out the house tour.

Anyone else have a junk room? Speaking of junk, I cleaned out the junk drawer today as part of White House, Black Shutters 40 Bags in 40 Days challenge. I will be sharing all my de-crapification, simplifying and organizing on the blog. Any of you take on any challenges lately? Anyone else working on a new space? I would love to hear about it.

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  • Jessyca Booth

    I can’t wait to see how these turn out (especially the nursery – but I’m biased!)

    • Megan Bray

      I can’t wait to see how it turns out too! I hope we can pull it off.

  • Brianna

    cute. can’t wait until it’s finished and i can’t wait to see what E thinks.

    • Megan Bray

      Me too! Hope she likes it. Big changes for my little girl.

  • Jen

    I love it!!! When we moved into our home my husband let my girls pick out their room color purple! Not my fav. I wanted a super light pink almost white, love the color! Can’t wait to see the finished product, and the baby boy nursery!

    • Megan Bray

      Thanks! I can’t wait to see the finished product too. Feels like a long way away. Here is to a productive weekend!

  • Samantha

    Where did you find the paper that matches the Gemma curtains? I’d love to pick some up but can’t find it on World Market’s website and when I asked in the store today they had no idea about it!

    Love everything about the room!

  • Lorie

    Where did you get the carpet squares? All I’ve ever found are industrial carpet squares that aren’t very homey.

    • Megan Bray

      Home Depot. And yes, finding homey ones was hard. Especially on a budget. I had to order them online. When we get them down I will post all the deets about the squares.

  • Bets

    My favorite rooms to see decorated are kid’s rooms, but I have a hard time making decisions about things so my own children’s rooms never got done. I purchased adorable pink wallpaper with these precious bunnies that I had planned to use in our daughter’s room — She’s almost 12 now and I never got around to using them in her room (obviously, it’s too late for the bunnies now). But 4 years ago we had another girl and I was like, YAY! I can use the bunny paper after all. Alas… no bunnies for her either and now it’s too babyish for her. Sigh. But I love living vicariously through your children’s rooms… Keep up the great work, you’re awesome!!

    • Megan Bray

      I guess bunnies just weren’t meant to be ;). Thanks for the kind words, I hope I don’t disappoint.