Emberly's Princess Pink Room

Well this post has been a long time coming....

Let me just start by saying that I've already "finished" her room once. Oh, and then we moved. Her room was complete longer before she was born than after. I was just about done 3-4 months before she was born. And she only got to enjoy it for 2.5 months before we moved! Crazy how life happens!

So when we moved into our new house, it just fell by the wayside. I was really adamant to get Luke's room painted immediately. I finished his blue walls and ceiling before the moving truck showed up. Since he's at an age where "consistency is key" and the 5 months before we bought this house was about as inconsistent as it could get, getting those blue walls done was at the top of my list. Like so high up that after we snagged the house keys at closing our first stop was at the paint desk at Home Depot.

I actually planned to have both their rooms painted that weekend. But it was a lot more work than I originally thought. His room took 2 gallons (I originally bought 1) and I just didn't have enough hours to get her room done.

So it sat.
And sat. I started painting her room but then it stalled. And then I'd make it a really high priority- and then I'd stall again. For MONTHS. I would get frustrated because I only had 1 hour blocks of time here and there and there's not much you can get done in an hour.

This pink is called Powdered Blush by Behr. I LOVE Behr paint and I made a fatal mistake in her old room by going with Sherwin William's paint. You can read that saga here.
The gray is Gentle Rain- also by Behr. This is a GREAT gray! To me is doesn't read blue, purple or green- just true gray. 
Then I'd have to clean up and make the room "baby proof" again, only to pull everything out a week later and not get much done again. And then 6 months passed. I finally decided that the thing holding me back was the light. I was SO SICK OF THE BOOB LIGHT in there. It was dark and made the whole space feel tight. On our recent trip to IKEA I decided that enough was enough. Josh and I had agreed on a chandelier and had looked for one second hand. But we never found one under $50 and since IKEA's chandy was $40 we figured there was no reason to buy used if we could get a new one for less. So it was the light that put the fire under me to finish! 

And now that I've rambled on and on...
Not only was the light holding me back but so were the curtains. Since our ceilings are 9 feet (12 inches higher than our old house) I had some major issues with the length. BUT I actually had never hemmed the curtains from before so I just had to decide what I wanted to do. I do have 1 extra curtain panel (since her old room had 2 windows) but I just couldn't pull the trigger on adding them to the bottom. So a 40% off deal at Hobby Lobby landed this gray fabric in my cart. I didn't want the gray super ruffle-y, but I did want it more ruffle-y than not- if that makes sense. (see the princess in the corner enjoying her room?)
Also I decided to paint this ceiling pink (like I painted Luke's blue in his room). The rest of the house is a neutral tan and the ceilings are the same color as the walls and I really like how big it makes the spaces feel. In my experience white ceilings (with colored walls) almost put a "cap" on rooms and the same color just makes it feel SO high!

Next up- the light. I couldn't be happier with it. It gives off the perfect amount of light for this space. I made sure that Josh hung it high enough so he could walk under it without hitting his head. It's simply EXACTLY WHAT I ENVISIONED!

I love the design it shadows on the ceiling...
And I covered the cord with some scrap fabric and hot glue. Easy peasy.
The other wall is a work in progress. I love building collages and I like making them "add-able" so I can slowly add things over time as I see fit.

The funny thing? I didn't intend for this wall to make "stairs". But it does and I'm kind liking it! I  intend to hang something over the pink E but I wanted to wait for something special and it wasn't until I stepped back after it was all hung did I realize it did this. Love it.



Her changing table wall (which lives between the entrance to her room and the closet) is pretty straightforward. I had some nasty holes to spackle because of a shelf that the previous owners left. Although my "eye" thinks the vinyl should be over the canvas, the practicality of a 15 month of reaching for everything makes it better up there.

Also I've mentioned before that the cream trim in this house KILLS me. I love bright white trim. But since I just finished painting all our trim in our old house last year I wasn't about to start it again here. Oyyyy. It's really obvious how cream it is next to her white dresser. But the previous owners had this entire house professionally painted before we moved in and it just seems increasingly unnecessary to paint trim that was just painted. In 5 years when it all needs to be touched up, it WILL be white!
Her toy corner is perfect. Since the kids have a playroom, lots of toys in their room isn't really necessary.


I love how dark the curtains make the room for naps. That was another thing holding me up. We had blankets held up with thumb tacks for 5 months. But I finally broke down and bought room darkening curtains to hang behind the curtains I made.


They are tan simply because I couldn't find gray. And whenever we repurpose them I figure they are a good neutral color. I hung them directly behind the curtains on the same clips as the pink/gray curtains. For the most part they are totally concealed. This room gets direct western sun so not only for sunlight were they vital but also to keep the heat out.
Her crib wall is still plain. I had a lot of nail holes to touch up when we moved her crib to this wall (it had originally been on the collage wall when she didn't sleep at night). Living in a townhouse I wanted her screaming self to be on our bedroom wall and not the neighbors. She's a LOUD crier ;)

I have a few ideas that I am tossing around... so I will be sure to update when that happens. But I am VERY pleased with the outcome of this space! It's so girly and happy that I just smile when I'm putting her to bed. Of course now that she's actually sleeping at night it's a lot easier to be a peace when putting her to sleep!

Next up? The kid's bathroom! I promised Josh I wouldn't start another room until this one was finished so I'm excited to get going!

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