We asked all of our Nesting with Grace community to submit kids bedrooms that they would like the opportunity for us to makeover. We had an overwhelming response and wish we could do them all. In the end we decided to do this makeover for a 5 year old little girl, Kaia who was diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma. She is undergoing chemo and surgeries and is doing great. We really wanted to brighten her and her family’s day. Kaia was sleeping on a toddler bed and was ready for an official big girl bed! The bed I picked for her can carry her through adulthood!! (I want it!!)
Thank you Walmart for sponsoring this post
Girls Bedroom Before-
My daughter Kaia (just turned 5) was diagnosed in January of 2018 with stage 4 Neuroblastoma. She’s currently still in treatment and she’s doing great!! It’s been an extremely long road of treatment, chemo, surgery and now immunotherapy but she’s a spitfire and the strongest little girl I know! She is currently showing no signs of disease which is amazing!!
Once she was diagnosed, all of our family, loved ones and people in our community started sending her such BEAUTIFUL and THOUGHTFUL gifts, stuffed animals, blankets, trinkets, toys, etc.! As you can see from the photos, her room is at max capacity and we need help desperately organizing it or making the space work for the amount of love gifts she has received. I pretty much remember who gave each gift and at what point of treatment she was in when she received the gift so it’s extremely difficult to part with anything!! If you could help us find a way to maximize storage and keep (most) of her belongings we would be so grateful!
I’d also love for her room to become and inviting place for her to go. She’s been in our bed since diagnosis which is fine by me but it’s time for this sassy 5 year old to retreat to her own space.
Thank you in advance for any consideration. We would love to take part in the room makeover!!
Girls Bedroom After-
We really wanted to create a space that felt like a big cozy hug. A relaxing space. They do have another room where they could put the larger oversized toy house. And believe it or not all the stuffed animals are still in here too!
My starting off point for the design of the room was this daybed! It is VELVET and PINK!!! So in love. I found it online at Walmart, which has affordable and very stylish pieces that can grow with kids, so you aren’t reinventing their bedrooms every couple years. (If bed is sold out check out this page)
The bedding I went with this simple white comforter set. Then added an eclectic pillow mix. This velvet teal pillow was $14 and really looks like it costs more than that! Also this fuzzy pillow and knot pillow add a lot. The other pillows are pillows I gave them from our home.
The artwork was donated by my favorite Lindsay Letters! They tell a story and really reminded me of Kaia. Did you notice the wall color change?? Kevin and I painted all the walls and beadboard in Gray Cashmere from Benjamin Moore. LOVE this color!!! And when we painted the entire wall the same color it really made the space feel bigger.
Another way to finish off a room is with curtains! I used these ruffle curtain panels from Walmart (if those are sold out check out these). And I like to always do a black curtain rod, every room should have a little touch of black, just like eyebrows on a face! I found this rod that looked great in here (if that is sold-out check out this one).
They already had a really nice dresser that we kept in here. And if you look at the photo below they had the art too! I just moved it closer for more of an impact. And I hung the giraffe head I have had for years and gave to them.
We took out the bookcase that was in this room before, with the bigger bed we didn’t have room for it. So I made a bookcase with baskets! We screwed these affordable sturdy fabric baskets into the wall and filled them with stuffed animals and small books. I really like how it adds height to the corner.
Cute kitty basket (or this bunny one is cute) is another spot for book storage. Added a real zz plant to her dresser, don’t be afraid to put plants in your kids rooms! Basically like a fish, teaching them to care for things!
I thought this Long Hair Faux Fur Flip Chair would be such a fun spot for Kaia to cuddle up and read a book! It actually folds out and lays flat too. The back holds the position well, I sat in it and thought it was comfy.
Remember what Kaia’s mom said about the stuffed animals? “Once she was diagnosed, all of our family, loved ones and people in our community starting sending her such BEAUTIFUL and THOUGHTFUL gifts, stuffed animals, blankets, trinkets, toys, etc.! As you can see from the photos, her room is at max capacity and we need help desperately organizing it!”
That beanbag is actually stuffed with all her stuffed animals! She can easily unzip it and play with them or sit on it (or jump:)! Find the storage beanbag chair here (we have large there, or this is another fun idea). This is a great solution to organize all her treasures.
I had picked the rug after I found her velvet pink daybed. I like how this rug has a touch of pink without overwhelming the space. (YES! I always do rug on carpet too! It really pulls the room together, find rug and tips here).
The chandelier was already in the room and it actually works really great with the room now! (find similar here).
Thank you to Kaia and family for letting us be apart of your big girl bedroom! We wish you cozy nights in your fancy bed, and lots of snuggles reading all your great books on your new chair.
Click on an image to find the source–
You guys are simply the best- love your generosity!
Beautiful work and a reflection of you! What did you do with all those stuffed animals? We had the same problem…too many of them! I sold a lot of them in a yard sale but took the favorites and bagged them up. My advice …. do not start collecting things!
Please delete my last post. I just read where the stuffed animals came from. Sorry. Those animals are special and should be kept! Sorry for the comment! Still love your work and generosity!
My kids are age 48 and 41. And my Grandchildren live in Utah
This are nice pictures of nice decor