The BIG GIRL Room Reveal {all princesses welcome}

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As promised, I am back to blogging after a break to migrate my blog from Blogger to WordPress {more on that here}!  I hope you enjoy my new blog design and find it easier to navigate.  I am pleased with how it turned out.  I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all of my returning readers!  If you are new, thank you for being here.  I hope you stay for a while.

As some of you already know, my twin girls turned 3 just a few days after Christmas.  Our “big” present to them was their big girl room.  Now, let me tell you that I was NOT a girly girl.  I just wasn’t.  Perhaps it’s because my big brother was only 16 months older than me and I did whatever he did.  In any event, it seems I gave birth to two VERY GIRLY girls.  They love all things princess.

Generally, I am not one for “theme” rooms.  If you had told me a year ago that I would design a princess room for them, I would have laughed in your face.  But, it occurred me that that my girls should love their room, so that meant incorporating some princess things.  I set out to do it in a tasteful way and I hope I succeeded.  Without further adieu, let me share with you the reveal!

Ahhhh, I LOVE it!   Let’s review what I did to make this room in my head come to life.  First, you should see what this boring box of a room looked like before I began.

Spare bedroom 1

Can you say BORING and BEIGE?!  Plus, the bedroom has this awkward bump out {which houses our chimney}, creating an even more awkward niche in the left corner.

We started by picking out the bedding.  NEVER pick your paint color first.  Trust me, I could tell you lots of disaster stories about doing that.  The only princess bedding I could find that I liked is the Grace sheeting made by Pottery Barn Kids.  EXPENSIVE.  The duvet covers alone were $129 each.  I don’t think so.  The funny thing is that I actually preferred the sheets to the duvet covers themselves, so I ordered two sheet sets for $50 each {I got them on sale}, as well as two flat twin sheets from Macy’s for $9.00 each and made my own duvet covers {which will be the subject of an upcoming post}.  By using one flat sheet from each set on the top and one of the inexpensive Macy’s sheets on the bottom, I had the duvet covers I wanted!  Plus, I also had a pillowcase and fitted sheet for each daughter.  I did not want to use flat sheets under their duvets because in my experience kids get twisted up in them.  In short, for $120.00 I had two complete bedding sets.  Not too shabby.

I used two additional flat sheets from Macy’s to make the girls’ no-sew, tailored bed skirts {check out that tutorial here}.  I also purchased two plain white, ruffled shams from Bed Bath and Beyond for $15.00 each with a gift card that I had on hand.  But you can find a MUCH better deal on them on Amazon: Fresh Ideas Ruffled Poplin Sham 2 Pack King, White {affiliate link*}. I then personalized them with my girls’ names and some ric rac trim {check out that tutorial here}.  I made the wide-striped pillows with $2.00 kitchen towels from Ikea {you can find the tutorial here}.  Finally, we made the DIY upholstered headboards ourselves {the DIY headboard tutorial can be found here}.

After picking the bedding, we decided to paint the room a very, very light shade of green.  Picture the color of real key lime pie {not the scary fake stuff that is mint green}.  We also repainted the trim to freshen the white up a bit.  With a neutral green base {yes, green can be neutral}, we set the space up for pops of color :)

I had some old DREAM wall letters that were gold {and outdated}, but I am glad I held on to them.  I reinvented them with paint and used them as the 3D portion of the Cinderella wall quote—“A dream is a wish your heart makes.”  If you have seen the movie recently, that song is probably now going to be stuck in your head all day.  Sorry!  I made the remaining wall decals myself.  A detailed tutorial on how to create your own washi tape wall decals can be found by clicking HERE.  I LOVE how it turned out.  I also love how the shelves that Joe built to fill that awkward niche turned out {the DIY floating shelves tutorial can be found here}.  It’s funny how much I hated that niche before and how much I love it now.

We re-used their existing chests of drawers and bookshelves that sit atop them, but I did add some hand-painted details to them for their new room.  The full tutorial for how I created these custom looking pieces with basic Ikea furniture, paint and some imagination, click HERE.



Every princess room needs a chandelier, right?!  So, we hung a lovely chandelier that was previously used in their nursery.  We also placed a sweet lamp with a smocked lamp shade on the little table in between their beds {which was made by my maternal grandfather decades ago–I simply painted it blue}.  We also hung some Ikea picture ledges to add some interest to the wall opposite the wall quote.  I am still in the process of accessorizing those ledges.

Finally, I made some princess silhouette art for my little princesses.  These were SO easy and inexpensive.  Details coming soon, so be sure to check back.

So….what do you think?!  Do you love it as much as me and my little princesses do?

A tasteful princess, shared girls' room by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body {}

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  1. Sonya says

    I just found your blog today (courtesy of pinterest) and love it! I’m also a twin mom in NC, my girls turned two back on Nov. 29. They’re in toddler beds now, but of course that leads to figuring out what to do for bigger beds/room re-do in the nearing (too fast) future. So, thank you for sharing your tutorials, especially for the headboards!

    • says

      Hi Sonya! Thanks so much for your sweet comment. I hope you have subscribed so that you receive updates on future posts. Aren’t twin girls FUN?! The time does fly by way too quickly. I still can’t quite believe my girls are out of diapers and cribs :( So glad you enjoyed the headboard tutorial. I hope you have as much fun planning their big girl rooms as I did! Nice “meeting” you!

  2. Kathryn says

    Tasha, The girls room is really beautiful. I love how you mix the old with the new and I think the green paint choice is more soothing then a pink would be. You have some really different ideas.

  3. Katie says

    LOVE your ideas and blog!! Just learned about it! I was wondering where you found your chandelier? No you live in NC?

    • says

      Thanks so much, Katie. Yep, I am a proud resident of the great state of NC :) The chandelier was a gift given to us before my girls were born. I believe it was purchased from Pottery Barn Kids. I hope that helps!

  4. says

    It makes me so happy you make this room look so amazing! It gives me hope to do my little girls room! I love how you made that awkward wall the focal point, and the shelves are awesome! I love it all!! Don’t for get to add our feature button from the wowza weekend link party! I can’t wait for all the tutorials!


  5. says

    What a beautiful room! If only I had seen this while my girls were still in their princess phase. Now at 7 & 9 they are starting to grow out of if ;( And now I totally have that song stuck in my head.

  6. says

    I found your blog on Pinterest. I have to say this is the cutest Princess room I have seen that isn’t over the top commercial Disney. I love it! So excited to explore your blog! So creative! Happy 2014!

    • says

      Hi Tracey! I am beyond flattered that you like my girls’ princess room so much {and that you agree it is not over-the-top}! So, so, so glad you stopped by. I hope you will be back often!

  7. says

    Beautiful!! And love their names, different and adorable. I’m pinning this project on our talent board! Thanks for sharing on DIY Sunday Showcase!


    • says

      Hi Shelly! Thanks so much for your sweet comment AND for the pin! I appreciate it! And thanks for the compliment on my girls’ names :)


  1. […] made beautiful upholstered headboards for our twin girls’ room a little over a year ago.  If you have not seen it already, can check out their “big girl” room reveal here.  The beds are the focal point of the room and they were so affordable!  Now, read on to learn […]

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