Rooney's big girl room


Welcome to Rooney's room! This space has changed a lot over the years as we transitioned it from a nursery to a big girl room. Where there used to be a crib is now a school desk, and where there used to be a diaper changing station is now a twin-size bed. It really is crazy how time flies.

Her room is probably my favorite room in our entire house. Of course, I love the bright white walls, and it's also got a lot of pops of color and personality. Finch loves it too - we often find him sneaking in here to jump on the bed or find markers he's not supposed to have.


The wicker headboard was mine growing up that we spray-painted pink. I remember tracing my fingers on it while trying to fall asleep at night, and now I see Rooney doing the same thing as I tuck her into bed. Combine that with her "reading" Love You Forever to us before bed and I'm usually fighting back tears.


Speaking of bedtime, we are still doing sticker charts with her (pictured above). She has one for morning and one for bedtime. I'm pleasantly surprised they have been working well for seven months and counting!


The patches on the wall represent all of the states she has visited. (I stole this idea from Janette.) I'm excited to get more patches as souvenirs when we take family trips. I kind of stretched when I got the D.C. one - Rooney has only been there in my tummy. On that trip, Eric and I purchased 12 dresser knobs for her IKEA dresser. They certainly weighed down my luggage on the flight back, but they are still one of my favorite parts of her room!


I have an R problem - I am fully aware. There are like 15 Rs in her room. I think it's a cool-looking letter and a fun, easy way to personalize her room even though she has a unique name. I've gotten these all over - Anthropologie, Hobby Lobby, Etsy, Urban Outfitters, Target, Pottery Barn Kids, and The Land of Nod. There are so many more that I want. How many is too many? Should I just go ahead and fill the whole wall???


We use her light box to display fun messages and, most recently, for sight words. She is learning to read!


Rooney is an artist - she loves to paint, cut, glue, draw, color, write, take photos, etc. At one point, she was really into making crowns that she would wear as she performed songs for us (each crown had a different song, it was very elaborate). We knew she needed her own space to get crafty that wasn't our kitchen table, so we got her this desk from our local Goodwill. She loves opening and closing the lid, of course! Hanging her own artwork on the walls using washi tape has been an easy way to decorate and also celebrate her artistry.


I'm not sure what's next for her room. I have thought about painting it a light light light pink. I also think she'd love a wall calendar, as she is learning about different months and seasons. She is certainly getting her own ideas of what she wants her room to look like, so I want to try to step back and let her lead. More than anything, I want her to love being in this space. 


Just for fun, I asked her a few questions about her room:

What's your favorite thing about your room? My pictures that I made

If you could paint the walls any color, what would you pick? Dark purple

If you could paint the door any color, what color would you choose? Gold

Is there anything about your room you don't like? I do not like when it's cold outside.

Does your room get cold when it's cold outside? No, I just don't like it.

So there you have it.



Nightstand: c/o The Land of Nod
Book Display: c/o Kohl's
Headboard/Bed: vintage
Comforter: The Company Store
Desk: Goodwill
Chair: The Land of Nod
Dresser: IKEA
Dresser knobs: Anthropologie
Rs: Anthropologie, Etsy, Target, Pottery Barn KidsThe Land of Nod
Twig colored pencils: similar
Alarm clock: Amazon
Laundry basket: Tubtrugs
Patches: Etsy
Mirror: Target
Girl face vase: Target
Rooney sticker: Amazon
Bedskirt: Target
Light box: Typo (similar cheaper)
Dresser organizer: Boon
Wallflowers: Etsy (no longer available)