Today we’re kicking off another project—but this time it’s at our own house, and it’s one that all three of us have been looking forward to for months!
Esmé’s big girl room!
With only six weeks to go before baby boy’s arrival, we’re going to have to spend most of it focusing on this room to get it done in time. We want to make it extra special for our girl, so this isn’t a quick and easy makeover, but I think it will be well worth it in the end.
This is one of two bedrooms upstairs, and measures 10’6″ x 12’3″.
We’ve used it as a temporary office, spare guest room, and overflow storage.
The room has a modest footprint with an interesting(?) ceiling line, but it gets a ton of natural light from those nice large windows. And the best views in the house to watch summer thunderstorms! 🙂
If I could only design one kind of room forever, it would have to be kids rooms. Where else can you have this much fun bringing a creative vision to life?
The vision for this room is collected cottage, with muted earthy pastels, subtle woodland motif and a Scandinavian feel. I came across a photo a while back that kicked off the inspiration…
I immediately fell in love with the built-in bed storage, play cave with arched entrance, and shiplap cladding. The built-in bed will look more like this example below, with two large drawers underneath, additional storage on the left with an open bookshelf up to the ceiling:
This example below captures the feeling of the overall design—whimsical woodland wallpaper, soft earth tones (love that sage green!), plenty of storage and pattern play.
With the unique layout of our room, I wasn’t able to find any examples online of exactly what I had pictured, so you’ll have to use your imagination on this one!
The big feature of this room will be the custom built-in bed with storage and loft/play cave area. Here’s the layout I landed on:
The main considerations for this design were maximizing the footprint with ample storage, configuring different zones/play areas, and a creating space that would grow with her over the years (all within a six week timeline and reasonable budget!)
Here’s the design board:
I haven’t finalized most of the shopping list, but these are the current front-runners. Tap to shop my finds:
There’s actually only one thing we’ve decided on and ordered for the space, and arguably the most important—the wallpaper! After a long search, I narrowed it down to these options:
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
Option 1 was what caught my eye initially, but I kept searching and ended up with several more. I wanted to give Esmé plenty of choices! When I presented them to her, she immediately chose Option 2 (Bygga Bo)—without hesitation.
After seeing them in person, my personal favorites were 1, 2 and 4. Esmé and I placed them around the room just to be sure…
I would have been happy with any of these, but I am most drawn the color palette of the Bygga Bo. The woodland village motif is so charming and I think it’s something that can grow with her throughout her childhood. Our girl is obsessed with storybooks and fairy tales so it really suits her. She knows what she wants!
With a general idea of the built-ins sorted out, it was time to get to building! The night before, we taped out the footprint to get a visual…
There won’t be a dedicated tutorial for this build as it’s completely customized to fit our room, and Lucas just made it up as he went. I’ll share the general steps so far to give you an idea of the construction. First up: the bed platform:
Next, framing the cave/loft area:
I haven’t quite decided what will go inside the cave area—any ideas?
Lucas built the arched opening and installed it with Esmé’s help. She’s a natural like her daddy!
The bed and loft platforms were cut down (using 3/4″ MDF) and lower left cabinet added:
And that’s how it looks as of now! Over the next few days, Lucas will build and install the bookshelf, drawers, and finish framing the loft. I have a long list of to-do’s including choosing paint colors and sourcing/ordering everything. It’s our full-time job right now, but worth every minute to see her light up.
There won’t be another blog post before the reveal, but you can check out our progress on my Instagram stories over the next several weeks!
In between our to-do list for this room, we still need to make time to finish the Hacienda Hideaway bathrooms. We’re in the final stretch for both, and I’m aiming to have back to back reveals on the blog in the next few weeks. Wish us luck (and lots of energy!)
I just came to say that we painted our home last summer with Oyster White, I chose it based off of the idea it would go well with my red bricked accent wall (which is does). I’ve now learned of staining brick and am now in search of a coordinating color to spruce it up. If you have a suggestion that would be amazing. Is your stone stained? Or is that natural?
I really came here though to say that we have a daughter named Esme as well. And we have yet to meet or hear of another Esme. What are the chances we both go with Oyster White, and both have Esme’s? Amazing.
Thanks for sharing your home and design advice.
Just twinkle lights and imagination to fill the cave.
It can have lots of different ingredients over the years.
Love the ideas. Love the wallpaper. I can’t wait to see it .
I have the same inspo photos that you posted! Love the Gainseville wallpaper for design and color palette. The room will be magical!
I thought a wall of string lights in the cave would look great. Will there be a ceiling in the cave? If so maybe a cute overhead light. And a couple of pillow seats to sit on to play or read. A basket for several throws and maybe a pillow for napping. Just in case. 👧💤. I can’t wait to see the finished room. I know it will be gorgeous.
Do you happen to know what the current colors of the walls and trim are?
Jenna Sue says
Hi, they’re SW Alabaster and Accessible Beige.
That’s honestly an adult room of my dreams! Fun and playful without being childish. I can’t wait to see the reveal and good luck with the remainder of pregnancy!
Jenna Sue says
Mine too! I hope she lets me hang out with her up there 😀
What a lucky girl Esmé is! Your ideas are lovely as usual. The only thing I’m iffy about is the gold duvet cover. It’s the thing that jumped out at me when I first looked at your picture and I would rather focus on all the lovely other things. I won’t suggest an alternate choice cause you’re way better than me at decorating. I also commented because you said you were still contemplating some items. Can’t wait to see the finished room and I’m quite sure you’ll prove me wrong!
Michele M. says
Oh that is going to be SO awesome!!!! What a GREAT idea! (What a growing fast sweet girl, too!)
Best of luck. Can’t wait till the reveal!!!