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lucy & olive’s room

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in blog, family | 34 Comments


Well, it took me long enough…but I finally finished my little makeover of the girls’ room! I’m so excited to share it with you. Just for the record, I started this little project last summer. In August to be exact. Needless to say it has taken me forever…which is why I’m way too excited about it. Let me begin…

Here’s the main things I wanted to achieve in this room:

1. I wanted it to fit their personalities and be pretty, but not pink or princessy.

2. I wanted the girls to be involved in the overall idea, colors and design. (we spent a lot of time on pinterest, obviously.)

3. I wanted a room that could grow with them. While a lot of this is age specific, the main furniture is great for any age.

4. It had to be affordable. Bottom line.

5. We rent, so I had to work with the existing wall color and carpet. Which meant I had to be creative with color.

6. I wanted it to be unique and personal.

All that being said, I love the way it turned out and I’ll kind of break it down and explain everything I did.



I wanted a big main color piece in the room so I made these big tissue poms and hung them up way out of reach! They are so easy to make and it’s tissue paper. So the whole thing maybe cost about $8. My favorite part of the whole room are the beds. I bought the beds at flea markets last summer for $40 each. I did haggle a little to get them to come down on the price of Lucy’s bed. I got Lucy’s bed at the Hampton Expo Flea Market here in Little Rock and Olive’s at a flea market in Cabot. I worked my butt off in August sanding and painting them too. Totally worth it. I let Lucy pick out the color. I just gave her a pile of aqua/turquoise paint swatches and this is what she picked. This girls also loves to sand and help me get the furniture ready.


The dresser is very special to me as it was the first piece I got. It came from my great great Aunt Blanche. My dad stripped it down and repainted it. He did SO much work on it I cannot even imagine! The dresser kind of set the style for the room. I just kind of worked everything around it. I just love that it is super old (I have no idea how old) but still has a life here.


I love silhouettes. I’ve been wanting to do them for quite a while. They were pretty simple. Just used leftover canvas and paint from the beds and fabric scraps.



Like I said, this had to be affordable. I used these free printable alphabet cards from The Handmade Home. Super simple. Super cheap. Super cute.


I love their little kitchen in their room. Their Auntie Ann got them that last Christmas. Cute little cupcake aprons were from my Grammy this year and the table and chairs were a birthday gift from my parents. Thankful for all that stuff we already had that worked so well!


These were my Smurf dishes from when I was little. They are my favorite. And Lucy picked these flowers out especially for the table. She is responsible for the table decor.


I designed these new BabyByrds prints specifically for their room. I just love them! Also, my husband got me a new sewing machine for Christmas…which I LOVE and am so thankful for. This bunting was my first little test project I made with it. And don’t you just love the wood details of this bed? I do.


This is Lucy’s doll I made her a few months ago. They actually still love them a lot…and you can tell by looking at them.


The bedding was the only thing I really splurged on (but it still wasn’t bad). It’s so simple and sweet. I got it from Overstock. And I made the curtains myself. I got the fabric from Hawthorne Threads.


This little bedside table I just adore. Mainly because it is almost identical to the furniture I had growing up. It was $20 at the Hampton Expo Flea Market by our house. I love that place. I may have a problem…I go there way too often.


The lamp I bought for $2 at Goodwill and spray painted it. I made the shade with fabric and a hot glue gun. Turned out so fun! I made the print for the girls because Olive says this every. single. night. Or she will have a meltdown.


This little old baby bed was another flea market find from a few years ago. It just happened to match perfectly.


This is Olive’s bed…hence the little blonde doll.


Olive and I found this blanket at Goodwill for $4 just last week! Seriously, could it be any more perfect?


I made the little fabric flowers from just leftover fabric. They were really easy. I think I’m going to teach the girls how to make them soon.


This room has this perfect little book nook. I have been looking for a shelf for it since we moved in. Again, I found this one last week at our favorite little flea market for only $25…and it fits exactly perfectly right in there! Lucy picked out the yellow (although it was not what I wanted, I let her choose), and I let her paint it. Which was interesting. I covered the back with a vintage sheet and used the left over for the curtains. Interesting tidbit…that elephant pillow was mine when I was a baby. Somebody made it for me, I love it.


Love the scalloped garland. Just some scrapbook paper, a circle punch, and ribbon.


I have always loved this little dollhouse, however, no one ever plays with it. So I put a strand of Christmas lights in it…boom, you have a lamp.


And there you have it! A few things I learned from this whole thing…don’t be afraid of old stuff. Goodwill, Savers and flea markets are the best! You can wash or spray paint anything (except underwear, I would not recommend buying that at Goodwill…or spray painting it either). Also, make things that you are not afraid of your kids tearing up. A lot of my stuff is paper…they will probably eventually tear it up. And I won’t be too upset because it was paper and not an expensive piece of Pottery Barn crap. Let them be a part of the process (if they’re old enough). Lucy helped me paint and decorate and Olive helped me make the bunting and stuff pillows. They love that they got to help. It makes it more special. And you can save a lot if you’re willing to make things yourself. Most of this stuff was extremely simple to make. Anyone can do it!

Hope you enjoyed. The girls, and Max, love it! Come visit and play with us sometime.


  1. Jerusalem Greer
    February 12, 2013

    Oh. My. Word. The best room EVER. Can I move in now? Seriously. I love you. You are amazing. Now I am going to pin every single bit of this. I am dying from the perfect cuteness.

  2. Ann
    February 12, 2013

    Well I officially did not get the awesome genes in our family because you are hoarding them all. I feel like I’ve already failed my non-existent children. It is fabulous. I love it.

    • christen
      February 14, 2013

      Just for the record…you know I am a hoarder so you should have come to expect this 🙂 And also, you make sure my kids dress appropriately. I’ll make sure yours have cool rooms. Deal?

  3. Angela
    February 12, 2013

    Seriously?!! This is amazing. Now you need to start finding pieces for my girl’s room. You are incredibly talented. I’m glad you were able to find everything you wanted to finish up the space! Now really, your children may look a little too angelic in that post.

  4. Angela Passingham
    February 12, 2013

    I am so in love with this room, what lucky little girls…

    We don’t have a very good supply of second hand furniture in the UK but I am always on the look out, lucky you having somewhere on your doorstep.

  5. Natalie
    February 13, 2013

    Have you submitted this to a magazine? Awesome article…way more interesting and doable that half the stuff I read in Country Living or whatever. LOVE IT.

  6. Sandy Collie
    February 13, 2013

    Chrysten YOU are amazing. I love what you have done, and how you have re-used and bargain shopped. You are creative, artistic, amazing in your photography. So glad you posted the process and photos to inspire others.

  7. leslie
    February 13, 2013

    AWESOME!!!!! I´ve been wanting to do something similar for my girls´ room for a while. This definitively got me inspired!! thank you so much!!!!

  8. erika
    February 13, 2013

    can you share the color you used for the beds. turquoise is a hard color for me to pick. too often whatever it is i have painted is the color of a public swimming pool! 🙂 but this particular color you’ve used is soft, but yet cheerful. will you share what it is called/ where you bought it?


    • christen
      February 13, 2013

      Sure! I got it at Lowe’s. It is called Mystic Sea and is Valspar brand. You’re right about finding the right turquoise…it’s tough. This was perfect!

      • erika
        February 13, 2013


  9. Amanda
    February 13, 2013

    Love it!!! Must get a tutorial on the lampshade!

  10. Amara
    February 13, 2013

    “Pottery Barn crap”… bahaha. I love this room, I love you, I love the girls… love, love, love!

  11. Kristi Johnson
    February 14, 2013

    Wow! Your work is fabulous and should be published in a design magazine immediately! Every detail WORKS! Your sweet mama is right…you have found another creative business venture! Your photographs are so sweet. Love the perfect Snow White in the book nook area. I’m impressed and inspired!

  12. Ashley
    February 20, 2013

    Love this room….my inspiration for my big girl room soon. I was wondering, how did you used a sheet to cover the back of the book shelf? I had never seen or heard of that before. We are on a very tight budget and you did it so well working within reason!! Thank you for sharing your adorable girls room!

    • christen
      February 20, 2013

      So glad you love the room! As far as the sheet…it super easy but most importantly it cost me nothing. The shelf had a backing that was just this old crappy piece of paneling or something. It was stapled on. So I just pulled it off, laid it flat on the sheet, pulled it tight around the edges and stapled it to the back all around the edges. Does that make sense? I have a cheap staple gun. Then I just nailed the back back on the shelf. So even if your shelf didn’t come with a back, you could go get a super cheap piece of something at Home Depot and they can cut it for you. Good luck!

      • Ashley
        March 1, 2013

        Thank you so much for the tip! I really appreciate it!

  13. Jadian
    March 17, 2013

    I love this room! Could you please tell me what color you used on the walls? I’m getting ready to paint a room for my new little girls nursery, and this room is my inspiration 🙂

  14. jennifer
    April 21, 2013

    Holy moly! I love this! You did a great job. I really wish I was that good with colors and putting stuff together! Very, Very Awesome! So how do you make the fabric pom pom things on the bed?

    • christen
      April 22, 2013

      Thanks so much!! I really appreciate your comments. The flower poms are really fun to make. I’ve had a few people ask how…so I might try and do a quick tutorial sometime soon!

  15. Rachel
    June 11, 2013

    Omg love it’s a perfect blend of girly nostalgia sweetness not too stuffy or messy but beautifully lived in I heart it more then words so inspired! I just broke down and bought her a lala loopsy quilt but maybe I can just use it at the foot of the bed ;0

  16. Amanda
    June 30, 2013

    This room is so adorably perfect! I’ve got three little ones sharing, and this definitely is the feel I’d love to go for. Thanks for sharing!!!

  17. Rebecca
    July 8, 2013

    I just love this room so much! I’m re-doing my girls’ room right now (they have to share now that baby girl #3 is on her way) and I’m using your room as inspiration. Thank you!! 🙂

  18. Danielle @ 2 Little Superheroes
    August 13, 2013

    Oh my goodness this room is adorable. Makes me want to have a little girl 🙂

  19. Sweet Giggles Boutique
    September 1, 2013

    We really love this room! The decorator did a fabulous job!

  20. Stephanie
    January 8, 2014

    The most precious room. How did you make the fabric flowers on the headboard?

  21. ANA
    April 16, 2014

    congrats on finishing the room – it really is perfect! you scored on those beds and I am so impressed with your creativity! you have inspired me to stop buying more pottery barn stuff and start getting more original! you should make more of those dolls and sell them! I would love to have one!

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  23. Nancy Bowles
    August 11, 2014

    Ditto what everyone else said:) This room is absolute perfection! My 5 year old twin girls share a room and I love seeing bedroom ideas like this. You mentioned that you made the curtains and this is such a small detail to pick out of all the awesomeness in this room but how did you make the curtain tie backs and how are they attached to the wall or window frame? I just got these sweet gingham curtains for the girls room and those tie backs would be perfect! Thanks!

  24. Ashley
    February 11, 2015

    Wondering the color of the walls as well! 🙂 Love this!

  25. Hannah Beth Reid
    July 28, 2015

    Love this fun room! Yay for old stuff…and props to you for following thru on projects to make them beautiful again!
    I’m planning to hang poofs in my daughter’s room, so I enjoyed seeing how you used them here.

  26. Jessi
    August 9, 2015

    Beautiful. Can you share the paint color on the walls?

  27. Sarah F
    July 10, 2016

    Best room ever!! I have only one daughter but love vintage and repurposing. Absolutely lovely!