Eleanor's Room

Eleanor’s New Bedroom

Eleanor’s room is done! She’s a fan.

The pink walls, lighting fixture, and curtains that I made are still in the room from when it used to be my studio. There is a detailed list of sources on a separate page, so do take a look if you’d like to know where something specific came from.

Here’s the vintage dresser from her nursery that we painted pink. I hung a mirror (it’s named the Eleanor Mirror!) above to reflect light from the window on the opposite wall, and the basket on the floor is for Eleanor’s laundry.

To the left of the dresser is a rocking chair and her closet. To the left of that are her bookshelves.

She loves grabbing toys from them.

There are three framed prints above the bookshelves. I made the Que Sera, Sera print in the middle (download it for free here!), and the other two are by The Black Apple and Lulu Dee. The frames are from Target.

I also made the recycled paper banner that hangs above her closet.

There are more toys on the other side of the room, behind the door. The smaller things are in toy boxes, and the larger toys are tucked away in a little alcove.

And then there are the books.

The girl loves to read.

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  • adrienne
    May 26, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Super cute Nicole! She’ll be able to grow into so much too! Timeless :)

  • Sarah K
    May 26, 2011 at 11:51 am

    It’s just perfect.

  • Lauren
    May 26, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I wouldn’t mind living in this room! What a lucky little gal. I love my son’s nursery, but seeing this makes me very excited to one day give him a big boy room that he can play and read books in!

  • Scraps
    May 26, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Such a cute room!

    And I see one of my favorite Little Golden Books on the nightstand: the Poky Little Puppy!

  • Sara
    May 26, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Did you install the closet doors? Are they sliders? If so, where did they come from?

    • Making it Lovely
      May 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      Yes, Brandon and I put those in. They were from Home Depot.

  • Susan
    May 26, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. Need I say more? Nice work there and I like the right amount of girly sweet appeal without being too over the top.

  • liz @ bon temps beignet
    May 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

    yay! I’ve been waiting to see her room complete!

    I love the farmed art and really love the Gabba characters peeking out of the pink basket.

  • amber wallace
    May 26, 2011 at 11:59 am

    What a cutie she is! I love the room! SO fun to see it finished. I wish we had that many places for toys over here. I need an alcove for sure! Lucky girl with a great mama! Good job!

  • Ban Clothing
    May 26, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I love your closet doors. I definitely need to spice up my rolling doors and this is just the solution. The soft pink with the vintage vibe makes for a remarkable lil girls room.

  • Danielle@Newlyweds Paradise
    May 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    After seeing her room, I can’t wait to see August’s room!

    • Making it Lovely
      May 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

      Hopefully next week! I just need to find some time to get some sewing done.

  • Lauren
    May 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Love it…perfect mix of pretty and fun.

    Where did you get the laundry basket and the small yo gabba yabba figurines? Love the closet doors too!

    • Making it Lovely
      May 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm

      Brandon bought them on Amazon. I think these are the ones we have (though I didn’t realize they were so expensive for little plastic figures).

  • Susan/Project Balancing Act
    May 26, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Oooh, Eleanor has Rody the horse! What do you think of it? I’ve had it on a wishlist for a while.

    Love that she’s a book worm!

    • Making it Lovely
      May 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      She’s not all that into it right now. I think it’s so cute, and she has a lot of fun on it, but her love for it seems to come and go.

  • Michelle
    May 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    Love Eleanor’s t-shirt. Where is it from?

  • Stacey Ball
    May 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Where is the book end from that says “The End”?????? MUST HAVE!!!!

  • Cathy
    May 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Absolutely darling and so real, kid friendly and approachable, love it!

  • Stephanie
    May 26, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I love how you’ve added your signature style to this room, but it’s still clearly a child’s space. Everything is nice & neat, yet the room feels like a place she can play. Well done!

  • logan
    May 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Very nicely done! So cute and so girly!

    Where did you get those alphabet train letters? I would like to find some for my son.


  • Diana Smith
    May 26, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    You did an amazing job! It looks perfect and I love all the perfect details that you have. You can tell you really took time on the room and I know Eleanor will love it forever

  • Emma neate
    May 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Lovely! What happened to the marimekko paper you were going to use?

    • Making it Lovely
      May 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      It was a vintage wallpaper, not Marimekko. I decided that I really liked the curtains in the room, and the pattern didn’t work with the wallpaper. Maybe I’ll still do it someday down the line, but I’m not sure.

  • Jen @ RamblingRenovators
    May 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    That first photo says it all. What a great room for Eleanor but also a great reflection of your style – pink does love brown! The white Jenny Lind bed was a perfect choice for the room. I guess this means a studio tour is up next? Can’t wait!

    • Making it Lovely
      May 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      Pink totally loves brown. August’s nursery will be up next… then eventually it’s on to the studio!

  • Chloe's mom
    May 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    She is tooooo cute!! And the room, fabulous. My neice is having her first baby (a boy!) in October, and I’ve shared the monthly photo idea with her. She thought it was brilliant. Thanks for all of your inspiration. Also, love her haircut!!! Such a big girl now….

  • Chloe's mom
    May 26, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    BTW, that dresser is fantastic!!! It reminds of me something that would come to life in Beauty and the Beast! haha

    • Making it Lovely
      May 26, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      It looks like it has a face, doesn’t it?

  • Angela
    May 26, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Oh, my God! I’ve been following your blog for quite some time (since you were pregnant actually) and now I am impressed of how much Eleanor has grown! Wow! How time flies! You’ve done a great job with her room. I especially like the “dresser corner”, so cute! and these flower hangers on the wall…ADORABLE!

  • donaville
    May 26, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    such a dream room :) you did a fabulous job with the furnishings and details (esp. loved the last image to end the tour). and the alcove would make a nice reading nook, too.

    • Making it Lovely
      May 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm

      That alcove is great. Right now it’s a good place to put big toys, but I can see us making it into a little hideaway or reading nook in the future.

  • kesikeno
    May 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Un cuarto precioso!

    Such a nice bedroom!

  • jan
    May 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    wow – so so fun, eleanor must be so happy!

  • Crystal
    May 26, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Such a “neat” and cute little girl’s room!

  • M
    May 26, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    What no closet shots! Please post how you organized her closet! About to do my little girl’s & would love some much needed help & inspiration! Super job, btw!!!! Looks like she really loves it : )

    • Making it Lovely
      May 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      We still have shelves and craft supplies in the closet! I’ll be working on getting those down to the studio soon, so I can write about Eleanor’s closet after that.

  • Licia
    May 26, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    what a pretty room! it has great little-girl touches, but it can mature as she does. thank you for sharing :-)

  • Nuit
    May 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    wow. THIS is my Favorite room in your house now! I absolutely love how it turned out! it has great personality, beautiful vintage quality to it and the toys are all to DIE. LOVE IT.

  • Rachel from Birch + Bird
    May 26, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Fantastic! I love everything about it!

  • kelsey
    May 26, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    It looks like she loves it! I know I do!!!

  • Heather
    May 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    What an adorable room! I love those bookcases, in particular. Good job, Land of Nod! ;)

  • Kathy
    May 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    It looks so good.
    Of all the home blog designers I frequent you are my favorite.
    You never disappoint, and always add that extra something that makes the room so fun.
    I am glad Eleanor loves her new room.
    Great job again!

  • Mariela
    May 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Beautiful room!, you did a very good job : ) .

  • Colleen Kemp
    May 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    So cute!!! Eleanor seems like she has so much personality…it’s fun to see in the photos! :)

    Do you mind sharing where you found that yeloow “The End” bookend?

  • Andreina
    May 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Hi from Venezuela Nicole! Because you seem to really like that “que sera, sera” poster i just want you to know that the correct frase (in correct spanish hehe) would be “lo que será, será” but, despite that, it’s really cute! By the way, congrats on your beautiful family! :0) i’ve followed your blog for about 3 years now and it has been really cool to see it grow from a 2 to a 4 members one!

  • shortsweetseason
    May 26, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Those painted toenails! Be still my heart.

  • Carla
    May 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Very pretty in pink! I love that you painted the ceiling, it makes such a difference in the feel of a room. The Eleanor mirror is a great touch!

  • Mandy Ford
    May 26, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Such a perfect space – love how you’ve mixed the light pink with bolder colors. And I’m amazed at what great shape her books are in. Ours are very “well loved”. Guess that is the difference between boys and girls? :)

    Mandy @ This Girl’s Life

  • Danielle
    May 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    So sweet and adorable! I can see why she loves it! And I absolutely love the pic of Eleanor holding up the viewfinder. Reminds me of my prized viewfinder ‘pics’ – an episode of Happy Days and one from Scooby Do!

  • RebeccaNYC
    May 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    BIG GIRL ROOM!! so beautiful.

  • Circa1972vs1906
    May 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Where did that adorable stuffed horse come from? BTW, I want to thank you for keeping a tiny bit of dust in your picture. Makes me feel a tiny bit better about my house! ha ha.

  • Audrie
    May 26, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    Much too darling!!! Love everything about Eleanor’s room :) And I’ve got the same Black Apple print in my studio!

  • Amanda
    May 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    I’m in love with that CB2 bookend. Such a shame they aren’t in Australia and their shipping prices are absolutely insane. :( You guys have so much choice and variety over there! I’m very jealous.

    Absolutely gorgeous room as always! I can’t wait to see the finished nursery now. That first photo is gorgeous, Eleanor gets prettier by the day. Very, very cute!

  • LindaS
    May 26, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Adopt me so I can live there? Adorable! I love that there is style without it being overstyled. Nothing worse than seeing ultra styled rooms for kids that dont look like the little one would enjoy being in it. This room looks like fun will be had!

  • camille
    May 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Please don’t be angry when I copy this room for my girls! :)

  • Ali
    May 26, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Wow, this is such an amazing little girl bedroom! I love it all! I imagine she has sweet dreams in her sweet room! Once again I got to say I love the books she has in her room! My daughter loves Olivia and Madeline too!

    ~ Ali

  • Melissa @ earth grown crayons
    May 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm

    Love, love, love it!

    Have to ask – is the vintage Fisher Price Little People Sesame Street toy from a family’s toy box, or did you purchase it? So fun!

    You really did an amazing job!

  • dawn simon
    May 27, 2011 at 12:04 am

    So cute!

    I just did Black Apple prints in m daughters room too!


  • Lilis
    May 27, 2011 at 12:25 am

    WOW !! lovely and timeless, I wish it’s my room :)
    you make me want to start decorate my son’s although we still happily keep him sleeping in our room.
    just let you know I love your blog & daily check itu makes me happy :) hugs from Jakarta.

  • Shermi
    May 27, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Is it bad that I am jealous of her room… I have an older sister who is 1.5 years older than me and we always shared but we never had a beautiful room like this. I absolutely love the bookcases, I love the way all the furniture is not matchy matchy but coordinate so well. Im inspired…my son is a new teenager (just turned 13) and I am trying to come up with a plan for his room. I asked him what he wanted the space to look like or a wish list and all he came up with was a game chair or recliner. Really…so uninspiring lol.

  • Senamile Mhlongo
    May 27, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Wow i love this room its just perfect and it will grow with her as she gets older. Thank you for your amazing blog. Im moving into my own one bedroom and am decoarting im gettng so many ideas from you adn I downloaded the free print. Thank you so much and God bless you and your family :-)

  • kate
    May 27, 2011 at 3:04 am

    My jaw just dropped – The Poky Little Puppy was my absolute favourite book when I was a child! I hope Eleanor enjoys it.

  • Alison
    May 27, 2011 at 6:04 am

    So cute! I noticed awhile back that you’re planning to put a play room into your basement. Once you have that up and running, will some of Eleanor’s toys move down there? Or will the playroom hold different types of toys and activities? I have a baby daughter and have been thinking about future toy organization. I have the space for a dedicated playroom, but am trying to figure out if we need one.

  • Wendy
    May 27, 2011 at 7:03 am

    wow! everything looks lovely – she’s one lucky girl!

  • Dayna
    May 27, 2011 at 7:04 am

    I absolutely LOVE this room. It’s perfect.

  • Heidi S.
    May 27, 2011 at 8:37 am

    It looks so beautiful! I think it is a nice combination of being kid friendly without being overly cutesy. She should grown into this room for years to come. My 2 year old daughter is still set up with her crib & baby stuff. This makes me want to redo her room right now!

  • Nicole
    May 27, 2011 at 8:47 am

    I just have to say… Eleanor is the cutest!! That picture of her reading on her Big Girl Bed just melted me. And luckily, she has a room that can keep up with her cuteness. :)

  • Debra
    May 27, 2011 at 8:58 am

    What a sweet room! I love the print too.

  • kpriss
    May 27, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Wow! It really looks great! The very soft pink is hardly noticeable and the room is so well balanced, nothing too girlish or overload-ish cute, you did a great job!

  • christy
    May 27, 2011 at 9:29 am

    perfect! is it pathetic how much I’ve been waiting to see this? My little girl’s the same age and i’m trying to gather all my ideas w/o overdoing her room

  • Sarah
    May 27, 2011 at 9:33 am

    You’ve done an astonishing job. Its perfect. Every little detail is perfect!

  • Sarah
    May 27, 2011 at 10:10 am

    I love her new room!

  • RLG
    May 27, 2011 at 10:58 am

    So lovely! I appreciate you sharing these with us.
    Next month I’ll be using Wild Aster for one of my daughters’ rooms and would love to share it with you. Thank you for the inspiration. xoxo

  • luuvely
    May 27, 2011 at 10:59 am

    totally worth the wait…she looks adorable on her big girl bed! i know she is super happy…does she sleep there without you guys having to intervene??

    the pink is perfect and NOT over the top..shelves are soooo wonderful! my son loves to read so he has lots of shelving and space for books…

    ill tell you this…when you/she begins to ADD more stuff to the room…remember to get rid of things lol..my son knows…when we buy new things…”we give the other away to a child who can use it..” (this keeps his room tidy!)

    great job nicole! this room is just wonderful!

  • Grace Y.
    May 27, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Nicole I love your style!! and your daughter is cute as a button. I wish I could play with her. she looks mischievous with that little smirk. LOVE!!!

  • ellie
    May 27, 2011 at 11:31 am

    love the room!!! where did you get the train set?

  • Laura@JourneyChic
    May 27, 2011 at 11:57 am

    What a beautiful, special room! I love all of your personal touches. Eleanor is clearly a fan of her new room. I love that it’s such a reflection of what you project through your shop and blog – smart but lovely. It’s a girly pink room, but it’s not froufy or princessy in a stereotypical girlish way. Well done!

  • Rachael Olson
    May 27, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I love it!!! It looks so cute but also completely functional!

  • michelle
    May 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    her smile in the 1st photo is waaay to cute!!!

  • bethany
    May 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Adorable! And so neat – love everything in its place. And her little faces get me every time. :)

  • Mary
    May 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Aw! Love it!!! Beyond lovely in form & function.

  • la petite princesse
    May 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    if i will grow up and get a child,
    his or her room should look like that <3


  • Midwest Magnolia - Melissa Lewis
    May 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    So cute, what a lucky little girl!

  • laurajane
    May 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    This is such a beautiful room. What a lucky girl Eleanor is! :)

  • Ellen
    May 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm


    Though, I do wonder if it’s hard to get into the closet with the rocking chair right in front of it?

    Eleanor looks like she loves it!

  • Amanda
    May 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    I love everything you did for her room. Wish mine looked like this when I was growing up. (Heck I would love my room to look like that now!) You knocked it out of the world, with every little detail. I also love that Polaroid toy. I used to have one!

  • Dan
    May 28, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    I love this room and I love the fact that it is simple, understated. I think rooms like these are calming and tranquil. Thank you for sharing

  • katiedid
    May 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    O WOW! Time flies! SHe is such a big girl now! With a room that is perfect for her cuteness. Bravo!

  • Beck's Chic Life
    May 28, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Her bedroom looks awesome! And I love that shade of pink on the walls. Eleanor really does look like she loves it!

  • Lisa
    May 29, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Where did you find the hot pink baskets? I’d love them for our nursery!

  • Amanda Brooke
    May 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Love this room!! SOoo inspiring. Ps- we have the same birthday

  • Rose
    May 30, 2011 at 4:54 am

    that is a lovely room…perfect in every way…Eleanor should be proud of her room….

  • C.B.
    May 30, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I can’t find where it says where that beautiful fabric pony is from, could you share? It’s darling! Thanks.

  • Mariana
    May 30, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    I love her room. She is a lucky girl for sure. And the “que sera, sera” poster, I got so glad by seeing my native language (portuguese) over there. There’s a song like that. It made me happy.

  • five fabulous bloggers
    May 31, 2011 at 3:40 am

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  • Kat Palmer
    May 31, 2011 at 4:32 am

    Hi Eleonor! We are also a fan of your room :) Everything on it is perfect! The mirror with cute ribbon, the mat, the light fixture, the pink cabinet… all beautiful!

  • Franziska
    May 31, 2011 at 6:57 am

    everything looks so nice, clean and organized. If you like to, tell us how you manage to KEEP it this way. I didn’t succeed :)

  • Rebecca @ beautiful square feet
    May 31, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Love it Nicole! Eleanor really looks chuffed with it too – that first photo is brilliant! Smart storage is definitely the way forward! Well done for achieving such a great room!

  • Christel
    May 31, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    First time I post, but it worth a lot. It’s the prettiest bedroom I saw for a little girl. Congratulations!

  • Jillian
    May 31, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Ohhh please please tell me where you got the bed guard rail… been searching everywhere for one of those!

  • Patti
    June 1, 2011 at 8:33 am

    You’ve really done a great job creating a room that will grow along with your daughter. I wish we’d had the foresight to invest in high-quality furniture that will grow with our daughter, now 7. Besides her antique iron bed and a solid wood desk, our daughter’s furniture is pretty disposable. Your furniture and fixtures are all timeless and will appeal to your daughter for many years.

  • Emily
    June 1, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Eleanor is one lucky girl! What a beautiful room.

  • Sheesham Furniture
    June 1, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Stunning room. That’s one lucky little girl. The “the end” bookend is perhaps the cutest thing I ever saw.

  • Kirstin
    June 2, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Beautiful job, Nicole! She’s one lucky girl.

    What are the pretty sparkly animals on the dresser?

  • Sarah Jane
    June 2, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    LOVE IT! Those bookcases are sensational! And I love “The End” Almost bought it myself. Now I just might have to!

  • sarah
    June 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    where did you get your light fixture? this room is beautiful! I love everything about it!!

  • logan
    June 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Great room! I was wondering where you got the alphabet train letters? I’d love to get some for my son.

  • pamela
    June 7, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    This room is very sweet. Curious on the where from on the bean bag soft cover and her stool next to her bed to help enter. Also, still curious on the items from your son’s post too. You did a wonderful job, she must love playing in her room!

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