We are finally finished with Elise's room redecorating. It has been a slow process fraught with much procrastination, but tonight we put on the finishing touches and called it quits. Before Addison was born, we moved Elise and Nina into a room together. They slept in bunk beds, shared a closet, shared space, and seemed to enjoy each other's company. At some point though, Elise decided she needed her own space, so she slowly and stealthily took over the guest room. She claimed it as her own, and we eventually agreed that she could have it. Although the queen size bed is really too big for the space along with all her stuff, she wasn't willing to part with it. She had gotten accustomed to sleeping with an ridonculous number of stuffed animals. In a twin bed, there wouldn't be any room for her, so the queen stayed.
I had the best intentions of posting before and after pictures. I thought I had before pictures from when we first decorated the guest room. I've spent the last half hour looking for them though with no success, and I'm giving up. You'll have to go with mental before pictures: a tan/taupe room with a queen mattress on a bed frame (no actual bed), one chest of drawers, no lamp, a few paintings or photos on the walls, and a tan/light blue/white striped comforter on the bed.
Now... introducing Elise's new room - decorated in the ever popular polka-dot/sea turtle theme!
Polka dots and sea turtles, you ask? She chose the polka-dot comforter first, so I went down the path of polka-dots for decoration. Then, she changed directions on me and wanted sea turtles everywhere, so voila... the polka-dot/sea turtle theme was born.
The cool dots and monogram on the wall came from the Etsy store Planet Wall Art. I love the way they turned out!
Check out the cute bird!
What more could a nine year old girl want in her room than a turtle and tortoise identification poster? (She picked it out... I promise!) I got it at AllPosters.com. Here is a tip for you. When ordering a poster online, don't assume that it will be a standard poster size and that it will be easy to find a ready-made frame at Michael's to frame it. It may not be. If the whole cheap frame thing doesn't work out, don't assume that you can just take the poster over to Staples to get it laminated. Their laminating machine may not be wide enough. Take my advice and order it laminated. You will save yourself time, money, and headaches.
The American Girls seem to be enjoying the new room. I'm not sure what they are all looking at though. Lanie seems to be the only one willing to look at the camera long enough for a picture.
This cool sea turtle photo also came from AllPosters.com. It is really pretty.
One piece in the room is really special. My cousin Lisa painted this sweet little table for me years ago. I'm guessing I've had it for 15 years at least. It has always been a bright, fun little piece of furniture, but now that she is gone, it means even more to me. I think it looks just right in Elise's bright green room. I think Lisa would approve!
Elise is now in sea turtle cental and loving it, and that's all that really matters.