I’ve been sneaking little peeks here and there of our work-in-progress upstairs spaces, and I’m so excited to show y’all the first of the finished rooms! Since I hadn’t changed up the decor of Phoebe’s nursery since she was born, we thought it was time for our almost 3-year-old to have a room that was a little more in-line with the big girl she’s growing into. And since we’ve got a baby on the way soon, I knew we’d be moving the changing table and a few other baby items into his nursery, leaving room for some fun new design elements. I shared the design kickoff meeting at RH Baby & Child here… now click through the slides to see how their design team helped me bring my vision to life in our home, and learn a few great design tips I picked up along the way. Not sure if Phoebe’s favorite part of her new room is the canopy (new favorite hiding place) or her “makeup table,” but suffice it to say that she’s pretty much in big girl heaven!

*photos by Molly Winters

Remember Phoebe’s belle upholstered crib that I posted about when I was designing her nursery? One of the best things about it is that it easily converts into this dreamy toddler bed. To up the princess vibe, we mounted a carved wood canopy bed crown to the ceiling around her existing light fixture, then draped three panels of sheer belgian linen drapery to create her cozy bedtime hideaway.

*design tip #1: when planning the nursery, choose a few pieces that will grow with your child and won’t feel overly babyish a couple years down the road. As I can attest: that tiny baby will be a “big girl” (or boy) in the blink of an eye!

It was so fun choosing girly bedding to layer onto her little bed, and there were tons of gorgeous options to choose from… We finally settled on this trellis percale fitted sheet (in the toddler size) with the washed appliquéd fleur toddler quilt and matching sham in petal. It’s the perfect shade of soft pink that’s sweet and romantic without being over-the-top girly.

*design tip #2: A fitted sheet is a great place to subtly bring in a pop of pattern. Top it with a quilt or comforter in a richly-textured solid to add a cozy vibe without feeling too busy.

Phoebe’s at the age where it doesn’t get much more fun than a game of hide-and-seek. The cotton voile play canopy we hung in a corner of the bedroom has quickly become her new favorite getaway spot, and she loves curling up on the washed velvet beanbag with her “babies” and a book.

When we bought this bookshelf before she was born, I knew it would be an heirloom we’d hold onto forever. For the big girl space, all it needed was a few styling updates — swapping out more babyish items for the books she’s currently reading, updated photos, plus a couple of fun new accessories, and voila! It was transformed from this… to this.

*design tip #3: As tempting as it can be to keep adding to your shelves, I’ve discovered that it’s important to constantly edit them down to keep them from getting cluttered. When a room needs a little update, sometimes all it takes is a Saturday morning spent rearranging my bookshelves for a fresh new look.

These trellis jewelry boxes hold Phoebe’s treasures (and less-than-cute tchotchkes — yeah, we’ve got ’em), and a wool felt bunny bookend perches on a stack of classics that I can’t wait to read with her one day.

When I first told Phoebe we were going to turn her nursery into a big girl room, her only real request was “a makeup table just like mommy’s,” so this selection of vanities was actually the first place I started when scoping out new pieces for the space. I loved the classic lines and family heirloom quality of the lucie vanity, especially paired with the maxine vanity stool in vintage velvet. Look closely and you can spot a photo of me with my mama when I was just a few months old — it’s one of my favorites.

*design tip #4: Choose furniture with storage strategically built-in. Phoebe has just as many toys as the next 2-year-old, but when she brings home a new one, we always find a designated bin, basket, or shelf for it to call home. Making sure there’s a place for everything ensures that her room stays uncluttered.

The mirror flips up to reveal lots of little compartments for all her “getting ready tools” — pretend hair dryer, my retired makeup brushes, faux lipstick… you know, all the necessities! I let a pretty piece of coral double as decor and impromptu jewelry hanger.

Since we moved the glider out of her room, a top priority for the space was adding a comfy place to read together and indulge in snuggle sessions before bedtime. One great benefit of working with the designers at RH Baby & Child was that they suggested ideas I would never have thought of on my own, like this ondine salon bench placed in the center of her big window. It’s such a statement-making piece right when you walk in the room, and as Phoebe gets older, it’s sophisticated enough to transition right along with her (that is, if I don’t steal it for my own bedroom first!) We topped the bench with a supersoft luxe faux fur pom-pom throw, and it’s already become our special spot for curling up together.

A few layered pillows in linen and washed velvet, plus this wooly plush bunny, add texture and a bit of whimsy to the couch.

*design tip #5: Choose an accent color, then use it with restraint. We planned a neutral palette of taupes, greys and weathered white, but knew we wanted to incorporate plenty of Phoebe’s favorite color (you guessed it.) Rather than having the entire salon bench upholstered in pink, we chose a neutral that would have way more longevity, then added the cutest pink accent with a cloud-shaped throw pillow.

This is a corner destined for hours of imaginative play: there’s something about a tent or canopy that just feels magical to a kid — like a true place of her own. We tied up two of the panels to keep it easily accessible, but I can also untie them and let her really hideout.

There’s no piece of furniture more versatile than a pouf — it’s a seat for Phoebe, a table for books, and an ottoman for me to kick my feet up when I’m lounging on the couch! This morrocan leather pouf is so chic in any space, and the hand-embroidery adds an exotic touch to the room.

*design tip #6: Spend time thinking about how you really use the room before you ever begin. Since one of our main activities in Phoebe’s room is reading, we constantly have a stack of books going. This little multitasking piece keeps them from piling up on the floor! 

Phoebe loved seeing her name embroidered on the beanbag — having a subtle monogrammed element makes the space feel like hers.

A couple favorite photos — one from her baby days, and one from a few months ago when she found out a baby brother was on the way!

We switched out her heavier linen drapes for these pom-pom linen-cotton drapery panels that feel more fun and girly. They let just enough light filter in, but keep the room dark enough for nap time.

*design tip #7: One trick the RH Baby & Child designers taught me: mount a curtain rod as wide as possible — letting the curtains go beyond the outer edges of the window makes the window look huge, and the entire space seems larger and more light-filled.

Loved getting to share these shots of Phoebe’s room with you guys — and so excited to share our new baby’s nursery next week! Stay tuned!

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  1. 1
    Kelly Colchin April 22, 2015 at 11:39 am

    The CUTEST little room for the cutest, sweetest little girl.

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    Marin April 22, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    What a gorgeous space!! Did you take out her carpet and put hardwood in? Just curious if you did because we are building a house and can’t decide if we should do carpet in the bedrooms.

    • Camille Styles April 22, 2015 at 2:11 pm

      Yes! I should have mentioned that b/c it was a pretty big project that we did several months ago… when we built the house, we installed carpet b/c it seemed more comfortable for upstairs bedrooms. But ultimately, I really wanted the clean look of wood floors, and the carpet did not wear as well as I’d hoped. I am SO glad we swapped it out with the wood, and I think we achieved the comfort factor with the big rugs we laid down in each room. Which, by the way, we used this rug in Phoebe’s room: https://www.restorationhardware.com/catalog/product/product.jsp?productId=prod3590016&categoryId=cat2810112
      It is amazingly durable for being so light-colored. We’ve already had a big spill on it that easily wiped right up!

      • Sara H. April 22, 2015 at 4:04 pm

        Can you come design my house? Your taste is impeccable! Would you mind sharing details on the wood floor?

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    Molly McConn April 22, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Love the horizontal feature photo! That picture of you two is too perfect. I want a mini make-up table!! I spy a copy of Anne of Green Gables 🙂 My favorite growing up was A Little Princess. Phoebe is certainly that, and I’d love an invitation to play in her palace ANY day.

    • Camille Styles April 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Ooh I need to get her a copy of The Little Princess — such a great classic!

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    Chanel Dror April 22, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Gorgeous design, styling AND photography! Let me know when the room is on AirBnB… I’d happily stay in it 🙂

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    Stacey S April 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Love the photos! A gorgeous mommy and a gorgeous little girl 🙂 I was wondering if the drapery panels were the optic white or the warm white. Thanks for sharing this beautiful space.

    • Camille Styles April 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks so much for the sweet words Stacey! The sheer panels are the optic white.

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    Colette April 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    A beautiful and cozy space for Phoebe. I can predict many hours of make-believe with that little makeup table and canopy. Definite keepsakes!

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    Milly April 22, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    What a wonderful mom you are! You put so much thought and love in every detail of your daughter’s room! I can’t wait to see the nursery next! I’m setting up my own nursery and I’m due soon with my first! Thank you for the beautiful inspiration as always!

    • Camille Styles April 22, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      Congrats Milly, that’s so exciting! There is nothing more fun than preparing the nursery for your first. xo

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    Vargo April 22, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Gorgeous. Love every detail. Would you tell me where the white pillow on her bed is from? The white one with the pink dots on the sides with her name embroidered? It’s darling.

    • Camille Styles April 23, 2015 at 7:12 am

      Thank you Vargo! I wish I could, but it was actually a gift from when she was born… I was excited that it blended so well with these new pillows we added to her bed!

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    Daisy - émoi émoi April 23, 2015 at 4:09 am

    Such a beautiful room, I’ve fallen in love with it!


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    Julia-tag&tibby April 23, 2015 at 10:23 am

    beautiful!! sweet and charming. we are in the market for new curtain rods and curtains, I appreciate the RH advice on extending the curtain rod.

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    Ashley April 23, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    This room is so beautiful! It’s a dream room. What color are the walls?

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    Ashley April 24, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    This is gorgeous, but furniture prices from RH are so expensive. Do you have recommendations for the same type of pieces for the majority of people who can’t spend hundreds of dollars on a child’s room? That vanity alone is $400 and the chair another $150. And the sofa is another $1000+. Did RH provide the furniture?

    • Camille Styles April 25, 2015 at 7:14 am

      Hi Ashley! This is a great question, and while I don’t know of another brand that carries the same type of pieces at a lower cost (I think RH Baby & Child’s are so unique – I honestly don’t know of another brand that carries something similar at any cost!) I do think there are some strategies you can use. When I design rooms on a tighter budget, I usually start with one piece that I love and let that be my “splurge” item — maybe it’s the crib or the vanity — something that will make a big impact! I let that piece take center stage in the design of the room, then I add coordinating basics that are as affordable as I can find. I also think it’s important to not feel as though you have to “fill up the room” with furniture all at once. Most of the rooms in our house have been works-in-progress for years: We add new pieces that we love as we have the budget for them, which allows our home to evolve with our style.

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    Consuelas Cottage April 25, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Everything is so adorable! I just love the soft color pallet and all the detail. I also love the maxi dress you are wearing. Mind sharing where you found it?

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    Jessica January 13, 2016 at 11:17 pm

    Where did you get the white ball chandelier?

    • Lissa Rucker April 26, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      Yes, it’s adorable! Where is it from?

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    Stephanie September 18, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Congratulations on your angels room it looks gorgeous! I am in the process of thinking about a big girl room for Olivia and she has the same exact crib… And a very similar room decor… Curious to see what the layout of her room looks like with the bench instead of the glider… Can you post a picture of the whole room?