Ryan Cathleen’s Elegant DIY Pink and Cream Toddler Room

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This is my eldest daughter Ryan's romantic pink and cream nursery turned toddler room.  It is the perfect room for any little girl filled with all kinds of fun things to play with but put together in a decorative way that is pleasing to the eye.

Design Inspiration

Ryan's nursery was always one of my favorite rooms in our home, but right around the time she turned two, we moved into a cape style home with a room for her that was not your average room complete with slanted ceilings and two doors.  We also were expecting my second daughter Rory, whose nursery you can view here and needed to transition Ryan out of the crib so I decided it would be the perfect time to makeover her room.  I was inspired by all things romantic and elegant but also wanted to create a space that she could play in as well, especially while I was busy nursing my newborn.  Her room was almost split down the middle by a wall and so I was able to make a "room" side as well as a "play" side.

Decorating Style

My decorating style for my girl's rooms is ultra feminine with a vintage feel.  I love to create spaces that include pieces that can grow with them as they get bigger.  I also love personal touches and DIY projects.

Project Details

Ryan's room has a number of DIY pieces that I created while pregnant with her.  I strung crystal and pearl beads from an arts and crafts store on fishing line connected to a wire wreath to create the mobile hanging in front of the window. You can see the step by step instructions on my blog here.

The name letters above her bed were also created by me using wooden letters, scrapbook paper and supplies, and mod podge.  That way I could customize the letters to fit her room decor.  You can see that project here.

The curtains and window valence were sewn by my Mom using sheets of all things!  I wanted a set of curtains that were light and airy and wouldn't look too heavy in her room. I found the perfect set of sheets that matched the room at Home Goods and was able to save a ton of money.

I also stained and painted the legs of this IKEA table and chair set to make it more girly and fun.  It was super easy to do with just a wood stain and Martha Stewart paint.  Just make sure to do it before you assemble it to make it easier to paint.

The white shelf with pink rosette knobs was originally a pine wood shelf purchased at an arts and crafts store. I painted the shelf white and added the rosette knobs.  I also refinished the white dresser and added the crystal knobs from Lowes.

White Metal Bed: Walmart

Pink Bedding: RH Baby and Child

Porcelain Bunny Nightlight: RH Baby and Child

Pink Lamp Shade: RH Baby and Chlid

Window Sheers: RH Baby and Child

Rocking Horse: RH Baby and Child

White Overstuffed Bunny: RH Baby and Child

Pink Chambray Elephant: RH Baby and Child

Large White Wall Frame: RH Baby and Child

Pink Gallery Frames: RH Baby and Child

Teepee: Ashley Gabby on Etsy

White and Pink Kitchen: KidKraft on Amazon

White Book Ledges: Pottery Barn Kids

Name Hoop: Miss Tweedle Crafts on Etsy

Maven Ryan Doll: Maven Dolls

Chandelier/Table Lamp Stand/Pink End Table: Local antique stores

White Mirror: World Market

Favorite Items

My favorite item is probably the crystal mobile that I created.  It is so whimsical and fun and when the light streams in through the window and catches the crystals it is just magical.

I also love the teepee (and so does my daughter) because it gives her a little hideout in her room which kids always adore.


My advice for achieving a similar look would just be to not be afraid to try things yourself.  Hunt around in your local antique stores and craft stores for similar items. Find a pink that isn't overbearing and don't go overboard with pink items.  Add items that are both beautiful and realistic for the age.  My daughter loves the kitchen, teepee, and table and chairs which are all very functional play things for her at this age but they also are pleasing to the eye too!


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