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A Favorite PN Nursery Grows Up

Designing rooms for my own children is always so much harder than doing it for my clients for some reason. With all the latest trends on my brain, it is always hard to choose which one I like best. When my son Doran was ready to transition into his big boy bed, I hesitated a little on just what I wanted to do. You may or may not have seen his nursery reveal a few years ago, so here’s a reminder of what the room looked like before.

Eclectic Nursery with Wood Accent Wall

When I’m designing a kid’s room, I always try to design the space so it can grow with the child. I held true to this with my own son’s room, so it easily transitioned from a nursery into an eclectic toddler room—they grow way too fast (sigh)!

As you can see, I kept some of the key elements in the room. The wood wall remained the same, as well as the drapery and floor lamp, but the real wow factor is the custom lofted toddler bed.

Custom Lofted Toddler Bed

My son loves to be inside tents and forts and under the couch cushions, so I thought a fun little loft bed would be the perfect thing for him! I found a bed similar to this on Pinterest, but it was only available to purchase in Europe so I decided to draw up some plans and have my carpenter make one for me. I added some of my own features, including the cross bars on the window and the little door so he would be safe from falling out of bed at night. Then I found a fun rug that pulled everything together and popped in some new colors that weren’t in his room before, refreshing it and making it feel “new.”

Big sisters, beware—no girls allowed in this clubhouse! I painted the bed with my favorite Dunn Edwards hue called Novelty Navy. I also attached a little book light from IKEA and a couple of book ledges inside for all of his favorite bedtime books.

Custom Lofted Toddler Bed

There is a vintage campaign chest in a natural finish on the other side of Doran’s eclectic toddler room, along with a gallery wall that includes some of his favorite things. The vintage paint-by-number art pulled all the colors over to that side of the room and completed the compilation of artwork.

Vintage Campaign Dresser and Gallery Wall

Custom Lofted Toddler Bed

When you’re designing your nursery, think a couple steps ahead and consider how easily a big bed will fit in the room. This will make your transition all that much smoother as your little one grows into his new space. And as any mom knows, it all happens way too fast!

photography by John Woodcock Photography


Sunday 22nd of March 2020

I love the dresser!! Where is this from?

Allison P

Friday 24th of January 2020

LOVE this design! Any chance you would be willing to share the plans??


Monday 12th of March 2018

The bed looks amazing, how difficult or easy is it to change the sheets and or clean up if there are accidents?

Wil Coe

Monday 15th of January 2018

The bed club house idea is what I've been searching for! Could you possibly share the plans? I wouldn’t mind paying for them.. Wil

Iretha Lowery

Saturday 1st of April 2017


I love this bed!! Can you please send me the plans? I would love to put this in my toddlers room!