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In the Big Kid Room with Sunny Circle Studio

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m just smitten with this girl’s room. It’s no surprise really since it comes from the über talented Erin Wheeler, of Sunny Circle Studio. Seriously, check out her instagram—every space is so inspiring! This big girl room for her three-year-old daughter Zora masterfully combines a polished design with just the right amount of whimsy, making it perfect for a little girl to enjoy now and grow with. Thank you, Erin, for sharing with us!

Whimsical and Sophisticated Girl's RoomDaria Platform Bed | Rug | Pendant

I’m Erin Wheeler—stylist, designer, amateur photographer, mom and home decor enthusiast. I live in Raleigh, NC with my husband, two kids and dog Buster.

Stuffed Cacti in Girl's Room

What inspired your room design?
I wanted the room to feel whimsical and also sophisticated. I’m very much inspired by Scandinavian simplicity.

Bed Canopy in Girl's Room with Ball LightsCanopy Floor Lamp

Window Seat Storage in Girl's Room

What was your favorite part of the process?
Seeing my daughter’s face when she got to see the finished room.

Mushroom Nightlight on Dip Dye Stool in Girl's RoomMushroom Nightlight | Stool

Whimsical Girl's Room with Cloud MuralBeddingRocker

Designing a big kid room is different than a nursery because you know your little resident’s personality better. Anything special you included this time around?
She wanted it to feel very girly and happy, and requested lots of dolls, princesses and a new bed.

Rattan Mirror Over Dresser in Whimsical Girl's Room

Oversized Koala Print in Girl's RoomDollhouse

Any challenges you had to work around?
She keeps pulling the canopy down from the ceiling (she is a very curious and rascally three-year-old).

Window Seat with Storage with Tassel CurtainsWindow Bench | Woven BasketsWindow Seat Cushion | Curtains

Do you have any words of advice for other designers and parents?
Keep things simple, find cute toy storage and keep the color palette consistent.

Whimsical Girl's RoomCloud MuralRattan Mirror (similar)

Photography by Erin Wheeler

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Friday 14th of August 2020

From where did you get those felt cactus plants. They are so cute.


Monday 17th of August 2020

Hi Angel, The owner of this room didn't list the source, but I did a quick search of felt cactus on Etsy (affiliate link), and there are so many cute options. Happy shopping!


Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

HI Beth - Can I ask what dimensions you ordered for the window seat cushion? I just ordered the two bins and whatever size cushion you ordered looks to fit on their perfectly!


Wednesday 22nd of July 2020

Hi Monica, I'm actually the Editor here at Project Nursery. This room was designed by Erin Wheeler, of Sunny Circle Studio. I'm afraid I don't have the info you are looking for. Good luck with your design!


Thursday 5th of September 2019

Where did you get the large pom poms that are hanigng with the bed canopy?


Thursday 5th of September 2019

Hi Debbie, They look like Bright Lab Lights to me. But just a guess.