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Anna Drake’s Toddler Room – Upholstered Twin Headboards


We moved our toddler from her crib into a big girl bed a few months before her baby brother was due to arrive.  We held onto the bright coral from her elephant themed nursery, and added a light Caribbean turquoise blue as an accent.  Since her bedroom is so large, we went with two twin beds.  While that meant twice the work, it pays off!  I love the look of two twin beds, side-by-side.

*All photography was done by Ben Finch of Finch Photography.

Design Inspiration

I was inspired by the coral Thibaut toile fabric that I found at a local fabric store.  It appears to be discontinued online, so I'm glad I found more than enough to do the headboards!

Decorating Style

I love finding the perfect blend of traditional and modern.  Take for example the Thibaut toile headboards and the oversized graphic print for the bedskirt.  The two couldn't be more opposite, but I think they look great together.  The bold print keeps the toile from being too serious.

Project Details

I put my sewing machine to good use, creating the headboards, bedskirts, and pillows myself.

Leontine Linens was my inspiration for the monogrammed pillow shams.  My Silhouette Cameo came in handy too - I used it to cut the letters out of my turquoise fabric, which I then ironed onto the pillow and trimmed with an embroidery stitch.

I framed prints from one of Anna Drake's favorite books, Flora and the Flamingo.  They add a nice whimsical (and age-appropriate) touch!

Her book sling was made with leftover Duralee fabric that I had used for her nursery bedding.  All you need for this DIY is a double curtain rod and about 2/3 yards of fabric.  Super easy!

The feather bursts above the beds came from Pottery Barn Kids.  I scored these about three months after the beds were up!  I knew something was missing, but didn't know what.  If Anna Drake's room was a sentence, these would be the exclamation points!!

Because we kept the coral color from her nursery, we were able to keep her glider in the room, along with the coral nightstand (that belonged to my grandmother) and the coral wooden chair.

The simple white IKEA curtains were transformed with some coral grosgrain ribbon and a Greek design.  These too were used in the nursery.

Favorite Items

My favorite item in the room has to be the headboards.  Hands down.  I just love them!  While I had to do a lot of sewing to match seams and add the piping, recovering a headboard is pretty simple!  Just have a loaded staple gun and gumption!  :)


Lock in your color scheme and splurge when it comes to something that you really really love.  For me, it was the fabric.

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Saturday 13th of December 2014

What a fun room! Where is the white dresser from?


Wednesday 10th of December 2014

Great room. what is the color of the paint for the walls? Thanks!