Lucy sometimes takes some cajoling when it comes to switching things up. We have to sweet-talk her like nobody’s business into anything that is different.
For example, we will suggest a new movie to watch and she will go into it kicking and screaming, but then it ends up being her favorite movie. Same with new games. Or a new book. Everything seems to be a battle. But the battles are worth it when she comes out glowing on the other side because she has tried something new…and loves it to boot!
So when we decided, in the middle of the corona quarantine that it would be a good time to finally finish up decorating her bedroom (and Claire’s too), she was not over-the-moon (like Claire was) about that idea. But we’ve never really “finished” those bedrooms and decided as we go forward Lucy is going to need a workspace with light and contrast and her bed was not in great shape, plus, all her Legos all over the place were driving me nutty. She was laying on her side on the floor for homework and Legos which was killing her back. SO, we got to work. This is how her room looked…(wish I had a better picture):
She did want to get rid of that “baby” picture of herself and she was on and off again about whether she wanted to part with that doll house. She changed her mind over and over again. I thought this note she left on my desk one night was so sweet:
This is a girl who worries if her lamp is moved a couple inches, or if her doors are closed all the way. She is quite particular. But once we got going, she caught the delight of change. She even drew up her own floor plan idea:
She helped install some big shelves (from IKEA) to hold all her Legos…and some artwork too:
Those shelves went from this:
We took down her old bed:
(Well, some of “us” did at least…at least she was doing something productive like reading:) She rarely reads these days because she can’t see very well so that picture makes me happy.
This was a good helper:
We put together her new bed (from Urban Outfitters…since I know people will ask):
This makes me so happy to have her sitting at a desk rather than all skiwampus curled up on the floor!
(Desk is from BluDot.)
Finally got a new mattress and tried to figure out pillows (she is quite particular about how she wants to arrange those too, phew!) But she was SO HAPPY with how each step of the way was turning out.
So here’s the finished product details:
It’s hard to get that “wall triangle” in these pictures, but here’s a better look:
Inspired by these pictures from my friend Ashley who owns Skout…a pretty amazing home decor resource:
She also recommended painting this section blue to balance out the triangle blue…and found this cool giraffe print for me (from Society6)
My other friend helped me with pillow ideas, and to finish off these shelves:
I’m mad I don’t have a picture pre-tons-of-Legos-jumbling-up-the-whole-shelves, but hey, I guess that’s what we got them for after all. Lucy is pretty particular about where she has placed them and there’s no moving them now!
Some closer-ups…Lucy will not even think of ever changing that picture of her siblings on her desk below…she had it on her night stand before and has reluctantly moved it lovingly to her desk but she is fiercely protective of that thing. Which I love. And she really wanted her painting of the sunset above her desk, which I love too:
She was also pretty particular about having this picture of a lion displayed that we took in Africa. She is in love with lions of all sorts, ever since we read the Narnia series.
And we cannot move on without taking note of the picture of Jesus on the bottom left below:
Some friends had taped that on one of her “get well” posters they gave her after her surgery and she has treasured it ever since…insists it needs to be part of her wall configuration. Which I love too. Man, this is an amazing little girl I get to mother!
A closer look at that mass of pride-and-joy Legos:
Here she is listening to Elle read her Harry Potter over FaceTime from Miami, all comfortable in her new room:
How awesome is that big sister of hers, by the way??
Bedding is from Pottery Barn Teen.
Just a couple extra details: our favorite books as of late:
These items always sit right here on the corner of her night stand (since before we redid her room too):
They are always situated just-so, in that particular manner.
That girl loves her Jesus. And I do think she has made Him “hers” in many ways which is such an inspiration to me.
She also got the Grandma Hazel Impossible award from my mom this year, since she has done so many of the “impossibles” this year (I talked all about that quote from my Grandma back HERE). So she displays that award proudly too.
So, there we go. A new room that this girl adores with all her heart, another change for Lucy that was all worth it in the end!