Lily’s Playful, Pint-Sized Toddler Room

It seems like I’m constantly tweaking Lily’s room. Shortly after Townes was born (and Lily turned 2) we transitioned her to a toddler bed (not by choice  but because she tried to climb out her crib and fell). Since then, I’ve been updating her nursery to be a cute, pint-sized playful space for a toddler. Timing wise, it worked out well because I needed to convert our playroom into a nursery (still in progress) so I needed space for her growing stash of bigger toys.

Welcome to Lily’s pink, turquoise and green toddler room…


The adorable owl growth chart wall decal is from flash sale site Zulily. I don’t remember the shop that provided it but I thought it would be perfect for her room. I’m always on the lookout for things that would fit her decor.


I always thought her toddler bed would be temporary so I didn’t invest in a toddler bedding. Instead she is using the Bananafish Lily crib bedding. I loved it too much to part with it so quickly anyway. 

(pink ruffle pillow from Land of Nod, polka dot curtains are twin sheets from Target)

DSC_0880 She is not entirely potty trained so we still use her Ikea Hemnes dresser as changing table. (flower light from Ikea)
DSC_0893 I love the storage it provides! With a small closet, the dresser helps store more than just her clothing. I replaced the top row of drawer pulls with pink butterflies. I spotted them in the dollar bins at Michaels one trip and picked up a few. I wasn’t sure what I would use them for so I didn’t purchase enough for the whole dresser. :(

I plan to replace her small mirror with a larger one when we get rid of the changing pad. DSC_0875 Lily loves the fabric chandelier over her changing table, especially when the ceiling fan is on and it blows lightly with the breeze.

Our little princess has more shoes than we know what to do with so we use this shoe cubby to keep them organized.

The nightstand was an antique store find. DSC_0858-001

I wasn’t sure what to store in it since the contents would be visible but it turned out to be a great spot for the special blankets and quilts from dear family and friends! I hope to add to her collection with a handmade quilt of my own one day!(Wire basket under the nightstand and owl pillow are from Kirkland’s, pink adirondack chair was on clearance at Marshall’s, DIY painted rug is holding up well) DSC_0894  

The Mudpuppy wooden alphabet letters are one of my favorite birthday gifts that Lily received from a sweet neighbor. They fit perfectly with her whimsical decor! I knew right away I wanted them in her room but I needed something magnetic. My solution was a silver platter (or silver plated platter that is). My husband teases me because I bought our daughter a silver platter when we don’t even have one. The truth is it was only $15 at an antique store and we can remove the magnets and use it as a serving platter when ever needed. And this way it gets more use than if it was in a cabinet above the fridge. :)  By the way, something I learned in my search for a platter is that geniune silver is not magnetic. However, most silver-plated pieces use a magnetic metal as the base. If you want something magnetic, then I’d suggest taking a magnet with you on your search. (Lamp shade is a plain lamp shade I embellished with ruffles)

As for Lily’s reading corner, I probably like this area more than she does!  DSC_0848

2012-08-20 {more butterflies}


Reading Corner

I love the fun, festive color coordinated pom poms and lanterns that hang overhead. It was inspired by Ashley from Under the Sycamore.

I spray painted inexpensive Ikea spice racks turquoise to store books.


And a quick close up of the DIY scrapbook bird canvas wall art (another Ashley inspiration).


I also swapped her original cubby for a section of the playroom wall unit that offers more storage. I’ve filled the cubbies with books and bins for toys.  DSC_0921

It also provides room for decorative accessories on top (birdcage, ceramic bird and nest were from last year’s Spring Mantel, the bunny was a gift from Potterybarn kids). Pardon the video monitor.

(Lily birth announcement was a Groopdealz purchase, the butterfly frame diy project)


And lastly, outdoor wall hooks from Kirkland’s hold winter jackets and Lily’s countless “backpacks” which include a monogrammed lunch tote she swiped from me. (I can’t say “swipe” without thinking “Swiper, no swiping” from Dora the Explorer – tell me I’m not the only one!!) I hung the hooks at her level so she could pick and choose her own jacket and also put them away.

coat hooks


{Lily having fun in the rocker chair – precious memories}

What do you think?

Now for the kicker…these photos aren’t even the most recent. I’ve already made a few fun (but sad) changes that involve Lily’s reading corner. They are in progress/ on hold because we have a new dilema  on our hands. Lily really wants to move into Townes room. She has sleeping in the guest bed in his room this week. It throws a complete wrinkle in my design plans for their rooms but it’s absolutely adorable to see the way they interact together. On weekends Lily climbs into his crib to “rest” with him and no matter how hard we try she ends up in there anyway. My biggest reservation is that Townes is still not sleeping through the night. His routine is to get up from 4-5:15 and it wakes Lily. It makes it difficult to sleep train him without disturbing her. Any suggestions on what to do?

Sharing this with: The Shabby Creek Cottage, The Frugal Girls, Design, Diapers and Dining, Serenity Now, Tatertots and Jello, Shabby Nest, Between Naps on the Porch, Savvy Southern Style




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  1. Crystal says:

    Lily’s room is so cute. I love the pops of turquoise in the room. And those alphabet magnets are my favorite. I love how you displayed the on the silver platter.

  2. April Hoff says:

    Visiting from Tatertots and Jello! We have a lot in common! I have also have a toddler named Lily who has a green/pink birdie+owl themed room! I am shocked/jealous that you can still changer her diaper on her changing table…my Lily wiggles and fights the diaper change so much that we have to do it on the floor! CUTE room and cute Lilly! :)

    • guyerfamily says:

      What a crazy coincidence!! I checked out your blog and LOVE your house!! I’m your newest Facebook follower! By the way, its probably only every 4th diaper change that I can get Lily on the change table. Most of the times she wants me to change her standing up which is about as easy as a wiggly little one. Thanks for visiting!!

  3. Sue Deege says:

    I love it, love it….the colors are gorgeous. My favorites…the butterflies, flower light, and fabric chandelier. A reading chair….how neat!! I am sure Dr. Seuss is in there somewhere also. Lily is so lucky but she definitely has a mind of her own MOM….sleeping with her brother. I would love to witness that happening at night. Maybe it is too soon to make the complete change although it makes it difficult for you to take care of Parker Townes. Anxious to see how he will react to his sister in a year or so and what kind of room he will have also. Hugs…stay warm and safe…Sue

  4. Ashley S. says:

    I love your daughter’s room so much! I am going to use it as inspiration for my daughter’s room, she just turned two in September, and we are going to decorate her big girl room for her for Christmas. I was wondering where you got that blanket that is hanging on her reading chair (the bird one). I am in LOVE with that, I need to find one!

    • guyerfamily says:

      Ashley, Thanks so much for your comment!! I’m so sorry it took so long to respond. I love to hear you found the room inspiring, that is the best compliment I could hope for! Unfortunately, I do not have a source for the turquoise comforter/baby quilt. It was a gift from Lily’s great grandmother. I love it as well. It became my inspirational piece for her room. All I can tell you is that her great grandmother had it made so it was a fabric her friend had on hand. I’ll hang on to your email and be sure to send you a note if I get any more information. Sorry I could be of more assistance. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Kim S. says:

        I was just coming to reply about the same blanket! LOVE this blanket! Such a beautiful gfit. Love your little girls room and I am a new reader totally obsessed with your blog!

        Have a wonderful Thanksgiving :)

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