Updating Izzy’s Room

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Kids rooms are never “done”. As they grow their ideas on how they want their room to look as well as how it needs to function for them also changes. Izzy is turning 11 next month and had been asking me about making some changes to her room. We decided that would make a perfect birthday present for her. She has taken the lead in deciding how she wants her bedroom to look and has been really great about using me as a sounding board. “Mom, I really like this, but do you think it will work with this other choice?” She is growing up so much. If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably already seen some of the changes, but if not, I wanted to fill you in on what has been going on so far with updating Izzy’s room.

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modern boho girl's room

I still think the before was very sweet. She was using the headboard I made for her when she first went to a big girl bed all those years ago, along with the same vintage pink throw. The giraffe art was from her first big girl room as well. All of the main furniture pieces (DIY bookcase, desk, and dresser) will stay the same except for her bed.

desk in girl's room
neutral girl's room

I’m actually not planning on changing anything about this side of her room. She still loves this DIY inlay mirror and her dresser is still serving her well.

During + Plans

blush floral wallpaper

I want to be better about sharing the process of a project. These photos are just snapped quickly from my phone for that purpose. The biggest change has been adding this pretty blush wallpaper to her back wall. She immediately feel in love with it when she saw it online and I was so excited about it!

Another big change has been her bed. I made her a new headboard based off this bed she saw online. I still have yet to make a matching bedskirt that will help the bed to look like one piece. There will definitely be a separate post on this bed project so stay tuned. We’ve also added in the striped rug and tassel blanket she chose. The small rattan side table is too short and I’m trying to figure out a better plan.

Lulu & Georgia wallpaper

One of her requests was to remove the DIY pinboard over her desk. She has gone from hoarder to neat freak in one year and felt it was a little busy. The pinboard has been cut down and relocated to the wall behind her bedroom door, I just forgot to snap a picture. I have a piece of Otomi fabric I picked up in Mexico City that we will be framing and putting over the desk. Cannot wait to see that up!

While I still love the pom pom curtains I made for her, it’s time to replace them. Something, what I have no clue, has splattered all over them and won’t come out. More than likely it was something preexisting on the fabric that has darkened over time from the sun. My plans are to add drapes similar in style to those in our master bedroom. I’ve just not decided on color/pattern yet.

Ok, so that’s all I’ve got for you now! I still can’t get over how much I love that wallpaper. Be sure to find me on Instagram and check out my stories for more behind-the-scenes posts on updating Izzy’s room. I’ll be back with a tutorial on how I made her bed soon as well.



  1. cassie bustamante Avatar

    oooh it feels so grown up, shelley! i love the hardboard you made- it’s amazing! and the paper is so pretty!

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I was trying to stay all calm and neutral so I wouldn’t influence her one way or the other when she first saw the wallpaper online and asked me if I liked it. It was all I could do to not scream YESSSS 😀

  2. Pamela Jones Avatar
    Pamela Jones

    Wow 11 years old. The changes are such a good choice. Love the paper, rug and blanket. The headboard is a perfect grown up look. Can’t wait to see the window treatment change and the wall art.

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I’m struggling with 11 so I can’t even imagine how I’ll feel when she turns 13.

  3. Jan Avatar

    How did you make the headboard?

    1. Shelley Avatar

      I’ll be sharing a tutorial on the blog for it before too long, but I do have some videos of the process saved in my Instagram Highlights titled Girl’s Room.

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