Isla's Room Refresh

The first space getting a makeover in the new year is Isla's room. She's growing up and it's time to make a few updates to her space so it can grow with her.


We'd been using this credenza as her changing table, but she's getting a little too long and a little too wiggly for that so I restyled it to show off some of her decor and special things instead.

Before:

After:


I thrifted her metal swans which are actually vintage letter/napkin holders at separate times. I thought the first would look cute on a shelf, but as soon as I found a second, I knew they'd make great bookends. I'm tempted to make them gold to fit the look of the space better, but don't dislike how they look now either. I selected some vintage fairy tale books I've accumulated over the years to pair with them.



On the other side of the credenza I have a whimsical landscape sketch I found at a garage sale, a couple Anthropologie frames I still need to print photos for, and a pretty blue vase I'm told is from the 1930's with flowers from Michaels.



The bird mobile was a great distraction tool when this functioned as a changing table and I've decided to keep it up because I love how it looks next to the flying ship. The ship was a DIY-ed Facebook Marketplace find I talked about more in my another tour of this space.

A new detail in this room is Isla's star map from Mapiful. It's a poster of the sky at the time and place she was born and is such a special, personal touch to her space. I love how the rust color looks with the vintage pinks and browns in her room! It was fun to customize, easy to hang, and something I know will always look great here even as the decor in this room changes in the years to come.




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Another feature that's gotten an update since my last tour of this room is the faux mantel. I knew I wanted to fill this old frame to cover up the ugly "framed" outlet. I created a back out of cardboard and covered it with pages from a thrifted children's book from the 70's. The illustrations were so cute and the colors were so perfect with the rest of her room!




I loved this little faux mantel makeover, but I'm sorry to report that between the time of its creation and the writing of this post, it was ripped to shreds by a couple of toddlers. I knew this was a risky decor endeavor for this space and I was right. I'll be looking for another book to redo this DIY or something else to fill my frame with.


Here's a look at a few other pretty spots and before/after shots of this refresh:






I love the recent changes and additions to Isla's room and how her space is growing as she does. I do have a couple exciting upcoming projects for this space. I want to rework her closet in a stylish and functional way and I'd like to add a cozy reading corner full of her favorite books. I'll keep you updated on those changes and the faux mantel redo.


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I've included a couple items I have in this space but haven't shown yet so you can shop the whole look.