Liv’s New Room

Someone is officially moved and settled in her big girl room!

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She’s only one year old, but has already had three different rooms:

next to our bed in the bassinet


her nursery– the loft attached to our master bedroom (now an office)

Nursery thumb

and now, her permanent room. That is: her room until we move, if we move (as a military fam, we have no idea what our fate is. It’s equally exciting and horrifying.), and thus dubbed the “big girl room.”

While I was looking for ideas to put it together (thank youuuu,  Pinterest!), I thought about using an all-new color palette with bright colors and mixed patterns. As much as I loved the pics I saw, they all looked a little too grown up- like for an elementary school-aged girl. She’s 14 months, so I didn’t think a tree decal would be too baby… plus I’d been dying to put one up for her and the loft had no room for one.

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It’s perfect, especially with the floating shelves.

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Here’s the link to the tree decal– from Etsy.

She also has a new bench for reading:

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(from Target)

and a comfy chair – a gift from her nana.

Room  1 of 1 8We tried to get everything put together as much as possible before moving her crib into the room (before, it was a guest room meets playroom), and when it was finished, we brought her in. She gasped, said,”Ooooooooh, tree!”  and immediately started to point and “hoo” at the owls. I think she’s a fan 🙂

We set it up so that it’s entirely baby-proofed with all of the outlets covered and the furniture mounted to the walls:


The closet is emptied out with toys in baskets on the floor to be easily removed for playtime,


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and we nailed the curtains to the walls until we get a curtain rod. At first I thought it would be temporary, but this way absolutely no light gets into the room, so we’ve left it like this. It looks kind of.. rustic? (Tip for fellow parents: blackout curtains are a lifesaver)

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Ideally, I’d like her room to become a Montessori-themed room with freedom to safely access the things she wants to use or play with. I’d like her to try to dress herself and pick out outfits (later on- for now the hangers are still on the higher racks) read, play with toys, and enjoy music- she’s already a pro at working her CD player for our dance parties.

The decal can be easily removed from the wall if we choose to change her room’s theme, but I’m thinking it will be appropriate for at least another year. We could still be here, or across the country 🙂

Do you remember your first room growing up? I remember bits and pieces from mine: the toy box of wood blocks my dad made for me, my forest and mushroom lamp, and my floral dresser.






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  1. Tracy on March 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Darling. Especially love the floating shelves!

  2. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on March 12, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    What a gorgeous room! She’s going to love looking back at pictures when she’s older!

  3. Kathy on March 12, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    Her room is beautiful! I don’t think I remember my first room but as a military brat/princess, I had a lot of rooms over the years and the one thing I do remember is what a fun adventure my Mom always made it by helping us do our bedrooms up in style and making it our own special space. Looks like you’ve got that down with this room!

  4. Denise P. on March 13, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    The tree is awesome with the shelves and the owl is a great touch.

    The only thing I remember from my room as a toddler was a giant skunk decal on my closet door. I used to have nightmares about skunks well into my childhood as a result. I guess it was Bambi-esque but I can’t imagine what my parents were thinking.

  5. Hayley on March 14, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Hey Gina,

    Liv’s room looks adorable!! I’ve always loved her espresso brown furniture! I noticed that you had infant-Liv in an Orbit bassinet. It looks like you had a bassinet sheet of some sort in it too? Or maybe I’m wrong? Did you get that from Orbit or maybe Amazon?? Thanks!


    • Fitnessista on March 14, 2013 at 3:58 pm

      yep, it had a mattress, pad and sheet- all from amazon

  6. Courtney Tucker on March 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    LOVE IT! Great work!

    • Fitnessista on March 15, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      thank you!!

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