July 25 12

We moved into our house so long ago I can barely do the math. Actually, that’s kind of a lie. It really hasn’t been that long, and the poor math skills probably have more to do with the fact that I’m only a quarter of the way through my morning coffee and I have spent way too many precious minutes trying to build a booby trap for when my dog wants to get into my bathroom garbage can. Two years, I believe. Three? Two? Regardless of when it was, turning it into a grown-up house has been a sloooooow process. But! We do actually possess dining room furniture now, so we are thinking that’s a step in the responsible adult direction. Emily’s room, though, has been neglected. Lest you think that’s she is special, all the bedrooms have been neglected too.

It was an extra-special shade of pink. And if you have ever met my daughter, she’s the anti-pink. She likes green and black and blue and red and grey.

“I want black walls, I think.”

Think again, sweets. 

So, a project has begun.

A project that has started to look a little bit like this.

Please note that I possess not a single ounce of design skill whatsoever, so I am sort of flying by the seat of my pants here—and spending copious amount of time on Etsy and Pinterest.

Yes. Please.

I am so excited to surprise my girl when she gets home from camp. SHE HAS NO IDEA.

But, well, there’s another little girl in our house who knows exactly what’s going on.

And she is not happy about it.

“I did what Mrs. Pollock said to do when you really, really want something. You present your argument in a letter.”


But not spelling. Obviously she learned none of that.

Translation, for those of you who don’t speak 6-year-old.

I love you both.

I want to make my room a big girl room and I need your help. 

Please please please can you help me.

Love you.

And then after I stopped weeping, I realized that instead of fixing up one child’s room this summer, we will be doing two.

Because how on earth can you say no to something like this?

The answer is: YOU CANNOT.

I am basically the Oprah Winfrey of big girl rooms.

  1. Love this.

    You’re such an awesome mom, Ali.



    Comment by Allison Zapata on July 25, 2012
  2. Awww, wonderful!
    We surprised our two youngest with ‘bigger kid rooms’ last summer when they went to the east coast for a month with my parents. They loved it.
    Your kids are so sweet.


    Comment by Nuala Reilly on July 25, 2012
  3. Cant wait to see before and after pictures!!!


    ali replied on

    We didn’t take any before of Emma’s room. I will definitely take of Isabella’s


    Comment by Maija @ Maija's Mommy Moments on July 25, 2012
  4. Which, I’m going to guess, will soon mean you’ll be doing 3 children’s rooms.


    ali replied on

    You would think…but my son…he’s all, “room? What room? Can I have a new baseball glove and some menchie’s instead?”



    Comment by Gamanda on July 25, 2012
  5. Um….can you please help ME turn MY room into a BIG GIRLS ROOM too? I…um… like you a lot.

    Seriously, great taste and she is going to go nuts. You ought to warn neighbors that have dogs. The sqealing might be epic.

    Just sayin.


    Comment by Rae Ann on July 25, 2012
  6. Can you please go all HGTV and post tons of photos? Morgan wants a black walled room too. I do not understand how to do that where I don’t make her a cave.

    Then of course Bailey wants BRIGHT colors.

    Yeah…they share a room.



    Comment by Issa on July 25, 2012
  7. Geez, she’s not even my kid and that almost made me cry. One cannot decline when three “plese”s are involved. Good luck!


    Comment by Jessica on July 25, 2012
  8. Um… I really want a better “couple” bedroom now…


    Comment by Mari on July 25, 2012

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