Nova’s Toddler Bedroom Update

As soon as we returned home from China I knew what needed to be swapped out in Nova’s nursery to update it for her needs. But the early days of motherhood were overwhelming, so I waited a few months before beginning the updates.

In hindsight, I am glad I waited a few extra months to fully do her room update because it gave me a chance to get to know Nova and her needs in this phase of her childhood. At 2 years old, she is changing so quickly, it’s hard to keep up.

This past month, I spent some time really working on her space and I’m excited to share today how we updated Nova’s toddler bedroom.

We decided to swap to a twin-size bed. My first instinct was a toddler-size bed, but my friend, Sarah, talked me into a twin because it will last so much longer. And since we decided to invest in an organic mattress, it may as well last as many years as possible. She can use this until she’s ready for a teenager room (which, believe me, is not on my mind right now … haha).

Here’s a link to the wicker headboard, the butterfly pillow and the alpaca doll.

What’s kind of funny to me is that when I originally shared our nursery tour a lot of people said we wouldn’t need the changing table set up, but we actually still use it every single day. The crib was what ended up going into storage. What’s funny is I have lots of friends with children Nova’s age and older who are still sleeping in cribs. I guess it just proves you just never know until you are in the situation and every child is different.

“Save Our Planet Raise A Hippie” makes me so happy! Although we are far from perfect, it reminds me every day that we need to be striving toward a more green, less wasteful lifestyle.

This cozy corner hasn’t changed too much except that I moved the sun mirror over here (Nova kept trying to play with it above our changing table).

I feel like The Home Edit will be proud of me for keeping Nova’s closet so decent. It’s pretty close to how they organized it for us—the only big change is that it’s WAY more full now.

Of all the chores in our house, washing and putting away her tiny clothes (and corralling her little sunglasses from all over) is my favorite! I try to take one day every weekend (but usually it’s every two weeks, to be honest) to straighten up her room and put all her clothes where they belong.

If you’re curious, we built this closet out … it was just a regular adult closet before with one bar and one shelf. I think it’s SO worth the time and money to build out a kids closet if you have the chance. It makes the space so much more useful. You can read all about that project here.

The changing details make me so happy! Her little guitar … her Disneyland hat (that she refused to wear at Disney but now wears all the time at home … lol), her white-haired doll from China. I love having this little shelf nook to organize and reorganize.

The books section has kind of exploded (although we keep the bulk of them in the playroom and swap them out frequently). Nova’s current favorite book is here on the bottom shelf, Triangle (which she calls “Tingle”). We introduce a new book into our bedtime routine about once or twice a week. She has already memorized several of her favorite stories—it’s so cute because it almost looks like she can read.

I’ve been considering replacing this rocking chair. It’s a little large for our space and we don’t use it much since it’s pressed against the wall. Do any of you moms have thoughts or opinions? I don’t want to regret it later on, but at the moment I feel like a smaller chair would better fit the space.

When it’s clean (which, she’s 2 … it’s not most of the time) this is my favorite room in our home. It’s full of the sweetest details and at the risk of sounding super cheesy … it feels magical at bedtime. I’m soaking in this season in our family because I know it will go by so fast. Every day is a gift … I really feel the weight of that right now. Every morning when I walk in there and she immediately yells, “Mama! Read books!” I feel like the luckiest person on the planet.

Thank you for sharing my joy!!! I love you. xx – Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Photography: Amber Ulmer. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.

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