Cora’s Nursery/Big Girl Room

**Warning**   This will be a long post with lots of pictures…bear with me.

This weekend we accomplished a lot around the house.  My mom was gracious enough to keep Cora for two nights and one full day.  During this time not only did we go out for two dinners. (one for our anniversary on August 11th) but we also tackled many projects that we had not finished.  Justin painted the window boxes and I painted Cora’s dresser…and a couple other things.

Here’s what our front yard looked like on Saturday.

Justin was smart enough to put himself in the shade with a chair…

Cora’s room used to be her room/guest room and looked like this:

Now it looks like this:

Unfortunately I did not have the best light for these pictures.  I am so happy with the new room other than the rug…it’ll need to be replaced but that won’t be any time soon!

I made a little reading corner for Cora.  Obviously she cannot use it yet…but some day.

A couple years ago I bought these little tin stars.  I have always loved them but didn’t know what to use them for…I decided to string them on the ribbon and love the way it looks.

I tore these little pictures from an old book that a child had marked with crayon…

Nothing is hung near Cora’s bed as she would try to pull it down.

I painted the dresser white and am going to keep the old hardware until I can afford to replace it.


I’m so glad I bought the tin table…

Of course I cannot forget the beautiful built-ins and all the pretty things they hold.

And one final view. My favorite $8 yard sale curtains.

It has been so much fun decorating Cora’s room…so much color and imagination can be poured into a child’s room.  I just hope she’ll learn to love it as well!

16 Responses to Cora’s Nursery/Big Girl Room

  1. Lindsey Sieders says:

    Love love LOVE it! We’re in the process of decorating Kaylin and Jacob’s room, it gave me some great ideas! Absolutely love the table in the middle of the room and the reading corner. And its made me dive into the used stores near our house….

  2. admin says:

    Thanks so much! Pretty much everything in her room is from second hand stores or yard sales:) Good luck with their rooms!

  3. Betty says:

    Her room looks fabulous! And the rug doesn’t look bad in there at all! I am glad y’all had a Cora-free stretch to get it all done in!

  4. Danelle says:

    i love the tin stars strung on string. looks awesome, Grace!

  5. maryanne helms says:


  6. Melissa says:

    Looks awesome.

  7. Jessica says:

    Those built in shelves are superb. Man I wish i had something like that in my house.

  8. bchallies says:

    It looks wonderful, Hon!

  9. Katie van der Meer says:

    Oh I hope I can be that good at decorating when I get a house. Its so hard to think of decorating in this old apartment. I am nervous about being in charge of decorating my own house. Excited to though. Her room is so stunning. You’ve done a beautiful job.

  10. admin says:

    @Katie van der Meer:
    I know you’ll do a wonderful job. I cannot wait to see pictures of it and eventually actually see it! That’s our summer trip plan for next year…Ottawa and the Cowles house. Hopefully it’ll work out:) I still haven’t even seen Jo’s house!
    so cute about Matty. Don’t you wish we were close so they could play together? Love you all.

  11. jenny boyd says:

    love cora’s new big girl room!!!Fitting since she is turning the big 1! Her little table is soo cute! You have done a great job with decorating your home, love you ideas. You need to come do mine next!!

  12. admin says:

    Thanks Jenny:) I sent out the invites today. Hope you all can come!

  13. Susanna says:

    Looks beautiful sis! A work of art!:)

  14. Cara says:

    Such a sweet room! The little table and reading corner are so adorable, and I absolutely love those built-ins (and how you’ve styled them).

  15. admin says:

    Thank you so much:)

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