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The Secret Garden (At Night) Girls’ Bedroom Redesign

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Well, the final push was a comedy of errors but we made it! The girls’ secret garden bedroom is done (enough) and I’m excited to show you the results of eight (er, nine) looooong weeks of hard work (with a side of fun).

Another One Room Challenge in the books. Let’s take a look…

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First, let’s recap where we started

This should be quick because where we started was literally a white box with mattresses on the floor and a couple of cheap toy bins.

Shared girls bedroom: before

And an underused, builder-basic closet. Two sets of these laminate cubes were stacked in here to store all of their clothes. We didn’t use the wire shelf for anything but junk.



The functional goals for the room included an improved layout, since my girls share the room and it’s not particularly large. Also, to make it cozy and conducive to sleep. The holy grail of parenthood.

As far as visual inspiration we were aiming for a secret garden at night. This is a kid’s room after all so it needed an element of fun and magic. Sure, it’s cool if I like it but what matters is that THEY like it.

We nailed it across the board, put the “fun” into function, and now I can barely get them to leave the room.

It’s important to mention that Annabelle styled this entire shoot. Can a mama be any prouder???

The paper flower wall and the reading nook

Sorry to start on a low note: but I didn’t completely finish that paper flower feature wall. Last week I sustained a pretty serious burn to my hand (I’m fine!), so I was pretty limited in how much hand-work I could do. The plan is to at least double the number of flowers on this wall:

This is probably my favorite one. It actually doubles as a light (a lantern?). Right now we have two light-up flowers but I’ll mix in a few more. It’s a really fun feature that the girls can control by remote from their beds.

paper flower lanterns

Easily the largest transformation in the room is the closet turned reading nook. We named it The Nook because, well, we seem to name everything. I’m looking at you BFF Ladies Club

Guys, the reading nook turned out better than I ever imagined it! And it’s reaaaalllly hard to shoot properly without the right camera lens and pro lighting. I did my best:

reading nook lit up

The lighting features are positively magical at night when they glow through those walls of faux fern. Josie actually sleeps in here sometimes. Here’s the full post on turning a closet into a reading nook, plus a tutorial on how to make that upholstered floating bench.

The beds, the walls, and more lights

Those deep, dark midnight walls. They were a bit controversial at first, but now that everything else is in? They make so much sense. I love how the whites pop so crisply off the navy black.

We also used lots of gold to add more of that magic and sparkle. These lamps? We made them for under $10 each. Interested in making your own? Here’s the tutorial.

The aim was to make them almost look like a beehive or nest of some sort dipped in gold to tie in with the garden theme.

So important to mention though — this hanging spot is NOT appropriate for very young kids due to the strangulation hazard. My kids are at the age of reason and we had a conversation about not ever playing around with the lamps.

The glow up

What’s a night-themed kids’ bedroom without some glow in the dark elements? I painted an entire glowing galaxy of stars on the ceiling. You can see bits of it in the first photo and in a few others, but it has sadly proved to be impossible to shoot glowing in the dark

I did however manage to capture these faux neon signs we made:

Learn how to make these word art signs here!

The details

Here are some final details I wanted to be sure to call out!

Annabelle filled little bowls around the room with crystals to give them “sweet dreams, bravery, and positive energy”:

Josie’s concept from the get-go included adding these butterflies all around the room as if they’d just happened to land there. It was a brilliant idea:

I FINALLY found a tiny settee in the kid’s section of my local HomeGoods. It was a little more than I wanted to spend but was still a great deal and fits perfectly. We’re planning to add some patterned fabric to the seat down the road.

Literally all of the lights in this room are powered by remote so we needed a pretty tray to hold them all. Pray that we never lose them!

potato printed a scrap of fabric and turned it into this sweet little no-sew pillow.

I posted the tutorial on how I decoupaged these storage cube organizers with paper bags last week, but I never showed you the backs! I ended up covering them with sheet moss glued to presentation boards from the dollar store. It’s all about the little details 🙂

And most importantly, my codesigners, without whom this room transformation would have been far less magical 🙂



Honestly, this isn’t completely done. We plan to paint the side tables, add waaaayyyy more paper flowers, and add a few other odds and ends, but overall this room has been completely transformed. So I say mission accomplished!

Thanks a million to Linda Weinstein for creating and continuing to host this incredible event. My children are forever grateful. And already asking me what we’re doing for the fall. Eek!

Now that you’ve peeped our room, there are so many other amazing rooms to check out next. Don’t miss them!

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