Dec 15, 2011

Ann Tancio

Ayla’s Big Girl Room: In Progress


Last month, Bruno wrote a post about the glittery pink school desk he made over for Ayla’s B.G.R. (Big Girl Room). We had hoped to have her whole room re-done and put together this month, but with the holidays and so much going on with Curbly, it sort of got away from us. But we did manage to get a few things done, and I just wanted to give you a peek at where we’re at so far.

We researched twin beds like we were cramming for finals. The best reviews site I found (by far) was (despite the scary name). We ended up settling on the Sealy Lights Out Plush twin bed, which was one of the most comfortable and well-built-seeming ones we looked at. We paid just under $300 for it, which Bruno thought was kind of crazy; but we both agreed spending a little more on something that Ayla lies on for 10 hours every day is probably a wise choice.

After the fact, I second-guessed myself a little and wondered if we shouldn’t have gone with a foam mattress instead (this pink “Emily Collection” one felt very comfortable in the store). Some reviews I read said that the innerspring mattresses (like the one we bought) are consistently rated lower for comfort and durability than the foam ones. But alas; the die was cast.


So far Ayla loves her bed and has been sleeping really well in it (aside from a few times where she has woken up at three A.M. and started blinking her room lights on and off).

We’ve switched up her wall decorations a little bit, taking down the old white magnetic flowers and putting up some pink paper sticky ones. I had ’em all arranged in a beautiful pattern, but that went out the window pretty quickly, since Ayla loves to unstick and re-stick them all over the place. Also, you can see I still need to put something up on the opposing wall; I have a few ideas cooking for that as well.

The other big addition to her room so far is a lovely bright pink mini-beanbag we got from It’s about two feet in diameter, so it’s just the right size for Ayla. At first we were a little concerned because it was stuffed incredibly full (not like the soft, blobby ones I remember). But after a little break-in period it has softened up, and actually we like that it’s not too flabby; it makes it easy for Ayla to sit on it while she colors, reads, or eats a snack. The bag is made of sturdy rip-stop nylon and has a heavyweight zipper and velcro flap, so it’s not going to pop open.


We also added that sweet Fancy Nancy stick up decal in her ‘reading nook’. Sometimes I’ll catch Ayla and Nancy having little chats; it’s hilarious.

So, we’re making progress; we still need to figure out what to do with her old crib (Bruno’s been slacking on either moving it to another room or taking it apart and boxing it up). Then we need to re-paint, hang some new curtains, and add a few more finishing touches to really make the room her own. Stay tuned!

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