The Big Reveal: A Special, Eco-Friendly Bedroom for Ja’Naya!

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This room has been about two months in the making, starting with a Green Room in a Box planning the space, but it’s finally done! Before I show you the completed room, here’s Miss Ja’Naya, enjoying her new reading corner:

JanayaRoom1As Niecy from Clean House would say, can you stand to see more? Be warned…there are a LOT of photos…

JanayaRoom2-largeThe view from the doorway

JanayaRoom3The other side of the room

JanayaRoom4Facing the doorway and closet

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We definitely wanted to personalize a bit :)

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This is the artwork Ja’Naya and I painted last weekend. Mine is on top and hers is on the bottom. I never intended to put them in the room, but they work, and they’re a hilarious reminder of my lack of talent with a paintbrush.

JanayaRoom8The posters are hung low to be eye-level (or close to it) for a very tall four-year-old, a.k.a. Ja’Naya. And the spot under the posters feels a little empty, with good reason. We are having a custom-built toy box donated by Mod Mom Furniture to corral all the larger toys (like a remote control car and toy piano) that can’t fit in the small pink boxes. We won’t have it until June, but it’s worth the wait for a handmade toy box built with the love of a mother :)

JanayaRoom9The first battalion of the stuffed animal army. The others are hiding in the closet.

JanayaRoom10This teddy bear is a soft spot for me, so I had to take a closeup. My daughter received this bear a few years ago, and my husband put this photo in it. It is the two of us when we were a couple as teenagers. Yes…we’ve known each other THAT long. I think I was 13 years old in this photo.

JanayaRoom11This corner should look familiar from the sneak peek I posted last week.

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JanayaRoom13Ja’Naya has had this vase for a LONG time, and now it is finally serving its intended purpose. And yes…that is a giant green clothespin next to it. Makes a great photo holder :)

JanayaRoom14And…we have come full circle.You’ll see I made another pillow since I posted the sneak peek.

JanayaBathroomJa’Naya has an attached bathroom, and although we didn’t paint, we did make it coordinate.

Given that I’ve been picturing this room in my head for months, I’m really really happy with the final result! More importantly, Ja’Naya loves it! She’s always talking about her “pretty pink room” and how much she likes everything. That makes my heart smile more than anything else :)

There were some bumps in the road, of course. For example, we intended to turn the capiz shell wind chime into a chandelier, but alas, things don’t always go as planned. My husband’s stud finder also detects electrical work, and the spot where the wind chime is hanging was literally the ONLY spot on the entire ceiling without electrical wiring immediately above it. I was really frustrated by that, because I had imagined the wind chime as a beautiful, glowing chandelier in the center of the room. But I know when to leave well enough alone, and although I initially hated the placement of the capiz (I’m a little obsessed with this thing called “balance”), it really has grown on me. We weren’t able to wire it because it is so far away from the switch that would’ve controlled it, but I think it looks pretty nice even though it’s not lit up.

I also planned to paint the Way Basics storage units white, but after we painted the accent wall, I loved how they disappeared into the pink behind them, making the room feel even larger than it is. We (mostly me) definitely had to make some adjustments, but we got it done, and we think it’s fabulous!

Sponsors

As you know, this room was largely made possible by some generous in-kind sponsors who offered their products for this project. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

I can’t wait to hear what you think of the finished room. Is this what you imagined when you saw the Green Room in a Box? Would you like a list of all the elements in the room that are green? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Like what we did with this room? Check out what we did with our master bedroom, including our custom, eco-friendly $54 headboard!

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  • Monica~MommyBrain April 23, 2010, 1:36 pm

    Oh.My.GOSH! Jennae!!! Her room is beautiful!!! Very fitting for a princess! Ja’Naya is so lucky! I bet she is loving it so much! The colors are so bright and happy! Amazing work girl! Absolutely amazing!!!!…

    Wanna come do my girls’ room?? :)

    • jennae April 23, 2010, 6:24 pm

      @Monica Road trip! lol. I don’t know if I’d make the drive, but I’m happy to help you out with some ideas!

  • Domestic Diva April 23, 2010, 1:37 pm

    I absolutely love it! Such an awesome space. Ya’ll did such a great job.

  • Lori April 23, 2010, 2:39 pm

    It’s soooooo beautiful!!!!!! And she’s so deserving of it. Great work woman!!!

  • Lynn April 23, 2010, 5:13 pm

    It’s just beautiful. What I love most about it is that while it’s for a small child, it isn’t childish at all. I happen to adore bright colors and my living room is filled with them. Most people seem to think that adults require spa like colors (or beige), but honestly, I could be very happy and at home in this room.

    It makes me happy to think she has this beautiful room to come home to. You did a great job.

    • jennae April 23, 2010, 6:23 pm

      Lynn, I definitely wanted the room to be one she could grow into that wasn’t too babyish. That was the main reason we chose a more saturated pink, as opposed to the typical pastel “baby” pink. I’m definitely happy to hear that even an adult would love this room!

      I’m a big fan of color myself, and although I’m drawn to “spa” colors like pale grays and blues, Our living room in red and orange…lol.

  • Merlene April 23, 2010, 5:38 pm

    Jennae, what an amazing job you did!
    This room is every girl’s dream – I’d love it for myself – just fabulous – I’m sure she’ll have the most wonderful dreams there :)

  • Shamali David April 23, 2010, 5:46 pm

    Absolutely Breathtaking!!!! Teared up a lil…Luvs it and I know Ja’Naya does too!!!!

  • jennae April 23, 2010, 6:06 pm

    Thank you all, ladies! I’m just happy that Ja’Naya is happy with it. She can’t get enough of her room, and of all the things to touch and play with, she is most intrigued by the alarm clock (especially when we tell her she can go outside to play at a certain time. She watches it like a hawk…lol).

  • Camilla April 23, 2010, 6:11 pm

    Nice job Jennae! Everything looks great, especially the bold original artwork. I find often times the very best decorations are personal creations – especially from the kids.

    • jennae April 23, 2010, 6:27 pm

      It’s so crazy how we pulled out the paint just for fun a fun activity on a weekend afternoon, and they turned into great statement pieces in the room. We’re even thinking about framing them now! Over on the other wall, where the posters are, the smallest piece of art is actually a crayon drawing that my niece gave my daughter a while back. I’m really glad we kept it :)

  • Candice Selby April 23, 2010, 6:15 pm

    It’s beautiful!!!

  • Jenny April 23, 2010, 8:03 pm

    Of course she loves her pink room! I love her pink room! It’s full of thoughtful details that make it such a special space tailor made for her. Great job, Jennae. Thanks for letting me be a part of it…

  • Katja of Skimbaco April 24, 2010, 6:48 am

    Looks amazing! I love all the pillows and the reading nook, and the wall color is delicious!

  • Amy April 24, 2010, 8:52 am

    Oh my word, it is beautiful and sooo perfect for your princess!! Great job- I just love the color scheme!!

  • Marci April 24, 2010, 8:58 am

    What a fantastic bedroom that any little girl would love!!!

  • Rachelh April 24, 2010, 9:38 am

    Marvelous! Love that bold pink wall, and the green is a great counterpoint. Can’t wait to see the Owyn box Kiersten makes you. She is a rockin’ eco-mom.

    Bet Ja’Naya is glad she has has her very own rockin’ eco-mom!

  • Sheena April 24, 2010, 10:49 am

    It’s so beautiful, I want.to.cry. Seriously. You did the darn thang! I may be sending you some pictures panicking for help later, lol.

  • savvybrown April 25, 2010, 6:24 am

    OMG! That looks incredible! I’m sure she LOVES it! She”s one lucky little lady!

  • Kim ~ CraftyMamaof4 April 28, 2010, 11:09 am

    It beautiful! what girl wouldn’t love it. I really love the butterflies.

    • jennae April 30, 2010, 7:20 am

      Would you believe I agonized forever about how to arrange them on the wall? Then in the end, I just did whatever I felt like…lol

  • Susie April 30, 2010, 5:44 pm

    Such a beautiful room for such a beautiful little girl! I hope she is enjoying her new room. What I wouldn’t have done for a room that cute when I was young. I think I’m having room envy, LOL!

  • Makeeda June 18, 2010, 5:50 pm

    Fabulous job with this room! I especially love the art – I am good friends with the artist of the hair print – what a great message for little girls. Great choice :)

  • Michelle F June 20, 2010, 10:44 am

    This is one of the cutest girl’s room I have ever seen! I love everything about it. What an amazing mom your daughter has. I am new to your site, and can’t wait to see your other projects.

  • lesli De April 10, 2011, 7:48 am

    I LOVE this room. So perfectly precious and appropriate for your adorable daughter who by the way looks like a little doll!
    Is the pink “Razzle dazzle”? – that is a color I use in many of my paintings and can’t see to get enough of it, more versatile than people think. Happy to follow your blog!
    oh, and my painting blog is leslidevitopaintings.blogspot.com

  • Lindsay Newman February 5, 2013, 1:46 am

    What a great space to grow up in! She’s a very lucky girl. I love that you incorporated so many healthy elements too– many people aren’t aware of the significant health benefits of even small upgrades such as organic pillows. Makes all the difference in the world to know that your little one isn’t breathing in harmful chemicals in the space that is supposed to be a place of peace and rest. Great job!

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