Moving Ella to her big girl room was exciting and yet had me thinking of how fast this past year has flown by! What a pleasure it has been to get to know my beautiful not-so-baby girl Ella, to admire her budding personality and to adore her 101 expressions. This project was a lot of fun for me and I think Ella had a good time watching her Mommy decorate a big girl room just for her.
When decorating Ella’s room, I wanted to let her personality shine through. She is very much a girly girl and always points to her dresses so I thought it would be perfect to decorate with the very things she loves. I hung her little wedding gown on the wall along with her shoes and flower crown for decoration and displayed some of her lovely headpieces made by Little Lush Boutique from her 1st birthday and another one she wore to our wedding. On an accent shelf I have displayed her special bracelet handmade by Kim Smiley.
I knew a reading nook was a must for Ella’s room as she is always “reading” her books and now has quite the collection. She will pull out different books to read each day and sit and flip through pages with a lot of “ooouuu!” and “ahhhh!” and all her cute little baby babble. It is wonderful to see what a kick she gets out of her books. 🙂 I found the canopy from Bed Bath and Beyond, the rug and the decorative pillows from HomeSense. This little nook has been a comfortable spot we have made use of everyday.
Behind Ella’s crib, my brother offered to paint an accent wall for Ella and then we placed a piece of art I found at HomeSense above her crib. I wanted to keep it simple! For the final touches I found a perfect sized chandelier from Ikea that has beautiful hanging crystals. Every morning when I come in to get her from her crib, it’s the first thing she points to. I also found bed sheets and a comforter from Ikea **Note, for safety reasons, I only have the comforter in her crib for the photos.** I’m still going to save it for when she’s a bit bigger but when I saw it I knew it would work well with the colours of her room. 🙂 The white blanket hanging over her crib is from HomeSense and also just there for the post.
As you can see from the photos, Ella is pretty proud of her new big girl room. All I needed was to see her big dimpled smile and I knew I had it right. She warms my heart! 🙂
I hope you all enjoyed watching her big girl room unfold. I can’t wait to get started on our next decorating project! I think our Master is the next on the list! 🙂
What is “Empathy”, Mom?
This was the question my son asked when I gave him the pin that I had brought home from my visit with Kim Smiley. “Empathy means to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and imagine how they are thinking or feeling,” I said. I then asked Owen if he would like to wear this pin and learn how to practice Empathy every day? With a big grin across his face and a simple “Yes Mom”, my heart filled with hope and pride.
I later showed Ella her pretty little bracelet, and another one made by Kim Smiley, for her baby sister who is on the way. Although I won’t be able to explain their meaning for some time yet, one day I will be able to share with my daughters that these pretty pieces of jewelry represent strength and hope for many.
Kim Smiley, a Mom, Artist, philanthropist and Entrepreneur founded Sappho, a collection of handmade jewelry made by women working towards self-sufficiency. Besides being a beautiful and useful collection of jewelry, when you purchase a one-of-a-kind piece from the Kim Smiley line, you are also creating employment opportunities for women and empowering them with training and a living wage.
Inspired to give back further, Kim started The Empathy Effect—a non-profit organization that gives 15% of the proceeds from every pin sold to a charitable organization that carries out its work with empathy. “The remainder of the funds will be slated for education, programming and social welfare projects,” Smiley promises.
As we walked through Kim’s showroom, she showed me artwork that she had created—each piece telling a different story, sharing memories with me of how she grew from creating artwork to creating beautiful pieces of wearable art, her jewelry. She then gifted me with a stunning cuff, two beautiful bracelets for my daughters and the Empathy Pin which I gave to my son. I also purchased a pair of earrings for myself as an early birthday present, and although I was excited to have something so beautiful from her collection I was even more delighted that the profits were going to a great cause.
It was an absolute pleasure to meet Kim. When it was time to say goodbye to Kim and her son Sam, I left feeling a sense of “we need more people like her in this world.”
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