The Whimsical Toddler Room Every Mom Needs to See

Child's net canopy with tassels

The moment we saw the room that Amanda Nistor (of Ruffled fame!) designed for her little girl, Luna, we were smitten. The cheeky, feminine details feel so fitting for this bright-eyed, pint-sized lady, and many of the details could easily inspire a grown-up space, too! Read on to learn about a few of Amanda’s favorite pieces in the room, plus insight into her role as mom to little Luna.

We’re big fans of your site, Ruffled! What made you decide to take the leap and start your own business?

It all started nine years ago when I created the blog as an outlet for the “wedding withdrawal” I had after planning my own in 2008. It quickly turned into a full-time business, and I pinch myself every day for being able to do what I love and now have the flexibility for my family.

White floor lamp

Wooden rolling toy

Mini mid-century grid chair for a child's room

Wall color is Benjamin Moore’s “Simply White”

How has starting a family changed your perspective as a business owner?

My perspective changed in so many ways! The awareness of time as a highly valuable commodity made me much more productive and practical in some ways. I sometimes joke that I started to get things done in half the time once my daughter was born.

What inspired you to run with an ‘endless summer’ theme for your daughter’s room?

It very loosely evolved from the quote from Albert Camus, “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer,” which is something I will be framing for her room in the future. From there, I took a bright and whimsical direction with a beach boardwalk feel.

Pom-pom floor basket

Polka dot wallpaper

I think being a mom added a new dimension in my life that I didn’t know could exist.

Neon heart wall art

Rug // Framed beach print // Bed // Bookshelf

Let us in on your process! What were some of the goals that you kept in mind while designing this space?

The main goal was to make a room she could grow into, with a fresh feminine take. Every corner has a purpose made just for her, with nearly everything within her reach like low book ledges, hooks and a bookshelf filled with her favorite things.

What was the biggest challenge in designing the room?

Handling the toy clutter and, at the same time, making it accessible to her so she can feel independent (aka trying to hide the plastic toys!).

Also, getting the right shade of pink on the ceiling! I painted her ceiling three times to get the color right. It seems like the ceiling will always show two to three shades darker than painting the same color on the wall, so I kept diluting our paint with plain white until I got a shade of pink that wasn’t too overwhelming in the space.

Geometric gold mirror

Polka dot child's bean bag chair

Gold polka dot wallpaper

Wooden shelf (similar) // Wallpaper

What pieces did you already own? What new pieces did you add into the mix?

We started off with her rug, which I love. It was the splurge of the room, but we love how thick it is. We had all of the artwork, including this print from Minted, Oh Joy!’s neon heart from Target and a few free printables I came across on Pinterest.

Once we learned we were expecting our second child, we upgraded her to this cute bed from IKEA and got a small Kallax bookshelf unit with doors and drawers. I turned wood balls from the craft store into knobs. The side table, mirror, mini honeycombs, floor and rice baskets and wooden hooks next to her mirror are also from IKEA.

Vintage wood Art Deco dresser

The awareness of time as a highly valuable commodity made me much more productive and practical in some ways. I sometimes joke I started to get things done in half the time once my daughter was born.

Blue and yellow woven blanket

Gold glitter basket

Do you have any secret spots around town to find great art or furniture?

I am an avid online shopper! I love Etsy for unique and vintage art.

All-time favorite movie to watch with your daughter?

She’s obsessed with “The Cat in the Hat” lately. It’s so fun to see her get excited and make comments about what catches her attention.

Kids' bean bag chair

Silver sequined throw pillow

Blackout velvet curtains // Brass curtain rod

What pieces from the space do you hope your daughter will be able to use for years to come?

The vintage wooden dresser is one of my favorite pieces. I originally bought it with the intention of refinishing and painting, but the warm wood tone grew on me right as I found out I was pregnant, so it worked out!

What has been the best part about being a mom so far?

How you can love someone to this degree where your priorities change and you’re happier because of it. I think being a mom added a new dimension in my life that I didn’t know could exist.

White drapery panels

I pinch myself every day for being able to do what I love and now have the flexibility for my family.

Blue and yellow blanket

Ceiling paint color is ½ Behr’s “Island Hopping” and ½ untinted white // Canopy

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Author: Carrie Waller

Carrie is the writer, stylist and photographer behind Dream Green DIY, and also is the features editor for Glitter Guide. Follow along on Instagram!