When getting ready to transition our daughter from a toddler bed to a big-girl bed, we asked her what she wanted in her room.
Unprompted, she confidently answered – Ballerinas and Flamingos.
Hmm. Interesting combination. That might be a tall order.
I’m not sure what I expected her response to be, but ballerinas and flamingos wasn’t it.
I was thrilled when I found these pictures of a gold-polka dot quilt with ballerina sheets from Pottery Barn Kids. She was equally thrilled. Unfortunately I soon found the quilt and accessories were no longer available. Then when I found out how much they had been selling for, I suffered sticker shock. The quilt and shams alone would have put us back around $250.
Wanting to give her what she wanted, but to also be a good steward of our money, I decided to see if we could do something similar for much less.
As for the flamingos, at first, I could only find these Martha Stewart sheets. But the price was still more than I wanted to spend for mostly white sheets for a potty training child.
Stumped, I went looking for alternatives and inspiration at Home Goods.
Oh, Home Goods, you always come through for me.
There, in their tiny kid’s bedding aisle was a Nicole Miller gold-polka-dot bedding set for $40 (less than a quarter of the Pottery Barn quilt alone).
Next to the comforter? Lyla Rose Ballerina sheets for $15.
There I stood, surprised, pleased and cracking up by myself in the Home Goods aisle.
Yep, I’m totally that lady.
Then I made a mistake I won’t make again. Unsure of whether white bedding was a good idea for a 3-year-old, I decided to think about the comforter overnight and come back to buy it.
It was gone the next day. Thankfully, after calling every Home Goods in the Twin Cities, I found the LAST one 30 minutes away.
After getting almost exactly what I was looking for at a fraction of the price, imagine my surprise when Target came out with their new Pillowfort bedding…including Flamingo sheets for $18 (bought for $15 using a 20% off coupon).
Perhaps a ballerina and flamingo bedroom isn’t such a tall order after all.
We kept the string of bird garland from her baby room, added one painted wooden “A” from Home Goods, and a scripture verse made by my mom (the one we wrote on the wood studs of her room while our house was being built).
Done. The bedding and decorations for just over $110. And we should be able to keep it the same for several years.
Now our little sunshine girl has a BIG girl room.
To say she is delighted by her room may be an understatement.
She did some ‘twirling’ to celebrate it.