There’s something especially intriguing about a four-year-old who knows what she wants. When it comes to fashion Ivana seems to be ready for the catwalk at a moments notice. At our first meeting, she wore a stylish tee that was fringed at the hem, demin shorts, and the most adorable suede cowgirl boots. I even asked her if they made a pair in my size.

Her current bedroom mimics her fashion aesthetic. It has great accessories that rides the lines on traditional, edgy, and modern; or others may simply call it eclectic.

Her mother solicited my help regarding space planning, furniture selection, and also helping her to sort out their existing inventory of amazing home goods. The existing items include billowy taffeta drapery panels, a chandelier, white storage unit, a pair of vintage nightstands, an assortment of colorful photo frames, a white glossy mirror, and of course a collection of doll from around the world.

Transitioning a Toddler to a Big Girl's Room
Custom Silhouette by Jennifer DeLonge

As an avid lover of window treatments, I was immediately drawn in by the existing drapery. Geez, they were nicer than the ones I currently have in my own bedroom. But it was an unrelated shopping trip to TJMaxx where I happened upon the zigzag throw and area rug pictured above in the design plan. The rug encompasses every single color I envisioned in the room and was a complete steal at $50. If you follow me on instagram, you saw the moment where I contemplated keeping it for myself.  It’s a problem, I know…


Parker Sofa by Jennifer Delonge


  • I thoroughly enjoy creating a room that grows with the child. For example, the desk featured in the plan may serve as a perch for her to play dress up, but later its the same spot for scholarly study session.
  • Ivana’s room will be a continuation of the aesthetic that exists throughout the family’s home, yet it will remain kid-friendly and encompass all the things she loves.
  • This project will be yet another demonstration of how shopping your home and purchasing a few new items can completely transform any space.
  • I demostrated to the client how to mix styles to achieve Ivana’s signature look for her room and en suite bathroom.

Stay tuned for progress photos!
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About Erika Ward

Multi-passionate entrepreneur, spokesperson, speaker, and philanthropist, Erika Hollinshead Ward worked in the design-build industry as an accountant before turning her passion for interior design into a successful business. Named by Atlanta Tribune as having one of the top design firms for two consecutive years, Erika is a highly sought after expert whose work has appeared in several media outlets such as House Beautiful Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Magazine, Fox 5 (Atlanta Affiliate), Huffington Post, HGTV.com and many others. Her influential voice in the home improvement sector has lead to marketing collaborations with leading home and lifestyle brands including Home Depot, S.C. Johnson, and Home Decorators Collection. Erika holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia and resides in Atlanta with her husband and five children. With her sharp business acumen and design prowess, you can rest assured that she is one to watch as a voice for working mothers, women entrepreneurs, and interior design enthusiasts.

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  1. IVANA’S BIG GIRL ROOM REVEAL | BluLabel Bungalow | Interior Design Advice and Inspiration - November 24, 2012

    […] are new here, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed for updates on this topic.Do you remember Little Ivana? I swear she must be the luckiest four-year-old ever. When her mom called me over for a […]

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