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Johanna’s Montessori Style [Big Girl] Bedroom

January 30, 2015 in Decor, Kids' Bedroom, KIDspiration - 43 Comments - 4 min read

Johanna’s Montessori Style [Big Girl] Bedroom

January 30, 2015 in Decor, Kids' Bedroom, KIDspiration - 43 Comments - 4 min read

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As soon as I found out I was pregnant again, after I shared the excitement with my husband of course, I immediately started thinking about decorating the new nursery. Any chance to decorate gets me very excited! I was kind of dreading the idea of buying another crib knowing I wanted to switch Joie (Johanna) to a twin bed when the time came to transfer her into a new room. It just felt wasteful to buy another crib knowing our long term goal wasn’t going to match up. Plus, we fully plan to have the new baby in our room for the first few months as it is. I started looking into recommended ages to transfer babies to toddler beds but most sites agreed that age 3 was best. Well, thats not going to work. Joie would still be under 2 by the time the baby would need her crib. During my research I stumbled across  the idea of a ‘Montessori Floor Bed.’ It fascinated me right away! I’ve always loved  Dr. Maria Montessori’s theory on child-based education/living as I was raised with those methods myself. I immediately started researching this idea of a floor bed and quickly fell in love with the WHOLE idea. So there was my solution! The new baby, currently named Paper Towel because my husband won’t give me any proper suggestions, was going to get the room already set up as a nursery and Joie would get a “Big Girl/Montessori Style Bedroom.” It only makes sense that the second baby is already getting hand me downs, poor girl!
For those of you not familiar with the Montessori Method, it basically stresses “independence, freedom for the child (within limits), and respect for the child’s development” (As stated by Emily DeJeu from So in a ‘Montessori Style Bedroom’ everything is in the child’s reach encouraging independence and freedom of movement. The idea of the floor bed is just for that reason, they can maneuver in and out freely and safely from a young age. A big component to this style room is to make sure everything is baby-proofed. For this reason, most Montessori nurseries/bedrooms are simplistic. So as you will see there are not many toys etc in Joie’s room but that didn’t stop me from decorating! It’s filled with quiet play areas designed to stress imagination & creativity. She already has such a love of books so this room fits well with her personality already. Everything is well within her reach and at her level. I’m no expert on this subject, the only knowledge I have is from the little bit of research I did on it but all in all I feel as though this room will exceed our goals of a child-proof/Montessori bedroom for Johanna.
Below are pictures to show the details in the room as well as info on how you can re-create this look! I hope you enjoy!
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– Lets start with the ‘Floor Bed’ itself. Most Montessori Bedrooms you will find just a mattress on the floor (which works great!) but I am blessed with a slightly germaphobic husband who immediately informed me that without raising the mattress in some way it could fester mold underneath it. So our solution: We bought the *Kendall Trundle from Pottery Barn Kids* and their trundle mattress. The modifications we made were simple ones. We didn’t add the wheels that were included because we weren’t using it as an actual trundle to another bed, AND we didn’t need her rolling her bed all around the room, which she totally would have done. We added some pads to the bottom to help raise the bed a tiny bit. The *side rail* is from *Ikea* and is called the *VIKARE guard rail.* The side rail kind of defeats the reasoning behind the floor bed but it made me more comfortable with the idea because she is a vicious sleeper and I just wanted to try and prevent her rolling out as best as we could. It took us a while to find the right mattress for our little girl, after reading pages and pages of reviews and looking at sites like leesa vs casper we finally found the perfect one!

The mirror by the bed is from *Ikea.*

-The rug is from *Land of Nod*
-The curtains are from *Target*
-All the canvas’ hung on the wall are from TJ Maxx/Homegoods
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-The dresser is from *Ikea* but I switched out the knobs for a more vintage look!

-The bookshelf is by *GuideCraft* and purchased from


-The TeePee is from *Tnees Tpees or @tnees_tpees on IG.* Talk about a well made product! This is my all time favorite part of Joie’s new room! She loves it and I love that she does. Honestly I based the entire room’s color scheme on this teepee and I think its the perfect center piece for her room.

-The wooden rocking chair was a gift from my grandmother, Joie’s great-grandmother.

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The cluster of pictures on the wall are from different places:

-I actually just made the “J” picture using Adobe Illustrator and had it printed through        Vistaprint

-The “She Leaves a Little Bit of Sparkle” is a print from an awesome shop called *Life With Peanut or @lifewithpeanut on IG.*

– The other two are from TJ Maxx/HomeGoods

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And that sums up Johanna’s Montessori Style/Big Girl Bedroom! If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to ask! Thank you for reading!
MORE about floor beds found in my following articles:
xo Noelle

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  • Malory June 9, 2015 at 2:46 am

    Hi! I was wondering at what age did you actually transition your daughter to this bedroom and how did she do throughout the transition? My daughter is 18 months old and learned how to crawl out of her crib today, I am interested in this method but would like to hear from some parents how their child actually adapted.


    • MyLittleLove June 9, 2015 at 6:03 am

      Hello! We actually started with just naps in there at about 13 months then moved her to full time sleeping in there at about 15 months. She did great and never woke up in the night or feel out. The main thing is making sure there is nothing harmful to your lo in the room so in case they do get up they can just play with no worries of injury. I hope this helps!! Check out my children’s clothing line if you get a second! @CoastalKids_ on IG or at Thank you so much for your interest!! Xo

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  • Jennifer June 29, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Absolutely love this room!! I really love the neutral wall color and pops of color with the decor. How did you choose the wall color with all the neutrals out there?

    • Coastal Kids Clothing July 15, 2015 at 9:39 pm

      Thank you! We actually have this color in 80% of our house. When we built the house a few years ago we just had it all painted one color (China Doll) and planned to change out rooms as we wanted. But I ended up loving it just that color for her room 😀

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  • angie chen July 15, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Hi, I also love this room! Could you let me know what the wall color is? And also how big is her room?

  • Nikki July 26, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Love this! I have the same dresser (and a similar teepee coincidentally). Did you bolt the dresser to the wall for safety while your LO is playing independently? I keep wondering if I should leave mine out or put it in the closet.

  • Michelle August 13, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Love love love her room! Where did you get the little rug under the teepee

  • Nicole September 1, 2015 at 12:38 am

    love the room! Where did you get her pillow case with name and bedding?

    • Coastal Kids Clothing September 1, 2015 at 12:57 am

      Thank you! The pillow case is from ZoeysAttic on etsy. The gold polka dot one is from Pottery Barn Kids (it has a matching comforter but she is still too little to use that in my opinion. The sheets are from home goods! 🙂

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  • Nicole sellers September 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Do you remember the exact colors you ordered for the pillow?

    • Coastal Kids Clothing September 1, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      I just looked it up, it was peach & khaki 🙂

      • Coastal Kids Clothing September 21, 2015 at 11:49 am

        Thank you! You can definitely make an awesome room for both. Have you checked out any “monochrome” rooms on Pinterest. They are all black and white and are really cute!! I also love grey/white/teal color schemes too! @tnees_tpees makes the tent and they can do any color you want.

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  • Tasha September 21, 2015 at 3:31 am

    I so love room i would like to do my 18mth old daughter room like this but she has a little brother who will soon be a year old they will share a room I love the tent idea I would love for them to have one how an where did you get the tent any color idea for a girl an boy there room is not as big don’t want it to be to clustered the beds or a great idea any suggestions to for creating a kid friendly beautiful room for girl an boy.

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    • Coastal Kids Clothing October 3, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      Yes she is. We thought we would use one changing table for the girls but that didn’t work out so we just added a changing pad on top of the dresser after the fact with a little diaper caddy ☺️. Good luck with your transition! Xo

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  • lindseysland October 3, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Hi there, I love this idea. We are having the same timing issue. Is your oldest still in diapers? I didn’t see a changing table area? Thx!

  • Amanda Riojas November 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Hi, gorgeous room and it’s great room inspiration. I have twins and am trying to do something similar to also provide them with more space in a room for two. I have a tent for them but have trouble with it moving too much if they bump it too hard. Any suggestions on how to keep it put? TIA 🙂

  • Lady Dulayne December 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Ohmygoodness. Just dropping by to say what a cute blog. Love the nursery ideas. I have a toddler myself and am looking for more ideas on decorating for him.

    Great ideas!!

    • ohhappyplay January 19, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Thank you!!

  • Regan January 18, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Hi there – my husband and I are following the same approach you did with your daughter and looking into the trundle bed option. Did you make your own side rail or did you purchase that? I was curious as to whether a traditional bed rail would work with a trundle bed or if we’d have to get creative. Thank you!

    • ohhappyplay January 19, 2016 at 9:07 am

      We actually got this rail from Ikea. It is just a standard guard rail but since the mattress is sunken a bit we couldn’t use the standard guard rails they sell at target for example. I hope this helps!

  • Stephanie January 29, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    I love the placement of the mirror over the bed. Where did you find the mirror? Thank you!

    • ohhappyplay January 30, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      The mirror is from Ikea. You can find it HERE

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  • Erin June 20, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Hi! Love this room! Do you remember what size prints/frames you used? Thank you!!

    • ohhappyplay June 20, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      Let me get you the measurements in the morning! Sorry for the delay!

      • Erin June 21, 2016 at 2:56 pm

        No worries! Thank you very much!!

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    […] The theme that was decided on was “Whimsical.” I imagined a dreamy place for Lola to relax and play filled with inviting colors and mythical creatures. I quickly focused on mermaids and unicorns and adorned the room in pink and mint. The colors worked so well with each other and the pre-existing wall color left from the nursery. Although Lola is still in her crib at the present moment I wanted to make the feature of this room that beautiful framed house bed we had locally designed and made. Once we transition her to her new bed we will remove the crib and which will open that space up a bit. This big move should be happening over the next few months as my older daughter was transitioned to the same floor style bed around this age (15 months). You can read about her transition here. […]

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