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Before & After | Ellie’s Room

I’m not quite finished with this room yet, but I figured it times to show you some of the progress we’ve made on our house. When we moved into our house in July, we called this room the “red room.” One look at the carpet and you’ll see why.

before and after

The carpet was absolutely hideous. And dirty. And have I mentioned RED? Everything in that room, including the smelly curtains, needed to go!


When we ripped up the carpet we actually found the words “red” on the floor underneath. Please tell me, who planned to have red carpet in this room?!? After we painted, it became the sawing room for awhile while we finished the flooring upstairs.


We installed an ikea light and for the first few days, it freaked her out. Haha. I love when we turn it on at night, it casts flower shadows on the wall, so cool!


Most of the items in her room we already owned. We got her rocking chair for free and I’ve had the quilt since high school (from Pottery Barn Teen). My parents kindly gifted us her bed (thank you, thank you!) and we really like having a trundle bed for Ellie. We don’t have to worry about her rolling off the bed onto the hardwood floors. She can easily climb up and down.


You can read more about her free dresser back here. Please don’t look in any of the drawers, none of them are organized. I blame some of that on a little toddler who loves to play dress up…and take everything out of the drawers. I designed the “Born on your feet running” print specifically for Ellie. She’s a little spitfire and this quote describes her perfectly!


I painted the little baby fingers painting way back in 2008! I’ve been waiting to find the perfect frame for it. So glad I now have a place to hang it, it’s been sitting in storage for a long time.


Still looking for a few frames and pieces to add to the gallery wall. Hello print here. Dream bigger, little one print here. The “E” letter is actually a cardboard letter from Joann’s that I painted a distressed to give it a grungy, metal look.


The Eiffel Tower was a lucky (and cheap!) find from Ross. Salt Lake Temple print here. After reading this talk, I’m a big believer in having a picture of the temple in every room.


My little sister screen-printed and sewed these darling dolls for Ellie for Christmas. So talented. We love them!


And, last but not least, Ellie’s favorite part of the room, the dog. If you know Ellie, you know she loooooves animals, especially dogs. She found this picture in a magazine and carried it around with her all evening. I finally cut it out and taped it to her wall so she would go to bed. If you ever ask “Ellie, where’s the doggie?” she’ll run into her room and point to the dog.


We’re still on the hunt for some curtains (preferably some light blocking ones!) but overall we’re happy with the results! No more red room!! Next up, the playroom and living room (and the green room. Yes, there was a green room too! 😉

Alexa Zurcher




  • April @ Hansen Love

    So cute. I need you to come design my house. or take me out shopping. You always seem to find steals! Her room looks great. and I am with you, I love that talk about having a picture of temples in every room, plus they're just so pretty why not!

  • vivian

    this is so cute! I love how bright and cheery it is. I'm finally starting to get my little boy's room together and it's so fun. hopefully I finish it all before he arrives!

  • Emily

    Love it! Maybe you should just come over to my place and create a lovely space for our soon-to-be baby room. Currently it's a dumping zone for all the "I'm not sure where to put this" stuff in our house 😉

  • Alicia Snow

    Her room is adorable!

  • Corina

    Love! Very cute!

  • Amberly

    It's so cute!!! 🙂 I love it!

  • Jessica

    The perfect little space for a sweet toddler! So bright and happy!

  • Chelsea

    Her room is GREAT!!!!! It looks so good! Ya'll did a great job!

  • Unknown

    love the room 🙂 So fresh and free! and I love that everything is so cheap!! Proves you can make beautiful things without a lot of cash flow. 🙂

  • Amy

    Good thing all of your dad's scouting rubbed off on you. Pretty sure somewhere in the scout motto it says, "A scout is thrifty!!" 🙂 You are an amazing decorator and queen of finding and re-finishing good deals! Great deals!!

  • Cindy Sharkey

    Not much to work with and yet you made it the perfect nest for Ellie. Beautiful work, Lex. Ellie is growing so big, can't wait to see her next!

  • Allison Wall

    I am so impressed! I love this sweet little room!

  • Tiffany

    I love it! This room looks amazing!

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