Decorating Ideas for a 6 Year Old Girl’s Room

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[Photo credit: Tankersley Photography]

Welcome to design reveal post 2 of 3 on decorating ideas for a six year old girl’s room ~  or what we now affectionately call the “Pink Palace.” This pink and white girl’s room doesn’t get much girlier. It is so her and she LOVES it. I do too. I almost wish I could move in there!

To get you up to speed on this home design project, last summer we redid three of our bedrooms, which all started with the girls’ new Serta iSeries mattresses and the desire to re-do their rooms for the next phase of their life.

It was too much of a project for me to get my head around, so I called in the help of local OC interior designer for families, Shanna from MFE Designs and the blog to help.

You can click this link to see the transformation she did to create the most amazing modern, un-girly, fun blue and green room for my three year old daughter, my first reveal.

Now we are on to Emma’s room, my six year old, who now as a first grader is more girl than little girl. Shanna asked us what we wanted out of her room to which I answered:

1. Storage…  

…storage, and more storage. I wanted to get the bulk of the girls’ toys out of our great room and into their rooms so we could reclaim our living space again after 6 years of looking at ugly plastic toys.

2. Room for imaginary play.  

She loves Barbies, dolls, playing school, etc. so I wanted a cozy area where she could play with her friends in her room.

3. Photos of family and friends.

She is very much into her girlfriends, so I wanted lots of spaces to display pictures so her space was truly her own.

4. Clothes organization.

Like Morgan’s room, I wanted to have a way to organize her clothes in a more efficient way.

5. Barbie Dream House Solution.

I never wanted to see the Barbie Dream House in my living room again so I asked Shanna to find a way to bring it into her room!

Now the BEFORES!

Emma moved into our former guest room, which was a beach themed room we decorated about seven years ago and due for a major update. The guest room will be the next reveal!

The first thing we did was tear down the seagrass wallpaper and my husband put up a DIY paneling job on the lower half of the wall.

Next, we replaced our carpet flooring with hardwood, which we love. It completely transformed the look and feel of the bedrooms and hall.

Here was our former guest room (Emma’s new room):

And the AFTERS!

Behold the Pink Palace – a six year old girl’s dream room! Visit Shanna’s blog for the complete sourcing on this room.

[Photo credit: Tankersley Photography]

To say we love it is an understatement. I love how Shanna used the space under the white bed frame for cute storage baskets. One is for her stuffed animals, one is for Barbie clothes and accessories, and one is for play school gear.  The deal on this bed was so good, we had to use them in both girl’s rooms.

[Photo credit: Tankersley Photography]

Shanna took a photo I pinned on Pinterest of a canopy bed look, and created our own subtle canopy effect by having a piece of wood custom made and then hanging sheers from either side.  I adore how it turned out. Princess-y without being TOO princess-y. But who are we kidding, it’s princess-y!

This vanity is something I never would have thought of, but it is so useful for her hairbrushes and accessories. I also love that we are able to display so many of her photos with friends under the glass top. Shanna made it extra cute by making a little seat cover for the chair to match the bedding and tie it into the design.

[Photo credit: Tankersley Photography]

[Photo credit: Tankersley Photography]

Opposite her bed, Shanna created a wonderful, and functional space with this cube shelf, where the cubes are used to store the Barbies, My Little Ponies, and books.  I love the little girl’s headband display for her headbands, a great way to keep them organized.  Plus, easy to see all of them.

Next to the cubes is a fun board she can write on with washable pens to play school. And of course, what girl’s room isn’t complete without a dress up box?

[Photo credit: Tankersley Photography]

And now, please allow me to show you my TWO favorite aspects of this new design that I love so much I could almost cry. For real.

The closet is made up of two sections, more than we needed for her clothes, which fit easily in the other section, so Shanna took the Barbie Dream House and put it IN the closet, out of sight, easily concealed, and  taking up zero space. Best. Idea. Ever. We put it up on a shelf so the Barbie cars even have their own underground parking.

[Photo credit: Tankersley Photography]

And the second idea for a hamper system, which is sheer brilliance.  Shanna took two white pillowcases and made them into custom behind the door hanging hampers!  By taking the same fabric to tie in her bedding, they fit with the design, look cute, but take up ZERO space. Again, brilliant.

Even better, after the fact, I took them to a local embroidery shop and had them embroidered with “Lights” and “Darks” so that she can sort her laundry before putting it in the hamper.  My little one has the same hampers in her room.

I can’t tell you how much easier it makes doing laundry when the kids’ clothes are already pre-sorted! LOVE!!!!!!!!!

Shanna is an interior designer who I met through blogging and her blog

She has gone back to her designer roots after having three girls under 3 years and is taking on clients specializing in family living spaces and children’s bedrooms.

Having three little ones herself, believe me mamas, she knows exactly where you are coming from!

Shanna blew my mind and our expectations with this fun girly pink and white design.  Girly, but more grown up for my six year old.

Look out for the reveal of our guest room makeover. Post coming next week! Stay tuned!

For a complete sourcing list or to contact Shanna, visit

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Meghan Yang OC Interior Designer

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Get ready to pin some of these interior design ideas mamas! I wanted to start pinning before it was even posted!

Meghan Yang is a fellow OC mommy with a passion for interior design and helping others create a functional home that makes them happy. It was this desire that lead her to create her business, Meghan Yang Interior Design…to help families like yours love the space they live in.

She believes good design should be accessible to everyone, not just the rich and famous. When you live in a space you LOVE, one that makes you feel balanced and peaceful and joyful, that joy will seep over into other areas of your life.

Our lives as moms can be chaotic.  She knows, she is ONE!  So she gets great satisfaction out of helping clients bring order to the chaos in their homes, so even if you have a crazy day running around to drop off, soccer practice, piano lessons, when you return home to your sanctuary, you have a space that brings you peace.

I chatted with Meghan at length on the phone last week.  She is one of those people that is so easy to talk to, I felt like I had known her forever.  One of my questions was about the scope of her services. For example, does she help with everything, or can she help with just certain things?


She expressed to me that she is FLEXIBLE. Every client is different, and the time, energy and resources each client has to devote to an interior design project is different.

To help potential clients figure out what they need, she provides an initial consultation for free. At this meeting, she will take a look at the space, brainstorm some ideas and come up with a plan on ways she can help.

She can do a package deal and do it ALL for you, from concept to shopping to installation. Or, she can do an hourly arrangement if you want help and advice along the way.  Or, she can look at the project, estimate the hours and give you a flat rate based on the scope of the project.  It is really up to you!

One of her specialties is coaching her clients on how to find their own design style.  She doesn’t design based on HER style, she helps you figure out what you want out of your space. Through the help of your magazine dog ears, Pinterest and Houzz, she will take the images and styles that appeal to you, and create a design that fits your personality.

Another important thing to know about Meghan is she also specializes in project management for home renovations. She told me that now days, with the economy and housing market like it is, many people are opting to do home renovation projects with the realization that they might be in their homes for awhile.

Meghan can be your point person for all the sub-contractors, and also can supply you with trusted recommendations.  Managing projects like this can be time consuming and overwhelming, so she loves to be able to take this stress off the client, and see the project from inception to completed design.

Many people also don’t realize that interior designers get trade discounts, so while you are paying to work with an interior designer, often times you can get better quality pieces, and actually save money on purchases.

Whether you want to update one room in your house or are looking into doing a major home renovation, or possibly something in between, Meghan Yang can help you design a home that you love!

Visit for more info and follow Meghan Yang on Facebook for all sorts of fabulous design inspiration! 

 Meghan Yang Interior Design ~ 1931 Newport Blvd. Suite J ~ Costa Mesa, CA 92627

[Disclosure: Meghan Yang is a Tiny Oranges Sponsor – check out her cute ad in the top right column!]


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