February 12, 2019

Perfecting a Princess Bedroom Design

FILED IN: My Girls, My Nest

I have always been a Disney girl. Always. And when I was building our new home, I realized that I had an opportunity to turn Clara’s bedroom into the most magical, sparkly, royal princess room that I could imagine. I really wanted to create something that wasn’t a “typical” princess room with pictures of the princesses in the room, because I wanted CLARA to be the princess.

I researched Pinterest high and low and the best inspo I could find was the inside of Cinderella castle in Walt Disney World. Since I do not have Disney Imagineers at my disposal, it was time to get creative and craft my own princess bedroom design.

I started with the focal point, which was obviously the bed. I found this canopy bed at Horchow and fell in love. It looked exactly how I would imagine a coach bed made from a pumpkin to look. (I used to have a gold glitter pumpkin at the top of the canopy and Swarovski crystal snowflakes hanging from the top (Elsa), but Clara insisted on taking them down a few months ago. I think she is slowly outgrowing this room and it BREAKS MY HEART.) For bedding, I definitely wanted something that looked regal and loved the combination of the French blues, whites, and dusty pinks.

Clara obviously needed storage in her room and I opted for a full sized dresser to act as a nightstand. I love the shape and color of this piece. I added a second dresser in another area of her room that did not “match” the other. In fact, all of her furniture was individual pieces that I found and felt “went together” and felt more like mismatched antiques, instead of a bedroom suite.

Both of my girls are big readers, so I wanted to give Clara a big, comfy chair to sit and read in. My cousin helped me select a chair design that worked in the rest of the room and when we found this scalloped Scalamandre fabric, I knew we HAD to find a way to use it in the room and a chair was perfect. When the chair was being made, I know my cousin included a little secret charm inside so, one day, when Clara is an adult and reupholsters the chair, she will find a little surprise.

The window treatments in this room really were a challenge. I went to several different designers and tried to explain what I wanted and no one could get it quite right. When I explained it to my cousin, she knew exactly what would be “perfect” and sketched the design by hand. It was pure perfection. She then took it to a manufacturer and had the cornice and balloon shades made. The fabrics used were inexpensive and found in a local Pittsburgh fabric shop and there was not much yardage available, but she made it work. I DIE for the ruffle trim on the bottom. It was made from folding over a matching fabric, gathered and a lace trim was added on top. It might be my favorite window treatment in the house.

When we were visiting the fabric shop, they had the most amazing gowns on dress forms scattered about. When I asked about them, I was introduced to a gentleman who made these creations. I explained what I was doing in Clara’s room and asked if he could make a little girls version of the Cinderella dress that the mice created for her. I gave him the color scheme and not much more direction. When I saw the final product, I could have died. LOVE is not strong enough a word. And here is the part that is fascinating: the entire dress is PINNED. It was created with folding and tufting and just pinned to the dress form. It really is a work of art and I love it. When Clara was little, she wanted to wear it SO badly, but it’s not a real dress. It was a very frustrating thing for her.

And last, but certainly not least, is the hand painted murals in the room. I found a local artist on Facebook and explained what I wanted in the room. I wanted all of the princesses friends and sidekicks, because Clara was the princess. She created faux tufting and swags around the room. Roses and vines were added and once she completed all of the paintings, I added crystal rhinestones (listen: I’m a DANCE MOM and have ZERO issues with rhinestoning a room) to make it magical and sparkle. It took her weeks of work, but the finished product is so stunning that when we have guests over, everyone thinks they are wall decals. When they look closely and realize its actual ART, they are usually amazed.

The mice from Cinderella are working along the floor to complete Clara's dress for the royal ball.

Mrs. Potts, Chip, Cogsworth and Lumiere keep watch in the corner.

Flora, Fauna and Merryweather keep Clara safe at night, while she sleeps.

These little critters are friends from Sophia the First, which Clara loved when she was little. And they found Snow White's poison apple.

After Frozen premiered, I actually had to have the artist back to add Olaf to Clara's room. He was an important feature.

Little details were my last addition to the room and really made it feel authentic. I found most of the stuff on ebay, etsy or at HomeGoods. Clara had the magical rose from Beauty & the Beast on her nightstand, but that was another removal of the “grown-up” Clara. Sigh.

Clara's magic mirror. You cannot see in this photo, but the birds from Cinderella are flying above.

A view into another kingdom.

Every princess needs her tiara.

Aladdin's magic lamp sits on Clara's desk.

This glass slipper was found at TJMaxx. When Clara was little, she used to actually squeeze her foot into it.

Clara’s princess bedroom design is definitely one of my favorite projects I've done, and when I tuck her in at night, it sincerely makes me smile. It is the room of my childhood dreams and I am so happy that my little princess gets to grow up in a castle.

As always, thank you for reading and sharing!

XO, Christi

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  1. Yasmina

    February 16th, 2019 at 5:25 am

    This is such a good blog! I am 14 an di want the room Clara has

  2. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Thank you! Im 41 and want Clara’s room, too!

  3. Sami

    February 22nd, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I loved this I love all the cute ideas you put into this room !

  4. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Thank you so much! This was one of my favorite rooms to decorate. I want to live in there, ha

  5. Sherry

    February 22nd, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Great blog. Love the decor. Wish the princesses would have been a big thing When my daughter was young. She’s not much of a “pink” girl.love you, Chloe and Clara. Always try to watch your live feeds. Now you have the blog. I signed up for it. Thanks Christi!

  6. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Hi Sherry,
    Thank you so much for stopping by and all of your love and support! I always get so awkward on my live feeds, ha. Trying to be better at them. LOL

  7. Mia

    February 22nd, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    I love you’re blog!! It really showas you’re personality!! Good job!😊

  8. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Thank yuo so much! And thank you for stopping by to say hi!

  9. Kathy Underwood

    February 22nd, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Such a gorgeous room, you really are talented at interior design Christi. Loving your blog, it is down to earth and also informative and inspiring. Thanks so much x

  10. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Kathy, that was exactly my goal so thank you sooo much!

  11. Gabby

    February 22nd, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I love ur blog it’s amazing.

  12. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    Awe, thank you! That’s so kind

  13. Susan

    February 22nd, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I am so excited that your blog is finally here! I didn’t really know what to expect, but l’m enthralled. Clara’s room is incredible, you are very detail oriented! The bed is really beautiful. I think the best part for me is the artwork, it’s out of this world! I don’t know the story, but l have no doubt that the artwork tells it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful glimpse into your life, it was truly magical. ❤

  14. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    Thanks, Susan. I had so much fun doing this room and I was crazy about the details

  15. Karen Manzo

    February 22nd, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Such a great room and well thought out! Love it!

  16. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Thank you so much!

  17. Violetta Baevsky

    February 22nd, 2019 at 11:08 pm

    Wow the room is AMAZING!! You did a GREAT job with it. I’m 16 and want to live in that room!!
    P.S- your blog is so interesting and inspiring it is just so fun to read!

  18. clukasiak

    February 22nd, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Hi Violetta, Thank you so much! That means a lot xo, Christi

  19. Marija

    February 22nd, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Hi! So glad you decided to start your own blog! Clara’s room is phenomenal! I am 23 and I am really looking forward to decorating rooms for my kids some day (NOT YET😂) – I can totally see myself doing something like this, I am loving your ideas and how much thought was put into it.
    Thank you for sharing your life with us!

    Greetings from Serbia 😊

  20. clukasiak

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Serbia?! Thats really fun! Welcome. I am so glad that you love my little ideas and I look forward to sharing more

  21. Abby Franklin

    February 22nd, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    Oh my goodness I love the paintings on the wall. The whole room is gorgeous!

  22. clukasiak

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Thanks, Abby! I love the paintings, too and I get nervous that Clara is going to tell me that she wants to paint her room. NOOOOO

  23. Abbie

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:46 am

    I’m 21 years old and want Clara’s room lol, it really is one of a kind

  24. clukasiak

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Gracias! (She is sitting next to me and said “thank you!!”)

  25. Maria Eduarda

    February 23rd, 2019 at 1:26 am

    I’m in awe of how much love you’ve put in decorating Clara’s room. Every single detail is pretty much perfection. Love it! I’m only 20 but I already know I wanna do this for my kids one day (which I have already chose the name and it will be Luna or Lua because I am obsessed with the moon). Btw your family is so sweet 😘

  26. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Maria, LOVE those names! My kids are obsessed with stars! I love sharing my ideas with you all so thanks for stopping by! XO, Christi

  27. Kacey

    February 23rd, 2019 at 1:38 am

    Hi Christi ! I love this room it’s absouletly beautiful but I was wondering when Clara grows out of the princess theme would you allow her do re-do her room ? And what’s another theme you think Clara would be intrested in ?

  28. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Hi Kacey, Right now Clara is obsessed with the idea of a “galaxy” room. Um, I am not ready to part with the castle room, so I may let her turn our sleepover room into a galaxy. We shall see. Eventually, I am going to allow her to redo the room, just not YET. lol. XO, Christi

  29. Laura

    February 23rd, 2019 at 2:44 am

    So beautiful! She is so lucky to have a childhood bedroom like that! Amazing job!

  30. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Hi Laura, I feel like it’s magic! Thank you for stopping by! XO, Christi

  31. Sasha

    February 23rd, 2019 at 6:01 am

    Amazing room! I would’ve died for a room like this as a little girl. I guess I’m about ten years too old for this kind of room now, but I’m actually still jealous. Loving this blog, Christi!

  32. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Hi Sasha, Love to hear this! I am so excited to share more with all of you!!!! Tell me what you want to hear more of. XO, Christi

  33. Shruti

    February 23rd, 2019 at 7:06 am

    l really love the dusty pink bed!!it must be soooo comfy to sit and read in that chair with hot chocolate and a fuzzy blanket❤❤❤😍
    tell clara that l love her💓💓😘💓❤
    ❤❤❤❤❤❤From India

  34. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Its such a great littel reading nook! XO, Christi

  35. Shruti

    February 23rd, 2019 at 7:08 am

    l really love the dusty pink bed!!it must be soooo comfy to sit and read in that chair with hot chocolate and a fuzzy blanket❤❤❤😍
    tell clara that l love her💓💓😘💓❤
    ❤❤❤❤❤From India

  36. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    I love that little corner of Clara’s room. Totally great little reading nook. XO, Christi

  37. D. Pent

    February 23rd, 2019 at 7:12 am

    I’ve been in Clara’s room 🙂 and I’d like you to come and design my spa bathroom… Xx Congratulations on your blog.

  38. clukasiak

    February 23rd, 2019 at 2:07 pm

    I would be totally down for that challenge and already have some ideas. It’ll cost you a bottle of wine and a Diane Dinner, however. My rates are steep. XO

  39. Heather Lewis

    February 23rd, 2019 at 11:23 am

    Hi from Australia!

    Just saw your live and have really been enjoying reading your blog, I’m so happy it’s finally up!

    I would love to see you do a blog post on how you decorate/styling tips.I love pretty things but I am terrible and have a hard time at putting them together – it’s a mess and has stopped me from trying to redecorate my room.

    That said, I ADORE Clara’s room. It is almost what kind of room I dreamed of having when I was little. It’s so beautiful and the artwork is so detailed and gorgeous! I hope she never decides to paint over the art or I will probably cry as well 😂

  40. clukasiak

    February 23rd, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Hi Heather, I will be sharing some tips on the blog so stay tuned! Don’t worry, I won’t let her paint over the murals until she at least 14. LOLZ. Xo, Christi

  41. Matilde Olave Merino

    February 23rd, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    That is my dream room and I am 24😂

  42. clukasiak

    February 23rd, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Same, girl. Same.

  43. Cheyenne Hamilton

    February 23rd, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    This is absolutely stunning! It’s heartbreaking that she is growing up and wanting to change little details that you worked so hard into making it just perfect for her! I would love this room and I am 22 😉 My husband and son would just have to deal with it! Love it and love reading about your life!

  44. clukasiak

    February 23rd, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    Dont worry, I keep telling her that she’s not allowed to change it yet! HA. Thanks for the kind words and how old is your little boy? Christi

  45. Queenie Ye

    February 23rd, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Christi!! I’m 12 years old and I really want that room that Clara has. It’s just so cute. I also really like your blog. I’ve always love you from Dance Moms. Chloe is actually my favorite dancer from the show.

  46. clukasiak

    February 23rd, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Hi, babe! Thanks for the sweet words and stopping by! Xo, Christi

  47. Robyn Trueman

    February 23rd, 2019 at 3:02 pm

    Just to say I love that you have a heart of gold all of the bad situations you’ve been though and you still choose to spread nothing but love and light everywhere you go. I think you’re amazing to have walked down the hard paths and come out the other side with so much love Can’t what to read more you have the talent that is so rare, that is when you walk into a room you light it up with your personality and I feel this blog is going to be a reflection of that also, Chloe and Clare are lucky to have you.

  48. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Hi Robyn, I can’t tell you how much this comment made me smile. Thank you for your love and support and I can’t wait to share! (Also, I will remind my children and husband how lucky they are to have me…LOL!!!) XO, Christi

  49. Kate

    February 23rd, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Hi Christi! I have been waiting for this blog to come out because I knew it would be amazing! And.. it was!! Absolutely love! Can’t wait for the next article!!

  50. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Hi Kate, Thanks! That means so much, you have no idea!!! Can’t wait to share more! XO, Christi

  51. Jennifer Rivera

    February 23rd, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    This is a gorgeous princess room for your sweet princess! I’m 38 and I legit want a princess room for meeee!! I’m a proud boy-mom…but there are moments where I wish I had a reason to buy barbie dolls, or watch princess movies. haha. Anyway, I really enjoy your blog and absolutely love watching your instagram lives! I’m obsessed with Dance Moms and thought you and Kelly were amazing mothers because you ALWAYS put the needs of your kids first! love you Christi!

  52. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    Hi Jennifer, Thanks for stopping by and definitely for the kind words. I love that you are a proud boy-mom. I sometimes wonder if I am missing something without a littel boy. They always say that no one loves their mom like a son. Looking forward to shaing more and let me know what you want to see more of! XO, Christi

  53. Jessica

    February 23rd, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    As a Disney girl myself I love Clara’s room. The attention to detail is amazing. I’m sad for you she’s starting to go out of it. Thank you for sharing. Your an incredible mother.

  54. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    Hi, Jessica! Once a Disney girl, always a Disney girl! Are you excited for Frozen 2 or Toy Stoy 4? We all can’t wait!! Xo, Christi

  55. Zelie Hoover

    February 24th, 2019 at 4:14 am

    Hi Christi! I may be only 12 years old but I love everything about you and have loved “Cake For Breakfast”! This would be a great room for my Cousin (she’s 6) and is a HUGE Disney fan like you! You are such an inspiration to me, and make me smile anytime I see something about you! I am always amazed by your work, and it is always AMAZING! Keep up your great work Christi and just know that I am here for you even if I’m with you or not. Love you so much and can’t wait to here more! Xoxo- Zelie 💕

  56. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Zelie,
    Thanks for stopping by and saying hello! I love that your little cousin would love Clara’s room. And I’m so glad you love the blog. Looking forward to sharing more. XO, Christi

  57. Fiona

    February 24th, 2019 at 6:03 am

    That is such gorgeous room!! Too bad Clara is growing out of it😆. I love how you add bits of Clara in your blog, they make me laugh 🙂.

  58. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you and Clara makes us all laugh daily!

  59. Imaan

    February 24th, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I really like your blog! It’s fun to read and it lets you connect with your fans more and we get to know a little more about you!! I will be reading your blog whenever you post a new one! Thanks from Dubai!!💘💘

  60. clukasiak

    February 24th, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Imaan! Thanks for the nice words and I’m hoping to visit Dubai someday and feature it on the blog!!

  61. Angelysia Adams

    February 24th, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    Wow! You have inspired me to make creative-themed, elaborate rooms for my kids now! I am 16, almost the same age as Chloe. *I love her, she was my favorite girl on Dance Moms:)

  62. clukasiak

    February 25th, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    HI Angelysia (what a beautiful name!!) i just told Chloe and she said “thank you!!” And I live for a themed room!! XO, Christi

  63. Caitlin Almond

    February 24th, 2019 at 10:33 pm

    This is phenomenal ! I’m a huge fan of both you and your girls. They are truely a reflection of the beautiful heart you have. You’ve given them a dream life and it reflects in the way they present themselves and treat all the people that look up to and admire them on social media. I cannot believe just how gorgeous you managed to make this room.

    Sending love from Australia xxx

  64. clukasiak

    February 25th, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    This is the sweetest EVER! Thank you for the kind words!! XO, Christi

  65. Latisha Hurdle

    February 25th, 2019 at 2:28 am

    I love your blog and Clara’s room looks amazing! Keep up the awesome work!

  66. clukasiak

    February 25th, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Hi Latisha,
    Thank you so much for the encouraging words!
    XO, Christi

  67. Phoebe Foley

    February 25th, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Ahhhhhh I love this room!! She is so lucky! You put so much effort into it good job!

  68. clukasiak

    February 25th, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Hi Phoebe,
    We LOVE your name! Actually, we named my car Phoebe, lol. Thanks for stopping by!
    XO, Christi

  69. Elizabeth

    February 25th, 2019 at 9:43 am

    wow This is stunning! I LOVED decorating my kids bedrooms. I’m a twin so my sister and I always got stuck in the same bedroom. We look identical but our tastes are completely different so to squash potential arguments we were never able to decorate our bedrooms. Now it’s become a passion of mine to create a space for my kids that inspires them and feels like their own special retreat. I’m obsessed with this decor and might need to nab an idea or two for my little princess’s bedroom!😂

  70. clukasiak

    February 25th, 2019 at 4:35 pm

    Hi! I love this and please feel free to steal away! And I think we all wanted to be a twin when we were younger…..lucky!
    XO, Christi

  71. Addie

    February 25th, 2019 at 11:42 pm

    Hey christi!!
    I LOVE this room and would DIE to live in it! My mom tried to make me a princess room when I was younger and looking back on it, it wasn’t the best, but I knew she put a lot of work into it. I hope Clara will live this room forever and ever just like you will 🙂

  72. clukasiak

    February 27th, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you for the nice words and it’s so nice to hear you realize what your mom did for you! Tell her thank you now, she will love it! XO, Christi

  73. Fabiana

    March 1st, 2019 at 1:14 am

    In love with this room! Clara is a lucky girl to have you and your lovely ideas!

  74. clukasiak

    March 2nd, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you so much! That means a lot to hear! XO, Christi

  75. Emalee

    March 3rd, 2019 at 12:38 am

    Hey! I actually just finished watching all the Dance Moms episodes, season for season. I just wanted to say “thank you” for being you, sticking up for your kids, and loving them for who they are! I coach competitive soccer and it’s amazing that lengths parents will go to to try and get their child ahead, even though their child doesn’t want to participate. I think we have lost sight of the true experiences that youth activities can bring and the life lessons that they can learn all for a
    1st place trophy.

    Thank you for being an example of hard work,
    dedication, and mostly pure love and acceptance for your daughter!

  76. clukasiak

    March 3rd, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Emalee, Thank you for taking the time to share these kind words. I may not always do the right thing for my kids, but I certainly do a lot of self reflecting and checking in with them. So, your kindness and recognition mean a lot. Thanks for taking the time to comment and welcome to the blog! XO, Christi

  77. Renee

    March 3rd, 2019 at 5:23 am

    The secret charm in the chair is genius! I love her room x

  78. clukasiak

    March 3rd, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    Its kinda fun, right?? XO, Christi

  79. Jamie

    March 3rd, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    OMG!!! Everything is amazing on that room, you have an amazing talent. Can you pls pretty pls come to Australia and do my room pretty pls, also you and your family are stunningly beautiful, everyone Must get it from you. P.s in the next 2 years I’m paying for you to come to Australia to do my room, that is a MUST!!

  80. clukasiak

    March 3rd, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    LOL, Jamie. I’ll let you know the next time I am coming back “down under” hahaha. Thanks for stopping by. XO, Christi

  81. Julia

    March 8th, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    This room is so extra and I am absolutely living for it.

  82. clukasiak

    March 9th, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    I’m known for being extra and I am not mad about it! XO, Christi

  83. Emma

    March 18th, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    This is such an amazing room. Thank you for sharing with us. I really enjoy reading all yours posts, they brighten up my day x

  84. clukasiak

    March 27th, 2019 at 2:00 am

    Hi Emma, That makes me so happy to hear! XO, Christi

  85. Keisha

    August 15th, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    I love the decor, every little girl deserves to be a princess. Love your ideas and what you e done to this room. It is awesome can you give me some tips on interal design to to decorate but often sont have the time.

  86. clukasiak

    April 2nd, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Thank you! I love, love, love CLara’s room so much and kinda wish it was mine. HA

  87. Samantha

    November 1st, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    She’s growing out of it?! I’m in my 30’s and I would love to have that room!😂 It is truly gorgeous and magical 💕

  88. clukasiak

    April 2nd, 2020 at 10:28 am

    Ha. I couldn’t agree more, but I think she just wants to let me know that she’s getting “big”. I may be willing to trade her rooms just so I can keep it, lol

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