Turning that adorable nursery into a big kid’s room is definitely a bittersweet moment, and even Emily Henderson, AKA the queen of interior design, called herself a “puddle of mom” when it came to revamping her son Charlie’s room. But since Charlie needed a more grown-up space, Emily came up with a functional, color-rich design, which — as you can see from the pics below — is both gender-neutral and totally kid-friendly. If you’re a fan of the woodland nursery trend, you’ll love Emily’s take that totally grows up with your kids. Scroll on to get ideas on how to decorate your kids’ room, and make sure to check out the full tour on Emily Henderson’s blog.


When it came to revamping the bedroom, Emily said the patterned wallpaper actually gave her a great place to start. The bold animal print was minimalistic enough to feel mature, but playful enough to be paired with bright colors and cheery patterns. If you’re on the fence with a busy wallpaper pattern, be assured that you AND your kiddos will love the extra playfulness.


The next step in this bedroom makeover was to switch out the crib for a more grown-up bed. Instead of a twin bed, Emily chose to use a daybed, which makes the room look bigger, and then she decked it out with colorful bedding from Target’s Pillowfort collection.


Ready for some pro tips on how to decorate the cutest kid’s daybed ever? Emily says it’s easy to embrace happy colors and mix different patterns if you break up a patterned duvet with a solid quilt. Anchor the corners of the daybed with big pillows. Then, fill in the rest of the space with smaller pillows.


Once the daybed was finished, Emily swapped out the changing table for a dresser with a metallic lamp. The end result is bright, modern and a total hit with the kiddos — just the thing you’ve come to expect from style expert Emily Henderson.

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(Photos via Tessa Neustadt; h/t Emily Henderson)