My daughter's bedroom makeover
It's taken us a couple of months to complete Ruby's bedroom makeover, you might remember my post in July about the plans for it? We had to have it completely re-plastered, then it obviously needed painting - walls, ceiling and floor, as well as hanging the wallpaper. Then we had the unexpected hold up on the bed taking about four weeks to arrive from Denmark. That was my own fault really, as I should've checked in advance how long it would take and ordered well in advance - note to self!
We got there in the end and I am thrilled with how it looks, as is Ruby! This is her first 'big girl's bed' and she's taken to it so well. It is the Flexa Play bed which we got from Junior World. It is a full size single, but it's great that it is not too high. The design is Danish and is so lovely, I particularly love the legs and Ruby particularly loves that it is pink! It does feel like quite a big milestone moving your child from a cot to a bed, so I wanted to make sure everything was just right. I wasn't sure what the deal was with kids bedding, but thankfully I was introduced to The Fine Bedding Company's kid range via Rooi.com. This little guide to kids bedding is handy if you are grappling with this too. I ended up going for a standard duvet and pillow which are washable and hypoallergenic. I then found this bed linen on Urban Outfitters website in the sale for only £18 which I was really chuffed with! The rug was also a great find - I had been eyeing up Olli Ella's gorgeous Teepee rug, but at £349 I just couldn't afford it, but I found this one on La Redoute (they have some great rugs!) for about a 10th of that price - currently it is just £39!
If you saw my 'plans' post, you'll know that I based the design of the room around this gorgeous wallpaper designed by Cathy Nordstrom, which I bought via Photowall. I'm SO in love with it! There are lots of things in the room which I had before and have just updated a little - so the Ikea step stool was just given a lick of paint (Dulux Tuscan Glade 5) and is now a bedside table. I bought the little shelves in a charity shops years ago, and I just repainted those with the same paint.
On the other side of the room we have the same vintage drawers (bought on eBay) that we had in Ruby's old bedroom, but as she now has a bigger collection of clothes I've added this clothes rail from The Modern Nursery. It is also Danish in design, made from birch veneered plywood, and it the perfect solution if you are lacking in space for an actual wardrobe. It was also SUPER easy to put together (no husband required!) and has the added bonus of the little shelf on top for extra storage or display.
The other thing we replaced in the room was the window blind. Before it had a grubby old roller blind left by the previous owners, which did the job, but looked awful. So we went for this fresh white wood venetian blind from Make my Blinds, which looks a million times better, and I really love the stripy shadows it casts which the sun is shining! A husband was required for the assembly and hanging of this, but his report was it was very easy to do. I always tend to dread choosing and ordering blinds, but this website did make it super straightforward, so I think I'll be using them again if we need any further blinds custom made.
Ruby absolutely loves books and she's amassing quite a collection, so this bookcase was actually a very swift, essential purchase when we first moved in, as I didn't have time to source anything else. It is from Argos for just £23.99. I wanted to give it a bit of a personal touch so I stencilled a design on the back of the shelves which you can just make out here with a stencil I already had from Stencilit. All the artwork you can see above we had in Ruby's old room - so do check out this post if you want to know the sources.
One of my favourite things about designing a room is sourcing all the little details, and it's especially fun for a child's bedroom. There are so many gorgeous indie brands for kids around now, so below I've just put the info about all the finishing touches...
I just LOVE this little tipi shelf which is by Childhome at Cuckooland. They also do a bed and a play tent and some stylish high chairs and other nursery furniture that are well worth a look. I've accessorised it with these cute as a button toys by Sarah and Bendrix. I came across this brand years ago, even before I was a mum, so I was excited to discover their shop is just up the road from us now in Cheam. If you are in the area it is worth a little peek - gorgeous toys, books, and decor for children, as well as a few gift items for adults.
Nap print, £18 - Little Carousel; Cat clock, £25, Red Hand Gang, Hello Sunshine print, £16, Papermash
North bear (custom design), £18, Little Carousel; Ice cream cushion - I bought from Papagaio in Crystal Palace, but you can find here too: Ava's Dreams
Miss Kitty Doll, £30, Sarah and Bendrix; wooden elephant - I found him at a car boot sale.
Wooden face clothes hanger, £14, Red Hand Gang
hanging decoration is by Hesperoo, but doesn't seem to be available anymore; Hangers, £3 for 5, Ikea; Knitwear by Ruby's nanny!
Sleepy bear toy, $28, Petit Pippin; Jellycat bunny was a baby gift, see John Lewis; Love Bunny toy, £16, Little Carousel
Wooden pear, £10, LaLa Loves Decor; Ballet book, car boot sale find, Panda money box, vintage shop find; painted car, gift from grandparents; Wooden bear & triangle (part of a set), £42, desEnfantillages, Dinosaur light, £11, Sarah and Bendrix
Plant pot, from This Modern Life, no longer available
Steiff teddy, gift from grandparents; Wooden box from H&M, no longer available.
Oh, and if you were wondering what the room looked like 'before', see below! It had a dirty beige carpet, the walls were covered in paper painted in magnolia, and the ceiling was artex. Drab drab drab!
It's not a big room by any means, so there's not that much to see, but I hope you've enjoyed a little peek at what we've done to the space! I did buy the majority of the items for the room myself, but there were a few ideas that were kindly gifted to me. I only ever accept gifts of things that I love and would buy myself, but just so you know, these are the items gifted for this makeover. Thanks so much to the lovely brands for helping out on this.
Kids single duvet and pillow - Rooi.com / Venetian blinds - makemyblinds.com / Tipi shelf - Cuckooland / Wooden pear - LaLa Loves Decor
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