THE BIG GIRL BEDROOM MAKEOVER:
As the dust settles after a very busy couple of months at the office – it’s finally time to reflect back on September, a month that marked my daughter’s 3rd birthday and an opportunity for me to get stuck into two of the things I enjoy doing most – planning her birthday party and doing a room makeover! I’m a little obsessed with muted shades at the moment so this was the perfect time to explore lots of pastel lovliness.
My preference is always Scandinavian décor – and luckily for me it’s fresh, clean, minimalist look works surprisingly well in kids bedrooms too. I spent a long time trawling through pinterest and toying with different ideas, then I stumbled across the Dutch site eeflillemor and knew I had to incorporate some of her gorgeous prints into the room. It was such a tough task to pick my favourite four pictures, but once I did, I had my colour palette set – soft pinks, blues and mint green.
Of course, no sooner had I sent my order off and I was thrown a curve ball – Ella and I walked into Pottery Barn Kids one afternoon and she fell in love with the butterfly bedding on display …..in purple. She climbed right into the bed and didn’t want to get out, and looking at her there I decided I had to incorporate this bedding into her room too.
Thankfully, the task of bringing the colour palettes together was an easy one. I immediately turned to BirdsnBees who custom make beautiful strings of cotton ball lights. With their huge range of colours it meant I could color match all my elements and bring them together. Job done
The catalyst for the big girl bedroom makeover was obviously the need to make the move from a crib to a big girl bed. We’d held out on this for longer than most – with a very good sleeper on our hands, we weren’t in any rush to upset the status quo – but it meant that we now had a toddler with a lot of ideas about what she wanted!
We finally all settled on the trusted IKEA Hemnes Day bed and I’m so glad we did. Together with a PBK guardrail, the sides of the bed give it an enclosed feel, making the transition from a crib almost seamless. Unlike the toddler beds we were considering, this one could last her well into her teens. I see her pulling it out and using it for sleepovers when she’s older and I love that its big enough for both of us to climb in and cuddle up for storytime in the evenings.
To say that this girl is obsessed with stories, is an understatement – so books and reading was a real focus of the room and I created different reading areas for her – a daytime reading nook with a comfy armchair where we could sit and read together as well as a teepee (with thanks to the lovely Hannah of SnapDragon) where she can go and read with her friends or her teddies.
Lastly, no room for a little girl would be complete without a dedicated space for tea parties. We hit the jackpot on a recent trip to Dragon Mart (a place I usually enter with a great deal of trepidation) when we stumbled upon a set of miniature eames chairs – I absolutely love them and it gives the room a modern feel, while still being pink and girly.
Some of my other favourite finds include the cute cushions on the bed (Handmade by Boo & Bear), the lightbox with its perfect pastel letters and the happy apple nightlights, (both from alittlelovelycompany).
There’s still some work for me to do before it’s completely finished (or maybe it never will be?) – but seeing Ella’s face when she walked in on the morning of her birthday, makes me want to do it again and again and again…..