For the last couple of weeks we have been embarking on a couple of interior projects, which quite frankly are my favourite kind of project. This is due to the fact that we really needed an office space, as from next Monday my husband will be joining me in working from home. Being in a three bedroom house, that meant that we decided to put our girls in a joint bedroom. We decided on the largest of their two bedrooms, that used to be our guest room and then for the last few years has been both Mads and LL’s nursery. It hadnt been decorated in a few years, when LL was born we just gave it some finishing touches, so it was well in need of a spot of painting.
I have had my reservations and nerves about them sharing, but we so far are two nights in and both have been brilliant- the bunk bed has been a raging success and so far LL has been fantastic in her ‘big girl bed’, we have had some giggling in the evening and morning, but everyone has stayed where they should be!
But anyway back to their room. I deliberated for a while on what theme to do for them- I love pastels and when looking for inspiration on pinterest, it seemed that monochrome or pastel seemed to be everywhere when it came to little people rooms, but Mads just isn’t into pink or ‘girly’ colours. Therefore I decided on a primary colour/rainbow room with a few retro touches. I am a massively colourful person, our whole house is awash in colour, as are our clothes, so I decided it would be perfect for our little ladies.
We ended up spending a lot more than we planned too on their room, (sorry Mr E) because as usual I kept finding other things that looked nice, and these little trinkets and things just add up. I am thrilled with their new space and best of all they are too- with Mads calling it ‘the best room ever’. High praise indeed.
I will try and link to as many products as possible in case anyone is after any inspiration, but here is their new happy, colourful bedroom in many, many photos…
As soon as I saw these Farg & Form cloud duvets on instagram many months ago, I knew that some day I would have to have them- and in fact I planned most of their room around the duvets! We got ours from Little Baby Company and although they are quite pricey, I absolutely love them and the bright colours. They are a Swedish brand so one thing I would say is that we struggled to find a duvet and pillow to fit the dimensions- in the end we found one almost the size in Ikea but it isn’t perfect, it’s fine when they are all tucked in though. The fab letter cushion is from Next and was a bargain, as was this funky geometric cushion from Tesco. (I can’t find the link for that one!)
For LL’s bed we went for the Farg & Form duvet in red and this gorgeous Hello Sunshine cushion from Tesco.
I found these little house shelves in Next and thought they would be perfect for trinkets above Mads bed.
How cute is this little troll? So retro. 😉 It was mine when I was little and the funny little guy next to him is a nightlight from Ikea- it glows all different colours and I put him there in case Mads wakes in the middle of the night.
We have had these Ingela P Arrhenius owl nesting dolls a few years, they were in Mads old room.
The little knitted owl was also in Mads old room, made by our dear family friend’s Mum, and the little Cookie Monster was a memento from our recent holiday to the Caribbean.
The rainbow and cloud garland is just so gorgeous, and was handmade by a lovely lady called Coral who I found on instagram who runs the etsy shop Velveteen Babies– I love instagram for finding creative and unique products from independent businesses.
Our faithful friend Mr Dino watches from his spot on top of Mads wardrobe.
We are thrilled with the girls bunk bed from Wayfair- I must have spent hours researching and looking into them, but we couldn’t have got a more perfect choice. At first we decided on single beds, then a bunk bed but it was huge and took up most of the room. In the end we decided on the Rustic Retreat America Short Bunk bed, which is slightly bigger than a toddler bed but smaller than a single. It is brilliant and means that they have a fair few years in it, (especially as they both curl up so much) but it also gives them lots of space in the room as well. I was really nervous about it, but Mads loves it and can get up and down safely using the ladder. There is also a large guard rail on the top which means I have absolutely no worries that she will fall out- in fact it has made going to bed really exciting and fun for her, she can’t wait to go to sleep. Bonus!
I love her little Etch a Sketch, she has been getting up earlier in the mornings and because we don’t want her to shout and wake up LL, the Etch a Sketch is there so she plays with it for a bit before shouting us, plus it keeps in with the retro feel of the room. So far so good and it’s been a massive hit- it’s lovely seeing her play with toys I enjoyed as a child.
Their whole room was based around this image- it’s one of my favourites and so I had it blown up large as a centre piece for their picture wall.
It’s hard to see their picture wall in these photos because the light from the window hits the glass frames. But I had great fun choosing prints for it.
The prints are a combination of photos, prints I have designed myself and got printed, and prints I have bought, but they all have lots of colour in common. Our frames are the trusty ones we use for all our photo walls- the Ikea Ribba frames, which are as cheap as chips and do the job nicely, although if you look really closely sometimes they aren’t all the best quality.
I am so pleased with how their wall turned out bar the dusting. 😉
In keeping with the colourful, retro theme, we bought some of their toys from downstairs upstairs to live. One thing that I am thrilled about is that there is so much more space for them to play now the room is arranged the way it is.
I love these colourful little hooks, again this is from Little Baby Company and was really good value.
The lampshade was in Mads old room from before, but again it is Farg & Form. The curtains obviously are also the same brand (cloud obsession me thinks) but we just bought material and got them specially made with black out lining. All the furniture, bar their bed, is from Ikea and is their Stuva range- it’s fantastic, good value and quality, and comes in loads of different combos. We were really worried we weren’t going to be able to fit two wardrobes in but we managed to get two long skinny ones which do the job perfectly.
The bookshelf was again from Ikea and was I think about £12 which is just crazy. I put a load of their little trinkets on the top and the gorgeous Shakespeare quote print ‘Though she be but Little she is Fierce’ is from a very talented old friend of mine Ben who owns Old English Prints– I absolutely love it as it is one of my favourite sayings.
Their Toy Story characters show no signs of being forgotten about so we have them as pride of place in these cute little storage boxes I found at Next– they have one side which is chalkboard which is a nice touch. Unfortunately somewhere in the decorating period, Woody found himself lost, we have a horrible feeling we threw him in the skip with some other rubbish by mistake. RIP Woody.
‘Grandma in the computer’ (Mr E’s Mum!) made this owl for Mads old room.
I found this little cloud plushie randomly by searching on google from a company called Sew Sew, although small, he makes a perfect little windowsill companion.
My favourite part of their room is their bookcase shelves, just because it is full of colour. I had seen this Ribba Shelves (from Ikea) hack on loads of sites, so finally got round to doing our own. The girls love it and it really brightens up the room. I think the shelves were around £8 each so they are such a cheap way of making a room instantly more colourful.
I absolutely love these ‘Sisters’ letters- they are individual wooden letters but rather than spell their names I thought it would be nicer to spell out this. They are colourful and look lovely sat on their chest of drawers. The apple is from Dunelm, it’s meant to be a door stop but looks great next to them.
I got this little coat stand thing from Ikea, I just thought it went perfectly with their room and although Mr E rolled his eyes when I put it in the trolley, I just couldn’t walk past a colourful coat stand and not buy it. 😉
And there you have it. A colourful, happy room for my girls. I hope that sharing a room will bring them even closer together and that it is the start of a real adventure for them both. I am so pleased with the way the room has turned out and it makes me happy every time I walk in there- it’s just so bright and cheerful. At the moment we have their suitcases under the bed but when I get a minute I am going to sort it out and put some toys under there, so they can really enjoy and play in there more.