Ta Da. And just like that we have a big girls room at Roomie HQ. Starting with an overflowing Pinterest board, we focused on the transition from a toddlers room, which had become cluttered with vintage finds and soft toys, to a functional space for a five year old.
Starting with a list of wants and needs, we invested in a new bed. Actually it is a beautiful vintage 1960’s hospital bed, with a pale blue frame, and plenty of storage space underneath. You can find similar beds on Trademe or at vintage stores such as Junk & Disorderly.
A functional and well made bed is a great investment, and often this bed will take kids through to the teenage years – so keeping it practical, with storage and in a neutral colour is a smart idea. We also love the range from Incy Interiors (available from Gorgi in NZ) in black, white and rose gold.
With the most important item in the room done and dusted, we updated the bedding with a fitted sheet set from Kmart with gorgeous mini polka dots – and then used the top sheet to create a king single duvet cover – great for tucking in tight! The sheet set was just $25, the duvet was created by matching the top sheet with a soft cotton sheet, then sewing the edges together. Then, keeping things local we added a beautiful La La Loved pillowcase – in the perfect soft peachy pink from Pop Factory Shop. Choosing a small selection of locally designed pillowcases is a great way to change the style and look of the bedding at a whim. We also love a few gorgeous occasional cushions – this watermelon cushion is perfect for spring from Burrow and Be.
The room was stuck in the 90s with a yucky yellowy white from the last owners – and because the room is south facing, it needed a fresh, clean update. The base colour, Alabaster, was chosen for it’s bright white effect, but also for it’s softness – it is not as harsh as Black White, and is more forgiving on a less than perfect wall. A half wall of Cornflower adds a pop of colour, without a pink takeover. And a few spashes of Chinook add a modern minty freshness. Resene has a great range of neutrals and brights, perfect for kid’s rooms.
LANTERNS, TASSELS AND DOTS
Our original inspiration for the room design was this image, and we put our own spin on it with a gorgeous lantern found at the Chinatown markets on a recent trip to Singapore. A cluster of paper lanterns is a fun way to add festive colour – mint green, pink and pale blue, found at emporium of colour: Collected. We also hung a disco ball, which is fun to shine a torch on at bedtime, and creates sparkling fairies! The final touch was a splattering of large decal dots in pretty pastel shades from One Hundred Percent Heart. They were super easy to apply and Miss M had heaps of fun putting them up.
The little bedside table was cheap and cheerful from Kmart. At just $35, it is priced well – no, it will not last forever, but with a few personalised updates it makes a great addition to Miss M’s room, in a modern scandi style. We dip painted the legs in Resene Cornflower, and added a super cute gold decal from Pop Factory Shop.
Storage is probably the most important change for this room, and from the outset it was the focus to make this room easy for a child to live in, and keep tidy. The 17 (yes, 17!) peg rail was custom made to fit the entire area next to the wardrobe, and is used to hang everything from school bags, to coats, to dressups. It’s a great way to clear the clutter from the floor, and we added a touch of Resene Cornflower and Chinook at the end of each peg to customise. You can order these through the lovely folk at Father Rabbit.
The addition of a couple of storage sacks from Cotton On, and Burrow and Be – sorts the bulk of the toys, and the wardrobe has been fitted with a set of Ikea Trofast drawers for clothes and shoes.
We wanted to integrate some of the beautiful vintage prints collected during opshop foraging, but they looked a little shabby (not chic!) next to a freshly painted room. So we gave them a quick update with a contrasting frame in the room feature colours.
Art Prints are a great way to add a modern and fresh touch to a childs room, and we were gifted a few beautiful prints that we wanted to use in the space. A positive affirmation in gold was right on the money for above the bed: “These are the golden days” print from The Foundry. We also loved the whole range from Greg Straight’s new Gone Troppo prints, but the Watermelon one stole our hearts and is hung squarely over the homework desk.
The gorgeous Gold ‘M’ was a birthday gift from the ever talented, tassle queen: Dawn from As Eliza Slept. It adds the perfect sparkle to the room.
Finally, two smaller prints from Sylvia Rose, stunning hearts with gold, mint and pink, chosen especially for Miss M’s room! Lucky girl! More about those prints next week on the blog.
On our original mood board, we wanted a slick scandi style desk – which was impossible to find in a childs size. So after scouring trademe, we scored this pint size retro desk for just $25. Yuss! It was a little tired, so a little light sanding and splash of our feature colours, it was ready for homework time! The addition of a stationary storage tray and a small stereo , both from Kmart, make this a perfect spot for crafting and listening to stories. The little vintage stool was purchased from Noozi, and given a pastel yellow update.
This room has become functional space – where Miss M has been spending lots of time, and is super proud of – showing each and every visitor to the house! It’s also proving to be easy to keep organised, and a great place to relax together and read those homework books. Yay!
If you need help with your childs room transition, a Roomie Design Kit is the perfect way to get professional design advice, helping you keep to a budget, and integrate all those gathered treasures.