Room Reveal: Girl Bedroom

Over the past few months I’ve been working on a very exciting project with talented interior designer, Lauren McCreath. Two weeks ago I shared my Teen Boy Room Reveal which was really well received with so many of  you commenting and sharing the post! Thank you for that! The Room Reveal catalyst was actually my son’s bedroom, but once I started working on that I couldn’t really do one room and not the other. Have you got 2 (or more) kids? You’ll know this is akin to kamikazing yourself! Today I’m finally revealing my Girl Room Reveal. It’s been a long time coming and I can’t wait to show you just how amazing the transformation has been!

Since we moved back into our home after extension renovations at the end of 2016 we slowly revealed various rooms of our home in my Room Reveal series. If you’re a regular reader you’ll have noted that I never shared anything about the kids rooms…. For good reason! This is my daughter’s previous room on a good day….

BEFORE

Talk about toy overload! Right!? Well, general overload! There was simply TOO MUCH STUFF in this little room for it to feel comfortable. Not to mention the cupboards….

Most people would have cupboards to hide all the clutter. Not us, at the time of moving back in we couldn’t afford cupboard doors, so we went without. The problem was that the room then just felt cramped and messy. Not good for the headspace!

So what started off as a very simple idea to update my kids’ linen, quickly escalated into a complete room revamp – these cupboards needed sorting out stat!

And so we set to work…

Lauren and I brainstormed a few ideas of what we wanted the space to look like and then I sat down with Abi, my daughter, to find out what she had in mind for her room revamp!

A bedroom is such a personal space, and for kids this is often the only spot in the house which is truly theirs alone. This is their safe space, their sanctuary and the place where they can showcase their own personality!

One of the aspects of this project that I’m so glad about is that I pulled both my kids into the decision making process and got their input about what they would like their room to look like!

Abi, my daughter, was especially thrilled by the prospect of choosing items for her new space and sat with me in front of the laptop as long as I needed, giving her input about the things she loved – from the linen, to the prints, to the colours, even the plants! She LOVED the process.

 

Kids Room Reveal – A Gorgeous Girl Bedroom

We started with the basics…. We had most of the items of furniture we needed. We just need to shift some of them around! Out went the large bookshelf (after a big book sort out) and out went the tiny desk that wasn’t very conducive to sitting at…

In came a desk from Ben’s bedroom, (the pretty blue colour with crystal handles never really worked in that space anyway!) We also moved Ben’s old bookshelf into this room as he was no longer going to be using it and it was a better size for the room.

We already had a decent bed from Dial-a-Bed, but we didn’t have a headboard and Lauren really loved the idea of a cane headboard so I set about searching Gumtree and as luck would have it I found a pair for R500!

Once we had the furniture sorted it was time to move onto the more “fun” stuff!

We wanted the room to have a “boho” feel to it, so didn’t mind a mix ‘n match assortment of colours, as long as the tone was right and they all worked together well.

Our colour scheme tone was formed around the linen as that was the first thing we wanted to change and we found the prettiest watercolour linen from Linenhouse called Patio that then directed the rest of our colour choices.

To add some interest to the bed we also selected the Mink Mist faux fur throw from Linenhouse for some texture and a white bed wrap to hide the brown base of the bed! I used a blue throw that was previously in the lounge to pull in the colour of the desk.

Scatter cushions for interest were next on our agenda and we both fell in love with the beauty that is the Woven Green colourful cushion. (I’m quite tempted to take it for myself!) A fun personalised name cushion was Abi’s choice and I had this made up at Squiggle & Squeak. The pretty pom pom cushion is from Simply Child.

One of Abi’s favourite additions to her new space was the gorgeous old fashioned ballerina bunny toy which she spotted on Lily & Grace and kept asking about from the moment we placed the order. This beautiful bunny has been a firm favourite ever since and stakes her claim on the bed every day!

Above the bed we found an awesome statement piece on Olly Polly, their Flamingo Head Wall Hanging! Don’t you love it!?

I loved the pop of pink and fell in love with the flamingo theme, but we didn’t want the room to feel too “done” so we added just one more nod to this beautiful bird… a gorgeous flamingo print from Little Love Decor which was expertly framed by Spaces Framing Studio.

To add some fun to the walls we found these Mini Gold Polka Dots from My Wall Tattoos and then applied them in a haphazard “snowfall” kinda way. It seemed a better option to stressing out about getting them perfectly aligned! For the rest of the wall artwork we shifted a few of our own prints around, and even used some of the kids’ own artwork!

As I mentioned earlier we didn’t have a huge budget for this room makeover, yes I was fortunate enough to partner with some awesome local brands, but as far as possible we wanted to make this an achievable project for almost everyone. This meant we had to make the most of the items we already owned and another piece that was going to be upcycled rather than replaced was the bedside table. A rather bland off white before, Abi’s wooden bedside table had a revamp with a lick of Annie Sloan paint in Scandinavian Pink!

To make the room feel cosier we needed to bring in something warm to cover the floor and as Lauren had suggested we go for a “boho” style space we opted to get 3 rugs to create a layered look on the floor.

The first one we went for was a pretty peach colour – a beautifully restored antique rug from Woven Green. Then we added a super soft (& washable) rug from the Lorena Canals rug collection available through Clever Little Monkey. Lastly Lauren added a jute rug to the mix to tie them altogether (This one belongs to her so I’m on the hunt for one just like it for the space!)

One of the best additions to each of the kids’s rooms was the indoor plants which I sourced from Stodels. This beautiful chrysalidocarpus palm was Abi’s own choice and I love the burst of bright green it brings to the space. The basket it’s in is from Esque. I also added a little fiddle-leaf fig on her bookshelf as I love these plants so much. I can’t wait for this one to grow a bit bigger so I can move it into my lounge!

Abi loves reading so to create a little spot for her to enjoy her books we found a Moroccan-style pouff bean bag from Lazy Bagz and layered this with a throw I already had to bring in some colour to this spot to bring balance to the room.

Lauren also helped me to thin out the bookshelf and make it far more user friendly and attractive! Far easier to find the book you want to read when you can see some options!

By far the biggest transformation was the addition of cupboard doors on our built-in-cupboards. I ordered these from Builder’s Warehouse and as soon as they went up the room transformed into a near, organised and calm space! Amazing what hiding all the junk can do for your headspace! That being said Abi is now super inspired to keep her cupboards clean and tidy – oh the irony!

Take a look at what a difference a set of cupboard doors can make to your life!

BEFORE

AFTER

The final corner needs to be revealed was totally transformed from it’s previous existence…

BEFORE

AFTER

What was once an overcrowded mess of books, toys and games is now a simple and stylish work space for my Grade 2! Her study corner is the perfect place to do her homework and art activities and she is loving having a grown up study space of her own.

The desk was moved in from her brother’s room and the chair came from the dining room. The little shelf was another upcycled project. This shelf came from my granny’s house, via my mom’s and finally to me. I previously painted it white for my first baby nursery and now it’s received a revamp with a coat of Annie Sloan English Yellow chalk paint!

It’s the perfect pop of colour and a great place to display some of Abi’s treasure items and special things.

The only new item in this space was the desk lamp from Illumina. Everything else has just been brought in from other parts of our home – I loved working with Lauren for that very reason. She’s got such a great eye and is able to make old things look brand new just by shuffling them around.

 

 

So there you have it… My Girls Room Reveal!

 

BEFORE

AFTER

Quite a transformation! Right!?

 

It’s been such a joy creating these spaces for my kids with Lauren and these amazing brands. My kids have been blown away by their amazing new rooms which they LOVE… so much so that I don’t even have to ask them to make their beds these days!!! Now that is a win!

I’m super happy with the results of our Girls Room Reveal but I’d love to hear what you think so please do leave a comment below or share the love on social media!

 

 

If you’re looking to revamp your own home be sure to check out these lovely local suppliers and stockists. They may have just the thing you’ve been looking for!

 

Stockists

Interior Designer – Lauren Mccreath Interiors
Cupboards – Builders Warehouse (approx R12 000 for doors and side panel)
Mint Rug – Emerald Ombre by Lorena Canals at Clever Little Monkey (on sale for R1999)
Antique Peach Rug – Woven Green
Silver Moroccan Pouff Bean Bag – LazyBagz (R1 200)
Bed – Dial-a-Bed
Headboard – Second hand on Gumtree
Linen – Patio Duvet 3/4 set by Linenhouse (R1 400)
Bedwrap – White bedwrap from Linenhouse (R300)
Faux Fur Throw – Mink Mist pink faux fur throw from Linenhouse (R1 900)
Blue Throw – Our own
Flamingo Head Wall Hanging – Olly Polly (R650)
Flamingo print – Little Love Decor (R190 unframed)
Frame for Flamingo print – Spaces Framing Studio
Bunny toy (on bed) – Bronte Linen Blush Bunny by Lily & Grace (R580)
Name scatter cushion – Squiggle & Squeak (R200)
Large colourful patterned scatter cushion – Woven Green (R750)
Pom Pom scatter cushion – Simply Child (R290)
Bedside Table – Our own. Painted in Annie Sloan Scandinavian Pink chalk paint (R55 for a small pot of paint & R90 for small tin of wax)
Bunny Bedside Lamp – Mr Price Home
Vinyl Wall Stickers – Small Gold Dots by My Wall Tattoos (R740)
Baskets – Gold & Natural Stripe (set of 2) from Esque (R1 725)
Indoor Plants – Stodels
Shelves – Our own, repainted in Annie Sloan English Yellow chalk paint (R55 for a small pot of paint & R90 for small tin of wax)
Desk – Our own (moved from Boy Bedroom)
Desk lamp – Gold dipped studio lamp by Illumina (R699)
Chair – Our own from the dining room. Emmy Wooden Leg Chair by Decofurn (R399)
Basket Bag – Woven Green (R450)
Jute Rug – Stylist’s own
Faux Fur White Throw – Stylist’s own
Large Pink Print – Our own
4 Small Prints – Our own
Flower prints – My kid’s artwork, frames from Mr Price Home
Bunting, hanging rack, bags, toys, books, shelf & desk accessories – Our own

 

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Images: Kathryn Rossiter

Disclosure: Many of the items listed above have been sponsored by the suppliers in exchange for marketing exposure on this platform.

 

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for almost 7 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!

8 Comments
    1. Indeed! Yay for cupboard doors… and the bonus is that they arrived so quickly. I had thought I’d be waiting at least 3 weeks but within a week they were done! They really have made the most massive difference to the space

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