So finally, after two months of living in a compromise of a house, I’ve finally got one room transformation to share with you all. The first of many rooms is complete, the boys shared bedroom.
I posted about my inspiration and plans a little while ago, in this post: https://velveteenbabies.com/2017/07/16/a-calm-new-boys-shared-bedroom/ and I created the moodboard a while ago to outline my vision for their space.
The room itself is fairly small, as bedroom size was the compromise and pay off for having decent living space and a playroom downstairs. We inherited dark aubergine ‘feature’ walls and polystyrene coving, as well as a beige shagpile carpet and shiny paint which all got stripped back to the bare bones.
We removed the fabric blind and pulled out the carpet, replaced the ceiling spots prior to decorating and also installed a brand new radiator. Chris laid new underlay, skirting boards anda pale wood laminate floor- Krono Chantilly Oak. I wanted to avoid carpet where possible and use light wood flooring throughout the house to create the illusion of as much space as possible.
As we are fortunate enough to have a separate playroom downstairs now, I wanted to create a fairly timeless scheme that we can update every so often, that would be a relaxing and calm place for them to sleep, dress and read. I didn’t need to worry about toy storage so invested instead in two matching chest of drawer units from made.com which were minimal, clean and exactly what I was looking for. They arrived a couple of weeks prior to completing the room and had to sit in their boxes in our kitchen until we finished it!
In an ideal world we would have purchased the coordinating bunk bed from made.com too, but it’ll have to wait for another time as we’d invested so much in the back bones of the room and still have Willa’s room to transform, hopefully I can invest in it at some stage.
I made the decision to keep the walls white, the room is small and although I’d have loved to try a muted paint effect, I also know how quickly I get bored of things, so instead I invested in prints and accessories.
The walls were painted in a fresh green toned white- we went for Crown Period Collection in Lime Wash which tones well with the floor, wood accents and the Numero 74 curtains in grey-blue which I sourced from Smallable.
I wanted the walls to be a neutral backdrop for prints and items we’d collected up, to make the greens and petrol blue highlights sing.
I sourced the feather print in soft tones from the new collection from Born Lucky World and they go perfectly with the natural colour palette. Using the wood hanger makes it easy and versatile to pop up around the room.
I hung a metal wreath along with a creature mobile from Lisqua to create a visually appealing corner, and added a decal from Shanna Murray which I’d had squirreled away for months. A dwarf banana plant and vintage ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ toys sit on top of the chest of drawers.
Next to the chest of drawers sits an Ikea house shelf, which houses my old Enid Blyton paperbacks and other treasures. In an ideal world it would have been the Ferm Living version, but as the boys are heavy handed with everything, I thought it best to stick with the £23 durable Ikea one!
A natural Luggy basket on wheels houses the boys’ dinosaur and animal collection which gets wheeled everywhere. As I’ve mentioned before, we have a playroom downstairs so the emphasis has not been on ‘play’ in this room, rather, creating somewhere to wind down.
On the other side of the room, our second made.com chest of drawers sits with my set of white ash String Shelves above. We have a lot of beautiful hard back children’s books, so they sit on top of the chest of drawers with a white Anglepoise light. Where possible I like to invest in originals and the white Anglepoise is a classic which will last for years to come.
Bunting by Fabelab adds a splash of colour, and the String Shelves house some treasures, such as wooden Ostheimer animal figures, our Aro for Kids embroidery, vintage 1960’s Miffy money box and Ouistitine knitted bear.
My son suffers from eczema so I’ve always sourced natural fabrics for bedding, and found perfect muted green linen bedding at H&M, and added a cosy eiderdown in paler muted green from Cammomile London. To tone with the curtains, I added in some star cushions by Numero 74 from Smallable .
Felix likes to read in bed, so he has a cloud neon light postioned above the top bunk, and an Olli Ella basket hangs from a wooden knob screwed into the bunk bed so that he can store books in reach of the top bunk. I painted the frame of the pine Ikea bunk bed grey a while ago, and it makes it feel less intrusive!