Planning my ten year old daughter’s bedroom makeover

My eldest daughter turns 10 in just a couple of months. 10. T E N. While I try and get over how fast time is whizzing by I’m working on changing up her bedroom and making it feel more like her space. Like most of the rooms in our new build home it’s a black canvas of a white walls with neutral grey carpet. She’s got a few new bits of IKEA furniture but she still needs a desk and lots of accessories that reflect her personality.

Our inspiration for the room comes from her love of Harry Potter, Star Wars, oh and unicorns (!) and the colour scheme we’re going with is monochrome with a splash of turquoise. I’d ideally like this room decor to see her through her teen years so I’m trying to keep the big pieces neutral and the accessories and soft furnishings themed as these can be easier updated and replaced in the future as her tastes change.

Her previous room in our old house was really small and so she had a cabin bed but in this one she’s got a single white metal frame bed as she has a lot more space, in fact she’s got the biggest bedroom in the house. As I mentioned earlier, we’ve bought her a MALM IKEA bedside table and chest of drawers in light turquoise to replace the storage she’s lost since moving, but the room still feels unfinished.

The most important thing she needs is a space to do homework that can also be used as a dressing table. Then it will be the accessories and soft furnishings needed to pull it all together.

Here are a few ideas for her bedroom make over

 

MINI CLOUD LIGHT | WHITE

FUNCTION PLUS WRITING DESK | WHITE – WAYFAIR

HARRY POTTER DUVET SET | SINGLE – PRIMARK

CHOOSE YOUR OWN COLOURS FAIRY LIGHTS – CABLE AND COTTON

FERM LIVING MINI SPOT WALL STICKERS – TROUVA

EIFFEL CHAIR | WHITE – DWELL

The wall stickers will go on the wall at the head of her bed where her bedside table and long mirror are. I think the Wayfair desk and Eiffel chair make a great match and will be perfect for homework and make up. I just need to get a mirror, a Hollywood style one with bulbs all around it would be perfect.

We’ve also spotted some Star Wars bedding by George at Asda that will definitely be added to the list! I can’t wait to get started once she’s back at school and of course I’ll be sharing the results right here so you can expect to see it in October.

You can get more of a feel for the space we want to create by taking a look at my Pinterest inspiration board for pre teen bedroom decor ideas.

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The living room (so far) in our new build home

When we moved into our new home the living room, like most brand new homes, was just a white box with grey carpet. The perfect blank canvas, but also rather daunting! Happily we discovered that all our living room furniture from our previous house all fitted in and worked well. We’ve been in this house for about three months now and have added a few new items to our living room and we’re also planning on a new tv unit, built in shelves and art work on the walls, but here’s what it looks like so far.

yellow arm chair, Scandinavian homeware

yellow armchair

As you can see, similarly to our old house, we’ve gone for a yellow, grey and blush pink colour theme, with copper accessories. We picked up the armchair on an IKEA trip and I’m so very pleased with it. With all our furniture and the carper being grey it injects some warmth and colour into the room. I love having a laid back Scandinavian vibe in our home and I think this room reflects that well.

We were sent a gorgeous copper wire ceiling light from the Artisan Lighting Company and I think it fits the room beautifully. I just need to get a better bulb that’s a little more aesthetically pleasing!

Our Zinc sofa from the French Connection for DFS collection is still going strong, though the cushions no longer have that fresh new look. I guess that’s real life and having children for you!

Copper wire light shade

I really enjoying spending time in this room, whether it’s watching TV in the evenings, reading a book curled on the armchair or chatting with friends over coffee. I try and keep it as toy free as possible and the children aren’t allowed to eat in here. I guess I’m trying to keep it as a little sanctuary of calm!

As I mentioned earlier I’m on the look out for a TV unit for the room to finish it off. We’re getting built in bookshelves for that end of the room too and I can’t wait to unpack all the boxes of books that are cluttering up the office! I’m torn between scouring ebay and auctions for a G-Plan style sideboard or going for something new and more contemporary. 

 

 

I like both of these but I’m still tempted to go G Plan, and Hello Retro have some gorgeous pieces.

What do you think?

If you have any questions or would like to know where anything is from then just leave it in a comment below or find me on social media.

 

(Thank you to the Artisan Lighting Company for sending me this copper light. All view are my own. This post also contains affiliate links)

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Our new master bedroom with Bruno Mattress review

My least favourite room in our old house was the master bedroom. It was a tiny room with a wardrobe left by the previous owners and barely enough space to walk around the bed. I dreamed of having a light and airy bedroom and lost hours pinning ideas to my Pinterest board. When we bought our new home I already knew exactly the kind of feel I wanted and had earmarked the furniture to go in it. We’ve even got a brand new Bruno mattress for it!

As you can see I’ve gone with a laid back look with lots of white and clean lines. I took some inspiration from the rooms at our favourite hotel, Watergate Bay, so it has a relaxed beach feel without the overt ‘beach’ theme.

Bed – Lex, Made.com | Bedside tables – Homesense | Chest of drawers and Mirror – IKEA | Storage bags – Southwood Stores | Yellow cushions – Sainsburys | Yellow blanket – charity shop find, though Sainsburys has something similar currently | Lamps – Cohen, Made.com

I’m still not 100% happy with the colours, I might switch out the yellow for teal and pale turquoise, at least I can do that without having to worry about repainting walls! 

You can see more ideas and inspiration on my Pinterest board

 

As I mentioned earlier we were sent over a Bruno mattress just as we moved so we were lucky enough to have not only a new bed but also a new mattress. Our old mattress was memory foam but had started to sag and dip on one side meaning it wasn’t a very comfortable nights sleep at all. The Bruno mattress arrived all boxed up, all we needed to do was unbox it, and unroll it onto our bed. Take a look here for our unboxing and review – as well as my husband knocking a whole vase of peonies onto our bedroom floor!!

As you can tell by my over use of the word fantastic, we are really pleased with the new mattress. It has been designed to give support in all the right places, to contour the body meaning that weight is distributed evenly so that there are no pressure points. This is especially good for us as my husband suffers with lower back stiffness and has found that since having this mattress he is sleeping better and no longer waking with back pain. 

It’s not a memory foam mattress and in the video you can see the support form is cut into 7 different zones. The top layer is natural latex which is hypoallergenic and allows air to flow which keeps you cool in the simmer and warm in the winter. Bruno mattresses are only available online with free delivery & 101 nights to try it. If you don’t love it, they will collect it free of charge, and give you a full refund, no questions asked.

 

I’m so happy with this room is shaping up look and feel wise and of course I’m over the moon to sleep so well in it too. Now if only we could stop the youngest from creeping in during the night and stealing the bed space!

 

Thanks to Bruno for gifting us this mattress, as always all views are my own. Post contains affiliate links.

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Finding seasonal home and living style inspiration

I don’t know about you but I love looking for home ware and interiors style inspiration, whether it’s from blogs, Instagram, Pinterest or shops, I’m always on the look out for products and style trends that suit our home. In recently moving to a completely new home that’s a blank canvas of white walls, grey carpet and oak doors we have the opportunity to really make this place our own. 

Before we even moved in I had been busy putting together ideas for each of the rooms. Colour palate wise I knew I wanted muted tones to run through the whole house, greys, dusky pinks, a splash of yellow, and of course a lot of white.

Here’s a few little sneak peeks..

 

Within the girls rooms my older daughter has gone for monochrome with a turquoise accent and my younger daughter is all about yellow and the rainbow – no muted tones for her! The only thing I’ve insisted on is that we keep the walls white so if they change their minds as they grow we aren’t constantly changing wallpaper and repainting. We can’t paint the walls of our new build for a while yet anyway so that certainly helps!

Like I said, I’m always on the look out for inspiration and this home style guide by Nectar is bursting full of ideas and inspiration for the seasons, to have a look and download, click here.

I love that the guide has two sections, Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter and it takes you through each room for both seasons. I must admit like to refresh my spaces during the seasons so Spring/Summer will differ from Autumn/Winter accessories wise. Obviously I don’t redecorate every few months, that way madness lies, but I like to change things up a little to reflect the season or to give it a style update.

I particularly love the focus on muted tones and natural materials, and it features the cactus, and you all know how much I love a cactus (or three!).

When I watched The Great Interior Design Challenge one of the designers had a thing for the wood material,OSB and he managed to use it in most of his designs. I spotted the use of OSB as a headboard in Nectar’s style guide.

It’s such a creative way to change up a space, and a cheap one too! I love the idea of incorporating it into my new workspace behind the desk that will run along the back wall of the room.

I love that white marble worktops feature in the winter kitchen, we’re ahead of that one..

white marble kitchen top

If you’re looking for some interior inspiration without doing the hardwork of trawling through Pinterest or other places then be sure to look up the design guide.

 

Does your style inspiration change for each season?

How do you update your home seasonally?

 

 

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Living in limbo land

I’ll hold my hands up. I’m starting to feel a bit stressed and overwhelmed with waiting to move into our new home. I’m trying to work and focus while surrounded by boxes and mess and it’s getting to me. I think if I had a regular 9-5 job where I could just check out and focus on something else away from the house for most of the day I’d find it easier. We have been given a new move day but this won’t be confirmed until later this week so I’m in limbo, not knowing whether to crack on with getting the rest of our lives packed into cardboard boxes or just to wait. I don’t know about you but when I’m about to move I just check out of our house mentally and I’m already thinking about the new one. I find motivating myself to stay on top of jobs like thorough cleaning and tidying a bit of a battle. I’m fully aware that this is reeks of first world problems and all that but alas it’s how I feel!

In an attempt to pull myself out of this I want to focus on the fun we’ve had in this house and the bits of it that I’m going to miss. We moved into to this house when our eldest was just a toddler so we’ve been here for about seven years. It’s the only home she remembers and is the only home that our youngest has ever known.

When we bought it there was nothing wrong with it structurally, but it just wasn’t to our taste at all decor wise. Due to me being a student at the time, and my husband just starting out with his business we didn’t have money to spend to do the things we wanted to do. All our pennies had gone on the deposit with nothing left for renovating. This meant having to put up with the house just not being very ‘us’ and I’ll admit while being at home with my youngest I really got fed up with it!

The living room and dining room space were the first that we properly renovated back in 2014, the rooms needed completely replastering, the carpet ripping up and well, everything, changing! I have very few photos of what it used to look like, purely because I hated it that much I tried so hard not to take many photos in there!

One of my favourite changes – getting rid of the smelly wee stained carpet and replacing it with grey laminate flooring.

We also had shutters put in  our bay window the following year, 2015. We love the shutters so much that we are having them fitted in the front downstairs window of our new home.

Our living room and dining room makeover

Freshening up our living space

Last year we finally had the horrible small bathroom renovated, and where there once was brown wallpaper and turquoise tiles now it’s got beautiful white subway tiles with grey grout and a fantastic shower.

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

renovating our small bathroom

Renovating Our Small Bathroom

It’s weird, I finally feel that we are making our stamp on this house only to move out of it! You might wonder why we’re moving at all, but the main reason is desire for a set aside office room and a fourth bedroom that can be a permanent guest bedroom. We live far away from all our family and a lot of friends so having space to properly host them is so exciting for me. I can’t wait to properly host and entertain in our new home, I love having people to stay and having a proper guest room makes this so much easier.

With it being a new build we can really make the house our own, but without having to live in a house that decorated in someone else’s taste. This home is a blank canvas for us, and as fan of white walls anyway it feels more me than any home we’ve ever been in. I’ve already started blogging some of my plans for the new house, like the shared workspace, and no doubt there will be many more to follow.

Even just writing this post has helped my anxiety and stress levels, though it probably helps that I’m sat in a cafe not at my desk that’s surrounded my big brown boxes!

Now, fingers crossed I can stay level headed this week ready for our much hoped for move early next week!

 

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Creating a workspace that works for me

Very soon we’ll be moving into our brand new home, as it’s a new build it’s a completely blank canvas of white walls and grey carpet. One of the reasons we choose this specific house was the extra room it had downstairs that would be big enough to be a shared office and stock room as well as a music room, giving the mister space for his instruments as well as room to play them. As with most interior projects Pinterest has been my starting point to get inspiration on how to make sure that it’s a workspace that works.

As I mentioned the room will have a dual use so it will need to work for both my husband and I and not feel crowded. We need to be clever in planning out the room and create plenty of storage. I love the fact that with it being at the front of the house it is full of natural light. We’re having shutters fitted like the ones in the bay window of our current house, but they won’t come for another couple of months yet. Of course at first we’ll have a very make shift workspace cobbled together with bits from our old house but I’ve got lots of ideas and plans to make the most of the space.

Obviously I’m keeping the white walls, the main colour palette for this room will be similar to the rest of the house being grey, black and natural wood and neutral tones. It will feature the industrial storage racks from Cox and Cox that I shared recently here.

Workspace inspiration

FYI if you want to lose hours of your day staring and scrolling through beautiful interiors photos then you must visit Trendenser.se

As you can see from the workspace photos that I’ve shared I’m looking at having a long desk running from wall to wall with storage shelves above it. The opposite wall will be for the instruments including seating. I really want this room to be a creative workspace that works for me and for my husband who will be sharing it with me. Obviously I won’t compromise on style either! Here are just a few workspace accessories on my wishlist..

Get the look

 

Elsie Dove Grey Desk Lamp – Homebase £24.99

Knagglig pin box – Ikea £5

Large peg board – This Modern Life £65

Seagrass basket – Ikea £9

Cult Living office chair – Cult UK £189

Flap analogue clock – Habitat £150

Hello wall hook – This Modern Life £38

When we’re in the house it will take time to get the room the way we want it. It will need to be functional for me as a space to keep stock and pack orders from my kids accessories business as well as a space to blog and work from. It will be great to have this as a shared office space with my husband too who also runs his own business. I can’t wait to get started on it and share our progress.

If you’d like some more inspiration then check out my Pinterest board –

 

What do you think of my ideas?

Got any hints and tips or ‘must haves’ to share?

 

 

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Industrial Inspired Storage by Cox & Cox

industrial inspired storage homeware trend

Recently I shared my ever growing love for industrial inspired interiors and I’m carrying on with this theme and bringing a couple of gorgeous Cox & Cox homeware accessories to your attention. If you’re a regular reader you’ll know that I’m moving house in the next couple of weeks so any new homeware additions have to work in our new space. We’re moving into a brand new home with white walls and grey carpet so it’s perfect for us and a blank canvas style wise. 

As I mentioned the lovely people over at Cox & Cox have asked me to show case a couple of their products, now if you don’t know Cox & Cox then you need to. The homeware collection is beautifully curated and I have a wish list longer than a very long thing and often lose hours browsing their site. Tying in with the industrial theme I’ve chosen two wire wall racks, one of which I featured in my previous post.

At the moment these are both in my dining room but in our new home they will be going in the office / music room. Here’s how I’ve styled them,

industrial inspired storage

industrial inspired storage

industrial inspired storage

industrial inspired storage

Wire wall rack – £70

 

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Wire Magazine Rack – £30

This wall rack will be used in my work space as an inbox for mail and ongoing projects and courses that I’m doing. It can also be in the living space styled with magazines, like I have currently.

To take the edge of their stark colour and edges I like to style these with plants and pastel colours to soften them and make them more inkeeping with a family home.

You can see more Industrial Interiors Inspiration on my Pinterest board –

 

How would you style these?

Another question?

 

 

 

I received these Cox & Cox products for this feature, as always all view are my own

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