Plans for Eleanor’s Global Boho Bedroom (Week 1)
Befores & Details on the Plan (Week 2)
Wallpaper Options (Week 3)
Textiles & Furniture (Week 4)
How to Hang Removable Wallpaper (Week 5)
The Reveal (Week 6)
Bonus: How to Make A DIY Wall Hanging
So, before photos. Here they are. Hastily snapped on my phone, obviously.
Eleanor’s Bedroom: Before
My Mum lived with us for the first year we were in this house, and I took these photos as we were shifting things around and moving all Eleanor’s stuff in, hence the chaos. I’ve done a bunch of rearranging and decluttering since then. Next week, I’ll show you where I’m at with the whole thing.
Now, though, I’m going into a bit more detail about the design plan. I showed you the mood board for what I’m calling a “global boho bedroom” last week, but here it is again, this time with sources.
Mood Board Sources
- Pendant* – £40 – Litecraft
- Shelf brackets* x4 – £20 – Ikea // DIY raw wood shelves
- Dreamcatcher** – £20
- Plant hanger* – Ikea
- Blinds – £115 – Blinds 2 Go
- Lamp (on desk) – £69 – M&S
- Desk – £400 – West Elm
- Bed – base is part of Lola bed from LYH (more on this below) // Headboard – eBay (similar)
- Seersucker duvet cover – £50 / pillow cover – £16 – Camomile
- Pom pom throw – £75 – Oliver Bonas
- Mirror – Maisons du Monde (G&G do a cheaper version)
- Lamp (on dresser) – West Elm
- Play Kitchen – Ikea
- Rug – £200 – Anthropologie
- Dresser* – Feather & Black
- Wicker chair* – vintage
Wallpaper – Spoonflower
*Asterisked items are things we already own
**The dreamcatcher might be a DIY
Global Boho Bedroom Design Details
Like I said last week, I wanted layered and neutral. Eleanor wanted all the colours. I feel like we’ve come to a good compromise with the design plan – that rug does indeed have all the colours, but everything else is layered and pretty neutral.
The rug pulls in the navy of our existing dresser, the mustard from the chair my Grandma gave me, and goes with some of the coral and mint accessories we already have. It’s got plenty of purple, which is Eleanor’s second favourite colour, and blush pink, which is one of mine. Her favourite colour is yellow. I’m still trying to convince her that mustard counts as yellow.
The bed has been my biggest conundrum so far. Initially, I moved one of the matching beds I upholstered last Spring in here. At that point, I was going with a whole different design plan – one that I’d put together in our last house but never executed. Then one of the beds broke (not for the first time), then the other one broke as well. I pulled both beds apart, salvaged the good bits from each and made one full not-broken bed, which stayed in the boy’s room.
After that, I decided to go in a totally different direction, partly because I fell in love with this shibori-style headboard.
I wanted to DIY a version, and I actually found a headboard on eBay that I thought might work as a basis for the frame. My plan was to refinish it to a lighter tone and add a curved, upholstered panel. When I put it against the bed though, it looked a bit dinky.
Then I found the wicker headboard that’s on the mood board, also on eBay. I think it’s better, although I’m going to wait until more of the room is put together before I make a final decision on that one. Either way, I’m going to pair the headboard with an ottoman storage base to hide all our crap.
I almost fell for Love Your Home’s Lola bed, which is a gorgeous ottoman storage bed with a high, statement headboard. The issue was that I left it too late to order with any hope of it arriving before week six. Well, that and – ahem – the cost. So now I’m back to the cheaper, quicker option. I’ll let you know how it goes. (That bureau’s not staying, by the way.)
I’m probably most excited about the wallpaper. I shoved some gold dot decals up on the wall just because we had them, but they’ll be coming down again soon. They’re just like the ones I used in Eleanor’s nursery back when we lived in Chicago, and I’m over them.
I want something more grown up, but still casual. I adore Amber Interiors’ mudcloth inspired wallpaper (below), and it set me off on a hunt for something similar.
I’m crazy excited about the alternative mudcloth wallpaper I found. It’s by Holli Zollinger on Spoonflower. The smaller scale and more subtle colourway should work better in our room. It ships to England and it’s temporary (kinda a key thing, since we’re renting). I’ve ordered swatches of this paper and a few other options, and I really hoped they’d be here by now. It has me worried about the time line again, so I do have a back up plan just in case. Hopefully I won’t need to go into that though.
I ordered the desk and the lamps this week, and I can’t wait to see them. The custom-made blinds are up too, and I’m going to have to chat about those soon because I am just so impressed with them.