It’s One Room Challenge reveal day! I’ve been banging on about this for ages, so you probably already know what I’m on about. In case you don’t, though: the One Room Challenge is a design event in which a bevy of interior design bloggers all makeover one room in their homes (or a clients) in six weeks, posting weekly updates. For this round, I picked my little girl’s bedroom.
If you’d like to check out the progress posts for this kids room makeover, here are the links:
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
We started with a pretty bland space full of mis-matched furniture (see the before pics in week two). She wanted all the colours, but I am still so in love with our neutral master bedroom from the last ORC that I wanted a similar vibe in here too.
I put a plan together involving layers of predominantly neutral texture, anchored around a statement rug that did indeed have all the colours. Eleanor is only five, but she’s very opinionated. Fortunately, she signed off on the whole design.
We had a few restrictions, because we’re renting – no painting, no swapping out the carpet, etc. I would have painted the doors and skirting boards bright white if I could, but other than that, I’m really happy with how the room turned out.
The colour palette came from the rug. I’d been on a rug hunt for months when I found this one, and it was perfect. It went with the furniture that we already had – the wooden chair (from my Grandma) and the leather-edged chest – but it also brought in pink and purple, which were the main colours Eleanor requested. Those, and “golden,” which I brought in with brass accessories.
Obviously, the peel and stick removable wallpaper (from Spoonflower) is kind of the star here (aside from the rug). It’s a mudcloth-inspired print by Holli Zollinger. The colourway is subtle but so pretty, and it has the most gorgeous woven texture. I swear it made the room seem bigger, which surprised me. You can read about how I hung it in week five.
That Ikea play kitchen. Probably half of all the diminutive humans I know own one, and Eleanor loves hers. I really wanted it to live in her bedroom, because it’s spent over a year being a trip hazard elsewhere in the house. It hasn’t had a fancy makeover with a subway tile backsplash and gold hardware, but I still think it’s rather good-looking, especially for a kids toy. (Sidenote: I just learned that they say “backsplash” in the States and “splashback” in the UK. I’m forever sounding like a numpty coz I’m always using the US version of decorating terms when I don’t sound American. Not that I especially care. Maybe I should?)
I pinched the painting from our living room, and finally had it framed six-ish years after I bought it. It’s my favourite, and it’s by Alice Neave. I’m not sure I’ll leave it in here forever – I miss it in the living room! But it needed something on that wall and it looks so pretty.
I admit, having to squeeze four substantial pieces of furniture in here (kitchen, dresser, bed, desk) made the layout challenging. It’s still not ideal – I definitely wouldn’t have the bed against the radiator out of choice. We don’t turn it on though – the room gets enough heat from the rest of the house – and we just prop the extra cushions against it at night so she doesn’t bump herself on it. It works.
I had a debate about the blinds in week four, and I ended up replacing the practically brand new linen stripe roman blinds with plain white ones. The striped ones were lovely, but not with the wallpaper. They’ll work in my son’s room though, so stay tuned for an update on that soon. Both sets are from Blinds 2Go, and I am seriously impressed with the quality and the price. These are custom-made, black-out lined, and were less than £100.
The bed is an ottoman storage bed, which was a proper steal off eBay (£140 shipped). It came with crappy plastic feet, so I replaced them with some wooden bun feet and I think it made all the difference. The headboard was from eBay too, and cost me five whole pounds. All of which completely makes up for the splurges in here. Right?!
The wall hanging was a very last-minute DIY, which I’ll post more on soon.
I used gold Rub n’ Buff to turn the shelf brackets from brushed nickel to a warm brassy colour.
My plan for the desk area was to use the shibori fabric to make a pinboard. I couldn’t bring myself to chop the fabric up though, so I used it to dress the bed instead. I quite like the raw cork anyway.
Enough nattering, I think. Enjoy the rest of the photos…
Sources & budget breakdown
Because I’m super nosey and love knowing how much room makeovers cost, I’m guessing some of you might be too, so I’m including a budget breakdown this time. I’ve listed costs in terms of how much things were new and full price, although anything with an asterisk* we either already owned or I received a discount on.
- Wallpaper (Holli Zollinger’s Bebe Mudcloth White) – £843* – Spoonflower
- Blinds (150cm x 150cm) – £99* – Blinds 2Go
- Rug – £200* – Anthropologie
- Pendant (similar) – £40* – Litecraft
- Shelves & Brackets x4 – £36* – Ikea
- Cork Pinboard – £16 – DIY
- Reading Lamp – £18* – Ikea
- Wall Hanging – £23 – DIY
- Plant Hanger* – about £12 – Ikea
- Metallic Plant Pot (smaller version) – about £15* – Anthropologie
- Desk – £399* – West Elm
- Marblized Plant Pot (similar) – $35* – Mintwood Home
- Ottoman Storage Bed – £140 + Bun Feet – £13 – eBay
- Headboard – £5 – eBay
- Duvet Cover – £29 – John Lewis
- Linen Bed Sheet – £25 – Seriously Comfy via Amazon
- Mustard Pillow Cover – £16 – Camomile
- Hmong Cushion – £18 – Ecco Trading
- Moroccan Wedding Cushion – about £16 – Marrakech souk
- Turkish Towel as Throw (similar) – £25* – Etsy
- Shibori Fabric as Throw – £12
- Mirror – £60 – Maisons du Monde
- Lamp (on dresser) – £169* – West Elm
- Dresser – about £350* – Feather & Black
- Play Kitchen – £59* – Ikea
- Wicker Chair – £10* – thrifted
- Plants – £30*
Damn. At least it’s pretty! Note to husband: we didn’t actually spend that much on it. Actually, I basically saved money on almost everything. You’re welcome.
I will be spending the rest of the day checking out – and swooning over – the other 250-odd One Room Challenge room reveals, both from the featured designers and the guest participants, and I highly recommend you have a look too! You know they’re gonna be good.