ORC Week 2 | Global Boho Girls Room Design Details

I didn’t get to sharing the ‘before’ photos of my daughter’s soon-to-be global boho bedroom last week. It’s the room I’m working on for this round of the One Room Challenge.

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

Global Boho Bedroom Kids Room Before Photos- One Room Challenge Spring 2017
Global Boho Bedroom Kids Room Before Photos- One Room Challenge Spring 2017
Global Boho Bedroom Kids Room Before Photos- One Room Challenge Spring 2017
Global Boho Bedroom Kids Room Before Photos- One Room Challenge Spring 2017
Global Boho Bedroom Kids Room Before Photos- One Room Challenge Spring 2017

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 - Eleanor's Global Boho Bedroom - One Room Challenge Spring 2017 - with key

Mood Board Sources

  1. Pendant* – £40 – Litecraft
  2. Shelf brackets* x4 – £20 – Ikea // DIY raw wood shelves
  3. Dreamcatcher** – £20
  4. Plant hanger* – Ikea
  5. Blinds – £115 – Blinds 2 Go
  6. Lamp (on desk) – £69 – M&S
  7. Desk – £400 – West Elm
  8. Bed – base is part of Lola bed from LYH (more on this below) // Headboard – eBay (similar)
  9. Seersucker duvet cover – £50 / pillow cover – £16 – Camomile
  10. Pom pom throw – £75 – Oliver Bonas
  11. Mirror – Maisons du Monde (G&G do a cheaper version)
  12. Lamp (on dresser) – West Elm
  13. Play Kitchen – Ikea
  14. Rug – £200 – Anthropologie
  15. Dresser* – Feather & Black
  16. 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.

Anthropologie Caravan Rug in Purple

Initially, I moved one of the matching beds I upholstered last Spring in here. At that point, I was going with a different design plan 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.

Urban Outfitters Arc Upholstered Headboard

I wanted to DIY my own version, and I found a headboard on eBay that had potential to 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.

Global Boho Girls Bedroom - One Room Challenge Makeover - Before Photo-2

Then I found the wicker headboard that’s on the mood board, also on eBay. The scale is better, and I’m going to pair it with an ottoman storage base.

I almost fell for Love Your Home’s Lola bed, which is a gorgeous ottoman storage bed with a high, statement headboard. But there were budget and lead time issues, and this is a good alternative.

I’m most excited about the wallpaper. The gold dot decals will be coming down soon. They’re like the ones I used in Eleanor’s nursery back when we lived in Chicago, and I want to do something different.

Global Boho Girls Bedroom - One Room Challenge Makeover - Before Photo with Gold Dot Decals

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.

Mudcloth Wallpaper by Amber Interiors

The alternative mudcloth wallpaper I found is by Holli Zollinger on Spoonflower. The smaller scale and subtle colourway work better in this space. It’s temporary wallpaper, so great for renters.

Bebe Mudcloth White - Wallpaper by Holli Zollinger on Spoonflower

I ordered the desk and the lamps this week, and the custom-made blinds are up..

You can check out the featured designers’ week two progress here on Calling It Home, and the other guest participants here. See you next week!

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Huge thanks to my sponsor for this project:

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  1. April 13, 2017 / 6:33 am

    Love your plans. How old is your daughter? Those plans could really work for any age but the Ikea kitchen made me think younger. I did a similar DIY dreamcatcher (super easy and is something you could do with your daughter – go for it!) Check it out http://www.harlowandthistle.com/2017/02/diy-yarn-wall-art.html

    • April 13, 2017 / 8:10 am

      Thank you. She’s five. I love your DIY – so simple and so cute! Thanks for pointing me over there – we might well have to give it a go πŸ™‚

  2. April 13, 2017 / 11:27 am

    Oh!! This global boho room will be fantastic! That wallpaper is crazy! ( I mean crazy amazing:-)) Good luck, friend!

    • April 13, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      Haha, I like crazy πŸ™‚ Thanks lovely!

  3. April 13, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    I have a friend who’s decorating a nursery in the boho style for their adoptive little girl from India – and she would LOVE these ideas! That pendant, especially, is just stunning! Can’t wait to see this space take shape over the next few weeks! Oh, and if only I lived closer, I’d totally take that bureau off your hands! πŸ™‚

    • April 13, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      Thanks Oksana πŸ™‚ Haha you’d be welcome to the bureau. It’s cute but not that functional – my daughter can’t reach the shelves without climbing on the desk, and although it’s anchored to the wall, I’m not entirely convinced it would hold long term.
      Can’t wait to see your dreamy nursery come together πŸ™‚

  4. April 13, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    Love everything about your plan! That headboard! What a great idea! I die over Amber Interiors wallpaper but had never seen the alternative you found. Good job! Can’t WAIT to see what you do! πŸ™‚

    • April 13, 2017 / 4:02 pm

      Thanks Becky πŸ™‚ I hope the wallpaper’s as dreamy in person… and it arrives in time!

  5. April 13, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    that paper and rug are incredible! this space is going to be so dreamy!

    • April 13, 2017 / 4:03 pm

      I hope so! Thanks Cassie!

  6. April 13, 2017 / 1:14 pm

    This room is going to be so amazing! That wallpaper is fantastic. I love all of your selections. And your dog’s reflection in the mirror is adorable, by the way πŸ™‚

    • April 13, 2017 / 4:13 pm

      He’s a cutie πŸ™‚ Thanks Julie – I’m very excited about the wallpaper!

  7. April 13, 2017 / 2:20 pm

    Both the headboard and wallpaper inspiration are beautiful. I can see what you mean about the first headboard option feeling dinky, though. And getting anything shipped to England is definitely a challenge. Looking forward to seeing how the space transforms over the next few weeks!

    • April 13, 2017 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks Leslie! Hopefully it’ll all come together in time – I have a feeling it’s gonna be tight but I’m definitely up for the challenge πŸ™‚

  8. April 13, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    omg that circular headboard! Amazing. But I know that wicker one will look just as good!

    • April 13, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      It is pretty awesome, isn’t it? I haven’t completely given up on it yet, although the wicker one is pretty too…decisions decisions!

  9. April 14, 2017 / 1:30 am

    So far this is one of my most favorite makeovers!!!! I cannot wait to watch it unfold! Love the whole vibe here!

    • April 14, 2017 / 9:46 am

      Aww thank you so much Lesli!

  10. April 14, 2017 / 5:18 am

    Your phone takes better pics than mine. I think this is going to be a fab space for your daughter and she will definitely grow into it.

    • April 14, 2017 / 9:43 am

      Thanks so much Jessica! πŸ™‚

  11. April 19, 2017 / 9:40 pm

    I love the original mud cloth wallpaper, although it definitely is a bit dark and a bit of a statement if your kiddo loves all things colorful. The second wallpaper you found is a better option, still a statement but a bit more neutral for all of the other fun patterns, textiles, and colors. I think the designs you have so far are going to be timeless and something your daughter can grow into with grace!

    • April 19, 2017 / 9:46 pm

      Thanks so much Charlotte. I hope so πŸ™‚

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