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