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
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..
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!
Huge thanks to my sponsor for this project:
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
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 🙂
Oh!! This global boho room will be fantastic! That wallpaper is crazy! ( I mean crazy amazing:-)) Good luck, friend!
Haha, I like crazy 🙂 Thanks lovely!
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! 🙂
Thanks Oksana 🙂 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 🙂
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! 🙂
Thanks Becky 🙂 I hope the wallpaper’s as dreamy in person… and it arrives in time!
that paper and rug are incredible! this space is going to be so dreamy!
I hope so! Thanks Cassie!
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 🙂
He’s a cutie 🙂 Thanks Julie – I’m very excited about the wallpaper!
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!
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 🙂
omg that circular headboard! Amazing. But I know that wicker one will look just as good!
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!
So far this is one of my most favorite makeovers!!!! I cannot wait to watch it unfold! Love the whole vibe here!
Aww thank you so much Lesli!
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.
Thanks so much Jessica! 🙂
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!
Thanks so much Charlotte. I hope so 🙂