Textiles & Furniture | One Room Challenge Week 4: Global Boho Girls Room

We’re in week four of the One Room Challenge, and I’ve made a wee bit of progress on Eleanor’s “global boho” bedroom. Stuff has started arriving and I can see things moving forward now, even though I know most of the work is still ahead of me. Check out the previous weeks’ posts here:

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

The desk and lamps arrived on Tuesday. I’ve admired this little mid-century desk (from West Elm) for years. Once I’d put it together, I showed E, and asked her to be very careful with it. No drawing on it like the last one. She promised. Five minutes later, she tells me she wants to show me something. “I made my new desk all pretty!” she says, and shows me how she has beautifully adorned the front of it with Shopkins stickers.

One Room Challenge Week 4 - Desk, Shibori Fabric, Snake Plant & Mudcloth Removable Wallpaper

She was so happy about it, and so sad when we had to take them off. So we decided she needed somewhere to stick things, and now we’re adding build a bulletin board to the list of things to do. I want to use this African shibori fabric and DIY something.

After mulling over wallpaper options last week, I stuck to my first choice. The sample is tacked up there behind the desk. I’m partnering with Spoonflower on this project, which I am hugely excited about. I’ve been itching to try their removable wallpaper for way too long, and they just emailed me to say that my order shipped. They’re a US company, but they’re in Germany now too, so it’s not got far to travel to get to London. I might actually pull all this off in time!

I talked last week about my conundrum with the current blinds, which I had custom-made a few months ago, before I finalised the rest of the design. They’re a gorgeous grey linen stripe, but they don’t really go with the wallpaper.

Behe_mudcloth removable wallpaper by Holli Zollinger on Spoonflower behind linen stripe roman blinds from Blinds 2Go

Well, problem solved: I’ve got some lovely white custom-made roman blinds on their way as I type too. Hooray!

I mentioned the lamps, didn’t I? One of them (the deco lamp from M&S shown in the mood board) probably isn’t going to work out, so I’m having a rethink on that. But the other one is going to work out juuuust fine.

One Room Challenge Week 4 - West Elm Roar & Rabbit Lamp

The photo doesn’t do this lamp justice – it’s a little bit lost against the white wall, but it’s going to look so good once the wallpaper’s up.

What else? Oo, bedding! I was playing with options yesterday. The blush linen is a fitted sheet, the mustard is a pillowcase. I’m thinking textured white duvet cover and possibly one or both of these cushion covers. The Hmong one sat on E’s bed when she shared a room with her big brother. The wedding blanket one I got in Morocco last summer.

One Room Challenge Week 4 - Bedding Textiles - Hmong, Moroccan, French Linen, Mustard Green Cotton

The last thing I want to show you this week is the bed. So, funny story. It’s an ottoman storage bed, and the top is on pneumatic hinges so it’s easy to lift. It also doesn’t stay closed unless it’s got weight on top of it. How did we discover this, you probably weren’t asking? Well, I shall tell you.

The delivery guy dropped it off to our entryway, which is pretty narrow. While I waited for J to get home and help me shift it upstairs, I unwrapped part of it. When he walked in the door, he nudged one end. The thing basically threw itself open like “Surprise!” and wedged itself in the hallway. Guys, this thing is freaking impossible to shut by hand unless you use your body weight in the middle of the frame, which obviously we couldn’t do with it wedged as it was. It took two of us an hour and a half to unwedge it, and we only managed it by eventually disassembling the hinge mechanism, but not before I also wedged my foot between the bed and the wall, and almost the dog as well.

One Room Challenge Week 4 - Global Boho Girls Bedroom - Ottoman Storage Bed Closed-b

Once we eventually got it upstairs, the only way to put it all back together was to lie inside the bed, so I spent half an hour in there screwing in all the things and scowling. Anyway, ordeal over, it’s here and in one piece and it’s all good. Also, you can fit SO MUCH STUFF in this thing. Check it:

One Room Challenge Week 4 - Ottoman Storage Bed

What you see right there, my friends, is:

  • 4 suitcases
  • 2 duffel bags
  • An inflatable mattress
  • 2 sets of black-out travel curtains
  • 3 duvets
  • 2 pillows
  • A bunch of bed sheets

This bed holds easily twice as much stuff as we had under the old, conventional bed frame before, because you can pack it all in and squish it down. So much so that I’ve emptied half the linen cupboard, moved all our tools and household shiznit in there, and the big cupboards in the living room (see them in this post) are now half empty. Getting rid of one or two of those guys would make a huge difference, which is very exciting.

It’s all very exciting, really, isn’t it?

You can go check out One Room Challenge week four updates from the featured designers here and the other guest participants here.

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  1. April 27, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    Wow, that bed is so cool! Love the texture and finish of it…and that Moroccan blanket…yum. This is going to be beautiful!

    • April 29, 2017 / 6:23 am

      Thank you – I love how much stuff fits in that thing!

  2. April 28, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Yikes, moving that bed sounds painful. Mine came in pieces, it was just a pain to assemble. 🙂

    • May 3, 2017 / 7:43 am

      Painful is a good way to descibe it! Haha. Totally worth it though!

  3. April 29, 2017 / 11:55 am

    Wow! That bed would solve so many problems for me…an incredible amount of storage, no need for a bedskirt, and it has a beautiful neutral fabric! I can’t wait to see the wallpaper.

    • May 2, 2017 / 8:14 am

      It’s crazy functional. I wasn’t sure I’d love it before it arrived, but I really do – everything’s so tidy now! Working on wallpaper today!

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