A Global Boho Kids Bedroom Makeover | One Room Challenge Reveal

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - DIY wall hanging + wicker headboard

If you’d like to check out the progress posts for this boho 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 mismatched 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.

Mood Board for Eleanor's Global Boho Bedroom - Kids Room Design Plans

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - midcentury desk + storage bed
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - desk + ottoman storage bed

The colour palette came from the rug. I’d been on a rug hunt for months when I found this one at Anthro, 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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Anthropologie Caravan rug + corgi butt
Global boho kids bedroom makeover -Ikea macrame plant hanger
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - West Elm Roar & Rabbit Crackle glaze lamp

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Spoonflower removable wallpaper Holli Zollinger Bebe Mudcloth

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Ikea Duktig + thrifted chair

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.)

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - kitchen + rug + painting

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Alice Neave poil painting
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Ikea play kitchen + Moroccan tea set

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - wocker headboard + tulips

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - ottoman storage bed

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?!

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - wicker headboard + shibori

The wall hanging was a very last-minute DIY – more on that here.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - DIY wall hanging
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - string of hearts

I used gold Rub n’ Buff to turn the shelf brackets from brushed nickel to a warm brassy colour.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - shelf styling + Indian Cow

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.

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - DIY pin board
Global boho kids bedroom makeover -
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Anthropologie Caravan rug + shibori

Enough nattering, I think. Enjoy the rest of the photos…

Global boho kids bedroom makeover - boho bamboo mirror
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - industrial leather chest
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - wicker pendant
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Ikea Duktig play kitchen
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - Ikea Ekby shelving + DIY gold brackets
Global boho kids bedroom makeover - lilac tulips

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.

Total: £2695

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.

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Once again, huge thanks to my sponsor for this project:

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Emmerson & Fifteenth | Global boho kids room


  1. May 11, 2017 / 4:23 am

    Such a sweet room! I’m sure your daughter loves it. That wallpaper is beautiful. And I can’t believe it’s peel and stick.

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:24 pm

      Thanks Tricia – she does! 🙂

  2. May 11, 2017 / 4:51 am

    very chic! which kid wouldn’t love to have this as their bedroom?? I wish I grew up in one! My favorite has got to be the leather trunk!

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:25 pm

      Thanks so much Tim!

  3. May 11, 2017 / 6:28 am

    What a cute room for a little girl. This is so good for a rental! I especially love the rug and the kitchen 😉

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      Thanks Julie – I think those are Eleanor’s favourite parts too!

  4. May 11, 2017 / 7:51 am

    I could be perfectly happy in this room! I love how you used lots of color but the room feels so bright and light still.

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:26 pm

      Aww thank you so much Ashley – that’s exactly what I was going for 🙂

  5. Victoria
    May 11, 2017 / 9:22 am

    So so beautiful. I really love all the little extra touches – the use of plants and the wall hanging especially! You are so talented!

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:27 pm

      Aww, thanks gorgeous lady! xxx

  6. May 11, 2017 / 9:34 am

    I love how it turned out! And good call on that wall hanging, it’s adorable and looks great over the bed. 🙂

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:31 pm

      Thanks Clarissa – I was up till midnight on Tuesday making it, haha. x

  7. May 11, 2017 / 9:56 am

    Such a delightful room, I love every bit of it! Looking forward to your post about your wall hanging, it looks gorgeous! Your daughter is a lucky little lady 🙂 xx

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:32 pm

      Thanks so much Meera! xx

  8. May 11, 2017 / 11:59 am

    emmy and i just adore this room! we were just looking at it together because i wanted to show her- it’s very much her vibe!!! beautiful!

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:34 pm

      Aww, glad she liked it! I love her bedroom too!

  9. May 11, 2017 / 12:33 pm

    What a lucky little girl to have this room all to herself! The colors are perfect without being overwhelming and all the patterns and textures pair so nicely together!

    • May 11, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      Thanks so much Bre! Still can’t get over your bathroom – it’s amazing!

  10. May 11, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    I pinned the hell-o out of this room. This is absolutely stunning. I love all, every single piece of detail you have in this space!!!!!

    • May 11, 2017 / 5:35 pm

      Thank you so much Jessica! Yours is gorgeous too!

  11. May 11, 2017 / 2:48 pm

    This space look amazing! I love all of the details and layers of texture you used to make it special. I know your little is so excited to have this room. It’s stunning! Hugs, CoCo

    • May 11, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Thank you so much Coco!

  12. May 11, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    What a perfect space for a little girl! All the details are perfect. Between the woven and rattan details, that incredible rug, and all the textiles. Don’t let my girls see this space!

    • May 11, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Haha, thanks Leslie!

  13. May 11, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    I can’t even handle how cute and amazing this is. Id live in your littles room. Nailed it friend.

    • May 12, 2017 / 8:44 am

      Thanks Erin! I freaking love your room too!

  14. May 11, 2017 / 11:37 pm

    Oh my goodness, I just love it! So nice to see another boho room on the ORC! I love all the vintage elements you incorporated. And that wallpaper, oh my. And the rug! Ahhhh! It’s soooo good! Fantastic job!

    • May 12, 2017 / 9:48 pm

      Bring on the boho! Haha. Thanks Becky!

  15. May 12, 2017 / 12:51 am

    I seriously love everything about this room! That wallpaper, the lighting fixture, that rug!!! Heck I’ll move in!!! Well done!!!

    • May 12, 2017 / 9:49 pm

      Thank you so much Lidia!

    • May 12, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Thanks Dara!

    • May 12, 2017 / 9:57 pm

      Thanks Nancy!

    • May 12, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Thanks Jessica – we both have some lucky little ladies! 🙂

  16. May 12, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Whoa, whoa, whoa! This is THE coolest kid’s room EVER!!!! That rug, the artwork, and don’t think the delicious brass pieces in the mini kitchen didn’t catch my eye because I gasped when i saw them. It’s just all stunning!

    • May 12, 2017 / 9:55 pm

      Thanks so much Thalita! E bought the little brass tea set with her pocket money when we went to Morocco last summer – apparently I’ve instilled a love of brass in her too (WIN!) 🙂

  17. May 12, 2017 / 6:46 pm

    I adore this room! We haven’t finished my daughter’s room but my Pin board for her space is very similar to this is style and colors. I love it!! Adding it to my inspiration file for her room right now.

    • May 12, 2017 / 10:07 pm

      Oo how exciting! I’m off to follow you now – would love to see when you pull it together!

  18. May 13, 2017 / 1:29 am

    What a beautiful room! I love that it’s a storage bed! That wallpaper is amazing too. I can’t believe you got that headboard so cheap!

    • May 15, 2017 / 5:21 am

      Thanks Jess! I love the storage bed so much!

  19. May 14, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    What a cute bedroom for your daughter. The dresser is awesome, it’s my favorite element in the room!

    • May 15, 2017 / 5:22 am

      Thanks Nicki!

  20. May 15, 2017 / 3:43 am

    I love it!!! I can’t wait for the wall hanging tutorial!!!

    • May 15, 2017 / 5:22 am

      Thanks Kelly – hoping to get on that this week! 🙂

  21. May 15, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    This room is amazing! My favorite part is all the texture you added through textiles! The rug and bedding are amazing!

    • May 16, 2017 / 8:07 am

      Thanks Amanda! I was definitely going for a layered look 🙂

  22. Dominique
    May 15, 2017 / 6:45 pm

    Great room! What program do you use to create a mood board?

    • May 16, 2017 / 8:08 am

      I use Photoshop now, but I used to use Olioboard.com and that was a really good (free & very intuitive) alternative.

  23. May 15, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    You seriously found some amazing steals for this room – I mean that wicker headboard is so great! And I really love the subtle pattern the wallpaper brought to the room. Peel and stick is amazing 🙂 Congratulations on creating such a lovely space in six weeks!

    • May 16, 2017 / 8:10 am

      Thanks so much Kevin – you too! 🙂

  24. Krista
    May 16, 2017 / 6:28 pm

    Such a great room for a girl to grow into! And that bed is amazing! You have me scouring eBay for one similar that will ship to the US….not having much luck!?

    • May 17, 2017 / 10:23 am

      Thanks Krista! I found one on Overstock, but the reviews aren’t great. I had no idea this was a mostly British thing – maybe coz our houses tend to be rather short on space? Hope you do find one!

  25. May 17, 2017 / 2:13 am

    Yah for a beautiful Boho chic makeover, what a perfect space! I love that sweet little desk area 🙂

    • May 17, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Thanks so much Kristin! 🙂

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