Monday, 27 July 2015

Room Tour: Bella's Bedroom


Decorating Bella's bedroom has certainly had it's challenges. The first is that it's small; not as small as the boxroom in our old house, but very definitely a single room not a double. The second challenge (for me) is that Bella is eight and a half, independent, opinionated, and knows her own mind. I try to impose my decorating will on her - really, I do - and she just shrugs. "Don't like it." she says of numerous pictures of well styled spaces I show her. "No. Boring," to the bedding set I like. "No, it's babyish" to the cloud cushion cover I want to make her. We go back and forth until we reach some kind of compromise.


From the moment we moved in and scraped off the Mickey Mouse wallpaper she wanted that wall to be blue, and the shade to her exact specifications. The rest of the walls are the same off white that we've used in most of the rooms (and works well in this north-east facing room) and the pale carpet was already here, we just cleaned it. 



The bed is the other half of the bunk beds she used to share with Angus, covered with a mixture of supermarket bedding and cushions I've made. The little filing cabinet from IKEA is a brilliant bedside cabinet as the drawers can be filled with all manner of loom bands, hair clips and what not.

Hooks on the back of the door are essential if you're short on space, and a must for bags, dressing gowns and all the things that wont fit into her already jammed wardrobe, like plastic Hawaiian flower necklaces. 


As in Angus's room, a sheet of gift wrap is hung above the bed as a print. I love this idea for bringing colour to walls as it's so cheap and versatile and can be changed easily. This sheet of paper has since been moved to Angus's room and we now have a piece of wrapping paper covered in butterflies in it's place. I used these poster hangers.


It was essential to put a bookcase in here somewhere and so, when you're short on space you go upwards, and we just squeezed a tall, thin Billy bookcase into the gap between the end of the bed and the window. 


Opposite the bed is a wardrobe, desk and some shelves. You'll notice that most of the furniture is IKEA; it's not going to last forever but it'll do for now. The shelves hold all kinds of much loved and precious things. 


There isn't space for a chest of drawers so all clothes are hung or folded and stored in those boxes. I was putting some clothes away in that wardrobe earlier today and was confused as to why everything was muddled - school uniform, t-shirts, dresses all mixed in together. Then I stopped and smiled when I realised that everything had been arranged by colour. She has her own system and who am I to say mine is better. 


Are you wondering where all her toys are? It is suspiciously tidy, I know. Two huge drawers under her bed hold masses of stuff and the bigger items live downstairs in either the office or spare room. We had to compromise - even if we built a cabin bed this room wouldn't be big enough to hold all her toys. 

I just want to mention these brilliant triangle wall stickers we used to decorate Bella's wardrobe and bedroom doors. They are from Caroline South's etsy shop and they are ace. Easy to stick and unstick, they can be used and reused on walls and furniture and are a lovely inexpensive way to add a bit of colour or individuality to IKEA furniture, among other things. We went for a sort of bunting look here.


We also used some in Angus's room, to highlight the angle of the sloped roof above his chest of drawers. 


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It's lovely to have the time to take some photos and write about our home and what we've done to it. It occurred to me that I haven't really shown you a lot of our house yet, since we are constantly doing work on it and nothing is finished, but if I wait until it's done I'll be waiting forever. No-one's home is ever finished, is it, and wouldn't that be boring? Who wants to live in a show home? Not me, anyway. So I'll have to get cracking and take some more photos this summer and you can see it in it's real, unfinished (if slightly tidier than usual) state. 

39 comments:

Lisa said...

I do like the bunting triangles, they really give a pop of fun and colour. I hope Bella loves her room.
Lisa x

Jennifer said...

I live in anything but a show home, so I totally get what you mean. I love Bella's room. It has a lot of personality, just as I imagine its inhabitant does. The triangles are really cool. I love decals but I can't use them in my house because all the walls have a textured finish and nothing sticks, so I always admire them when I see them in use elsewhere.

Ingrid Orens said...

Bella has very good taste for an eight year old !! Lucky for you, because she "designed" a room that will still please her when she's 14 ! Good thing for you - you will not be repainting after a year or two :-) ! (Oh yes, I know a mother who got stuck with a bright pink bedroom for her daughter, and only one year later, the daughter had changed her mind about the colour...)

CJ said...

What a lovely job you and Bella have made of her room. It's great that she likes to organise her own clothes, it bodes well for the future! I like the low down hooks on the door, great for little people who can't reach the high up ones yet, I think I shall pinch that idea. The wrapping paper hung on poster hangers is brilliant too, and I love that you've fitted a bookcase in, every room needs a bookcase I think. Well done you. CJ xx

the linen cloud said...

What a gorgeous room for Bella. I love her colour co-ordinated wardrobe system. It all looks fresh and bright. I so need to finish Aobha's room too and the boys bedroom could do with a revamp! It seems all homes are in a transient state of never being quite finished. We would probably hate it if they were. Imagine, no faffing or re-arranging. I couldn't cope! Bee xx

Amy at love made my home said...

It is fantastic! A very grown up room and I can certainly see influences of your style! xx

Susan Smith said...

I'm enoying the journey you are giving us with your home decorating and as you say it will never be finished really as we change, family grows up and lots of other things happen along the way. Sounds like Bella knows what she likes. We are taking our time, except for the carpet going down. Take care.

Karisma said...

What a wonderful space for her! More lovely is the memory that you just captured of her space right now. It won't always look like that, and it is such a wonderful thing to be able to document it so that you will both be able to look back and remember. Oh how wonderful this space is, how wonderful blogging is. That we can take pictures and write words, and share them with other like minded people. Thank you for sharing!

Angel Jem said...

I love Bella's room. The feature wall is a real treat!

Jan Doling said...

What a lovely room you and Bella have created. You have certainly made the most of the small space and it still feels light and airy.

Librarian said...

Very nice! Those stickers really are a great idea. What would we, the ordinary people with average income, do without IKEA? My whole bedroom, the Third Room and part of my living room furniture is IKEA. You're right, it won't last forever, but then in Bella's room it does not have to fulfill that criteria anyway, does it :-) She'll want a different look and feel to her room in a few years, and in about 10 years will be going to live elsewhere anyway.
I like the blue wall - I have one of those in my bedroom, too. The other three walls are a very light vanilla.

VeggieMummy said...

Great teamwork girls! I love this room - so light and just right for a growing girl. I'm impressed that she organizes her wardrobe by the way! The decorative bunting stickers are fantastic. We did a trip to Ikea this week as L was in need of yet another bookcase. I think it was Cicero who said that 'a room without books is like a body without a soul'. If that's the case, L's room has more soul than you can shake a stick at! Love the poster idea too. xx

Ladybird Diaries said...

I love Bellas room! It's so light and fresh, pretty but not too girly.
Marianne x

sandra gilbert said...

Ikea are great for small space furniture, the room looks lovely those little bunting triangles look great.

sandra gilbert said...

Ikea are great for small space furniture, the room looks lovely those little bunting triangles look great.

Leanne Paxton said...

Hey Gillian,
I think Bella chose the perfect shade of blue for her room. It's a lovely space.
Leanne xx

Polly said...

Bella's room is fab so fresh but girly at the same time. I love your style so much I can't wait to see more of your lovely house!

Sandra (Cherry Heart) said...

You have such a fab sense of style. Or maybe I should say Bella does? I think your influence does shine through though and I agree that toy management is a huge problem! Love the color arrangement in the wardrobe, that's great!!

S x

Gillian said...

Bella's room is lovely and you've been very creative with making extra space for her bits and pieces. Looking forward to seeing other rooms too.

Miss said...

Nice to see girls having their own idea of decoration.
My little girl is 8 and she is the same as yours! she decides every little details in her room.
I love the top of the door! amd the blue wall.
Very nice!!!
Miss.

Jacqueline said...

You have created a lovely room fit for a young little lady. I think it looks great!

Ana Silva said...

I love the triangle stickers! Very creative :)

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Sharon - creativity and family said...

What a fantastic space for Bella. It makes our Children's room look cluttered! But then they are sharing a single room! I love the bunting stickers, especially the way the ones in Angus's room follow the slope :-)

Gina said...

What a lovely room!

Hannah Taylor said...

Beautiful room. So clean and fresh. Already, at 2.5, my daughter feels her room is not pink enough! I know we will clash a little as she grows up. I'm dreading her wanting a Disney Princess bedroom or something like that.

Winwick Mum said...

When you're eight and a half, you need space for important accessories like plastic Hawaiian flower necklaces. Those days pass all too quickly! xx

Anonymous said...

This is a fabulous room with style and purpose. I love the colours and neatness - so pleasing on the eye. I'm going to show Harriet (who just does not care about things looking neat!) as we are 'tackling' her room today. It might inspire her. I love those triangles of colour. Sam x

galant said...

Oh how lovely that Bella isn't struck (and stuck) with Barbie pink. I know, historically, pink was a boy's/men's colour, but of late it's been the go-to colour for little girls (and some women with, dare I say it, a predisposition to little girl colour?) Nothing wrong with pink provided it's not everywhere. I even succumb now and again to a pink soap in the bathroom, and cranberry glass (well, cranberry not really Barbie pink, is it?) decanters in the window, where they catch the light. That shade of blue Bella has chosen is gorgeous. I loved it when I was allowed to choose my own scheme for my bedroom when I was just a little older. The earlier you start experimenting with colour and style the better, far less chance of making errors when you are older and have to decorate your own home on a much larger scale.
Margaret P

Emily said...

Bella' s room turned out lovely. I'd say you made the best of a small space. It's adorable! I love the blue she chose...it's so pretty, and her organization of her clothes in her closet...so sweet.

Bronwyn said...

I really like how Bella's room is feminine and pretty, yet doesn't contain a lot of pink. It holds her collections and her clothes and looks lived in, yet cared for. I can see why she would like to spend time here - a place to relax and recuperate after a busy day with her family. Well done, Mommy and Bella!

Carlin said...

Beautiful! Lovely wall color choice, it looks light such a calm and peaceful room to be in.

Lulu walkingonsunshine said...

What a beutifull room you have created .
Ove all the love details ;)
Have a great weekend
Lulu

Jo said...

My twirlies have not passed comment on their bedroom decoration so I should feel lucky I guess. It is a lovely room, really calm and beautiful. Jo x

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your style. I always feel inspired after reading your posts. In fact I now subscribe to Style at Home after seeing your last house. I am loving the tour of your new house and gleaning lots of super ideas. As I suspect you now live just down the road from me I always look forward to your walking ideas as a source of new ideas seen through the eyes of someone returning to the area.Thank you, Helen.

Bex Jenkins said...

You have done a great job and Bella has great taste. I love the blue she specified! PS Reading she is now 8.5 made me think of this: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TWte2_oDsX0 🙊

Gillian said...

Oh that's so lovely! Thank you, that really made my day. x

Katie said...

it looks great, and that colour of blue is a beautiful choice. The bedside lamp is pretty too!

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