This before and after is for my daughter's bedroom (and my youngest son, who is currently sharing with her until the renovations are completed and he gets his own room, but I think you'll see from the photos, it's much more a girl's bedroom).


This room was originally used as the Master Bedroom. It has a painted timber mantel and had several sets of wall sconces and a very ugly central light fitting. 



My daughter, who was two at the time that I planned her bedroom, wanted a Pink bedroom. Fairly typical for a little girl, but I am not a pink person - I'm more a blue person, so initially after going back and forth with her (she is fairly stubborn), I decided that I could do a pink room if it was balanced by a lot of white. It also all fell into place when I found the curtain fabric, Thibaut's Avalon  which is quite grown up with its beautiful birds and flowers, and which is definitely more of a deep Raspberry pink colour, rather than a pastel pink that is more commonly used in little girls rooms. I'm hopeful that the room will grow with her (although she is quite put out that the walls are not pink too....). Carpet was in the same charcoal used throughout the house, and the light fitting was a glass lantern, the same as used in the family bathroom. We also had shutters installed for privacy, as her room faces the front of the house. 


I chose a raspberry linen to upholster her headboard, and it has contrast piping and deep buttons in a lighter pink that is also in the curtains. The little armchair came from my in Law's house. It is very old and is quite small in scale - perfect for a child's room (not so much for their Library where it had lived for the past 100 years or so). It was reupholstered in a Brunschwig & Fils fabric, again with contrast piping in the same pink used for the headboard. There is a cushion still to come, I'm having it made out of a Pierre Frey offcut in pinks and whites.





Furniture in the room is a bit of a mixed bag - the large Cedar wardrobe was left in the house by the previous owners. I could not understand why they'd leave such a lovely piece, until we went to move it from the room it was in (the room we took for our dressing room and bathroom) - it wouldn't fit through the door! Fortunately the builders dismantled the window and got it out and into E's bedroom, and it works well in the space (and saved having to pay for a built in wardrobe). 



The small Cedar chest of drawers also came from my in Law's house, and was used in the children's Nursery in Melbourne. It has a little Georgian mirror above it that was from my Grandfather in laws estate. No one else in the family was interested in it, but it's a pretty and small scaled one, and I loved it. 


The bookshelf came locally via eBay. It was in a shabby chic style with slightly yellowing chipped paint (it's a new piece, likely made in Indonesia to look like that from the start), and it was much cheaper than buying either new, or from IKEA. I filled the chips and painted it the same colour as the walls and woodwork. These are a fraction of the books that we have for the children - the playroom is overflowing with them. The bedside table is temporary - as we are at the ruining furniture stage, I've take away the pretty little Victorian table that was also from my Grandfather in Law's estate, and she can have it when she's older. 




Artwork is fairly mixed. The large collage picture over the mantlepiece is from Tiggywinkle baby boutique in Toorak, Melbourne. The artist is called Nicole, and I just loved her pieces. It's got little buttons, feathers, glitter, and liberty scraps on it. Very sweet. 



The "art" over the bed are Eboo bird counting cards, which I put into IKEA frames. The cards cost $30 for 12, which I thought was good value. They used to be in the Nursery in Melbourne, but the white walls here needed colour on them.



The art next to the armchair are two Fifi Lapin prints, which I loved. Fifi is dressed in Couture such as the Prada and Chanel runway collections. It just makes me laugh. Around the room are some Love Mae wall decals that I had previously used in the children's playroom in Melbourne, and as they're moveable, I restuck them here. Little birds are perched on frames or light switches.


Poor little S has a corner at the moment. I have promised I'll make him a great bedroom once the renovations have finished! 

29 comments:

  1. Very pretty! Girly but not OTT, nice job :)

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  2. An inspired choice, and one which gets around the pink dilemma most elegantly. Raspberry pink is such a happy colour - and the fabric for the curtains is exactly that: happy. xx

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    1. Thanks GD - it is a very pleasant room, and she does love it (despite the lack of pink walls!) xx

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    1. Thought you would with your love of Pink! xx

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  4. Lovely room. Thanks for a beautiful blog. Could you share the colour of the carpet as I am looking for a grey carpet for my sons room?

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    1. Hi Leah, the carpet is by Quest Carpets "St Louis" 48oz 100% wool twist pile carpet, colour: Kendall Coal. It is also sold under the name "Chantilly", colour "Lava Stone". Different suppliers use different names so that it's harder to compare prices. xx

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    2. Thanks Heidi, that is lovely of you to share. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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  5. She's a lucky little lady! What a great room :)
    I love the curtain fabric, headboard and chevron print lamp.
    K xx

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    1. Thanks K - lots of my friends have said that they'd like it for their rooms! xx

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  6. Heidi, I love your taste and this room is gorgeous and so impressively neat! Did you have the bedhead made or an old one recovered? I wish my upholsterer made bed skirts.....please don't tell me that you whipped it up yourself as I constantly berate myself that my life would be so much better if I had the wherewithal to use a sewing machine....although I did make a top in Grade 7, a long, long time ago! Rx

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    1. Thanks Romy! I will admit that the room does not look anywhere near that neat most of the time.... she tends to have little collections (of crap) scattered around the place. The bedhead was made for me by an upholsterer and I did in fact make the bedskirt. But it's really quite terribly made. There are still loose threads hanging from it (you just can't see it in the photos), and the mitred corners didn't really work out....and I keep meaning to take it off and fix it, but haven't got around to it! I had the one for our bedroom made by my curtain maker, and wish to God I'd had her do E's bedroom's as it wasn't that expensive to have her do it (but E's took me forever to make, with a lot of cursing, and doesn't look so great up close). xx

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    2. Am just impressed that you made a bed skirt. I know Romy made a top in Grade 7 but I never graduated past the pillow slip.... The room is gorgeous and I love the curtain fabric. Just realised I have hijacked Romy's comment stream. Sorry!

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    3. I wonder if they do Needlework lessons at schools anymore? We made skirts in year 8. I used to sew myself little dresses (and taffeta skirts to go with my velvet bustiers for School Formals etc) all the time when I was a teenager. Nowdays, it's just much cheaper to buy a dress on the Outnet, rather than pay for a pattern and fabric. Plus I'm not that great a sewer, so everything does look fairly amateur.... xx

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  7. Gorgeous. When are you setting up your interior design business??? Kx

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    1. Thanks K. I do small Interiors jobs at the moment, when I have capacity, but until my 2 year old goes off to ELC in a years time, I'm a bit limited. Once he's gone, I'm intending to start pursuing it actively again. I think. I may feel like I need a rest after our reno is finished! xx

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  8. I love this room, the artwork is adorable and I love the colours!

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    1. Thanks Deanne -the colour makes it a very happy room xx

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  9. The room looks gorgeous! Especially love the Eboo bird counting cards and the Fifi Lapin prints. Your daughter is a lucky girl.
    Stunning pieces of furniture too. Fifi xxx

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    1. Thank you Fifi - it was only when writing the post that I realise we'd only bought one of the pieces of furniture for the room (and it was secondhand anyway). If only all the rooms came together so easily! xx

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  10. Love the rasberry pink and heirlooms. A beautiful room for your daughter.
    x KL

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  11. Ooh! Loving all the details in this post, Heidi. A masterful job and a wonderful escape from little-girly-pink. I can see a certain Planet Joy creation is going to match beautifully! J x

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    1. It looks so fab Jane - she loved it (Chrissy present) and it matches perfectly! I'm going to put it in a post soon. xx

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  12. What a stunning bedroom. You have done an amazing job:). I think it appeals to a little girl and a girl in her teens. Actually I would be happy to move in to such a beautiful room lol. Can't wait to see your son's room soon.

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    1. Thanks for the compliments! I can't wait to see his room either Julie-Ann, especially as it will mean the end of the major part of the renovation mid year! xx

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