The ‘Labour of Love’ that is my teenage daughter’s bedroom, is finally complete. Yay!
She had been after a new bedroom for a good while – a little hint here, an almighty shove there. I finally relented and promised it for her 16th birthday. She hadn’t forgotten. Funny how children never forget when it’s in their best interests…
She had tolerated the lime green spotty wallpaper (her 10 year old self’s choice) and ‘flower power’ duvet cover for more than is reasonable for any teenager. Everything was looking a little tired and a trundle bed isn’t very cool when you have your teenage mates round for a sleepover.
So we set about doing some research (aka I spent hours trawling through Pinterest and putting things in the John Lewis basket). We had only recently purchased a new blind for the room so this was the one item that we had to work around. A bright pink and lime green colour scheme proved fairly restrictive, but we plumped for one of the many shades of grey (Feather Flock by Dulux) and I have to say that we are very pleased with the end result.
The room is relatively small and with only one window, can be quite dark on a dull and rainy day. This grey is light enough not to darken the room but strong enough to have an impact.
The Teenager had her heart set on a double bed, so we spent a lot of time looking for one that would fit the space and wouldn’t be too dominant. This one from Marks & Spencer is perfect for adorning the new bedroom must-have – fairy lights!
The wardrobe is enormous and successfully manages to conceal 2 large drawers and 4 smaller ones. Whilst it required ‘2 big lads and a wheelbarrow’ (a nod to my favourite, Victoria Wood) to put together, it is very solid and incredibly well made. We purchased a matching bedside table, also from the John Lewis ‘House’ range.
We were fortunate to be offered a desk to review by Kit Out My Office and this one, the Aspire A Frame desk in natural oak, is the perfect size for the space. It fits snuggly under the window, providing a good light for her to work by and the two little drawers are deep enough to hide all of the usual teenage girl’s bits and pieces – one for make up and one for stationery. Perfect. The Eames chair look-a-like, I found for a very reasonable price over at Vita Interiors.
The inspired blackboard wall (thank you Pinterest) offers a space for creativity when she wants some light relief from work. She has put it to very good use already and rediscovered her talent for art.
But the part of this room I like the best, is the shelf above her bed. I was looking for a white floating shelf (specific yes, but I knew not an impossible ask) and I finally found this one on the La Redoute website. I think it works really well.
I added a couple of cactus plants with colour co-ordinating pots and found both the gorgeous little picture and light-up letter ‘E’ in a shop locally to us. Many people have asked me where I got it from but unless you want to make a trip to Berkshire, you can find something similar in Next at the moment.
Now all that’s missing is my girl. I hope it won’t be long before the familiar discarded clothes, empty crisp packets and dirty plates are adorning every available space – I bet you never thought that you would hear me saying that!
Disclosure: We received an A Frame Natural Oak desk from Kit Out My Office, as a review product. The desk retails at £174.00.