Monday, October 8, 2012

My Girl's Bedroom Makeover

The other day I shared that my kids now have separate bedrooms and I showed off my son's bedroom makeover. So here is my daughter's new "brother-free zone". She is loving it and has become quite house proud of her new space.

With only one bed in here I was able to swing the furniture all around and put the bed in the centre of the room, rather than jammed up against the wall. It also means that the French chest of drawers is centred along the wall and we have space to leave the electronic keyboard out so the kids are practising more regularly. 

There is also now room for a bedside table and lamp. Both these are vintage finds. Ha, ha - what in our house isn't a vintage find! I think they look so sweet together.

The window bench is used to store books and the dolls' house I restored for my daughter's fourth birthday. She still loves having it around.

This bedroom is very serene and pretty. I haven't got a photo of it but the light is a beautiful milk glass pendant light and the ceiling is ornate with pretty bows and flowers. I always like sleeping in this room. Even in the height of summer it is cool.  To the right of the bed in the photo below there is a big bank of built in wardrobes that I had built. I added mouldings to the doors and painted them white with a lovely Porters' Paint. 

The framed cross stitch is beautiful and very special. My sister who is very literary but not that into craft made it for my daughter. It has her name on it and birthday. My sister had it framed with vintage skirting boards. The boards are a creamy pink and suit it perfectly. 

Frilly White bedding: Linen House at Adairs
White Bedside: eBay, painted by me
Striped Louis French Armchair: Reupholstered and painted by me
Woven Balloon Back ChairReupholstered and painted by me. The link includes a tutorial.
Angel Lamp: Vintage find, painted by my aunt
White Mirror and vintage lantern: markets finds
White French Chest of Drawers: Auction, painted by me
Hydrangea painting: painted by my grandmother, given to me for my 10th birthday
Heart Cross Stitch: sewn by my sister for Sasha's birth
Curtains: made by me

As with the rest of our house, the whole room has been pulled together with preloved and vintage items I have painted and restored. If you are on a budget; or just like me and prefer good quality old furniture rather than made in China (or Vietnam more likely) reproduction stuff; then this is such a good way to decorate your house.  I recentlly blogged my tips on how to paint vintage furniture.

It is much easier to make a bedroom look good when it is just for a single sex - ie a girls' room or a boys' room. If you've got both a son and a daughter sharing a room, how do you decorate it nicely? I found it very difficult when my kids were sharing. I'm very interested in hearing from you on this, please leave your comments below. 

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.


  1. What a lovely room! I love the chair - I'm sure it's one of 'yours'!

    My daughter turns four at the end of this year and she's getting a dolls house ;) - hope it is still loved like your daughters.

  2. It's so lovely! I love the lamp and all the special touches. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Homemaker on a Dime. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House which goes live at 8am CST on Monday. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  3. it's so soft and pretty! i love her bedding- gorgeous!

  4. it is all so pretty and I love how much of your home is vintage and handmade/restored. you are so clever and creative Fiona. Love your photos and those flowers also

  5. Very nice! It looks homely and relaxing. It's really great how you use some vintage things because it's an economical way of redecorating a bedroom. I particularly like the flowers (pink roses). They added femininity to the room. The use of light colors reflects your daughter's youthfulness. I've noticed that you included an interesting corner where she can practice playing an electronic keyboard. Probably you can also add a reading area where she could sit down and read some of her favorite books if that's her cup of tea.


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