A Dotty Delight- How we created a stylish Girls bedroom on a budget

Those of you who follow my Instagram will know that we have just completed renovations of Isabella and Sophias bedroom. I knew I wanted to go bold and had seen Dalmatian print decor whilst browsing for inspo, but as always my fear of following current interior trends was playing on my mind. I am very conscious that I don’t want to come to the end of the renovations and hate the interior looks that we created in the early days. Once I knew I could create this look without wallpapering I was off! I have had some questions on how we created the overall look of the room so thought I would put this post together to answer any questions.

The room when we viewed the house.
On completion day.
Stripped, plastered and ready to go.

Before- Just like the rest of the house, the room was covered in woodchip wallpaper, so once again before I could even consider what to do with the room, we spent hours stripping the walls, sanding down the most yellow woodwork I had ever seen and getting to work on prepping the floor. We had the room plastered and have done with all of the rooms, this is because we want to know that the walls are not only in perfect condition but that they will also stand the test of time. Expensive yes… worth it 100%.

Decorating – Then of course it was time for painting. I had seen the colour Oval Room Blue by Farrow and Ball and knew it would be the perfect colour to clash with a pop of pink and the monochrome of the spotty walls. I had this mixed by The Decorating Centre Online and was very impressed with the quality. This was my first experience of using them but I will be back. The Dalmatian print wall was created using this stencil from Ideal Stencils. We used our standard Leyland trade white paint that we have used for all ceilings, as the base and then purchased a small pot of B&Q Matt black paint for the spots. We used a small, foam roller for the black and found this covered much better than a brush. The stencil was easy to use and as long as you are careful to lift it into place each time and not slide it across it should be smudge free, we did wipe a bit of excess paint off the back of the stencil a few times. Once we had covered both the shelving and fireplace walls we stepped back and decided the spots looked slightly too uniform and repetitive, at that point we decided to cut the stencil up and place random stencil spots in-between any gaps that looked to uniform. This worked really well and we could not be more thrilled with the end result. We painted the fireplace and wardrobe in Valspar wood and metal paint, in a colour match to Sulking room pink. The gold wardrobe handles are from Amazon and a pack of 5 was less than £10.

The Dalmatian wall stencil was a great alternative to wallpaper.

The Floor- I have had so many questions about the floor! We had never painted a floor, we had used varnish in our bedroom but getting advice on painting floorboards was near on impossible. We scoured the internet looking for what prep the boards would need, what paint we would need to use and how to apply it and found no consistent answers. As we wanted a rustic and imperfect look, we decided we had nothing to loose, we removed or hammered in any visible nails, lightly sanded any raised drips of paint that we had caused while decorating and gave all of the boards a thorough hoover and mop. We decided on Dulux Pure Brilliant white Diamond Eggshell paint for Wood and Metal. We painted half of the room at a time as the girls bunk bed was too large and heavy to remove from the room. This has given the room a really light and airy feel and I am considering painting floor boards in other areas of the house.

We preferred the look of a more rustic floor so did not sand them to a perfect state.

Finishing Touches- A big factor on my mind when choosing accessories for the girls room, was that I wanted it to still feel and look like a child’s room. It is easy to get carried away with the idea of the ‘perfect home’ but ultimately they are still very much children and I wanted the room to represent a fun and happy place for them. We ordered the fabric reading nook from Amazon, this is filled with some baskets of books and cushions so they can kick back and read in peace. The floor mat in the reading nook is from H&M, and is actually circular but we folded it into a semi circle for a better fit. I sourced the beautiful prints from Make My Day Stationary and put them in IKEA gold frames, these worked out at around £10 per framed print and I was really impressed with the fun styles that Make My Day Stationary had to choose from. The rug was a total bargain from George at Asda, this was the largest of the sizes available and using a discount code, I paid less than £40 for it! I feel like the rug ties the room together really well and at that price it is one of my best buys. The shelving and storage unit are from IKEA, the shelving is their LACK range and the storage is Kallax with wicker baskets. The light fitting is from Matalan, I love Matalan homewares as they provide designer style at a fraction of the price. I had been looking at similar fittings for over £150 before finding this light fitting. The cushions and bunting are also H&M in the sale and the mini cactus plants, timer and gold pots are IKEA. Finally the pink and gold baskets on the shelves are from Homesense.

The Finished Look.

So will the girls bedroom décor stand the test of time? Who knows? Maybe not? but stepping out of my décor comfort zone and creating something so vibrant and fun has been a blast! The Dalmatian wall may go out of style in a few years but the great news is, it’s only paint and for now we all love it. The girls are enjoying spending time in their new room and it feels great to have another room finished and feeling like home. I hope I have answered all of the questions I have received but if I have missed anything please do comment below or send an email.

Chynna xxx

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How We Deck The Halls

December has finally arrived and I could not have been more ready to get the festive decorations up. Although 60% of our house is unfinished, anyone who follows my Instagram will know that I love nothing more than rolling a turd in diamonds…… my house being the turd and fairy lights, Christmas trees and all things festive being the diamonds. I thought I would give you a little insight into a few things we have done to make the house feel festive this year.

The Tree

Lets start with the obvious shall we? The pinnacle of all Christmas décor is of course the tree, we go for a real tree and have done for around five years now, I did almost order an artificial tree in the January sales this year but held off, there are some really fantastic artificial trees on the market now, but I just love the smell of a real tree and going and collecting it with the family. This year we were kindly gifted our Christmas tree from Pines and Needles, I am really impressed with the quality of the tree. We headed to our local Pines and Needles with the children to pick our tree, we were greeted by friendly staff who helped us pick out the perfect tree. We lived in a new build previously and the ceilings were very low in comparison to our current 1930s renovation so Aaron wanted fill his boots and go for a big tree, many an annual argument has occurred whilst sawing the top off of a tree far to big for our old house! We settled on a lush, green 7ft tree and I could not be more impressed with the service and quality from Pines and Needles. I am quite minimal when it comes to tree décor. We have been slowly phasing out some of our cheaper decorations by each buying a ‘fancy’ bauble every year. Five new baubles every year has meant that we now have a collection of really pretty baubles that we love.

Garlands

I recently brought this stunning garland from a local garden centre, I had been on the hunt for the perfect garland for a while. With them being such a big trend for Christmas 2019 I was very conscious that I wanted something minimalistic that I could add baubles, berries or lights to each year to create something tailored to our house at the time. I am really pleased with the results, we draped ours over a mirror but these look great anywhere in the home, from surrounding a fireplace to being used as a table centrepiece, it is no wonder that garlands are so popular this winter.

Candles

You all know by now that I am candle obsessed, my absolute favourite types of candles are warm, spicy, winery candles. I have a handful dotted around each room and will light them all of an evening to fill the house with delicious scents. I also love the ambient lighting and cosy feeling that candles offer. A staple for festive décor.

A Wreath

While the inside of the house is where most of the festive décor is in it’s glory, we love hanging a wreath on the door. We are yet to venture into illuminating the house with lights so a wreath is our only exterior festive décor. I recently made this wreath at a wreath making workshop, it is the first wreath I have ever made as we usually have an artificial one, I had so much fun making it and love the look achieved when using real foliage. I will definatly be either making or buying a real wreath moving forward.

Chynna x

Although my Christmas tree was gifted from Pines and needles, all words and opinions are my own.

5 ways to incorporate Autumn into your home

Soft Furnishings

One of the easiest way of incorporating a touch of Autumn into your home is with soft furnishings. Adding a touch of warmth to your home is essential as the colder evenings draw in. Layering up throws and blankets around the house not only adds a cosy feel but also looks great. Cushions are also great for changing colour pops to a more Autumnal feel. I love using warm tones in Autumn/Winter, gold, champagne and deep colours like greys, navy and aubergine give a real luxurious feel to your home. Using lots of texture like faux fur, fleece and silk also adds a decadence that you just don’t work as well in the warmer months.

Seasonal Accessories

Investing in some key seasonal accessories is always a great way to vamp up your home this Autumn. Halloween decor needn’t be tacky. There are some gorgeous pieces out there at the moment, I ordered these Halloween pumpkins from Ebay for around £6 and although they had a brown, plastic stalk when they arrived, I used some gold paint to make them look a bit more luxurious and fit into our home better. I am like a magpie and anything glittery instantly catches my eye! I like to add some glitter wherever possible, try lightly spraying some faux flowers of foliage with glitter to add a touch of sparkle to your Autumn decor.

Candles

As I am sure you all know by now I am candle OBSESSED. Candles are so much more than just fragrance. With such a huge range available, candles can really add so much to your Autumn decor. As well as fragrancing your home with gorgeous Autumnal scents like Pumpkin spice, wild berries and warm cinnamon, there is nothing more cosy than sitting in a dimly lit room with candles burning to add ambiance. With so many gorgeoeus brands out there you can choose candles to compliment your A/W decor.

Every day accesories

Using your every day Autumn accessories can add some real character to your home. Leave your favourite bags and boots on a stand in the hall for an effortlessly chic way to add a seasonal touch to your home.

Bring the outdoors in

Autumn decor needn’t be expensive. Look to nature to help you out. Dry out and frame some leaves, glitter up some pinecones or conkers and paint pumpkins with the kids. Using a mirror plate or tray to make a simple display of Autumn ruffage can look really effective and cost just a tiny amount. This can also be turned into a fun half term activity with the children.

Chynna x