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Plans for a pink (but not too pink) girls bedroom

Plans for a pink (but not too pink) girls bedroom

I’ve been threatening to start Nellie’s bedroom makeover for the last couple of weeks but as ever, life got in the way. But this weekend it’s finally going to happen! I’ve kept it free and made no social plans so that I can crack on with the wallpaper stripping and start painting. I’ve even chosen the paint colours…yep the Queen of paint choosing procrastination actually narrowed it down and selected my colours within hours of receiving the samples! Who even am I? I’m partnering with Earthborn Paints on this room makeover and I can’t wait to start pulling everything together.

So what am I planning and why? Nellie’s was the very first room in the house we tackled when we moved in because I was pregnant with her and I was obsessed with transforming the former office space/ugly man cave, into a gorgeous nursery. I blogged about the transformation here. And you can see the Before and After below.

Before - the man cave

Before - the man cave

After - Flamingo Fancy

After - Flamingo Fancy

Now, full disclosure, if you read that blog, you will hear all about my intentions for this space to have longevity so it would last her well beyond her baby years. However, what I didn’t take into account when I said that, was the destruction one strong-willed and feisty little girl is capable of. I’m exaggerating of course, but just over three years later it is looking decidedly shabby in there and it’s time to give it a refresh. Also, as much as I love the Cole & Son flamingo wallpaper, it has never not irritated me that our decorators hung it the wrong way…I came home and I didn’t have the heart to tell them to take it down and start again but boy does it annoy me. In addition, it’s also time to get Nellie out of her cot bed and into a big girl bed, and to add in some more storage for her ever expanding collection of dolls, books and jigsaw puzzles. So it makes sense to just do the lot.

Here’s what I’m planning…

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The walls are going to be painted in Paw Print which is a lovely taupe shade and pairs perfectly with Rosie Posie pink, which is going on the wardrobe, and possibly the window frame too. Raf has a feature window frame painted bright orange and I love it, so may give Nellie’s the same treatment. Now if you ask Nellie what colour her room is going to be she will say: “Alllllll pink. Pink, pink, pink!” But no, I’m afraid not. But I’ll have enough pink in there to distract and hopefully she won’t notice.

Maisons Du Monde have kindly gifted me some pieces for the room. I had had my eye on a rattan Suzane bed from them for months but given her penchant for jumping on the bed I was a bit worried it might not be the best option and opted for this lovely taupe Juliette daybed instead. The sideboard is one that I included in my round-up of my favourite cane pieces a couple of weeks ago and will be ideal against the chimney breast where her cot bed currently resides. Her bed is moving to the opposite wall. There is already carpet on the floor but we’ve had a few accidents over the years…and when I say accidents, I mean the time she got hold of the jar of Sudocrem and rubbed it ALL. OVER. THE. CARPET. So, I’m thinking I’ll maybe move the dusky pink Turkish rug which used to be on our bedroom floor, into her room, rather than replace the whole carpet.

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Elsewhere I’m adding a Numero 74 linen canopy because I have wanted one forever and now is my chance to live out my linen canopy dreams through her. I’m breaking up the pink and taupe by adding in teal and mustard accessories. And just in case the whole thing was looking too pretty, I’m planning to add a touch of leopard print in the form of this beautiful Liewood bedding. Because if there’s one thing I’ve passed on to my kids, it’s a shared love of leopard print.

Image via Liewood

Image via Liewood

Last but not least I’m hoping to add one of these beautiful pampas wreaths by Athlyn Floral, a fellow South Londoner, whose work I spotted via childrenswear boutique Cissy Wears. Although I have a feeling I may end up wanting to keep this one to myself!

Image via Cissy Wears

Image via Cissy Wears

All that’s left for me now is actually start it!

This blog is part of an ongoing paid partnership with Earthborn Paints, who are providing the paint for the room and paying me to represent the brand. Maisons Du Monde have also gifted me some pieces of furniture for the room.

Jess x





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