Thursday, 9 August 2012

Interior Design Project: Revamping My Childhood Bedroom

My parents house in Kent has to be one of my favourite places in the entire world and I am so glad we did not sell the house when we were thinking about it, but the one problem with living in the same house all your life is that unless you quite regularly redecorate you're faced with your childhood bedroom until you finally move out into a place of your own, which for me is not going to happen until after university. As student halls don't count, I'm moving into my first 'real' adult place in Los Angeles next month, but no where is going to be 'home' until I'm settled somewhere and I don't have my move out date already in mind. 
When I was kid, I had a ballerina bedroom. When I was in my mid teens I was allowed a redecoration, keeping almost all of the same furniture (the bed is only new this year) and the blue carpet. I went for the colours of duck egg blue, wood and painted white as they best suit my personality, but the room was still a tip, and full of childhood clutter for years. Now as I am moving away (London never really counted, as I was always coming back here every few minutes) and I wanted to have something properly 'grown up' to return to, I set about the task of revamping the room to suit me now. There are still lots of little details I want to get, and things I want to replace, but I've had so many requests from people to see pictures of my room, I thought I'd post some of how far I have got. These throw cushions are from when I first had my room painted blue, and I would like to replace them at some point. These blue floral Cath Kitston pillow cases are part of my recent revamp, a little splash of colour for the white bed, in a matching print to the bath robe hanging on the back of my bedroom door. Cath Kidston make the best bath robes ever. 
I have kept some little pieces in the room to remind me that it is my childhood room, however. This pink pig money box full of one and two penny pieces for a start. Usually on my bedside table you'll find whatever (usually historical) novel or five I'm reading at the time, a scented candle (usually vanilla or jasmine) and the beauty products I like to use after I've showered, at the moment Soap & Glory's Heel Genius Foot Cream and Yardley London's Peony Body Lotion  and Hand Cream.
There used to be books covering practically every surface, as well as a lot of the floor but I've had a good effort to clear them all away. However, it would not be my space if there were still not shelves of books and historical novels crammed into shelves. I'm now going to keep literary fiction in my office. 
One of the best things in my room is the super comfortable and squashy cream sofa which is my preferred reading and blogging space. Essentials include a homemade patchwork kid my mother made me for the ballerina bedroom, and one of Laura Ashley's super warm and comfortable throws. I still love my Monsoon beaded throw cushion, but it is looking a bit battered so I'm looking for a couple of new cushions. I'm thinking something very British themed, or maybe a cream and chevron print? 
I have a few other indistinct prints in the room, but as a total head over heels art lover these two prints are the main reflection for this passion in my room. They are by Josephine Wall, an artist I discovered on holiday when I was 13 and fell totally in love with. I love her intricate paintings with such incredible attention to detail, vivid colours and magical and mythical themes. This one you can see here 'Minervas Melody' also reflects my total love for all things to do with the Classical world, which also feature in a lot of her paintings. 
My clothes rail came from university where there in my flat I had barely enough space to fit myself in the wardrobe, let alone all of my clothes and shoes. I've found, however, I like having a rotation rail in my room (and the back rain is super useful for storing scarfs) so I would like to replace this at some point with a cream or white painted wooden one with a shoe wrack or small storage drawers at the bottom, and some more of the padded silk hangers I have in my wardrobe in various shades of purple. 
Since I started blogging, and more recently created my 'Floral Fun' board on Pinterest I have decided I ought to have more fresh cut flowers about the place. While my real loves are Hydrangeas (I get my fill in the hedgerows and gardens near my house in France) and Peonies (which are really expensive), I also think simple white or pale pink roses are so elegant and beautiful. This bunch were only £4 from Asda, so filling your home with flowers every once in a while does not have to break the bank. 
There are so many products (lots stored by being stacked into old beauty sample boxes) littering my dressing table it is impossible to look at it and not realise that it is that of a beauty blogger. This Joliebox is home to the items which are part of my everyday rotation. 
Brush and eyeliner storage used to be an issue for me (I used to keep them in old mugs) but I have recently discovered that old scented candle jars are a fantastic and elegant solution. I might just have to invest in a Diptyque candle or two; £38 may be steep, but once I'm done burning it I also get a pretty brush jar or pen pot. 
Do you remember my post back in April about using shelving as a shoe storage idea? I finally got the big white inlayed shelves at the far end of my room cleared of junk, and I must say it is now one of my favourite features in my room. From left to right, a Vivianne Westwood pouch, See by Chloe Sandals and Jaeger wedges. 
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Old Glossyboxes are stacked all over my room, because they are so pretty, as well as practical for storing things out of sight. Also, a very old book about English Life in the Middle Ages (as well as paperback novels, I love all types of old books), one of my collection of folios I have started to collect and the empty bottle of Moet I opened when I got into UCLA. I like to keep bottles of champagne that signaled special occasions; the bottle I was given for my 18th birthday and drank on the day I passed my A Levels is on my dressing table. 
Finally at the bottom of the shelf, two grab baskets in my favourite colour for quick shoes I just like to throw on; one for trainers, Converse, Keds etc. and one for my favourites out of my expansive collection of Havaianas flip flops and sandals. 

Does anyone else still occupy their childhood bedroom from time to time? What have you done to it to make it a little bit more grown up, and a little bit more you? 


  1. wow you have done a great job revamping this bedroom! looks sooo nice! i´m using my old glossyboxes for storage as well :)

  2. Wow it looks so amazing! I have a massive crush on your bedroom right now :D xoxo

  3. I love your bedroom. The sofa looks crazy comfortable.
    I'm totally inspired to re-do my room. The best I've done to clear out my childhood was throw out all my stuffed teddies to make room for my shoes, haha.

  4. Sherin, if anyones rooms I have ever, ever been in has needed a major sort out, its yours! x

  5. Oooh I love your room, so pretty ! Your couch seems really comfy, and how French to have a Moet bottle eh :D

    I also love your edition of Pride and Prejudice !

    Thanks for sharing these pictures with us!

  6. Your room is beautiful, I#m totally jealous!

    Maria xxx

  7. You have a beautiful room Rachel, truly lovely!

  8. I love the shoe storage idea!

    Sea and Swank

  9. Chelsa {}9 August 2012 at 15:55

    Your room looks amazing. I love the colors your chose. Those See by Chloe books are beyond gorgeous too!!

  10. I meant shoes not books lol

  11. oh gosh, that cream sofa looks heavenly! lovely room, girl! love all the little trinkets!
    xo TJ

  12. francescabattilana9 August 2012 at 22:07

    Super room! I like it!

  13. i definitely think you've done a good job with making your childhood bedroom more grown up, it looks gorgeous, especially in the first photo. I love the colour scheme and your cushions!


  14. awww what a cute lil paradise of yours! Oh, and hurry and enter my BIG giveaway which is an Alexander McQueen silk-chiffon skull print scarf, check it out.

    xx nathan.niche


  15. Love to see the bits of your bedroom. Agree with the bunch of flowers that make to freshen up the day and brighten the atmosphere. Maybe I should try to do that more. Pinterest really makes a lot of inspiration.Pretty shoes you got there.:)

  16. I'm technically still leaving in my childhood bedroom. The layout of the room is the same but at some point when I finished high school I got a new fancy desk to better accomodate my computer! The next renovation happened when I was 24 and I got back from my masters degree in the uk when I decided to paint my room in a mint green color (sort of). What changed over time are the posters I have hanging on my walls! Back then it was singers and actors and now it's Vogue covers and collages I've made myself!

  17. Charlotte (Minerva Collection)10 August 2012 at 21:04

    Beautiful bedroom! And you have some gorgeous shoes. Love the Chloe sandals.

    Check out our handbag and jewellery website. We also do weekly giveaways on Twitter (@minervahandbags) and Facebook :)

  18. barefoot duchess blog10 August 2012 at 21:06

    great work!! loved the bookshelves and the perfume bar =)

  19. So many books! I am a fan of them, if only I have the time to read everything I want.. Ypur room looks gorgeous! :D

  20. I love seeing room tours/redecorating and wish I could do the same!

    I've always lived in my tiny childhood room (uni doesn't count either) and its too small to change much. I need to clear out 22 years worth of stuff before I can repaint the walls from deep purple to turquoise. Last time it was decorated though I went from bright orange to purple so it could be worse!
    Lisa xx

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