Prior to having Chet I was employed as an Interior Design Consultant. I was lucky enough to have 2 years of maternity leave but recently I decided not to go back to fulltime work. Even though my heart was still very much in love with interiors, I wasn’t ready to leave Chet for 40hours a week, so pursuing my own career path became a clearer option for our family. It has been tough trying to juggle work life and home life but I feel confident I will adapt in time.
Today I want to show you my first complete ‘solo’ project/installation. Narelle and Andrew contacted me and wanted to entirely redecorate Kate (their daughter’s) bedroom for her 15th Birthday on Tuesday. I was so excited because I rarely got to do teenage bedrooms at my old job (in display homes the bedrooms are generally designed around families with young children) so I was eager to specify and install this teenage bedroom for Kate as a complete surprise.
Our budget was $2,000 and literally the only thing we kept from the existing room was the double mattress. We ended up sourcing some great product for reasonable prices and I think the room came together really well considering.
The skeleton of the room was gorgeous. Large in size, beautiful natural light, lovely view from the second floor, built in wardrobes, wall detailing, new carpet etc. All it needed was some fresh paint and an overhaul of everything in it. I chose, Dulux Lexicon Quarter for the top half of the wall colour as well as the wall trim, skirting boards and wardrobe doors. The bottom half of the wall colour I chose Dulux Tranquil Retreat Half. What a difference a coat of paint makes…. it instantly transformed the entire room!!
Using a crisp white and complimenting cool grey shade really helped give the room a fresh new look.
We used Kmart sheets and their Waffle Quilt Cover to keep the budget down in areas which weren’t key items. Then we bought some on trend feature linen from Rebecca Judd Loves range at Adairs. The design name is called ZEPHYR however it is now sold out online. I picked Kate’s up in store at a heavily discounted price and they had quite a few left so it may be worth a phone call to your nearest store.
A desk was an absolute must for Kate as she is approaching the back end of high school. Shelves and storage were also important to hide clutter and text books. We ditched the concept of ‘needing’ a bedside table and placed the desk next to the bed instead. It is a great height and Kate has access to her lamp on the other side of the bed.
The Wall Hooks from The Wall Collective act as a feature to hang Kate’s new pendant lamp from Cheeky Reubens. The pendant has a switch on the cord, that I have looped conveniently for Kate to turn on and off. I love this idea instead of using a typical table lamp or night light.
I was also told in our initial discussion of Kate’s likes and dislikes, that she loves animals so when I found this Heico Rabbit Lamp from Little Lola Boutique I knew I had to put one in her new room. It also ties in with the gold leaf on the faceted clay bowls from Miss Kelly Made in Tasmania . Pat was so kind to make these in complimenting colours for Kate.
Well I’m exhausted but over the moon that we created a magical teenage retreat on a $2000 budget. Make sure you scroll down to ‘Shop the Look’ and if you have any questions of where to find other featured items please leave a comment below. As always I would love to hear what you think of the room design and images.
Lastly, If you would like to inquire about a room makeover please feel free to email me for more details.
Have a lovely evening,
Double Bed || Shop Here
Desk || Shop Here
Chair || Shop Here
Tallboy || Shop Here
Curtains and rail/ brackets || Shop Here
Icelandic Sheepskin || Shop Here
Wall Hooks || Shop Here
Mandala Wall Print || Shop Here
Cest La Vie Print || Shop Here
3x Frames || Shop Here
2x Leather Strap Shelves || Shop Here
Cord Pendant Light || Shop Here
Mirror || Shop Here
Bed linen || Adairs (last season sorry)
Knot Cushion || Shop Here
Rabbit Lamp || Shop Here