Room Makeover- Creating a Magical Girls Room


Once upon a time, there was a really ugly house, and inside the ugly house was an ugly room. It had acid green and dark grey walls, a royal blue carpet, and was about as horrible as you could imagine.

That ugly house was sold, and one day, its new owners decided that the ugly room would one day belong to their little girl.

That little girl believed in magic, and sure enough, her parents worked as hard as they could to create a beautiful new bedroom for her, and finally the acid green was banished.


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Bringing a beautiful bedroom to life for my daughter has been my priority since we moved to our new home back in August. The room was challenging, we needed to completely strip it, replace the radiator and pull out the carpet.

The walls needed lining as they were so full of holes and in poor condition, and the whole room was incredibly down at heel, but the room is south facing and gets an incredible quality of light through the day, so I felt optimistic that we could create something special.

A while back now, I was surfing Pinterest for room inspiration and I cam across a post featuring some soft blush cloud wallpaper. I fell in love instantly, and discovered it was from a UK brand called Hibou Home.

I was initially hesitant to use a patterned wallpaper as I have quite minimal tendencies in my interior schemes, but I'd tried a few paint samples and they had felt very flat, and owing to the poor quality bumpy walls, I began to change my mindset. Hibou Home were so incredibly helpful and sent me a half roll so that I could  pin it up on a larger area of wall to make sure I was completely happy. After that, my mind was made up, and the wallpaper was ordered.

Over the next few weeks, I impatiently waited whilst we laid a new floor (Krono laminate in white oak), and replaced the radiator, skirting boards, architraves and started papering.  

I had collected lots of accessories over the past year, and wanted highlights in greys, mustard and muted pastels. We bought the Eugenie chest of drawers and wardrobe from La Redoute which are a pale grey and work well with everything. 

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The room isn't generous in size, so the white laminate is a good way of creating a feel of space, and I've used a couple of rugs to add warmth- a rag rug style in mixed pastels by Bloomingville, and a simple cream sheepskin. 

I sourced Willa's vintage children's peacock chair from Etsy, and there's also one of my childhood chairs in the corner. I bought cushions from Camomile London and Numero 74 in tonal colours. 

Willa's beautiful bedding is from Coco&Wolf and is in a Liberty Michelle print. Its backed in grey linen and is the most incredible quality. It feels dreamy and the ditsy print again gives the room a soft, feminine feel.  Willa's toy doll cot also has a Coco&Wolf set in it in Margaret Annie.

I have also hung a Numero74 velvet bunting and a 'Feminist' Oeuf garland above Willa's cot (ikea).


Above Willa's chest of drawers, I wanted to create an area to hang her Mrs Mighetto prints, which I'd bought last year and had framed locally in dark grey wood. I also ordered the print below them by Emily Winfield Martin on Etsy from the USA (be warned, you will have to pay import tax on them so they are a worthy indulgence!). The little moon embroidery is from Aro for Kids, and beautiful unicorn wall hanging by Just Acorn.

To the top of her chest of drawers  I have collated an area of magical things- a vintage jewellery box with a twirling ballerina (eBay), a fairy ship from Polar Post, and magical lamp from Smallable by La Tete sans le Bocal.

Her lamb doll is again by Just Acorn and the little snowglobe is by Lapin & Me.

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The cot is just standard Ikea, but I like it for the non fussy style, and in time it will be replaced with a bed. The canopy is by Numero74 and inside it I have hung a Little Cloud glitter moon, and string fairy lights to light up at bedtime.

The metal trunks are by La Redoute and store Willa's Maileg mice, and dressing up gear. The circular shelf is by Ferm Living at The Modern Nursery and id filled with little treasures - a plywood 'Willa' from La La Loves Decor and little flag from This Paper Book. Her bunny (sat on mini peacock chair) is by Polkadot Club and her soft muslin is from Mamadesigns.

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