Towards the end of last year, we moved Luna from her box room nursery into a bigger bedroom. As a budding gymnast already at the age of 2, it had got to the point where she could escape her teeny room and it was clear she needed more space as she was growing.
(By the way, I’m still SO proud of what we achieved with her nursery which was teeny! You can view what it looked like here.)
Her new room used to be a guest bedroom and office. It wasn’t anything special but everything that was in there has had to find a new home or be sold. We’ve tried to keep the costs down, so re-used her furniture from the nursery and kept the walls the same gorgeous green.
Would you like to see what it looks like now? Be warned, it’s SUPER colourful…
BAM! How amazing is this space? I know I’m biased but c’mon – colour blocking realness right there. Let’s take a closer look.
For the eagle-eyed among you, it might be like playing a game called “Let’s see how much IKEA stuff we can fit into one corner”. I didn’t really realise just how much of the Swedish faves we had in the room until I started photographing the room.
This is Luna’s reading corner. Her bedtime routine relies heavily on some quiet time, so we got rid of the nursery-favourite single chair, and replaced it with a 2-seater KNOPPARP couch (£30 down from £79 in the January sale). It’s perfect for a story with mummy and daddy. It’s an incredibly soft polyester wadding cover, which can be removed and washed making it perfect for kids. And as it’s a rule that I can’t go into Ikea, Primark or H&M without buying a new wacky cushion, you’ll note a bunch of them dotted around, with the rest stored in this gorgeous duffle bag from the brand new SPRIDD collection.
Speaking of the SPRIDD collection, this is a brand new collaboration between IKEA and designer Kit Neale and it was love at first sight. The range is meant to focus on fun and youth so of course I’m going to use it. (Cue bad joke about not being so young anymore)
Also from the range is the huge wall art (only £3.50) which is hung with washi tape and reflects beautifully from her monster mirror (Zara sale for £7 down from £15), the oversized cushion by Luna’s bookshelf, and the rug under the couch. It reminds me so much of a Dr. Seuss image, which is pretty apt as her collection sits just above.
(Tip: Hide spare nappies and wipes with snake cushions. Thank me later)
If you wanna see more of the new range, I made a video featuring it below!
And if you’ve noticed that little cloud above the couch, it’s a light! Also IKEA although not from the SPRIDD collection and it was only £4.5o. It adds a soft glow, perfect for the bedtime wind down.
On the other side of the room we have Luna’s bed, tucked away perfectly in the alcove. It’s a beautiful piece of furniture that she’s had from birth. We want to try and make it into a proper toddler bed soon by removing the sides but as she can – and will – climb furniture I’m not sure it’s good idea just yet… (For other mums who have toddlers who want to be monkeys, please send help.) The bedding we got for TWO POUNDS, marked down from £30 in the M&S sale. I love the way it clashes with the wall mural in just the right amount without looking odd. (By the way, I did a full post on how to hang a wall mural if you’d like to see more of that epic 80s-inspired wall.) The polar bear rug is SO soft and is the loveliest thing to wiggle your toes into first thing in the morning. I love that it’s got a huge teddy bear head that pops up out of the ground and if you’re sat in the reading corner, it’s like having an audience for storytime.
I love that you can see the reading corner through the full length mirror next to the cot bed. Colour EVERYWHERE.
As for the other little details dotted around the room, I’ve used this dollhouse shelf (Ikea again!) and used leftover tester chalk paints to add a geometric pattern to it. Just in case we didn’t have quite enough pattern in this room yet! (I featured this in my post about the best brands to use for painting furniture). I’ve filled it with books and special trinkets that we want to keep safe. Underneath, I’ve added a little rail (Ikea but from the kitchen section for £2.50) to use as a clothes rail to help display Luna’s special outfits. She’s becoming more independent and wanting to pick out her daily outfits so we’re starting to use this as a way for her to visualise her decisions.
We’ve also hung some of her personalised art including a stitched “Luna” and a pegboard where she can proudly hang her daily paintings from nursery. Every wall is filled which is understandably not to everyone’s taste but it’s a real celebration of Luna through and through -bursting at the seams with energy and joy.
Should we take a sneaky peak at what it USED to look like? Doesn’t it look a million times better now? We sure think so. I’d absolutely love to hear what you think in the comments, and if there is anything I’ve not included in the Source List below, please feel free to ask 🙂
- Paint Colour: Dulux Proud Peacock
- Cot bed & matching dresser: John Lewis Stockholm Set (Discontinued but this set by Boori is identical)
- Geometric Bedding: Marks and Spencer
- 80’s Memphis Wall Mural: Murals Wallpaper
- Rabbit Head Mount: Libby Bower Gifts
- Polar Bear Rug: Vertbaudet
- Pink polka dot curtains: Asda George
- Knopparp 2 seater sofa: IKEA
- Monster mirror: Zara Home
- Wall Art: IKEA SPRIDD
- ‘Dr Seuss’ colourful rug: IKEA SPRIDD
- Pink duffle bag: IKEA SPRIDD
- Cloud light – IKEA
- Armadillo pendant light – Iconic Lights
- Full length wall mirror – IKEA