Here we finally have it. Sofi’s bedroom reveal – and another pink door that I am a little bit obsessed with!
Let’s talk about a few of the decisions that went into this room. Firstly, no surprises, but the concept for this bedroom started with big, HUGE, plans. It’s such a large bedroom, and with it doubling as the kids only playroom / living room / garden (the rest of our house is under ongoing construction), I really wanted to give them a place to call their own, and to be able to go a little wild. Climbing walls, bunk beds, built in play houses… it was all supposed to happen in here.
Such is renovation life, and with a slew of un expected landscaping problems (remember the walls falling over, the damage to the pool?!), our renovation costs dramatically escalated and all fun elements were thrown out with the bath water.
That being said. We still had lots of fun pulling the space together (it is hardly hard done by), and of course I added in a few eye catching pieces to satisfy my inner maximalist. The wallpaper, although probably considered an unexpected choice by many, does a great job of being interesting without being restrictive in style. The abstract nature means we can pretty much go anywhere from here.
Green was a key choice for Sofi, our nature and plant lover. There was lots of chat about floral wallpaper, jungles, trees etc, but ultimately we (me) didn’t want to commit to a botanical theme, and rather preferred to grow with a colour palette of greens, pinks and white.
The three big purchases for this room include the wallpaper (thanks to our friend at Cara Saven for bringing the inspiration to life), the headboard (designed by us) and the rug. Given the scale of the room I knew the bed needed something interesting to go with it, otherwise it would be lost in the space. Pink was the only way to go for Sofi, who loves all things pink. Inspired by fingerling style headboards, we just tweaked the concept to work around the window frame, and also to include a selection of shades of pink. The different colours bring much needed depth to the design.
The bed is brought over from our old guest bedroom. The scatters were previously outdoor cushions that Sofi loved, so we rehoused them in her room. The bean bags I had made for them a couple of years ago, and they are still a hit! The bedside pedestals are from Pine Options, an excellent supplier for any Cape Town locals. The bookshelf is from Hello Dovetail.
The arts & crafts table is an old Ikea resale desk that has travelled the world with us, and the legs are in fact luggage racks that I bought on takealot. This lowered the table to the right height for the kids. Hello Dovetail then adjusted the heights of theirs stools for us, to fit the table height. It works like a dream and our kids literally spent hours upon hours a weeks playing at this table (sorry boy moms!)
My favourite kids bedroom hack, is to frame your kids school artwork and use it on the walls. The bird and dog Sofi made at her first playscchool when she was two years old (I’m sure lots of teacher help went into them), and I’ve always wanted to hang them on the walls in her room. The colours worked so well in her space, along with a custom piece of Sof, by our friend at Conrad Beegs. It’s such a fun way to personalise the room, and introduce lots of colour.
The cork board used to be in my office, and is a great way for the kids to display their own creations.
There are lots of Moms out there right about now asking where my kids keep their toys. I have a very much a behind closed doors approach to toy storage. I know its supposed to all be out there for them to play with, but my kids are really digging their toy drawers, with all their special items laid out at their ready. Most days the contents are emptied onto the rug to play with, but at the end of the day they both know where everything goes and at the end of the day it all gets packed away.
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