Styling Eloise’s bedroom
Ah Eloise, my fierce first born. This girl has amazing taste for sure! As Eloise has got older she has developed quite a unique style. She’s very into old fashioned, retro vibes with a ever so slightly modern flare. She likes interesting things with character, and it’s so much fun styling things with her because her taste is so unique! We are still only part way through getting her room exactly how she wants it but here is a little update!
The main features in Els room have got to be her vintage wardrobe and cane headboard, both with very old fashioned vibes and both she adores. I bought the wardrobe off a local Facebook selling page, I find they are amazing for picking up a bargain, especially if you’re after more retro looking bits and pieces because they’re not as sought after which on one hand is a shame because there are some beautiful vintage bits out there, but it’s also good because it means I can pick up things like her wardrobe for £5. Yep, I paid £5 for this beauty.
Long gone are the My Little Pony and Frozen posters and out are the feminist quotes and books galore. I think collectively, Els room cost us about £50 furniture wise, she has an IKEA desk, my old vintage style dressing table because she loves being able to play around with make up and things these days and she was getting her desk so messy. Her bed we had already but we change the headboard to a beautiful vintage cane one which looks amazing. I saw some beautiful ones on Anthroplogie but you’re looking about 2 grand on there, they are so bloody beautiful though!
As for bedsheets, again, Eloise like very retro or interesting prints, we have florals, Liberty print, mandalas and her newest addition, this beautiful set from Aspace. For the summer she needs 100% cotton as she is a very hot sleeper so this new print is perfect for her! It’s part of the amazing exclusive Young Designer’s initiative in collaboration with student textile designer Chloe Flint. I love how unique the pattern is, it’s so versatile and fits perfectly in a retro room even with its modern flare. Very Pinterest worthy!
For the finishing touches I’m thinking nice new rugs and some twinkly fairy lights, maybe some lovely warm glow curtains lights above her bed like the ones from Festive Lights who have recently released on friluftsliv (pronounced free-loofts-liv which literally translates to “open-air living”). Eloise would love a little twinkly haven that will provide some much-needed reading light for this little bookworm along with a lovely large indoor plant as well to really inject some of those nature vibes into her room.
Tips for finding retro furniture & interiors
I love charity shops so much, I love finding things that not everyone else has so these little shops are amazing, especially for old fashioned pieces. They can be hit and miss but for every disappointing visit there will be a gold mine around the corner. I also love the fact that the cash goes to a good cause and you’re recycling something that ordinarily would have ended up on a land fill so it’s win win.
Check out you local Facebook selling pages
Also jackpots for cheap, interesting furniture. People are always updating their interiors and the introduction of Facebook Marketplace makes for a giant second hand shop. I have found so, so many things on our local pages for a fraction fo the cost I would have paid for new. A lot of our wooden furniture came from Facebook, our lovely solid wood coffee table which is HUGE cost £30, our kitchen table was free and Els wardrobe was a fiver. They’re definitely worth a look that’s for sure!
Upcycling old furniture
It’s amazing what a lick of paint, some fablon or new drawer handles can do. Pinterest is your friend with this one, there are so many great ideas and amazing inspiration on there to help you out! I have a board on there full of things I love and want to do with Els room.
A lot of the bits in Eloise’s room are DIY bit’s I’ve made. The embroidery hoop above I made myself, Eloise has loved that fabric for ages so she was super excited to have it in her room. She also has a lot of wooden sticks we have picked up on walks that I’ve turned into poster hangers or to hold dreamcatchers. The name above her bed I made too just by twisting some thick pink wire! It’s amazing what something so simple can add to a room!
I have a bunch more ideas and bits and pieces in the post to add some more Eloise flare to the room but I’m loving how it’s all coming together!