After talking about it for years, we’ve finally got round to decorating Lili and Poppy’s bedroom. They’ve had a bunk bed for almost two years now but we hadn’t done anything else to their room since we moved in back in 2012. Luckily is was already pretty and pink from the girl who lived here before us but it definitely needed some work.
The first thing we had to do was get the room completely re-plastered as there were cracks in the walls and we needed to redo the celling – it was starting to look a little dodgy! Once that was all done we decided to lay ‘luxury vinyl’ flooring, that looked like white wooden boards. It looks really pretty and is much more practical than a light carpet. These girls will soon be playing with felt-tip pens, nail vanish and even make-up, so a carpet would just get trashed.
Once the new flooring was down we literally had a blank canvas to do whatever we wanted. This felt very exciting to begin with but we quickly realised that my ideas were very different to what the girls had in mind. Also, Lili had a different vision to Poppy, so we just couldn’t agree on anything. One of them wanted a pink room, the other wanted turquoise and I had a pretty summer idea with lots of sunny yellow and a beachy theme.
For a while I thought we’d never find a solution but then I spotted a trend on the high street for flamingos and thought it could be the perfect solution. They’re not too ‘babyish’ and not too old, they’re pink but not too pink (I knew we could mix in some turquoise accents) and they’re summery. It really was the ideal compromise.
After some online research I came across a gorgeous print on the Laura Ashley website, which was bright, on-trend and exactly what I had in mind. The Petty Flamingo collection includes; wall paper, bedding, curtains, a light shade and even a little cuddly toy. As soon as I showed the girls the print they both smiled and gave me the thumbs up. They both loved the flamingos idea for different reasons, Lili liked that they weren’t princess or fairy themed, which she now feels too old for (excuse me while I sob) and Poppy liked them because in her words “they’re pink and really pretty”. I like the fact that this room is girlie without being too girlie and it’s a style that won’t date or be too young for the girls as they get older.
We went through the Laura Ashely website and looked at all the different options before ordering the flamingo curtains, bedspread and cuddly toy. We also ordered a rug that complemented the colours of the flamingo print without being too ‘matchy’ and a cute pink chandelier that the girls just ‘had to have’.
Flamingos are everywhere at the moment, so we managed to get lots of cute little accessories from the high street. I always think these little bits and bobs really finish a room. My favourite accessories include; a great flamingo print (from Not On The High Street), a fun flamingo light garland and a gold light up flamingo (both from Primark). The girls and I are so pleased with the end result, it looks bight, colourful and above all fun.
Disclaimer: We were sent the items from Laura Ashley in return for this post.