Anyway, this was a recent makeover I did in my little girl's room. She grew out of her cot and moved into a 'big girl' bed and as a result I was able (at last) to decorate a girly room (she has three older brothers). My daughter is crazy about ballet so it was an obvious choice in theme.
The furniture in the photo above is second hand from my brother, well actually the bed is 'third hand'. When my parents originally bought their farm it was used as a weekender and they had two sets of bunk beds. One set was given to us a few years ago, which is what we've been using for our two middle boys, but the other set was used for many years by my brother for his girls. Until recently. Just before Christmas he asked if I'd like one of the beds or perhaps both (which can be stacked on top of each other to form a bunk) and I said "Absolutely! Bring them down". Actually....if we felt like being really crazy...we could stack all four beds on top of each other and make a quadruple bunk! How cool would that be?! Nothing like adding an element of danger to bedtime!
Alright, we didn't stack the beds on top of each other to form a quadruple bunk bed....but the option is still there. Instead we have gone for the boring single bed arrangement and I have completely 'ballet-fied' my daughter's room. We had to get her a mattress, doona and pillows (so all the boring stuff) but that then left me free to go to town and choose lots of pretties for her room.
The doona cover set is a really lovely blush pink, which I much prefer over any other pink. It's a bit more timeless, something that she would still most likely be happy with as a teenager, even if we have to ditch the sheets that are covered in little ballerinas. I decided to go with the plain doona because of the 'busy' dancing sheets, and instead fold the top of the sheet down when I make the bed to add that bit of decoration. The sheets, and the decorative throw pillow with it's embroidered ballerinas with the 3-D mesh tutu's, were bought online from Pottery Barn Kids, and the doona set was bought in a local store in Warragul.
The ballerina ragdoll was a Christmas present to my daughter, bought through Etsy from a store called "Sew Many Pretties". She makes the most gorgeous dolls and it took me ages to choose one, although I got there in the end. Her little tutu comes off so as a result I find it under the bed, all over the house and even out in the garden. Keeping with the theme I found this print of a watercolour at another Etsy store called "Zen Drawings". My Dad did the picture framing for me, which he does all my framing as he used to own a store and business in Melbourne, but now he works out of his little workshop on his farm. On the facing wall are a pair of pointe shoes that I found on eBay for $20. Yes, they are real shoes but I can imagine just fairly crappy ones, not something that a real ballerina from, say The Australian Ballet, would dance about in. I just thought they'd look good on the wall as part of the decoration.
Hands down my daughter's room is the nicest in the house and also it stays the tidiest (except when my daughter decides to pull all the toys out from the basket under her bed), but that's easy fixed and it very quickly goes back to looking really pretty again.
Next fix up....my boys room......if I can find it under all their mess......