We’ve lived in our current house now for eight years. We like to call it our ‘forever’ home…well, until VIP and I are empty nesters that is – and then we might have to downsize.
One of the very first things we did when we moved is was decorate the kids’ rooms; we wanted them to settle in quickly and have their own space – and this was the quickest way of doing that.
Five-year old Luis got a Fireman’s bedroom, complete with a real pole to slide down from his bunk bed, plus little fire buckets that he kept his pens and pencils in.
And three-year old Nadja got a pastel blue and green bedroom based on fairy cakes, inspired by her window blind.
Last year we updated 11-year old Luis’ room to a Minecraft theme, but Nadja – who is nine years old – still hasn’t had a bedroom overhaul.
As is usually the case, something always seems to get in the way of decorating, but Nadja had gone from toddler to tween (in the blink of an eye it seems) and was desperate for a new look.
So when I heard from Inspired Wallpaper, a modern designer wallpaper company, to see if I wanted to try out their range I jumped at the chance. Well, I couldn’t let the girl down now could I?
The company let me loose in their online shop and I really enjoyed browsing the site and checking out their unique designs.
They seem to have so many choices – from damask wallpaper for that timeless sophisticated look and modern geometric designs through to understated floral options and even bang on trend glitter designs – yes, really.
What’s handy is that you can search by colour scheme, room type or style. They also have some well know brands on there including Coloroll and Crown – and a brand which sounds very posh (Vymura) but I can’t pronounce.
She’s got the look
But I knew exactly what kind of wallpaper I was after – and when I saw it on the screen, I knew I had to make it mine (or rather, Nadja’s).
It’s gorgeous. And more to the point, it’s very apt, almost as if they has made it especially for her.
It’s called ‘It’s a Dogs Life’ and, as the name suggests, it’s a dog-themed feature wallpaper.
Now if there’s one thing Nadja is mad on, it’s dogs – especially pugs (watch this video for proof!), so I knew she would have picked this herself if she could. Us mummies just know don’t we?
But I wanted the room to be a complete surprise for her so I kept schtum about which wallpaper I had picked!
The before and after shots
It’s easier to get an idea of how much effort went into the update if you see the ‘before’ and ‘after pictures’, so here are the before ones…
And ….ta-da! Here are the ‘after’ shots…
The blank wall with the green paint has been replaced by this unique, feature wallpaper. Plus it has been a bit educational as Nadja now knows what all the dogs are called – she had never heard of a Dachshund before!
The cubby hole has had an update with a inspirational quote and a tidy up.
Easy to fix!
The wallpaper was by far the most impressive update for her. Well, it had to be – it was a feature wallpaper and it really pops on the wall next to her bed.
Fortunately, it was a cinch to hang (and match) and, because of its quality (it was really thick), we didn’t experience any tears or wastage.
In fact, I even had some left over paper to be able to upcycle my daughter’s cubbyhole wall cabinet. I’m so pleased with the result as it ties the look in all together.
The finishing touches
As my daughter is mad on pugs (did I mention that?), I decided to push the boat out and buy her some pug-related accessories to complete the transformation.
A pug box from Home Bargains for £3.99
A pug cup from Peacocks for £4
A pug duvet set for £9.99 from B&M Stores
An art print from Wall Printables (a new online store) www.wallprintables.com featuring a positive affirmation to have her waking up (hopefully!) in good spirits
Two pug pictures from Shutterstock (I upcycled her old ‘Fairy cakes’ picture frames)
Let me know what you think of the finished product – I’d love to hear your thoughts…
Nadja is of course absolutely delighted with her new ‘tween’ bedroom. In fact, she’s so proud of her new space that she’s insisting on having her best friend over for a sleepover this weekend to show it off! Can’t blame her really….
Here’s a brief video showing the ‘toddler to tween’ bedroom transformation….
– What the room looked like before (a complete mess!)
– How easy it was to put up the Inspired Wallpaper (even for amateurs like ourselves)
– The finished ‘toddler to tween’ bedroom
– Nadja’s reaction to her new room
*Inspired Wallpaper offered me the wallpaper to use in return for an honest review.