If you have followed me for a while on Instagram, would will know that my daughter is horse-mad. Crazy. Bonkers. Completely and utterly nuts! So, when we decided that it was time for her childhood bedroom to be made over, there were only 2 rules:
- There had to be horses
- There had to be purple (her favourite colour of course)
That was my brief and I embraced it whole-heartedly (is that a word? My dictionary is telling me no. Oh well). I was on Pinterest and pinning like crazy. This was going to be the horsey-est horsey room ever! That was, until I realised that there was nothing “horsey” out there in the South African home decor world. Nothing. Niks. Nada. I looked everywhere, trawled the malls, online, even fabric stores. I was brought back down to earth with a rather hard thump. Hmph.
We therefore had to get creative and broaden our horizons a bit. I decided that we were going to paint the room white, with one purple feature wall with a “Folk of the Faraway” inspired tree on it that has shelves for storage and books. I found these awesome swing chairs online and wanted to create a special reading nook for her to sit and relax in. This is also where I managed to add a touch of my favourite blue into the room – it pops so prettily against the purple!
For the opposite wall, I had decided to hang black and white canvases of horses. Because we couldn’t find any, we simply had to create our own. Thanks to my cousin, we found a pony who was willing to be subjected to a whole DIY photo shoot – I’m actually convinced that she (the pony) loved it and, after getting a bit more comfortable in front of the camera, so did my daughter. We then chose our best 3 and had those printed on canvases – instant wall art. Instant sentimental, personalised wall art! It didn’t hurt that we found printers running a special too – every penny counted!
Initially I was going to hang them on a plain white wall and paint frames around them. In my head it looked good, but, when I saw them up, they didn’t pop. They sort of faded into the wall. I was sitting there staring at it wondering what I was going to do when it hit me – Stripes! It needs stripes! So, I grabbed the level, a pencil and the masking tape and began measuring and taping out the lines. I used the left over purple paint to create the candy stripe effect and I loved it! Luckily, so did my daughter 😉
For bedding, we went with plain white as the base. I had managed to find a black and white horse print fabric which I used to make 2 continental pillow case covers to bring more “horse” to the room and then added a throw in the same turquoise as the swing to bring another pop of blue into the room.
The lighting is really simple. We used to have a “boob” light, but we wanted a girly chandelier instead. We bought a ceiling rose to cover where the light had been, a simple cord with bare bulb, and then got an awesome beaded chandelier cover for the bulb – so much more cost effective than an actual chandelier with the same effect.
When I finished putting it all together, I couldn’t actually believe what we had managed to achieve with very few resources and a relatively small budget – the only splurge was that awesome swing chair which was worth every penny!
That’s it, one budget friendly DIY bedroom makeover done.
Of course, that was 2 years ago. About 1 year ago, horse everything became so trendy – I found pillows, duvets, prints, blankets, even lamps…. anything I could ever possibly want all at my finger tips. I like to think that we were ahead of the times hahaha. Besides buying a new duvet cover however (more horse!) and moving the bed (to where I had initially wanted it but daughter had had other ideas) everything else remained the same. My favourite part of the room though are those personalised prints; they mean so much more than any print I could buy in a store and they still worked out cheaper. I’m sure that by now you have figured out that I love to add personalised and sentimental items to our home 😀 .
The next change to this room will need to be somewhere for my daughter to do her homework and store all her art supplies, so watch this space! I have some ideas percolating, but need to first find the perfect piece – Facebook marketplace and Gumtree, watch out because I’m coming for you! Hahaha
I hope that some of these tips were helpful to you – I would love to know what you think. What personalised touches have you added in your home? I would love to see them, so drop me a line!