DECOR & DIY, Home & Garden

A girl’s dream horse themed bedroom

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:

  1. There had to be horses
  2. 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!

Lielie's nest in turquoise - swing chair in purple girls horse bedroom 2 - Sawdust and High Heels
We love our Lielie’s nest – it’s a space for her to escape into a completely different world!

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!

Horse canvas - purple girls horse bedroom - Sawdust and High Heels
Hubs did a fantastic job as photographer!

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 😉

Horse canvas 2 - purple girls horse bedroom - Sawdust and High Heels
I love these canvases – they added such a personal, sentimental touch to the room. The stripes added just a touch of crazy – something every pre-teen needs in their room I’m sure!

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.

Purple girls horse bedroom 6 - Sawdust and High Heels
It was so exciting when I found this horse print after searching countless material stores! I had to learn how to make pillow cases and am so happy with how they came out!

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.

Beaded chandelier 2 - purple girls horse bedroom - Sawdust and High Heels
I love this beaded chandelier and the ceiling rose – beautiful and a cost effective solution to hide a multitude of sins!

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.

Purple girls horse bedroom 5 - Sawdust and High Heels
The initial final product – my daughter loves it!

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 😀 .

Purple girls horse bedroom 3 - Sawdust and High Heels
I much prefer the bed here – it opens the room up so much!
Purple girls horse bedroom 2 - Sawdust and High Heels
The final product as it is today – she is still in love with it. As far as she is concerned, she has the best room in the house. Far better than her brother’s room with its loft bed.

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!


3 thoughts on “A girl’s dream horse themed bedroom

  1. You will make other girls (eg Kelly) think their mom is so boring as they (she) never had a horsey purple room!!


    1. Haha I never had one either. I was lucky enough to get a beautiful horse duvet cover and pillow case for my birthday one year. Wish I still had it! I had to paint my room myself ‍♀️. And now that I think of it I lifted the carpets to expose the wood flooring below too – clearly I was meant to do this for a living!

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