I’m writing this while on the last stretch of a trying week. I’m tired and everything hurts, and I really just want to return my adulting card because the suffering I’ve endured trying to work in this state has been spectacular. But here I am, still trying to do right by you. I’ve been choking on guilt every time I go on Instagram to post something that is not this bedroom update, and some of you have been very quick to remind me that I’m a breaker of promises who obviously can’t be trusted.

This project took me a while to figure out for several reasons: I couldn’t make up my mind about the bed I wanted for my daughter (Gong); I knew I didn’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on the transformation so I needed to keep a lot of the existing features of the bedroom – including the paint, and I wanted to give her a room fit for a toddler but not childish.

I had picked out the colour palette of soft grey, white, pink and gold by the time she was born, and had kind of tried to work with it but somewhere along the way I just couldn’t be bothered and I stopped working on the room. But when she outgrew her crib, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to give it another try.

This was the room before. Presenting my halfhearted attempt at making it look decent. The crib is from Babyshop in Dubai, I had my mom buy and ship it in. It’s currently in pieces in my laundry area because someone can’t decide whether to keep or sell it.

This couch is pretty much a family heirloom at this point. It was my husband’s first couch back in his bachelor days and provided comfort in our first few months of marriage when we were too broke to do up our little apartment – or live the lifestyles we had envisioned for ourselves after paying for that wedding.

Fun fact: it used to be a dark blue, and I thought it would be a great idea to reupholster it in a soft pink for the baby’s room when we moved to a larger apartment. I picked the velvety pink fabric myself and thought I was being so cool and creative. I was horrified when the seat was delivered: it looked like it had been drowned in Calpol. I literally gagged, but I didn’t have the money to get it done again so we kept it and tried to work with it. I still don’t find it pretty (remember that my favourite colours are neutrals), but we’ve made so many memories on that couch that I see why my husband has a hard time allowing me to get rid of it.

OK maybe the room wasn’t THAT bad, right?

One good thing that’s come out of having to see so much pink in a room is that I’ve become less averse to the colour, which is just as well because Gong is obsessed with it. Plus I recently used pink in another bedroom makeover so by the time I was working on Gong’s room I’d had a bit of practice, so I tapped into that reduced aversion to pink to create a largely neutral space with pink accents, and ended up with this:

I don’t hate it. Bed and mattress, Odds & Ends; feather pendant light, Meydan Lightings; carpet, Carpet Crafts; bench, Tira Studio, previously used here; nightstands, Daniel +254 723 465263; duvet, Beddings 123; thrifted duvet cover, Go To Home Collections; pink throw blanket with pompoms, Eclectic Decor.

I would’ve loved to give the room a fresh coat of paint in a softer grey, but that would’ve meant removing the gold polka dot decals and I didn’t want to do that, so we kept the paint.

Gold polka dot decals, Toy World and Amazon. I used two sizes, the larger ones were from Toy World for like 3,000sh for a pack of 50 I think. Amazon was definitely cheaper option.

Now the bed: I decided to skip the toddler bed phase and get something that could be used for much longer, so we got this queen sized one from Odds & Ends during their sale in November last year. I had actually wanted it in grey but they were out of stock, so I settled for beige and hoped it would work. It’s not bad, but think the upholstered headboard would work better with a different shade of grey on the walls so I might try that out later.

I’d have preferred the headboard in grey, but I wasn’t going to lose out on the sale so I settled for beige. It’s not awful. Pillows, Game Stores Kenya, Waterfront Mall; white pillow covers, Smartlady Home, old; rectangular pillow, Mr Price Home, old; thrifted bedsheets, Go To Home Collections – they have amazing quality, highly recommend.

I love that we can all cuddle in there and have sleepovers, and Gong’s favourite thing to do now (apart from jumping on the bed) is to have us lie down with her and read her a story book before she falls asleep.

Speaking of story books, we have a small collection that I hope will keep growing. I really want her to love books as much as I do, and displaying them on these Whitebull shelves I had installed more than two years ago is a constant reminder to her that books are her friends. And being smart is sexy.

I’ve had these Whitebull shelves here since 2018. They kicked off my obsession with the brand. I also have them in my bathroom and on the balcony; glass dome with fairy lights, TACC, old; piggy bank, gifted.

In case you’ve ever wondered who buys those bunnies at Mr. Price Home, it is me. Frames, TACC; giraffe, gifted by Rwanda Traditional Wear.

The prints were a gift our graphic designer friend. He designed them and I had them framed and installed by Chagwi +254 786 154502. I’m just now realising that one picture is crooked – but we move.

My other favourite thing about the room is these nightstands I had custom made for her by my main fundi Daniel. They’re larger than the standard size, which is what I wanted not only for the styling opportunities more space would give me, but because of the extra storage provided by wider, deeper drawers. 

Nightstand, Daniel; gold lamp, Meydan Lightings; shelves, Whitebull KE; wall bracket, Tile & Carpet Centre; the painting was a gift from a friend. I meant to move it but because were were not repainting the room I decided to keep it there to avoid leaving the hooks exposed.

Picture frames, Eclectic Decor; gold lamp, Meydan Lightings; basket, Home Decor 254, old; bunny, gifted.

The design was inspired by this McGee & Co. nightstand, which I would love to own one day. Y’all know I’m obsessed with that brand!

I love it! Daniel did such an amazing job on these nightstands, I smile every time I look at them.

These picture frames were a gift from Eclectic Decor and I’m obsessed with them! Fun fact: the picture in the larger frame was initially in the centre, but I didn’t stick it in place so it dropped down after a few days and I thought it looked interesting so I left it like that. I’m cool. Polaroid prints, Pic Yako. They do an amazing job of turning pictures from your phone into physical ones you can label and frame.

I don’t know how kids end up with so much stuff without jobs or sources of income, so creating storage options in the bedroom was a major focus for me. I use these baskets from Erika’s Antique to maintain some order around here. We’ve been playing the “tidy up” game with Gong since she learned how to walk so she’s not a messy person, which is just as well because her father and I are both neat and I might have been forced to return her if she turned out different LOL.

I lowkey want to get rid of all these toys, but Gong likes them. Sisal baskets, Erika’s Antique; Carpet, Carpet Crafts.

Then there’s this pendant light I got, which brings a softness and “girliness” to the room. I had to dash out for a meeting the day this light was installed for the first time. I came bak to find it upside down, with the feathers pointing to the ceiling the bulbs exposed. I had to call the electrician back to fix it and the entire time he was working I was like: did you genuinely think the feathers were supposed to face heaven? Seriously? LOL

Feather pendant light, Meydan Lightings

So that’s it. That’s the bedroom I’ve been wanting to show you. I’d still love to make a couple of changes to it, but I’m going to give it a few months before I do anything else. I think my favourite thing about the room is that it can easily transition from toddler to teen with just a few accessory updates. Heck, if we just get rid of the toys and kids’ books Gong can use it as is until she moves out. Win!

We’ll make a few changes later, but this stays for now.

I’m curious: what do you guys think of buying adult beds instead of toddler beds? Is it something you’d do? Drop your comments down below!








  • February 18, 2021


    I’ve really waited for this posttttt……sooooo cool! detailed too…..likes

  • February 19, 2021


    Gosh this makes me want to revamp my bedroom sooo much!! Let me go back to work

    And yes adult bed over toddler bed anytime!

  • February 19, 2021


    This is perfect. I love the idea of an adult bed as it’s easy to transition everything else once they are teens and all grownup. Looks so good. Love it!!!

  • February 19, 2021

    Bawoomya Audrey

    This is gorgeous! So much in so little detail..the minimalism is inspired!

  • February 19, 2021

    Jackie M

    Love it!!! So jealous of Gong right now. Her room looking better than mine

  • February 19, 2021


    Amazing amazing job Shiro. Love reading your blogs and thanks for the plugs. Will definitely contact Daniel some day

  • February 19, 2021


    Gong is sleeping way better than a whole tax payer. I am crying but also encouraged to “upgrade” my space.
    Good job Shiro

  • February 19, 2021


    Gong is sleeping way better than a whole tax payer. I am crying but also encouraged to “upgrade” my space. Good job Shiro

  • February 19, 2021


    This room is better than my adult room, definitely a win. I love the idea of the full size bed instead of a toddler bed to be honest. I might steal that idea! Brilliant styling. You’re very gifted and well practiced. Learning from you is a joy. I hope Gong continues to love it

  • February 20, 2021


    Great job!! Looks so beautiful

  • February 20, 2021


    This is beautiful!! The neutrals and golds came together beautifully…and the yes to beds that transition well! We also got adult beds for our toddler boys…. This was after serious negotiations because they wanted cartoon beds which well… Are mostly exciting for only a few days …..
    She is a blessed one this your girl… And glad to hear she is enjoying it !

  • February 22, 2021

    Lisa A.

    Beautiful! Just beautiful! I am with you on skipping toddler beds altogether, saving the money for something else and easily having the bed used for a good amount of time and in different stages. Very well done, love your content. #silentviewerofallthingsCulturedCow

  • May 18, 2021

    I love the makeover…and the adult bed is a good idea since you will not start thinking about getting another one when she is transitioning to teenhood.

  • May 18, 2021

    Love the transformation….the adult bed is a good idea since you will not start thinking about getting a new one as she transitions into teenhood.

  • June 10, 2021

    Doreen Mutesi

    Buying an adult bed is really practical …this is something I have done and I always recomend to friends

  • July 27, 2021


    its refreshing to see one doesnt need to follow necessarily the toddler room on going trend

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