You know what I want to be delivered from this year? Procrastination. I’m really good at it, and it’s bad – sometimes anyway. There’s good procrastination, the kind that makes you do something better because you’ve had time to think it through, ideate, play with it your mind, then there’s the kind that caused me to wait four months to post this. And all I had to do was edit some pictures and do a little writing, which I had every intention of doing, then I thought hold on: why post fresh content on a blog you want to update, when you can wait until you update it and give the people something you love?

Anyway, here we are. I’m pretty frustrated that I haven’t been able to do what I want with this blog, but I’m going to do it eventually. In the meantime, let me work on being more consistent with posting content here. The plan is to have fresh content every two weeks, uploaded on Saturday morning. I want to be as consistent at it as I am at consistently saying I’ll do it. So here goes!

This bedroom project allowed me to play with a super girly aesthetic, which was definitely a first for me. The client had a lot of stuff and wanted something clean, airy, feminine and cute but not childish, so we went for light greys, whites and pinks, and I think it paid off.

Here’s the room before:

I just need you to remember that the more stuff you have, the harder it is to clean and the more storage you need.
How many handbags does the average woman need? Because I operate with about 4 totes and 3 small bags.
The thing with throwing things under the bed is that it’s very hard to keep clean, because out of sight, out of mind.

The challenge was clearing the clutter and creating a space with extra storage to keep the client’s stuff (and she had a lot of stuff) organized and out of sight. We also needed to allow more light into the room and do minimal accessorizing to make it easier to keep clean without compromising style.

The vision…

I knew we’d need a chest of drawers and a custom bed with hidden storage, lighter curtains to let more natural light in and more sources of light for evenings – something cute but practical and not too overwhelming for the small bedroom.

So here’s what it looks like now (or at least how I left it).

Bed, Daniel (find his number below); thrifted duvet cover, Go To Home Collections; carpet, Classy & Elegance; pink tasseled throw blanket, Eclectic Decor; the duvet ran a little small for this bed, so we agreed that a larger one would be bought later since we were on a very tight budget
Grey pillows, Mr Price Home; pink pillow, K-Lux House Decor; white thrifted sheets, Go To Home Collections
Chandelier and wall brackets, Meydan Lightings; mirror, Daniel
Nightstand, Daniel; rose gold clock, K-Lux House Decor; artificial potted plant, Welcome Home; framed print, Plush Interiors; used a shoe box I found in the client’s room as a decor piece
I love mixing metals, and decorating with vintage-looking alarm clocks. I’ve done this at least 3 or 4 times now, I should probably give it a break now.

All the furniture (bed, nightstand and chest of drawers) was made by one of my favourite fundi’s, Daniel, who has come through for me on so many projects that my affection for him is right up there with my commitment to doing my nails and not ruining them with manual work. His number is 0723 465 263 – tell him he comes highly recommend by The Cultured Cow.

I had the bed made with storage, which we used for shoes – the client has a longstanding affair with shoes.
I’d have loved to have the drawer finished on the inside, but I’d already run out of money so we left it raw. Perfection is overrated anyway, no?
I used to hate white furniture, but after Daniel made this and the nightstand my heart was softened.
I’d have preferred fewer items on the dresser, but that wouldn’t have made sense for the client.
So for the sake of practicality I gave in and displayed a few everyday items – and yes, a candle is an everyday essential. Bath & Body Works 3-wick candle in Raspberry Mimosa, Treasured Scents

One of my favourite features of this room is the pink closet. I wanted to do something different with the it but because the budget didn’t allow us to build a whole new closet, we went for this pink paint in Plascon Blooming Pink and new brass hardware to replace the mismatched door handles. It was a risk because I hadn’t sought the client’s approval since I wanted it to be a surprise, but it ended up working so well with the matte grey in Mandarin Tusk (also Plascon) that we painted on the walls.

Curtains (fabric, sewing and installation), Maina 0721 281 575; basket Erika’s Antique; closet (painting and hardware installation), Aposh Decor
I don’t think I’ve ever had a project that didn’t feature an Erika’s Antique basket. Look at it, can you really blame me?

Finding ways to add texture was really important to me, so I did this using the carpet, white sheers, pillows, basket and throw blanket. This brought a softness and airiness to the room, making it clean but cozy. The kind you want to retreat to after a long day, and wake up in.

I feel like this room was partly inspired by my own dreams for my daughter’s room, so it kind of gave me a chance to practice what I’d do for Gong and see how the colours would work together. I think its girly and comfortable without being juvenile. What do you think?

Don’t forget to leave a comment, share, and let me see what kind of content you’d like to see me post!

P.S. I couldn’t remember where I bought everything so if you see something I purchased from you but didn’t tag, feel free to drop me a message and I’ll tag you (if I feel like it, if you pleased me and if I think you’re worth referring to others LOL).


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  1. Your work is flawless and your hands are gifted… this is amazing One day you’ll spruce up my daughter’s room as well.

  2. Am always in awe of your work! The transformation is breathtaking. Looking forward to more posts on the blog and on the youtube channel

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