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We moved into our house almost five years ago but are still working our way through the house, decorating one room at a time. Our most recent project was the girls‚Äô bedroom (Lili seven and Poppy four). They‚Äôve had a bunk bed for over a year now but we hadn‚Äôt done anything else to their room, it was literally as it was when we moved in.
The first thing we had to do was get the room re-plastered from top to toe as there were cracks in the walls and the ceiling needed replacing. Once that was all done and we‚Äôd put down new flooring, the room was ready to decorate. We literally had a blank canvas to do whatever we wanted. Initially, this was very exciting but we soon realised that my vision was very different to what the girls had in mind. Also, Lili had different ideas to Poppy, so we kept going round in circles. One wanted a pink room, the other wanted turquoise and I had a summer theme in my mind with lots of sunny yellows.
At one point I thought we‚Äôd never find a solution but then all of a sudden I spotted a trend on the high street for flamingos and thought it could be the perfect answer. They‚Äôre not too young and not too old, they‚Äôre pink but not too pink (I knew we could mix in the turquoise element) and they‚Äôre a summary bird that makes me think of hot climates and holidays. It really was the ideal compromise.
After a quick search online I came across this perfect range on the Laura Ashley website, which was bright, trendy and exactly what I had in mind. It literally ticked all the boxes. The Pretty Flamingo range included; wallpaper, bedding, curtains, a light shade and even a cute little cuddly toy. As soon as the girls saw the print they both smiled and (at last) agreed on a theme.
They both liked the flamingo idea for different reasons, Lili liked that it wasn‚Äôt princess or fairy themed, which she now feels too old for (excuse me while I have a little sob) and Poppy liked the flamingo theme because in her words ‚Äúthey‚Äôre pink and really pretty‚ÄĚ. On a personal note, I like the fact that this room is girlie without being too girlie ‚Äď if that makes sense? And it‚Äôs a scheme that won‚Äôt date or be too childish for the girls as they grow into tweens and teenagers.
After going through the different options we ordered the flamingo curtains, bedspread and cuddly toy. We also got a rug from Laura Ashley that complemented the colours of the flamingo print without being too ‚Äėmatchy, matchy‚Äô and a cute pink chandelier that the girls both love!
As I‚Äôve already mentioned Flamingos are everywhere at the moment, so we‚Äôve also accessorised the room with added flamingo bits and bobs from the high street, including; a great flamingo print, a fun flamingo light garland and a gold light up flamingo. The girls and I are so pleased with the end result, it looks bright, colourful and above all fun.
Are you thinking about giving your children’s room a makeover? Let us know what theme you will be going for below or @LauraAshleyUK