Esme's Room

My eldest daughter, Esme is a true princess. She’s about as girly as they come; pink, glitter, frills. You name it, that’s Esme. She’s also the sweetest, most thoughtful and easy going little girl. If there were a pea under her mattress, she might feel it, but she’d never complain. Yes, I know, I’m gushing. But I’m proud. She really is such a good kid.

So when it came to designing her ‘big girls’ bedroom, pink was a no brainer. Glitter was the cherry on top. The muted pastel tones in Esme’s room were carefully chosen to create a calming environment, somewhere that would provide a peaceful haven once she returns from her busy day at school, and where she could drift off to sleep with the sweetest of dreams.

Speaking of sweet, Esme has always been partial to an ice cream or two, and so naturally this yummy treat also features in her soft- hued scheme. Her gorgeous bear print, 'Hello Kittty' night light and hand printed blind add a whimsical touch to this charming and cosy space.
Ask her favourite flavour? Well, that depends on the day of the week. The base colour of Esme’s room is a nod to chocolate, with strawberry (and gold) spots. I get lot of comments about where Esme’s ‘wallpaper’ is from. It’s actually not wallpaper but hand stamped using circles cut from craft foam and a cardboard spacer. I know what you’re thinking; ‘That must’ve taken hours?!’ Yes. Yes it did, but sometimes I’m a stubborn little mule when it comes to DIY. Paying someone to slap some paste and paper on would’nt have given me the same level of satisfaction.
Hints of turquoise deliver a touch of cooling mint. And purple? Well if you head to a well-known ice cream chain they do a ‘cotton- candy’ flavour which is one of Esme’s all time faves, and yes, it’s purple! Have you ever seen purple cotton candy?! No, me either.
With a bit of a shuffle around with furniture and a repainted wall this room has a fresh new focal point. The white wall features Valspars paint glitter which catches light beautifully adding a subtle hint of magic. Esme loves glitter. Me, not so much although I do like this. It’s actually quite tasteful and not at all tacky like some might fear it’d be. Believe me, I was once a sceptic too.

We added some diagonal paint stripes in gold too to offset the square walls. Having said that, this room (well, house actually) is completely asymmetrical so this feature suits the space perfectly.

Like all childrens spaces, Esme's room has been, and will continue to be modified as she grows. Since starting school she now really needs a space to sit and do her homework and create her masterpieces so we've just bought her an old vintage school desk in much need of some TLC- watch this space!
Anything else you want to know about this room makeover? Head over to my CONTACT section where you can post a question and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can!