Baxter's Bedroom Reveal

Hello! And welcome to my second last blog post of 2017!

I thought it would be nice to have non-Christmas related post to bid the year farewell (tomorrow's doesn't count because it's about COCKTAILS!), and I'm SO excited to finally share this room with you today, because even though it's quite tiny, a whole lotta love and effort has gone into it (albeit intermittently!) over the last few months.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

When I laid eyes on the Desert Llama wallpaper in Cactus from Drop It Modern, I knew it had to go in Baxter’s room. Thankfully he agreed, at least he did once he decided that he wasn’t actually scared of the Llamas. Cue me saying lots of things like ‘Llamas’ aren’t scary, look how friendly and smiley they are!’ and other similar leading statements. I mean how can a Llama with tassels around its neck be anything other than friendly, right?!

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

Baxter’s ceiling is low and where the wall and ceiling meets is less than perfect, so I was concerned about getting a clean line for the wallpaper, which is why I decided to set the wallpaper within moulded panels that were just smaller than the walls, and compliment the wallpaper with Milk Jug, the most stunning Aqua from Earthborn Paints.

I gave the room the full colour wash treatment, again getting around the wonky wall/ceiling area which would have become more apparent with a white ceiling meeting a strong colour, by painting it all the same colour, ceiling and woodwork included.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

I’m so happy with the result of the walls, and I just adore the effect of the matching roman blind - the fabric was colour-matched printed to the same scale as the wallpaper.

The lovely Cormar Sensation carpet in Light Taupe was continued into Baxter’s room from the hallway, making it much more cosy than the previous old carpet (or the temporary white painted, full of holes floorboards that he had for a few months between old and new carpet). This warm neutral goes with everything and lets the wall colour sing, whilst being as soft as can be, with a beautiful velvety sheen.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

I’ve loaned him my Moroccan wedding style blanket - he's claimed it as his own now, and it really does work well in there, and the gorgeous Cactus cushion sent to me from Bluebell Grey fits in so perfectly too.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

His black spotlight style lamp is from Made, and the floor bookcase is actually an Ikea wall shelf used on its side. It holds a really good amount of books so that they're front facing and low to the ground for him to browse through and select, without taking up any wallspace, and can be moved around to suit.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

The chest of drawers, also from Ikea is the perfect fit for the space, offering maximum storage space for clothes and toys. It’s the Tarva (a right pain in the behind to build considering it's not the cheapest) which comes in raw pine ready to paint. I was initially going to paint it black, but decided it might be too heavy and overwhelming in this small room, so I went for Earthborns Trumpet - a beautiful inky navy with purple tones, and put a finishing coat on it to give it a slight sheen, deepen the colour a bit and protect it from the wear and tear it will no doubt be subjected to in here.

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

I repurposed the brass knobs from the old kitchen, though I may have other plans for handles in the new year.

The light fitting used to be in our bedroom and works brilliantly in here with his subtle dessert theme (I say ‘theme’, in truth I hate themed rooms - this is about as 'themey' as I get!).

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

French For Pineapple Blog - Boys Bedroom

And that's about it. I’ve kept everything else very simple because there’s enough going on with the wallpaper and colour. Baxter now spends a huge amount of time in there playing - has has such a brilliant imagination, and I hope his bedroom inspires and becomes a backdrop to so many more adventures.

It’s now a welcoming and cosy room, he loves it, and so do I. Result!

This post is in collaboration with Cormar Carpets, Earthborn Paints and Drop It Modern.

A Little Dude's Bedroom [The Moodboard]

Work is yet to commence on Edie's Drama Tween bedroom, though it's imminent, and I have promised that BOTH kids rooms will be done, so I thought I'd share my plans for Baxters bedroom today. The rooms will probably happen in tandem, to create the most house chaos possible. Because that's just how I roll.

Baxter has a small and slightly awkward bedroom at the back of the house. His ceiling is low, and it slopes even lower on one side. But it's cosy, and it has the best view of the garden, and I actually love his little room.

At the moment it's painted in a rather full on blue, which I like, but when I told him he could have some fun wallpaper like his sister, he got so excited that I now have to go through with it. Ha! Me and my big mouth.

If you follow me on Instagram, specifically my stories, you may recall that I ripped up his old lilac carpet a few months back and painted his less than perfect floorboards white. This is a temporary measure, as I do plan to replace the carpet on the stairs, back hall and landing, and take it into both the kids bedrooms and our bedroom. Eventually. Meantime, his wonky floorboards are mostly covered with a seagrass rug, layered with lovely but a bit small, geometric grey and white rug from Plantation Rug Company, so these will remain for now.

French For Pineapple Blog - A Little Dude's Bedroom Makeover. The Moodboard featuring Desert Llama wallpaper by Drop It Modern

There's no scope to change the layout - his white bunk beds and white wardrobe only just fit along one wall (the side with the lower ceiling). The position of his door and window mean there's no other option - it's tight in there. His clothing and general storage is an issue, so his very small chest of Ikea Rast drawers need to go, and will be replaced with something much more substantial that can house both clothes and some toys.

The Tom Dixon pendant that I got for a total steal on ebay is not right in his room, so we're replacing it with the Sinnerlig bamboo pendant from Ikea that used to be in our bedroom. I adore that pendant, and it's big scale. It will be hung over the new chest of drawers, and alongside the gorgeous Desert Llama wallpaper from Drop It Modern, sets the feel of the room.

I don't normally go for overtly 'kiddie' wallpaper, but this one has really captured my heart. It's so fun and different. I'm planning to use an aqua on the woodwork to tie in with the wallpaper, and to keep the room fun, whilst all the rest of the furniture, and accessories will be black, white and neutrals, really letting the walls shine.

I'm excited about this makeover (when am I not?!), and I might have to have a sleepover on the top bunk once it's done so I can fully appreciate my hard work!

Keep an eye out on my Instagram stories, because work on both rooms will start as soon as possible.

Graphic Wallpaper Love-In

I've been a little under the weather in the last week or so, just completely zapped of energy and having some super early nights, which is why I've been a bit quiet on the blog. Even when presented with the perfect opportunity on the weekend to get some painting done on the never ending stairs, I didn't take it, which is very unlike me.

Kelly Wearstler Graphic Wallpaper - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Kelly Wearstler 'Channels' Wallpaper in Ebony Ivory

Instead, I've been having a wallpaper love-in, which took far less energy, and filled my head with ideas. Actually, my head was already, and always is filled with ideas. I have BIG plans to transform the top level of our house (guest room and studio) to make much better use of the space, and that's where the wallpaper comes in. Yes, despite me claiming back in January that I was scared of wallpaper and that I couldn't possibly commit, I'm planning on doing just that soon. And I'm excited.

Kelly Wearstler Graphic Wallpaper - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Kelly Wearstler Crescent Wallpaper in Ebony Cream

So excited, that I have barely stopped looking at wallpaper since I decided to go for it. I know what I'd like, but I can't afford it. Typical right?

I'm obsessed with many of Kelly Wearstler's wallpaper designs, but they're eye-wateringly expensive and just not going to happen, so I've been searching for something that still takes my breath away, but not because it costs so much money!

Kelly Wearstler Graphic Wallpaper - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Kelly Wearstler Agate Wallpaper in Beige Ebony

I've found some beautiful designs that I thought I'd share with you today. Soon I'll tell you about my overall plans for these rooms too, but for now, lets look at the wallpaper options. One of these will be 'THE ONE'.

First up is a selection of designs from Feathr. How could you not like a company whose motto is 'More Good Shit, Less Shit Shit'? It was love at first sight for me with Feathr, who work with artists around the world to showcase their wallpaper designs. They're a lovely bunch, and they also have a call for submissions for their 2016/2017 collection on right now, so you can submit a design if you want to.

There are a few designs in their current collection that I've really fallen for, and I can't wait to get my hands on the samples.

Inkkari Graphic Wallpaper - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Feathr / 'Inkkari' in Monochrome by heinikatariina

Machair Graphic Wallpaper - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Feathr / 'Machair' in Ink Drops by Albaquirky

Pastel Powder Graphic Wallpaper - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Feathr / 'Pastel Powder' in Nude by Teija Vartiainen

Plato Graphic Wallpaper - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Feathr / 'Plato' in Monochrome by Aoi Yoshizawa

Yes, there is very much a monochrome/neutral theme going on here, which I'm really loving right now, but I'm not absolutely wedded to that idea, and there are some amazing colours to choose from too in all of the above designs...

Pastel Powder Graphic Wallpaper - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Feathr / 'Pastel Powder' in Blush by Teija Vartia
Graphic Wallpaper - French For Pineapple Blog
Image: Feathr / 'Plato' in Green by Aoi Yoshizawa

Next up, some more seriously cool designs from newish-to-me US design house Drop It Modern...

Clockwise from top left: Crystalline in Blush/Black/Gray, Crystalline in Sand, Bond Girl in Creme/Black and Kitten in Blush. 

How on earth will I choose just one? Whatever my decision, it's going to be bold and beautiful, so watch this space!