Olly’s Men at Work bedroom makeover | inspired by Emma Bridgewater

Emma Bridgewater Men at Work toddler room

W hen we first mentioned to Olly that we were going to redecorate his bedroom, he was really excited. His bedroom was a mellow yellow colour that we had decorated four months before his arrival and even though we knew he was a little boy, we still decorated it with a gender neutral theme. His bedroom was a peaceful haven which made me feel really relaxed and it was an ideal room for a little baby but as he got older, it felt too young for him.

As Olly has grown up into a truck loving, tractor obsessed, car fascinated little boy, when I saw the Emma Bridgewater Men at Work duvet set, I knew he would love it. I am a huge Emma Bridgewater fan. I love most of her patterns and designs and couldn’t wait to use some of them in our home. I’m not sure if I came to the party quite late or if the range of items available in the Men at Work design is limited but I couldn’t find that much stuff for bedrooms in the design. I had already bought two duvet sets for Olly’s toddler bed and managed to find a cushion, a money box and a set of three paper storage suitcases online in the same range.

Emma Bridgewater Men at Work bedding

We decided to re-paint Olly’s bedroom in a gorgeous shade of light green. The green matched one of the shades of green in the Men at Work print and when we painted the room, it looked such a beautiful colour. It was perfect.


I couldn’t find any curtains in the range or any lampshades so with a bit of a confidence boost from my lovely Mom, I ordered a couple of different sized lampshade kits from eBay and we made two lampshades for Olly’s room using the fabric from one of the single pillowcases and the top half of the duvet cover from the duvet set.

Emma Bridgewater Men at Work lampshade

My Mom is amazing at sewing so I left her with the remaining fabric from the duvet cover to whip up a tab top curtain and a tieback for Olly’s window.

Emma Bridgewater Men at Work curtains

I bought some Emma Bridgewater Men at Work wrapping paper to use for some of the accessories in his room and opted to use the paper in a Heidi Swapp Marquee Letter O.

Heidi Swapp Marquee Letter Emma Bridgewater Men at Work

I’ve still got some fabric left to make a couple of cushions for Olly’s chair and hope to get those finished over Christmas.

We wanted to create a little reading corner for Olly as he absolutely loves his books so we bought some shelves from Ikea and hubby fixed them onto the wall. They look really good and they’re so effective.

reading area

Olly absolutely loves his Emma Bridgewater Men at Work inspired bedroom. He loves to show it off to visitors and he loves spending time in his room playing with his toys and reading a book or two. We’re so happy he loves it and it doesn’t matter if he likes cars more one month than diggers, or tractors over lorries, it’ll still be a room full of inspiration for his imagination and dreams.

We paid for all aspects of Olly’s bedroom. I’ve blogged it as I wanted to share with you how it looks now and happy we are with it. 

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  • Reply Kara 22/12/2015 at 5:56 pm

    It looks fantastic. I love that the fabric is fun but not garish. You have done a fantastic job. Do link up to Corners of my Home lovely xx

    • Reply Emma Shilton 22/12/2015 at 6:40 pm

      Thank you Kara, I love it. It’s quite a grown up print but not too old for him!

  • Reply Catherine Ratcliffe 16/01/2016 at 4:50 am

    Reading this during a late night feed of son no.2 has made me smile as it sounds like your little boy is just like my eldest son! He too has a tractor obsession and I trawled the West Midlands Laura Ashley stores recently to get as many rolls of the tractors and trucks wallpaper and the fabric to make curtains as I could as it seemed to be sold out almost everywhere! It paid off though. He loves it and calls it his tractor room! You can also buy lampshades and other bits from ebay if you ever need to find anything again! I would never have thought of using the bedcovers as fabric though what a brilliant idea! x

  • Reply Anna 19/01/2016 at 11:07 pm

    I have an Olly too and we’ve just purchased the men at work duvet cover! Spooky coincidence. Would love to know where you found wrapping paper? What paint did you use? It tones really nicely. X

    • Reply Emma Shilton 20/01/2016 at 8:14 pm

      Oh how fab, have a look on ebay, there’s loads of wrapping paper on there. The paint was a dulux colour (I took the wrapping paper to B&Q with me to match the colours up, it’s come out really well

  • Reply Pamela | Life With Munchers 01/09/2016 at 3:45 pm

    It’s super cute! I love the attention to detail with the wrapping paper on the letter. You have thought of everything and it’s just stunning! Thanks for linking up #bloggershomes and congrats on winning the voucher too! xx

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