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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.