Last time, we decorated Mila’s room in our holiday home in France, was shortly after we purchased the house and refurbished it at the speed of the light to rent it over Summer. Mila was two years old.
We fitted a sisal carpet on the floor to hide the uneven concrete floor, painted the walls in white and added two single beds as the house is rented out to other families during the summer and caters for 8 people + a baby.
If you click on the second image here when the house was featured in Boligdrom magazine in 2014 and Grand Designs in 2008, you will see that we turned the front and back of a vintage French iron bed into two headboards for each single bed.
Fast forward 10 years, Mila is now a 12 year old pre-teens, well into surfing, skating and all of the above is gone.
Her room is still in need of a serious makeover and I’m planning at some point, to paint one of her walls in light grey, get her a new bedside table and a new bed. However, this week I have focused on decluttering her desk area to make sure it feels like a happy place and encourages her to do her homework there rather than bringing her mess into the lounge.
Her room in 2008 (shot by Grand Designs) Vs 2016 after taking the sisal off
In addition to using the vintage desk my sister gave her, Mila wanted to have a bedroom that would reflect her passion for surfing with a palette of soft/vintage pink, pale green, light grey and white.
She was also keen to have a gallery wall with cactus & palm trees like we had seen in Nüde, a nice café in Canggu where we went a few times for lunch during our recent trip to Bali.
Selecting the prints:
Selecting the prints for Mila’s gallery wall was fun and tricky at the same time as Juniqe has a huge selection of 6,000 cool prints and represents over 600 international artists so plenty of choice for everyone. They also have some fun & colourful shower curtains and cushions but I tried to not be carried away….
Rather than going through thousand of prints, I narrowed down my search by using relevant keywords like palm tree, cactus, surf, surfing, beach, California etc…
The great thing about this site is that you can order the print of your choice as poster, canvas or framed in a black or white picture frame.
“Being able to order already framed pictures, no matter the size, is a major time saver in my book!”
If it had been me, I would have gone for a monochrome gallery wall but I had to back off and let my young client decides what she wanted for her bedroom. So I make a pre-selection of about 20 prints which I like and that would meet Mila’s requirements for colours, style and design and added them to the wishlist on the Juniqe website.
To make the selection process a bit easier, I copy (right-click) the image directly from the Juniqe website and paste them into Photoshop to see how they look like against each other (see below).
Then Mila and I went over the list again and narrowed it down to the top 5 ones she really liked. Her favourite ones being GRL and Bot Gardens, I ordered them in a large size (41 x 61 cm) and framed to make my life easier and the other 3 prints in 21 x 31 cm.
Putting the look together
Having taken the sisal carpet off the floor last year to replace it by a painted concrete floor, I started by clearing her shelves and walls from all the clutter to work with a blank canvas.
I don’t like drilling into a brick wall (or commit to make any holes), so I used Command Brand’s picture hanging strips which allow you to hang small & large picture frames without damaging your walls (provided they are painted and not wallpapered). They are so easy to use that your teen can do it…Initially, I had planned to hang 5 picture frames above her desk, but Mila decided she wanted the small Pink Cactus by her bed.Since there is two wall-mounted shelves on the left hand side of the wall, it turned out to be tricky to add the large Bot Gardens print to the gallery wall so we left it for now until we find a proper space for it. And here is the final result…
BEFORE & AFTER: From a cluttered desk to a soft & soothing desk & bedroom
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Vintage desk: gifted by my sister
Prints from Juniqe (from left to right clockwise): GRL | Rose Palm Leaves | Bot Gardens | Pink Cactus | Desert House
Seagrass rug: from Ebay but find Next has a nice round jute rug
Natural wooden ladder from Smallable
Wooden stool from Smallable
LACK Wall mounted shelves from Ikea
Pink bed linen from Piglet in Bed
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