Pre-Teen Bedroom Makeover

We moved to a new house this summer, from one end of the street to another. To be honest though we could be in another world as far as the house is concerned, it’s that much better. The main motivation for moving was space and while this house is somewhat similar to the old one in layout this one is over three floors. Three floors means that Kieran, who just started high school, gets his own attic room complete with funky recessed lighting and a large VELUX window.

We’re not sure what to call the attic yet. Boy den? Teen den? Pit of smelly socks, room of used tea mugs and pre-teen despair? The jury is still out on that one however if you ask Kieran what he thinks of it he would simply say “It is AWESOME”.

I’ve decorated, rearrange and tarted up children’s bedrooms for 11 years now however this is my first teen room. As far as attic conversions go this one is a doozy. There is a huge VELUX window much like the VELUX found here, spot lights, the eaves have been boarded out for extra storage (probably more exciting to me that Kieran) and there’s even a radiator. He has his bed under a slope, a wardrobe and a couple of shelving units up there, his laptop of course is on a desk but it still needs something. A pre-teen bedroom makeover is in order

We don’t want to put anything on the walls as such, he likbedroom makeoveres the clean look (unless it’s one of the days where all his clothes, books and pens seem to throw themselves onto the floor). We can’t do anything with the lights as there is recessed lighting built in. I was thinking a rug, some funky bean bags (big-ish ones so his mates can come over for gaming / movie fun) and maybe something that could go around the top banister in his room. Not fairy lights as such but something. He also has loads of room underneath the other roof slopes that isn’t currently being used.

It seems that an evening on Pinterest looking up bedroom makeover is in order. I want it (as does he!) to be geeky, cool, fun and functional. He definitely needs a second desk for homework and somewhere to store his many (MANY) school books that is easy to get to.  If you’ve done an attic or teen bedroom makeover and have pictures or have blogged about it please let me know!

Ollie & Leila: Exclusively For Children

Ollie & Leila, Gingham bedding

We moved house recently which means that Taylor (the 6yr-old) has a much better bedroom size and layout-wise. This also means that we have had a blank canvas in terms of style and design and Ollie & Leila have started the ball rolling by sending us some lovely bedding to review.

The Ollie and Leila blue gingham bedding set features the grown-up (I’m told by the 6yr old) gingham pattern but has “snuggly stars on the other side”. Clearly, my son has a future in marketing.

Made from 100% soft touch cotton, this really is actually very snuggly (according to our model, Rusty, who was all too keen to test out the bedding for us).

The beauty of a style such as this is that it is decorative enough as it is, yet plain enough so that it wouldn’t clash with anything else we chose to put into the room. 

Having a nosy around the site I’ve also spotted Ollie & Leila’s children’s cabin bed range, which might well help me make the best of the space in his room, without it becoming too cluttered. Do your children have or have had children’s cabin beds? I had one as a child but they didn’t offer anywhere near as many options as these ones do. I’m tempted by one with a pull-out desk, so that Taylor may colour in etc now or use it for homework and more grown up tasks later.

Thanks to Ollie & Leila for sending out this bedding. The quality is far superior to other brands I’ve tried out recently and they are just so cute. A solid 5/5 from us (the parents, the boys, and Rusty). If you’re looking for affordable yet high-quality bedding and so on, I would definitely suggest looking Ollie & Leila up. We already have a wish list put together of different items we’d like to add to Taylor’s room and even Kieran’s.

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