As I was moving furniture between the boys' rooms YET AGAIN, I remembered that I had this post in draft and hadn't shared it with you yet. Even though there has been some swapping and changing since I took the photographs, if you have a child who loves colour as much as my five year old does, you might like to have a flick through and see some of the things he has chosen for his bedroom recently, including some fantastic items from Great Little Trading Co. as part of his role on their testing team (#bestjobever).
Over the past year, this room has switched from being the family office, to a shared bedroom for the boys, to the sole property of my eldest little dude. It used to be magnolia with rather grown up curtains and wasn't particularly child-friendly. Earlier this year, I gave it a lick of white paint and tried to comply with his many requests (within reason ... no, I was not going to construct a replica of the death star) - lots of colour with blues and reds being the favourites, Star Wars themed (to a degree), secret spaces to hide treasure, and a soft rug to lie and play on.
Painting the walls white may seem counter-intuitive to his request for lots of colour, but on the contrary, white proved to be the perfect backdrop to his bright choices in accessories. Painting the walls any other colour, or adding wallpaper, would have made it far too busy. As it stands, the white really helps to balance the room, and should he change his mind about blues and reds, it will be easy to update as opposed to completely redecorate.
Now, these photographs ... I didn't tidy up and put things away because I want you to see the room as it's used, and also because I want to ask for your thoughts on a couple of things. Here goes:
You can see it's lovely and bright ... white walls, colourful rug, beautiful bedding, fun curtains ... and then I bet your eyes are drawn to the hot wheels tracks under the bed. Am I right? Therein lies my first dilemma. Those of you with car-obsessed children, how on earth do you store the tracks? They're long, they're garish, they're used quite frequently. What do you do with them? Do you leave them out even when they're not being played with or do you have a clever idea for hiding them away? Please tell me!!
My love of these pigeon holes and hooks from Great Little Trading Co. has been well documented. I've shared them with you in a few different guises already (see A Great Little Style Off and My Bloomin' Gorgeous #EtsyDeskie). This is how they are used on a day to day basis ... the top is used as a shelf, the pigeon holes to store various 'treasures', and the hooks to hang costumes and hats. For a small piece of furniture, it works really, really hard.
This quirky rabbit poster (and the deer one below) was from Desenio. They're no longer on their website but they have the most amazing selection of children's posters and at incredibly reasonable prices, too. Definitely worth a look!
And my second dilemma ... the dart board. Do I put this on the wall or not?! He currently props it up on his bed when he wants to play with it but am I being a bit mean favouring unblemished walls over fun? The darts have magnets on them which I know are going to mark when he misses the board. But it's just white paint and in reality, it will only take me an hour or two to completely redo a wall. I should hang it up, shouldn't I? What would you do?
There you have the Star Wars element. In truth, there are only a handful of Star Wars items in his room, but these little touches lead him to believe that his room is a full on Stars Wars themed one. It's quite sweet, really. The clipboard tutorial is here, in case you missed it.
The rug. The gorgeous and gorgeously soft marbles rug from GLTC. Featuring all of the colours my little dude loves. It's made from 100 percent wool and is hand tufted. It did shed a little during the first couple of months but a quick vacuum restored it to its best. The marbles design is a bold one but we love it because of how playful it is and how it inspires play. Those little marbles have been used as stepping stones, as an alternative game of hopscotch, and as safe zones in a game of tag. They've been bases to battling armies, planets in enactments of Star Wars, and roundabouts in car chases. When we chose the rug for the room, it was for its colour and quality but now we love it because it has become the ultimate play mat and not simply somewhere soft to sit. If you think it could be for you, it's currently half price at £82.50.
When it comes to bedding, it's when I'm at my most pernickety. It has to be soft and it has to be a good quality cotton. I'm amazed by the amount of polyester bedding creeping on to the market. It may be a few pounds cheaper but it's absolutely not conducive to a good night's sleep as it doesn't let the skin breathe. Plus, it's really not all that nice to the touch, either. Ferm Living designs have long been a favourite of mine but at around £80 for a duvet cover and pillow case, they're seriously hard to justify. This blue star duvet set from GLTC is just £36 and is not only a lovely, fun design but is made from the softest cotton. I love this pattern because it's bright, cheerful and not particularly age specific. It looks great in a five year old's bedroom but I can also see it working really well in a teenager's room. It has longevity both from a design and a quality perspective.
But, the marble curtains? This is where my little dude and I had a slight difference of opinion. Ultimately, he won but I remain eyebrows-raised at whether 'double denim' is cool or not. You see, I love the marbles design, I love the marbles rug, I love the marbles curtains, and I love the star duvet cover. Do I love them all together in one room? I'm not so sure. But he is. He thinks they look amazing. And as it's his room, that's what matters most.
We weren't originally intending to put curtains in his room as we had blackout blinds fitted. However, we came to the quick realisation that unless you use masking tape to stick the edges of the blinds to the wall, they don't blackout all that much. While predominately white in colour, the GLTC blackout curtains let in very little light. The front half is 100 percent cotton but they're backed in polyester blackout lining. We're really pleased with them.
I'm aware that this post has become a bit of an ode to Great Little Trading Co. I can assure you that just because we are on their testing team and receive these products free of charge to trial, our opinions are in no way clouded by that. The entire testing team is encouraged to provide honest, constructive feedback. The truth is, GLTC products are really well made and fit seamlessly in to our home. It's very difficult to find much fault with them.
As always, if you have any questions or want to chat about any of the items in my little dude's room, just pop a comment below and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.