Room Makeover | Teds Vintage Style Toddler bedroom with quirky details and animals

May 15, 2017

 Farrow Ball Gable wallpaper interior ideas, childrens room decor with a scandi monochrome scheme, cornforth white, vintage and wooden toys, oyoy monochrome rug, ferm living denim whale (3)

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So this post has been a really long time in writing, and even decorating. Partly because we had a bit of a damp problem, then because bedtime routine changed along with furniture and lots of new decisions to be made, and if I’m honest I’ve spent quite a long time faffing with the decoration in this room, never quite satisfied. Let alone the dark days and the fact that the room is rarely tidy enough to take pictures! I felt like I knew what I was doing with the baby nursery in our previous home, it was practical and stylish with design accents that were baby friendly (monochrome for babies developing eyesight) etc, take a look here. But how to make a stylish space for an evolving little human with his own likes and preferences, which often involve brightly coloured plastic or tv characters?

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Combining a design that has both joyfulness and the things that your toddler loves can be something of a challenge when you like your style without a heavy dose of plastic attached. But according to lots of pieces on hygge I read during the winter, the Danes teach their children respect for the home and the pieces in it which is why they are all so stylish. Or so the propaganda goes. Sounds good, right? Challenge accepted by me! Whilst I try to work out how exactly this magical chimera of respect occurs and if I’m totally honest attempt to steer Ted in the direction of style, it does all feel a little ambitious. Insane even. Ok it does a little. But actually, think back to your childhood bedroom, are there elements of it that still resonate with you? For me it’s a piece of vintage botanical bird print wallpaper in my book cupboard, alongside my hand-me-down seventies clothes with broderie anglaise and smocking which I still feel inform my aesthetic. By the way, before I go any further I should say, there is a list of sources for products at this end of piece, if I miss anything out drop me a comment in the section below.

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 Farrow Ball Gable wallpaper interior ideas, childrens room decor with a scandi monochrome scheme, wooden mouse toy

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Teds room has been gently evolving since we moved in 18 months ago. His was the first room we painted (within a fortnight) thanks to the harsh and bright lime green space he’d inherited (see what happens when you let your beloved little person make all the design decisions?!) Well, I have no idea about baby Ted, but I couldn’t live with, it felt akin to child cruelty to leave it as it was, so we neutralised the space with one of my very  favourite greys, Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White . Which I’ve now painted with in three homes and loved the result each time, is such a perfect colour. It’s a shade of grey with just a hint of dirt in it, this may sound derogatory but in fact it makes the tone really natural and beautiful. Farrow & Ball describe it as a hushed, calming colour and it is a part of their easy neutrals range. I would particularly recommend it in north facing rooms, which is where we’ve always used it, as it brings out the grey tones so beautifully. 

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Farrow Ball Gable wallpaper interior ideas, childrens room decor with a scandi monochrome scheme, cornforth white, vintage and wooden toys, oyoy monochrome rug, ferm living denim whale (4)

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 I have accumulated quite a bit of Scandi kids stuff since Ted was born, and also a fairly hefty dinosaur and animal collection, so they were the jump points for thinking about how the room may hold together. But it wasn’t until I went on a trip down to Dorset for the Farrow & Ball wallpaper launch last winter that I knew exactly how the room would look. When I saw Gable unveiled  it was a design-adrenaline moment for me and there was no question in my mind that this was the right design for Teds room. With its charming bucolic rural scene, one that I would happily live with in my own space (perhaps in pink) there’s no design I can think of that’s more joyful or comforting for a bedroom. It has such a cosy feel to it, based on a fifties design but actually I think quite timeless, there’s a touch of naivety to it, I likened it to an English Toile de Jouey in my original write up. This paper is so evocative and charming. We chose it in the Blue & Green colourway, which I have a suspicion may be two paint colours we already know very well in the Design Soda house (Hague Blue and Teresa’s Green) and it was so easy to put up thanks to the very high quality of the paper. Mirroring the qualities of their paint, the shades do appear to change and dance upon the wall at different times of day. We have it in a very bright spot and its almost iridescent at times. Also, this is the first time I’ve used a paint rolled design, and it has a real artisan quality to it well above the price point it commands. We talk about it often during winding down time in here, Ted really likes the animals and will spend ages spotting and counting them throughout the paper. The wallpaper is such a statement I didn’t want the design of the rest of the room to argue with it so I’ve kept everything else pretty pared back in monochromes with the odd flash or colour or fun.

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cactus shelf and wall hooks, farrow ball cornforth white, handmade crichet animal toys, childrens room decor with a scandi monochrome scheme

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One thing that has stayed the same is the toys that I invested in. I think during the late stages of pregnancy and the early stages of our little persons life, as may be fairly inevitable, Ted was the recipient of my biggest design purchases. I found that where fashion took a backseat when we first bought a home, now adult interiors were nowhere near as interesting as the little pieces of cute Scandi I could bestow on our baby so he has accumulated some really lovely pieces that I hope he will pass down to his own children one day.

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eclectic vintage colourful kids space interior design ideas, vintage rocking horse, fox mask

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Unlike the rest of the Design Soda house, I didn’t want the space to be too knowing or kitsch so it’s just innocence and fun in here. A mix between vintage wood and Scandinavian toys that I bought when he was really tiny and more colourful fun pieces that I’ve updated in the room as he gets older.

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Farrow Ball cornforth white, interior ideas, childrens room decor with a vintage and wooden toys, ikea kallax hack with hand painted mountains

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There are so many things that Ted loves (plastic aside) that we don’t have any theme in here at all, though at a push there is probably quite a hefty animal slant. The biggest statement (after the wallpaper) is the central back wall which has had things that we like thrown upon it pretty randomly. But I think it works, the cacti wall hooks and shelf  (picture below) were my decision but a lot of the pictures have meaning, the vintage Super Ted covers were framed for Ted by my good friend Lucy, there’s a handmade ceramic dinosaur plate called Tedosaurus (shown lower down) from Aunty Kathryn, a print in vintage style by children’s illustrator Paul Thulby of the company daddy works for, and a raccoon above Teds pillow that I couldn’t resist putting a party hat on.  This (above) is Teds book cupboard, from IKEA, and I wish I could say it held all his books! The ones on open shelves are for current reading and the ones behind the mountainscape doors I painted are for when he’s bigger.

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eclectic vintage colourful kids space interior design ideas, kooky animal plates west elm, grey and yellow, terrarium, vintage books and trinkets, monochrome toys

Farrow Ball Gable wallpaper interior ideas, childrens room decor with a scandi monochrome scheme, wooden toys, vintage toys

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I’ve tried to keep a pretty retro feel to the items on the mantelpiece, simplicity in wood and a few more colourful pieces which really pop against the wallpaper. There’s a bit of a vintage theme going on in the corner that holds Ted’s chest of drawers too, the yellow corner (first image above) with the old £10 drawers I found on EBay and painted a bright mustard yellow, some vintage children’s books, the fifties style swinging rocket toy and the retro dressed animal plates from West Elm that people always comment on. With my ever growing love for the house plant trend I was keen to bring some of that in as well, so Ted has an aloe which is good for cleansing the air and a mini terrarium complete with polar bear figurine, well of course!

 

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And the final shot of Teds new bed, which was bought pretty hastily on John Lewis with next day delivery when Ted broke his cot jumping up and down in a rage! We love it, and it’s a pretty keenly priced bargain at £75. The bedding on the other hand is all kinds of expensive. See source list below for details. We’re about a month into the big bed now and slowly all starting to get more sleep, so hopefully Teds happy quirky bedroom will become just that again soon. For now I’ve been enjoying watching his toys whilst I sit for endless hours on my shifts waiting for my tiny person to fall asleep (or go back to sleep at 2am) and of course thinking about whether any of this style will rub off on his adult self (!).

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Farrow Ball Gable wallpaper interior ideas, childrens room decor with a vintage and wooden toys (2)

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So, what do you think? Has anyone else struggled to make a stylish space in collaboration with their toddler? I’d love to hear your ideas and tips. Scroll down for a full list of sources.

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SOURCES:

Wall colour – Cornforth White – Farrow & Ball

Gable Wallpaper – Farrow & Ball**

Toddler bed – John Lewis 

Whale cushion – Ferm Living via Amara

Duvet Cover – Olli & Lime 

Pillow – Henry & Co from Molly Meg (discontinued) 

Fox in Headress cushion – Coral & Tusk (discontinued)

Wooden toys – Sarah & Bendrix Kids

Dinosaur lamp – Oliver Bonas 

Chest of drawers – Vintage find on ebay repainted

Vintage rocking horse chair, Etsy

Animal plates on the wall – West Elm (discontinued)

Glass Terrarium – West Elm 

Jute Rug – Ikea

Monochrome Landscape Rug – Oyoy via This Modern Life

Bookcase – Ikea with hand painted Mountain doors

Rose Rabbit Bedding – Ferm Living via Royal Design

Cactus Shelf and Wall Hooks – Lullaby (discontinued but similar on site)

Pink Bunny on Fireplace – Tiger

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**I would like to thank Farrow & Ball for the Gable wallpaper they provided me with, it is truly loved.

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8 thoughts on “Room Makeover | Teds Vintage Style Toddler bedroom with quirky details and animals

  1. Melanie

    Oh my goodness Ruth this is divine!! So much effort has gone into Teds room I love the wallpaper and all the little bits and pieces that work so well together xxx

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    1. Design_Soda_Ruthie Post author

      Thank you so much Mel, what a lovely comment, it’s hard work planning these little people’s spaces though, isn’t it? The wallpaper is just beautiful, glad to see so many people on Insta admiring it too 😻 xxx

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  2. Meera

    Absolutely love every single thing in Ted’s room! It’s clear how much love and attention has gone into it, it is so delightful! The wallpaper is amazing, really sets off the room xxx

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    1. Design_Soda_Ruthie Post author

      Ah, thank you so much Meera, that means a lot to me coming from such a stylish lady. The wallpaper definitely makes the room for me, it’s such a perfect design xxx

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  3. Anne Marie

    I love the wallpaper!!! And the yellow chest of drawers! And actually everything here : ) My son has the same rug in his room which I think is a great compromise between what he wanted and what I wanted : ) And I’m afraid I have to say it doesn’t get any easier when they get older. My daughter is ten and as she’s old enough to clean her own room I often have to close the door just so I don’t see the state of her room (which obviously frustrates me so much!). But one thing I have to admit – she doesn’t laugh at my design choices any more, saying “Mummy this looks old”, instead her own design choices has become very similar to mines, and now I laugh at her for becoming mini me (when she can’t see me that is). Xxx

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    1. Design_Soda_Ruthie Post author

      Thank you Anne, the wallpaper is ace isn’t it? And that rug is one of my favourites, Ted hasn’t seen the more colourful options yet so I’m hoping he’ll just be happy with the monochrome chic one 😂. Oh that’s so good to hear, not about the child tidying/lack of but that Ted may one day naturally turn from plastic to style 😂 xxx

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  4. Tabtitha

    Such a great design – lively and fun but still calming. Your choice to avoid plastic toys will resonate with a lot of parents, and the Hygge mantra of respect for possessions will definitely be instilled through these. There’s also a new slew of research suggesting that wooden toys help encourage a child’s imagination through their basic properties and non-distracting abilities.

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