After initially starting on Eleanor’s big girl bedroom sometime in the very latter stages of my pregnancy with Harriet (ahem, about a year ago)…I think it is now ‘done’. As done as it is going to be. It isn’t picture-perfect, it isn’t well styled or magazine worthy, but it is lived in and loved – full of her favourite toys and babies in prams and cradles and well turned pages of dozens of books. It has touches of the baby girl now growing into a big girl, babyhood mementos alongside some treasures that were once mine as a little girl. It is ruffles and pink, linen and lace. All the things Eleanor is: sweet and simple.
This room was our study/sewing room before Harriet was born, it is the smallest of our bedrooms but actually seems the largest with new white paint and the floorspace a single bed allows (Harriet’s nursery has a double bed in it so seems squashy!)
Eleanor’s iron bed I purchased secondhand on eBay, it is a reproduction and by no means an original old iron bedstead, but it is pretty and sweet and I won’t be precious with it as a result. Her pink ruffled bedspread is from Lazybones, on cold nights she also sleeps with her doona (linen cover from Aura Home). The floral pillowcase is flannel and part of a sheet set I bought at Target awhile ago on clearance, so probably no longer available. Her green floral cushion I made from Tilda fabric, and her mint cushion is from The Reject Shop.
The mint drawers once upon a time lived in my childhood bedroom and were white (and then purple in my ‘paint the world purple’ teenagehood). I revamped them when pregnant with Eleanor and went with the unisex mint. The bird shelf I had my eye on for quite awhile from local shop Ancient Moods, who have sadly since closed down. Matt’s Pop’s rocking chair made the transition from nursery to big girl bedroom, simply due to sheer real estate logistics in our little house! It literally has nowhere else to live, but Matt is quite sentimental about it so it has to stay somewhere. It provides a good home if nothing else to Eleanor’s knitted Play School friends. Her bookshelf is one I’ve had for years, her big girl bedroom was an exercise in using what we had available first and then filling any gaps as needed.
The vintage cane pram was mine as a little girl, and Eleanor takes quite the care in trundling it about the house: “Ssshh! My babies are sleeeeeeeping!” along with her dolls cradle which she insists goes right next to her bed for her babies (a bargain $5 garage sale find!)
On the walls (painted Dulux Antique White USA) I have hung a variety of prints and embroidery hoops with Tilda fabric. The large horse canvas is from Big W, the birth print is from Minted and the mint swan print is from Ginger Monkey. In the gold frame is a watercolour pig by The Wheatfield and the floral deer is by Jo Collier Designs. A wooden plaque with ‘do you suppose she’s a wildflower?’ is made by Zilvi for Bonnie and Harlo (my favourite quote from Alice in Wonderland, a throwback to when Eleanor was most definitely going to be named Alice!) My friend Amy gifted Eleanor a beautiful handmade doily when she was born, I’ve finally framed it and hung it in her new bedroom, the intricate detail of it blows my mind how it has been made. Eleanor’s grandparents gave her an Alison Lester print from our favourite book ‘Kissed by the Moon’ which is also framed on her walls. Along the picture rails sit two words of wire wrapped in Liberty floral fabric, Eleanor and blossom, made by the clever Jane in Hobart.
Eleanor’s room is full of pretty things, yes, but what I love most about it is that it is where she is tucked into bed each night with giggles and stories and hopefully has sweet dreams of how loved she is. It is the memories she will have in this room that are the most special. It is everything I thought a little girl of our’s bedroom would be, of course most things about her room are more about me than her, but I think Eleanor loves her ruffly pink florals as much as I do! The girl herself is just as I imagined a little girl of ours to be too. This room has been a labour of love, I’ve tried to chose things to both be practical and useful her her to use the space well, as well as accurately reflect Eleanor: our sweet little blossom. I hope it becomes a treasured place for Eleanor to play and rest, have big dreams in and lots more giggly fun (she already has discovered her wardrobe to be a most excellent cubby!) Mostly I know I will look back on this bedroom with the fondest of memories of this time, Eleanor just as she is right now, a two year old ready to launch into her childhood, no longer a baby. A big girl bedroom indeed.
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