103 weeks and 6 days | Decorating a little girls bedroom

About 5 years ago I was asked if I would decorate a friend’s daughter’s bedroom. It was years before the advent of wall decals and vinyl stickers and they wanted something fun and pretty to break up the vast expanse of magnolia. The room was a bit of an odd shape — it had an alcove with a sloping roof  — but I thought this would lend itself well to creating something really lovely.

I was obsessed with Enid Blyton books,  when I was a child,  and particularly loved The Magic Faraway Tree. I loved the idea of creating a secret space, so the little girl could lie in her bed and pretend she was in an enchanted forest. As her bed fit really well in the alcove, I imagined a tree’s branches surrounding the bed, almost giving her the feeling that she was sleeping in a tree house.

I started off by painting the alcove in hot pink emulsion, waited for it to dry then started on the tree design.

Although most of my work is created on the Mac, these days, it’s lovely to create somethings by hand occasionally, so I drew the tree freehand — with a white pencil — then filled in the lines with white paint.

Decorating a little girls bedroom

Drawing the design on the wall with white pencil

Decorating a little girls bedroom | Adding fairylights

Decorating a little girls bedroom

Decorating a little girls bedroom

Decorating a little girls bedroom | Filling in the tree shape with white paint

Decorating a little girls bedroom

The tree started to take shape

Next came the foliage! I’d made a leaf shaped stencil and began to add leaves to the branches, using a gorgeous, zingy lime coloured emulsion; building them up one by one.

After they’d dried, I painted over a few of them with a glitter glaze, then added some small white stars and some large powder blue flowers, again in emulsion. I’d found some brilliant shiny, self adhesive mirror flowers online, which were perfect for popping in the middle of each larger painted flower and dotting around the tree to give it a bit of sparkle and life. And finally, I’d bought a butterfly garland and cut each little butterfly loose, to glue around the tree.

Adding a few 3D elements, to a mural, is a great way of really bringing it to life and giving it a totally unique feel. Also by adding a little glitter and sparkle — to catch the light — will make something that would otherwise be flat and dull, gorgeous and ethereal.

Decorating a little girls bedroom

Next I added some leaves and stars…

Decorating a little girls bedroom

Decorating a little girls bedroom

Finally, with the help of some clear, self adhesive hooks, I attached fairy lights around the trunk and branches of the tree. When they were switched off, you could barely see them but when they were on they looked amazing! They glinted off the glitter glaze and twinkled off the tiny mirror flowers.

All of a sudden our plain old wall had turned into something really magical!

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Decorating a little girls bedroom | Adding fairylights

Finally, once the bed was back in place, it was finished!

It was so simple to do — and cheap too. We used a small can of paint for the hot pink wall but the white, lime and blue emulsion were all tester pots. It took just a day to create this. The longest time we had to wait was 40 minutes or so for the pink background paint, then the same again for the body of the tree. Everything else was fairly instant! I used a glue gun to stick the fabric butterflies to the wall and the mirror flowers were self adhesive.

Needless to say, my little friend was pretty happy with her new space. As was I.

 

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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62 Comments

  1. 10th March 2015 / 10:34 pm

    Wow that looks so good, what a great effort! The photo with the feet in the corner made me laugh though! #twinklytuesday
    Carolyn

    • 11th March 2015 / 7:54 pm

      Thanks Carolyn!! Haha — I wondered how many people would notice my slippers!! I had my feet up, taking a pic of my efforts! :)

      PS — just taken another look — they’re actually my HUSBAND’S feet!! LOL! That’s even funnier!! :)

  2. 10th March 2015 / 10:50 pm

    OMG Caro you are so incredibly talented, I want a wall like that in my bedroom x

    • 11th March 2015 / 7:52 pm

      Ahh that’s so lovely of you Sarah — but yes — I was tempted to paint my own wall once I’d done that one!! LOL! X

  3. 11th March 2015 / 12:01 pm

    Oh gosh, you are one talented lady. That tree looks incredible and I would’ve never of thought to add lights.

    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

    • 11th March 2015 / 7:36 pm

      Thanks so much Jenna — had such fun being allowed to graffiti on my friend’s wall!! LOL! SO glad it turned out OK!! ;) X

  4. 11th March 2015 / 9:14 pm

    CARO!!!! Oh my goodness if I pay you will you come and decorate my whole house???? You have inspired me!!

    • 11th March 2015 / 10:15 pm

      Kate — that is my favourite comment ever!! And yes — of course I will ;) X

  5. 11th March 2015 / 11:48 pm

    Oh my God, that is amazing. You are amazing. How did you create that so effortlessly? You lovely lady, are a goddamn artistic genius. When we buy a new house I will need to hire you as my interior designer. Could I pay you in cookies? Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • 12th March 2015 / 12:15 pm

      Cookies gratefully received Lucy! Nothing makes me happier than slopping some paint around! Thanks so much for your lovely comment! X

    • 12th March 2015 / 12:16 pm

      Thank you Caitlin! Makes a change from a boring white wall ;) X

  6. 12th March 2015 / 12:45 pm

    What can I say that is absolutely stunning. What a fab friend you are. x

    • 12th March 2015 / 1:20 pm

      Aaah thanks so much, that’s such a lovely thing to say!! My tiny friend was really happy :)

  7. 12th March 2015 / 2:05 pm

    You are SO talented! You have such an amazing eye and talent for interior design. Please come and do my room next! Jess x

    • 12th March 2015 / 6:04 pm

      Aaah bless you Jess — that’s so lovely of you to say. I wish I’d pursued it as a career to be honest, I really love it. It’s gorgeous to be able to share things like this in my blog now! X

  8. 12th March 2015 / 2:49 pm

    Wowzer love the colour and everything about this! Thanks for linking up w/ #homecorner

  9. 14th March 2015 / 6:08 pm

    WOW you are truly the most creative person ever. I could never have drawn that. It looks amazing! I bet a little girl’s dream bedroom too. I love it. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • 15th March 2015 / 11:25 am

      Aaah that’s such a lovely thing to say Jenny — thanks so much!! :) And thanks for hosting x

  10. 14th March 2015 / 9:50 pm

    Wow…just wow! This is incredible – how talented are you. I would love this as a room now let alone if I was a five year old girl! Thanks for linking up with #twinklytuesday

    • 15th March 2015 / 11:24 am

      Aww thanks lovely! I’d forgotten about it, until some of the girls said they’d like to see me post a girl’s bedroom!!! So good that we have the photos! I may do something similar for the boys xx

  11. 16th March 2015 / 5:42 am

    Wow, this looks amazing. What a lucky little girl. My husband and I have often talked about doing something similar in our children’s rooms – this might just finally give us the inspiration we need! Thank you for sharing, it’s so lovely x

    • 16th March 2015 / 10:45 am

      Aaah thanks so much Kiran! She was happy, so it was worth spending a day on!! :) Also, if you create it yourself, you get exactly what you want! Thanks for your comment x

  12. 19th March 2015 / 12:10 am

    This is lovely Caro, just perfect for a little girl! I have been planning on painting a tree somewhere in our house, not quite sure where yet though! xxx

    • 19th March 2015 / 6:42 pm

      Thanks so much Katie!! I’m so happy to have found a fellow ‘painting on walls’ lover!! ;)

  13. 19th March 2015 / 9:19 pm

    This is incredible! You are so, so clever. Both the idea and the execution is sublime. I wish I has an nth of your talent. If I attempted something like this, it would end up an unsightly splodge on the wall.

    • 21st March 2015 / 1:56 pm

      Wow — that’s a real compliment coming from you Rachel — thanks ever-so much! :)

  14. Charlotte @ Educating Elsa
    23rd March 2015 / 8:23 pm

    Ooh this is amazing! You did an incredible job :) I’m currently pinning away all over the place getting ideas for Elsa’s bedroom and now I’m wondering if my landlord will let me paint a mural.

    • 24th March 2015 / 12:14 pm

      Charlotte, it’s only paint at the end of the day! Just say to him that you’ll be happy to make-good and paint it back to normal when you leave. I’m sure he’d be happy to let you create a mural! x

  15. rachel
    5th April 2015 / 7:20 pm

    Oh wow that is amazing! you are so talented! Miss M would just love that tree and she loves butterflies. I bet your home must look stunning! x

    • 7th April 2015 / 8:15 am

      Thanks Rachel! You should give it a go — it was a really easy project :)

  16. 16th April 2015 / 7:59 pm

    I am totally in love with this, I have added it to my pinterest for Boo’s Room Ideas for when we redecorate. How magical, amazing!

  17. 6th June 2015 / 8:45 am

    Oh, I love this so much!

    We are planning room makeovers for both kiddies this year and this has given me a lot of inspiration for G’s room.

    You know, if you ever fancy coming to Norfolk you are more than welcome to decorate G’s room – I can pay you in cake! xxx

    • 8th June 2015 / 11:10 am

      Aaah I LOVE cake!! I wish Norfolk wasn’t so far from me – I’d take you up on that!! ;) x

  18. 15th August 2015 / 7:57 pm

    Just popped over from Tots 100 – what a beautiful room! You are one talented lady xx

    • 15th August 2015 / 8:50 pm

      Aaah thanks so much Megan — that’s SO lovely of you xxxx

  19. From Day Dot
    7th September 2016 / 8:04 am

    This is honestly amazing! I’m so impressed!! It’s perfect for a little girl and you’ve captured that magic faraway tree vibe perfectly! So clever #HomeEtc xx

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:13 pm

      I was so obsessed with those books when I was little!! So nice to create a space that reminded me of them!

  20. 7th September 2016 / 10:40 am

    Oh you put me to shame!!! 4 months later and I am still working on the girls room. I have done nothing since putting the bunk beds. This looks amazing. My girls would love a room like this. Can you come and do their room please? ;-) #HomeEtc

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:12 pm

      Haha!! You weren’t the only one to ask!! I had lots of people queuing up when I first did it… once was enough though!!! ;) Do it — your girls will love you for it!! It’s easy, I promise!! xx

  21. 7th September 2016 / 11:46 am

    that is stunning. I love the way you did the tree in the corner so it grows around the space and the lights are soo cute. My daughter would love a wall like that in her bedroom

  22. 7th September 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Gorgeous, I did very similar for Grayson’s first nursery 7 years ago, I have never actually blogged it, maybe I shall xxx

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:10 pm

      Yes — you SHOULD!! I wasn’t blogging when I did Amelia’s room — but took loads of photos of the process! So nice to be able to turn them into a blog post, all those years later! :)

  23. 7th September 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Absolutely STUNNING. Those alcove spaces are so difficult to decorate but I think you’ve done a fabulous job. Love how it looks like the trunk is coming out of the skirting board. Amazing!
    #HomeEtc

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:08 pm

      Thanks lovely!! I LOVE those alcove spaces!! Much easier to get creative and try to do something to fit the space, than work with a square wall :)

  24. 7th September 2016 / 5:19 pm

    WOW! that is truly amazing! WOW … just WOW #HomeEtc xx

  25. Amy Le Pelley
    7th September 2016 / 7:42 pm

    Wow! what a lucky little girl! She must have been soooo happy with this. I love the idea of lights on the wall. Thank you for sharing.

    • 19th September 2016 / 1:05 pm

      She was pretty chuffed! Amazing to think that she was 6 when I did that and she’s 11 now!!!! How time flies! xx

  26. 7th September 2016 / 9:30 pm

    What a beautiful wall! That really is quite special, I bet your friends daughter was delighted with it! I cant believe how talented you are, and this was how many years ago?! So, so so impressed :-) Emily #HomeEtc

    • 19th September 2016 / 12:59 pm

      Aah thanks so much lovely! It’s so weird — I wan’t even blogging when I did it — but took loads of pictures!!! I think I was a blogger in training! So nice to be able to share them now :)

  27. 8th September 2016 / 11:45 am

    Caro, that it just amazing. What a beautiful design and how clever are you! I also loved the Magic Faraway Tree and I can imagine Moon Face beaming away when he sees this (along with a very proud and excited owner.) Really lovely. #Homeetc

    • 19th September 2016 / 12:57 pm

      Aaah those books were so magical weren’t they? All this talk is making me want to go back and revisit them!!!

  28. 8th September 2016 / 2:32 pm

    You are a very talented lady, this is simply beautiful. The twinkly lights really make it truly magical – every little girl’s dream decor! #HomeEtc

    • 19th September 2016 / 12:56 pm

      Aaah thanks lovely!! I must admit, I’d have LOVED one when I was a little girl!!!

  29. 11th September 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Wow, just wow! I love this & my daughter would adore this in her room. We’re about to start decorating the outside of the shed at the bottom of our garden. My husband & daughter want a night theme with an owl sitting on a branch of a tree. I might employ some of the techniques you’ve used here. Great post! #HomeEtc

    • 19th September 2016 / 12:53 pm

      It’s so funny — I did it well before vinyl decals became a thing and these days you can buy really similar designs! SO easy to paint it though — and mush more fun! ;)

  30. 17th January 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Oh my gosh I love this! Nice work, very talented and hard working you must be. Can you do mine :P

    • 23rd January 2017 / 11:24 am

      Aah bless you Jessica!! It was so simple to do — really! And makes a nice change from vinyl decals too as you can have whatever you want! :)

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