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The thing about children is that one minute they're tiny babies, the next they're whizzing off on adventures with friends! Take my daughter, Allie. She's turning twelve this October! Where has the time gone? Always a ray of sunshine, she can't go two steps without a cartwheel and loves to ski, play football (that's soccer to all my American friends!) and lately, has become passionate about fashion and interiors (hmmm, I wonder who she gets that from?).
I told you our house is messy / disorganised! I'm surprised there wasn't a pair of pants (UK version) on the floor! Chaos aside, this side of the room was dominated by low storage which was crammed with books, toys, cuddly bears and a load of other bits and bobs.
I've noticed that the toys have slowly started to collect dust and her room has become a place to hang out with friends, do homework and experiment with fashion, hair and make-up - in between making TikToks and doing backflips on her bed - not always in that order!
I asked Allie what she felt was missing and we narrowed it down to:
- A desk area with drawers
- A pinboard for small pictures, notes and general inspiration
- Book shelves - with book ends!
- A dressing table
- Good lighting
Oh, and the look and feel should have a hint of boho with lots of greenery, natural material and plants!
Just like the wardrobe system in my bedroom, this shelving system is centred around a series of vertical rods, to which you can click-in a whole tray of items such as shelves, drawers, clipboards, mirrors, hooks and more. For a children's bedroom it's an absolute dream! Here's a breakdown of the items we added:
The desk area
I particularly love that the desk height can be raised as she grows!
Sidenote: have you read 'The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse'? It's the sweetest book and a Brantmark family favourite!The pinboard
I made the pinboard using a cork board covered with stretched linen.
Slim hooks that click into place created a place for hairbands, necklaces, sunglasses... you name it!
The dressing table
A dressing table was highest on Allie's wish list! She's actually not allowed to wear make-up outside of the house yet, but she loves to experiment and have fun with it at home!
Oh, how I'd have loved to have had this setup when I was a kid!
The best thing of all, is that it's created so much space in the rest of her room, perfect for phase two of the make-over - rumour has it, Allie's planned a gallery wall with Per's old LPs, a garland of trailing ivy and there was a mention of a lava lamp! I'm looking forward to seeing the boho look unfold!
Oh, and in case you're wondering about the keyboard, there's space for it on the long desk but she might also use a stand instead.
I hope you have a relaxing, fun weekend planned. I'm heading off to Stavanger, Norway this evening to write a city guide for an English magazine - very exciting, Norway is my favourite country in the world! I hope I can squeeze in a trip to the fjords and a hike on the Saturday. If you'd like to follow along, I'll be sharing my trip on Instagram stories.
Trevlig helg! Have a great weekend!
Photography Niki Brantmark / My Scandinavian Home