A Timeless Teenage Bedroom Makeover with Laura Ashley

Home Heart Harmony Timeless Teenage Bedroom Makeover with Laura AshleyIf you follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen the very exciting news that our daughter’s bedroom reveal is being shared over on the Laura Ashley blog as we speak. As a lifelong fan of Laura Ashley products, receiving an email from them asking me to write a post for their blog was more than a little exciting (I may have jumped around the kitchen a few times with the husband when the email came in!) So, if you haven’t already, pop over there to see the reveal and be sure to come back again when you’re done so that I can fill you in (as promised) on all the nitty gritty about the bedroom update and how everything came together….

Home Heart Harmony Timeless Teenage bedroom makeover with Laura AshleyThere, all done? O.k, let’s get down to it. I’m just going to scatter pictures randomly throughout this post (I took about a million, it’s a shame not to use them ;-)) As I mentioned, the wallpaper was Laura Ashley’s ‘Josette’ in duck egg. You all know I have a bit of a love affair with duck egg and when my daughter, Ella, suggested she would like to use that colour in her room, I was completely on board. Ella was also very keen to have the faux-panelling we had used in her brother’s bedroom so we decided that panelling with wallpaper above would be the best way forward.

Home Heart Harmony Timeless Teenage bedroom makeover with Laura AshleyI posted a ‘how-to’ for the panelling here so I won’t bore you further explaining how we did that but just suffice to say, it really is so easy and the result is very striking – I feel it’s worth the extra time. I have actually developed quite a love for painting and it turns out that practise does make perfect as my skills are definitely improving! (Let’s face it, they couldn’t get any worse!)

Home Heart Harmony Timeless Teenage bedroom makeover with Laura AshleyWe already had most of the furniture in the room and the only additional items purchased were the slimline chest of drawers and the antique chair which we scored for a bargain (£30!!) on Gumtree. It was a bit stained and battered but we used this tutorial to clean the upholstery which left it smelling lovely and looking a great deal better and I’m thinking about painting the legs to lighten them up a bit. We may even attempt a bit of re-upholstery at some stage.

Home Heart Harmony Timeless Teenage bedroom makeover with Laura AshleyThe over-bed units are two HEMNES bookcases with a bridging unit between and the desk and hutch are from the same IKEA range as well. Everything is in the ‘white stain’ finish which is a more natural, whitewashed wood look than the regular ‘white’.

Home Heart Harmony Timeless Teenage bedroom makeover with Laura AshleyWith regard to accessories, we decided to opt for a peachy/pink accent colour to bring a touch of fun to the otherwise very ‘grown-up’ scheme. We found the paper lanterns, chair cushion and the bird decoration on the white basket at Primark.

Home Heart Harmony Timeless Teenage bedroom makeover with Laura AshleyThe desk tidy, small vase, water carafe, jelly bean jar and the ribbon used to decorate the IKEA plant pots were from Tyger and the lamp was from IKEA. The curtains, white bedding and all the storage boxes were also from IKEA and the glass light shade was from Homebase. I must say, I’m quite enjoying catching this view every time I walk along the landing at the moment – I may or may not have to keep popping back upstairs to peep in!!

Home Heart Harmony Timeless Teenage bedroom makeover with Laura AshleyIf I have missed anything, please do leave a comment and I will happily provide sources. All that’s left to say is that our little lady is over-the-moon with her new bedroom and we are all living in hope that she might actually be motivated to keep it tidy for more than 10 minutes – we can hope, right?!

Shall we finish with a  quick ‘before and after?’

Before….Home Heart Harmony - A Tasteful Teenage Bedroom

And After…

Home Heart Harmony Timeless Teenage bedroom makeover with Laura Ashley

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TDC Before and After

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26 comments

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Gemma, I do love the wallpaper! I’m tempted to use it elsewhere in one of the other colour options. It’s just so pretty! Thanks for stopping by xx

  1. Jane Taylor says:

    Hi Sue, Its my first time here. I love what you have done with the room and I am having a bit of a love affair with Ikea at the moment myself and can spot some things we have in our eldest daughters woom (Hemnes Desk). We went for lots of blue/white in our youngest’s Ikea Hack bedroom and it is so bright and breezy…So I am a convert.

    The pictures in this post are lovely, by the way. Having done some makeover posts myself I totally get how much time goes into staging it before you can even take a photograph. Plus there’s the decluttering and tidying…It is a kid’s bedroom after all 😉

    Well done! It’s fab. Thanks for sharing. #HomeEtc

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks so much Jane. I checked out your IKEA hack bedroom and was so impressed with what you did with the bed! Thanks for your lovely comments on the photos – you are right about the prep. My children would laugh because I had them very much on board as my ‘photographer’s assistants’ and we were running around like crazy people trying to get everything done before the rain came in and the good light was lost (we had a forecast for afternoon rain!) It was slightly stressful so your comment means a lot! :-)

  2. Lins @ Boo & Maddie says:

    What a transformation, that colour is so delicate and grown-up. I love that Laura Ashley have updated and stayed with the times, I remember how chintzy they used to be in the 80s when my Mum shopped there all the time and it was floral overload. Such a great job X #HomeEtc

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      I agree Lins, I remember when we bought our second home in 1999, the wallpaper in the living room was a huge floral print from Laura Ashley and I couldn’t wait to get rid of it!! Now, they are the first place I look for wallpaper, I just LOVE their designs. Thanks so much for stopping by xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks so much Kara, we are so delighted with it and that’s exactly what we were after – a space in which she could grow happily into and beyond her teens. xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      :-) Thanks Tamsin, it’s so funny, when Ella picked out that pink flowery paper at the age of 7, we thought it was great but it soon wore thin!! I think that’s why the subtle pattern of the ‘Josette’ paper appealed so much! xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks so much Molly, she is pretty delighted with it! I had been hoping it might inspire her to keep things a bit tidier and so far it seems to be working – time will tell how long that lasts! 😉 xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Hayley, my Mum found the chair and it’s just perfect for that spot, I was so pleased. We were going to try our hands at re-upholstery but I’m not sure I want to now!! xx

  3. Jo from Organised Jo says:

    Wow, what a great transformation, I can see why you and your daughter are so happy with it. I am also having a love affair with duck egg colour at the moment. First time I’ve visited your blog and I am sure I will be back to see some more of your great posts. #homeetc

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Jo, I just love the duck egg. Bluey/greens are my absolute favourite and our house seems to be gradually moving over to that sort of hue room by room which wasn’t my plan but has just happened. Thanks so much for stopping by, I would love to see you back here again! xx

  4. mamasvib says:

    What a lovely room for a teenager. So sophisticated without being to grown up. I love the colour palette – I wish my teenage room had been this gorgeous! So great to have found your lovely blog via #HomeEtc.

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Bonita, so glad to have been found! I’m so hoping the room will be a happy hangout for Ella and her friends! xx

  5. Caro | The Twinkle Diaries says:

    LOVE IT!!! That is one lucky girl — I’d be happy in that room myself! 😉 Its such a difference from the original room isn’t it? So calm and serene — and I LOVE the chair. I’d definitely paint the legs if I were you :) Thanks so much for linking up with us Sue! Caro x #HomeEtc

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks so much Kerry, it certainly is loads lighter! I think a big part of that is because of the carpet, that awful blue one was crying out to be ripped up but we just never had room in the budget!

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Jess, I would definitely be happy with her room too! Trouble is, now I’m thinking we need to re-decorate our room as well. I think the hubs might have a few words to say if I suggest it tho! Thanks so much for hosting xx

  6. Mrs H says:

    I absolutely love this. The transformation is amazing. Her room looks so grown up but it is still pretty and girly. I also love the combination of the White furniture, the duck egg blue and the accents of pink. Beautiful. #HomeEtc (I’m sorry that it has taken me so long to comment). Hugs Lucy xxxx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks so much Lucy, I’m so happy our gorgeous girl now has a lovely room to take her into her teenage years and beyond. xx

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