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  • A mini toddler room tour

    Eliza’s toddler room is one of my favourites in our house. It’s bright, colourful and eclectic. I’ve been meaning to do a proper ‘room tour’ type post for ages because I love reading them (nosy) and in a couple of months she’ll be getting a Florence-shaped room mate, so it would be nice to have a record of how it is now.

    However, I’ve still not got round to doing that so in advance of a full tour, here’s a mini corner of her room.

    Toddler shelves and bunting - colourful and eclectic toddler room tour

    IKEA hack spice rack bookshelves and colourful toddler bedding

    Colourful toddler room tour

    So what’s in this corner of her room?

    We wanted a fairly neutral but bright room that would grow with her, with no overall theme, cartoon characters and not too much pink. We went for the fairly fail-safe combination of neutral off-white walls and a grey toddler-proof carpet (in the other half of the room there’s a huge wardrobe under the attic stairs, the original iron fireplace and shelving in the alcove where her chalkboard wall and reading corner is).

    The previous owner of the house loved (seriously, loved) putting up shelves and cupboards everywhere. We’ve ripped most of them out – including the weird built-in bedside table – but left in the box shelves above Eliza’s bed. We painted the shelves bright green – along with her door – and use them to store all of her treasured and precious things.

    The bunting was made out of my old childhood clothes by me and my mum when I was pregnant. And there are her blue Ikea spice rack bookshelves by the side of her bed to store some of her books.

    IKEA toddler bed and spice rack bookshelves

    She has a lot of pictures on the walls already, but these guys are waiting to go up. There’s a Crystal Palace postcard and London bus (with my old Zippy).

    Toddler room art - Crystal Palace postcard and London bus

    We were also sent some new bedding to review from Frugi, makers of children’s organic clothes. Eliza picked the bunting design in organic cotton. There are three different designs – animals, dinosaurs and flags – in cot bed and single bed size, and each set contains one duvet cover and one pillowcase. They’re all fun and fairly gender neutral.

     Eliza absolutely loves the bedding; she calls it ‘warm and soft.’ I like that it’s colourful and fun, but not too garish or cartoony.

    Frugi bedding - colourful and bright toddler bedding

    Cloud and rainbow cushion

    Don’t put it in the wash with anything pale though (I did, and it dyed everything an interesting shade of pink).

    The cloud cushion is one of her Easter presents, from Tiger, and the rainbow cushion is from a shop in Crystal Palace. I made the felt ball garland in matching colours to go on her bed. Her bed is the IKEA minnen (a toddler-sized bed that expands to a single).

    Although I’d heard of Frugi, it’s not somewhere I’ve looked before, and I had no idea there was a range of bedding. But it’s all made or organic cotton and the children’s clothes are sweet (and mums, did you know there’s also a range of breastfeeding clothes?)

    Oh hi!

    Colourful toddler room tour

    We were sent the Frugi bedding set to review for this post;  it costs £59 for the single set.


    1. April 8, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      I love Frughi clothes for the kids, they do nice non garish brights but I’d no idea they launched into bedding. I’m going to have to sit on my fingers until Pip is big enough for a duvet!!

    2. April 9, 2015 / 8:35 am

      I love that there’s such a personal story behind the bunting!

    3. April 9, 2015 / 8:39 am

      Oh Gill, I LOVE it!! I love that E’s room isn’t a stereotypical colour, but instead a burst of brilliant colour (bear certainly approves too!!) I think it’s great how simple yet effective her whole room is- & full of character at the same time. Also, Your bunting? What a wonderful idea 🙂 x

    4. April 9, 2015 / 12:43 pm

      Hey lady, would you like to design MY room? 😉 Because I could live amongst all of that colour quite happily! It’s truly gorgeous. Great job!

    5. April 9, 2015 / 7:55 pm

      Argh, I saw this cushion on the Tiger website today. I NEED it. Do you know that Tiger just doesn’t exist in the north? 🙁 I check their website just to punish myself with images of all the things I need and can’t have. This room is gorgeous, I love bright neutral kids rooms 🙂 x

    6. April 9, 2015 / 8:27 pm

      Oh i love it!! I have wanted that bed from Ikea for both the girls for a long time but my mum bought them little wooden ones so i cannot justify buying a new bed for them each when they already have one ha! Love the rainbow cushion too 🙂 x

    7. April 9, 2015 / 9:21 pm

      Oh I love it! Absolutely gorgeous, what a haven of bright, happy cheerfulness xx

    8. April 9, 2015 / 10:20 pm

      Such a cute room, I love everything, in fact I’ve just been pinning it which says it all really! xo

    9. August 8, 2015 / 1:22 pm

      Hi Gill,
      I love this specially the bedding.
      Thanks for sharing.

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