With the girls going up to junior school this September, over the summer I have been renovating their room from the nursery look we’ve had since we moved in five years ago. I wanted a room that would reflect this passage from infant to junior but still allow them the freedom to play with dolls, teddies and their beloved LEGO sets. I don’t want them growing up too quickly as I know this moment passes in a flash and I’ll be dealing with hormonal tweens before I know it.
The room is long and narrow with a window at one end, it is surprisingly dark during the day but come bedtime it is the brightest room in the house as the sun travels down the window pane to bed. Curtains weren’t doing the job, not even lined ones. I tried a venetian blind and the company sent me through a different one to the one I has chosen but it was made to measure and given in exchange for a blog post so I kept it and didn’t complain.
However I needed a solution, the girls weren’t able to sleep and I could hear them messing around upstairs for ages past their bedtime.
I then bumped into The Shutter Store online. My mum has shutters in her house and they work. Every time we sleep there, the girls are out in minutes in a lovely dark room AND they’re not awake at the crack of dawn either. I got in touch and mentioned my problem and look …
Aren’t they perfect? We fitted them at the end of August and they make such a difference. It’s not complete darkness but enough, it’s perfect.
It was a very easy process too, I had to measure the inside of the window, depth and width, top and bottom to make sure there weren’t any differences, I had to decide on the width of the slat and I chose the largest, my thinking was less slats, less light right? I chose for two blinds to open concertina style to the right and one blind to open to the left, and they both swing right back against the wall if necessary. I chose the frame around the edge and then had to sit back and wait for them to be made to measure. I was quoted 8 – 10 weeks which is worth taking into consideration if you want them in time for the summer.
Verdict: I am over the moon with them. They look beautiful and are easy to clean, they are easy to manoeuvre although I tend only to tilt the slats most of the time. They do the job I wanted perfectly and I am very tempted to get more down in the other rooms. The cost is calculated on the site and you have to fit them yourself, (or ask your next door neighbour as we did). Our shutters came to £314.50 and there is a delivery charge on top of £15. You can choose for an express delivery which brings down the order-delivery time to 3-4 weeks for an additional 40% of the total cost of the shutters on top. All calculations are made via the website.
Girls bedroom ideas
I painted all the walls white to try and compensate for the dark gloom that this room tends to hold, I painted the wardrobes and woodwork and found some adorable door knobs in M&S for £3.50 each. I think they give a fabulous princess touch. (see picture below)
The shelves I found in Homebase online. I was looking for cubes that I could hang above their beds to hold books and light knick knacks that they tend to put all over the room, money boxes and Little Ponies. They cost £17.99 for the three (see Duraline Triple Cube)
The bedside drawers I also found in Homebase called Scandinavia 3 Drawer Bedside Chest for £39.99. They were self assembly and very easy to put together, the drawers are small but perfect for holding books, dolls, jewellery and seaside treasures.
My final surprise was the wall stickers from Tiny Me who I’ve spoken about in the past. They are an Australian company and make the most fantastic stickers and accessories for children. I fell in love with this Tree of Life and can honestly say it was really easy to put up. The beauty of these stickers is they can be peeled off the wall without losing their stick and reapplied elsewhere, I did change a few birds and flowers a couple of times until I got it as I wanted it.
I added some fun Colourful Twinkle Stars that glow in the dark, they have become an evening ritual now, we turn all the lights on whilst they get into bed and we have a cuddle and then after about ten minutes we turn all the lights out and watch the stars glow in the dark. £5 from the Science Museum shop, I used two packets but Dad wants me to get another couple and cover the entire ceiling, men eh!
Another favourite of mine is the letters above the shutters BFF, I found them in a motorway cafe on the way to Dorset this summer and they were about £4.95 each.
Last remaining job to complete is to paint the shelves white and to tidy them up. There’s always something isn’t there? Oh and change the beds, I can’t believe with all the duvet covers I have in the cupboard I’ve taken these photos with the same covers I took five years ago! See top link to venetian blind ;)
Disclosure: The Shutter Store kindly sent us the above mentioned shutters in return for a review, all opinions are my own. Excellent service all the way through and the blinds are perfect. Tiny Me sent me the gorgeous wall stickers for girls bedroom you see above and not only I am happy with it but the girls were over the moon when they saw it. The Science Museum shop gave us the Colourful Twinkle Stars on a visit to their Bluewater store last Christmas