The Guest room or The Jungle Room (as we like to call it) makeover is the first big room makeover we’ve done. The whole room was inspired by this beautiful wallpaper from Photowall of Sweden. They very kindly got in touch and asked if we would like some wallpaper. When I saw this print, of course I couldn’t say no! They’re also offering all readers 25% off any wallpaper with code kalanchoe2019.
During the ‘demolition’ phase, we were lucky enough to find floorboards under the fake wood flooring. We also removed the skirting and filled in all the holes in the walls.
With such a simple room, I knew I wanted to add character and panelling was the answer. To give texture and interest to the walls and bring height to the room, I made the panels thin rectangles rather than wide. Painting the paneling the same colour as the rest of the wall ensured the texture was there, but that it didn’t detract from the wallpaper or become too much in the room.
With the floorboards not in the best shape, we decided to paint them a matte white using a heavy duty paint. The contrast between the Monkey See Monkey Wah wallpaper, the Honu Lulu Paint and the white floor turned out exactly how I hoped it would.
To furnish The Jungle Room, I knew I wanted a mixture of new and old. To add character to the room, but also to keep the costs down. The cabinet was actually free from a jewellery shop that didn’t need it anymore. The two bedside table chairs were from an auction, where I also picked up the magnifying glass and the mirror.
It’s hard not to notice the bed. I knew with such a small room that the bed would be a big focal point. We knew we wanted a two person bed, but the space wasn’t big enough for a King. It was a toss up between a velvet headboard bed and a four poster. We decided against the headboard as we worried it would cover too much of the beautiful wallpaper. When we first put the bed in (from Crazy Price Beds), I really wasn’t sure about it, but it’s definitely grown on me! The duvet and pillows are possibly the comfiest I’ve ever slept in and are from Ikea. We paired them with a very simple white duvet cover and pillow cases. Then finished it off with these grey velvet cushions and the pink and gold cushions.
Continuing the jungle theme, we found these incredible black and white animal prints from Descenio. Ben and I both love animals and these photos are so beautiful. We knew we had to have the rhino with his bottom to camera too. For added cheekiness and a little bit of humour. After all, this is a playful room. The gold frames match perfectly with the sprayed gold door handles and curtain pole and add just another subtle colour.
The only other piece of art in the room is the African Tribal Chief, who hangs on the back of the door. My Dad said I could have a little search through the family art collection. I was immediately drawn to him. My Dad grew up in Kenya and I’ve always been inspired and intrigued by his early life there. Which I feel explains why I’m so interested in the people and culture of Africa. This particular piece of art is by an artist called J.P.Ludo who specialises in watercolour portraits of Tribal Men. I can’t find a lot about him online, but a few of his pieces can be bought at auction and it seems he was most active between the 1920’s and 1950’s.
Finally, the last few pops of green come from our fabulous Parrot lamp and the plants. Which were a gift from my sister and her boyfriend.
So, what do you think of The Jungle Room? All items are listed below so you can find them easily, if there’s anything you love!
I’ll be posting more room makeovers from now on as we manage to complete each room, that you can find easily in the Interiors section of my website.
Watch the full transformation below!