We all need a Boho Cactus Room in our home right? Designing rooms in my own home is always a little daunting, but so much fun at the same time. It is funny because when I design for clients I feel like a have a clearer vision of what I want to do. When it comes to my own house I flip flop on ideas, fret about it and sometimes just sit on it for a while until the ideas start flowing. Marin’s new room was no exception to this!
When I told some of my friends that I was going to be re-designing Marin’s room they were shocked (Well, maybe just a little). I got a few responses like “what? you just did it”, “but it is so cute why do you want to change it?”
Yes, I still think it is cute but I designed it almost 5 years ago and well, I’m sick of it now! I guess that is just one of the bad things about being a designer, trends come and go and you want to keep things fresh. Here is the before of Marin’s room, this is what it has looked like since she was 2 1/2.
Awww, look at her, isn’t she cute! My baby has grown up way too fast. Now that Marin is in 1st grade I decided that I wanted to give her a room that had a little more room for her to hang out with her friends as well as an area for her to do her homework.
I collaborated with our friends at Serena and Lily to create a room for Marin that reflected her personality. Here is the design board that I came up with for her new room.
I was flipping through a Serena and Lily catalog and I totally fell in love with this daybed. This is their Avalon daybed and it is made from rattan and had the perfect Bohemian look I was going for! Once I laid eyes on this bed, I knew I had to build her room around it.
I love this rug because it has so many fun colors to pull out if it and use around the room. The rug has a vintage Turkish rug vibe that I was totally into, I knew it would add so much character to the room. Let’s move on to the cactus. This was such a labor of love for me. I designed on the computer and then cut each piece out of wood on a laser cutter. Once I had all the cactus pieces cut out, I hand painted them all with watercolor. Yes, I am a little crazy but I am so happy with how it turned out!
Here are the cactus after I cut them, next I laid them all out and numbered them so I could put them back together in her room.
This is a photo of the cactus once I painted them with watercolor. It took me about 6 hours to paint all of the cactus and I did it over several days, accompanied by Netflix of course!
I added a few silk flowers that I found at IKEA, the color and scale was perfect for what I was looking for. I attached the cactus to the ship lap walls with a pin nail gun. I can easily take them down and bring them with me when we move to our new home in a few months.
A desk area was a must in Marin’s room. She is very creative and loves to draw and do crafts. Let me promise you this, it is never this clean! The desk was one of my vintage finds that I had painted in a fun pink color. One of Marin’s favorite things in her room is the art print of the lady. She thinks it looks just like her:) We also love that the artist’s name is Maren! Find her print here on Etsy.
Let’s not forget what might be the best part of the room…… her hanging chair. This amazing chair is also from Serena and Lily and she loves it so much. Whether it is listening to music or reading books, it is always just a little more fun when it is in your very own swinging chair! Gosh she is growing up way too fast.
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.