Marin’s Boho Cactus Room Reveal

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.IMG_7844

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.



Horse Inspired Girl’s Room – Equestrian In Training

Horse Inspired Girl’s Room – Equestrian In Training

When we were approached to design a Horse inspired bedroom we were intrigued, this was a first for us. We love getting to know our littlest clients, although Reese isn’t really that little. She is a very mature 9 year old that loves riding horses all year round. A horse inspired room wasn’t even a question for her.

Reese and I share a birthday just a couple days apart so I feel like we are on the same page when it comes to creativity. She’s got big ideas and will definitely put them to good use as she gets older.  She is a girl after my own heart and one of the sweetest little equestrians I know.

I sat down with Reese and she made it very clear that she loved horses, the color aqua and hanging with her friends any chance she could get.

I originally took what she had asked for and pulled in some of the elements she had mentioned. This was the original design board we presented to her.

Horse Inspired Girl's Room: Equestrian In TrainingWe showed this to Reese and she said “Well, it’s pretty but you don’t understand, I really like horses” Apparently the horse pillow I selected wasn’t cutting it! Ha! I love a girl that knows what she likes. Takes one to know one I guess. So I went back to the drawing board. Sometimes rooms evolve a little until it is just right. I took her comments to heart and gave her what I had hoped she really wanted.

This is what I showed her next!

Horse Inspired Girl's Room: Equestrian In TrainingThis was it, exactly what she wanted. I am pretty sure the horse mural sold her!

Ready to see how it turned out? Sometimes it is crazy to see how much the actual room looks exactly like I imagined it in my head and on my design board. This room was no exception.

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A reading nook was a must for Reese! She loves to read and she needed to have a comfy spot to plop down and get lost in a book.

Desk for homework? Yes please! Maybe doing homework will be just a little less tedious when you are doing it in your cute room…. we like to think so anyway.

Horse Inspired Girl's Room: Equestrian In Training

This art wall was especially fun for me to create. I love to make things so I took the opportunity to get creative an custom make a couple things special for Reese for her art wall.  I cross stitched the large “R” that I found at Hobby Lobby.  I found some yarn coordinating with the colors in her room and just made up the pattern as I went.

What about that cute unicorn on the wall? Well, the horse head was white, I found it at Homegoods and spray painted it gold. Gosh I love spraypaint!!

I crafted a horn out of some bendable cardboard and added different colored string with my trusty glue gun.

Last but not least, this roller skate is a little close to my heart. I loved to roller skate when I was little and so does Reese. I just had to design her a custom roller skate for her wall.  Yep, that is a real shoe lace. This cute skate is now available for purchase in our shop.

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Just a few more details to round our this happy little space.

Horse Inspired Girl's Room: Equestrian In Training

Horse Inspired Girl's Room - Equestrian In Training

What do you think?  Does this room make you happy?


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