Harbor’s Room Makeover

I think that I have a very mature 6 year old. Not in one of those ‘my boy is so talented’ mother ways. He just is, he chooses to sit and do maths over playing with toys. Its very endearing but not what I expected having a 6 year old to be like. Anyway this gave me the slightly unusual task of finding a way to decorate his room that reflected his personality. I also, as with all of my house, wanted it be be in keeping with the style that I love. I have this motto that I only buy things that I would happily have in any room. It means that there is always going to be a Minion ban. Unless Graham & Green come up with a way of making them cool that is. It also gives me the freedom of moving things from room to room which I often do.

I stumbled upon this Badger bedding by Anorak and it all started from there really. A badger’s den, a gentleman’s den and so a theme was born. Loosely speaking. I started searching badgers and found this animal head wall decoration from Sew Heart Felt. It had a little green bow on it which I removed as I felt it clashed with the bedding and now I love its simplicity. It won’t take a genius to see my train of thought from the wall decoration to this Bowler hat light. It is such a statement light and I’m in complete awe of it.

Harbor used to have a tiny white wardrobe from when he was little but it just didn’t sit right in the room as we have no straight lines in this house! So I replaced it with these drawers that I found on eBay. Which I kinda want to steal and put in the dining room but I’m resisting the urge as they look so sweet in here. As Harbor loves reading I indulged a little bit and found this amazing chair in Homesense. I love the idea of him having a place to do things. A place to read in this chair and a place for his drawing on his desk.

This Milan hanging rail from Tutti Bambini is being used as a little dress up station while we are in the summer holidays. However I intend to make this for his next days school uniform once he is back to school as I always hang it out for him overnight. This little rail is perfect for small spaces and its a lovely child friendly height too.

If you have been following me on Instagram for a while then you will know I have been struggling to source blinds for this room. All our windows are slightly odd shapes and after trying to work out whether some larger companies actually do velcro back blinds I contacted The old Goose House through Instagram. Jo came to my house and measured and made these pom pom blinds for me. A bespoke service that actually worked out cheaper than blinds2go and other big companies.

I saw this penguin framed print on Made.com but felt it was too expensive. Thankfully eBay had the same one for half the price!

Harbor has seen the room come together slowly over the last few weeks. I would have loved for him to go away and do a 60 minute makeover style reveal to him but that just isn’t real life is it. He absolutely loves his new space and keeps grabbing and hugging me to say thank you. Although he would have been happy with anything as he is so easy going, I do feel that this room suits him and will grow with him too.

Where Is it All From

Bedding by Anorak

Bowler Hat Light by Mr J designs

Red Throw on Bed by Made.com

Bedside table Ebay and painted in Annie Sloan Paris Grey

Peg Board by Lakeland

‘Harbor’ bunting by Not On The High Street

Reading Chair by Homesense

Milan hanging rail by Tutti Bamini

‘OH’ letters by The Modern Nursery

Penguin print eBay

Badger Wall decoration and rug by Sew Heart Felt

Tin Car by The White Company

Let me know what you think!





  1. Laura Holmes
    August 22, 2017 / 2:07 pm

    Love this room Cara!!
    I am due my first baby in 9wks time, and I move this weekend – LIFE IS MANIC.
    But Harbour’s room has inspired me with my nursery. I already have a patchwork faux bison head which is going to go over the cot, the colours are so vibrant and I am so excited to get it up!
    We aren’t going for a colour theme as such (we don’t know the gender, plus I hate the stereotypical pink/blue), so bright colours seem to really work well with our grey carpets and white walls.

    Thank you for always inspiring me, and giving me ideas to try different things!

    Laura xx

    • Cara
      August 22, 2017 / 2:20 pm

      Ah congratualtions! 6 weeks will fly by. How exciting that you don’t know if its boy or girl!

  2. Jan
    August 22, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    Such a perfectly aligned room to his personality. No wonder he keeps saying Thankyou, you deserve it x

    • Cara
      August 22, 2017 / 2:20 pm

      Ah thats a lovely thing to say. Thanks Jan xx

  3. Caroline
    August 22, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    The room looks amazing. Thank you so much for sharing where you got items from. Just purchased the dressing rail at a bargain price for my little girl. It is her birthday next week and she has a few new dress up out fits and I’m fed up of them being screwed up in a drawer!! Xx

    • Cara
      August 22, 2017 / 5:49 pm

      Ah amazing! its such a handy little rail. x

  4. Abi
    August 22, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Cara I think this is the most beautiful room. Harbor always sounds like such a sweetheart, and I love the fact you’ve given him space for all his favourite things. What a lovely mum you are! My daughter is a nightmare at times (we like to call her ‘spirited’) and would probably tell me she hated any new room design, even if she secretly loved it!!!

  5. Tracey Miller
    August 22, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Love this. Great balance for his age, it’s a boys room but not too childish (or garish!). The baskets, rug, pictures and rail are all lovely touches.

  6. Rachel
    August 23, 2017 / 10:55 am

    Gorgeous job! My seven year old is due a room makeover so you’ve inspired me to get cracking! Harbor’s a lucky boy! Xx

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