Explorer’s Bedroom

(AD – This post contains a gifted wall mural)

It isn’t any secret that moving house has been really difficult for the boys. During the whole process Sonny would say he was fine about everything but in reality he had started having broken sleep and asking more and more questions about all the things that had upset him in the past. Such as Wilfred, our Basset hound that died last year. It was as if he was feeling unsettled but didn’t know why and so asked about things he knew had made him sad previously. Obviously we have been really aware of making the process as fun as possible, focusing on all the new and exciting things and explaining how change can be such a good thing, but I wanted to really enforce that this new house could be special for the boys. With that in mind my intention has always been to decorate their rooms first and to really spend time working out what they love and what they could grow into.

Sonny is tricky because he just likes what his older brother likes. I am never fully convinced that he really likes football like he says he does. Often finding him secretly playing with toy cars when his brother is glued to a match. So when I see little glimmers of things that are just his interests I grab onto it. That was where the idea of an explorers bedroom began. On our holiday he showed so much interest in where we were and wanted to see a map. Then we sat down together and looked at some ideas. He is 5 years old so I had to help him otherwise we would have ended up with all the walls black (his idea).

We really started with a completely blank canvas. The beams in our old cottage meant I had steered clear from any patterns or bold prints because the rooms always looked busy as they were. I felt that I shouldn’t be detracting from the character of the property. This house however is perfect for me to be more playful with interiors and I find that really exciting! I feel like things will be really trial and error here. I am not an interior designer and I have never decorated a new property before.

Shark Bedding The White Company Throw Next Cushions Ikea Desk Made.com Chair Ebay

The wall mural from Rebel Walls is what started everything off. I immediately feel in love with it. The pattern is printed for the size of your wall so you don’t lose any of the map and they have loads of amazing designs. I love the tone and the detail. The sea isn’t just a flat colour it has this textured look to it when you look closer.

Bed, Bedside Table and Wardrobe The Cotswold Co Shelves Ikea

Explorer Books Amazon Lamp Ikea Camera’s Vintage

The desk seems a little premature for a 5 year old but he had seen one in another house when we were viewing properties before buying this one and he became absolutely adamant he needed one. I felt like this one from Made.com was a good compromise as it doesn’t take up much space and offers extra storage with the shelves. He is happy to sit here and colour in which is really cute to watch so I am happy I went with it and sacrificed a little bit on toy storage. Instead we have baskets under the bed and the bottom of his wardrobe is housing all the plastic toys which currently works really well.

Our old house was so cold and pretty gloomy at times so this new brighter space has been such a tonic. The boys now play in their rooms which never happened in the old house and it makes me a little lost at times. I find myself going and checking on them to make sure they are still there! Although these grey carpets would never have been my choice, they are so lovely for the boys to sit and play on and I think thats why they are spending so much time upstairs now!

I would love to know what you think! In the meantime it is back to Pinterest to start planning Harbor’s room!

Cara x



  1. Kate
    September 12, 2019 / 11:46 am

    Wow, adore it. You have an amazing eye and so many ideas to steal. Lucky sonny!

  2. Karen
    September 12, 2019 / 1:11 pm

    The map really makes the room! As a map lover myself I’ve always felt kids should get a good lesson in them! 😀 Sonny will know his world well because he has a lovely, loving Momma. It’s a great space.

  3. Leanne Hall
    September 12, 2019 / 5:02 pm

    I love it Cara, given me some inspo for my son’s room x

  4. Tess
    September 12, 2019 / 6:29 pm

    Absolutely love it. Momma did good. X

  5. September 14, 2019 / 9:56 am

    Love it! You’re right, the wallpaper really does bring the whole room together! Looks great, with a great colour hue (if that’s the right word!?), but also so educational for Sonny too – he’ll be great at Geography in no time I’m sure – subconsciously absorbing all the countries whenever he’s in his room. Such a lucky boy to have a Mummy with such stylish eye. I bet Harbour’s getting super jealous and is pestering you to get his room ‘made over’ too! Can’t wait to see what you come up with for that! I’ve got a nursery to decorate myself and no clue where to start… 🤔🤔

  6. Stacy
    September 17, 2019 / 10:07 am

    The desk is a great idea for a small space, thanks for the inspiration!

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