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Back to School - Interior Styling for the Little Ones.

January 20 2022 – Jayne Graham

It’s a New Year and for me that typically means I start looking around my home to see what rooms I can re-arrange and update.

This month, I’ve chosen to look at my kids’ bedrooms again, and get the little ones ready for back to school and the year ahead.  I must admit, my two are not so little anymore, in fact they are officially teenagers now (eek!) so my focus this year is going to be not only creating a space for them to relax in, but more importantly, a functional space for homework too.  I must also admit that this is me dreaming of what I would like to do in the kids room, as they won’t let me in to change it again just yet.  So if I could, this is what I would do!

The focal point for each room is going to be a new desk from Pop Up Desks. I’ve asked them to choose a colour (if I was to actually do this) and I've worked the accessories and styling around them.

My Sons Room


For Harry's room he chose the Essential Classic Pop Up desk in natural which has given me a little more free range to pick colours. I decided to take my lead from the My World Design cushion in olive by Pony Rider. Olive green is one of my favourite colours and fits with this year’s trend of earthy, natural colours.

The cushion design also features navy and red stitching which works well with Harry’s blue Mustard Made lockers that he put in his room last year. It was such a good choice to put a locker in his room as he uses it for his school bag, homework and footy gear keeping his floor relatively clear most of the time.

The royal blue colour pops against our white walls and light grey carpet so I’m going to keep the rest of the other colours fairly neutral, so they work tonally together.

For the wall I’m going to put up the Olivia wall clock by One Six Eight London. I love the simplicity of the design and the silent clock movement won’t distract Harry when he’s working or trying to get to sleep. He doesn’t need anymore distractions!

His desk needs a light on it, but I also wanted it to double as a night light. Despite just turning 13 he still likes to have something on at night. I’ve picked the Luna Pop Bear light. It’s the perfect colour to tie in with everything else plus it’s super cute but still edgy enough for him.

Both children have asked to have more plants in their room (this is actually going to happen) – they are so on trend! For Harry I’ve picked the corduroy planter pot in mint by Maine & Crawford. These lined planters are so cool and give his room a sophisticated and fun edge. Now I just need to decide on what plant to put in there that he won’t kill.

For his bed I chose another Pony Rider cushion – I love their designs. This one is so cute as it says ‘You’re some kind of wonderful’ on the front. Just a little reminder that Harry will always be my special little man.

Now for my daughters room.

Bella turns 15 in May and I can’t quite believe it. My little girl is growing up way too quickly. I want to make sure her room feels grown up enough for her while still maintaining a feel of fun and whimsy.

Essential Classic Pop Up desk

For the focus of her room, she chose the Essential Classic Pop Up desk in sage. Bella has added the Riser to her desk for her computer monitor and extra space underneath for when she’s doing her homework.

Because she went with the sage colour I wanted to choose and a piece of art that featured similar colours and would tie everything together. I chose the Caravan 3 print by Blackhaus Studios as its suits her to a tee, she keeps telling me she want a Combie one day to travel to the beach each day in (sounds like me at 15, I just wanted to have flowers painted all over it!).

The colours are so dreamy and makes me want to venture off around the world in a caravan. Even though my daughter is too young right now… I like to think that this picture will encourage her to dream and instil in her a love of travel.

The colour of the desk and print also work beautifully with the double ‘twinny’ she already has in her room. Bella went for the larger sized Mustard Made locker and uses hers for shoes and accessories.

The Jackson Wall Clock I picked out is very sleek, bold and minimal in black and white. It is by One Six Eight and I selected the 60cm one to make a statement. Bella has a large room, so larger pieces work well.

Similar to Harry, I have chosen a corduroy planter pot for the indoor plants but this time I went with the rose colour. I also picked out a ceramic koala planter, also from Maine & Crawford, to provide a little fun and innocence to Bella’s room - she is still my little girl after all.

Finally, to really make Bella’s room feel like a special place to hang out I would install the Otis Hanging Chair by McMullin & Co. It’s very glamourous and comfy so I’m hoping it would encourage her to snuggle up in there and read a good book instead of looking at Instagram. Ha a mum can dream! I would just need to check there is a beam in the roof that we could attach it too!

If you’re thinking of giving your children’s rooms a makeover then head over to the Little Ones Collection on the website where I’ve put together all my favourite pieces for styling kids’ bedrooms.  My poor kids I would be changing their rooms each quarter if I could! I love styling kids rooms!

Image Credit - Pop Up Desk @stylecurator