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The Sassiest Little Bedroom Makeover

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A spring clean in my house means only one thing – decorate, decorate, decorate! I decided that I’d tackle my twins’ bedroom first. They’re going to be 2 years old this month – where has the time gone? I thought that it was time to give their rather dull bedroom a revamp, so who better to ask for help than one of our very own Sassy Mama contributors – the very talented Kath Hawkes from House of Hawkes?

Kath has just launched an e-design service, which made her the perfect choice for this project (that and the fact that she is simply one of the nicest people we’ve ever met). Her e-design package allows you to decorate a room within your budget and at your own pace. After a brief consultation on the colour scheme and style I was trying to achieve, Kath put together a mood board, room layout, shopping list and comprehensive installation guidelines.

House of Hawkes mood board

So Kath and her team got down to business with a maximum two week time line. The walls were painted white from cream, the stripy curtains were taken down and we added bespoke white blinds with a touch of bright yellow, keeping the stripy fabric for scatter cushions and a bean bag (love a bit of upcycling!).

before and after one

To add more colour into the room Kath added a bright yellow rug and sheepskins. The ceiling light was changed to bright red matching a large mirror which we painted the same colour. We added Marquee lights above the twins cot in an S and R (twins initials), replaced the floating shelves with picture ledges to display books and wall art and added a fabulous new teepee with garlands and lights which totally changed the look and feel of the room – all topped off by some perfectly positioned pictures.

The furniture in the bedroom hadn’t been changed since newborn days (changing table, small wardrobe etc) so we upgraded to a chest of drawers and a large 4 door vintage white wardrobe.

before and after two

The twins (plus their big sister and mama and dad) love their new room – especially hiding in the new wardrobe and taking books into the teepee. Kath has created a little piece of tranquility while keeping it fun and playful – all to my budget –  and always with a huge smile.


Get the Look


  1. Yellow Rug – Ikea
  2. Cushions – Sense Furnishing
  3. Blinds – Sense Furnishing
  4. Garlands – Etsy
  5. Day Bed – Ikea
  6. Toy bags – Monpetitzoreol
  7. Other artwork – Typo
  8. Red light – Ikea


  1. Bunny Night Light – Babysouk
  2. Green heart light – Typo


  1. Sheepskins – Ikea and John Lewis
  2. Wardrobe – Cottage Chic
  3. Brother / Sister posters – Babysouk
  4. Teepee – Babysouk


  1. Cots – Mothercare
  2. Chest of drawers – Ikea
  3. Name posters – Not on the high street
House of Hawkes offers an e-design service which provides virtual decorating assistance to clients anywhere in the world for a flat fee. Clients will be asked to submit photos, room measurements and inspirational images of their ideal style for the room(s) in question. Following a video or phone call to discuss all requirements, a mood board, floor plan, shopping list and detailed instructions on how to implement the new look will be sent by email. Clients benefit from a design service that accommodates their specified budget and a decorating plan that can be implimented at their own pace. 
For Dubai residents, full installation of your e-design is also an option. To get in touch with Kath, you can contact her at Want to follow her interior design musings? Check out her blog House of Hawkes here.

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