It’s no secret that we’re big fans of boho styling, so we’re delighted to be getting the inside track and source list for two-year-old Sophie’s stunning Scandi-inspired bedroom. The mastermind behind this peachy perfect creation is Mexican mama, Susana. She lives with her husband and two children, Sophie and Sebastian, in Scotland and spends her spare time renovating their 1960’s bungalow. Aside from keeping herself busy with interior design, Susana is soaking up the final months of maternity leave and preparing to return to work at the end of the year.
A quick peek at Susana’s little squares reveals a love of neutral tones, natural materials and an abundance of pared-back whitewashed floors. It’s a colour palette that shouts simplicity, style and balance – not necessarily attributes readily associated with the presence of little people!
Susana favours a clean and minimalist approach to décor, but it’s in the children’s bedrooms where we see warming splashes of terracotta, apricot and autumnal tones.
At first glance, we can see that Sophie’s bedroom is brimming with detail, but meticulous planning and a well-conceived theme save it from sensory overload. Though a contradiction in terms, it’s a calm busyness that resides here, and that’s largely down to the wonderfully serene colour palette, a fusion of pale papaya, creams, nudes and naturals. The Oliver furniture bed was a must-have on Susana’s shopping list and is among the things she loves most about the room.
No self-respecting Scandi boho room scheme would be considered complete without a treasured watercolour sketch from Mrs Mighetto. Here it’s the aptly chosen ‘Flower Girl’ print that brings a magical touch of delicate drama and floral fantasy to the pristine white walls. Beneath hangs Mikanu’s hand-crafted wicker basket, shaped like a zesty lemon and perfectly positioned for the safeguarding of charming bedtime storybooks. A trio of graceful swans from Cam Cam Copenhagen dangle delicately from within the shelter of a vintage effect canopy, ready to lull a sleepy head to dreamy other worlds.
One of the great wonders of childhood is the friendships we form along the way, and we all know there’s great comfort in cosying up with a special teddy or prized plush toy. In Sophie’s case, it’s Moomintroll, and Maileg’s jumpsuited bunny who patiently endure make-believe stories and the familiar role-play of tea parties.
Susana’s considered palette is no happy accident. One of her essential tips for a kid’s room makeover is to start with a mood board. Whether a physical stick and paste tear-sheet creation or using a digital app, she says that this is the only way to work towards a specific colour scheme and visualise the end result before purchasing anything. You can see how she skillfully introduces non-permanent hues in the accessories and soft furnishings. In this case, it’s a splash of Sienna Brown from Nobodinoz’ Oasis bean bag. It’s the perfect relaxed seating for this cosy reading nook, and Dozy Dinkum seems to think so too! Gathre’s alphabet poster has found an appropriate home here, ready to assist with letter recognition under the watchful eye of H&M Homes’ infamous plush giraffe.
A reading corner is a must, and what better way to denote this than with a wooden ‘Once Upon a Time’ sign by @cutitnow.pl. Of course, it’s IKEA’s Bekvam spice racks that come to the fore as bookshelves. Is there really any other way?
Natural materials are a key feature in Sophie’s room, and it’s this expanse of bare wood that brings harmony and peace to this wonderfully tranquil room.
Giant flowers adorn the walls and deliver a dash of drama that vibes well with the natural ethos of Sophie’s room. The ‘Here Comes The Sun’ wall stickers also reinforce the boho theme with grace and authority. Amidst the blooms, we find more hanging accessories, a sweet crocheted rainbow rattle by @mainsauvage and a personalised love note sign by @hagelens. Sweet dreams Little Love, indeed.
This is what happens when wood becomes a hue! Layers of naked wood and pine behave mysteriously like a colour, creating a subtle orange glow that’s both warming and inviting.
Many wooden toys take refuge in IKEA’s Ivar cabinet, including a shape sorter and puzzle by @woodenstory. There’s also the multitalented Bartholomew, the dog, who serves as both a counter and rattle. Atop the cabinet, there’s more eco wooden revelry in the form of percussion instruments by @kidsconcept.
Less is more on Ferm Living’s circular shelf with an edited collection of tonal toys positioned with a precision that suggests the presence of serious patience and a tape measure! We love the subtle addition of crisp white in Cam Cam Copenhagen’s peacock rattle and the lettered building blocks that leave us in no doubt who this room belongs to.
Several background themes are running throughout Sophie’s room design, and one of them is ‘hanging’ accoutrements. Here a repurposed mug rack plays home to a duo of tassel dolls by @littleediebeadie and another wooden plaque by @hagelens.
One of the features we appreciate most in Sophie’s room is the zoning of distinct areas. There’s a cosy reading nook, a designated space for sleeping and a site dedicated to play and exploration. Again, it’s a concept that Susana stresses parents should consider when embarking on a DIY project. She urges them to think about their children’s interests and hobbies and build space into the room design to accommodate them.
IKEA’S Duktig kitchen provides the focal point in this role play area, framed neatly by a beige Doily rug by @zuri_home, and we love the subliminal “Relax, it’s only magic’ message on the banner by Seb and Charlie Design.
The wooden décor is one of the attributes Susana favours most about her design concept. Most of her inspiration is fuelled by boho and Scandinavian accounts on Instagram. She says the space is ever-evolving and imagines in the future thatt it will feature a larger desk to accommodate Sophie’s love of drawing.
For now, Sophie’s room is full of juvenile cues and treasured natural toys with a design lovingly curated by her doting mother. Susana predicts there will be fewer toys as Sophie matures, and the room will evolve. The beautiful boho direction is sure to endure, and we’re more than certain the @miniland dolls, and dolls pram by @oohnoo will become heirlooms passed on for generations to come.
Thank you! @susana_alheli !
Bed : Oliver Furniture I Canopy, swan mobile, star cushions, peacock rattle : Cam Cam Copenhagen I Bedding : No 74 I Pendant shade : La Redoute UK I Miffy lamp : Mr Maria I Table, chair, dolls pram, alphabet blocks : Ooh Noo I Rocking horse : Bambino by Juliana I Bean bag : Nobodinoz I Brown jute rug : Bloomingville MINI I Camel crochet hanging baskets, beige crochet rug and ottoman : Zuri House I Flower girl print : Mrs Mighetto I Lemon wall basket : Mikanu I Alphabet wall poster : Gathre I ‘Relax it’s only magic’ banner : Seb and Charlie Design I Round shelf, pear basket, apron : Ferm Living Kids I Feather growth chart, butterfly hook, daily routine and signs ‘sunshine’ ‘sweet dreams’ ‘scorpio’ : Hagelens I Flower door name sign, apple mirror, wooden sign ‘once upon a time’ : Cut It Now I Wooden name plaques : Newborn Cub I Moon letter board : Pine + Pear Co I Rainbow hanging rattle : Main Sauvage I Tassel dolls : Little Edie Beadie I Wooden cabinets, kitchen, book shelves : Ikea UK I Broom and dust pan : Zara Home I Kitchen utensils and grocery set : Flexa UK I Musical instruments and kitchen pantry bottle set : Kid’s Concept I Stacking and shape sorter wooden toys : Wooden Story I Bear stacking toy, dog rattle and pull along duck : Sarah and Bendrix I White plush toy : Moomin I Bunny in jumpsuit : Maileg I Dozy Dinkum doll and Piki Rattan basket : Olli Ella I Dolls : Miniland I Dolls knitted sets : Tadaaam Brand I Giraffe : H&M Home
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