Elsa’s Bedroom Makeover Reveal

I last decorated Elsa’s room about 18 months ago & still really loved it but with the new addition of window shutters to complete the front of the house, I felt that it would just be too ‘white’. Shutters give off the most beautiful calming crisp white light to a room so with already white walls & furniture, I didn’t want it to feel cold….plus you know me, I love a good excuse to decorate.

What started as ‘I’m going to paint the walls grey’ actually turned into a pretty big makeover & although the room still has the same furniture & basic principles, it’s changed quite a bit & has an entirely new feel to it which hopefully you’ll agree is even more beautiful than before.

So first up is some ‘before’ pictures to give you an idea of what I was working with –

I immediately knew I wanted to use Farrow & Ball ‘Cornforth White’ which I’ve also used in the playroom & really is the most gorgeous ‘true’ pale grey. I always find that grey can be a really hard colour to get right as it has so many undertones which can definitely play with paint & give off a blue, green, violet or taupe look.

Considering grey is quite a cold colour, it actually warmed the room up massively compared to the previous white walls.

I also used Farrow & Ball ‘Pink Ground’ to repaint the chest of drawers as I was never really happy with the existing tone of pink, it was too ‘baby pink’ rather than blush/peach. You can see how I did it originally here & here.

The shutters arrived last week & Mr The Home That Made Me got to work fitting them. I buy all my shutters from California Shutters & honestly couldn’t recommend them more…we did a little time-lapse of fitting them & in total it took 36 minutes to fit a large box bay window which isn’t bad going!

If you’re looking for shutters then they’ve extended my 25% off discount code until the end of September with ‘MHTMM25‘.

As I’d gone for cafe style, we still needed curtains to block out some of the light from the top stained glass proportion of the window & also soften the room with the use of soft furnishings so off I trotted off to Ikea. I found these LENDA curtains which are the same as the ones in our bedroom & living room….they are fairly thin so not great at keeping light out but I thought with the shutters it wouldn’t be too bad.

If you watch my Instagram stories then you’ll have seen my mental breakdown over spending hours taking these up then sewing on some heading tape to make them pencil pleat style but the WRONG WAY ROUND. Ahhhh! Anyway, luckily my lovely Mum came to the rescue & sorted them out before I abandoned all hope & set fire to them.

I also decided to jazz them up a bit by adding some grey jumbo pom pom trim along the edges & also on to the tie backs just to give them a bit of character. I absolutely love how they’ve turned out! I even used my glue gun to pop some leftover around the lamp.

The gallery wall was given a bit of a rearrange & we added the large E wooden monogram which was originally on the wall over the bed. This was made by Loupy Designs who has now closed unfortunately!

The plan for the chimney breast wall was to put striped (vertical rather than horizontal) wallpaper & use just simple white & blush pink however the design I ordered came yesterday & had a strange mottled effect through it so the room isn’t technically finished just yet as I’m still on the hunt for some paper OR if not then I’ll have to resort to painting the stripes myself (tutorial here from when I painted the previous stripes).

The bed was moved sideways to increase floor space (although the room is huge already) & give it a bit of a change up…also she’s still so tiny that if she lies that way then she just has a giant bed to roll until her hearts content. I added new bedding which is the VAGTISTEL from Ikea, a gorgeous soft pink. I’m still on the hunt for cushions & other pretty bits to accessorise the bed but these things will come together over time.

Lastly, I changed up some of the little accessories such as adding these gorgeous blush & gold hangers from Primark to the dressing up stand.

I really hope you all love it as much as I do!

Still a few bits left to do such as the chimney breast wall & I’d also love a big fluffy white sheepskin rug, some cushions/throws to accessorise the bed but these things all come with time, something I’ve been lacking the past few weeks. I can’t wait to show you once these bits have been completed too.



  1. Dawn homeofthehydes_x
    August 18, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Love it Charlotte! I’ve been waiting for this transformation as I knew It would be beautiful. Well done xx

    • Amy Craig
      August 18, 2017 / 3:36 pm

      Love it Charlotte. Lucky little girl! xxx

  2. Cassie Ferguson
    August 18, 2017 / 12:23 pm

    Room goals! ❤️ I’ve definatley got some inspiration from this room! Xx

  3. Katie
    August 18, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    So so beautiful! Dunelm have some beautiful sheepskin rugs!

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      August 18, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      Ohhh I’ll have to go have a look, I looked in Ikea but they are all quite small x

  4. August 18, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    That’s so pretty. I love the grey walls, I am really into grey lately and have started to try and redecorate my sunroom area. I bought grey and white striped pom pom voiles from primark and ordered pom pom edging online for tiebacks. So great minds think alike with the pom pom edging. I also bought a light blush/pink rug as I had a mad pink one there are it was too jazzy. I love all the colours and accessories in your home. Thanks for all the inspiration.

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      August 18, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      Pom poms for life! x

      • August 18, 2017 / 2:15 pm

        Great minds indeed! I have just added pom poms to light shades and bathroom curtains! Love the room Charlotte x

      • August 18, 2017 / 2:15 pm

        Great minds indeed! I have just added pom poms to light shades and bathroom curtains! Love the room Charlotte x

  5. Clare
    August 18, 2017 / 12:50 pm

    Just beautiful charlotte I love it … can I ask, as I notice there isn’t a wardrobe in Elsa’s room, do you use the chest of draws instead for her clothes? Clare @greywithahintofpink xx

  6. Clare
    August 18, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    Just beautiful charlotte … can I ask, as I notice there isn’t a wardrobe in Elsa’s room, do you use the chest of draws instead for her clothes? Clare @greywithahintofpink xx

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      August 18, 2017 / 12:59 pm

      Thanks Clare! I just fold clothes rather than hang them up – these drawers are huge so more than enough room! x

  7. Stacey Raynor
    August 18, 2017 / 1:09 pm

    Stunning! I’m slightly jealous of her giant four poster bed! Xx

  8. Grace Kinnear
    August 18, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    I don’t have any children, so I really don’t know why I was so weirdly excited to see this little girls room revamp. But it’s totally gorgeous. Cannot wait to see the finished look. Fabulous tasteful ideas as always.

    Grace X

  9. Jemma
    August 18, 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Just beautiful x (my little girl is also Elsa and she is 4 too) – she would love thus bedroom ?

  10. Kassie
    August 18, 2017 / 2:27 pm

    So so beautifu ?l. I love your Instagram page, makes me motivated to take pride in my home ?

    Also you do the best stories?

  11. August 18, 2017 / 3:30 pm

    Fabulous as always Charlotte! Love the grey walls and Pom poms ???. I felt for you that weekend when you were so tired – I don’t know where you get your energy from – but can I have some please? Those shutters look amazing – I bet Elsa loves sleeping in there ?Xx

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      August 18, 2017 / 5:22 pm

      I don’t know where I found the energy either…this weekend is definitely a more relaxed one thank goodness 🙂 x

  12. Stacey
    August 18, 2017 / 3:39 pm


    Would you mind letting us know where the unicorn on Elsa’s wall is from?.

    Thanks in advance

    Stacey x

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      August 18, 2017 / 5:21 pm

      It’s from Homebargains lovely – think it was about £5! x

  13. laura
    August 18, 2017 / 3:46 pm

    beautiful what a lovely little girls room xxxxxx

  14. Beth
    August 19, 2017 / 5:42 am

    Gorgeous little girls room! Do you mind me asking where the book ledges are from please? X

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      August 19, 2017 / 11:28 am

      They were ikea that I spray painted x

  15. Jess
    August 20, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Beautiful!! Can I ask where Elsa’s dressing up stand is from please? X

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      August 21, 2017 / 2:14 pm

      It’s linked lovely! x

  16. Amanda
    August 20, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Elsa’s room looks fab Charlotte job done well indeed. I love Cornforth white seriously considering decorating my living room this colour xx

  17. Sophia
    August 23, 2017 / 10:26 am

    This looks beautiful any chance you can come and sort out my house 5 boys just ain’t doing it at the moment !!

    Love Sophia ( 5boysandmyhome )

  18. Lisa
    August 27, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Hi love can I ask where the Pom poms are from thanks your home is gorgeous x

    • Charlotte Amor Valentine
      August 28, 2017 / 8:32 am

      Links in the post lovely x