Earlier this Summer my mom and I emptied out our basements and attics and had a huge tent sale. Up from my parents basement came my sister’s childhood antique oak bedroom set consisting of a bed, nightstand, armoire, mirror and dresser. It was in great shape and needed a new home. Little did we know that it was headed to my sister’s house again. Only this time her daughter Charlotte wanted it. We couldn’t believe that this little free spirit would have interest in an antique! I asked Charlotte “Do you want Aunt Amie to paint it a fun color for you?” “No. I love it just the way it is. ” she said. I was shocked but happy to see that this family heirloom would be loved again after being unused for 30+ years.
Charlotte was tired of the baby blue walls that was in her room from the previous owners and pink just wasn’t her style. She wanted a neutral palette with loads of texture and a bohemian vibe to match her creative flair and free spirit. Of course when I get involved in these projects I always seem to inject some pop of color and that was OK with her. Charlotte definitely had her own vision of what she wanted and just needed me to tie it all together. I sent her and her mom out shopping for bedding as the starting point. She ended up finding this colorful floral inspired bohemian set from SteinMart. For similar quilt sets, click here. It was primarily creamy white with bright floral scrolls. The other side is the reverse with a a majority of the quilt having color. I fell in love with the feather and arrow pillow shams and we went from there! We also added tasseled down pillows and a turquoise embroidered accent pillow also from SteinMart.
When it came to accents and accessories I turned to one of my favorite Etsy artist Jen from The Dotted Bow. Jen created the wooden trio of arrows that I nailed together. She custom painted the arrows to compliment the bedding. To visit The Dotted Bow click here. We flanked the wooden arrows with real arrows and adhered them to the wall with double sided mounting tape.
Once I got to Jen’s Etsy site I needed the Adventure Awaits pillow. This soft linen pillow cover is in natural duct and totally describes Charlotte’s zest for adventure. We added a sequined soft cotton throw blanket from HomeHoods at the foot of her bed.
We switched out the old oak nightstand knobs for brass feather knobs. Charlotte and I found this jute macrame wall hanging and a modern linen drum shade brass reading lamp. We loved them so much that we bought two.
We also bought two wooden boxes and stacked them on her bedside table to store pens, jewelry and other treasures. All these items were purchased at HomeGoods. The monogram C is a book cut from an old Reader’s Digest. I had seen these letter in Anthropologie for over $16. each. We purchased a whole box for $2. at a church sale last Summer and had my father cut them out for us! The antlers were found by my husband on a golf course.
I just couldn’t resist this leather journal found in the stationery aisle at HomeGoods. Just a friendly reminder that it’s a good idea to wait before hitting the publish button.
Charlotte loves to write, draw, AND eat in bed so I purchased her a wooden and metal embossed tray along with a few journals, file folders, note cards and colored pencil sets. All inspiring her to use her creativity!
Gone are the plastic bins and in came the rustic Rudy Accent Chest from Raymour & Flanigan. You might recognize this chest from my Rustic Farmhouse Lakeside Cottage Post this Summer. It is such a wonderful conversation piece and I can’t get over how it works in both styled rooms! If you’d like to see the Rustic Farmhouse Lakeside Cottage post click here. Charlotte loved all the different sized drawers and the metal drawer labels. It’s the first piece you see once you walk into the room. My favorite drawer is of course the copper one in the center because we all know how obsessed I am with copper these days.
Extra cozy blankets are folded up in a rattan gray and natural basket. Layering more textured neutrals, Charlotte’s great-grandmother’s chair got a slipcover in a cream floral embroidered cotton fabric. We also added the fabric to a small footstool.
I love how the embroidered detail on the slipcover is still feminine without adding color.
More wooden initials hang over the Rudy chest along with a beveled speckled teal round mirror.
On the right wall once you enter the room we had just enough room for a small metal chevron and wood bench. Its the ideal dropping station for homework, backpacks, shoes and the next days outfit.
The wall above the bench is the perfect spot for a gallery wall of arrow hooks, inspiration quotes, more wooden initials, and frames.
Charlotte and I both started laughing when we came across the free spirit sign on Jen’s The Dotted Bows shop! We both looked at each other and said “Thats so me!” We also snapped up the chevron wooden heart that she custom painted to match the bedding and wooden arrows. Just the right amount of color in the sea of neutral. The wooded bird was purchased several years ago from Anthropologie. We had so much fun putting this room together. It’s a room that Charlotte can grow older in and enjoy well into her high school and college years. I hope that you’ve found some inspiration from our boho chic design and don’t forget to let your free spirit soar!
xoxo Amie (and Charlotte)
Details of the antique oak armoire.
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