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Get the look for less | Ronnie and Georgia’s kid’s bedroom from The Block

Get the look for less | Ronnie and Georgia’s kid’s bedroom from The Block

New to Less Lisa. More Life is a feature called Get the Look for Less, where I’ll dissect a designer space, and show you how to achieve the same look on a budget! First up on the chopping block (pun intended) is the kid’s bedroom designed by Ronnie and Georgia for week 3 on The Block. This room caused loads of controversy, with the contestants accusing Ronnie and Georgia of copying the design from an online image. To be honest, this doesn’t concern me. Places like Pinterest are great for gathering ideas for your own spaces, and Ronnie and Georgia more than made this room their own. Their bedroom is stunning in it’s simplicity, and the colour scheme of pink, grey, and white is so fresh and calming. Any girl would love to call this space her own; my daughter included (who has actually pinned the room to a secret Pinterest board she’s created to collate ideas to redecorate her room…she’s 11!). Here’s their winning room…

The Block | Ronnie and Georgia | Kid’s bedroom

Isn’t it beautiful! Let’s break it down into it’s basic elements…

Wall colour

The walls, cornice and ceiling rose in this bedroom have been painted in Dulux’s “Tranquil Retreat”, while the trim is “White on White”.

The bed frame

The Block | Ronnie and Georgia | Kid’s bedroom

Ronnie and Georgia selected the Eden bed from Incy Interiors…a gorgeous rose gold metal bed frame, which retails at $699.00.

If this bed is out of your price range, and you’re not afraid of a little DIY, you can achieve a similar look for a fraction of the cost. I found a similar bed from Mocka¬†in white, which can be transformed with a coating of rose gold spray paint…which you can pick up from any good hardware store. If you want to change the look in the future, just spray again with your favoured colour!

Dress up your bed with a canopy

Ronnie and Georgia hung an Emily and Meritt Sparkle Ta-Da canopy from Pottery Barn Kids in the corner of the room. There’s no doubting that it’s beautiful, but it’s expensive. A quick search of Ebay shows multiple canopies are available. Add a string of fairy lights, and voila!

Create interest on the ceiling

I’ll be honest, it never occurred to me to hang wallpaper on the ceiling, but the effect is awesome! Hibou’s Starry Sky wallpaper, combined with the ceiling rose, and Vita Copenhagen Eos feather pendant light ($229.00), adds a touch of whimsy to an often neglected surface.

The Block | Ronnie and Georgia | Kid’s bedroom

Wallpaper is big investment. If you’re not sure about committing to wallpaper long term, or aren’t confident enough to install it yourself, perhaps you could add some decal stars instead that can be easily removed in the future!

It’s time to dress your bed!

Ronnie and Georgia have dressed their bed in layers of beautiful sheets, quilts, throws, and pillows. The majority of the linen in their room is from Pottery Barn Kids. I adore their bedding, and it’s fabulous quality. The organic star sheet set is a splurge item at $99.00. I view a good set of sheets as an investment, and these ones will last for many years.

The Block | Ronnie and Georgia | Kid's bedroom

The Block | Ronnie and Georgia | Kid’s bedroom

There is absolutely no doubt that Pottery Barn’s Monique Lhuillier Ethereal Lace Quilted Bedding is beautiful, however not everyone’s budget stretches that far. Kmart has a lovely pink quilt cover set available for less than a 10th of the price, making this look very achievable.

One last little detail I noticed in Ronnie and Georgia’s room, is a set of pink lashes attached to the back of the door. Honestly, they accessorised this room beautifully, and didn’t neglect any surface. You can pick up a pair of pink mdf lashes from Kmart for just $2.00!

The Block | Ronnie and Georgia | Kid's bedroom

The Block | Ronnie and Georgia | Kid’s bedroom

To view other elements such as art work, baskets, and toys, used by Ronnie and Georgia in their kid’s bedroom, head on over to The Block Shop.

Thanks for dropping by! If there’s a room you’d love to replicate but don’t know where to start, or you’d like more information about Ronnie and Georgia’s room, drop me a line at lesslisamorelife@gmail.com.

*All prices correct at time of posting, and are subject to change; Images from The Block, supplied by The Block Shop; Please note: this is not a sponsored post, and all opinions expressed are my own

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5 reasons why making your bed is good for your mental health

5 reasons why making your bed is good for your mental health

I have never been good at making my bed. I’ve always viewed it as an unnecessary chore. I mean, what’s the point? You’re just going to go to sleep in it again that night, right? I’ve made every excuse under the sun…I don’t have time, I’m airing the sheets, I’m going to have a nap later, I just can’t be bothered. Sound familiar?

For the past two months, I have been making a conscious decision to make my bed every single morning. Not just pulling the covers up, but straightening out the sheets and blankets, and dressing it up with pretty cushions as well. At first my hubby would get annoyed with me…he’s never been much of a bed maker either…but now when we get up, he helps me! It’s a miracle!! lol. It’s now become a habit, and I love it! I don’t even recognise myself any more.

If you’re suffering from depression, I highly recommend that you start making your bed every morning. You will thank me, and here’s why…

1. It gives you a sense of accomplishment

By making your bed, you have achieved the first task of the day. As Admiral William McRaven says in the video below, it will give you a small sense of pride, and will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. At first I didn’t believe it, but it’s true! I love stepping back and seeing my bed beautifully made. I now open the blinds and let the sun flood our bedroom. I put my shoes away, I hang up my towel, I put my clean clothes in the wardrobe, I vacuum! The bonus is, if you don’t do anything else during the day, you’ve still accomplished something, and you have a beautifully made bed to welcome you when you retire for the night.

2. It encourages you to get on with your day

On days that I’m feeling particularly depressed, I’m prone to hibernate. I’ve been known to get up for work, have a shower, then climb back into my bed still soaking wet and wrapped in a towel. Making my bed as soon as I get up encourages me to get on with the day. I’m less likely to climb back in and sleep the hours away. In fact, I’ve found that I get ready for work quicker now because I’m not having a lie down before heading into the office.

3. It reduces embarrassment

I don’t know about you, but I hate pop in guests…for the simple reason that I feel/know my home is never tidy enough to invite them into a welcoming space. The mess is incredibly embarrassing! On the way to answering the door, I would madly run around shutting all the internal doors to hide away my clutter.

Now that I’ve decluttered my room, and I make my bed every single morning, I’m proud to leave my bedroom door open! It seems to make the rest of the house not seem as bad. Not only that, I actually had my parents over for a cuppa recently…for what may be the first time in nearly a year. I look forward to many more cuppas with family and friends…and all because I now make my bed, which has led to wanting to look after the other areas of our house.

It’s such a joy to come home to a beautifully made bed every single day!

4. You provide a positive example for your family

Now, because I’ve never made my bed…neither do my children. I felt like I was constantly yelling at them to make their beds, but why would they when I never did it myself? My children never took any pride in their bedrooms, and it annoyed me greatly. I would often complain to my mum that the kids never cleaned their rooms, and it was driving me crazy. I’m sure she thought it was karma coming back to me for being a messy kid. I was failing them as a parent because I wasn’t teaching them that the simple tasks in life are important and worthwhile.

Since I started making my bed, there has been a complete change in their attitude! They have taken my queue, and are mirroring my actions in a positive way. Their rooms are tidier, and they make their own beds, not only without me yelling, but without me even asking! Mornings are so much calmer now. Miracle number 2!!

5. You have a sanctuary to retreat to

My bedroom was only ever a place for sleep. I never wanted to spend any time in there because it was completely unwelcoming and overwhelming. Now, it’s my favourite room of the house. I love retreating to my bedroom just to chill out and relax, watch a favourite television show by myself, read a book, write, spend quality time chatting with the kids, or reconnecting with my hubby. It is most definitely my sanctuary and the place I feel the most calm. I can feel my mental health improving every single day. Miracle no. 3!

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed…

Do you make your bed every day…and more importantly, how many cushions is too many?


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