Ethan’s room got a makeover last week!

Despite being executed rather suddenly, plans for this had been in the making for a while. A few months ago, he fell in love with a monochrome mood board I had created for another boy his age and he asked if we could do something similar for his room. I’ve wanted to make changes to his bedroom for ages so it didn’t take much to convince me, and since then it’s been a regular talking point with him. Let me assure you though, gone are the days that I can just ‘do my own thing’ – suddenly I have a six year old with surprisingly strong views and opinions on what he does and doesn’t want in his room. Needless to say, I’ve had to consult my not-so-little ‘client’ on practically every detail during the process. There were a few intense moments, but we all survived it.

This makeover should really have waited until we move in a few months, but he was just so enthusiastic (and a little impatient) and seeing Jotun’s new Fenomastic Kids Collection was all the push I (we) needed to get things started right away. Since the new colour scheme is a pretty big leap from the existing one, we decided to give it a ‘test run’, of sorts, in preparation for his new space.

We have one deliriously happy camper in his new room.

Here’s what we rustled up for the new look:

  1. Freshly painted walls in a combination of Platinum (grey) and Skylight (white) from Jotun’s Kids Collection. Their fenomastic stain resistant paint is recommended for high traffic areas that are prone to dirt and spills – ideal for kids rooms! The finish is amazing and really easy to clean.
  2. Re-upholstered the existing headboard in a charcoal fabric that I found at Sense Furnishings, my go-to upholsterers in Satwa. I had already repurposed the old white curtains into blinds a few months before.
  3. The bedside lights are made from Ikea wooden brackets (EKBY VALTER) and the cutest, battery powered pull light set from Typo. Undoubtably Ethan’s favourite part of the makeover! You literally tug on the bulb to switch it on and off… and it’s a wonder we haven’t had to change the batteries yet. Such a fun addition to the room, but sadly, I am not sure if these are still available – I had found them a while back and they’ve been stashed away in the cupboard for a few months now. I have however found another place to buy them.
  4. Light box and cardboard stag head from Typo
  5. Black/white striped cushion covers from H&M Home
  6. Grey (ISUNDA) and black/white (LAPPLJUNG RUTA) cushions from Ikea
  7. White picture ledges (RIBBA) from Ikea
  8. Black striped seagrass storage basket (MAFFENS) also from Ikea
  9. Panda paper storage bag from MarMarLand
  10. Very clever rattan side table (SANDHOG) that houses and conceals plugs and cables and the ever versatile white metal storage cabinet (PS), which Ethan incidentally believes is a ‘safe’… probably because each door has a key… and you’d swear I’d given him the key to the city (lol!), both from Ikea.
  11. Diamond print black/grey rug and green wire magazine stand from The Bowery Company
  12. Ticket to the moon pillow case – a gorgeous gift from Mini & Beau
  13. Mini & Maximus owl print on loan from my dear friend and blogging buddy, Linda, while we look for just the right thing… although I’m kinda loving that owl and all his attitude.
  14. ‘Cool boy plant’, aka sansevieria trifasciata, from Dubai Garden Centre.

And here’s a look at what this room used to be like…


Oh, how I love a makeover! And I’d love to hear what you think.

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25 thoughts on “Ethan’s monochrome makeover

  1. Vicki

    So beautifully done. I want to make my sons room a little more grown up. Where can I find the metal cabinet next to the bed. Such a good idea.


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  7. Kisha @ Design Intervention Diary

    It looks soooo good! I am an interior designer who has yet to design a nursery. I’m due in mid November so the first nursery (for a baby boy) I design will be for our own house. As we are madly remodeling the house at the same time (including the nursery) I have been so focused on the other details, the nursery has taken the back burner, but I have to pick up the pace very SOON! Your post was a great inspiration. Thank you!


    1. Kathryn Hawkes Post author

      Hi Kisha, I’m so glad you found some inspiration from Ethan’s room. It’s always the same when you’re working in design – our own homes tend to take a back seat. I had been thinking about fixing that room for over a year before it actually happened. Congrats with your pregnancy and best of luck with completing all your renovation works before your little prince arrives! I hope that all goes well. Thanks for stopping by. x


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  10. Shelley

    Having seen the ‘make over’ in real life, I am impressed!!! You always out do yourself with practical and affordable ideas that totally transform the space! Job well done, I’m feeling inspired ?


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