Aria’s Unicorn Bedroom Makeover & The Dream Toddler Bed

We’ve been in this house for a while now and you may well be wondering where all the progress is. Truth be told we haven’t really progressed very much, and all progress is very slow. You see we didn’t fall in love with this house for the interior, far from it, textured wallpaper covered in layer upon layer of paint really isn’t our thing. Pretty much every room needs to be torn apart and re-built from scratch. It takes time and money, neither of which we have!

unicorn bedroom makeover - upcycled IKEA dolls house

Aria’s room is finally complete. We painstakingly removed the yellow woodchip wallpaper, the ceiling was carefully scraped and protection worn due to the asbestos. The walls and ceilings were covered in plasterboard, re-plastered and then painted. A new carpet went down and we were finally ready to move Aria and her dream toddler bed into her unicorn bedroom.

unicorn bedroom makeover

We painted three of the walls with Valspar’s Morning Song*, a beautiful, pale grey. The fourth wall was papered in the most gorgeous unicorn wallpaper that I have ever set eyes on, the Laura Ashley unicorns wallpaper. The room is perfectly finished off with Cormar Highland Saxony carpet in chrome*.

unicorn bedroom makeover

The dream toddler bed comes in the form of this gorgeous tipi bed from Cuckooland*. It really is perfect. Aria loves that she can hang blankets from it, she calls it her ‘castle bed’, I know, strange child. I love that it is on the floor so I needn’t worry about Aria falling out of bed. I have every intention of making this bed perfect by simply dangling some lights from it, but I’m yet to find the perfect set. We’ve also created a little chill out nook at the bottom end of the bed which Aria loves.

unicorn bedroom makeover

Typically now that we’ve finished Aria’s room we’ve decided to swap the bedrooms around. Spencer’s office is currently in the larger of the three bedrooms, and with baby number two on the way Aria and ‘baba’ will need to share the larger room until we manage to convert the attic. Spencer will have a very pretty office though…

unicorn bedroom makeover

The room really has come a long way!

yellow bedroom with painted tree


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Making the Transition from a Cot to a Single Bed

I mentioned a little while ago that my toddler has transformed into a sleep demon. It’s quite typical of her really, she doesn’t like to conform to stereotypes so of course she would be ‘backwards’ and sleep through when babies typically don’t; and then digress to not sleeping when toddlers typically do. Typical Aria. We’ve tried a few things to get her back into a good sleeping routine, all of which have failed miserably. The next step was to make the transition from a cot to a bed, so, when Emma Mattress got in touch asking if we would like to review one of their single mattresses* we decided to take the plunge and move straight from the cot into a single bed. Why waste time and money with a toddler bed?


Pretty much as soon as we put the bed up Aria came down with a Viral Infection, she was super poorly and clingy and it just didn’t feel right to put her into a new bed while in this state. Instead, Spencer slept in Aria’s new bed while Aria slept with me. Spencer gave it a big thumbs up and was actually quite disapointed when Aria had recovered enough to trial her new bed – high praise for the man who is dead set against co-sleeping.


During the time that Aria was ill I sat her on her new bed during the day with her toys, this was a great way to get her used to the bed without piling the pressure on her. We decided to pile the bed with things that Aria loves, i.e. Peppa Pig. We bought Peppa bedding and stuck a little Peppa sticker on the wall next to the bed, above her Peppa pillow. Knowing how much Aria likes to throw herself around the bed resulted in a search for a long bed guard, most of them are quite short and I didn’t trust that they would prevent her from taking a dive.


Fast forward a little while and Aria has now been sleeping in her ‘big girl bed’ for two weeks – did the transition from a cot to a bed help with the sleepless nights? A little. I am so glad that we made the move. Aria still wakes up once most nights, but has a bottle and almost always goes straight back to bed. Sometimes there will be a few tears but when left to settle she gets over it within around two minutes.


Aria loves her ‘big girls bed’ and I am so glad that we made the move. Every morning, or at least on the mornings when she wakes up in a good mood, she excitedly sits in bed and points out all the Peppa’s to me, which is usually followed up by a tour of her soft toys and then switching the night light on and off. She is so proud of her bed and it just melts my heart.


Spencer and I are extremely jealous of her new bed, the mattress from Emma is so comfortable and also pretty damn cool, even the way it arrives is impressive, it comes rolled up in a box and once opened it comes to life and ‘puffs’ up, I filmed a little video showing the unboxing and ‘puffing’. We highly recommend Emma Mattresses; who wouldn’t want a comfortable foam mattress delivered to their door?


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Aria’s Toddler Girl Bedroom Makeover Part 1
Aria has recently made the move from her cot to a big girls bed (aka, a single bed). We decided that a big girl’s bed needs to live in a big girl’s nursery, so, emotions ignored we decided to transform the nursery that we lovingly decorated while Aria was a bump in my bedroom into a bedroom fit for a little Princess. Peppa Pig accessories begrudgingly included.

The move to a single bed is quite a big one, so with that in mind we wanted to make the bedroom into a place that Aria would want to be in, hence begrudgingly adding a few Peppa Pig accessories. The bedroom isn’t yet 100% complete but I am really happy with the progress so far and wanted to share it. There isn’t much left to do to finish it off, I just need some kind of book storage on the back wall beneath the clouds, along with pretty accessories. I also have a hoop and a net to put above the bed but I need to find the perfect fairy lights before that goes up.

Peppa Pig bedding and wall stickers in pretty pink toddler girls room with unicorn head on wall, floral and bunting

I will be posting about Aria’s bed in more detail in an upcoming post all about transitioning from cot to single bed. At £33.99 the pink single bed was a complete bargain from The Range. The reversible Peppa Pig bedding and Peppa Pig wall sticker were bought as a way to encourage Aria to sleep in the bed. The wall mounted unicorn head came from Home Bargains and is available with either a silver or gold glittery horn.

Peppa pig bedding and wall mounted unicorn head in pretty girls bedroom makeover
Peppa Pig cloud wall stickers monochrome height chart H&M grey white and pink girls bedroom tour

I decided to add these Peppa Pig cloud wall stickers to the back wall to break up the grey a little. The monochrome height chart came from H&M. I do have plans of adding some shelving to the back wall to house books and other pretty little things, but for now this will do have funds have run out.

cluster of three floral lamp shades from Litecraft

When I saw the three light floral cluster shade on Litecraft* I had to have it, it is like a little girls mini version of the large cluster shade that we have in our bedroom. They add a perfectly girly charm to the bedroom.

I hope that you enjoyed Aria’s bedroom makeover, keep your eyes peeled for part two!

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pretty pink grey and white themed child's bedroom with unicorn, shabby chic, floral and Peppa Pig touches.

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