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My name is Sophie Handa and I started Funky Olive Handmade 15 years ago now. I have a passion for all things interiors and as a lampshade maker I love textiles but also love to teach. Why not sign up for one of my drum lampshade workshops, here in the heart of the Hampshire countryside. Here you will find posts on my lampshades, my workshops, interiors as well as features on gardening, running your own business, family life and more.


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Inspiration for a Boys Bedroom Makeover

By Sophie Handa, Apr 14 2019 09:55AM

Here at Funky Olive Handmade I have a passion for all things interiors, especially when it comes to the little people in our lives. There is literally a whole world of possibilities with kids interiors and with social media at our fingertips these days, there is so much inspiration out there! I recently completely re-did my son's bedroom as a birthday surprise. He was, at the time, really into Star Wars so very loosely themed it around this.

Lighting was an important factor for his room, as it should be in any room in the house. His room is at the back of the house (north facing) so the light isn't always so great and I wanted to inject some warmth into the room with the orange metal Ikea light as well as all the other accessories. I'm not a huge fan of a just a central pendant, so as well as the Ikea light, I introduced some colour changing mood lighting that is under his bed! I also hand painted the mountains on the wall to inject a bit of interest to a plain wall.

There are so many beautiful children's fabrics out there today to make lampshades from and I have a growing collection of favourites. Here are just a few...

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