It is with a slight tear in my eye that I sit here and type this. The day has finally arrived where I can share with you one of the biggest collaboration projects I have worked on so far on this little blog. Three months ago I set out to launch the Ultimate Collaboration Project with 20 local brands! Most of them are mom-run businesses who have found a gap in the market to use their creative skills to generate an income and provide for their families. It’s been the most amazing process, from sourcing products to making contact with these women and to finally putting together a little boy’s bedroom that is Pinterest worthy. (In my humble opinion anyway)

And today I get to share the pictures from our shoot with you! Now, I’m going to remind you again that in a couple of weeks time we will be launching the competition part of the campaign where one lucky mama will WIN a bedroom makeover worth almost R20 000! Each brand featured in this post has generously sponsored items ensuring we offer a massive combined prize of the products featured. Pretty incredible right? Look out for our weekly “Style My Room”  series featuring each of the 20 brands who have made this collaboration and giveaway possible. If that hasn’t got you all kinds of excited, then keep reading for the great reveal to see just how gorgeous these  products are!

Here is the list of sponsors who have formed part of ‘The Ultimate Collaboration’. What an honour it has been to be entrusted with these brands and given the opportunity to work beside some of the most incredibly talented ladies in our local online decor industry. Thank you to : Clever Little Monkey, My Little Woods, Mono Online Shop, Fox and Moon, Pedersen and Lennard, Esque, Simply Home, Simply Child, Baillie and Kovar, Cape Island, Dovetail, Wooden Doodles, My Tiny Teepee, Phlo Studio, Room 13, Panda & Frost, Sprout Kids Co, La Feda and  Houtkappers.

I would like to take this opportunity to also give a big shout out to the very talented Angi Whittle of Angi Whittle Photography, the lass behind the lens. I love the way she has captured each product so beautifully and all the magical moments shared between my boys. Such a diverse and talented photographer, someone who expresses her craft in the most personal and heartfelt way. I cannot rave about this girl enough!

Theme and Vision

Trying to find a specific theme that would best describe the all-round feel of the bedroom proved harder than I thought! Perhaps it’s better rather to speak more about the vision and process behind styling Brody’s big boy bedroom.

While putting the room together I realised there was a strong Cowboys and Indians/Desert theme coming through – cactus rugs, teepees, cactus cushions as well as lots of wood and natural tones. I began to realise too that this kind of theme has been quite a popular and dominant one in kid’s decor circles of late, so I attempted to go a slightly different route and combine it with my boy’s love for robots which would offer a more modern and futuristic component. To build on that, I thought it would be effective to incorporate some industrial elements so I included small touches of gold, copper and rose gold.

Initially the plan was to keep the colours predominantly black and white but I really had to think about Brody’s love for colour and what a vital role that plays in his little 3 year-old world. So there are many pops of different colours all over the place, which I love and Brody loves even more! In aiming to focus on clean lines and keeping the space fresh, I avoided over-cluttering the room, opting for a more simple and understated look. The end result is a scandi-inspired, industrial-styled space with monochrome and metallic touches, which suited the age of my 3 year-old perfectly.

But enough of that, II’l let the pictures speak for themselves. * Please refer to Stockist at the end of the post for product information.

The Before ….



      ⇑ A pretty sad state of affairs really! The old nautical theme was in desperate need of a fresh look! 

The After …..

⇑ To add the extra touches of gold and metallics we used gold wire baskets, a copper bedside clock, the chain ropes for the Dovetail scallop shelves, spray painted teepee rods (My Tiny Teepee), Gold lighting bolt vinyls (Simply Child) as well as a cushion from Cape Island with a big gold beetle on it, which again added to the desert theme quite nicely.

 ⇑ From left : Simply Child pedestal with black detail, Fox and Moon Cactus cushions resting on top of a dipped stool from My Little Woods and a Pedersen and Lennard lamp with the gorgeous Room 13 Apache wallpaper featured in the background. 


⇑ The gold pendant light from Esque added such an amazing industrial and metallic element too! I also fell in love with this wallpaper featured top (right) from Room 13. It’s geometric gold and grey print highlighted all the other elements so perfectly.

⇑ Searching for the perfect rug can be a tough choice but this Lorena Canals cactus rug from Clever Little Monkey was just what we were looking for. It’s both simple and quirky and the fact that it’s easy to clean and incredibly durable meant it ticked all the boxes.

⇑ What’s a bedroom without a teepee to play in? And a gorgeous My Tiny Teepee one at that, shown here with a light bulb garland from Sprouts kids.  Also featured here : A beautiful dipped belly basket from Simply Home and a monster plushie cushion from Panda and Frost and the the lovely Geo Wolf from La Feda.


⇑ Brody photographed here wearing his sleeveless hoodie from Panda & Frost. He refused to put down his La Feda camera – So many hours of fun and such a fun accessory to add a little quirkiness to your pictures.

            ⇑ These Scallop shelves by Dovetail are actually sold as floating shelves. In my attempt to incorporate some gold and give it a slight industrial feel I bought some chain from the hardware store. I spray painted them rose gold and used the chain to hang them. I think because he it’s a boys room I could have used a slightly thicker chain and gone with more of a bronze or copper paint, but none the less, the look we were going for was accomplished and made me realise how fun it can be to customise things to your own look and feel.


⇑ Geo Wolf soft toy, kite money box and  wooden camera, all La Feda products. Centre: Print from Simply Child.

⇑ Such beautiful craftsmanship shown here. A wooden Ten Pin Bowling set from Houtkappers. Go check them out to see the other heirloom-style toys they make. 

⇑ This scandi-style table and chair set from My Little Woods could quite possibly be the most beautiful feature of the entire bedroom. I love the contrast of the light natural wood on top of the striking black rug. And our black metal storage bin from Pedersen and Lennard (pictured far right) is just perfect for big toys like baseball bats and crickets bats.

* All Images: Credit to Angi Whittle Photography. These photos remain the property of Angi Whittle Photography and The Mom Diaries. Please feel free to share, pin and repost. However, always remember to credit Angi Whittle when doing so. And please tag us on Pinterest when sharing too!

What do you guys think? Would you like to WIN a makeover like this? Please note that the winner will be able to select from different versions of each product to ensure a room is suitable for either a boy or girl. So girl moms fear not, your little princess could have her very own Pinterest bedroom too! Competition  launching 1st February 2017!


Mono Online Shop —  – Bed linen with triangle print.

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Esque – pendant light and      leather print.

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Simply child –“Adventure Begins Here” print, Lightning bolt wall vinyls and Bedside table/pedestal with black detail. Website / Facebook 



Bailie and Kovar – Black and white House Box wall set.

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Dovetail – –  White Scallop shelf *Please note that these are actually floating shelves that I customised to include the chain ropes.

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Clever Little Monkey –  – Black and white Cactus rug.

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Panda and Frost – annelize@pandandfrost.comMonster plushie and Brody’s sleeveless hoodie in grey. Website / Facebook



Pedersen & Lennard – / – Black storage bin and bedside lamp.

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La feda – camera, monochrome kite money box and Geo Wolf soft toy.  Website / Facebook


Cape Island –  Palm tree cushion and Gold bug cushion Website / Facebook



Phlo Studio – and White Fox cushion.

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My Little Woods – – Dipped Table and Chairs Set in white.

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Simply Home – Birchwood ledge and black dipped belly basket  WebsiteFacebook



Fox and moon – Cactus cushions 

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Room 13 – paper featured inside cupboard and as back drop for styled shots.

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Wooden Doodles – – Robot clock and Reign deer Doodles

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Sprouts Kids Co – Light bulb garland

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Houtkappers – Wooden ten pin bowling set

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My Tiny Teepee – – Small teepee with customised gold rods.

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