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play corners for lola and heidi

Once the girls’ bedrooms were completed, Lola and Heidi‘s parents asked me to help them decorate the rest of their home. These are play corners in two of the rooms I designed.

childrens interior design playroom heidi and lolaTo return the living room to calm after a day of play, we sourced a shallow vintage French armoire which was painted to fit with the scheme – a stylish way to hide toys, puzzles and board games. A toy box, vintage suitcases and assorted baskets provide further storage. The yellow apple print links in with the accent colour used in the rest of the living room.

play corner kitchenIn the kitchen-dining room a house shaped chalkboard makes a fun background for a play kitchen and toys. This groups the toys together and makes them feel less lost in the space, but also gives the play area a more protected, snugger feel.

play corner kitchen(images: design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles)

a grey and lilac room for heidi

interior design childrens room heidiThis is Heidi’s room, a children’s interior design project I completed a little while ago. Heidi is Lola’s sister – you can see her bedroom design in my previous post. Their parents called in my help when they moved house and were struggling with ideas for their daughters’ bedrooms. They wanted the rooms to have a similar feel and fit in with the rest of the house, yet have their own identity.

interior design childrens room heidiinterior design childrens room heidiTo visually connect the girls’ bedrooms, we used a lighter tone of the wall colour from Lola’s room, then painted most of the furniture in similar tones to blend the pieces into the background and keep this much smaller room feeling as spacious as possible. The bespoke vintage style wardrobe was made to fit in the narrow alcove next to a pretty fireplace. We gave Heidi her own Swan print and dolls house, but in different colours to Lola’s. The girls have the same two-tone curtains – another visual connection.

interior design childrens room heidiinterior design childrens room heidiinterior design childrens room heidiA vintage style toddler bed and display shelf were painted in light grey to blend in with the walls – this creates a calm background to offset lilac and golden accents. Timber was used to bring warmth to the scheme. A light moon, cloud and star theme creates a whimsical mood in Heidi’ room.

interior design childrens room heidiI loved the challenge of creating different rooms that were still visually connected – I hope you like the results!

images: interior design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles

a grey and pink bedroom for lola

interior-design childrens room lolaToday I’m happy to share some photos of a recently completed interior design for a girl’s room. Lola’s parents called in my help when they moved house and were struggling to come up with ideas for their girls’ bedrooms. They wanted the rooms to have a similar feel and fit in with the rest of the house, yet have their own identity. After some brainstorming and moodboarding, we opted for a soft grey-based style with pink and vintage accents. This is the result for Lola’s room – I will share her sister’s room a little later.

interior-design kids room lolainterior design childrens room lolainterior design girls room lolaLola’s room is made up of soft tonal greys with pink and blush accents. Most of the furniture is white but we added warmth with some natural timber. The two-tone curtains add a playful touch and tie the scheme together. The floral feature wall with bespoke alcove shelving is centred around a period fireplace. Lola’s grandmother painted the dollshouse that Lola already had in tones to go with the colour scheme and we added matching wallpaper inside.  Vintage apple crates on castors provide characterful storage for toys and assorted decorative boxes keep less pretty belongings out of sight.

interior design kids room lolainterior design childrens room lolaBetween the windows with two-tone curtains we added a vintage style school desk and a house shaped trinket shelf. A simple wall sconce provides task light when Lola sits down to do her crafting. Next to that we created a snug reading corner in a teepee with cushions and a sheepskin rug. The pretty vintage wardrobe was sourced online and painted, to hold all of Lola’s clothes and shoes.

interior design kids room lolainterior design girls room lolaTo bring the room’s scale down a little, we used a four poster bed with a ledge for pictures and books to create a snug nook for bedtime. A bedside stool, fairy lights and a reading lamp complete this corner.

interior design kids room lolainterior design childrens room lolainterior design childrens room lolainterior design childrens room lolaI hope you’ve enjoyed Lola’s room as much as I’ve loved working on it!

images: interior design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles

a scandi bedroom for florence

childrens interior design scandinavian mint and blue girls room florence 1Time to share this Scandinavian inspired kids’ room I designed for a girl called Florence. Florence’s parents wanted a fresh, light feel for their daughter’s bedroom, which hadn’t changed much since she was a baby. We went for a complete make-over: the carpet was replaced with a wooden floor and the colour palette was reduced to off-white and a mix of mint greens and blues. To complement the floor, natural wood tones and a wool rug add warmth to this cool colour scheme.

childrens interior design scandinavian mint and blue girls room florence 2A reading chair was also high on the list, and not being able to find quite the right bookshelf, I designed this plywood house shaped shelf myself.  As Florence was starting school in September, we added a small desk. The animal map of the world seemed just the ticket or a girl who loves animals.

childrens interior design scandinavian mint and blue girls room florence 3To make the most of the available space, we chose a rustic white bed with storage drawers underneath and a cute little step to get in. A wall shelf above the bed acts as a bedside table for books, a reading lamp and knick-knacks. Don’t you love the little trinket drawers? Perfect to keep treasures nearby.

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sources: woodland animals, star cushion, heart cushionharlequin wallpaper mint, animal map of the world.

images: design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles, with thanks to nubie kids and molly meg.

a soft grey bedroom for charlotte

grey girls bedroom interior design charlotte_1I’m starting the new year with photos of a soft grey bedroom I designed for a girl called Charlotte. Charlotte didn’t particularly want a new room, thank you very much. But with a new baby brother on the way, it was time to move to a larger room and leave her cosy nursery to him. With a reluctant little girl, I had my work cut out.

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To entice Charlotte, we opted for a cosy cupboard bed with doors. This would also scale the space down a little, to help her transition to a larger room. As soon as the bed arrived, Charlotte fell in love and that was that.

grey girls bedroom interior design charlotte_8grey girls bedroom interior design charlotte_4grey girls bedroom interior design charlotte_7Both Charlotte and her mum love pink, but we decided to keep it in check with a soft grey background. A feature wall with tree wallpaper creates a cosy corner and sets the tone for decorative accents.

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sources: swan head, star cushionstree wallpaper, tree cushionbunny rabbit light, numero 74 bedding, star wand, crown, grey blankettoy basket.

images: design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles, with thanks to nubie kids, molly meg and decobaby.

gender neutral nursery for twins

Today I’d like to share some photos of a gender neutral nursery I designed for a twin boy and girl a little while ago. My client didn’t want to know her babies’ sex until birth, so asked for a gender neutral nursery which she could accessorise after the twins’ arrival with more gender specific colour.

gender neutral nursery twins 1gender neutral nursery twins 2We went for a soothing grey scheme and a mix of timber and white furniture. We then decorated with blush and celadon accessories once the twins were born.

gender neutral nursery twins 3interior design gender neutral nursery twin roomnursery interior design modern twin nurseryWith two cots and a daybed in addition to a changing station and chair, the challenge was to create a lay-out that didn’t feel too crowded. By keeping the décor simple and making clever use of the space, the nursery retains a calm simplicity.

(images: room to bloom, photography by brett charles)

dylan’s big boy room

I recently designed this green kid’s room, a big boy room for Dylan. He had outgrown his nursery and Dylan’s parents asked me to help them turn a small guest bedroom into a special room for their son.

childrens interior design green boys bedroomchildrens interior design bespoke built-in bed joineryTo stop the room from feeling “bitty” and crowded with lots of freestanding storage solutions, I designed a bed with storage drawers and chunky floating shelves around the chimney breast. The wall and joinery were painted in the same colour to create a feature wall.

childrens interior design built-in storage kids roomkids interior design green boys bedroom wardrobe and tree wall stickerchildrens interior design green boys bedroom crane detailThe rest of the room was kept light and simple, with timber accents to add warmth to the room. You can see a bit more of the room here.

(images: design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles)

before & after: phoebe’s grey nursery

Before we go into 2015, I wanted to share one of the children’s rooms I designed this year: Phoebe’s grey nursery. Having worked on her big brother’s room previously, it was great to be back and create a little haven for his new baby sister.

We needed to do quite a lot of work to get the room up to scratch before we could start decorating – you can see progress photos and read more about this here.

phoebe's grey nursery 1phoebe's grey nursery 3phoebe's grey nursery 4Phoebe’s mum asked for a peaceful nursery that would last, and didn’t want the room to be too girlie or pink. The inspiration for Phoebe’s nursery was a pretty baby blanket made with Liberty fabric from Sture & Folke. With an eye on the colour scheme for the rest of the house we chose a soft grey for the walls and woodwork, adding pretty bunny wallpaper behind the cot. The grey furniture has a vague fifties feel to it – which connects with other pieces in the house in this style.

phoebe's grey nursery 9phoebe's grey nursery 5The room was accessorised with violets, plums and a hint of pink. I am thrilled with the result, it feels so peaceful and pretty but not too cutesy. More importantly, Phoebe’s parents love the nursery too – in their words it’s now the best room in the house!

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(images: design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles)

before and after: jonah’s blue bedroom

2 May, 2014 in kids room design, portfolio

Today I’d like to share some photos of a boy’s bedroom that I designed last year. This is Jonah’s blue room:

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Jonah's blue boys room 3Here’s what the room looked like before the make-over:

Jonah's room before make-overThe project was a close collaboration with Jonah’s mum and I love how fresh it’s all turned out. Although the astronaut bedding and moon wallsticker hint at a space theme, this blue scheme is super easy to adapt. You can find out a bit more about the transformation here.

(images: client’s and room to bloom, photography by the wonderful brett charles)

nursery refurbishment: behind the scenes

nursery design in progress 1No pretty pictures today I’m afraid. Instead I thought I’d show you a peek behind the scenes of a nursery refurbishment I’m currently working on. In fact, I could have called this post “behind the walls, under the floor and in the ceiling”.

We’ve arrived halfway: from a tired old room to a fresh canvas, ready to be furnished and styled. This is my favourite stage of any project. What’s been in my head, on mood boards and drawings, now starts coming to life for my clients too.

It’s easy to forget how much work goes into getting to this point though…

nursery design in progress On this particular project, the floor boards were too damaged to be refurbished (my original plan), so a new floor had to be laid. The floor voids were emptied of old builder’s rubble and redundant pipework, then insulated to get rid of cold drafts. The ceiling had been patched up after numerous leaks, it was cracked, sagging and held together with wallpaper, so this needed to be replaced. There was odd boxed out pipework on the walls and inside the fitted cupboards, out-of-date electrics, out-of-character cornicing and a broken hearth. Oh, and did I mention damp from a crumbling chimney, exposed exterior brickwork and a rotting window?

nursery refurbishment in progressOn the upside, there was some sweet period detail to work with, such as the fireplace and fitted cupboards. I discovered a patch of seventies floral wallpaper high up in one of them, which we lacquered to preserve. 

nursery ready for furnishingNow to work on the interior decoration. I can’t wait to show you the finished project soon! x

(images: room to bloom)

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