The Best Rainbow Room of 2021

The Best Rainbow Room of 2021

The Best Rainbow Room of 2021

An Interview with Elisha Utley

Interiors lover Elisha Utley, Cover Girl for Homestyle Magazine,

shares her daughters Number 1 Rainbow Room.

 

As research was taking place for Rooomy’s colourful Issue 13, this rainbow room appeared and I needed to know more about the lady who created it as I know I wish I could create a room this awesome for my kids’.  Let’s meet the mum behind the magic of this Number 1 Rainbow Room and find out how she bought it all together.

Everything you need to know about Elisha Utley

RB – Where do you think your love of colour comes from?

EU – I don’t really know where my love of colour comes from but I’ve always loved the feeling of walking into a colourful home or wearing colourful clothes. I think it lifts your spirits and makes you smile. I also think it makes a home feel warm and welcoming.

RB – When you started designing your daughter’s room how did you begin? 

EU – I began by asking her if there was anything she would like in her room and started from there. Then I tried to consider the space and, with so many toys, I tried to use every inch of the room, including painting the wardrobe doors in chalk paint to use as a drawing board and hanging colourful storage bags to the wall. I also wanted to make it a fun space where she would love to be so I painted a scallop design and wallpapered with Eleanor Bowmer wallpaper.

RB – How old is Daisy?  Was she involved in the room planning at all?

EU – Daisy is 7 years old and she requested rainbows and a desk when designing her room. Those were the only requirements she had, so luckily I was left to my own devices which suits me just fine! I couldn’t find a colourful desk so I found one that I liked on La Redoute and painted it myself instead.

Girls Rainbow Room as seen in Rooomy magazine
Balckboard Wardrobes in rainbow bedroom as seen in rooomy magazine

RB – How do you go about planning a room?  Do you mood board, use Pinterest or centre plans around a central piece?

EU – When planning a room I firstly try to make use of every inch of the room and consider the furniture that we already have and the budget that I have. I like to use a mood board app called pic collage which is great when putting ideas together. When planning a child’s room my number one tip is storage storage storage!

RB – Top three places to shop for kid’s interiors?

EU – Top three places for kids’ interiors: Scandiborn, La Redoute, IKEA 

RB– What are your three must haves in a kids’ room

EU – Storage is essential in a kids’ room so I try make sure everything can be hidden away at the end of the day. I also try to use all the space possible so I’ve added storage to the walls with the IKEA memo board, clever storage stuffel bags and book shelves on the wall. I also have labelled boxes that slide under the bed to keep everything hidden and organised.

RB – What is your favourite thing in Daisy’s room and why?

EU – Favourite thing in Daisy’s room is definitely her new Samsung frame TV which is cleverly hidden as a picture frame on the wall. So, looking at the room you wouldn’t know there was a TV in there but it’s very useful for Daisy to watch her online schooling on at the moment. It’s great and I’m very jealous of it!

RB – What books would you and Daisy recommend to our readers and their smalls right now?

EU – I would recommend the David Walliams books. Daisy loves them all and reads every night

RB – Do you get Daisy involved in the tidying of her room at all?  If so, how do you go about it?  Mummas are always looking for tips here.

EU – Does Daisy get involved in tidying her room? Nope! As much as I try and attempt to make tidying fun neither of my children tidies. I think it’s my own fault for always tidying for them though.  (RB – Same as in my house then 😉 )

RB – Do you know what she loves most about her room and why?

EU – She loves the canopy above her bed, her little desk which I painted for her and the TV is a definite winner too.

Girls Bedroom, colourful rainbows, as seen in rooomy magazine
Kids' Desk Space as seen in rooomy magazine
Reading Corner of girls room as seen in rooomy magazine
Colourful girls bedroom as seen in rooomy magazine

RB – Top storage solutions?

EU – We have the colourful plastic pull out drawers from IKEA. Plastic under bed boxes which I have labelled with chalk paper and wrote on each one to keep things organised. We love the stuffel bags which hang on the wall and she has a large stuffel bag for her lego which opens out to a play mat too. I also recommend the memo board calls from IKEA it’s handy for all her stationery. 

RB – If Daisy could have anything in her room what do you think it would be?

EU – I’ve just asked her this question and she says a slide! Trust her!

RB – If you could add anything to a kid’s room, money is no question, what would it be?

EU – I would like to change the floor in her room to a bright colourful Karndean option to make it easier to clean rather than a cream carpet but I think that will have to wait.

Girls Colourful Bedroom as seen in Rooomy magazine
Number 1 Rainbow Room as seen in Rooomy magazine

 

 

There you have it Elisha’s full low down on how this room came together, it is brilliant isn’t it?  For more inspiration from Eli follow her here Instagram, Eli At Home, her whole house is wonderful and worth checking out, her bedroom is stunning and she has just started a new career as an interior designer, I think you’ll agree this is an excellent career decision for Eli!  Just in case you wanted to know a few more intimate details about Elisha, her favourite colour is Teal, her top tipple is Malibu, the last book she read was The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware and top of her travelling bucket list is LA!

 

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Top 10 Beds for Kids Bedrooms

 

Rooomy picks the best beds for 2021.

Essential furniture for kids’ bedrooms.  Are you looking for a modern design, bunk bed, desk space or maybe something for the gamer in the house? Check out our Top 10 Beds for Kids’.

 

Kids beds are without a doubt one item you will find in every child’s bedroom. We all need somewhere to sleep right? There is always the exception to the rule when a child absolutely loves that sense of camping and adventure and is honestly happiest on a mattress of the floor, but safe to say, most of us have a bed sitting in our kid’s bedroom. Have you ever googled ‘kid’s beds? The lists are endless, the options are immense, and the price tags vary A LOT!  

You need to think about budget and longevity. What can you afford? How long do you need it to last? If it needs to last longer than a couple of years then you are definitely better off waiting a few months, saving a bit more so that you can increase that bed budget, you will be much happier on the long run when the bed lasts a decade.

Trust me I went for the cheap option a few years back; over the three years it was used I replaced 4 slats and eventually place a piece of plaster board under the mattress as the slats were no longer salvageable.

Also, if the kids are desperate for the bunk bed or the bed with gaming area then why not make it part of the birthday present? Then family and friends can contribute, just like saving up for that bike or PS5. Then you can make a happy confident bed purchase that will last, how lovely.

We celebrated World Sleep Day two weeks back and in the spirit of everything now having a themed day or month, March is National Bed Month, yes, I can hear you giggling.  However, it creates the perfect opportunity for me to pick the Top 10 beds for kid’s bedrooms 2021.  Like I say, bed options are endless, so I have tried to keep the list varied for you.

Cuckooland – New York Metal Bed

Hospital beds have had a huge resurgence. Rooomy’s own creative director was reminiscing about her sister’s childhood metal/hospital bed, which she swapped around one Sunday when her sister was out. All in the hope that she could one day reclaim it as her own when she was older.  It’s still waiting for her when she’s ready for it.  Never mind it was too small, that did not matter, it was all about how it looked and how happy it made her.

Well, they have made a comeback as you’ll see in the latest issue of Rooomy. You’ll find metal beds in both the interviews with Eli at Home, her daughters is bright yellow. And in Carol Maxwell of Max Made Me, where her friend’s daughters’ room is home to a classic white one. 

Cuckooland have a great metal frame and the best part is that there are 6 colours to choose from, love it when there is a style you like and then there are all the colour options so that there is something for everyone.

New York Metal Kids Bed
New York Metal Kids Bed
New York Metal Kids Bed
New York Metal Kids Bed
High Bed and Desk with Wardrobe

Perfect Choice – High Sleeper + Wardrobe + Desk

A bed that truly has everything, the high bed with deep steps offering drawers for storage, a wardrobe, a desk, and plenty more cupboards and drawer to keep everything tidy and organised.

When it comes to your kid’s room, we know storage is your number one battle, this set up truly answers this call for space whilst offering the essentials sleeping area and a place to craft, game, study, whatever they need. It can change as their needs/likes do.

Perfect Choice – Bunk Bed + Storage

Are your kids sharing a room or maybe once lockdown is behind us your child has big plans for a lot of sleepers. There is a lot of play dates/sleepovers to catch up on to be fair to them. 

From the same brand as above, I am listing this bed, minus the desk yes, but desk space is extra, bed space is essential. The main focus here is all the lovely storage, making use of the steps is brilliant and the shelves by the lower bunk are perfect for nick-nacks, books, lighting, photos and the rest of their stuff. 

The same applies as above, there are a few colour options to help make the bed fit with the rest of the room.

Bunk Bed & Storage

Little Folks Furniture – Classic Beech + Trundle

This Nordic inspired children’s Classic Beech single bed with hideaway storage and sleepover trundle bed, is crafted from a solid Beech hardwood frame (no soft, knotty painted pine in sight!)  A sturdy children’s single bed is available in this trendy muted grey as well as Pure White for a modern or traditional bedroom, and with gentle slatted detailing on the ends, the timeless design will seamlessly tie into any interior scheme.

This full-size single bed features a contemporary low foot end providing an elegant edge, also making it an ideal first bed for younger children or smaller bedrooms. The clever space saving rollout trundle provides huge storage space and, with the addition of a trundle mattress, instantly turns into a sleepover bed for those extra guests and we know they are coming soon, I think sleepovers will be the trend of 2022!! 

Classic Beech Bed with Trundle from Little Folks Furniture
Classic Beech Bed with Trundle from Little Folks Furniture

Bobby Rabbit – Side House Bed Single

When I was researching beds’, this jumped off the screen! Which meant there was no huge surprise to finding out it is a best seller which makes it a not brainer for our Top 10 Beds for Kids.  What kid does not want to sleep in a mini house?  It is like having the garden play house actually in their bedroom, and you can have so much fun adding bunting, lights, sheets, there will be endless fun had on this bed, it’s a house for a tea party, it’s a pirate ship, it’s a fairy den, so many great play opportunities here! 

As for longevity, as your child grows, add loads of cushions and it becomes a great sofa space to hang out with friends.  Whatever you do, if you are chopping around and not quite set don’t let your kid see this, you’ll never hear the end of it.

Side House Bed with Rail for kids bedroom from Bobby Rabbit featured by Rooomy Magazine
Side House Bed with Rail for kids bedroom from Bobby Rabbit featured by Rooomy Magazine
Side House Bed for kids bedroom from Bobby Rabbit

Furniture and Choice – Comet Midsleeper

If high beds make the bedroom feel smaller then midsleeper’s are perfect, this find from Furniture and Choice is so smart, a bed that has a small space for study which could be a huge plus as it means there’s not one desk space that can just have more and more stuff piled onto it, it’s enforced a minimalist look for work which is ideal.  Too many distractions otherwise, there are a few shelves which ticks the extra storage box and there is even space underneath which acts as the perfect den for the younger children and a great storage area for the older kids, please be realistic that when you ask your teen to tidy their room, this is where everything will be when they later can’t find it.

 

 

Comet Mid Sleeper kids bed from furniture and choice

 

Wayfair – Bunk Bed + Shelves

This compact bunk bed looks stunning, the design is well thought out with both kids, design, and storage all in mind.  Shelves for both bunks and the clever way the top row of shelves does not go all the way along to the end, stopping the structure of the bed from looking too much like a large cuboid, making it instantly stylish at the same time.  To make the most of this bed you need to keep the steps away from a wall as there is access to further shelf storage here, so clever, anything that keeps storage out of site is a major bonus for any parent.  Also available in white.

 

Bunk Bed with Shelves from Wayfair

Aspace – Southside Cabin bed

A simple single bed with perfect hideaway storage which makes parents oh so incredibly happy, two cupboards and drawer but the well thought out shelf allows for much loved nick-nacks to be displayed whilst also helping the aesthetic of the bed to not look too much like a wooden box with a bed on top, very clever, the final result a great looking bed where stuff can be out of site, truly make the most of the concept of under the bed storage.  I really like the contrast of the white and wood too.

Southside Oak Cabin Bed for kids bedrooms from Aspace

Wayfair – High Sleeper for a Gamer

Does a gaming fan live in your house? With this bed they would be the envy of all their friends, hahaha! 

With a gaming fan this fan solves two potential problems, space, or zoning.

If you are short on floor space, and they of course need their bed but just have to have somewhere to game then clearly this bed is a winner. More importantly if solves zoning. We know zoning is important in the kitchen and more recently bedrooms too, but this last year had shone a very bright light on how paramount it is for our kids. Too many teens have been online schooling, gaming or on their phone and watching Netflix all from their bed, they No1 job of the bed, to sleep, goes to the bottom of the list and then we wonder why they cannot sleep well.

Bed space needs to be a haven, just as we teach our babies that the cot is their sleep zone, this is no different. How is the brain supposed to know what is expected to do? With a bed like this, problem solved, an escape pod up high, leaving it all behind and a fun place to game and be merry. The blue edging is great, add some LED strip lights and you are away!

 

High Sleeper Gamers Bed from Wayfair featured by Rooomy Magazine

Bobby Rabbit – Billy Bed

As soon as I saw this bed, I knew it was going in the Top 10 beds for kids’ bedrooms, I think it was the colour that first caught my eye and then after a closer look I fell in love with the perfect balance of contemporary design that is clearly for a child’s room.  It is tranquil in every way; it looks remarkably simple and easy on the eye.  With lovely, rounded edges it appears smooth and soft, and the olive-green tone is calming and wonderful.

This bed does more than just its job of providing a sleep zone, it impacts the aesthetic of the whole space. You would be able to style this so easily through the year, cosy warm tones in the winter and fresh brighter tones in spring, the perfect place to snuggle down for a peaceful night’s rest.  It is also available in white, pink, and grey, just in case you are not as obsessed with the olive like me.

Top 10 Beds for kids, Billy Bed Olive from Bobby Rabbit, featured by Rooomy Magazine

And there you have it, our Top 10 Beds for Kids Bedrooms 2021.  Maybe next we need to think about the mattresses that go on these beds, what do you think?

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Top 5 Nature Wallpapers for Kids’ Bedrooms

Wallpaper that brings nature indoors

 

Top 5 nature wallpapers for kids’ bedrooms, 

which will bring the sense of the outdoors indoors.

Bringing the outside into the inside creates a marvellous sense of calm or adventure for our kids’ it depends which way you go of course.  Here are out top 5 nature inspired wallpapers for kids’ bedrooms that we think you will love and we’re pretty sure there’s something for everyone. There’s bold and dramatic, cute blushes, rural moods and woodland fun.

Gable Wallpaper from Farrow & Ball featured by Rooomy Magazine for kids bedrooms

The Gable design from Farrow & Ball is playful, pastoral, and utterly charming. Depicting traditional village and farmyard scenes with clean, modern styling, its large-scale statement pattern is studded with little details that spark the imagination, taking on added character as you look.  If you are a fan of the English countryside, then this will be a wonderful daily reminder how fantastic our home landscape is.  There are also 8 other colour options to choose from which are worth checking out.

 

 

You want more nature but you don’t want it to be overly green and you would really like to warm things up with pink tones.  Fleur Harris has got your back as she designed this wonderful woodland wallpaper in collaboration with Jimmy Cricket, if you have seen our Interview with Little Liberty, you’ll know that Australia are ahead of the curve when it comes to children’s interiors, looking at this design we can see why.

Available in five other shades.  All their wallpaper is printed on non woven paper and is coated for both quality and practicality. The coating allows the wallpaper to be wiped over kept looking clean and lovely which is basically an essential with kids’.

 

 

When you think nature don’t just think woodlands and wild animals, you need to think about how much fun is to be had at the farm too. This rural inspired paper brings country living into their rooms with farmyard favourites such as cows and chickens, tractors and of course the farmer and his wife, all designed with a splash of humour.

 These beautifully illustrated wallpapers are made and printed in England using traditional techniques on high quality sustainable forest paper and are available in four other shades.

 

  

This beautifully design and very fun print is inspired by a teddy bears picnic, an old fashioned and well-loved theme, recreated with a modern edge. In the UK badgers and foxes best represent our woodland heritage sometimes getting a bad press, but think of Roald Dahl’s, Fantastic Mr Fox and the grumpy but beloved Badger in The Wind and the Willows. With every gaze children lose themselves in a sense of curiosity, discovery and wonder. Let your little one tell their own bedtime tale through this wild and whimsical print. 

 

Mysterious Spring Forrest mural by Mural Wallpaper featured by Rooomy magazine for kids' bedrooms

 

This misty green forest is a lush haven of beautiful green foliage and trees that fill the wilderness with life. The deep perspective delves down into the edge of the spring forest, giving you a continuous view through the landscape, adding an almost 3D effect to the mural that will bring your walls to life. This enchanted forest mural is a calming design, with subtle green tones and a natural feel, it’s perfect for a kids’ bedroom.  What adventures would your kids be going on with this mural in their room, mine would most certainly be imagining themselves as Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor. 

There you have it, the top nature wallpapers for kids’ bedrooms, which one is your favourite, would your kid’s choose the same as you?  I love seeing what the girls think of different designs.

Happy decorating x 

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The Best Easter Decorations for Kids’ Bedrooms

 

Looking to make more fun out of Easter this year? 

Look at these wonderful decorations, gift ideas and activities.

 

Here are the best Easter decorations for kid’s bedrooms.  I don’t know about you, but I own 4 boxes of Christmas decorations, one large bin liner of Halloween decorations and carrier bag of Easter bits.  How about you? 

Easter is extremely cute with the excitement in the morning of “has he been” akin to Christmas, but of course they are referring to the Easter Bunny.  The adventure that is an egg hunt and then of course ALL the chocolate.  I am not one for making a fuss of things.  The girls always have a good time, and we buy a few bits and there might be an Easter activity/crafting moment, last year I blew eggs for the first time and they loved decorating them. 

With a dreary start to the year, a very meh half term and now the return to school I am already looking forward to the Easter holidays and how great to kick them off with Easter being so early this year! If like me you fancy making more of a fuss this year, I have for you covered with these great Easter decorations for kid’s bedrooms.

Easter Decorations for Kids' Bedrooms

I have decided I will actually make some effort for once and when they wake up on Easter Sunday morning, I want them to enjoy noticing a few Easter decorations dotted around, I’m not going to go nuts but a few Honeycomb Bunnies from Meri Meri, maybe some bunting and the odd little decoration dotted around hanging from a picture frame or light switch will be a good start.  No, I am not going to turn my house into something that resembles Alice in Wonderland, I wish I could I am just not that skilled. 

Another bonus is the girls have recently become interested in Beatrix Potter, which is awesome, I have been waiting ages.  They love baking so a few Peter Rabbit cupcakes with breakfast will make them smile and then we can make some cookies in the afternoon.

If you fancy making a little bit more fuss for Easter this year, then here are some decorations that I think you will enjoy and more importantly that can be put away and brought out again for the years to come.   

Best Easter decorations for kid's bedroom featuring an Easter wreath

Easter Wreath

Amazon

£13.99

Easter Bunny Sign for the kid's

Easter Bunny Hop Here Sign

Teddy&Co

£7.50

Honeyvomb Bunnies from Meri Meri for kid's bedrooms

Honeycomb Bunnies

Meri Meri

x8 for £20.50

East Bunny Bunting from Lime Tree London for kid's bedrooms

Bunny Rabbit Bunting

Lime Tree London

£9.25

Peter Rabbit Easter Hunt Signs from Meri Meri for the family home featured by Rooomy Magazine

Beatrix Potter Egg Hunt Signs

Meri Meri

£28.00

Easter Bunting from Meri Meri decorations for kids' bedrooms

Spring Bunny Bunting

Meri Meri

x2 for £28.00

Best Easter Decoration for Kid's Bedrooms, window stickers for kids bedrooms

Easter Window Stickers

Amazon

x6 sheets £4.99

Easter Bunny Decoration from Rex London for Kid's Bedrooms

Bunny Decoration

Rex London

£1

Yello Easter Egg Decoration from Rex London for kids' bedrooms as seen in rooomy magazine

Yellow Egg Decoration

Rex London

£1.50

Folk Easter Egg Decoration from Rex London for kids' bedrooms

Folk Egg Decoration

Rex London

£1

Pink Polka Dot Easter Egg from Rex London for kid's bedrooms

Dotty Decoration

Rex London

£1

Hatching Chick Decoration from Rex London for kids' bedrooms

Chick Decoration

Rex London

£1

 When it comes to treats and gifts, what is the deal in your house?  Some families are in the zone of ‘let the chocolate sugary flood gates open’, others opt for the gift route and in our house, we are a mix of the two.  They get an egg from us, the Easter egg hunt, and a wee gift, we know that grandparents will go way over the top, as is their duty, and I somehow make it all last up to the summer holidays, I know I’m such a mean mum 😉

If you are looking for some alternatives to the sugar flood take a look at these great finds;

 

Hoppel Rabbit from Steiff for kids bedrooms this easter

Hoppel Rabbit

Steiff

£27.90

Easter Chick from Steiff for kids bedrooms this Easter

14cm Chick

Steiff

£17.90

Surprise Carrots from Meri Meri for kids this Easter

Surprise Carrots 

Meri Meri

x4 £14

Bunny Night Light from Rex London

Rabbit Night Light

Rex London

£4.95

We're going on an egg hunt kid's book for Easter

We’re Going On An Egg Hunt 

Amazon

£5.70

As parents we know that pretty things to look at and yummy things to eat are great and will put smiles on most peoples faces.  There is one more step to take for the perfect Easter for the kids’ and that is catering to their love of making, having an activity, a creation or decoration to call their own.  It might be art and crafts, it might be baking, it could be playing a game, as well as THE HUNT of course!    

Personalised Bunny Bag from Lime Tree London for kids this easter

Personalised Egg Hunt Bag

Lime Tree London

£14.50

Egg & Spoon Race Game, perfect for kid's this Easter

Egg & Spoon Race

Amazon

£5.99

Mini Wooden Eggs Decorating kit for the kids this Easter

Wooden Eggs Decorating Kit

Amazon

£14.99

Easter Colouring Activity from Meri Meri perfect for the kids

Easter Colouring Posters

Meri Meri

£8.25

Yellow Egg Basket from Rex London for the kids' Easter egg hunts

Yellow Woven Basket

Rex London

£1

 

There you go, the best Easter decorations for kids’ bedrooms and more, to keep them smiling, laughing and jolly over the Easter weekend and also some fun prep activities for the lockdown weekends leading up to the big event. 

 

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Mountain theme for a boys bedroom

Mountain theme for a boys bedroom

Mountain theme for a boys bedroom

 

A Mountain theme Bedroom for a Nature Loving Boy

 

Wilf (12) needed a new room to support his wellbeing

and to reflect his love of nature.

 

The initial brief was to create a room that Wilf (12) could grow into, with separated out zones for work, rest and play.  But it was very much designed around his specific needs which really impacted his wellbeing. Part of his condition affects the way he processes sensory information so he needed a space that felt calm and safe. So warm enveloping colours and a den-like safe place to retreat to when feeling overwhelmed was key.  We created him a mountain theme for a boys bedroom. 

Mum is a Forest School teacher and so they are massively into nature, sustainability and renewable energy (they have an electric car for instance). This naturally had me thinking all things nature and organic products. He also had many collections of books and treasured items which either needed to be ordered and/or included in the design.

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His Pinterest page (that I asked him to create) reflected images of nature, animals and the planets. The room images were all warm dark inky shades with diffused lighting. It was clear to me that even the hero items in this space literally had to be part of the landscape! I presented the concept image for his room and gained his positive feedback and constructive criticism to start developing the design.  

As the main backdrop I chose a mountain scene wallpaper that wrapped two walls. Because of the way he deciphers some things we offered a few choices as we had to be careful that he couldn’t distinguish any scary faces/images in the patterned wallpaper!  I then matched the colours from this palette and wrapped the other two walls in dark blue and took the lighter blue over the ceiling.

My presentation is always to Mum and Dad first. Reason being; is so they can edit the options to suit their budget and also have a little control on how much they want to dial up or down the scheme. It always stays true to the scheme though and still leaves plenty of options for them to choose which provides a fun and collaborative experience.

I loved presenting this room to Wilf, he literally marked me out of 10 for each item, so it was that cut and dry on final edit!

 

“It makes me feel calm and safe. The colours are soothing and there’s no sharp angles, which makes it feel easy on my eyes, this helps me with aspects of my autism”

Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine
Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine
Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine

 

The bed was bespoke designed by me, allowing plenty of shelving for books on all sides. There’s even some secret compartments within the bed that even his brother doesn’t know about! It’s made out of Valchromat, essentially a wood fibre that’s individually impregnated with organic dye, so no need for paint, it’s therefore incredibly durable! 

The desk and shelves are also bespoke design by me, and out of the same material. 

The wardrobe storage fits neatly into the ceiling end of the room and leaves room for a bed-settee. Coffee table, pouffes (and cork notice-board) so he can chill out with friends.  

 

Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine
Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine
Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine

 

All the lighting is dimmable and diffused to ensure no bare bulbs for glare. He loves the monkey bed-side light, which looks like it’s climbed it’s own monkey bars in the bed! The planet mobile is a stunning piece of art in itself which I’m sure he’ll keep for many years to come! He also has a projector which projects stars and planets on the ceiling to create different scenes for calming. The pendant replicates a fluffy cloud suspended against the mountain scene wallpaper!

It’s a space to work, play & socialise but most importantly to escape to when things get too much. I received the warmest of hugs when it was all completed. A tearful career high for me!

 

Boys Bedroom by Barker Design, featured by Rooomy Magazine

“It’s got everything, tons of cool stuff without being overwhelming.

There’s space for my books, collections, work and even a secret hiding space in my bed.  

Marks out of 10, I’d give it a 10, there’s so many cool features!”

Over the last twelve years Justine (Barker Deign)has worked on a range of homes and businesses implementing her own signature style of laid-back interiors. Mixing up pieces from different eras and creating that uncontrived effortless look has become key to all her designs. Achieving that ‘thrown together’ look comes from years of savvy sourcing and constantly being on the hunt for new materials and local artisans who are willing to create bespoke pieces that won’t break the bank. Believing that the place in which you live or work should inspire, harmonise and ultimately make you happier, she strives to push the boundaries in every design and create spaces that are every bit as individual as her clients.

Photography credit – Jonny Campbell

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Perfect Pink Girls Bedroom For Two

Perfect Pink Girls Bedroom For Two

Perfect Pink Girls Bedroom For Two

One family, two rooms, with the aim of keeping a touch of South Africa Part 1

The perfect pink girls bedroom for two after you’ve moved from Cape Town to England, with a baby due in a few weeks.

PIA Design to the rescue and they create two fantastic rooms just in time for babies arrival.  

 

This gorgeous riverside property was in fantastic condition having been refurbished with a minimal colour palette not too long before our clients moved in, but the client felt the rooms could be re-decorated to add some interest and personality to suit their own taste.

Our clients are from Cape Town, South Africa, and wanted their home to be inspired by the textures and colours of their home – they were also interested in designing sustainably, so we looked at natural materials like cork and 100% natural fibre fabrics and started by using the furniture the client already owned.

As the family already live in the house with their two young girls and new-born, we tackled the design a few rooms at a time. We started with the design of the little girls’ room and nursery, which were finished just weeks before the baby arrived. Here’s the Girls room, Part 2 will follow soon. 

Pink girls bedroom, shared, by PIA design featured by Rooomy magazine
girls bedroom, by PIA design

For the girl’s room we used subtle colours and plenty of texture to give the room a nature-inspired uplift – and schemes that can easily adapt and evolve as the children grow up. The client wanted the girl’s room to feel restful as well as fun, with spaces for the girls to play and work.

We began the design for this perfect pink girls bedroom by bringing together fabric and wallpaper samples, we wanted to create a room that had a soft and subtle base. This could then adapt easily to furniture and accessory changes as the girls grew and as their interests change over time. We were drawn to dusty pink shades, greys, beiges, and warm wooden tones for this room as they’re easy neutrals that can pair well with other colours.

girls bedroom, by PIA design
girls bedroom, by PIA design
girls bedroom, by PIA design

 

Behind the twin beds we chose a feature wall using a pink distressed design wallpaper from Elitis, the pattern of which is a subtle nod to the South African inspired mood board we put together for the room schemes. The carpet in this room also needed changing as we had to remove some existing joinery from the house’s original owners that had left indents in the existing carpets. In keeping with the blush tones of the room, we selected a warm beige carpet with a slight rosy hue.  

We had initially discussed designing some bespoke bunk beds for the girls bedroom as a fun feature piece of joinery. We ran into challenges with the sloped ceiling not allowing a lot of room for the top bunk. As well as this, we worked with our joiner to make sure everything was structurally sound, which resulted in some of our design choices being compromised. In the end it was agreed with the client that two double beds were a smarter choice and helped to future proof the room as the girls grew up. Looking back, it was the right choice to make as the final result has a more refined atmosphere.

 

Girls Pink Shared Bedroom by PIA design featuerd by Rooomy Magazine

 

We designed bespoke wardrobes for this room with ample storage space that had adjustable shelves and hanging rails that would make the wardrobes adapt with the girl’s storage needs as they grew older. The whitewashed oak shaker doors of the wardrobes feature beautiful gold leaf embellished cork panels, and we added an extra touch of luxury with some leather and brass handles from Anthropologie.

Our original design for the joinery in this room had less wardrobe space and a double desk for the girls to work at together. After reviewing this with the client, it was agreed that the girls would need more storage space and that separate desks would mean homework could be completed much more efficiently! We had bespoke fitted desks fitted into the rooms by the windows. On our site visits to discuss the designs with the clients we noticed both girls enjoyed colouring and so we made sure each desk was fitted with custom cork panels wrapped in De Le Cuona fabric for the girls to pin up their artistic creations.

There was not enough space either side of the window in this room to have full length curtains so we picked a beautiful fabric from Christopher Farr to have bespoke roman blinds made. To add a bit of extra luxury to the blinds, we opted for a wide trim around the edges in a stunning De Le Cuona fabric. 

 

girls bedroom, by PIA design
girls bedroom desk
girls pink bedroom by PIA design

The client had beautiful, framed prints by Mrs Mighetto that we wanted to display in this room, they fit nicely above the beds and we had space in the centre for another piece of artwork. We asked the girls what other accessories they would like in their new room; they loved the grass woven elephant head we had chosen for the nursery (to be revealed here soon) so we found a similar product from Maisons Du Monde which completed the wall nicely.

We specified a sheepskin rug in this room as it proved to be a popular choice in the nursery! The collection of decorative cushions and throws we sourced from John Lewis and gave the beds an extra cosy vibe. We paired the rattan bedside tables with some art deco style table lamps for a contrast between natural elements and contemporary luxury.

Compared to the Nursery, this perfect pink girls bedroom was slightly more challenging to coordinate as it was larger and required the additional time needed to remove and install new carpets. But it came together just as easily with all the thorough planning we did, and the end result is something we are really proud of. It’s a room that will stand the test of time and always have a good balance between fun and neutral. The girls enjoy having a bedroom together, their own grown-up beds and desk spaces of their own which have been used for many artistic endeavours since!

Part 2 – The Nursery, to follow in a few weeks.

 

PIA Design’s objective is to interpret the style preferences of each client and develop something tailored to them. As a result all projects take on their own, unique direction, but there is also a common thread that underlies each one, apparent in the use of natural  materials – wood, stone, cork, metal etc, that can be used to add texture, but also colour to a scheme before simply specifying paint.

A love of nature is at the heart of PIA’s designs and her philosophy is that the best form of sustainability is a carefully considered scheme and the use of quality materials – natural materials have a timeless quality about them that surpasses trends whilst also standing the test of time: some materials even grow more beautiful with age.

Photography credit – Anna Yanovski

Girls, Girls, Girls…

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