It has been dreadful weather of late. Grey, wet and gloomy outside, so I decided rather than spend another day with LIttle J parked in front of the TV (which I hate doing but sometimes you just run out of ideas), that we’d take the opportunity to clean up his bedroom and take some pictures of it.
When little J grew out of his old cot back in July, I decided to take the opportunity a give his room a makeover. I’m not going to show you a before picture as it was just a white room before with a cot bed and nappy change table. That’s it.
When I asked little J what he wanted his room to be like, he immediately said “Space and rockets” and as he also loves Star Wars, I went with it. Here are some snippets of his room.
Some tips for designing a kids bedroom are:
- Keep the big ticket items such as the wall, floor & large pieces of furniture neutral so that you only need to change the accessories as they grow older.
- When designing the layout of the room, think with longevity in mind, will you have to eventually put in a desk? Will you eventually need to change the bed?
- When using frames, think about weight. Try not to use glass as they can break and cause injury. I have used light weight frames made out of light wood and plastic so if it falls, it won’t cause any harm.
- Utilise old toys to create displays in the room.
- Don’t be too precious about anything, it’s their room after all.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the week. xD
Photography: Doris Lee
So the house is a mess, and I’m not talking about the standard mess like piles of things here and there. I am talking about, a dining table that is not being used for eating but rather holding my drawing board with piles of paper every where, a toddlers bedroom that is being used for storage rather than to sleep because Little J has abandoned it for a couple of reasons, a) it’s cooler to camp out on a mattress in the kitchen floor with mum and dad and b) he has no bed because mum thought that selling his old cot bed would take a couple of weeks but instead it went in 2 hours. That’s right 2 HOURS! What was I thinking? and we have a bathroom that’s being used as a playroom, because the only thing to do in this heat is to play with water. Yikes!
So in amongst all the chaos that will resolve itself by next weekend (that’s when the new bed that arrived on Monday in numerous boxes will be built) and a cool change is coming (I can feel it), I am starting to think about my plans for the guest bedroom. I wrote about being undecided about whether to go for a dark or light interior here and here.
After careful consideration, I have opted to go for a light interior. There were 2 factors that led to this decision. The first was the image above. It just spoke to me and evokes the feel that I wanted the room to have. And secondly, I have a very limited budget and will be re-using furniture within the house to accomodate the needs of the room.
So based on this I created a mood board to reflect the look and feel of the room I intend to create.
What do you think?
Have a lovely week. xD
Image Source: pinterest.com
Yesterday I ran through my dilemma of whether to redesign my guest bedroom in a light or dark scheme. In that post I reviewed and provided tips on how to create a light bedroom scheme which you can view here. Today I’ll take a look at dark bedrooms.
Dark rooms have grown and grown in popularity. I love dark rooms because they have a dramatic and instant impact as soon as you see them. Light and bright objects look sensational against dark walls and a comfortable and cosy room can be easily created. But it is especially glorious when the sun goes down and the lights come on as with the right lights in place, the atmosphere of the room can be transformed into a warm inviting haven.
Is your bedroom a dark colour? Which is your favourite colour scheme, light or dark? Why? I’d love to know. I’ll be sure to show you the results when I’ve finally decided and finished the room.
The sun is shining over here in London, after some study, I’m going to make some time to enjoy a little bit of sun. Whatever you are doing, I hope you are enjoying your day. xD
Image Source: Title Loopy Mango 1 Skonahem.com, 2(i) Hearthommag.co.uk, (ii) Grahamatkinshughes.com, (iii) Unknown, (iv) ADMagazine.ru, 3 Anthropologie.com
I’m currently in the middle of a dilemma. I am in the process of redesigning my guest bedroom as firstly, it’s in dire need of a change and secondly, I have some visitors coming in August.
My problem is that I can’t make up my mind as to whether I should go for a light or a dark interior. On the one hand I love the light minimal aesthetic of having a light bright room, but on the other hand I love the moody warm feeling that can be envoked (especially at night) with lighting in a dark scheme. So I thought I’d do a contrast of the 2 styles over 2 days and provide some tips on how to achieve each look.
Today we look at light and white bedrooms. If you decide to go for a white scheme, the key is to use as much texture as possible. Keep the palette muted and restricted if you want a calm space and natural materials such as wood, linen and wool not only help to create texture but also help warm the room up.
An all white scheme can sometimes feel cold, so be sure to pick a colour that has a warmer hue (usually a yellow undertone) for the bedroom when choosing paint. I would highly recommend a patch test in the room, as white will look different under different types of lighting and there are many different forms of white paint available.
Is your bedroom all white? If so, why did you go for an all white scheme? I’d love to know. See you tomorrow for part 2 of this debate where we will review dark bedrooms. Enjoy your day. xD
Image Source: Title style-files.com 1 Mariaemb.blogspot.co.uk, 2 housenumber15.blogspot.co.uk, 3 landinskan.blogg.se, 4 unknown
Good morning, I hope you are well. Over the weekend I went to Stockholm to attend the Meet the Bloggers convention. As I mentioned in my last post, I was a little nervous about the whole thing as it was a new experience and I’d never been to anything like it before. So now I have to report back that I shouldn’t have worried. I’ve never met such a lovely bunch of people. Everyone was genuinely supportive and I learnt so much that I felt like my brain was going to burst.
Stockholm is a most beautiful city and although I have visited the city before with my family, this time I was able to visit the city with a more directed design view. I was naive in thinking that the Scandinavians have a very distinct aesthetic ie minimal with a strong tie with nature. I had assumed that the hotel we were staying at would be representative of this. So I was both surprised and delighted when I arrived to discover that the Scandic Grand Central Hotel was in fact an eclectic restoration by architecture firm Koncept of a property built in 1885. Their intention was to create an interior that would feel like it always existed. The core elements of the interiors were based around Music, playfulness, photography and creativity.
As I was walking through the hotel, I started wondering whether it would be possible to recreate the style of the interior at home. So I put together some notes on how this could be possibly achieved within the reception, kitchen and bedroom of a home. The results are below:
- Use a restricted colour palette to create harmony. The orange pillows and stripe on the sheets create a pop of colour and focal point, the surrounding area then mellows, but still uses variations of the orange ie citrus orange in the typography picture to the camel brown in the curtains
- Create a unique headboard by using wall panelling. The panelling is then painted out in the same colour as the wall so as not to be too intrusive on the scheme.
- Use lighting to highlight artwork and create flexibility.
- Use beautiful tiling on the floor to create a stunning feature.
- Hang industrial lights over a kitchen island or dining table to create a focal point. Note: the size of the lights mimic the size of the pattern on the floor.
- Don’t be afraid to use black in the ceiling and furniture. It makes the other colours in the room more vibrant.
So what do you think? Do you like the scheme? Would you have any of the elements in your home? I’d love to know. Have a lovely Tuesday and I’ll see you tomorrow for inspiration Wednesday. xD
Image Source: Scandic Grand Central Hotel
When you walk into our house, the front door leads directly into a large reception with an 11 foot ceiling and as you progress towards the back of the house the ceiling lowers dramatically (by at least 3 ft) and becomes our kitchen and dining space. Although there is a significant drop, you don’t actually feel it. Here’s why:
- we have a large panel of glass which acts as a skylight in the kitchen that makes the space feel unrestricted
- the glass sliding doors at the back of the house reach all the way to the ceiling giving the illusion of height
- the ceiling is painted in white and is lighter than the floors which not only reflects light but provides the illusion of a higher ceiling
- the kitchen cabinets go all the way to the ceiling and draws the eye up
- the lighting in the kitchen is integrated into the cabinets and we have no pendants hanging from the ceiling (hanging pendants will focus the eye on the ceiling height)
- the art in the dining room is hung high towards the ceiling to again draw the eye up
All of these factors have contributed towards creating the illusion that the height of the ceiling is in fact taller than it really is. A couple of other things you could also do are:
- use vertical stripes to draw the eye upwards
- use low furniture to make the room feel taller
- use window treatments that go from floor to ceiling to help create the illusion of height
I hope this has helped anyone trying to design for a room with a low ceiling as it can be a tough one to get right. Have a lovely Thursday. I’ll be back tomorrow for Friday 5s. xD
Image Source – nytimes.com and nsmbl.nl
Being parents with a toddler, it’s difficult to actually do any large diy projects. Living in London, we use every room in the house and there is no space for us to leave anything potentially dangerous like paint, chemicals or tools for an extended period of time. This means that we need to rely on contractors to do the work for us. They come in, charge a ton a money, do the work and take their tools with them.
So when we decided to repaint our bedrooms upstairs that’s what we did. The rooms were overtaken with very unsuitable wall paper; think blousy flowers and neon pink shoes. Not our style. Anyway, we thought we’d try and save money and asked the painter to strip the wall paper and only repaint the walls. We chose a suitably neutral and child friendly colour – Dulux Jasmine White and then asked him to proceed. All was well, until the paint went up on the walls! Yikes! The colour of the walls suddenly stood out glaringly at me, fresh and lovely while the ceiling, skirting and window frames suddenly looked dated and had been painted with a pink hue. They were not friends. In the end, we had to repaint everything costing us double the amount of the original quote. So the moral of the story is, when you repaint a room, do the whole thing! Trust me, it will save you so much time and money in the end. I just hope someone can learn something from my rookie mistake. How about you? Any interior mistakes you’d like to share?
The images below are from Design Sponge except the unfinshed rooms actually look good unlike my rooms. Till tomorrow…