Firstly a HUGE thanks to Carrie Young (my sister and partner in crime!) who has nailed yet another amazing room photoshoot - all images are credited to her amazing talent - Carrie Young Photography.
The girls have shared a room ever since Jemima was 3 months old when she made her way from the cradle by our bed, into a cot in Lotte’s room. So many incredible memories were created to treasure in that space but with Jemima ready for a big girl bed and Lotte fast growing up, we decided it was time for a room make-over to suit their growing needs.
We’re huge fans of shared rooms and although they definitely come with their challenges, to me they are worth it just the for the incredibly precious bonding opportunities. So, although we had the space to give them each a room (at a push!), we decided to keep them in together. Here's some snaps of their old shared room (bed/cot combo):
DESIGNING THE NEW SPACE
We really wanted to create a unique, bright and happy space to suit the girl’s fun loving (sometimes crazy!) and bubbly personalities - something that would provide them with different activity zones, celebrate the character of the room and especially the beautiful fireplace.
The room itself is a beautiful space with plenty of things to love - it has bucket loads of natural light, high ceilings, dado rails, cladding, a grand old fireplace and beautiful antique French doors, which were salvaged from an old local hospital, opening out onto the deck. Although its character features are much loved, they made the layout difficult and created what some would call awkward spaces either side of the fireplace to work with. With so many beautiful features to consider and celebrate there is only one wall in the room without a door or a fireplace on it, making two single beds impossible to fit, so a bunk it was.
Selecting a bunk was tough. For this brief, there were so many features it had to meet - open ends to keep the space light and airy, a trundle to allow for sleep overs, a beautiful design and quality which would complement the character and style of the rest of the house (Federation with a Coastal Vibe). As soon as I saw the House of Orange bunk bed I knew we had found the dream piece to tick all of the boxes - sturdy beautiful and a perfect style and design for the space / house. Winning!
With the bed style and position decided I set to work designing the different zones in the room - a chill out and reading nook on one side of the fireplace and drawing and craft zone on the other.
There was also a great space on the opposite side of the room next to the French doors to include their much loved antique World Map chest drawers to store all of their clothes and a small space next to the entry to include a wall hook and a place for shoes:
With such an amazing fireplace in the room, I wanted to use it to bring some fun to the space, while celebrating it as a stand-out character feature. I couldn't go past this super fun and semi-retro candy stripe Zilverblauw Wallpaper from Little Muse & Maker. This allowed us to celebrate the fireplace and set an upbeat tone for the rest of the room. The custom neon soda light by Neon Poodle was an extension of this upbeat retro theme and was chosen to create a bright, fun punch to set off the space, while allowing the beautiful wallpaper and fireplace to be the hero of the room.
So with the bed and wallpaper chosen and the zones mapped out, it was about layering the space with colours and textures to bring it to life. Everyone knows I'm a sucker for natural light and crisp interior finishes, so a white base is often my go-to and was again in this case! With Lotte & Jemima's happy, go-lucky and upbeat personalities, I knew that the brief called for a fun and bright theme, so I decided on a mix of pastels, brights and neons to set against this crisp, white back-drop.
When sharing Minted Interiors room designs on social media, I often get people asking where products are from. Although I would always love to share, my clients invest a lot in my services to design spaces and source unique products just for them. For this reason, without their permission I don't feel it's appropriate to then share product sources publicly, as it can undervalue my design work and also their personal brief + finished space. Although to me, this is the right thing to do, sadly it often means that the beautiful interior furniture, homewares and decor brands I use in my designs miss out on further promotion for their products, which is why in this instance - given the room is in our own home - I am so excited to be able to share the shopping list of amazing interior brands with you below:
Neon ‘Soda’ Sign – Neon Poodle
Cloud Night Light – Fromage La Rue
Crochet Jules Floor Rug Sage & Clare
Dinosaur Planter - Dino Planters
Bean Bag and Pillow Cases, Heart Print, Penny Round Cushions Castle & Things
Flamingos & Wire Baskets - Corner Store
Yellow Mushroom Lamp, Peg Board, Lapin Dolls, Wall Hooks an Perspects Bookshelves – Leo & Bella
Cactus in Yellow Pot – Colour Décor
Green Lovey Toy – Donna Wilson
Yellow Dress Doll – Dumye
Thrift shop table and chairs
POPS OF NEON
Doona Covers and Sheets - Bramwell Designs
For Like Ever poster - Super Rural
Polka Dot Tutu - Seed Heritage
DIY second hand side table.
A huge thanks to these brands (and stockists) who create these beautiful products and have contributed to this very special project for us x
Please support them where you can!
We hope you all enjoyed the room tour, as much as Lotte & Mim love their new room! xx