Room Tours

Let’s go to my room: Arthur, 5

I’m SO excited to be able to share today’s post with you! One of the things I wanted to do most on the blog was show off some amazing inspirational children’s rooms – and today’s is the first!

The creative brain behind this design is talented mummy and interior designer Lisa, from Born & Bred Studio. Born & Bred specialises in interior design for little people and creative families, with the focus more on home than house and a mission to make interior design accessible and less intimidating.

We asked Lisa to take us for a look around Arthur’s room…

Who lives here? A family of four: Mum, Dad, Arthur and little sister Ivy.

Where is the property? Dollis Hill, NW London.

What was the room like before? The whole house was a complete building site. So it was a complete blank canvas. The homeowner wanted it to be a really fun and happy space. Nothing gender obvious and lots of places to stow the endless amount of toys and books that inevitably build up over the years.

Did Arthur have any input into the design – if so, what? No, he was very young at the time. But he loved the owl wallpaper at the big reveal!

What was your starting point for the design? Pinterest! The homeowner wanted to stay true to the building’s Edwardian ‘bones’, but she was keen to do so with a twist. I recall her mentioning how Jules and Jamie Oliver’s house might look like. Not a bad benchmark! So I created moodboards from Pinterest research and that created a great basis to start the discussion on our final scheme.

What was the most challenging aspect of the design? There were no particular challenging points. It’s a modest-sized room which is normal in a period London property. The client was very open to new ideas and leaving us to it.

Did you encounter any difficulties during the installation process? No. It was pretty straightforward. The bed arrived with one panel unsprayed… but that was soon resolved!

What is your favourite part of the design? I just love the fun wallpaper and colours. Your eyes are drawn to so many focal points, whether it be the lighting, wallpaper, lockers or beds. It’s not matchy coordinated but has synergy. And it really shows off all of Arthur’s belongings and collections.

I love the wallpaper – were the homeowners as keen or did you have to convince them? I presented a few options and Ferm Living was always a favourite for the homeowner. No persuasion needed! We chose it because it’s fun, bright, colourful and gender neutral and the design has longevity in terms of age. It’s suitable for a nursery right through to primary school.

Are there any special features that you’d like to mention? The teepee bed is pretty special and actually came a little later as originally there was a cot in its place. I cannot tell you how amazed Arthur looked when he saw his ‘cool big boy’ bed.

Any design elements you are particularly proud of? I’m proud that it’s very personal to Arthur and his family. It’s a unique fun room that they’ll be making memories in for years to come.

ARTHUR’S VERDICT

What did your old bedroom look like?
Don’t know, I was a little baby then.

What do your love about your new room?
My bed because it’s so cool! I stick stickers on it but mummy takes them off.

Is your little sister allowed in?
Yeah only if she plays diggers with me… she messes my games up.

How would you describe your room?
It has lots of toys and a cool bed. And a drawing on the wallpaper that won’t come off.

LISA’S SOURCEBOOK

Bed – Cuckooland

Wallpaper – Ferm Living

Lighting – Marks & Spencer

Filing cabinet and rug – Ikea

Desk – eBay


Floor cushions – made by Born & Bred from Ikea fabric

Born & Bred Studio has just launched Kids E-Interiors, a range of packages to help the busy family or mum-to-be to source the perfect products for their nursery – genius idea! Find out more about Born & Bred Studio>

Credit for top two photographs: Anna Stathaki

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