How was your weekend? As a family we have been having fun here on the Sunshine Coast and it is hard to pull myself out of school holiday mode! But I really wanted to share with you all more of Ava's room and the reason behind my design decisions. So I'll get started.
We live in a rental so I faced many challenges when it came to spatial planning, storage and colour palette. The room is just shy of 3mx3m with a wardrobe that is not practical for storing folded clothes and shoes so most of Ava's toys and hanging clothes are kept in the wardrobe but that is it. I also was reusing Ava's vintage bed and because it is a daybed it was awkward when it came to positioning it so that I was not left with too much dead space. Then I had the bland and boring carpet and wall colour to contend with which I couldn't change so I wanted to distract from that. I'll now give you all a few tips and tricks and how you can work with these issues.
1. To make the room feel larger I hung curtains that went along the entire wall of the window that dropped from just under the the cornice down to the floor. This also gave the space a more luxurious feel and the soft pink brightened the wall colour. My colour choice for the curtains was so important. I couldn't use white as it would have made the wall colour stand out and dulled the vibrant colours I was using in the other soft furnishings. I discovered that unless I paid a thousand dollars to have curtains made my options were limited. I ended up finding these curtains at Pillow Talk but had my clever mum add the ruffle to hide the extra length that had to be added as well. When buying curtains remember that the fuller, longer and wider they are the better.
2. When choosing storage for Ava's room it had to be big enough to fit most of her clothes in but didn't overtake the space. I designed a low and long chest of drawers which has three deep drawers with plenty of room. I chose a white stain to soften the timber without it being a stark white which I find impractical for kids rooms as it always gets grubby. Custom designed furniture pieces is a service we provide at Luxury Living and is a great option if you have an awkward space or specific storage need. Ava's seat at her dresser lifts up and stores her barbies, a belly basket is used to store soft toys ( so easy to throw them in of a morning) and two small woven baskets with lids house her Shopkins and jewellery. All of her toys are easily accessible and easy to pack away while keeping the storage beautiful as well.
3. Creating a beautiful space was important as well. I didn't want to create the same pastel room that are gorgeous and very popular at the moment but just not very Ava. I wanted a space that showed Ava's personality, her love of cats, flowers and rainbows while not looking commercial. I really wanted a wow statement light piece but because of being in a rental I could not wire anything in which is when I came up with the idea for the woven basket pendants which I added flowers and twinkle lights to. The flowers also tied in with a flower box frame I had made Ava over a year ago for her wall. When choosing accessories I wanted items that Ava would love and be able to use and play with. The beautiful rose sheepskin rug from Society of Wanderers provided a much needed pop of colour and softness to the carpet. Aside from the Tutu du Monde dress, star garland and mirror the rest of the wall decor is existing. It's important when designing a space to consider what you can keep or reuse to stay within budget.
Well that is just a little bit about the design process of Ava's room. We are now open for bookings and look forward to creating more beautiful spaces. If you are just wanting some advice to get started in the right direction check out our Design Direction Consultation which is available to pay online.
I am off to do food shopping now which my fam will be grateful for (honestly I do feed them).