Room Tour: Rufus & Scarlett's Tropical Shared Room

A kid’s bedroom is a great place to experiment with bolder shades that you might be hesitant to use elsewhere in the house and it’s very rewarding when you do!
— Anna, Rufus & Scarlett's Mum

I first met Anna at a social media workshop and most recently worked with her on a stunning pre-teen girl’s room mural which I hope to share with you all very soon. Anna has such a talent for transforming quite ordinary spaces with the use of colour and pattern, you can see much more of her work over on her website: Anna Proctor but just to give you a taster here are a few of her projects:

Please can you tell me a bit about yourself and the kids? 

I’m Anna, a muralist and colour consultant and I have two kids, Rufus who's 6 and Scarlett who’s 4. We live in Battersea in a renovated mid century house.

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How would you describe your style when it comes to interiors? 

My style is quite eclectic really. I love to play with pattern and colour and to use a mix of both old and new furniture and accessories, but I don’t like anything that’s too fussy.

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What was your inspiration for your kids’ room?

We used to live in the Bahamas, where Rufus was born and where I became pregnant with Scarlett. The rough exposed beams are quite typical of beach bars there, so we decided to embrace that feeling with a palette of coral, white  and aqua and motifs- palm trees, leaves and a scalloped half walls which are reminiscent of some of the Loyalist cottages you can find in the islands.

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What do Rufus and Scarlett love most about their room? 

All the space! It used to be the master bedroom and bathroom but we knocked through to make one big playroom and shared bedroom. They’re very lucky to have the biggest bedroom and it’s fantastic to have all their toys in there too.

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Could you share any advice for designing a shared kids room?

I would try to allocate the same amount of storage space for each child so they feel equal and it’s ‘fair’. It’s also a good idea to have some display space high up that younger siblings can’t reach and ‘sabotage’. My son is really into Lego so we have a display of it on top of his wardrobe which his sister can’t get to! She has some of her toys that she doesn’t really want him to play with above her wardrobe too.

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What would you say to someone who’s hesitant about using bolder colours?

I would say that adding colour with bedding, cushions and blankets is a great place to start. However, to really change the feel of a room you need to add colour to the walls. A kid’s bedroom is a great place to experiment with bolder shades that you might be hesitant to use elsewhere in the house and it’s very rewarding when you do!

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Where are your fave places for great kids’ decor?

I love HoneyRocks London for their gorgeous homewares- rugs, baskets, peacock chairs and cushions, Ferm Living has great lighting and textiles. I have to say that I also love Zara and H+M - they have on trend sweet accessories that are very affordable. 

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Thank you so much Anna for allowing me to share Rufus and Scarlett’s room.

Finally, I also wanted to add that Anna’s gorgeous little nephew Teddy is currently undergoing treatment for neuroblastoma and I wanted to share a link to his fundraising page. Anna and I would both be ever so grateful for any contributions towards his treatment:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/solvingkidscancer/teddy-mascaro

You can also follow Teddy’s journey on his mum Emma’s Instagram page: Mamaandtbear

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Room Tour: Delilah and Orla's Vintage Scandinavian Room

I love so many different styles but I try not to jump on trends and remind myself what interior style makes me feel happy, and what suits our family home.
— Kelly, Delilah and Orla's Mum

I'm often asked where my inspiration for kids' room design comes from, and increasingly it's from social media, particularly Pinterest and Instagram.  I spend many hours looking at rooms from all around the world many of which are designed and decorated by talented mums and dads who want to create a magical space for their kids to enjoy and to create lasting memories of their childhood.  

This sparked an idea for a series of blogs in which I want to showcase some of these rooms and hopefully give you all some ideas, inspiration and the confidence to create something special for your own little ones.

The first room I'm delighted to be sharing with you is a stunning shared girls' room belonging to 5 and a half year old twins Delilah and Orla, designed by their mum Kelly who runs her own business Lala Loves Decor selling children's wall decor as well as managing @thisismyhomestyle on Instagram:

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Tell me a bit about yourself and the girls? 

I'm Kelly and I run my business Lala Loves Decor from my home in Brighton.  I have twin girls who are 5 and a half, Delilah and Orla, aka the lala girls as both of their names end in a 'la' sound. 
They are the constant source of inspiration for my brand, they have to try out everything in their room first, saying 'one each please Mama'!

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How would you describe your style when it comes to interiors? 

I love so many different styles but I try not to jump on trends and remind myself what interior style makes me feel happy, and what suits our family home.  I'm definitely influenced by Scandinavian design, but with a bit of a boho vibe and some vintage finds thrown in!  I always come back to light rooms and muted pastels. 

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What was your starting point and inspiration for the girls’ room? 

The bunk bed from made.com was the starting point, that was the first purchase, I love the mix of white with natural wood and the simple Scandi influenced design.  I became obsessed with Pinterest and created a mood board to really hone down the look of the room.  I wanted to include lots of Instagram small business finds in their room because there are so many amazing brands out there: Wonder and Rah, Never Perfect Studio, Ella and the Roo, Velveteen Babies, and Marjorie Minnie are some of my favourites.  Instagram and Pinterest were the biggest source of inspiration for the look of the room.  The more I looked at other kids' rooms the more I realised I loved Scandinavian design and vintage finds, and decided to merge the two looks.

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What was on the girls’ wish lists for their new room and do they have similar taste?

They really wanted a canopy which I managed to squeeze into the corner and they were very excited about the bunk beds!  They also requested a gold flower mirror from my shop.  They have very similar tastes but they also try and be different from each other, they'll often like the same things but will choose a different colour.

What do they love most about their room?

The canopy area.  I've added fairy lights and cushions, it's an enchanting space for them to play fairies and read stories. 

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How did you decide who has the top and bottom bunks?

They argued at first so we did a trial, they had a week each on the top and then swapped.  Delilah always wanted the top but after the first swap Orla wasn't bothered and wanted the bottom, we call it the cosy cave to sound more appealing! 

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Do you have any advice for anyone about to decorate a shared bedroom? 

Work out what kind of bed will suit the space and the children first.  If the girls bedroom had been big enough, I probably would have bought two single beds instead of bunk beds as I was concerned about them fighting over the top bunk.  Luckily for me, they have been fine and they love the bunk bed and climb in each others bed in the morning!

After the bed(s) have been chosen, work out what furniture you would like and where you think it will go.  I measured areas in their room and used masking tape on the floor to get a sense of space.  I also recommend creating some kind of mood board because it really helps to see how the room will come together.

Thank you so much to Kelly for allowing me to share Delilah and Orla's room. If you want to see more of Kelly's gorgeous home please head over to her page @thisismyhomestyle and if you're looking for gorgeous wall decor her website is www.lalalovesdecor.com