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:
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'!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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