Bedrooms

A little boy’s room with a creative edge

This two-year-old’s room has an aviation theme and just the right amount of colour

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Whose room is this?
Charlie, 2.

Who created this scheme?
Mum Ana Dermer (owner of graphic design business Woolly Lemon Creative and photographer).

Where is it?
Pt Chevalier, Auckland.

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Ana, what are the key changes you made to Charlie’s room?
I changed our boring spare room into a fun bedroom by using a combination of old, new and re-purposed items. We inherited an antique bed from my partner Chris’ father, but I wanted it to work in a modern setting. I chose blue and green paint to complement the bed and added orange to tie in with the modern bedlinen. I found the suitcases on my parents’ farm; they double as a bedside table and toy box. They still have my grandfather’s travel stickers on them!

What was the inspiration for the look of this room?
Chris and I love skiing and can’t wait to get our kids into it so abstract mountains felt right to us. I got the initial idea from Pinterest and adapted it.

How did you create the painted feature wall?
I used masking tape to get the straight lines and used chalk attached to string to get the curved lines, along with a bit of freehand.

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Are you happy with the outcome?
Yes, although it took a few goes to get the paint right. I learned a lesson here – always use a testpot no matter how confident you are! I completely repainted the mountains as I couldn’t live with the first colours I chose.

Fave feature?
The reading corner. We read there every day and every night before bed. It’s also a comfy place to sit while Charlie plays and has recently come in very handy as a breast-feeding bag!

What projects did you undertake yourself?
Making the snowman picture (above beanbag), painting the walls and the inside of the shelves and adapting the old wire-slung bed into one with slats.

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Fact File:

Wall feature in Resene ‘Blue Lagoon’, Resene ‘Java’, Resene ‘Padua’, Resene ‘Flamingo’ and Resene ‘Crusta’; beanbag from Citta Design, covered in a duvet from Cotton On; birdcage from Redcurrent; shelving cubes from Mitre 10 Mega; wall shelf an old wine box; triangle shelf from Typo; house-shaped display shelf from Cotton On Kids; suitcases found in Ana’s parents’ attic; lamp from Citta Design; wooden chair and bed family heirlooms; bedlinen from Cotton On; cushions on bed from Bolt of Cloth, Thread Design and Cotton On; orange lightshade from Mitre 10 Mega; cloud cushion from Cotton On; bird and plane decals from Etsy; planes on wall and blackboard speech bubble from an unknown source.

Photography by: Helen Bankers

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