|Mother and Baby magazine, May 2012|
Get them involved!
Dependent on their age, try to involve the child in the design of the room. Sit down with them and create a mood board. This can be fun- get a heap of magazines and cut out anything that they like. Here is a mood board that I created but it’s even better if you can do it with them.
|Canvas by Charline Fabry|
Their favourite things
Ask them to create a list of their favourite things. One of my clients recently came up with a list of 10 things that her 3.5 year old LOVES. We then gave the list to the very talented Charline Fabry and she created this canvas which has balloons with tags listing all the things that the little girl likes. This is a great way of storing memories.
Theatre BoxesYou can create stories of all the things they enjoy with these simple boxes. Let each box tell a different story. It will keep them occupied for hours.
|Rug from www.wovenground.com|
Go for the magical.....
Really think about making their dreams come true. You can create something magical that will make their jaw drop open when they see it. How about a net canopy above the bed for something that’s fit for a princess? John Lewis can make these up for you. Or you could make a tree house for the bedroom!! Or accessorize with a rug full of character. This one is from www.wovenground.com.
Work at their heightThink of storage at their height so that they can tidy their own toys away or select books at their height.
|Lampshade from Designer's Guild|
LampshadesLampshades can be made a bit more bespoke with ribbons and trims from VV Rouleaux- this is a treasure trove for anyone who wants to be a bit crafty. This shade pictured is from The Designer's guild.
|Choose from a huge amount of images on www.surfaceview.com and make it into a mural|
Wall decorationWall stickers can be replaced when they get bored of them. You can get amazing murals from Surface View…maybe a collection of cars for a boy? A wall with a map of the world which is educational and fun.
Lastly, paint any old coffee tables or chairs you have in bright colours….a coffee table could become a toad stall or a lily pad or get illustrated with fairies. If you are lacking in inspiration for this part, then get an art student involved!
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May 8th, 11- 1pm Aspace, Northcote Road, Clapham
June 4th 6-8pm, Aspace, Fulham Road, Fulham