Bedroom Tour - Child's Retreat


A bedroom update for a young Japanese anime fan!

Plyroom Dream Cloud Loft Bed

A growing young girl was moving out of a shared room with her sister and into a new room of her own.  A new bedroom design was required to meet her changing needs and interests.

One of my favourite parts of the design process is the research portion, and learning new things. Prior to interviewing my 8 year old client, I had never heard of Studio Ghibli.  It is a Japanese animation studio best known for its anime feature films; and has the sweetest little animated characters.  This one was of my starting points for the design, as were the green and aqua paint chips supplied by the client. (Who had had fun at Bunnings, selecting colours for her new room!)

Space was limited in the room, and we wanted to incorporate a desk for homework and crafts as well as a bed.  It was the client herself who came up with the idea of a loft bed.  Researching from there, we found a beautiful bed from Plyroom, which would give her space to sleep above and work below.  As she would be up high in the bed, I wanted her to have something interesting to see on her walls while curled up in bed.  During our design consult, she told me she loved mountains, and had fond memories of a skiing trip to Japan.  Also an active gamer with a YouTube channel, a vlogging couch was another item on the wish list.  (Again, something else new I learned! Vlogging is video blogging, and seems the thing the young kids are doing these days is voice-overs on video game tutorials).  I had the YouTube logo in my head when I came across the triangle cushion, and the theme on geometic shapes developed from there, including triangles as mountains on the wall.

There is an annex room off the bedroom, so I found a corner piece from a sectional that would tuck neatly into the corner to create a vlogging zone.  For a reading chair in the main area, I specified the Bend Good Farm House chair; its colour matching the wall perfectly and its wire back tying in with the geometric theme.  A pinboard from One Kings Lane also fit the geometric/aqua theme and is a perfect place to store little treasures and tack birthday invites.  With a loft bed, bedside storage can get tricky.  Plyroom has thought of this and they supply a shelf that hooks on the edge of the bed.  It works well for holding a bottle of water and a book, and displaying treasures.

This room has been designed to grow with the client.  Once she reaches early teens, the furniture will still accommodate her and all she will have to do is swap out the accessories and mural.  The client has happily moved into her room, and I have moved on to her sister's room.  Stayed tuned for part 2...

Design concept

Design concept

Sleeping in the mountain tops

Sleeping in the mountain tops

Sweet wooden Japanese doll collection

Sweet wooden Japanese doll collection

One Kings Lane pinboard
Bend Goods Farmhouse Chair
Vlogging corner

Vlogging corner

Japanese dolls

All photography © Donna Vercoe

Lighting Inspiration


Just as humans don't look their best in direct, overhead light, neither do the rooms in your home!  General lighting works well when you are performing a job where you need to see properly, such as cleaning, cooking or doing laundry.  However, for more flattering light for your rooms (and you!), use a combination of light sources instead of overhead lights.  Layering your lighting will create mood and personality in your space. 

Temple and Webster floor lamp

Floor Lamps: Look for an interesting floor lamp that will create visual interest when not on, as well as lighting dark corners at night.  Floor lamps also work well as task lighting over a couch, if you want to do away with a side table and table lamp option.  Click here for more floor lamp options.

Temple and Webster pendant

Pendant Lights:  These lights work well for task lighting, and look great when installed in multiples over a kitchen island, such as this fabulous industrial copper pendant.

Temple & Webster clamp lamp

Clamp Lamp: The challenge in designing children's rooms, is how to get reading lights beside the bed, when the bed is a bunk bed!?  Enter the gooseneck clamp lamp, which attaches to the side of the bed and can be adjusted for easy reading.

Temple and Webster desk lamp

Desk Lamps: Obviously, these lamps work well on desks!  You can also mix it up and place small desk lamps in such spots as bookcases and side tables to light up unexpected places on dark days.

Temple and Webster table lamp

Table Lamps: You will often find table lamps on side tables in living areas and bedrooms.  Add one to a console table at your front entrance to create a welcome mood for guests; such as this sweet little retro lamp with timber detailing.

Temple and Webster wall sconce

Wall Sconces: Sometimes overlooked, wall sconces are a good option in bedrooms as reading lights when floor space is limited.  Look for wall mounted options, and you won't have to have an electrician install them for you.

For more lighting options for your home, you can visit the Temple and Webster lighting page here.

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