First things first! If you love the look of Isla and Violet’s bedrooms and shared bathroom then you’ll want to check out the full (massive!) feature on the rest of their home over here on Studio Home!
Isla (10) and Violet (8) are lucky to call NZ’s reigning Queen of Colour; Alex Fulton their Mum. Their rooms are a reflection of their girls bright, enthusiastic personalities with each putting their own stamp on their spaces.
The bathroom has only recently been completed and I think its safe to say most of us would be ready to move in to shower there everyday!
Alex will take us through her ideas and thoughts behind the rooms and we’ll hear from the girls too x
WHO LIVES HERE:
Jeff Fulton – Dad and chief goal kicking instructor (that’s what it says on his business card!). He co-owns The Vines Village, an artisan hub based in rural Marlborough, with his twin brother Tim Fulton.
Alex Fulton – Mum and Design nut. Runs Alex Fulton Design, a design business that unites colour with people through Interior Design, a Retail Space (AFD Store) and Design workshops (AFD School)
Isla Fulton – Age 10, a sport and reading crazy kid that wants to save the worlds animals.
Violet Fulton – Age 8 nearly 9, a singing and dancing queen that loves to organise everyone and do art.
WHAT WAS YOUR PLAN BEHIND THE DECORATION OF THESE ROOMS?
Isla’s: Isla is a huge animal lover and not really a girlie-girl. She was quite specific with her favourite colours and what she wanted the room to look like. She showed me favourite images from magazines and we formed a plan from there. I think it’s really fun to involve your kids in designing their own spaces making them essentially mini-clients. Like my grown up clients they have function, colour and design needs that want to be meet. I also like to set a budget and to get them to help me to keep track of what things cost. Fun and practical!
Violet’s: Violet too was pretty head strong with colours and style. She’s more a pink girl but loved mixing pinks with oranges and greys. In her room you can defiantly tell that it’s a girls room and the canopy bed was a complete nod to that. I really love that things aren’t too matchy matchy and that both girls can display things they love on the walls and furniture rather than being hidden out of sight. It’s their space to express who they are and to surround themselves with their personality.
WHAT ARE YOU FAVOURITE FEATURES/FURNITURE/ITEMS IN THE ROOMS?
Isla’s: Hands down it’s the toy net. Isla is obsessed by soft toys and it was getting ridiculous with how many toys were crowding her bed. We also had just got two puppies so we really needed to come up with a solution that looked good and was functional. I had looked online for anything that would suit but couldn’t see anything that would work so I went to Bunnings and got all the bits I needed to make my own solution. It’s been so popular that I made a wee tutorial on my blog about how to make your own!
Violet’s: I love the use of grey in Vi’s room. We had some pretty solid, plain wooden furniture that was handed down to us and we gave them a make-over by spraying them in a medium grey colour. We used a darker toned grey to wrap around the bottom half of the room. It worked really well and it helped to give the room some depth and interest. It looks hot!
IN HINDSIGHT, IF YOU COULD MAKE ANY CHANGES WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
In Violet’s room we did have a plan to build in a wardrobe (this house had NONE when when we brought it) and to make a bed/play space above it. It came down to cost that we couldn’t go through with it but it would have been a pretty amazing space to hang out in. The girls are really happy in their individual spaces and the fact they are linked with a bathroom almost makes the room feel like a self contained play/sleep space. Happy and very lucky girls.
DID YOU GET CRAFTY YOURSELF? ANY DIY FEATURES THAT YOU PULLED TOGETHER?
I’ve already mentioned the toy net in Isla’s room and I also put the dots on the back wall by just using the cheap quik stik dots you can get from stationary shops. There weren’t any decals around back them and I couldn’t afford to wallpaper the whole room so I compromised with the dots. They are randomly placed but I have had many people asked about how I achieved the look and what the dimensions were for spacing. That does make me giggle as it was all by eye and using the ‘force’!
BETWEEN THE INTERNET AND MAGAZINES THERE ARE SO MANY SOURCES OF INSPIRATION OUT THERE TO KICK START INTERIOR PROJECTS!
DO YOU HAVE ANY PARTICULAR INTERNET HAUNTS OR APPS THAT YOU CAN’T QUITE GET ENOUGH OF?
Good ol’ instagram gets me every time. It’s a place to get ‘real images’ and a way to see through other creative’s eyes. It’s fresh because the images aren’t over produced or doctored. They tell a visual story of people’s journeys and that rocks the planet. I have made some very special connections through instagram, connected by similar aesthetics and what our eyes stumble across in a beautiful captured moment. I can’t help but be inspired by that.
NOW ISLA AND VIOLET…..
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR ROOM?
Isla: I like all the smart ideas my Mum had for storing my stuff away for me. The net above my bed is my favourite because it’s awesome.
Violet: I like how I can hang bunting and stuff all around my bed. I also love my birds and cat art that I can see when I lie in bed, it’s made by an artist called Evie Kemp.
IF YOU COULD ADD ANYTHING AT ALL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Isla: A Zebra, a real one.
Violet: A robot that does your nails for you in any colours you want.
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