I HEART my Room, too

This book has been well loved in recent weeks. We have just had all the kid bedrooms painted. We have been pragmatic about paint colour in our home – every wall now has a lovely lick of Antique White USA and double strength on all the skirting boards, window and trim. The look is light, bright and fresh. Megan Morton, Jason Busch and Penny Shek have produced a lovely Australian take on making kid’s rooms shine. Some of the rooms are striking in their size, shape and design. But mostly it is the clever combination of fabrics, bedding, a great blind, treasures carefully and artfully arranged, stuff well organised and curated that makes the room work. So if you are looking for inspiration for a new kidlet room this could be it.

A word of advice from someone with five children (16- 5 years). The ideas, design love, colour scheme and dreams of children change quickly. So make a point of using your space creatively, organise stuff- less is more. Create a neutral base with a white or even a dark charcoal and allow colour to brighten the room with a great bed cover, cushions, a favourite rug, artwork or lamp. Find a space to sleep in, a space for folded or hanging clothes, a seat for read in or nook for hiding in, a surface for writing, drawing or organising ‘stuff’ and an area of the wall to hang precious images, art and certificates.

Remember you will probably be the one straightening the room up, yes on most days. Make it easy for you and simple for the kids to work in and live and love.

Do you fake it?

I have been having this debate with myself for sometime now. To buy real or replica? A recent article in Est magazine set me off on this discussion topic again. Earlier this year we moved bedrooms – yes my man and I took over the old guest room and sitting room and left the master bedroom and all 5 children upstairs. Maybe it was an act of faith that we might carve out time and space for ourselves. But every night we hear the pitter patter of small people coming to visit overnight. Anyway, this move prompted plush new carpet, a paint-over and the purchase of a replica Anna Castelli Componbili 3 Shelve unit. Initially, I had thought they would be great bedside tables – think stacks of books, clock, water, lamp and other kids paraphernalia. But alas it has been used in the bathroom as a hold all. Perfect.

But is it okay to buy replica? Are we doing the original designer a disservice? I was reminded of Megan Morton’s piece in her book Home Love – which I enjoyed reading cover to cover by the way. She argues against the replica. This article in Est does outline the obvious differences, which do seem obvious once you know what the real deal is like. Maybe we can never get away with the replica, fake version….ever. On a bigger budget I would buy real, but today I will settle for replica knowing that the world can tell I am faking it.