Leoma Harper is a florist and mother to two young children, Sebastian, one years old and Alexa, three and a half. Her sweet family lives in a house in Hampton Court in England which includes a stylish and charming playroom for both children and here is what Leoma has to tell us about designing it and her lifestyle.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE LOOK AND FEEL OF THIS PLAYROOM?
Apart from the ceiling rose and very high ceilings, it is quite contemporary. This room was a bit of a through room when we moved in, as it has no windows, just doors that go into the orangery, so we wanted to make it have more of a purpose and a cosy feel. We painted it in Farrow and Ball Strong white. We installed a stove which makes it a really cosy family room in the winter which also acts as a focal point alongside the picture shelves holding photos, distracting from the toys.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST PIECE OF DECOR OR FURNITURE THAT YOU PURCHASED OR INTRODUCED?
The first thing we did to this room was knock through to the fireplace, which had been blocked up. The first item bought for this room is the pink sofa from Loaf.
DID YOU HAVE ANY DIFFICULTIES DESIGNING IT?
The walls have lime plastered, so getting a solid fixing was challenging!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ELEMENT IN THE ROOM?
I love the picture shelves we put up each side of the fireplace, they are full of fond photo memories and the chalkboard walls, which the kids love drawing on.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE RESOURCES FOR CHILDRENS’ PRODUCTS?
I really like The Modern Nursery – I could buy everything from them! Rowen and Wren for the odd unusual piece and GLTC which covers everything. I also like find things that are not necessarily nursery related, but would work well in the playroom and look good, such as baskets and storage drawers from Cox and Cox, as they are things that the children will never grow out of and we can continue using them. Olli and Ella is also one of my favourites.
HOW DO YOU BALANCE RUNNING A SUCCESFUL BUSINESS WITH BEING A MOM?
Its tricky balancing both at the moment with such young children, so I do more one off projects at the moment with my floristry styling business @harpersbloom. I love interiors so I recently started an instagram blog called @StyletheClutter , which is currently a bit of fun alongside looking after the children, but I am hoping to do more with interiors in the future.
WHAT PIECES FROM THE PLAYROOM DO YOU HOPE TO BE ABLE TO USE FOR YEARS TO COME?
The chalkboard walls, the fireplace, sitting on the sofa and looking through the orangery into the garden. It is now a timeless room that can eventually be a snug when the children grow up. It will always be our family room.
CAN YOU OFFER ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO PARENTS DECORATING A PLAYROOM?
Lots of storage! I love using baskets for this, as they are easy to throw toys in at the end of the day and look nice too. Stay away from garish colours and too much plastic.
Photos by Leoma Harper, florist at Harpers Bloom
Pink sofa : Loaf I Playkitchen : Tidlo I Lamb bookcase : Rowen and Wren I Teepee : Wildfire teepees I Playtable : GLTC I Book wrack : GLTC I Playmat : Wildfire teepees I Drawers storage units : Cox and Cox I Boxes : GLTC I baskets : John Lewis I Cotton baskets : Wildfire teepees I Personalised storage box : Plantabox I Stove : Morso I Cushions: NotontheHigh Street and Modern Nursery
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