Today we’re heading to the former home of Emma Carr, mother to Daisy and Henry, and a primary school teacher with a passion for Interior Design and Art. Emma lovingly restored and renovated Rosemount House in Lincolnshire during a career break.
The Carr family has since traded the coastal delights of Lincolnshire for the jungle views of their temporary modern duplex penthouse rental in Singapore!
Join us as we take a trip down memory lane and graze on the feast that was 5-year-old Daisy’s flower power bedroom. Emma describes the look and feel of Daisy’s room as a calm, pretty space with a botanical theme, sympathetic to the period features of the Edwardian house. The design direction was inspired by Daisy’s love of nature and playing outside, making bug hotels, collecting flowers and caring for the environment.
If ever there was a lesson in how to create a delicately feminine room design with an almost complete absence of pink, this is it! To truly understand the scale of Daisy’s room transformation, you just have to see the before photographs. An expanse of neon pink, monochrome and orange-pine overload has been replaced by the soothing hues of Farrow and Ball’s Purbeck Stone and liberally peppered with boho florals. By opting for a neutral wall colour, Emma has allowed the soft furnishings to add colour, depth and personality to this delightful space. A repurposed mug rack gets a style makeover with a sprinkling of faux ivy, and we love how the floral pinafore becomes a work of art in its own right while complementing the bed styling perfectly. And, did you spot the aptly chosen ‘Daisy’ rattan mirror?
Among Emma’s must-haves for the room design was the versatile bed canopy, which can double up as a book nook or den alongside creating a cosy space for sleep. Daisy loves the colour purple, so Emma used fabric dye to customise the canopy, creating a luscious damson shade that coordinates beautifully with the H&M bedlinen and vast array of handmade Liberty-print cushions. Emma hopes the mixed fabric floral cushions will stand the test of time and become something of a family heirloom or used in other room designs along the way.
We love the composition of this photograph and how Meri Meri’s mermaid doll channels a favourite nursery fable, Princess and The Pea.
Here we get to see a first glimpse of the room makeover’s most significant expenditure; the cherry-blossomed Sakura in Blue wallpaper by Sandberg, which Daisy had a hand in choosing. By dividing the wallpaper with a colour-blocked chimney breast, Emma creates not one but three feature walls. This also helps to demarcate three distinct areas: a play area, a dressing area and a space for the majestic dolls house. The circular jute rugs add a natural element to Daisy’s bedroom, which brings a sense of calm and serenity.
The role play kitchen area is one of Daisy’s favourite aspects of her bedroom, and Emma recounts how Daisy enjoys hosting little tea parties for her toys and dolls. It’s a rite of passage that belongs to childhood and is made all the more glorious by this aesthetically appealing set-up. The little wooden table and stools were also a priority on Emma’s mandatory list. She loves how they can be used for lots of different activities such as small world toys, puzzles and drawing, and they fit just perfectly in this cosy little nook. The Japanese inspired wallpaper might have been a splurge, but at least Emma has maximised the use of any remnants, crafting a stunning pinwheel flower creation to add a burst of bloom onto the neutral wall.
A duo of white shelves punctuates the heady bloom of the wallpaper with wrought iron supports that offer further intricate detail in keeping with the boho styling. There’s a mixture of ornamental pieces here that blend modern and traditional. We don’t know if it’s intentional or not, but there’s a magical touch to the positioning of the dinosaur on the top shelf. It almost seems Sylvia from the children’s fiction book, Flock, is taking flight on him rather than the baby bird she befriends in the story.
Emma proves that interior design can be sustainable and has incorporated several elements of upcycling or reuse in her plans. This stunning vintage closet is a case in point. The high sheen of the wood simply belongs against the dainty print of the wallpaper, creating an oldy worldy feel that is only enhanced by the star garland and placement of the tutu leotard. There’s magic in this design that’s sure to create treasured memories for Daisy in years to come.
It seems fitting to conclude our tour of Daisy’s room on the treasured vintage doll’s house inherited from her great nan. Again, nothing has been left to waste, and a peek inside reveals the same wall treatment of Sandberg’s beautiful wallpaper.
As you soak up the wonder of this parting image, we’ll leave you with some of Emma’s expert tips for styling a girl’s bedroom:
- Don’t be afraid to shy away from pink! By using a warm, neutral grey shade and a navy floral wallpaper, it is still possible to create a feminine and inviting space for play and rest
- Your wallpaper choice doesn’t necessarily have to be designed for kids. Toys and accessories will soon make it feel like a child’s room
- Add personality to a room with a few striking accent toys which can double up as décor, such as Daisy’s Mermaid doll by Meri Meri
- Make a room feel unique to your child by including personalised items such as the child’s name
- Introduce warmth and calm by choosing textiles wisely. Hyacinth baskets, natural rugs and rattan light fittings all evoke a serene feel
- Good quality, natural fibre storage baskets help to keep toys separated and organised and are a must-have
Thank you Emma! @ahomeinthetropics
Wallpaper: Sakura Blue by Sandberg I Wall paint: Purbeck Stone by Farrow and Ball I Vintage bed: Julian Bowen I Wardrobe: Vintage I Dolls house: Vintage belonging to Daisy’s Great Nan – hand painted and wallpapered by Emma I Wooden stools: Ikea I Wooden play kitchen: Tidlo upcycled by Emma I Floral bedding: H&M I Floral cushions: Handmade by Emma I Mermaid doll: Meri Meri I Rugs: Dunelm I Daisy mirror: La Redoute I Animal toy basket: H&M I Gold star bunting: H&M I Paper bunting and flower decorations – Handmade with left over Sandberg wallpaper
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