Names: Carlotta (9) and Concha (19 months)
Location: Porto, Portugal
Room Size: 13 square meters
With a lilac and mango palette in mind, Susana set out to create a space for her two daughters to share. She kept the furniture white and modern so she could play with pattern in the wallpaper and fabrics and sprinkled the room with vintage toys to add a layer of playful quirkiness. The overall look is pretty without being too babyish and clean without being cold. It's a perfect, cozy spot for two sisters to sleep, grow, and play.
What was your inspiration? I get inspiration from a lot of different sources. I guess it all started with my love for white, that I chose as a basis color, and Retrovilla vintage wallpaper. I wanted a different wallpaper than the one that is now on the wall, but when I decided to buy it, it was already sold out. I knew I wanted something in white and purple / lilac tones, with some mango yellow accents, and nothing too babyish, nor too grown up - their age gap is big and I have to acommodate both my daughters needs (while I can)... I saw lots of nordic kids rooms over the net for inspiration, as they are huge with the colors that I chose. Fjeldborg is a blog through which I found that I love these 3 colors together.
What is your favorite element? I guess the vintage wallpaper - not only the one used on the walls, but also the other ones that I used on their desk drawers and on the desk mat. And I will be using some more! :) I love vintage style mixed with modern, and this bedroom had to have some vintage cuteness!
Biggest challenge: find a nice bunk bed that fitted the room (my house has low ceilings and this bedroom has a false ceiling made for the halogen lamps that makes this bedroom even smaller),and with a reasonable price. We saw some nice beds, but everything we liked was too expensive. So we adapted this IKEA one, sawing it for shortness and painting it white.
The patterns you've used work so well together. Do you have any tips for combining patterns successfully? I learned in a Cath Kidston's book that a trick to match different patterns and colors is basically to use the same color with different patterns or use the same pattern with different colors. Keeping that in mind, and knowing this bedroom is a kids little world (lots of toys and colorful information), I opted for the same color basis with different patterns - always trying not to overwhelm the room's light and airy feeling. I like so many things that it's difficult to know when to stop! :)
What was your favorite DIY project? Me painting the walls, the bunk bed, the desk and the chest! :) With my husband's help, of course! And I guess the kind of moodboard that we are making in the desk's wall, as it is being created slowly, with bits and pieces of magazines, old books, stickers, paper dolls and all sorts of things that my daughter likes (it's still unfinished).
What was your biggest indulgence? It would have to be the triangular vintage shelf - I just love it, I had to have it when I first saw it!
• Ikea bunk bed
• Ikea shelves
• Ikea faux fur rug
• House Doctor purple lamp and lampshade + eiderdown and pillow from previous collections - Viola
• Wallpaper and vintage shelf at Retrovilla
• Vintage fabrics found randomly at eBay or Etsy
Thank you for sharing this beautiful room with us, Susana! Readers, be sure to visit her blog, Citrus and Orange, for more details and inspiring photos.
(Images: Susan Oliviera/Citrus and Orange)
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