Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
I am a children’s interior designer (Petite Vintage Interiors) who loves to refinish vintage furniture, so when I found a child-size peacock chair on eBay for $50 I knew I wanted to create an eclectic, colourful and fun space for my three-year-old daughter Holly.
Holly loves pink, dancing, dressing up and her dolls, and I wanted to encourage her to play in her room a bit more. DIY is something I have always loved, and because I wanted to stick to a conservative budget I did a lot of DIY projects. My decorating philosophy was if I was able to save on some elements, I could splurge on others like a beautiful bed that would last Holly into her teens as well as this incredible geometric merino blanket by Uimi.
After planning out the room design, I started to put together my hefty to-do list of DIY projects with Holly’s rug being the most time consuming. At night after the kids went to sleep I would braid and sew and braid some more until the rug grew to a size that would work in the room (about 1.2m). I used a tutorial as a guide, and I just used fabric that was left over from other projects and an old bed sheet. It’s a little bit rustic and not at all perfect, but its handmade feel adds a bit of charm to the space.
When one element of the room was finished I would move on to the next, and this helped me to stay focused on a particular part of the project. Many of my clients come to me because they have spent a few years putting a room together little by little and the end result just doesn’t work. I found by sticking to my original plan, I was able to achieve the look that I wanted and save money along the way but also not lose focus of my overall vision for the space.
Gumtree and eBay are great places to start looking for vintage furniture, and I found wicker and cane were the easiest to work with as there was no sanding or priming involved. Just a few coats of spray paint and I was done. Holly and Asher were given a forty-year-old doll bassinet from a family friend that I spray painted blue. The paper (Pajaki) chandelier was a project that Holly and I completed together.
It took about six months to pull all of the pieces together and to complete the DIY projects but we are all thrilled with how it's come together. Every time Holly walks through the door she says, "I love my room!" and that makes all the hard work worthwhile. If you’re not into DIY then there are definitely store purchased items that would achieve the same look.
Mia Bed: Incy Interiors
Side Table (beside peacock chair): The Family Love tree
Heart Cushion: Max and Me
Paisley Cushion: Bubble and Bean Designs
Cloud Cushion: Baby Donkie
Mr. Rabbit: Laura Blythman
Queen of Hearts Vase: Love Star
Kids Storage Basket: La De Dah
Holly's dress: Lacey Lane
Wall Decals: Urban Walls
Thanks, Belinda! Readers you can see more of Belinda's work on her website, Petite Vintage Interiors.