Location: Dorset, United Kingdom
Room Size: 80 sq ft
Five-year old Linus' bedroom has that wonderfully cozy quality that makes you want to kick off your shoes, pull a book off the shelf and curl up on that tomato red armchair preferably with a cup of tea and slice of cake to while away a few pleasant hours. His mother Charlotte, who owns UK-based interiors company Velvet and Dash, decorated his room several years ago and it has been evolving ever since.
How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
I decorated this room when Linus was just two. I decided to stick with a neutral palette for the carpet and paintwork, because I wanted the room to grow with him. I added colorful accessories like the brightly colored wooden toys, that can easily be swapped around as his tastes change and he grows older. I would describe it as a cozy little boy's room.
What is your favorite piece or element?
I love the cheerful red armchair, where we sit to read bedtime stories. It belonged to my husband's parents and I had it recovered it in a lovely tomato red.
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
It was tricky working around the fireplace and chimney breast. It is a lovely feature so I didn't want to block it off, but it does take up a lot of wall space. It was a challenge finding a bed to fit the available space.
What does Linus say about the room?
He loves it. I didn't design the room alone. He had lots of input and chose the Mickey poster above the fireplace and the red throw, which we picked up at Disneyland. He loves the moon ceiling light which glows gently at night. There is one last thing he'd like for his room - an orange Amish barn star for the wall. His favorite colors are red and orange.
Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
Don't buy tiny child-sized furniture as you will have to replace it sooner than you might realize. The same goes for babyish wallpapers and fabrics. They are lovely but they outgrow them so quickly.
If money were no object, what would be your dream source?
There used to be a very limited choice for boys rooms, so I love companies like Paperboy, who do fabulously original fabrics and wallpapers designed especially for boys.
- Mickey poster:Amazon
- Bed: Great Little Trading Co. (GLTC)
- Chest of drawers: GLTC
- Armchair: It originally belonged to Linus' grandparents. I had it recovered in Romo Linara in Tomato.
- Dog cushion: Conran Shop
- Blind: Cath Kidston Cowboy fabric
- Dinosaur tapestries: made by Linus' great-grandmother
- Butterfly: a Sri Lankan kite
- Lighthouse lamp: GLTC
- Buzz Aldrin moon ceiling pendant: Habitat
- Wooden rabbit: Velvet and Dash
- Wooden boat: flea market
- London bus: flea market
- Pinocchio: Italy
- Map of UK: Kate Chidley