Names: Sacha (4) and Iris (2)
Location: Paris, France
Room Size: 15 square meters
above the rooftops of Paris, Janette and Laurent created a colorful
oasis where their two little children can dream. Ballerinas, garden
gnomes, sleepy owls, and “very hungry caterpillars” form a
magical mix that's just right for young imaginations to grow.
patterns from Janette's own girlhood mix with adorable prints from
the Paris shop Petit Pan against a backdrop of pure white. On the
surface, the room feels festive. But spend a bit of time among its
crowd of characters – all neatly tucked away in plush piles or the
tiny cubbies of an antique treasure box, and you'll soon get carried
away on an international adventure.
balloons from Japan dangle from the ceiling; a butterfly from Mexico
flutters around on the wall; and a pirate ship poised on the window
sill of their 1960s highrise looks ready to embark on an epic voyage
through the clouds. When Sacha and Iris snuggle up beneath their
rainbow-hued quilts each night, there's no telling where their sweet
dreams will take them.
How would you describe the look and feel of this room?
calm, colorful, and fun.
What is your favorite piece or element?
mix of plain white walls and colorful textiles. Since I was a
teenager I've always loved the combination of plain white walls &
lots of decorative details in color and different materials and
textures. I'm a big fan of Petit Pan's textiles so we have a mix of
different cushions and the curtains come from them. Also, there
is a framed pencil drawing of my son when he was a few days old done
by a friend that I really cherish.
What was the biggest challenge decorating this room?
it child friendly.
What do your friends say about the room?
they want to spend time in there looking at all the little details.
They are also surprised that it isn't full of toys. We made a choice
to make a real play area in the living room and to keep the bedroom
as a calm space.
Do you have any advice for parents creating a room for their child?
a space that kids can relax and feel safe.
If money were no object, what's your dream source?
a lovely collection of French feves – the little charms you find in
the “Galette du Roi” around the holiday season. Can you tell us
I love the idea of creating curiosity cabinets or
little collections of interesting things. I really wanted the kid's
room to be comfortable, bright and full of little things to inspire
them. The letterpress tray is one I found in the street in London.
Half of it is filled with Laurent's collection of feves from when he
was a kid. I love the plain white ones made of biscuit ceramic but
the painted ones are great too. We're adding to the collection every
of the other things in the tray I've had since I was a kid. I had a
similar tray hanging on the wall of my bedroom when I was a little
girl with many of the things that are displayed there now. There is a
strange ceramic rabbit with a very human looking face that was made
by my great uncle Zemel. In fact he gave me lots of the little things
that are in the tray. There is a little painted mushroom with
charms hanging off it and a tiny set of tea things in silver. He
lived in Los Angeles where he had junk shop in West Hollywood. He
used to bring us all kinds of wonderful things when he came to visit when I was a kid.
about the wonderful collection hanging on the wall above the white
dresser? What can we find there?
I hung a left over roll of wallpaper that was the
wallpaper in my first bedroom when I was a baby. It's a Sanderson "Oranges and Lemons" print from the 1970's. I remember it so vividly so I wanted my kids to enjoy it too. The paper
heart was given to me on my birthday by a friend whose husband
designs textiles and it's one of his prints. There is a fabric
garland of peas, plums, and acorns that we bought in Takayama in
Japan. The painted metal clock is one of a limited edition by Tsé
Tsé. The Indian garland was a gift from a friend. The painted metal
butterflies are ones that Laurent bought on a trip to Mexico. The
little cotton sleeveless top was a gift that a friend brought back
from India for Iris and it's hanging on a fabric hanger that I used
as a kid.
pillows - A mix of Petit Pan, thrift stores, gift from a market in
- La Redoute
spreads - Knitted is from Camden Market, London & Patchwork is
frames - IKEA & art stores
- Petit Pan
bureau - La Redoute
tall cabinet - IKEA
shelving unit - IKEA
- Flower one is Petit Pan, other one is homemade from paper balloons
we bought in Japan
Thanks, Janette, Laurent, Sacha, and Iris!
(Images: Celeste Sunderland)
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