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Eva’s Whimsical Bedroom Reveal by Tash South

I fully admit that I struggle with kid’s bedrooms. I don’t use bright colours in my designs, or much pattern, and I definitely don’t love clutter – all the things that children’s bedrooms usually contain! So my daughter, Eva’s bedroom was a tricky one for me.

I bought the wooden name puzzle in Copenhagen.

We are not lucky enough to have the space for a play room, so this bedroom had to be able to accommodate ALL of her clothes, toys and books, as well as the usual 6-year-old-girl paraphernalia, you know… jewels, rocks, handbags, crafts etc. etc. etc. But at the same time, I wanted it to be a calm and relaxing space for evening stories and bedtime routines, as well as have an additional bed for her to have sleepovers. I was asking a lot of this 3x3m space!

The bed is the stackable UTÅKER bed from Ikea, it hides another full single bed underneath - perfect for sleepovers!

The Look

I decided on this gorgeous Cole & Son Woods and Stars wallpaper (not without consulting with my tiny 3ft 1’ client first of course) to set the whimsical scene. The wallpaper forms a perfect backdrop for my pale palette with accents of black, grey and gold, which I think will last well as she gets older.

The bones of the room came as part of the design I decided on for the of rest of the house, the pale wood herringbone flooring is used throughout, and the recessed LED casts a beautiful light down the wallpaper at night. We all love the light from the large floor to ceiling windows on this floor, the view of the trees is so calming, and we have regular squirrel visitors who run along the brick wall you can see here every day.

To soften things up, I added plain white washed linen bedding, flax linen curtains and a soft rug, but the absolute star of the show is the group of three Eos feather pendants from Umage (formerly Vita Copenhagen) which I got our electrician to hang at different cable lengths – they add so much texture and atmosphere.

The group of three Eos pendants steal the show.

The flax linen black-out curtains are from West Elm. The quirky print was bought at Covent Garden Market.

The hand-made wooden horse adds a special, vintage touch, we are the current guardians of it as it’s on loan to us from a family member.

The Storage

THE most important thing is a kid’s room is storage. If you have a couple (of kids, not storage), you’ll know that they come with an insane amount of stuff, and twice a year, every year, at birthdays and Christmas even more stuff arrives. 

Even with regular donations to charity shops, we still seem to have a huge amount, so I planned the wall of storage in this room very carefully, making sure there was a place for everything.

Behind the two doors on the left, is an Ikea Pax system with hanging space and drawers for clothes, an area for a huge toy basket and high shelves for the larger, less-used items. The door on the right hides more toys and boxes of games and crafts on floor to ceiling shelves. I had a joiner add the painted mdf doors and also construct the bookshelf, which I designed to be the correct size to hold every single size of storybook Eva has in her huge collection.

The dragonflies were a bargain find in Tiger stores a couple of years ago, I got the joiner to drill through them so that they could be used as unusual door pulls to compliment the whimsical style.

My client has given me the thumbs up, but I’d love to know what your thoughts on this pale and whimsical style for a kid’s bedroom - please do leave a comment below.

The Eos pendants were gifted.

All photography by tashsouth.com

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My Family Bathroom Reveal With Amara by Tash South

New year, new reveal! Hope you all had a cracking Christmas break. January is a strange beast isn’t it?
I don’t do resolutions, and especially not in January(!) but once the kids are back at school and the Christmas cheese hangover has passed, I quite look forward to getting started again in a fresh new year.

Over the break, whilst everyone else was winding down, I’ve been working on various projects and blog posts (that’s freelance life for ya!). One being this bathroom reveal in collaboration with the lovely folk over at Amara.

So, let’s get stuck in... this bathroom is on the entry level of our house, directly off the entrance hall, along with two bedrooms – an unusual set-up – as we have our kitchen and main living areas on the semi-basement level downstairs. So although it’s a family bathroom, mainly for the kids, it is also used by guests, so I wanted to include some luxurious grown-up elements too.

The Plan

This is not a large room, at about 2mx3m, I had to be clever about the use of space and choosing the sanitary ware. As this bathroom is directly off the main entrance hall, the last thing I wanted, was that a toilet be the first thing that arriving guests see on entry! So I placed the more attractive vanity opposite the doorway and went from there. To increase the feel of spaciousness, I chose the wall hung Duravit toilet and an Artelinea vanity in matte black glass from CP Hart.

The wall-hung sanitary ware increases the feeling of space. Towel: Hay He Towel. Bin: Woodrow Waste Bin.

Another space saver was to include the shower over the bath, as no amount of frantic-floorplan-Tetris would allow a separate shower in this space! More space saving tricks include the Keuco recessed mirror cabinet, as well as the full length Cordivari polished radiator which is also a mirror and has a towel rail, so triples as a towel warmer as well (also from CP Hart).

Placing the shower over the bath is another space saver in a small room.

The Finishes

Always on my mission to make my newly-built home feel homely and characterful, I’ve used a tactile materials palette of polished plaster, encaustic tiles, marble and natural brass. Sticking to light greys with a punch of black and brass in this room – I think keeping similar tones in a small space also adds to the illusion of space.

The encaustic Bert &  May Inverse Salon tiles were chosen first, then great effort was put into finding the right materials and plasterer to do the grey polished plaster on the walls, the colour was mixed bespoke by the plasterer to compliment the tiles. Using the polished plaster inside the shower area is a bit of a risk, it is meant to be waterproof, but as even the tiniest of cracks will let water seep in, possibly causing the plaster to come away, it can be quite high maintenance in wetter areas of the bathroom.

The Salon Inverse tiles by Bert and May run along the floor and retain the pattern up the side of the bath panel. The sleek polished plaster compliments the tile and keeps things simple on the walls, letting the floor take centre stage.

The brass frame around the mirror cabinet is a complete mess-up turned-design-detail on my part! I’d given the builders the finished size instead of the recess size of the cabinet, meaning the hole left for it was way too big, leaving a messy unfinished area around the fitted cabinet. To fix it, I sourced some strips of natural brass and had the frame made to hide the messy areas.

The brass frame around the mirror is flanked by two lights from Astro Lighting – there’s always a way to make a mistake look good!

The brassware is The London collection by The Watermark Collection, I chose natural brass as I love the way it gains patina and becomes more and more tactile over time – it’s only been six months since we moved in and these are coming along nicely. Another detail that streamlines the look (as well as the budget!) is doing away with the bath taps and using the shower control and the overflow/filler combo instead.

The Hay flowerpot and saucer is from Amara. The shower and bath brassware is by The Watermark Collection.

For just a touch of luxe, I added some marble, the black marble basin is a random internet find and the countertop is an off-cut from my kitchen worktops in Compac Unique Calcutta

The countertop is a kitchen off-cut and the flushplate in the background was coated in a bespoke matte black finish.

I had the chrome flush plate and shower hinges specially coated in matte black to match the other details, the lights are actually outdoor lights by Astro lighting which are also suitable for bathrooms. 

The Details

Thanks to Amara, the bathroom is now finished with some gorgeous accessories that add some extra storage and compliment the overall style perfectly. The Hay Volet hooks in brass work so well with the Watermark Collection brassware, and keep the hand towels conveniently by the basin area.

A perfectly organised home is my absolute dream (I have kids, I’m working on it!) so I just love storage baskets and jars to keep things in their place. The Hay grey glass containers are so good for all that bathroom paraphernalia, and the Aquanova and Muuto baskets are great for organising towels and to pop laundry into - hopefully putting an end to my 6 year-old storing her clothes on any available floor.

And by complete happy accident – The Aquanova Hammam tray and accessories in grey marble could not have matched my basin more perfectly.

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This post is a paid and sponsored post in collaboration with Amara.
All accessories seen are available on the Amara website.

All photography: tashsouth.com