Kids’ cor­ner A cute cac­tus theme

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - Cre­ated and styled by Vanessa Nouwens. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Wendy Fen­wick.

There are many ways to in­cor­po­rate a theme into a child’s bed­room with­out it be­ing too over-the-top or cost­ing a for­tune. In this cac­tusin­spired room, for in­stance, two sim­ple painted de­signs are the hero of the look, with the ad­di­tion of a few cheap and cheer­ful ac­ces­sories to tie it all to­gether. As your child grows, this room can eas­ily be adapted by swap­ping out the younger el­e­ments (the cac­tus theme) and in­tro­duc­ing new decor pieces. Clas­sic black and white ac­cents pro­vide a calm­ing coun­ter­point that pre­vents the green and blue over­pow­er­ing the room; also, these items can eas­ily be com­bined with dif­fer­ent colours in later years.

CAC­TUS PET ROCKS

Find three smooth rocks and paint them in two coats of paint (we used a test­pot of Re­sene ‘Deep Sea’). When dry, add white prickle pat­terns with a fine paint brush (we used a test­pot of Re­sene ‘Alabaster’ for this). Then at­tach some goo­gly eye stick­ers (ours came from The Ware­house) and pop them into mini ter­ra­cotta pots (we bought three for $3 from Kmart). These make a fun kids’ craft project and look very cute dis­played on a shelf or bed­side ta­ble.

PAINTED PLANT POT

Seal a ter­ra­cotta pot in­side and out with Re­sene Ter­ra­cotta Sealer. Us­ing a test­pot of Re­sene ‘Alabaster’, paint your pot (ours was $15 from Kmart) and leave to dry. Stick small white tri­an­gle wall de­cals (ours were $4 from The Ware­house) onto the pot in your de­sired pat­tern; press the points down firmly so paint won’t seep un­der­neath dur­ing the next stage. Take a test­pot of Re­sene ‘Black’ and paint two coats over the whole pot, in­clud­ing the de­cals. Once dry, care­fully peel off the de­cals to re­veal your pat­tern.

We have let the paint ef­fects be the hero of this scheme, with cheap and cheer­ful ac­ces­sories to tie it all to­gether.

Wall painted in Re­sene SpaceCote Low Sheen in Re­sene ‘Sea World’ (blue) and Re­sene ‘Fringy Flower’ (green). Stool and shelf painted in Re­sene Lus­tacryl semi-gloss wa­ter­borne enamel in Re­sene ‘Sea World’. Floor painted in Re­sene Walk-on in Re­sene ‘Sea World’ (blue) and Re­sene ‘Fringy Flower’ green. Nope Cas­tle pil­low­case, $85, from Small Acorns. De­sign Plus royal blue flat sheet, $39.99, and euro pil­low­case, $29.99, from Briscoes. Bella jumbo tas­sel blan­ket, $139.90, from Bed Bath & Beyond. Peg­board du­vet cover, $179 sin­gle, from Henry and Co. Liv­ing & Co Kids’ Fi­esta Cac­tus cush­ion, $8, Lin­ear cush­ion, $8, and black geo pot (end of shelf), $4, from The Ware­house. Meri Meri cac­tus art prints, $34.99 pack of two, from Shut The Front Door. Black Leit­mo­tiv lamp, $79, from Crisp Home. Cac­tus night light, $8, wooden ro­bot $3, cac­tus twin­kle lights, $6, from Kmart. Retro let­ter board, $49, and large let­ters, $23 for pack, from Tea Pea. Other items stylist’s own.

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