Then & now A whim­si­cal bed­room

Your Home and Garden - - Contents - In­ter­view by Fiona Ralph. Pho­tog­ra­phy by Florence Charvin.

Who lives here? Antony Clark, 32 (di­rec­tor of Your De­cal Shop), Jess Cat­troll, 31 (di­rec­tor of Your De­cal Shop), Lola, 4, and Oliver, 8 months. When did you move in? April 2016.


Tell us about your home. We bought an amaz­ing 1928 char­ac­ter home in Hawke’s Bay. It was ren­o­vated to a cer­tain de­gree when we pur­chased it. How­ever, we are slowly adding our own style to it. We also have a front stu­dio and a work­shop at the back of our home which we have ren­o­vated into a space for our busi­ness, Your De­cal Shop. What was Lola’s room like be­fore the makeover? When we first moved in, the walls in Lola’s room were bright blue. It also had turquoise car­pet so there was a lot hap­pen­ing! There were dou­ble doors which opened into an­other bed­room, which wasn’t re­ally func­tional.

What were you hop­ing to achieve in the room?

We wanted to cre­ate a re­ally pretty space for Lola, us­ing her favourite colours. We thought a blank white can­vas would work best, with colour added through a wall mu­ral that we could cre­ate for her. Over time, we can change the art­work and de­cals around to trans­form the room again with­out hav­ing to re­paint.

A per­son­alised wall de­cal has trans­formed this lit­tle girl’s room into a whim­si­cal re­treat per­fect for dream­ing and cre­at­ing

The makeover

What did you change in the room? We knocked out the dou­ble doors to the ad­join­ing room, in­su­lated and plas­ter­boarded, gib-stopped, then sanded and painted. We added new blinds and got rid of the old, dusty cur­tains which took up so much space. We also re­did the light fix­tures and added more mod­ern light­ing. Then we de­signed and printed the wall mu­ral.

Did you keep any ex­ist­ing fea­tures? We had such great feed­back from peo­ple on the colour of the ex­ist­ing car­pet so we de­cided to keep it. How did you choose the style of the de­cal? Per­son­al­i­sa­tion is im­por­tant as we wanted Lola to feel unique and have some­thing that re­ally re­lated to her. So what could be bet­ter than to sim­ply ask her what she liked? When we told Lola, “You can have any­thing on your wall. What would you like?” she replied, “Flow­ers!” (We must ad­mit that we were some­what re­lieved when she said that!)

We cre­ated a lit­tle mood­board of dif­fer­ent de­signs and she picked the flow­ers and colours she liked. We then drew the de­sign, made the de­cal and put it up on her wall.

BIG PINK All things pink and flo­ral are Lola’s pas­sion, and the 4-year-old loves spend­ing time in her beau­ti­ful new bed­room.

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