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Istill re­mem­ber the year I went away on school camp and came home to find Mum had moved me into a dif­fer­ent room (a much larger one, fur­ther away from her and Dad). It was so ex­cit­ing to have a big­ger space to call my own, and the best part was I had a brand-new bed – a wa­ter bed! (It was the early ‘90s). I didn’t care about the poo-brown felt car­pet tiles or the peel­ing wall­pa­per, it was an ex­cit­ing, new space to store all my trea­sures in and call my own – and that’s pretty magic when you’re lit­tle.

The kids’ bed­room spe­cial in this is­sue cre­ated much dis­cus­sion within the team. Imo­gen, our de­signer, re­mem­bers des­per­ately want­ing a bas­ket­ball-themed bed­room (thanks to the 1996 block­buster Space Jam, star­ring Michael Jor­dan and Bugs Bunny). In­stead she had to en­dure years of Laura Ash­ley in­clud­ing match­ing lamp­shade, cur­tains, throw pil­lows, shams and wall­pa­per, which sounds rather lovely – but for self-con­fessed tomboy Imo­gen it was flo­ral hell on earth! Our stylist Vanessa Nouwens is the style queen of kids’ rooms and she’s re­ally gone all out this month – check out her amaz­ing work on pages 34 and 112. For those ma­mas and pa­pas who’d love to give their child a bed­room makeover, make sure to en­ter our com­pe­ti­tion on page 20. The lovely folks at Meluka and Danske Mobler will kit out the room with bunks and fur­ni­ture, Har­vey Fur­nish­ings will pro­vide the soft fur­nish­ings, Re­sene is shout­ing the paint and Mas­ter Painters will even come round and paint it in your cho­sen colours. Good luck!

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