The Big Pic­ture

A teen bed­room in Cud­ding­ton

Cheshire Life - - Inside - PHOTO: Kirsty Thomp­son

1 I wanted the girls to be in­volved with the de­sign process, says Jen­nie Daly, so they would sit in on the meet­ings with Claire - of Claire Davies In­te­ri­ors who I asked to help us cre­ate a home we all loved to live in - and dis­cuss their in­di­vid­ual styles. We de­cided on an ‘in­dus­trial/ur­ban chic’ theme for this room. Claire sug­gested that we in­stal be­spoke shelv­ing and a desk made from re­claimed scaf­fold­ing. We also com­mis­sioned a tim­ber frame to be made for around the far end of the room. The tim­ber ef­fect wall­pa­per is re­ally un­usual and so ef­fec­tive – it’s quite fan­tas­tic!

2 I wanted a room that worked for my daugh­ter at all times of day or evening and for what­ever pur­pose she needed, so light­ing was ab­so­lutely key. The ceil­ing light, which hangs just above the foot of the bed, is not only func­tional, but beau­ti­ful and the am­bi­ent gold stu­diostyle lamps and fairy lights weaved in and out of shelves means there’s lots of dif­fer­ent op­tions for chang­ing the light­ing for re­lax­ing, study­ing or read­ing.

3 My daugh­ter is very cre­ative and en­joys learn­ing to play her favourite songs on the gui­tar. The newly-de­signed room is a calm­ing and in­spir­ing space where she can prac­tice be­tween lessons.

4 We all read a lot in this house. The be­spoke shelv­ing in this room has cre­ated plenty of stor­age space for her. She has books go­ing back to some of the first that she read when she was small and now has space to keep them safe and still ac­ces­si­ble.

5 My daugh­ter has taken some beau­ti­ful pic­tures of the fam­ily and our hol­i­days to­gether and wanted to be able to show­case them in her own room. We’ll be putting them up in our newly ren­o­vated open plan fam­ily room too.

6 A place to study was re­ally im­por­tant to us. My daugh­ter will be us­ing her room for study for a long time, so it needed to be some­where com­fort­able and quiet with plenty of space. Claire de­signed a cor­ner desk with a stor­age aper­ture and match­ing fil­ing cabi­net. It’s a great place for her to col­lect her thoughts and work in a calm en­vi­ron­ment.

7 Scouts. The girls are in­volved in a lot of ac­tiv­i­ties and Scouts is an im­por­tant part of my daugh­ter’s life. When we talked to Claire be­fore she de­vel­oped her de­signs this love of the out­doors and her ad­ven­tur­ous side was dis­cussed and it’s re­ally been ex­pressed in the room, which is won­der­ful.

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