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BIG STYLE FOR LITTLE PRICES
Swapping the busy city lifestyle for fresh air and space Melissa Tonkin and her husband Ryan moved to the country to build their dream home. Along the way a temporary shed became a stylish home and Melissa’s interest in interiors flourished from hobby to a prospering career change. We caught up with Melissa to ask about the move and to give us some tips on styling her very sweet and ‘personality filled’ kids bedroom.
We sold our perfect suburban house in pursuit of nature and space for our children to grow up. We built a shed and decked it out as a house to allow us to live on our 5 acre bush block until we could afford to build our dream home. Being a stay at home mum I found myself becoming more interested in home interiors, styling and improving the function of our small space. Instagram has been an amazing tool to share my journey and make me feel more connected to the outside world during what can be an isolating time in life. My love of interiors continued to grow as I began to realize how the right design and palette in a room can greatly affect the mood and function of a space and how people live within it.
1) Begin by dividing the room into three zones. A sleep zone, a play zone with a doll’s house, teepee and toys and a quiet zone such a reading nook. For small spaces, combine the sleep and quiet zone by adding a shelf with books above the bed.
2) Work your child’s personality into the room with texture, colour and pattern. Allow your child to guide the colour palette for the room. Add magic through lighting, fairy lights, dimmable feature lighting and whimsical elements. Anything that encourages their imagination to think outside their own world.
3) The bones of your room need to be more versatile and transition through ages. If the room is too age specific, it will look out of date quickly or you will be investing in new furniture and bedding often.
There is always the potential to have disasters if the design of the room is unbalanced. The room can become too overwhelming for children if there isn’t a place for the eye to rest. For example, if the bedding is bold and patterned, a muted plain rug can balance it out. An overwhelming space can be easily avoided by tweaking the space. Standing back and looking around the room to see if anything jars your eye is the place to start tweaking. Another great way is to take a photograph, as it is a lot easier to notice things being unbalanced in a photo.
As mother of two girls, I love pairing emerald and blues with blushes and peaches. Pops of yellow or mustard always lift the happiness of a room.
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We are so lucky today to have so much inspiration through Instagram and Pinterest.
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