Gender neutral kids room makeover


Gender neutral kids room makeover


I recently had the pleasure of working on an exciting decorating project with British mum-of-three-adorable-smalls, Dani Wilson. The lovely Dani is one mega multi-tasking mama. Not only is she a co-founder of Sassy Mama Dubai, she also runs a successful PR business and has founded a charity in Pakistan called the ZB Foundation, which provides free screening tests for all new born babies. When Dani got in touch to ask if I could assist with a full room makeover for her adorable little twins, Rio & Sienna ( a boy and a girl), I was delighted to accept.

I encouraged Dani to make use of my newly launched, e-design service for the project. The e-design package allows you to decorate a room within your budget and at your own pace. After a brief consultation (which can be done at your home if you’re local, or over the phone / email / Skype, if you’re not), I put together a mood board, room layout, shopping list and comprehensive installation guidelines.

The brief was simple. To create a fun, gender neutral, bright and colourful bedroom that the almost-two-year-old twins and their (not much) bigger sister could enjoy. Dani was open to any and all options. A dream client, really.

Despite having started this makeover as an e-design project, Dani’s schedule was really manic at the time and she was eager to get the kids room ready ASAP so she asked if I could manage the full installation as well, which is what I did.

And voila!

Here’s a brief summary of what the makeover entailed: walls were painted white | changed the striped curtains to white blinds with a touch of bright yellow… and because the original curtains were made with love by Granny, we opted to keep and reuse the fabric in the form of cushions and a beanbag | added a new rug and sheepkins | changed the ceiling light and the two wall lights above the cots | replaced floating shelves with picture ledges to display books and wall art | moved the cots to stand alongside one another | replaced the wardrobe for a larger one | downsized the chest of drawers | moved some of the pictures around and added a few new ones, along with some felt garlands | added a teepee.

And here is a peek at what the room looked like before…

The best part of this project? Those gorgeous children!

Kathryn Hawkes

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  • the cape on the corner 06/05/2015 at 11:09 PM

    that looks fabulous, i love the bright whites with the accent of the accessories. it looks so spacious now.

  • Monique 05/03/2015 at 11:22 AM

    You are just too good. I LOVE the floating shelves! Well done!!!

  • Annamarie 04/03/2015 at 6:31 PM

    I love everything about this room, that teepee is so darn cute! The felt garland around the room ties everything together so nicely. Come decorate my future child’s room!

    • Kathryn Hawkes 04/03/2015 at 10:14 PM

      Hi Annamarie, thanks so much for the kind words! The beauty of my e-design service is that I can help out wherever you are 😉

  • Lynne Louw 04/03/2015 at 10:11 AM

    That’s so lovely and fresh. Great job !!!

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