Play & Create your Dream Home

Continuing from last week, LeeAnn Yare shares with us two more tips for celebrating every space in your home, in the wake of her must-have book, Rooms to Love. This week LeeAnn looks at the unbridled potential for creativity in creating a space for your kids, and the ins and outs of crafting the ideal home office.

Tintin-roomPlay

No matter what your own style is, kids’ rooms are the spaces where you can really go crazy. Using a few creative and fun ideas, you can give them an inspiring room they’ll love to hang out in. The walls are a great place to start, but don’t limit yourself there: shelves, window frames, doors and trims, furniture and accessories, even the ceiling – all can be completely transformed with a coat of paint or roll of wallpaper. Paint is cheap to buy, and even the least DIY-skilled person can use it, so there really is no excuse. Paint a door or window frame, or both, in an eye-catching tint, or use a roll of masking tape to break out a few stripes. If you want to create a pattern, grab a stencil or trace out a random selection of circles – you may only need a few test pots to achieve something striking.

Paint is cheap to buy, and even the least DIY-skilled person can use it, so there really is no excuse.

Create

For some it’s a place to study, write letters, pay bills or surf the net; for others it’s somewhere to create, design or craft. Whether it’s a dedicated room, or just a nook or a corner, your home office should be a place that inspires creativity. Storage is essential; look for chests of drawers, free-standing or wall-mounted wall shelves, baskets and cabinets, which may need customising to fit with your room’s décor. Remember to keep your space tidy; this room can easily and unintentionally become a bit of a dumping zone.

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Photography by Larnie Nicolson