The Lust List
The Bunk Pod from IO Kids Design is a lesson in pretty and practical interiors, with the option of separating into two parts to create a regular low bed for younger children if they’re not quite ready for the full bunk-bed experience. Appealing to kids of all ages – from toddlers to teens – it is not only a force of inspiration for endless imaginative play, it has loads of storage room too, for ridding precious floorspace of nick-nacks, clothes, shoes, books and/or other junk.
Price start at £1850; iokidsdesign.co.uk
The Animals of Whittling Wood coat-hanger by sadly now-defunct brand All Lovely Stuff is perfect for shifting the debris of coats and hats upwards. Thankfully, there are still a couple of sellers on line serving up this fefined but playful design.
With patterns including cats, dogs and, erm, cement blocks, each piece in the new cushion collection from Baines & Fricker is made from cotton stuffed with duck feather for extra loveliness. 45 x 45cm.
Best used sparingly, across a wall or two, a statement wallpaper is a lovely addition to a kids’ room. Part of the Hinterland collection, this design from Mini Moderns brings a touch of the magical landscape of Dungeness indoors. Printed in the UK with water based ink on paper from sustained forests.
£50 per 52cm x 10m roll; minimoderns.com
How to Make it Work…
Contain the debris
Kitchen design, for your own sanity, needs to be child-friendly. Save yourself multiple headaches by designating a shelf high up where your favourite china and precious items are on show, but out of reach for small hands. If you have a low cupboard to keep beakers and plastic plates, it means even the little ones can access them when they need to, which should make everyone happy. If you have a kitchen island or overhanging breakfast bar, avoid sharp edges by rounding them off with a chamfered edge [a 90 degree corner with a flat front edge].
Bunk beds, while perhaps not great for under six year olds, are great fun for the older child. They come in all formations: even if your child isn’t sharing, the versions with desks and storage underneath are good for small spaces. Grandparents may like to consider a dormitory with a range of single and pull-out beds ready to accommodate all combinations of visitors.
Bed trunks can be very attractive in a child’s bedroom. If you can source a reconditioned vintage one, it will really add character to the bedroom. However, it doesn’t matter if you find one old or new: they look great personalised with stickers or wallpaper, or hand-painted. And – double bonus – they will store everything from Lego to dolls, or just extra bedding for sleepovers.
Lighting – boring but important. If you go for reading lamps by their bed, opt for LED so they don’t overheat, or become too hot to touch. Also, if you’re redoing a bathroom, think about clever night-lights on either side of the loo. They switch on with movement sensors which, brilliantly, lead children to the loo in the middle of the night. No need to turn all the lights on, or fall around in the dark…
Overall, don’t be too precious with your interiors when you have children in tow. As much as you ask your children and their friends to be well behaved and respectful, accidents happen. It makes sense that what you buy needs to be what you like – but hardwearing and ready for abuse. Think about heavy-based lamps that aren’t easily knocked over, textured sofas in velvets or darker linens, with removable covers, and rugs that have depth in colour and texture so they can handle spillages. Most importantly: we need to relax more about our interiors and enjoy them for what they are.
The colour scheme