A Magical Retreat

The saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” resonated with our latest project… the cutest little wendy house, but whose interior left a lot to be desired… Random bits of furniture obscuring the space, left no place for creative little princesses to live out their imaginations!

The brief…

To create a space that not only entices the girls to use it, but one that also offers them plenty of workspace for arts and crafts, lots of storage, and space for 2 little friends to join in the fun…

After removing the existing furniture (only the vintage chair needed to stay), I played around with a few storage ideas, all the while keeping in mind that we somehow needed to incorporate a large workspace as well. This can be a challenge when one only has 2m x 2m to play with! The final design was one that I absolutely loved, confident that it ticked all the boxes AND looked super sleek and trendy! Maximising the space to its full potential, I designed a worktop at 1.4m long, and a depth of 60cm, with the convenience of 2 open shelves directly underneath it to house lots of paper and craft board. Next I added 3 large storage drawers that would accommodate lots of toys and hide all the clutter, but at 40cm deep so that the worktop would have an ‘overhang’ to accommodate some stools. Although the look and feel was right on trend, the added touch of heart drawerknobs and heart cutouts on the stools, ensured that the little princesses would love them!

I designed the stools 10cm higher than traditional kiddies seating to make sure the girls can enjoy them for years to come. A palette of white and dove grey with just a touch of pink, introduced a contemporary and elegant look and feel, which one often overlooks when decorating girly spaces.

Mom had specific needs in terms of wall shelves, as she wanted space for all the paint bottles and bits & bobs, as well as open shelving that would accommodate the girls craft boxes and paintings. I used the leftover space to incorporate a ‘planter’ box shelf that would easily hold all the craft bottles, and added 2 open shelves for the rest.

Next came the custom made curtain holdbacks… a mix of timber and crystal beads added the perfect finishing touch!

TeePee shelves are a great decor choice in a wendy house, as they follow the lines of the roof pitch and of course look super cute; and a galaxy of vinyl and wooden star decals completed the transformation!

The ‘piece de resistance’ – my eternal favourite prints, framed and exquisitely striking above the workstation, adding a touch of girly chic…

The minature rocking chairs were rearranged on the patio area, and custom made name plaques in silver took pride of place in front.

The verdict? Mission accomplished xoxo