Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A circus themed little boys room...

Some people despise themed rooms but I actually don't mind them. Inspired by the new range of wallpaper and rugs by designer extraordinaire Catherine Martin, introduced to me by Shannon Fricke and Home Beautiful magazine, I have become so smitten with her Circus Silhouette range I couldn't help but put a virtual inspiration board together for a proposal to my sister. My pregnant sister and her husband already have one 2 yr old son - Zach!, and we all just found out last night at a family dinner they are expecting a second son! *YAY*

Unfortunately my own son is now 11 so I doubt I could convince him to allow me to attack his room with my new found love lol. If I were to design a circus themed boys room this is how I'd do it -




Example one: I would paper one wall with either the red or the blue CM circus design and paint the remaining walls white.

Example two: Like the images, I'd paper all the walls the CM circus design and corresponding stripes design.




Example one: I would use a stripe design fabric for the window treatments such as the Alvine Smal fabric from Ikea or another along the lines of this stripes fabric from Pottery Barn kids.
Example two: I'd use a plain primary coloured fabric.

This absolutely GORGEOUS circus silhoulette design rug also by Catherine Martin to coordinate with the wallpapers, sourced through Designer Rugs would go in both example rooms.



For both example one and two the bedding would be a very similar pattern to the window coverings and I would choose perhaps a black iron or timber bed.



It's at this point I get to show off the AMAZING work of Kris Langenburg of Mystico Designs.

Kris is yet another extremely talented artist and fellow francophile who specializes in wall murals and handpainted wall hangings. I was blown away as I toured around her site at all her stunning whimsical designs and I was thrilled to see she even had a circus themed wall hanging you can have custom named. This would make such a wonderfully personal feature in my circus room. Check out her new blog as she takes us on a journey of her life, loves and work through her storybook eyes :)


For both example one and two I love this Hensvik bookcase from Ikea and I would probably attempt to paper the back with again either the circus silhouette or stripes design, however opposite colours to the walls. I would then fill it with with some must have accents such as...




A carousel...






A jack in the box...



And of course what childs circus room would be complete without Dumbo!







Finally, one last detail I thought would make a great addition would be a rocking lion as opposed to the traditional horse. I can just picture the little tacker riding away and roaring his lungs out lol.

Now as I am only a student I welcome constructive criticism. What do you all think of my virtual boys circus inspired room? Yay or Nay? lol




14 comments:

Sprout Gallery said...

Thanks for that. I really enjoy it when interior blogs do a little feature on kid's rooms :)

trash talk said...

I love the whole concept and wouldn't that rug look wonderful on the ceiling.

Miss Kris said...

Hi Anna!
What a wonderful surprise! Thank you for your kindness about my artwork. I must admit I have a mutual admiration of your lovely blog! You are so inspiring and made me to NOT forget my first passion - Beautiful French Homes!

Thanks again^_^
Kris

Fifi Flowers said...

I say YAY! Very cute!

Porchlight Interiors said...

Very cute! Love the striped wallpaper on one wall and the patterned on the other - very effective! Tracey x

ness lockyer said...

You have done a great job, I love that wallpaper. Ness xx

Brandi said...

i really love this, i dont like themes but i like this!!!

sandra/tx said...

I think kids' rooms are where you can work with themes and get away with it. A circus room would be very cute!

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

Step right up! You are good.

A-M said...

Oh I love the Catherine Martin Circus themed wallpaper and the rug. Love them! What a great post. If mine were younger yep I would have a circus theme! A-M xx

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Very cute idea!

M ^..^

Millie said...

This is gorgeous Anna! I wish I could turn the clock back a few years, as it might be a little difficult to convince our 'baby' boy to let me theme his room like this now he's 26! Just love your ideas - your creativity knows no bounds!
Millie ^_^

AnastasiaC said...

i love everything here Anna...so different to the normal 'boy' themes of boats or planes or (eek!) action heros!!
Catherine Martin has amazing designs!

Catherine said...

Ohhh...that Catherine Martin line! Love it!

P.S. Happy Belated Birthday!