Kids Wing Walk Through

Home Tour 

The kids wing as we like to call it, was one of the draw cards to the original home. There was the central kitchen and living space, with the master suite off to the south side, and then a hallway off the living room housed three bedrooms a bathroom and laundry.

One of the key things that we loved about purchasing this house as a renovator (even when the project was just a quick flip!) was the original layout. We knew that we could focus on structural changes on the kitchen side of the house, but could leave the structure for the entire south side of the house as is, with just a few changes to doorways and one minor wall change at the bathroom/laundry. The layout of all of the bedrooms in the house was pretty much perfect, they just needed a lot of cosmetic love! 

The floor plan remained relatively the same – there was a pokey corridor off to the side which had the only storage cupboard in the entire house, and you had to do an awkward right turn onto a right turn to get into the laundry. We simply closed off this space, creating an entry into the laundry directly off the hallway which allowed us to increase the size of the bathroom and almost double the size of the laundry.

I wanted to keep the kids’ rooms structurally quite neutral, as whilst this is ‘home’ for us for now, the life of a seasoned renovation team means there’s just no such thing as a forever home just yet. So we went bold on some of the furniture choices, allowing the kids personalities to come through despite the neutral white base palette. 

As with so many 1980s homes, the wardrobes were more of an afterthought, and the tiny narrow space with awkward sliding doors and a single hanging rail meant that about 95% of the space was wasted and unused. We switched out the sliding doors, and used the same Moda profile from Corinthian doors as the bedroom doors, but opted for floor to ceiling doors, which increased the usability of the internal wardrobe space, as well as creating a sense of height within the rooms. We used the Kintore pulls from Lo & Co on the wardrobes, which are the same pulls we used in the cabinetry in the living room. The black ties in with the Tradco door handles throughout the home and the repetition creates that sense of cohesion throughout.

Engineered oak floorboards run throughout the entire home including the kids bedrooms. Flooring choices in bedrooms is one of those really personal decisions, you’re either a carpet convert or you’re not. For me I love the use of floorboards throughout, visually I love being able to warm up a bedroom with a floor rug, it’s an opportunity to add colour and/or texture and the transition between floorboards and a rug heightens the tactile experience. From a practical perspective, I find floorboards and kids a perfect match from a maintenance and cleaning perspective too.

In Nate’s bedroom we went with the Frankie bunk from House of Orange in a combination of Limewash and white. I love the practicality of the bunk plus the trundle underneath but the best part has to be the aesthetic – that signature Nordic look that House of Orange personifies makes this bunk bed a statement piece that I’m just as happy as my 6 year old is to look at it everyday!

In Eloise’s bedroom I teamed up with Bryce from Harbro to create a bold bedhead which would be the feature of this room. The bedhead is actually a double bedhead, this creates this grandeur over the single bed but is so playful with the fabric print choice – Blurred Lines by Grace Garrett. From a practical perspective it also means that as she grows, we can always switch out the single bed to a double and the bedhead can stay.

I had a vision for the kids bathroom long before I found my now favourite blue spot tiles from Perini, and even before we bought this house to be honest. It started with the concept of a his and hers feature tile running in a strip up behind a double bowl vanity and mirror. 

I fell in love with the Futura tiles, there is something incredibly eye catching about the organic shape of each of the spots, and whilst they are fun and playful the tone of blue is still grown up enough to fit with the palette of the home. 

The decision to have the spots running across the floor and then in two strips up the walls directly behind the basins was all well and good as a design decision on paper. The reality of bringing this vision to life required millimetre precision and military predictions in the set out and rough in stage of the bathroom. The vision has the tapware and position of the basin lining up perfectly with the spots and grout lines of the tiles, which meant we had to calculate every tile position and the millimetres of grout well before the walls were even plastered to get the taps in the right position. 

Truth be told, at rough in stage, I wasn’t convinced we’d pull it off or it was even practically possible at one point. But when we did the tiling set out and the first row went up, I did a little happy dance!

The tapware in the kids bathroom called for something simple and classic, the colour palette has a more coastal feel and chrome naturally pairs well. To give it a fresh modern feel we went with the brushed chrome tapware from Sussex Taps, the matte finish pairs really well with the matte finish in the tiles, and it feels like a modern take on a classic metal. 

The hardwood vanity from Quality Hardwood Furniture provides that warmth and we used an offcut of engineered stone from the kitchen as the top, the practicality of this with two kids is perfect, but it provides another connection point back to the home and the blue tones in the veining work so well with the tile choices. We used the Alape basins from Reece which are made from a single sheet of steel which has been pressed and coated in a glass ceramostahl glazing which forms this incredibly thin 3mm edge, a finish that we rarely see with a basin, so it creates a point of interest. With so many matte finishes in this bathroom, the contrast to the high gloss glaze catches the eye. 

We created the same reverse niche in the shower with the ledge as we did in the ensuite, and by using the same Moda white mosaic tile but this time in the round dot to tie in with the blue spot tiles, there’s still a sense of cohesion between the two bathrooms despite their wild differences.