A personalised wall decal has transformed this little girl’s room into a whimsical retreat perfect for dreaming and creating
Who lives here？Antony Clark， 32 (director of Your Decal Shop)， Jess Cattroll， 31 (director of Your Decal Shop)， Lola， 4， and Oliverpersonalized gifts for him， 8 months.monogram pillow cases
When did you move in？April 2016.
Tell us about your home.We bought an amazing 1928 character home in Hawke’s Bay. It was renovated to a certain degree when we purchased it. However， we are slowly adding our own style to it. We also have a front studio and a workshop at the back of our home which we have renovated into a space for our business， Your Decal Shop.
What was Lola’s room like before the makeover？When we first moved in， the walls in Lola’s room were bright blue. It also had turquoise carpet so there was a lot happening! There were double doors which opened into another bedroom， which wasn’t really functional.
What were you hoping to achieve in the room？We wanted to create a really pretty space for Lola， using her favourite colours. We thought a blank white canvas would work best， with colour added through a wall mural that we could create for her. Over time， we can change the artwork and decals around to transform the room again without having to repaint.
What did you change in the room？We knocked out the double doors to the adjoining room， insulated and plasterboarded， gib-stopped， then sanded and painted. We added new blinds and got rid of the old， dusty curtains which took up so much space. We also redid the light fixtures and added more modern lighting. Then we designed and printed the wall mural.
Did you keep any existing features？We had such great feedback from people on the colour of the existing carpet so we decided to keep it.
How did you choose the style of the decal？Personalisation is important as we wanted Lola to feel unique and have something that really related to her. So what could be better than to simply ask her what she liked？ When we told Lola， “You can have anything on your wall. What would you like？” she replied， “Flowers!” (We must admit that we were somewhat relieved when she said that!)We created a little moodboard of different designs and she picked the flowers and colours she liked. We then drew the design， made the decal and put it up on her wall.
What was Lola’s reaction to the finished room？She instantly put on a bumblebee outfit and started jumping on the bed next to the flower decal， pretending she was flying around. It was hilarious.
Best moment during the process？Getting that last coat of paint on which completely took the blue out of the room. And styling it is always super fun， too.
How does the new room work for Lola？Her room is now a hub for all things pretty and creative. She can move easily about the room to draw on tables， play in the kitchen or doll’s house， or grab a book to read.
Tell us how you came to sell the decal you made for Lola.We told Lola， “You know your decal is unique – you’re the only person in the world that has it.” To our amazement， she replied， “I want everyone to have some flowers because they’re the most beautiful in the whole wide world.” For this reason the ‘Lola’s Flowers’ decal is now available in our shop in six sizes (yourdecalshop.co.nz/product/lolas-flowers).
Did you use tradies or do the makeover yourself？We are extremely fortunate to have both a gib stopper (Ant’s dad) and a builder (Ant’s cousin) in the family. They did the wall and the plastering and we did the rest.What was your budget？ No budget. We knew what we wanted and went for it. Altogether we spent around $3500， which included building materials from Bunnings， paint， lighting， blinds and accessories.
What did you splurge on？There are no shortcuts when it comes to quality. We splurged on Lola’s toys， her doll’s house and toy kitchen.
Interview by： Fiona Ralph. Photography by： Florence Charvin.
The season of both eating and baking cakes has arrived. It is hardly a week to go for Christmas and with that festival, we are also reminded of the New Year celebration. In both these occasions, a cake plays a major role. A dry Marble Cake is one of the traditional Christmas cakes and comes with a longer shelf life. So, once you make it, you can store it till your New Year celebration too. As a companion to tea or coffee, this cake is just perfect. It is not high on sugar content and is made sans the elaborate decoration of cream or fondant or glitters. But taste-wise, this simple looking cake is no less than the designer cakes. So, here is an easy recipe of Marble Cake that you can make in your Christmas holidays and cherish till the New Year.
We recently finished building our new home and although the majority of the house is complete, there is still one or two rooms that I am still putting the finishing touches on. One such room is my 15 year old daughters. She is big into music – she’s won the local school talent show, participated in District Music Festivals, is in school band and chorus and is a member of the school Chamber Singers. Since we’ve themed her room around her love of music, I decided that she could use a piece of art that can sit on the ledge in her room to remind her to always shine.?This Shine Bright DIY diamond sign is easy and inexpensive to make and will accent her decor perfectly!