Room to Grow By Rachel Marsh

Welcome to Room to Grow – a new Interiors column dedicated to helping busy parents create beautiful and practical family homes. This page promises loads of practical and inspiring information on creating rooms for all size kids and families.

I’ve been designing, styling and retailing for 30 years, with a career stretching from Urban & Regional Planning to Interior Design. Designing for communities and families, I’ve had a wealth of experience in creating family environments with personality, style and functionality. As a mum to 3, I know from experience what works!

Returning to Adelaide after 20 years in Melbourne, I founded Asser & Co, an Interiors studio catering for both retail and trade. We work with personal shoppers and industry experts in sourcing the right pieces for growing families. I’ll be showing you some great pieces from our range which are stylish and sustainable.

House of Orange Nina Loft Bed

This issue I’m talking about the number one investment piece for your child – their bed! Let’s face it – we spend a lot of time telling them to go there, so we want to make sure that kids find them both fun and peaceful. Choose classic styles with longevity and flexibility, and the best quality your budget will stretch to. This allows for a bedroom which will grow up with your kids. You can then add fun and playful accents like bed linen and cushions which are easy to swap as your kids’ tastes mature.

If you’re short on space or rooms, my pick is the House of Orange Frankie Bunk or the Nina Loft Bed. These can be custom made to suit your space, in a combination of 5 signature colours. These hand painted beds are robust, with kind rounded edges and have brilliant options like trundles (for sleepovers!) or storage boxes. Available in both Single or King Single, the fresh, clean aesthetic suits both little and big kids. They can also be easily cut down at a future date to create 2 separate beds.

House of Orange Gus Bed

The Nina Loft Bed allows your kids to sleep amongst the clouds and keep occupied down below. An instant desk/storage space or a nook to curl up with a book or game, this is definitely a value add concept!

House of Orange also has 2 styles of stand alone beds which come in Single, King Single, Double (and Queen if you’ve given birth to a future rower!). The Gus is great for little tackers – close to the floor for them to climb into, but still room for a trundle or storage underneath. The Alfie bed sits up slightly higher on posts. Both styles come with headboard/footboard options, which finish off the beds nicely and helps avoid “lost” pillows in the middle of the night.

Remember to consider elements like room proportion, window & door location and activity/movement flows when choosing larger pieces of furniture. It’s all about balance. If you’re not sure, seek some advice. Remember, kids spend a lot of time in their rooms (especially when they’re teenagers!) so it’s important to get it right.

House of Orange Alfie Bed
Photo Credit: House of Orange

HK Living Metal Triangle Table Lamp
Photo Credit: HK Living

Cultiver Blue/White Stripe Duvet Set
Photo Credit: Cultiver

HK Living Metal Wire Chair in White
Photo Credit: HK Living

HK Living Lamp Factory L Matte Black
Photo Credit: HK Living

147 Magill Road, Stepney, SA, 5069

Photo credit: Brett Goldsmith

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