Styling by Bam Interiors, Photography by Rachel Winton
When it was time for Bowie, seven, to get his own room, mama Sarita wanted to make it truly his own. After all, he’d shared a space with his twin brother, Kip, his whole life. Sarita focused on Bowie’s love of bright colours, skating and the beach when settling on a theme for Bowie’s room in their Melbourne home. And with a tiny budget set aside for the project, she utilized clever ways to get a big-bang result without spending a fortune.
// What is the theme of your space?
For Bowie’s room I really wanted to inject a bit of colour and fun. With a tiny budget, I thought the most cost effective way would be to paint a feature wall instead of wallpapering. The two-tone feature wall really adds the wow factor.
// What made you choose the theme?
Bowie is a child with varied interests and hobbies, and I really wanted this reflected in his personal sanctuary; beachy, cool and something that would see Bowie through to his teen years. With the room already containing a few nice pieces, and working with a limited budget, it was mainly through accessories and artwork that the look was achieved.
// Why was doing a special space important to you?
Being an identical twin, this was Bowie’s first solo bedroom without his brother Kip. I wanted the space to reflect his individual personality, and I felt that his own sanctuary was important for his own identity development.
// What made you decide the theme for the room?
As Bowie is a big fan of the colour blue, I knew that this would be an important part of his overall room. The biggest place to make an impact on the otherwise grey walls was to start with a fun blue feature, and then let the theme develop from here.
// Where do you get your design inspiration?
Scouring Instagram and Pinterest boards. I also have a large collection of interior design magazines I like to look back through for inspiration.
// What looks/items are you in love with at the moment?
Although I prefer a neutral palette in my living spaces, I feel like bedrooms are a great place to get creative and inject colour and fun. Overall, I love the fun of an eclectic/boho theme as there really are no rules.
// What tips can you give to create a similar look/design?
Have fun with wall colour as it’s such an easy thing to change and always add greenery!
// What would be your one main piece of styling advice?
Don’t always play it safe; if you love it, then use it!
// What do you love about being a mama?
I had three children in 10 months [daughter Stevie is eight], so the first four years were tough, but every day, I’ve become more and more confident as a Mum and I actually think I’m pretty good at it. I certainly make mistakes but I love being Mum with every inch of my being.
// How has your life changed since having children?
I rely heavily on coffee and sometimes my house looks like a bull has run through it but I wouldn’t change a thing.
// How has motherhood changed you?
I’ve always been a softie but now I cant watch the shows I once loved, true life crimes just don’t have the same appeal once you have precious children you’re trying to protect.
// What do you wish you knew before becoming a mama?
I wish I knew how difficult travel would become. I would have done a lot more of it had I known it wouldn’t be as easy as packing your bags and heading off without worrying about responsibilites, time away from school, extra costs of travelling with three kids.
// What traits do you hope Bowie will carry with him into adulthood?
He is kind and compassionate and very aware of the importance of thinking before you he says something.
// What’s your best piece of motherhood advice?
Trust your Gut. Don’t read too many parenting books!
// How do you juggle motherhood with your own personal success/ ambition?
To me, raising my children to be good humans is my greatest achievement.
// What does success mean to you?
I feel successful, not because of anything I’ve achieved in my career but because of a deep sense of gratitude I have for everything I have; my health, my beautiful family and this beautiful country I call home.