The Frida Kahlo Series: Part Three
PudStar made me promise that the next school holidays we would re-decorate her room as she was clearly far too old for her Miffy decorated room these days. She already knew what she wanted – birds, blue and a painting of Frida Kahlo on her wall. At this point let me make it clear that this is NOT a post about a styled kids room…this is a a REAL room, with too much stuff! Glad we cleared that up. We will not be featured in next months home magazines.
A recent Instagram find was Studio Cockatoo and Pud spent a VERY.LONG.TIME. looking at all the gorgeous Frida prints until she decided on the one below as, ‘she looks so happy in it’. I suspect the lovely people who own Studio Cockatoo also love Frida, given how many Frida prints they have! We also purchased a ‘Free as a Bird’ print from Hark Home which I’d had my eye on for ages as it suits PudStar perfectly.
Image Source: Studio Cockatoo
As the books in Part Two of this series are staples in our house and as Pud’s real name means ‘bird’, it seemed only right that I stencil some Frida inspired birds on the wall. As much as she would have liked to help I didn’t fancy house paint on every surface so late one night I cut stencils out of an ice-cream lid and took to Pud’s walls with a sponge. She slept so soundly through my painting that Dan and I also moved all her furniture around that same night. She was confused but overjoyed when she awoke in the morning to a ‘different bedroom’. It really was priceless hearing her excitement at birds having magically appeared overnight.
You’ll notice the overwhelming bird theme in her room…we have both been on the lookout for bird art and figurines in op-shops for some time now. Author/Illustrator Narelle Oliver gifted PudStar and ChickPea a piece of art each when they were born, author/illustrator Stephen Axelsen gifted me the beautiful flying ‘Annabelle’ alternate cover art and the ‘Spoonbill’ stitched artwork in the embroidery hoop is by Rhiannon Walker from Tailorbirds and is based on Pud’s own painting.
Neither of us particularly like PudStar’s bed but for the moment this one stays…so PudStar took to it one evening with wool and has started weaving on the bedhead, apparently pom poms and feathers are to be added.
The images in this post are of Pud’s room as it is…there was a brief clean up, but this is a six year olds room in all its chaos and glory. As I said…this is a REAL room…not a styled one!