Bedroom Fit for MARY POPPINS
Mary Poppins (1964) is many things: An iconic and wildly popular film starring the one-and-only Julie Andrews, a wildly successful Broadway play, a brilliant series of books by P.L. Travers and a cultural, world-wide icon. If anything, Mary Poppins taught us that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…and what child didn’t want a magic nanny who could fly on a broomstick? I know I did (and still do!)
I was struck by the design idea by Josh Wollowick who created this children’s room that was inspired by the whimsical and colourful park scenes in Mary Poppins. But remember: a Mary Poppins inspired design doesn’t have to just be for children. Wollowick’s room follows some current design trends with the use of a bright wallpaper pattern. (You can also use wall coverings in encrusted crystal, metallic and flocked velvet’s ) In this case, the choice of wallpapering that is satin metallic grey with a burst of lurid colourful flowers is particularly interesting because it blends the harsh elements of the cold, grey, and smoky London backdrop with the “girly” and sweet elements present throughout the film. The grey mutes the flowers a bit, just like an added ingredient that stops the room from being too sweet (the medicine to the sugar we metioned previously). I should also mention that grey is a “what’s hot” colour right now in décor and fashion.
Check out the pink tile floor! I admit that the floor is reminiscent of something you’d find in Southern Florida or in Betsey Johnson’s showroom (or a Betsey inspired BEDROOM), but in this space it really works. The floor brings a fresh, youthful and playful vibe to the space that is both retro minded AND modern in its sensibility and it’s unexpected in a Mary Poppins inspired room without looking like it doesn’t belong. So forget about vile broadloom carpet and expected hardwood flooring! Find a really cool and funky tile pattern and incorporate it into your Mary Poppins space. It doesn’t have to be pink (you can even use your favourite colour…but I recommend the Pink) Bedroom tile isn’t very common, but it looks awesome paired with funky throw rugs. Another perk is that it’s also very easy to clean (just don’t forget those faux fur lined slippers!)
Notice the intricate chandelier above the bed. It just screams Mary Poppins! As does the mirror placed over the desk. Both have a black palette that, once again, gives off the London-in-1910 vibe along with the slight “edge” that Mary possessed when someone did NOT do as told. Like this example, you could pick accessories that are dark — in colour and mood — and Victorian in style. Don’t be afraid to pick out really eccentric and stand-out vintage pieces. Lighting and wallpaper can double as jewels that add sparkle and magic to any space. You could go another route and pick fresh and fun accessories that brighten up the room for the slightly less adventurous .. I really loved this Lotus Flower Chandelier that’s fit for the ‘”urban Mary Poppins”. The lotus chandelier also plays on the Mary Poppins garden theme. There are many routes you can go in your Mary Poppins inspired bedroom, and as always, don’t be afraid to mix-and-match it up.
Another thing you could add is a funky, decorative parasol umbrella. Don’t know where to put it? You could prop it against a wall beside your nightstand or hang it open in a corner of the room, OR hand a grouping of them from the ceiling with hidden spot lights so they act like a custom chandelier and give off a warm and fantasy light effect. Parasols are unique, fun, and help to create a whimsical, feminine look that you are trying to achieve… As well, black umbrellas are iconic pieces from the Mary Poppins that everyone remembers so if you want to keep it more graphic try using them instead.
Crisp, white bedding is something that is always in style (and any nanny would approve of!) Add colour through the use of muted pillows — preferably in pastels — to keep the bedding simple and sweet. Keep the items and accessories in the room to a minimum, as Mary Poppins herself did not approve of clutter and mess. I also love the idea of using this modern-day black-and-white painting inspired by Mary Poppins (and uses balloons instead of an umbrella) to give a modern, urban, and ‘street’ kick.
With these tips in mind, soon you will have the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious bedroom around! Just make sure to send me your photos…and Kudos.