Re-design Your Children’s Room With These Tips

When having children there many aspects parents care about, but probably one of the most important is to keep them busy with activities that enhance their growing experience. Children are always active, they like to run, climb and play without stop and there isn’t always a park near in Johannesburg or there isn’t enough time to take them to the park to explore and use some of that energy.

For that, parents can use some of these ideas to design or redesign the room of their children for them to enjoy the time at home.

  • The colours in your children room can influence them in different ways, check this article explaining the effect of colours. But independently of the colours you can chose to decorate the walls in different ways to start getting the interest of your children in different things, like a big map of the world, or the letters of the alphabet, or different animals, their names and how to write it.




  • Another way to reinforce creativity in children, is drawing, for that matter we can make a part of the wall of a children bedroom a chalk board, it can be changed easily over time, and children can draw as much as they want and express themselves as much as they want.

  • You can set a board where children can hang or stick their drawings, pictures with friends, their paintings or anything they feel like, it is very important for children the appreciation of their work and creating an exposition wall of their works can help you achieve this.


  • As for children energy, it is possible to create a little circuit using the bed, a hanging net, or hanging a rope from the ceiling, they can climb, swing, check some options below:



  • Getting your children into reading is probably one of the most important goals parents would like to achieve, creating a reading corner where you can read to your child and where later he or she can seat to read is a way to get them into the amazing habit of reading.


  • As parents, you want to teach your children to be neat, to accomplish this you can use a rack with cups for their different types of pens and set a up specific containers with names for their toys, the use of names is very important as they will know where exactly things go and you will create the incentive of neatness and order.


  • Be aware when using bunk beds to make sure the second bed is high enough for a parent to sit comfortably on the bottom and the ceiling to be high enough for the child to be able to stand on the bed, as children can feel claustrophobic when the height is too low or they feel uncomfortable when they see their parents cannot sit on the bed comfortably. Bunk beds can be good for space, but you should be careful when choosing them.

With all these tips, we can create a little adventure world for your children in their own room, where they can learn and play.

Leé Goes To Leh And Brings The Windows Back With Her

In 2014 I went in an 8 month trip through India and South East Asia. India was one of my favourites countries, I spend 2 months and a half there, for such a big country this was very short time. The first place I arrived was Leh, it is in the north in the Himalayas and used to be the capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh

There were many aspects I liked about Leh, but for now I will try to focus on the architecture side of it. Leh is a budhist town, therefore there are many monasteries around Leh, most of them centuries old, I will talk about them in a post later.

The first place I went the day I arrived was the Leh Palace.

Leh Palace is a former royal palace overlooking the Ladakhi Himalayan town of Leh. Modelled on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet, the palace was built by King Sengge Namgyal in the 17th century. It is nine storeys high; the upper floors accommodated the royal family, while the lower floors held stables and store rooms” (Wikipedia) Its construction started in 1553 and was finished in the 17th century. The palace was built with stone mud, wood, and sand.

Nine storeys is very high for the time it was built, it is amazing although one of the things that impressed me the most were the windows, not only from the palace but from the houses in Leh and surroundings.

As I observed the windows and doors are a strong feature in the houses of Leh and around, in my investigation I found the windows in the Tibet region are similar, since I understand the strong influence from the Tibetan culture in the area.

The windows are made of wood and  have two principal characteristics: the first one is the mullions design and the second one are the cornices.

Typical House on the Tibet Region – Kreisels Blog 

In this post I will show the first characteristic of these windows: the mullions pattern or design and I will show how we can create a beautiful detail applying them to our homes. Here is a picture of the patern:

Although it looks very dark  inside, it is only the effect of the light, the rooms in the inside looks like this (picture below) consider this was built on the 16th century and it is in process of being restored.

I made a sketch drawing using the same design pattern of this window, but applying it to a longer one to see how can we use it in our homes (the line in the middle is only a shadow line)

This design can work in different position of the house. Because of the pattern in the design it can be used in a space where we do not need much light and to make an space that is otherwise plain quite interesting because of the shadows that will create. An example would be the passages of a house, with the shadows changing all day long from the movement of the sun, a passage will look very different in different hours of the day.

Another way to use this design is as a protector screen, either for security or to reduce the sun. Or as a screen to separate different spaces. Below you can see a basic render showing the design, as a window and as a protector screen, applied to a proposal I did a few weeks ago.

We can use different materials for build up this type of window or screen, in my opinion I see it more in wood or  steel. In our proposal we used wood and this is the final result:

I researched and look for examples where different patterns were use in windows or screens in a similar way to the ones from Leh, here they are:

Architect: Wolveridge Architects


Architect: Charlie Barnett Associates