MADDY’S ROOM BY ELISA CIRULLI OF ELISA INTERIORS
Shortlisted for the Northern Design Awards 2012
Entered: Livingetc Best Room of 2012
When Elisa told me that her interior design “Maddy’s Room” was shortlisted for the Northern Design Awards 2012, I was very pleased indeed, especially as our designer wall covering “Floating Clocks” features in the room. It’s great working with Elisa, she has so many ideas, so much energy and her passion for design shines through her work. Maddy, you must be proud of this gorgeous room, well done Elisa, it’s certainly my dream room. Although I’m not a teenager, this room could also work for an adult don’t you think?
Below, Elisa talks about her work and inspiration behind Maddy’s room
My passion for interior design is rooted in my Italian cultural background and my Yorkshire home. Past and present places I have lived in have always been vibrant spaces where the surprise and delight of the new, in and alongside the heritage, combine a layer of wonder and discovery. These thrilling contrasts can rejuvenate a domestic or commercial setting. In making statements with pattern and colour, my client’s taste, light, space and personality, influence the choices made.
At ELISA INTERIORS we have used this project to tell a story. The idea was to contrive a room in which each element, when fused together, would create a space that was elegant yet comfortable, individual yet practical, glamorous yet cosy.
Maddy’s room is the perfect example of my design ethos.
Maddy is a 12-year-old girl who loves to read. Her bedroom needed to be a space which grew with her as she matures into a young woman. I took my inspiration from Alice in Wonderland (one of Maddy’s favourites) to create a modern fairy tale for a modern girl. A dividing wall in the middle of the room was taken down to open up the space and allow more natural light to flow in. Gradually the theme developed with a combination of Floating Clocks wallpaper (by ATADesigns, inspired by the clock in New York Grand Central Station), and the dark paint on the opposing walls to create Alice’s tunnel down which she fell into her Wonderland. I added two Baby Love lamps (by MyYour) in the shape of flowers to light her on her way. These strong colours and designs needed to be balanced with a cheerful red hue (fabrics by Designers Guild) that would contrast with the dramatic walls. The round shape of the clocks was echoed by the Eero Aarnio ball chair and the clean edges of the bespoke, handmade desk and bedside tables, which I designed myself, in my first foray into furniture design.
Finally, the room was finished with layers of textured accessories from the Sonia Rykiel collection which I had recently seen at London Design Week. I felt her designs achieved the perfect balance between fashion chic and interior design; Maddy’s room was the perfect venue for them.
The result: a glamorous yet cosy teenager’s bedroom
To see more of Elisa’s work visit: Elisa Interiors