Isn’t it every little girl’s dream to design her own room? And by that, we don’t just mean lining the walls with posters of your favorite band, or hanging Polaroid shots of you and your friends by your bedside. We’re talking about really, really designing it from start to finish—from the vision to the execution, from the interiors to the architecture.
Here, our young creatives Kat and Karen Adriano let us into their bedrooms, and share with us how they’ve successfully managed to recreate their ideal rooms from Pinterest to reality.
Kat (a newly minted architect) and her younger sister Karen (a multimedia artist), have always been into creating and crafting things ever since they were young. “My mom told me that when I was still a little kid, I would always grab a piece of paper and a pencil instead of toys,” shares Kat.
Little Karen, on the other hand, admits that her big sister definitely played a big influence in her design aesthetics. “We have almost the same taste!” she confesses. As proof of their similar styles and preference when it comes to anything design, the two have actually set up their own online fashion label, Backdoor Studios.
“I’m a fan of Scandinavian interiors,” declares Kat, when asked to describe her personal aesthetic. “I like to keep things bright, airy, clean, and simple. Natural light plays a very important role in the overall feel of a room,” she explains.
Karen, meanwhile, sticks with the principles of minimalism—simple yet effective. “I always go for minimalist designs in almost everything, be it with my clothes, my room, or the design layouts I make,” she shares. “That’s also why I have a blank wall in front my work desk. There’s just something about white or blank space that makes me feel good and inspired.”
WORKS IN PROGRESS
When it comes to their creative processes, Kat and Karen agree on two non-negotiables: first, they prefer to be alone; and second, they like sketching things on paper first.
And once the problem has been examined, it’s time to gather up inspiration. “I take inspiration from everywhere I go. When I’m traveling, I would always observe how each place has its own unique style and then I try to incorporate these elements in my design,” narrates Kat.
And while creative influence can be sought practically everywhere, the two have a default source: Pinterest. There are books, magazines, and the vast online world, but Pinterest is the go-to place that’s never failed them. “When I’m running out of ideas, I go to Pinterest!” says Kat, also referring to the bedroom project. “I would pin everything that I’d like to have in my room—from furnishing to accessories, and how to DIY stuff.”
Now what makes an ideal bedroom for our two creatives? Kat and Karen list down their top three must-haves.
First is a clean and spacious working desk. “I’m the type of person who’s more productive when my workspace is clean and free from any unnecessary clutter,” says Kat, whose desk is bigger than usual because of the needed space for sketching.
Next on the list are plants. “I feel good when plants are around me,” reveals Karen. The sisters both love how plants can soften the look of a bedroom and add a fresh touch to its overall ambiance.
And last but not least are room sprays! The girls are actually avid users of the olive room spray from Heima. “I believe that a fresh and pleasant scent makes a room ten times nicer!” exclaims Kat.
And while they believe that there’s still room for improvement in the final result, Kat and Karen are more than happy with how their bedrooms turned out. And they should be, after having worked so closely on their room’s design. They conceptualized the look, sourced the materials, and even crafted some of the accessories themselves!
In Kat’s room is a DIY décor on the headboard wall: a tree branch she got from their garden and painted white herself. Then she hung her favorite photos around it. “It’s a very simple and fun way to display your fondest memories!”
Also worth noticing is Kat’s area rug. “No one likes to step out of bed onto a cold and hard floor. A rug softens the look of the room and keeps my feet cozy,” she explains.
Meanwhile, quite a conversation-starter in Karen’s room is a studio light on display. “I wanted to add elements that are related to my work and interests, as a way to make the room more me.”
The ladder by their bedside that’s used as a shelf is also another favorite. Kat sketched the design, had the carpenter copy it, and then painted it herself! “I love custom-made pieces because it suits a space perfectly—not too big nor too small.”
Both also made use of framed prints, artwork, and quotes to display around their room. For Kat and Karen, these make inspiring room décor that also helps set the mood, encourage a positive spirit and a creative mind.
For a clean and minimalist look, take notes from Kat and Karen’s stylish picks!