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From the Resene/Your Home and Garden Colour Home Awards Competition - Oct 2006 finalist

Inspired by the film madagascar, Sarah Gatjens transformed her baby’s nursery

Sarah and Mark Gatjens
Sarah and Mark Gatjens

Inspired by the characters in the children’s movie Madagascar, Sarah Gatjens created this colourful nursery when she was pregnant with her daughter Jessie, now seven months.

Sarah took the spare bedroom in her rural Marlborough home (which she and husband Mark bought three years ago) and transformed it into a vibrant nursery. But because she wanted to wait for the birth to find out what sex her baby was, she chose a colour scheme that would suit both a boy and a girl.

She incorporated all her favourite bright colours into the design. She painted the walls in the sunny bedroom with Resene ‘Pelorous’, onto which she hand-painted the movie characters. The two walls in full-strength Resene ‘Pelorous’ are filled with marine life, including fish made out of felt. On the remaining walls she washed the same colour, but diluted it with water, and then brought to life a range of smiling animals to keep a watchful eye on Jessie in her cot.

Sarah worked on the project over several months, snatching spare time during her weekends and summer evenings to pick up her comic book and pencil, paints and brushes. She used an array of Resene testpot colours for each of the characters to give the room a vibrancy that is in keeping with her paint choices throughout the house. “It’s a joyful room to be in,” says Sarah. “Jessie knows that this is her room and she loves it.”

Madagascar inspired mural
First-time Mum Sarah Gatjens has created this themed unisex nursery using Resene ‘Pelorous’ and multiple testpots to bring her favourite cartoon to life.


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