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From Habitat magazine - issue 12

Our Habitat Gorgi children’s room makeover competition bought out some truly creative ideas.

It’s a reflection on how much we love our kids that we received an outstanding quality of entries for our Habitat Gorgi Bedroom Makeover competition. Many made full use not only of Gorgi’s exciting range of fabrics, but also of Resene’s vast range of paint colours.

There were custom-made lamps, quirky noticeboards, hand-painted murals and motifs in schemes that catered for all ages and stages of children.

While the winning rooms were being made over as we went to print, we thought we’d share the three winning schemes with you. In our next issue, you’ll see our first prize winner in all its girly glory.


First prize winner

Elizabeth Berge of Auckland for her whimsical scheme for 12-year-old daughter Abbie, using pink and apple tones with various unique features such as hand-embroidered wall art (or samplers), striped panels on the wardrobe doors, a hand-made ribbon lampshade, appliqué butterflies and a clip light shade to display Abbie’s artworks.

Wall art 1
Wall art 2

Elizabeth will paint the walls in Resene Pale Rose then (inspired by Gorgi’s Vintage Retro Pink and Lime Stripe fabric) paint stripes on the wardrobe doors and desk drawers in Resene Pink Panther, Resene Sweet Dreams, Resene Princess and Resene Go Go Go.

The duvet cover and a cushion will be made in Gorgi’s Vintage Retro Pink and Lime Stripe 100% cotton fabric, with white and vintage pink sheets and pillowcases.

The roman blind will be made of Old World linen cotton blend in colour Natural. Elizabeth will embellish the blind with an edging of hand-embroidered flowers. She will also use the Old World fabric as the backing for an embroidered sampler of the letter A.


Second prize winner

Second prize winner

Deborah Hide-Bayne of Coromandel for her timeless scheme based on deep reds and grey-greens for baby son Jack’s room. Based on a theme of engines, the room also features painted stripes inspired by Gorgi fabric, running around the base of the walls. Curtains would be in Gorgi’s Vintage Retro Khaki and Red stripe, with a Khaki and Red French Stripe Cot Quilt, a Vintage-inspired merino oatmeal shawl and Scarlet Alfred Stripe Oxford Pillowcases.

Walls would be in Resene Half Rice Cake with co-ordinating colours in Resene Shiraz, Resene Pirate, Resene Spanish Green, Resene Ravine and Resene Laurel.


Third prize winner

Third prize winner

Janine Whitelaw of Whangarei for her crisp and contemporary but versatile scheme for nine-year-old son Jayden, who chose a red, grey and white theme. While essentially neutral, the room will last through his teenage years and will become a classic backdrop should the room ever need to serve another purpose.

A feature wall will be painted Resene Half Truffle with the others in Resene Sea Fog. Accents would be in Resene Red Berry with a duvet cover in Gorgi’s Scarlett Drill fabric. Other fabrics for the valance, pillowcases, blinds and lampshade include Vintage Retro Navy and Red Stripe, Grey Marl linen, and Old World white with pinstripe.


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