Barbie Dreamhouse + Celebrity Ferne McCann

Written by MK Kids Interiors

On April 5, 2022
House bed with a pink neon sign above, saying Sundays Dreamhouse - Babrie dolls are displayed on live edged acrylic ledges

Barbie Dreamhouse Inspired Bedroom for Celebrity Ferne McCann

Before

Initial impressions when walking into this room was that the space could be maximised. The room was a blank canvas with potential.

The Brief:

“This year Barbie has a new Dreamhouse, and to create awareness and excitement around the new offering in the lead up to Christmas we are going to work with a celebrity ambassador to offer the ultimate Barbie Dreamhouse prize and to bring the new product to life in a magical, creative and fun way. The Dreamhouse inspired bedroom should take fun elements from the Barbie product but be a reallife magical and fun re-imagined version perfect for a little girl. The design should be Barbie and Dreamhouse inspired, but not a direct copy. We would like the look and feel to be fresh, fun, with a premium feel and surprising elements.”

Barbie Born to Play live edge frame 3D -MK Kids Interiors

Defining the Brief

After a brief consultation, and being completely distracted by the cameras, I proposed to the Barbie PR and Ferne McCann that we should add splashes of colour on the walls and make use of the full width of the room by changing the orientation of the bed. The bed would be the main feature of the room as it is the first thing that you see when you walk into the space. We proposed a house bed also inspired by Barbie dream house. Having a house bed place on the back wall would free up floor space for Sunday to play, proposing an elevated – mid-sleeper bed would also provide a cool chillout spot for the underneath the bed, with plenty of cushions.

round pink shelf and live edge 3D boxed acrylic frame-mk kids interiors- barbie inspired bedroom

When you think of Barbie, you think of bold bright fuchsia pinks, purples, turquoise and lots of bold patterns with shiny surfaces. In a standard consultation we usually interact with the clients more to find out what they like and dislike. In this consultation we do also get a sense of our client’s preferences. However, we had a brief from Barbie who wanted a Barbie dream house inspired bedroom where they can showcase their new Barbie dream house.

As an interior designer I also had a duty to provide a safe and lasting bedroom as this was someone’s home. The brief was a press/ interior styling brief as well as an interior design brief. It needed to tick all the boxes for Barbie: bold, colourful, and installed quickly, as well as be functional, lasting and tasteful for the residents. Based on Sunday’s bedroom and Ferne McCann’s home it felt quite natural to use more subtle colours. We wanted to use pastel colours in a bold way; opting for an ombre wall, with pops of bolder colours around the room. The Barbie Dream house is very colourful and Barbie has evolved into an edgy fashionista, so we added the bright pink neon lights to create that vibe. When the light was on, it gave the room a magical uplifting pink glow. The lighting really changed the mood of the room.

 

To echo the Barbie materials, we incorporated various textures and finishes.

The Concept and Detail Design

The live edged acrylic 3D boxed frames were designed by MK Kids Interiors and strategically placed on the sides of the wardrobe, so that every morning when Sunday dismounts her bed, she would see affirmations. For the purpose of the Barbie Dreamhouse launch, we used quotes that were supplied by Barbie, such as ‘Girl power’ and ‘Born to Play’. Opting for the use of e 3D acrylic boxed frames for displaying a Barbie and inspirational quotes, using a complementary colour scheme of pink and green to draw attention to the words of inspiration and the  display of barbie.Sundays Bedroom-Barbie Dreamhouse Inspired bedroom- girls bedroom ideas- Barbie display ledges- kids interiors- live edges ledges-MK Kids Interiors

Accompanying the frames were live edged acrylic book ledges. The ledges were used to display multiple Barbie dolls as well as a forward-facing book display.

Pink and green live edged book ledges- barbie doll display-book shelves-floating book shelves-acrylic ledges-Mk Kids Interiors

The existing round display shelf was painted a bright pink, reminiscent of the Barbie colour, placed on a backdrop of the pastel ombre walls, which were airbrushed by the talented Rohan Sparkes.Pastel ombre walls by Rohan Sparkes- Barbie live edge 3D picture frame- MK Kids Interiors

Additional touches of glamour were added to the wardrobe doors with round pink diamante doorknobs. pink sparkly door knobs-wardrobe doorknobs-girls bedroom ideas-kids room-MK Kids Interiors

A faux crystal trinket dish was added to the window ledge; for PR purposes, it was used for Barbie jewellry, and can be later used by Sunday for her own trinkets.

The bubble chair was requested by Barbie to add a retro touch, to imitate the chair that is in the Barbie Dream House.Bubble chair-kids interiors-girls bedroom-barbie dreamhouse inspired bedroom-celebrity kids-MK Kids Interiors

Soft furry textures were added with colourful cushions a pink rectangular rug, and a blue star rug.Shaggy pink rug- MK Kids INteriors

An element of playfulness was added with the neon ‘fun’ cushions. Fun Cushion with pink heart cushion-MK Kids Interiors

The mid sleeper bed was designed to have a comfortable chillout/ secret hideout zone beneath. As Barbie loves to party, we added a disco ball and coloured LED light strips.

Disco ball under the bed-secret hideout-cosy nook- kids space- MK Kids Interiors

The pink Sunday’s Dreamhouse sign majestically sits above the bed and give the room that pink Barbie glow when turned on.

It was quite nostalgic designing a Barbie inspired bedroom, as Barbie’s were the only cool dolls my sister and I played with as children. I’m really inpressed with how multicultural and sophiticated Barbie has become, with various inclusive skin complextions, there are various professions and body shapes. The inclusivity enhances children’s self esteem, helping them to embrace their body sizes. The professional Barbie, inspires children to dream and achieve their goals.Sundays Bedroom-Barbie Dreamhouse Inspired bedroom- girls bedroom ideas- Barbie display ledges- kids interiors- live edges ledges-MK Kids Interiors

See a tour of our Barbie Dreamhouse inspired bedroom here.

MK Kids Interiors xXx

Photography: https://f2pointeight.com/

 

You May Also Like…

Commercial Interior Design Consultation for Childrens’ Spaces

Commercial Interior Design Consultation for Childrens’ Spaces

The benefits of hiring an interior designer for a creative consultation or for the day are: Children love to use the spaces we design, they spend more time in their space Our spaces makes them happy Encourages learning Encourages relaxation We create spaces, that not...

Wonder Haven Day Nursery Design

Wonder Haven Day Nursery Design

Wonder Haven Nursery, was an absolute Wonder to work with!!! The owner is such a positive, creative burst of energy and it was an honour for MK Kids Interiors to create the concept for their first day nursery in Isle of Dogs, Canary Wharf in London. Wonder Haven...

The Lion King Themed Bedroom

The Lion King Themed Bedroom

The Lion King boys bedroom based in Vauxhall is filled with the imagination of a creative young soul brought to life by MK Kids Interiors. Each aspect of this room was custom made to a high standard. The lion king room consists of a grand Lion King air brushed and...

1 Comment

  1. Corinne

    This is amazing! The before and after look nothing alike. You really transformed the whole feel of the room. Just amazing!

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.