Neverland

I had seen the movie long before I read the book. As every child, I started with the Disney version of Peter Pan (1953). And, of course, I wanted to be Wendy and fly away with Peter to Neverland, have all those adventures with the mermaids, the pirates and the Lost Boys…

But most of all, I wanted to have a bedroom with a bay window with a comfortable day bed and cushions. I dreamt I would sit and read there or relax. I’ve never had a bay window and it’s still on my to-do-list.

When I was thinking of how to present to you a Peter Pan-inspired kids room, I couldn’t decide whether it should be a room for a boy or a girl. So I’ve decided to find both options. And then they grew to four…

This time, it’s a game of colours and sounds. Some time ago I came across a wonderful project. It’s called TransProse and the people behind it try to “programmatically translate the basic emotions of a novel into a musical piece that holds the same basic emotional feeling.

You MUST listen to this:

Then I was thinking of the two basic “baby” colours – pink and blue, but not for toddlers only. It turned out that these colours were used in the original Disney movie poster:

Disney Peter Pan release poster via wikipedia

Disney Peter Pan release poster via wikipedia

And these colours (and their combination) can be found in Designers Guild’s Spring 2015 New Collection:

Designers guild spring 2015 new collection

Designers Guild Spring 2015 New Collection

Here are my chosen rooms and home decor:

In the movie, Wendy’s bay window is decorated blue. She’s wearing a blue night gown and a blue ribbon. She’s got blue eyes. For the purpose of the visual representation, we must add these elements even if they are not described in the book. But there is some blue colour in J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan (Peter Pan and Wendy):

His eyes were of the blue of the forget-me-not, and of a profound melancholy, save when he was plunging his hook into you, at which time two red spots appeared in them and lit them up horribly.

This is how Captain Hook is described. Forgetting is one of the most important themes in this book (and play). When Peter leaves Wendy at her Bloomsbury home, she cries after him:

You won’t forget me, Peter, will you, before spring cleaning time comes?

Sometimes he would, sometimes he wouldn’t. The Afterthought of the play tells us that he keeps coming back, first taking Wendy’s daughter, Jane, to Neverland, and then her daughter, Margaret, when her mother grows up. Ad infinitum, because the story will live in your heart forever, just as it will in mine.

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