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For those of you who follow my Facebook page you may be aware that I was asked by Mom’s Best Network to be a regular contributor on their Destination Nursery blog. Over the coming weeks I will be divulging some tips and tricks as well as sharing some of my favourite finds. My first post is all about some of the things I am currently coveting on etsy.com – and this week it’s all about the girls – you can read the post here!
I’ve seen (and loved) a few tribal themed nurseries that are popping up lately. Please don’t be afraid of theme’s – they can turn out beautifully it’s all in how they are executed (which of course I can help you with….!)
So I’ve scoured some of my favourite sources to give you some of my favourite pieces to pull together a tribal look! This colourful giraffe cushion would work well in any colour scheme, topped off with this Rhino head! A neutral cow hide rug is easy to keep clean and doesn’t take over the space. Storage is always a must so keep toys and books neatly on display with this geometric storage bin. Dream catchers are oh so very tribal and this pillow captures the essence so very nicely and finally this dresser is a piece that you will have forever!
Have you got a trend you are loving at the moment?
Do you believe in taking risks? While I realise risks might not be for everyone, it’s my job as an Interior Designer to help those clients that fancy a few out-of-the-box ideas find a way to incorporate them into their child’s room. For some clients it may be a colourful patterned wallpaper, for others it may be using colours that may not be considered ‘traditional’ for a nursery or kids space.
One thing you may have discovered about me is that I am FAR from traditional. That’s not to say if that’s the style that puts a smile on your face that I can’t help you – I love adapting to my clients way of thinking, but I may just try to get them to push the envelope…. just a little bit.
A way to incorporate a few risks in a space is with the pieces that can easily be removed or updated (think cushions, bedding, accessories) – consider these a ‘safe risk’! But what about if you are wanting to make even more of a design impact? Spend your hard earned cash on these gems!
Colourful furniture pieces for nurseries and kids rooms are becoming hot property right now with retailers recognising that not everyone wants to stick with white or timber furniture. But what if these pieces don’t fit your budget? Consider repurposing old pieces (whether it’s pieces you already own, buy or thrift), there are thousands of amazing tutorials on the net these days that will take you step by step through upcycling!
Do you have bright furniture in your child’s room? Leave me a comment – I would love to hear from you!
As an Interior Designer I love to find solutions to common problems – and one of the biggest problems many parents come to me with is lack of space! There are so many great ideas for maximising the amount of space that you have – one of them is loft or bunk beds. I’m not talking your run of the mill bunk beds here – they can be the perfect way to add some WOW factor to your child’s room. Even if your children don’t share a room, or if you have one child, bunk beds can be so much fun for sleepovers.
Those of you who follow my Facebook page may have seen this fun ‘theatre’ style bunk bed that I posted about from Elle Decor Magazine. A simple bunk bed has been transformed with some creative paint effects and some old style cinema curtains – perfect for your child’s next big performance!
If you or someone you know love a bit of DIY (or are able to hire someone to execute it for you) a basic bunk bed design can be transformed into a castle bed – fit for your Prince or Princess. Adorn the room with modern and quirky accessories to make sure the overall look doesn’t look too ‘themey’. I love that the plain white bed is highlighted by the dark feature wall – it gives it a more modern, edgy look.
If you’re stuck for space and you need to incorporate a cot and a bed in a room – you can’t go past this space saving concept – a loft bed contructed over the top of a cot! I love the monochomatic colour palette too.
I am an only child and growing up I had a ‘captain’s bed’ which was a bed on top and a wardrobe and desk underneath. Behind the desk was a little nook and I remember spending hours in there playing with my friends – I remember it so fondly, even to this day. So even where two beds aren’t needed, loft beds are a great idea for extra storage – or even a cosy den for your child to play!