What inspired the decor for the room/nursery?
Leni’s nursery is a reflection of the rest of our home really. There is a good mix of vintage treasures along with pieces we have picked up on our travels. I wanted her room to be whimsical without being too girly. The vintage print on the shelf (which was my mums and always hung in our home when I was a girl) set the colour palette for the space, drawing on its muted tones.
Both her cot and change table are vintage pieces. The cot is well over a 100 years old, I bought it from my aunty and powder coated it black. The change table we found in a tip shop of all places, its straight from the 70’s, we gave it a lick of paint and a new hand sewn leather top. Its by far my favourite piece, mum had one just like it when I was a baby.
The baskets, shell chandelier, quilted rug and feather piece are all from Bali. I love that her room reflects our lifestyle and travels as a family, not to mention dada’s surfboard that is stored in the corner of the room!
I was also conscious of adding layers of texture and hand made bits. I think it’s lovely to have pieces that were made just for her. I made her mobile, my sister in-law made the wall hanging and my mum knitted her alpaca fleece blanket. Overall I’m really happy with the little space we have crated for Leni, hopefully it can grow with her.
5 must haves for any kids room/nursery?
- Sheepskin, either on the floor as a rug, covering a chair or somewhere little ones can lay on it.
- Clever Storage; I find baskets are great, hiding toys, dirty clothes, nappies etc. Good for small spaces too
- A comfy chair; for feeding in the early days and for reading stories in later on
- A night light to create a beautiful, cosy environment to go to sleep in … I say this but are yet to include one in Leni’s room as I’m still on the hunt for the right one.
- Artwork; make it feel like a small person lives here by adding colour & fun.
Favourite websites/shops for kids decor?
Pipla http://pipla.bigcartel.com : beautiful cushions and bits for display
Concrete Blonde http://www.concreteblondeinteriors.com : very cool coin bank money boxes for kids
And the Rest http://www.andtherest.net.au : beautiful cot bedding
Ryder Loves Miller http://www.ryderlovesmiller.com.au great range of everything from furniture to bedding
Kalinka Kids http://kalinkakids.com : hand knitted blankets and cushion
Cloth and Thread http://clothandthread.com : handmade cloth toys
Zilvi http://zilvi.bigcartel.com ; divine decorating and styling pieces
Etsy https://www.etsy.com : for anything hand made
Bambolotta Kids http://bambolotta.com.au : these guys stock some very cool labels in kids decor
Styled by Interior Designer and Product Stylist (and mama) Sami Johnson…