Wednesday September 16th, 2015

House & Garden–Top 50 Rooms of 2015

It’s such an honour to be included in the Australian House & Garden Top 50 rooms of 2015!

H & G

This year, I submitted Hugh & Charles room as well as Leo’s Nursery…..and to be honest, the boys shared room was submitted at the last minute (I was sure that if any, it would have been Leo’s nursery to be picked!).  When I received the email, there was jumping involved!

Nest Design Studio - H&C11 boys room children interior design

I’ll be attending an awards lunch at the start of October, so fingers crossed.  Now I just have to work out what I’m going to wear!



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Wednesday July 22nd, 2015

Hugh & Charles room

This room has seen some changes!  Starting out a plain white room when we first moved in 3 weeks before Hugh was born, it progressed into this (more images here):
Nest Design Studio Hugh Nursery Childrens Interior Design 1

It stayed that way for about 3 years (with the cot turned into a toddler bed) until we needed to move the boys in together to make way for baby number 3…..not that I was even pregnant at that stage, we just knew Hugh & Charlie would have to share.  So then the room looked like this (you can see more images here):

Nest Design Studio Hugh Charles Nursery Childrens Interior Design

But I started getting itchy decorating fingers.  The room still looked beautiful but don’t forget that I completed this back in 2013….before the HUGE trend that is now monochrome.  I was a little bit sick of seeing it and wanted something unique for the boys room.  For a while, I played with the room being a bit more relaxed.  I even changed the triangle decals to tractor ones (WHAT?!!  Yes, tractor decals).  I actually can’t even find a decent photo of the room in that state (below is the only one I could see)….I mustn’t have been feeling it.  But you know my style….and it always reverts back to a classic base.

Nest Design Studio hugh and charles

So it was time to make a change.  The beds and bedheads were still in fantastic condition so there was no way they needed to be changed (that’s what happens when you make good design choices – the base is always re-workable!).  Because of the room layout, there’s just no other way to fit 2 beds in this little room so essentially it was a matter of changing the feature wall and a few prints!  So let’s share, shall I? (of course, you’ve probably already seen it on instagram and in Minty Magazine).

Nest Design Studio - H&C boys room children interior design

Nest Design Studio - H&C11 boys room children interior design

Nest Design Studio - H&C13 boys room children interior design

Nest Design Studio - H&C3 boys room children interior design

Nest Design Studio - H&C4 boys room children interior design

Nest Design Studio - H&C5 boys room children interior design

Nest Design Studio - H&C7 boys room children interior design

Nest Design Studio - H&C8 boys room children interior design

Nest Design Studio - H&C9 boys room children interior design

Nest Design Studio - H&C16 boys room children interior design

Nest Design Studio - H&C17 boys room children interior design

Nest Design Studio - H&C20 boys room children interior design

So there you have it!  I won’t go into the ‘why’ of everything selected, but I will say that I LOVED supporting so many local Australian and New Zealand suppliers…little businesses that are making big impacts!

Bedhead:  Peoni Home
Wallpaper:  The Wall Sticker Company
Cabinet:  IKEA PS
Ball Lights:  Lummi & Co
Fairy Lights:  Typo
Print:  Hunting for George from Leo & Bella
Name Pennants:  My Friend Fred
Cactus:  Beneath the Sun
Print:  Hello Yellow
Print Hanger:  Moore Creative
Hook:  The Wall Collective
Rug:  Amalfi
Stool:  Homely Creatures
Linen:  Burrow & Be
Doona Cover:  Target (old)
Blankets:  The Knit Studio
Pillowcase:  Little Yawn
Pillowcase:  Goosebumps
Pillowcase:  Kip & Co
Cactus Cushion:  Homely Creatures
Batman Hanger & Bear print:  Little Pop Studio
Toy Camera:  The Giggle Factory
Pegboard Shelving:  DIY



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Tuesday May 5th, 2015

Baby Essentials

I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of the whole 3 kid thing!  Who knows, I might even get back into regular blogging (let’s not be hasty though!).

I think I have more than enough experience now to share with you the things that I couldn’t have done without.  I know they are different for everyone, but these have been good enough to make the grade and in use every day.

Baby Essentials

1.  Milkbar nursing pillow.  For Hugh and Charles, I just used a triangle pillow and it was good enough BUT this really is awesome.  It’s a very rare feed that I don’t use the pillow with Leo and I use it for those long cuddles when he just wants holding (and this supports my arms fabulously).  Highly recommend!

2.  Bella Buttercup Play Space.  Having the 2 older boys and their limitations with knowing personal space, I found this great for putting on the floor and them knowing that they had to be really careful with Leo in that area.  I still use it occasionally, but Leo is more likely to roll around it than on it!

3.  Nursery Works Empire Rocker.  Lucky for me, I was working with a client who’s nursery was just calling out for one of these chairs.  I got in touch with the distrubiter and was able to get one for my client and one for me (before I was pregnant with Leo)….hoorah!  And if you’ve been lusting after one of these chairs for as long as I have, you’ll know they are difficult to get in Australia.  Yes, this is a complete splurge BUT after we’ve finished with it in the nursery, I’ll be moving it into my office.  With the older boys, I never had a decent chair and it’s something I hated.  The hours you spend in there, I think it’s essential to be comfortable.  And this baby sure is.  I love it.

4.  Ergo 360.  On an easy day, I get Leo in and out of the car about 10 times (school and kinder pick ups at different times don’t help!).  Rather than get the pram in and out of the car all the time, I pop him in the ergo.  I know if it’s close to sleep time, I can guarantee a sleep in this too.  We use it (and the pram) about half and half.  Brilliant for keeping the arms free when I’ve got all 3 boys.

5.  Reds Baby Pram.  This is my 4th pram (eeek! In fairness, my first pram was a single, then I had the other boys really close together and needed a double and then I just needed a stroller) and by far the best.  8 months in, I still love it.  They aren’t available in stores and are based in Sydney, so it was good timing when I went and visited my brother and sister in law when I met Reds Baby for a trial of it.  Light weight, easy to manoeuvre, look good and good price.  It doesn’t hurt that it’s called Red’s baby….my husband calls me Red.

6.  Ikea Hemnes dresser.  A change table on my essentials list?  Yep.  I know a lot of people don’t use a change table at all (I don’t know how you do it, my back hurts when I do it on the floor or bed) but I’ve always had one.  With the older boys, I used a traditional change table and it was fine.  But with the layout of Leo’s nursery, it just wasn’t going to work so I decided to pop the change pad on the top of the dresser.  It’s a brilliant height, the drawers underneath hide the ugly things whilst still being really easy access and it’s a piece that will work after nappies are finished.

7.  Boori Urbane Bassinet.  I don’t know what it was….maybe Leo being our last….but I was really hesitant about him being away from me!  Right through my pregnancy, I couldn’t decide if I wanted one or not.  I never used one for the boys, they went pretty much straight into their cots.  I decided the week before I had Leo that I needed one, ordered one from Melbourne and it arrived the day before I had Leo.  I could wheel it out to our family room during the day and at night, Leo would be right beside our bed.  It was only when he was too big for it (at just over 6 months) that he went into his cot all the time.

8.  Love to dream swaddle.  After the first month, Leo was an arms up sleeper so we popped him into one of these and done.  When it was time to transition, we went for the 50/50.

9.  Alphabet Monkey Swaddle.  Awww look at baby Leo on his 2nd day of life here.  The AM swaddle was the first one I would reach for when Leo was a newborn.  They are really lovely stretchy fabric and they look good!

10.  Instagram.  Really, insta?  Yes, really.  With the amount of hours you spend under a sleeping or feeding baby it gave me something to look at and do.

So tell me, are any of these on your essential list?  What else would you add?



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