Friday, 26 April 2013

Working in TIGHT spots

There's so many ways of improvising given the challenge of working with limited space, it's best to look at things laterally.... ie try to make the most of it!

Lots of families are dealing with the modern issues of living in high rises, so design bends to work with that.

We turn the study/play and sleeping space in to one room:

My top tips for saving space

Try to blend the work & sleep space as much as possible,

work with natural light it is your friend!

Storage can be maximised & you can utilise floor space by having an elevated bed

and finally always have fun by adding bright colours & go for furniture that has more than one function!!


Friday, 19 April 2013

New inventions for your little space!

There's always fun things popping up in the world of design. I thought i would share a few new finds that will make a someone's room even more special.....

Thermo Rug

yes, you heard correctly, this carpet has special technology in the fibres that can sense temperature fall & rise and will change colours throughout the day! Cool.... can you imagine a child transfixed on their carpet for the day? Way to keep them entertained
Check out the amazing creator of the Season Carpet here:

Magnetic Wallpaper

Made from sustainable paper this is a revolutionary idea, where your walls are just a blank canvas for your child's imagination  The creator supplies a range of cute English themed magnets that will keep them entertained for days while keeping the theme of the room elegant.

Buy them here

Eco friendly playhouse

Can you imagine your tike's spending countless rainy days enjoying the fruits of creative play, as you enjoy your new puppet show theatre.....

Secret hiding spot/ tree house/ shop the list goes on! These boxes of joy are all made from sustainable forest wood and printed with non-toxic dyes, plus they come easily flat packed for your enjoyment. Best of all they're all around the $80 so won't break the bank!
Check them out

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Colour: and it's effects on a child

Choosing a colour pallet for your child's room or unborn child's nursery brings with it a multitude of decisions and challenges but what influence will it have on them if any?
Colour has been proven to affect our moods & behaviour whilst also stimulating our brain & imagination, it can even have ill effects on our health. Millions has been poured in to researching this area and the results may surprise you.....

When we think of warm colours, they elicit thoughts of happiness & cosiness, bold reds, oranges and yellows can stimulate our minds & energise our bodies which is a plus and negative depending on what time of day it is for our child!

Mellow yellow
is a popular choice for a gender neutral room and promotes happiness and motivation. Bold yellow stimulates memory & amazingly increases our metabolism, while soft yellows enhance the memory.

Spaces  ~Bright yellows in kitchens & study stations  ~Soft yellows in nurseries

This yellow pastel is sparingly used so as not to overwhelm this nursery, while adding a positive fresh vibe

Racy red:
Highly charged: red excites, energises & gets our blood pumping! It can even raise our blood pressure & respiration.

Spaces~ Playrooms & certain outdoor areas

Mixing reds and oranges adds to this vibrant playroom

Uber Orange:
Orange has a uniquely social nature inviting communication and putting us at ease, its inherently friendly and welcoming characteristics can create stimulating environments but watch out!!... too much will push a little mind in to over drive!

Spaces~ Playrooms and kitchens

This popular trend adds that quirky vintage feel to a room that I love, used correctly it will add the right amount of pizazz to any space

Pink lemonade
Universally used as a banner of girlishness, pink creates a calming atmosphere and evokes femininity. Interestingly though, despite its initial calming effect, pink can become irritating over time, and can lead to agitation and anxiety. While your princess may love this rosy hue now, be prepared for her to reject it in the future.

Spaces~ Bedroom

Rather than coat the entire room in pink, choosing a few key pieces can subdue the effects that pink can have

Cool colours have a tumbling effect of relaxation and clearness of mind; think bamboo forests and rolling waves. Often used to calm us and create a cold crisp room, cool colours are usually best paired with neutrals to soften this effect. On the flip side darker hues can place on us broodiness and depression, so use this sparingly.

Groovy green
Associated with health, well being and nature, green calms us and can be used to create serene and peaceful surroundings. It has been proven to relax body and mind, reduce anxiety and centre concentration, it has also been suggested that exposure to green can enhance our reading ability and comprehension. Surely this is under appreciated in a children's room!

Spaces~ Studies and nurseries 

Elements of green can be used for girls or boys and sets a mood of calm and concentration in this study

Purple haze
Traditionally purple was used in property as a sign of royalty and prestige, it assumes a luxurious feel and combines the calming effects of blue with the strong energy of red. Wisdom and spirituality identify largely with purple and is used in places of mediation, it has also been used to symbolise magic and mystery throughout the ages.

Spaces~ Libraries and bedrooms 

Creating a moody, reflective space can be just as fun as a nursery.  An older child might need a separate room to have some peace and quite during times of stress such as exams or family break ups(or the parent who may need it just as much!)

Blue sky
Blue is easy to guess, it has many attributes, the main one is instilling a sense of calm, it can also refresh us in a humid climate and it reduces the effects of anxiety and aggression. It may be beneficial for a child who has difficulty sleeping to spend some time in a blue room.

Spaces: Outside areas, study spaces and bedrooms

Using an aqua hue you can create a fresh, coastal feel by painting and picking appropriate furniture to match

What's your favourite colour to use in a child's space? Have you had any personal experience where a colour has changed your child's behaviour?

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

what is in a name...

A new blog, how exciting... so many topics to cover in the big world of children's rooms & babies nurseries where to begin. I thought it best to capture my style & show you the amazing possibilities of styling little peoples spaces;


Cute wallpaper is easy enough to apply in small areas

Collecting bric-a-brac & revamping old cherished items is all part of the charm

Simple vintage pieces are easy to update & change

Painting a roof in orange & white stripes creates a magical circus tent effect, perfect

This style is easy to merge into an modern, adult home

Storage doesn't have to be boring 

You want to be able to let your children roam free & have fun

Creating an active play space only take a few simple tweaks, tepees are a great escape for a little one

Focus on what the imagination can conjure up

Bright sparks~
A great way to energize a child's room is to add simple patterned pillows

Primary colours are always a good base  

Wall decals are a popular choice to add some fun to a nursery

Choosing a red & white palate livens up the room & is also gender neutral

This Marimekko wallpaper sets off this eclectic  patterned play space 

Crisp and simple~


As your little one grows you can change their room to suit their interests