Monday, December 31, 2012

Elfred: Part 2


I showed you here the first 2 weeks of Elfred’s adventure, now it’s time for the next 2!day 16 bikes with the teddiesDay 17 Car ride nest design studioDay 18 snooker nest design studioDay 19 at the beach nest design studioday 20 vegemiteday 21 top of office lightday 22 locked outDay 23 picnicDay 24 spotty kitchen

The boys (and I!) can’t wait for Elfred to return next Christmas and get up to more tricks!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Start……

I’ve been playing with ideas for the boys shared room for a few months now, but it is one of the things at the top of my ‘to do’ list over the holidays.  Get the thoughts out of my head and start to plan and shop in preparation of the boys 1.  a new room design & 2.  the boys sharing a room (hmmmm not too sure how that is going to go!).

Here are a few ideas/inspiration pics that I’m leaning towards.  Yes, it will be quite bold and graphic and grown up but whilst I still have say over what goes in their room, this is what I’m going for!

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So on that note….this is my last day for 2012!  Over the holidays, I am going to read lots of magazines, catch up on lots of blogs and generally just laze around.

I have had an amazing year with lots of opportunities and have been able to work with lovely clients and I know that 2013 is going to be just as good (I have a few things in the pipelines which are quite exciting!).

See you in 2013!

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Recent Designs

Last month I had the pleasure of working with a busy mum of 2 (with #3 on the way who was due in November) AND the family was moving into their brand new home about the same time as well! 

The challenge with this job was to create 2 rooms which baby #3 (a little boy) could fit into and have his own special space in both his big sister and big brothers rooms.  I used yellow as a base for both rooms (and bubs space) so it all blends in!

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I can’t wait to see photos of the rooms completed!

Saturday, December 15, 2012


I know, it’s been a while…..have you missed me?!

I thought I would share with you some adventures that have been happening in our house in the lead up to Christmas.  We have joined the ‘Elf on the Shelf’ party and our Elf, Elfred, has been a hit!  Initially Hugh hated him…..he told me to put him away and ‘”I don’t want to look at him” on the first day, but since then he’s become a regular (and popular) figure!

It’s been 16 days now (he arrived on the last day of November) and to be honest….I’m starting to struggle with ideas, which is why I’m posting mine so far…hopefully some inspiration to anyone else lacking time/ideas!

Delivery DayDay 1  BreakfastDay 2 Car RallyDay 2 extra at the farmDay 3 Reading to toysDay 4 Builds a towerDay 5 tiredDay 6 hanging aroundDay 7 vandelises the bathroomDay 8 door wrappedDay 9 sets up a cubbyDay 10 animal paradeDay 11 rudolphedday 12 bakesDay 13 lights up treeDay 14 hangingDay 15 train

There you have it.  The first 2 weeks….now I’m off to Pintrest to see what I can find for inspiration!

I’ll be back next week to show you some recent designs…it’s been really busy towards the end of the year with lots and lots of clients (which is why I no blog)!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Did you see……

where I’m blogging at now? 

Head over to Chic & Cheap Nursery to see my first blog post.  I’m showing you a few of my favourite Australian products.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Recent Designs

It’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged any recent designs (if you follow me on facebook, you will have seen them on there).  It’s high time I showed you some!

Oscar is moving from his cot into his big boy room and mum wanted to create a vintage vibe to his room using traditional red, white and blue colour scheme.

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This design is for a little boy due in very soon.  A calming nursery with a slight beach theme.Design Board

Sienna’s big girl room was one of my mini design packs.  A feature wallpaper, amazing baby size chair and fun accents.

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Plenty more to show you yet but that will do for now!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Getting Bigger

Things have been getting busy around here….my client list is growing, which means I’m spending more and more time in front of the computer screen!  So things have had to change.

I’ve always worked off my laptop screen, so we went and purchased a BIG screen over the weekend, which means now I don’t have to squint to see the details on a design board (I had laser vision done about 9 years ago so all the squinting hasn’t been helping my eyes!).  While I was there I also picked up a pen/drawing tablet which I’m hoping will make my photo shopping easier too (now to work out how to use it!).Getting biggerNot only has my computer screen gotten bigger, but so has my client whiteboard (yep, I’m old school).  I know I can keep my current jobs on an spread sheet, but I like seeing what jobs I’m currently working on every time I walk into the office.

I’m so excited about Nest’s future as I have a number of other things (not just designing little one’s rooms!) in the pipeline.  You will have to wait a bit to hear more about them though!

If you would like Nest to design a room for your little one (or little big one), I’m taking bookings for November now (spaces through November and December will be limited though).  Email:

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Featured In: Tickle the Imagination

Have you seen ‘Tickle the Imagination’ magazine?  It is such a beautiful online (and soon to be in print) mag and I was thrilled to be part of their current edition.

I was asked to design a room around the “Once upon a time’ theme and the first thing that sprung to mind was that it had to be a room fit for a princess.

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You can see all the details here on page 120.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Win: Tickets to the Baby & Toddler show (Sydney)

I have 40 double passes to giveaway to the Sydney Baby & Toddler show (28th-30th September)! 

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At the Baby & Toddler Show you’ll find everything you need to get ready for your new arrival and guide you through the early weeks and years of parenting. And you can look forward to a special day out with luxurious facilities for new mums and first-class entertainment for the whole family.

Whether you’re stocking up for your precious new bundle of joy or looking for new ways to keep your toddler busy, The Baby & Toddler Show is a shopping mecca for everything a busy Mum (and mum-to-be) needs. With the convenience of having hundreds of brands under one roof, you can browse, explore and ask for first-hand advice from product experts. With experts on everything from baby basics to development milestones, The Baby & Toddler Show is the perfect place to bring all your parenting questions.

Don’t miss out on the essential experience for new parents where you can:

1. Shop for everything from nursery furniture to nappies from 180+ of the hottest brands and grab a bargain with exclusive show discounts.

2. Sail through the early days of parenting thanks to our expert seminar series, featuring sleep guru Pinky McKay.

3. Visit our unique, purpose-built Pram Trial Track and put your favourite stroller brands through their paces.

4. Take advantage of exclusive, personalised consultations with parenting experts at the Advice Hub.

5. Enjoy a live stage show, a hug and even a photo with TV favourite Peppa Pig.

6. Keep little minds and fingers busy with all the new toys at the amazing Fisher-Price Playground.

7. Change and feed your baby with comfort and ease in our luxurious feeding and changing rooms.

8. Fun for everyone with face painting, balloon animals and lots of special characters to hug and play with.

9. Take time out from the crowds, get some maternal wisdom and feel like a VIP Mum in the Green Room.

10. Enjoy healthy choices with everything that pregnant mums and growing children need at the Show Restaurant.

The Baby & Toddler Show, 28th to 30th September 2012 at the Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.

For all show details and daily schedules visit

Early Bird Tickets On Sale Now! Join us at The Baby & Toddler Show in 2012 to make all your choices for your baby and toddler easier. Visit to buy your tickets now.

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To win a double pass, simply leave a comment below and winners will be drawn at random.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Honey & Fitz Nursery Week

I have so much to share with you (hopefully I get my blogging mojo back one day?!).  Lots of designs, lots of features and lots of general bits and pieces!

I recently received an email from Dina at Honey and Fitz seeing if I was interested putting a design together as part of her Nursery design week (Dina is pregnant with #2 boy and is putting together the nursery at the moment).  Um, sure!  See Dina has been on the Nate show (I know we only get a very rare screening of the Nate show here in Australia, but I love Nate and have a few of his books), who has been on the Oprah show, so Dina and Oprah are practically bff’s….how could I say no?!

Dina has rounded up some fabulous talent to share nursery designs with her reader (Joni from Lay Baby Lay, Lauren from A Lovely Lark, Cristin at Simplified Bee to name just a few), so I was thrilled to be apart of it.

As we come into spring, I’m hanging for colour so I knew the nursery I designed would be full of colour.  I also haven’t had any clients request (not yet anyway) a geometric room, so I wanted to show what I could do there as well.  Add to that my current obsession with Kalon cots and faux deer heads, the design was nearly complete (well in my mind – now I just had to find the products to fit into that).

This is what I came up with:

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For all the product details, head over to Honey & Fitz.  And while you are there, check out all the other fabulous designs!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A boost to the ego!

Last night whilst innocently perusing facebook, a little link from Lil’ sugar caught my eye….Top 9 boys rooms of ALL TIME.  Ok, I thinks….let’s check out these rooms….then BOOM…..right there, was Charlie’s nursery!

To say I was stocked was an understatement…but it has certainly given me a boost to the ego!


So head over to Lil Sugar and check out the other top 8!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Make it little: naturally neutral

It’s been a while since I’ve done a make it little board and after today’s visit to Kids Instyle, I decided it was high time to get another design done!

I remembered seeing this interiors shot (designed by Mark Williams) on The Lennoxx recently and when I saw the beautiful quilt by Gather Kids (I love the name of one of their colours “Moonbeam”) today, it all clicked!

Perfect for a gender neutral nursery, it oozes warmth and cosiness.

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Original image by Mark Williams

1.  Ubabub Nifty Timber Cot  2.  Ada & Darcy Ceramic Stool 3.  Caitlin Wilson Zabeel Cushion  4.  Gather Kids Quilt  5.  Freedom Furniture Ashbury Daybed

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Recent designs

I thought I better share some recent designs….it’s been a while since I updated my portfolio!

Nursery #1 was designed to be a gender neutral nursery (with grey, white & silver as the base) and the design brief was to keep it glamorous and luxurious.  I added in lovely pink & mint features if baby is a girl & soft blue accents if baby is a boy.

Girl board

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Nursery #2 was designed for a baby girl who is due in October.  Mum wanted to incorporate blush pink & lilac with a slightly whimsical feel.  This design is such a happy room!  It also shows that even if you are living in a rental, that you can create the perfect room for your little one.

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Nursery #3 is for a little boy who is due in November.  Mum and Dad asked for a seaside vibe and wanted to incorporate their love of dolphins (which are very hard to find at the moment!).  The nursery has beautiful ornate pressed metal ceilings and gorgeous picture rails and had been painted a turquoise above the picture rail.  So while the design still has a modern touch, keeping elements quite traditional like the sleigh cot and the change table/dresser, ties the design along with the room together.

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Nursery #4 was another gender neutral design for a little one who is due very soon!  I love blue in a girls room so I kept the colour pallet light and airy with white, silver, a touch of grey and blue.  I then gave Mum options to ad in if baby is a girl.

Nursery Design Board

If you would like a room designed for your little one, I’d love to hear from you!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Pretty in Pink

Sophia is one lucky little girl!  Sophia’s mum, Toni from Fairydust Stylish Stationary, created Sophia’s bedroom full off beautiful pink details.

My favourite thing?  Easily the canopy above Sophia’s bed!  Toni had it custom made to use for market & event styling and when Toni isn’t using it it fits perfectly in Sophia's room.

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Have you been missing me?  If you follow Nest on facebook, you’ll know things have been a little busy! I’ve just finished 1 nursery with another 2 on the boards as well as have 2 mini design packs on the go.

I’ll did have my whole month blog posts planned….but it went out the window!



My baby turned 3 on Saturday!  I can’t believe it’s been 3 years since we became parents and welcomed Hugh into our lives.  We had a beautiful weekend; a trip to our farm and a ride on one of the old tractors (one of Hugh’s favourite things to do ever), presents, the womens weekly train cake with family and one of my bff and then I hit the town with the girls.  You see 3 years ago, I was a bit slack and didn’t get one of my bff’s a real birthday present…I rang her from the hospital to say happy birthday and that she better come and cuddle her present (Hugh & Heidi share a birthday)!


I think that’s all the ********* for now!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Sing it baby


I love being able to add special pieces to a nursery that has meaning to the family.  In Brydies nursery, we had Brydies Mum & Dad’s first wedding dance song made into a lyrical print, I added ‘Zipp a de do Dah’ to Charlies nursery and I know you have all seen heaps of nurseries with ‘You are my Sunshine’ prints (which I am a little over to tell you the truth).

I’ve popped together a little collection of prints which I think would be perfect for a little one’s room.

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1.  You can go your own way 2.  Isn’t she lovely, isn’t she wonderful 3.  It’s gonna be a bright sunshiny day 4. All you need is love 5.  You’re everything I hoped for, everything I need 7.  Sweet Child of mine 8.  Let it be

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