Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Keeping it real: before and after

Let’s face it, the photo’s of Charlie’s nursery I showed you yesterday were set up to look it’s best.  The boys were banned from coming in the room while I was photographing it! 

And I am all for keeping things real, so as you can see below, there is quite some contrast between the photos. before and after

In fact, the before picture isn’t really before either….it’s more like the ‘once in a while shot’ and the after is more like everyday. You know, with a 2.5 year old and a nearly 1 year old, it stays clean and tidy for about oh, 5 minutes! 

So there you have it….the ‘I wish it looked like this all the time’ photo and the reality one.

Monday, January 30, 2012

My little nest: Around the World with Charles

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You are not going to believe it…….but the day is here.  I FINALLY got all the finishing touches complete to Charlie’s nursery and had photos done!  I’ve got it done in the nick of time too, Charlie turns 1 in 9 more days (where has my baby gone?). 

I won’t go into much detail today, I’ll do that in a separate post on Thursday.  I was inspired by a room designed by Samantha Pynn (the stripes) however it turned out Hugh had a onesie that was this pattern (in fact the wall was scaled and colour matched to his onesie!).  I also incorporated an around the world element and toy soldiers, which you will pick up from the accessories. 

So without further ado, here is Charles nursery!nestdesignstudioblog5charlies room collage

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And here is my beautiful baby (he just adores his teddy bear!)


So there you go!  Details to follow!

A hint……


Here’s a hint……it starts with ‘C’ and ends with ‘harlies nursery’.  I know, about time I completed the finishing touches!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Lighting up the night

In the last month, Hugh has been harder and harder to put to bed.  He is wanting a lamp left on or the door left open, so searching for a night light has become a priority (at the moment he gets a mini torch)! 

Here is my list of contenders…..

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1.  My Light – Bubba Bling

2.  Giimmo ‘Whoopie’ the duck light – The Hip Infant

3.  Birds of light – The Little Kidz Closet

4.  Fawn – Down the Little Lane

5.  Oxo Tooli Set – Urban Baby

6.  Star Mood Lamp – Urban Baby

7.  Baby Rabbit – Down to the Woods

8.  Mini Zzzoolight Elefante – The Little Kidz Closet


At the moment, it’s between the Tooli set and the Star lamp.  Tell me, do you have a fav or know of any other ones I should know about?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Top Aussie Design

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It is Australia Day here tomorrow (26th January) and that means a public holiday, so I thought I would pop this up a day early. 

So for my overseas readers, that does mean that we will go off for a day trip on our pet Kangaroos (probably to the beach) whilst we ‘throw a shrimp on the barbie’ and crack open a Fosters beer.  No, really it probably will entail a swim at the local pool and a barbeque of lamb and sausages.

We are lucky to have a range of stunning furniture, linen and art work (just to name a few), so I thought I would share 5 of my all time favourite Australian stores and designs (although I do still have a few more up my sleeve!).

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Incy Interiors

I just adore the Oscar bed (shown above)….currently on the top of ‘big boys bed’ list for Hugh!  Incy Interiors have beds, cots, chairs and also some pretty fabulous prints (you must check out the train blue print)!australia day2

 My Sweet Prints

You should know how much I love Janette’s work by now!  I have 4 of her prints in our house myself and I’m sure you have seen her Bed Time Scroll featured in many, many nurseries.australia day3

Habitat Baby

If you are after linen for kids that is beautiful and just that little bit different, you need to check out Habitat Baby.  I love the colour combinations used.

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Much coveted in the US (at the moment, they aren’t sold there), we are lucky enough to be able to have these babies all to ourselves!  Using a combination of timber and acrylic, the cots are oh so funky.  Ubabub also have some cute prints to check out.australia day5

Kate Lauren Designs

Julie is one clever cookie (or biscuit as we say in Oz).  Kate Lauren Designs have a range of lovely linen, bunting and you have to take a look at the fabric lanterns she makes!  My fav is her Zachary Hunter Collection.


So tell me, do you have a favourite Australian design or decorator piece?

Monday, January 23, 2012

For the teenager…..


How cool is this footstool?  Such a fun accessory for a teen boys room.

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Available from here

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Brox’s little nest

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Ashley submitted her son, Brox, nursery to Project Nursery recently and I thought it was so adorable, I wanted to share it with you as well!


For a list of sources, visit Project Nursery.

Monday, January 16, 2012

My designed nest: Indy’s Whimsical Nest

I recently completed this design for 2 year old Indy.  Indy’s mum already had a few lovely pieces to work around (including the Ubabub Peacock print), so inspired by this, I used a lovely palette of blue, red, light pink & hot pink.

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Often, it is little details that really make a room and this room has them!  Indy already has a pine wardrobe, dresser and bedside table, so I suggested we paint them white (which Indy’s mum had already started doing), change up the knobs to the gorgeous vintage crystal knobs (No. 9) and then…..paint the inside of the cupboard HOT PINK!  I know, totally not a necessary thing to do but how gorgeous will it look when the doors are open!

I’ve become quite an expert in boys rooms and gender neutral nurseries, so working on one of my few girls rooms was a real treat and I this is my favourite to date. 

What did Indy & her mum, Jenna, think about the board you ask?  Well, I think they are pretty happy with it….’love’ was mentioned quite a few times (and once in capitals) and about 3 days after receiving the design board and furniture layout, Jenna has already ordered everything, changed the room around and organised for the room to be painted!

And how does that make me feel?  FABULOUS!  I just love, that they love it so much!


Don’t forget if you would like a room designed for you little one, send me an email!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Guest Post: Arcadian Lighting

Today’s guest post is from Susi, a writer for Arcadian Lighting. One of the top internet lighting retailers, Arcadian Lighting has been selling gorgeous home lighting fixtures and lamps online since 2002. Be sure to visit their blog and say hi. Decorating a nursery is one of the most enjoyable design projects we do in our homes because we can be a bit more whimsical and have fun in the nursery.  Lighting fixtures for the nursery can be both functional and light hearted at the same time. Here are some great tips on lighting for the nursery. Enjoy!

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Lighting is an important element in nursery decor; keep it in mind when decorating the room. If you are doing a frilly nursery for a girl, a small chandelier would be perfect.

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A modern style nursery needs modern lighting.  An artichoke style shade in white is crisp and clean and can outlast the nursery years into childhood.

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Nurseries are the perfect places for whimsical lighting. Love this bird cage chandelier that is decorated with charming birds.

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Like other bedrooms, nurseries benefit from a mix of lighting options and dimmers. A table lamp is good for task lighting or reading stories, while a chandelier makes for stylish overhead light.

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A swing arm wall sconce can give you several lighting options depending on where the light is focused.    Small lights around the room work for different tasks.

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A light next to or near the changing table will be much appreciated for those middle of the night changes.  Even a small gooseneck desk lamp would provide enough light for the task.

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A floor lamp, tucked in corner or next to the glider or chair, is a great idea for ambient light for a nursery.  Colourful paper lanterns can also be a charming lighting option for a nursery.

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Add stylish table lamps near the crib and changing table for task lighting. Dimmers are always a smart idea to keep lighting at the right level in the nursery. Interested in more lighting ideas for your home? Check out Arcadian Lighting for some inspiration. Images: ( 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 )

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bellamy’s play room

Kristin from I Do Originals, created this beautiful playroom for her daughter Bellamy.  Such a bright and colourful space (don’t you just love the pillows! and how Kristin used the fabric on the back of the book case ).


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

In progress: Charlie’s 1st birthday!

Oh no, it’s party time for Charlie and this mum has/is going totally over board yet again!  You may remember Hugh’s 1st birthday, so of course I need to up the ante’! 

Given that it is the peak of summer in Australia next month, I decided to go for a ‘Day at the beach’ theme….never mind the fact that we live about 2.5 hours from a beach.  Then my mum, knowing how much I used to love a good Elvis movie (I know, shocking but so catchy – what am I, 50 or something?!), suggested I inject a little Elvis beachy theme in as well.  Done!  So we are having a retro beach party (think Elvis beach movie, without the Elvis).  Going totally cliché, tongue in cheek and a lot of fun!

So my starting point was of course, the invitation.  What I really wanted was an illustration of Charlie (not a cartoon one, more like the Gerber baby) surfing…I knew I couldn’t do it so contacted a few designers but unfortunately over the Christmas and new year break, it wasn’t going to happen in time, so I needed to get my Photoshop on. 

This is the end result……I know, it’s not perfect but we think it’s pretty funny and that is the vibe we are going for!

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I have saved heaps and heaps of images and ideas (about 40 pages) to know go through and work out and start ordering thing but I can’t wait.  I’m a little in love with parties (I searched for 2 hours to find the perfect font for the invite –obsessed much?).

Now, off to sort through some of those images!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Christmas at the Nest

I guess it’s time to shake off holiday mode and get back into the grind of the every day life….but while I do that, let me share with you some pics of our Christmas. 

This year was our family Christmas in regional NSW at my Grandma’s house.  We were lucky to have all but 2 cousins there this year and we also had 3 great-grandchildren share in the holiday as well!

The boys in front of the 10,000 gifts and their Santa bags, eager to get this show on the road!

blogAn overview of the day….opening presents, cuddles with Grandma, getting to know new cousins, taking snaps with new cameras, sharing presents with baby cousins and relaxing!christmas blog

Isn’t this what Christmas in Australia is really about?  Relaxing with a drink, lots of nibbles and telling crap jokes!  Boy it was hot (40 degrees where we were).

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In what has become a family tradition (we have a game trophy and man of the match trophy – yep it’s that serious) we hold our Boxing Day challenge cricket match.  My dad, Ron and my uncle Bert are always team captain, the teams are drawn out of the hat and rules seem to change every year!  My Grandma, who is 74 (below top middle) is a tough competitor and narrowly missed out on man of the match this year….that title went to Matt!  Not only did he have Charlie in his arms while fielding but he went on to catch some one out….TWICE (once while holding Charlie and the other while holding Hugh)!

I have been lucky unfortunate to have missed out on the last 3 years (given I have been pregnant for 2 of them and had a baby to take care of the other year) so I am now the official photographer 4 years running….what a shame I don’t play (yes hear the sarcasm….I hate cricket!).

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I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas and new year!  What did you get up to?

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