Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Elfred Returns

I know I owe you a heap of blog posts…..including the breakdown of the boys room!  But I’ve been head downs, bum up in the last month making sure I complete all my clients designs….everything else has had to wait!

In the mean time, our Elf on the Shelf ‘Elfred’ has returned to our house.  After last years adventures (here and here), I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with him.  Love that the boys love him, love that I get to go over the top with ideas…..but then I hate when it gets to 9.30pm and I realise I have to come up with an idea!  And because I have been so busy, it’s been every 2nd day that he does something a bit cray-cray. 

But next week, it’s all go as I will be finishing up clients work this week.  Lots of ideas…..will I have enough time?

We treat Elfred a little different to the majority of families that have an Elf.  I allow the boys to touch him, cuddle him….as long as they are gentle and treat him well (They must ask Elfred ‘is it ok if I move you?’) and my husband and I do the same.  The magic doesn’t disappear and they (particularly Hugh, who has conversations with Elfred) love him. 

So our first 10 days have passed and this is what has gone down!

December 1:  We were in Melbourne for the weekend whilst the boys stayed with my Mum & Dad.  The magic still happened though and because we had written a letter to Elfred telling him that Hugh & Charles would be at Granny & Poppies, Elfred rocked up to my Mum & Dads.  He arrived in his special box and with a letter (like last year) but he also wrapped their kitchen table and created a special breakfast.  Photos to come.

December 2:  Elfred created another special breakfast for all of us at home this time.  Complete with Coco pops.

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December 3:  Elfred obviously remembers that he was locked out last year, so he has installed his own little Elf door. Hugh couldn’t believe it and couldn’t work out why there wasn’t another door on the other side.

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December 4:  Elfred was obviously looking for something in particular to create such a mess! 

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December 5:  Can you guess who has a John Deere obsessed little one?  Well Elfred decided to line all the JD’s up in a line and go for a ride.  Whilst he was there, he decided to issue the boys with ‘naughty’ infringements for not listening to their Mummy!

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December 6:  This was the one I wanted to do the most!  Elfred decided that the lounge room needed some decorating and ‘rudolphed’ the room.  An hour on the scissors and all was done (and yes, I want to keep them up!).

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December 7:  Elfred was tired…..I guess that’s what happens when the boys go to sleep at 10pm!!!!

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December 8:  Super Elfred!  A 5 minute felt cape and we had ourselves a super hero.  Hugh couldn’t work out how he was flying and thought it was very funny!

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December 10:  I have been keeping an eye out for ‘elfred’ size things throughout the year when they have been cheap (like the bin above and a few other things yet to come!) and I thought a Ken Doll outfit would be a pretty good size…..turns out I was right!  A fab spotty tux fits Elfred perfectly.  We did have to ring in a barbie doll since we don’t have any (thanks Kim!) and Hugh has just told me that he thinks Barbie & Elfred are getting married.  He also wonders when they will kiss!

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So that’s it for now!  Let’s see what the next 14 days bring!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Isabella’s Nursery

On Thursday, I shared with you James’ big boy room and today it’s his little sisters turn! 

Inspired by another gender neutral nursery I had designed, we went for a fun and colourful room which feature some really lovely products.  The room isn’t quite finished yet as we are waiting on a fab white leather egg chair to arrive, but whilst I was visiting putting the finishing touches on the room, I photographed lots of little details.

We started off with beige walls and to lift the room, we had the walls painted a beautiful blue (you might recognise it as the same blue I used in Charles nursery).

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I love the splash of blue the ottoman brings to the room.

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For now we have a beautiful bean bag in the corner of the room, but one the chair arrives, it will go in this corner and relocate the bean bag over.Nest Design Studio - Isabella8

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Love this sidetable and lamp!

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A small gallery wall includes a custom ‘the places you will go’ print, perfect for a family that love to travel.

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Isabella was recently welcomed into the world and I’m sure she will love her new room.  Thank you to my wonderful clients for working with me to create 2 very special rooms!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nikolas’ Room

I worked with Nikolas’ Mum back in May to create a new big boy space.  Nikolas already had the beautiful furniture, the room just needed some fun and personality!

I loooove the wallpaper…..it’s going to work well no matter what age Nikolas is because whilst it's traditional stripes, it is also a graffiti stripe.

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I love the simplicity of the grouping of the below prints.  The superhero print was something that Nikolas’ family already had, the cool tiger print was included because his Dad supports Richmond and the ‘You are here now’ is just for fun!Nest Design Studio - Nikolas16

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Nikolas’ design was all done on-line, so I met him for the first time when I came to take photos, and what a happy little cutie he is too!  He wanted to show me everything in his room and he apparently loves to show visitors to the house his new room too.

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I’m sure you agree that Nikolas and his family have done a fantastic job putting the design together!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

James Room

I have a clients room to share with you!  I worked with James and his Mum and Dad recently to create a safari themed room.  James’ Mum found the bold decal and we worked the room around it.  It’s the perfect size for the wall and creates such an impact when you walk into the room!

Install day was lots of fun and James loved watching all his things for his new room arrive and un-pack!

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How amazing is the little mustard coloured chair?  That was James’ fathers when he was little.

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We created a small desk alcove in a dead part of the room.  The desk fits mm perfect and then we had the shelves installed.Nest Design Studio - James1

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For me, it’s all about the details……even down to the pencils on James’ desk (not shown), which were made from twigs.  We also included the fab stacking animals as well as a lion bookend.Nest Design Studio - James

We had additional animal decals custom made to fit between the moulding on the robe doors to bring in additional colour.Nest Design Studio - James4

And how could we not include the giraffe head above the fire place!

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James was so excited by his new room and it was fantastic working with him and his family!  I have his brand new little sisters nursery to show you next week as well!

Monday, October 21, 2013

It’s Time! The Boys shared room!

I know.  I know.  It’s been a long time in the making!  Pretty much as soon as I had finished Charlie’s nursery (which was just before his 1st birthday), I started thinking about the boys shared room.  We live in a 3 bedroom house and we do hope to have another little person to share our lives with, so I knew when that time comes, it will mean the boys sharing a room. 

Hugh’s nursery was the start of my childrens’ interior design business and whilst it was beautiful back then (and I’m sure people still love the style), I wanted a change and I didn’t feel it suited 2 rambunctious little boys!  I did consider changing Charles nursery into their room (as it’s more a style that would transition well), but Hugh’s room was slightly larger and we needed the tiny bit of extra space for the 2 beds.
The room is little….I’m talking about 3 meters x 3 meters so I had to utilise allllllll the space I could.  Layout wise, it meant that the only way the room would work, would be having the beds partially in front of the window (which didn’t worry me because I didn’t really want to do a full wall of decals anyway!.
Working on children’s rooms on a daily basis, it was important to me to be able to do something different from what my clients were asking for.  To showcase the skills that I do have, have something unique and individual for my boys but also to be able to show my clients something different (I have always liked to do something different to the main crowd – in primary school, all the girls played netball, so I was a marching girl….all the kids barracked for Essendon, so I went for West Coast – you get my drift!).
So my initial thoughts were black and white (not a whole heap around when I started planning it!), something geometric, something cool…..  I had just started my account on instagram when I came across this image by Red Wagon Events and I think it all just clicked from there! 
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So I had the basis of the design in my head (did I do a design board you ask….no, I didn’t!) now the planning started!  The beds were all important.  I’m tall, my husband is tall….my boys will be tall.  And whilst I don’t expect them to have these beds for endless years, I do expect them to have them for maybe 10 years.  I wanted something that didn’t have a bed end because there is nothing more annoying when I can’t flip the ends of my toys over the end of the bed and Hugh and Charles will probably be the same as they grow).  Essentially I wanted a bed on legs, which I found at Snooze but didn’t end up going for.  After thinking about it, we went for a bed and base because we could incorporate a trundle under one of the beds and the other bed has drawers.  You know I’m fussy, so it wont surprise you when I nearly cancelled the order because I realised the bed with the trundle would be higher than the bed with the drawers……luckily I was able to arrange for that bed to be made 10cm higher! 
I then ordered bed heads from Peoni Home.   I was tossing up between having a custom one done (with nailheads around the edge) or the Levi.  Can I just tell you how fab Andy & Belle are?  I had another slight panic attack when I realised that as it was, the roman blind in the room wouldn’t go down!  Andy was sensational and worked out a solution that would make it happen!
I wanted to make sure the room wasn’t too cool (colour wise) and wanted to add some texture by adding in some timber finishes.  I realllly wanted these lamps, but I knew my hubby wouldn’t have it (1 I probably could have gotten through the keeper, but 2 would have pushed the budget a bit much!).  So I added in timber via the floating shelves and a frame.
Hugh’s favourite colour is Orange so it was a no brainer that, that would be included.  Charles doesn’t yet have a favourite colour (although he is partial to pink!) so I added in some bright blue for him. 
When I design rooms for clients, I ask what are their little ones favourite things….it’s so important to include things they love to make it their own room….and for my boys it is tractors.  Seriously.  OBSESSED.  And you know that I would have a coronary if I had to do a tractor themed room, BUT I was able to add little things that incorporated their loves.  A couple of little tractor decals down on the skirting board (when I first installed them, Charles just lay on the floor in front of them saying ‘twacta’) and I also made a print from a photograph of one of our old tractors out at our farm (a 9G Chamberlin if you are interested – go on google it!).
With enough dribble from me, I’ll let you gaze through the images! 
2 little boys that were sooooo excited when I gave them permission to jump on the beds!
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These wooden names were red in their old rooms and just spay painted to use them again.
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Seriously love these baskets from Down to the Woods….wonderful for shoving all the soft toys in
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I love this photo of the boys (taken at our farm) and I wanted to include it on their shelf.
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Charles is our cool cat……seriously, he’s going to be our child that will be slipping out the window to go to a night club….our wild child.  I had this print done in custom colours to suit.  The little tractor on the shelf was Matt’s as a child. We are fixing up the old house out at the farm and came across this just recently (underneath some floor boards) so it went on the shelf as well.
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This DIY didn’t really go to plan….really, it’s a bit of an ugly spray finish, but it does the job.
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Seriously, how cool are the decals?  You might notice that there is a bit of a bow tie/gentleman theme running through a few bits and pieces and that’s why I picked the bow tie pattern to do the decals.  I did the decals by myself and it really didn’t take too long to install.  However, it was only upon planning the layout of the decals that I realised that the window isn’t centred!  Check it out!  Damn….should have picked that up on the plans when we built!
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With space at a premium, I needed to find a set of drawers to have in the cupboard (and this one is mm perfect).  It’s not all that pretty, but I know I always like to get the whole picture of a room when I’m checking someone else’s out, so thought I would include it!  I keep rotation toys and out of season/too big clothes in the black boxes above.  And I added another triangle decal with a papercut font cut out of their initials.
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I know you all want to know where the linen is from.  The doona cover is just a target one (it has black strokes on the front which suits the room, but on the underside (used here) it has a subtle grey pattern throughout it.  The blankets are another instagram find (thanks to Sam at Maisy Dee!).  They are from The Knit Studio and are seriously my favourite thing in the room.  I’m really happy with the quality.  I went for a single bed size and it’s not an amount I would normally spend on a blanket, but I think these are going to take the boys through a number of years (I can see them in their room at uni etc!).Nest Design Studio - H & C14
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My very clever Mum knitted the boys their cushions!
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I love the ‘gentleman rules’ print and it was always going to be included!
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This was another DIY.  I sing this song to the boys quite a bit and decided to create a fun banner for the robe.
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And for those of you wondering ‘where’s all the toy’s?’….well I don’t keep any in their room (and never have). 
So what do you think?  I will do a post in the coming week with lots of links to various pieces but any questions?
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