Thursday, May 23, 2013

The misconceptions of hiring a designer

Hiring an interior designer is expensive right?  They have super dooper expensive taste and have un-realistic ideas on how to create beautiful rooms, right?

WRONG!  One of the things that many potential clients assume is that I (or any other designer) am going to specify ridiculously priced items to create the room.  And I can absolutely tell you that, I wont!

I am just like every other mum and we are just like every other family.  We essentially have my husbands wage and whatever I bring in with doing my designs.  My husband is just like your husband or partner who can not believe I need decorative cushions or ‘nick nacks’.  So when it comes to decorating my house, I do so on a budget (or whatever I can sneak in!).

I have 2 little boys, there is no way I would specify a $100 cushion for their room….because they are boys and I know what they are like!  In fact, I wouldn’t specify a $100 cushion for my lounge room…because I have 2 boys and a messy husband!

Whenever I see a comment like '”I created this nursery on a budget'”, I sort of hmpffff.  I think most people want to create a beautiful space, spending as little as possible. 

When I created Charles’ nursery, it cost approx. $700 (including the cot, but excluding the chair which we already had and the little table and chair as they were his birthday present).


Hugh’s nursery was even less than that, as most of it was DIY.


Let me give you a few examples of my clients designs! 

This is Tate’s nursery.   His cushions were between $30-$40 each, the prints range from $16-$40 and the mobile is $60.  The floor lamp is the biggest expense of approx. $250.  It might be a little more than some people want to pay, but it gives you good inspiration for the style that will work in the room.

nestdesignstudio tate

This is Ruby’s nursery.  Ruby’s mini chair was $195, the decal $80, prints between $9 and $25, butterfly basket $50 and the splurge item on this is the adorable mushroom lamp which was $150. 

nestdesignstudio ruby

When it comes to designing a room for a client, I really do try and keep most of the items really achievable and there are fabulous websites like Etsy and Down that little lane that you can find individual and unique products for not much at all.  I also think that it is usually worth doing a little splurge on 1 item in a design, particularly if its an item that is going to last for a long time and become something special for your child.

Don’t get me wrong, I can spend like the best of them (and I will if you want me too!) but I know that it’s an assumption if you hire an interior designer/decorator, that they are going to scare you with the prices of products.

So don’t be scared!  I know ALL the best places to shop for beautiful products for your little ones room!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Twinkle, Twinkle little star

When I’m designing a gender neutral nursery, I like to give my clients suggestions on how to make the nursery a more ‘boy’ or ‘girl’ room after baby arrives with some very simple additions.

This nursery is for a little one due shortly and we kept the base colours white, grey and silver with a slight star theme running through it.

Nest Design Studio - Baby LNest Design Studio - Baby L (girl)

As you can see with just the change of 3 items, the design will be able to be updated when Baby L arrives.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Geo Baby

As you are probably picking up, I go through many phases/obsessions.  My current one is spots (which I’ll show you another design board shortly) and GEO!

slightly over chevron so triangles and geometric shapes are a great alternative.

Here are some finds that will work perfectly in a nursery or big kids room.

CC nest design studio - geo

Lamp / mobile / decals / quilt / print / linen / mobile / cushion

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Comp winner design

Well one of my recent competition winners design is all done and I thought I would share it with you!

Lucky little Jarvis already has the Ubabub cot and his mum wanted a geometric black and white room (which if you follow me on instagram is right up my alley at the moment as I’ve nearly finished my boys room in this style!).

design board

You might also notice a couple of little cat features in the room.  It’s the little details in room designs that turn the design into something extra special and personal.  In this case, Jarvis and his family have a pet cat they love and I was able to subtly include the cat print and cushion in the room without turning the design into a cat overload!

I can’t wait until I can show you photos of this nurser completed!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Recent Designs: Girly Glam

It’s been quite some time since I’ve updated the blog with recent designs! 

My sweet clients, Chloe & Willow are (nearly) 2 year old twins and will be moving into big girl beds in their own rooms.  I wanted to keep the rooms similar, with a great base of furniture, but give them individual touches on the decor side of things.  Both rooms are going to have a beautiful wallpaper and having custom bedheads made (in a delicious white colour).

design board2

Design Board 3

Sweet, yes?  I’m also working on Mum & Dad’s master bedroom design, which I’ll show you soon.

Monday, May 6, 2013

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