Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Why Nest?

I’ve been pondering over this blog post for quite a while….post it/don’t post it….but I’m going to!  When you hire Nest, I want you to know you are hiring someone in the know!

I first started Nest Design Studio a bit over 3 years ago.  My eldest sons, Hugh, nursery had been featured in LittleONE baby magazine and had received such wonderful feedback.  I knew how much I struggled to find beautiful, non-cheesy items for his nursery and thought it would be wonderful to assist other Mum and Dad’s put together a space for the most important person in their life!  As my demand grew for my services (and my own sons grew as well) I have added big kids rooms to the repertoire.

But what I really want to you know, is a bit about my background.  I have known since I was 15 years old, interior design was the business for me.  Originally I wanted to be an architect, but after doing a week work experience with a local designer, I changed my mind.  So my VCE years were spent doing the arty subjects (which was my natural calling anyway) to build a portfolio so I could obtain a place studying Interior Design and Decorating.  My course was 2 years and I loved every minute of it and one of my final design pieces was selected to be displayed and entered into a student competition at the amazing Designex exhibition

I’ve always been a little shy, so putting myself out there has been a bit scary and not something I would naturally do.  So when I started applying for jobs after I finished my Diploma of Arts, I did so with hesitation.  I worked in a variety of aspects of the industry; colour consultant for a tile business, doing colours for one of the big builders in Melbourne and then back in Bendigo and finally working for myself doing local consultations.

So as you can see, this business is not something I breezed into.  It’s not something I started on a whim because I had fun decorating my own children's rooms.  And it’s not something I decided to do after not being able to find the right job for me.  It’s something I studied, something I love and something I’m good at (if I do say so myself!). 

I know there are amazing big Interior Designers (I adore Greg Natale and Arent & Pyke the most) and I’m just a little fish in the big ocean.  I also know being an interior designer is a luxury, it’s not an area where most people think to spend their money first (most do so after having a go themselves, not being happy with the result and then deciding to call in the big guns).

When I first started Nest Design Studio, there were just 2 others who were doing online consults in the kids interior design business.  Neither are still around.  So you could say, I’m a keeper!  Now, there are heaps of choices.  Recently, it felt like there was one being launched every 2 weeks….dare I say it it’s a bit inundated now.  I feel like when I initially launched the business I had to work really hard to explain how I could help you, where as now most people are happy with the online side of consulting and feel it works well for them (and I don’t get the questions ‘but how can you design a room you have never seen’).  I’ve done lots of work, lots of promotion and have established my beautiful space in the world. 

So by me writing this blog post, I wanted to educate you on what I bring to the table.  I bring qualifications, experience and knowledge.  I’m not saying that I am the ‘be all and end all’ but I wanted to show you that this is a industry I love and have loved for 15 years! 

I’m a mum of 2 handsome little boys, plus I’m a qualified Interior Designer….BAM!  Hiring Nest to design a room for you, you get the best of both worlds! 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Style my room Giveaway!

Have you been on my facebook page recently to check out the fantastic giveaway happening at the moment?

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In conjunction with 16 other wonderful businesses, we are giving you the opportunity to win a prize valued at $1000 which consists of a mini design board (by yours truly) and then goodies to fill your little one’s room!

I thought I would share some of my favourite things from each of the businesses that would be on my list if I won!

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The hudson nate linen collection from Kate Lauren Designs / Hot Air Balloon Print from May & Belle / Space Landing puzzle from GlottogonPrint from Down That Little Lane / Felt ball rug from Happy as Larry / Sweet Rosie quilt from Long and the Short / Teepee pack from Henry’s House / The Levi bedhead from Peoni Home / Eden bed from Incy Interiors / Custom cushion by Little Village handmadeButterfly storage from Little Kidz Closet / Floral heels from Indiana Sage Designs / Peacock decal from Love Mae

 

And there are a few other businesses involved to who are fabulous too!  Check out LBM Designs (for graphic design services), Mummy Tree Markets (a great market in QLD) and Brisbane Kids (a child friendly guide to Brisbane).

To enter, head over to my facebook page and click on the STYLE MY ROOM tab or head here for mobile entries.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Seeing Spots

 

Are you seeing spots? You aren’t alone! 2012 saw chevron everywhere (yes, I’m over it) so what do you think will be the chevron of 2013? In my opinion, you are going to be seeing polka dots and geometric prints everywhere (you can see a little sneak peek of my boys’ room concept here which will be all about triangles). I’m sure you have noticed the trend!

I love spots. They can be gender neutral for those of you that are planning a nursery or they can be used when transitioning your little one to their first big boy/girl room as they aren’t too babyish and not to grown up.

Dots aren’t a trend to use on every surface, but check out my finds to see some items I think would really set off a room design.

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1. Paint palette linen 2. Neon spot cushions 3. Dotty blanket 4. Mini pom pom garland 5. Multi spots removable wallpaper 6. Mini Dot Rug 7. Neon mobile 8. Smartie pillow slip

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