Monday, March 3, 2014

The most difficult client……EVER.

Some things just need to be said and I’m going to name and shame the most difficult client I have ever had (yes, the shock and horror!).

I’ve been working with this client for a few weeks now to create a nursery for her 3rd child….in fact she thinks she is a bit of a VIP client  The gender is unknown at this stage and she can tell me what she doesn’t want (colour) but apart from that, she can’t give me much AT ALL.  She is very indecisive and is putting every decision in my hands (which is ok).  She has an awesome chair on the way and recently sold her other cots so I can pick whatever I want (and I think the Incy Reese is going to win).  But she is just plain difficult.

This is what I have so far (I know, full of ideas).

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So who is it?  Well you actually know her.

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That’s right, ME!!!!!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’ve had a number of miscarriages and this baby which is my 6th pregnancy, took its sweet time deciding to join our family (along with a few scares at the start of its journey).  So we are thrilled that we have finally gotten to this stage.  Baby #3 is due in September and it is making me work for it.

Morning sickness has been horrible and being in front of the computer made me feel worse (so handy when you run a mostly online business!).  I still can’t keep a thing down and have lost 5kgs (which is normal for me in the first trimester) but what you probably can’t tell from the above photo, is that my belly is huge.  I haven’t bothered keeping it under wraps because there are just some things that can not be disguised!  I recently completed a new home build colour selection and my clients asked me how far along I was, which at that stage was 11 weeks, and were quite shocked to hear I am a long while off having this baby!

So what does this mean for Nest?  Well I’m currently booked out until July and will only accept 1, maybe 2 more jobs for 2014 before I wrap up in August.  I have always returned to work between 4-6 weeks after having my boys but this time (given it’s our last baby) I’m going to take the time to enjoy, snuggle and just take it easy.  I want to suck up all the baby time!  I plan on returning in Jan/Feb of 2015.  But in that period where I won’t be taking any clients (well, I might if I get bored) I have lined up 2 fabulous ladies in the industry who’s designs I appreciate and respect, to be my points of referral.  Jacinda from Hide & Sleep and Nicole from Little Liberty.

Now this mumma to be is exhausted and wants to throw up all the time, the house is filthy, I’m busier with designs than I’ve ever been……so I think I might go have a lie down.

Oh and about the nursery…..I’m serious.  I have no idea what I’m going to do.  I know it will be different in style to the boys nurseries (here and here) but apart from that… brain is at capacity with everything else that I think the nursery might have to wait until August!

**I’m doing a monthly photo out at our farm to capture the seasons changing and a growing belly, which is why I used the above photo.  I had planned on a nice family photo with the boys, but honestly… was like hearding cats, so we gave up.**

Monday, February 10, 2014

Isabella’s Girly & Glam Room

I recently showed you Luca’s classic boys room and today it’s his big sisters turn.  Once again, you may have already seen the images in Little One Kids magazine, but I’m excited to be able to share them on my blog!

Like Luca, Isabella had all the fabulous furniture already, I just needed to add a touch of colour and sparkle!

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Photography by Louise Treacy

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Luca’s Classic Room

If you have seen the current edition of Little One Kids, you will have already seen this room, so I’m thrilled to now be able to bring it to my blog & website.

I know I say this a lot, but I really do work with such wonderful clients.  Little Luca was transitioning from his cot to his bed and already had a fabulous base so we just added a few touches to the room to complete it.

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A very classic little boys room that will stand the test of time!

Now…..wait until you see his sisters room!

Photos by Louise Treacy Photography

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Neutral Baby

As I mentioned here, one of my best friends is having a baby (yay!) and because I know her and her husband so well, my brain wasn’t going to rest on creating a perfect nursery for them until I had it on a design board (and because I’m sticking my nose in and just doing it rather than asking!), so I used them as inspiration for this board.

Already having purchased the cot and wanting to keep it a gender neutral nursery, I knew that it needed to be chic, elegant and textural.  Horses also needed to come into it because mum to be loves horses and I also wanted to incorporate something special for the dad to be…..this comes in the form of sheet music from their wedding dance (dad plays in a band) framed as a piece of art.

I added some gold for some sparkle and I think it’s a really appropriate room for both a boy or a girl.

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What do you think?  I am particularly fond of white and texture for nurseries at the moment and wouldn’t mind it myself!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The boys room: The details

Waaay back in October, I shared with you the photographs of the boys room.  Now, 3 months later I’m finally sitting down to provide you with all the details. 

Now, normally I don’t share product sources from my clients rooms but I am happy to do so with my own rooms.  So take a seat, and make some notes!

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1.  The graphic element of the room is the MUR wall triangles in large.  They are simple to install and peel of very easy as well, so for someone as fickle as me who likes change, they are perfect.  2.  I had lots of questions about the beds.  The base and mattresses are from Snooze.  I can’t remember the name of them but after initially wanting just a bed on legs, we ended up going for these because Hugh’s has drawers under his for extra storage and Charles’ has a trundle.  3.  These have been such a hit with everyone wanting to know where they are from.  You can find them at The Knit Studio in lots of colours.

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1.  The gorgeous Levi bedhead in Nero by Peonie Home.  Fabulous quality and service.  My go to bedhead people.  2.  Linen is always the hardest thing to find.  I didn’t want to pay a fortune and I didn’t want anything that was overly patterned (I know it looks white in this photo but it has grey basket weave over it).  I went for the Target Coleman doona cover and used the underside.  The top side is fine and works in the room, but I went for simple on this occasion.  I also use a simple grey t-shirt material doona cover and when it’s hot, just sheets and their blankets.  3.  The euro cushion cover is from Designers Choice.  4.  My Mum knitted the boys cushion covers.

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1.  I love this chair (I also have an adult size one in our living room).  They are very comfy!  It’s the Acapulco Jnr from Sokol.  2.  Initially I was unsure of what option to go with for bedsides.  These are really popular and they are great for storage, but as I have said before I think it’s important as a designer to show my clients lots of options rather than what most people are asking for, so I did want something different.  In the end, practicality won out and these ones are from Mocka.  3.  I REALLY wanted to use timber lamps in the room to add some texture to the room, but buying 2 would have put them waaaay out of budget.  Instead I used these really simple lamps from Kmart.

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1.  I just love this print and has lots of important reminders for my future gentlemen!  2.  You may recognise this print from Charles Nursery (from my lovely friend Janette at My Sweet Prints).  Since it fitted in perfectly, I just moved it into this room.  3.  What room is complete without an animal bust?  The rhino is from here.  4. This is a custom print I made for the boys rooms.  They love this tractor (a Chamberlin 9G) which lives at our farm but I photographed it and then played around in photoshop.  5.  Another important reminder for the boys, this is a printable from here.

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1.  Hugh’s bed needed something above it and originally I had a large scale print to go above it but it was just too much between the book ledges and the graphic wall.  So I ended up going with a simple felt ball garland from Felt Foxes.

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1.  I found this bin at the Reject Shop one day and thought I would be perfect for the boys dirty laundry.  A bargain at $15.  2.  To incorporate some more of the boys loves, tractors, I placed these decals where they are easily seen but not a huge feature of the room.  3.  Books are important to me, I love reading.  So to keep books accessible to the boys (the top shelf is for the special books I don’t want the boys getting into without adults), I used the Ikea Ribba ledges.  4.  Another DIY, I initially made it to hang above Hugh’s bed but it wasn’t quite right so I moved it to hang on the wardrobe.

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1.  These are versatile little Lego boxes!  We use ours for a door stop and a little step for Charlie to get on his bed…..and it’s only recently been used to store things.  2.  One of the tractors from the decal set.

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1.  A very last minute addition to the room, I was about to start photographing and realised the room needed something!  I rushed into Milt & Joe and got one of these bad boys from Down to the Woods.  They are fab.  2.  The boys have a few hats and once again, going for the tractor/truck theme, I installed this blue hanger.

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1.  The timber floating shelves are from The Shelving Shop.  Note to self:  Do not allow husband to start putting them up until you are supervising.  2.  We have since lost of the heads of these robots, so they have gone up on a higher shelf!  I purchased these from Lark but don’t seem to be available any more (so can buy here).  3.  I found this unpainted little guy at a tractor rally (yes, a steam tractor rally – I live a wild life).  So he got a DIY makeover.

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1.  I had this print done in custom colours and it’s all about Charles.

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1.  I love everything that Sketch Inc does, so had to include one of these gentlemen!

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1.  Another DIY….this was the project I had originally planned for above Hugh’s bed (but in big scale and framed).  I’m kind of glad it didn’t work out because I love it in banner form and it hangs on their wardrobe.  It’s a song we love to dance about and be silly with.

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1.  Not hugely exciting, but I know someone will ask.  The drawers I have in the boys room are from Ikea.  2.  I used left over triangles and did their initial in paper cut font.  3.  These little soldiers were in Charlies Nursery and are from Ministyle.

And that’s it!  I hope you’ve found some products you love or inspired you with your own creation.  As much as I love the room, I feel like it’s nearly time to change the feature wall……so watch this space!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Planning a baby shower

2014, welcome!  So many blog posts half done (including a breakdown of the boys room!) but I thought we would ease into the year with something pretty and exciting!

You see one of my besties (we are also known as the 3 reds) is having a baby!  The first of my close girlfriends to do so… it’s very important we go overboard.

Planning is underway for a little baby soiree and this is the inspiration.

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Lots of gold, burlap and green.  At the moment, this is as far as we have got but we’ve got a few months up our sleaves yet (plus I can’t give too much away because we aren’t letting mumma to be in on too many of our ideas!).  You might need to follow me on instagram where I might share a little more (because she’s not on that – yet!).


Sources:  tablescape / flags / tablescape / horse / baby's breath / baby sign / tablescape

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