How to Style your Nursery

How to Style your Nursery

Welcome Home Baby – The Nursery Style Report

Chloe Spillett gives us the lowdown on

how to make a fantastic nursery.

 

For many, from the first moment we learn we’re expecting our attention will turn immediately to the nursery. It’s hard to resist dreaming up the most beautiful spaces imaginable for our new arrivals. It’s a wonderful time filled with much joy and anticipation.

Of course, not everyone will feel this way. For some, tackling the nursery is daunting. Lots of us opt for the smallest room in the house for the nursery and with such an extensive Wishlist, there can be a LOT of stuff to cram into a small space. But it doesn’t have to be a chore. I’m here to help you make informed choices about the products you really need, and while I’m at it, I’ve got some jaw droppingly beautiful options up my sleeve.

With a background in psychology I’ve always been a firm believer that our surroundings are fundamentally important for our sense of well being and our personal development. This is true not only for baby but for other family members who will be using the space too. The nursery is a place where many memories will be formed, bonding will take place between caregivers and siblings. The more inspiring the environment you and your baby are in, the more likely you will attach positivity to those memories. And yes, there will be sick. And poo; lots of it! But believe me you will even look back on that one day with fondness.

“whether you have a good sleeper or an all night raver,

a cot is an essential piece of kit”

Sleep like a baby…

Where did that expression even come from? Is it meant to be ironic? Regardless of wether you’ve got a good sleeper or an all night raver, a cot is an essential piece of kit.

So what’s money well spent? Thing is, it’s hard to tell when your little one is going to be ready to transition from cot to bed ( I know you probably don’t want to think about them getting too big, but it happens) and sometimes we think they’re ready before they really are. So to save all that to-ing and fro-ing, a cot-bed is definitely a viable option and can also be kinder on the bank balance long term. That said, this one is certainly an investment piece but boy does it make a statement! It’s chrome plated and built to last so if you’re planning on larger family it’s well worth considering. Available in a range of colours, it’s a timeless classic.   

For a more modest budget these mini-cots by Mokee are a great alternative. Simplistic by design, they come in a range of wonderful yet unexpected colours.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

All Change!

There’s no two ways about it- changing nappies is relentless. Even if you’ve never changed a nappy before in your life (I hadn’t before I became a Mum) you’ll soon be doing it in your sleep.  Although change tables are a popular choice, they aren’t always a necessity. There are lots of changing baskets and wedge mats available to ensure baby can’t roll. This way you can pair with more timeless furniture such as a chest of drawers which will still have a place in an older child’s bedroom. Future proofing is always a good idea.

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Storage is key.

Stuff, stuff, stuff!! Little people come with a lot of baggage. If you want a relaxing and calming space in your nursery you’ll need to pull out your A game when it comes to storage, but don’t fear- there are plenty of options!

I often get asked about soft toy storage. Cuddly toys are wonderful for development and eliciting role play and nurturing behaviours. As a child I must’ve had hundreds but the truth is they can also house unwanted bacteria and dust mite and can therefore trigger allergies. I find the best solution to tackle this is to have a few soft toys dotted around the room and place the others in easily accessible storage and then rotate.

These bags by Nobodinoz are a great option:

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Or for a cheaper alternative check out the range from H&M

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

For everything else the trusty foldable crate never fails!  But which colour?

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Learning through play.

This last decade has been pivotal for children’s play, toys and accessories. Long gone are the days when the market was completely saturated with unpalatable bright colours and plastic galore. Don’t get me wrong babies love colour and so do I, but I am really enjoying the fact that there are so many products now available that appeal wide range of tastes whilst also ticking all the boxes when it comes to play value, developmental aids and style and beauty.

These are my top picks:

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Come Sit with me a while

Most people will be divided on the nursing chair front. On the one hand its really important that you have somewhere super snuggly and to feed your baby; you could be warming the seat several times a night after all! But on the other hand nursing chairs can be big, bulky and not winning any prizes in the aesthetics dept. There are few that break the generic mould but this one is really championing in the style department.

And if you’re still not feeling the nursing chair you could always opt for an armchair that will make a statement in any any room in the house such as this one:

Stylish Children's Bedroom Ideas

For more inspiration from Chloe Spillett check out her work below.  If you’d like more nursery ideas you can read our Nursery Edition for free by subscribing here.  Oh and don’t forget to tell your friends all about it.  

Rooomy Style Editor

New Style Editor 2020

Rooomy meets Chloe Spillett, children's interior designer and new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine   Rachel Burns speaks to Chloe about her style and love of kid's interiors and the best places to shop.     RB - When did your love of interior design begin? CS – I have...

New Style Editor 2020

New Style Editor 2020

Rooomy meets Chloe Spillett,

children’s interior designer and

new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

 

Rachel Burns speaks to Chloe about her style and

love of kid’s interiors and the best places to shop.

 

 

RB – When did your love of interior design begin?

CS – I have loved interiors for as long as I can remember. My mum has great taste and an awesome eye for styling, so I guess she influenced me from an early age. I was a 90s child so changing rooms also played a huge role. Still waiting for that show to make a comeback!

 

RB – What was your room like when you were kid?

CS – Well, my Mum was much like I am now so it changed a fair bit throughout my childhood! It was always very tastefully classic; Laura Ashley, broderie anglaise and gingham. Once `I was about 13 I was given free rein and I remember really going for it! Bright pink and orange everywhere. It was an absolute riot of colour and anything but classic!

RB – You’ve won two big comps now, ‘Under the Stairs’ at Grand Designs 2019 and The National Prize for “Styled by Be” Judges by Sophie Robinson. What did you learn from these experiences?

CS – The most valuable thing I learned is to have confidence in your own capabilities no matter the level of competition. I was up against many high esteemed professionals and influencers so both victories really took my breath away. It didn’t even enter my mind that I might be good enough to win either.

If you have a clear vision you just have to really go for it, and you’ll be rewarded in more ways than you can possibly imagine!

 

RB – Do you think there are some discernible differences when approaching the design of a kid’s room compared to the rest of the house?

CS – I think this really depends on the brief and the desired outcome. Many of my clients have wanted longevity from their children’s spaces and so from that point of view you almost have to treat it like any other room in the house. Of course, from the child’s point of view their priorities are usually that they want their rooms to be fun and exciting with a sense of adventure and escapism, so it can be a challenge to strike a balance to ensure both parties are happy! To tick all the boxes, I always aim to keep adaptability in mind. I try to think about how the space can evolve with the family as they grow, without losing its identity. 

RB – With colours being such a huge part of your work have you ever designed a monochrome room? Would you try and talk your client round?

CS – It’s true I live for colour and I think it’s a really great tool for inspiring and motivating young people, but I still think my personal sense of style is rather fluid. I really love to change it up and in the past I’ve definitely been drawn to monochrome. The client should always be at the centre of the design process so if its monochrome they want then its monochrome they get! That said, I’d probably advise them that to do Monochrome justice you have to fully commit; not always easy when children come with so many nick knacks!

RB – What is your dream project?

CS – My absolute life goal is to design for DIY SOS. It’s on my vision board and one day I will make it happen!

 

RB – If money was no object and you could buy your girls anything for their bedroom or playroom, what would it be?

CS – I’d really love to design an all singing all dancing installation that’s out of this world and commission someone to build it for me.

 

RB – Three top places to shop for kid’s rooms?

This Modern Life, Bobby Rabbit Kids and H&M

 

RB – What’s next for Chloe Gets Creative?

CS – Ahhh who knows?! It’s absolutely terrible business ethic but I’ve never really been one for devising plans. Life is unpredictable; we have all been awoken to this in the last few months and I truly believe it’s far more important to just enjoy the journey. I’ve gained an absolute tonne of experience over the last few years and I’m stoked about all of my achievements so far. I think positivity is the best recipe for progress and success and I’m happy with the way things are going for CGC and equally excited about future possibilities.

RB – What has been your favourite project to work on?

CS – Ooooo that’s a real toughie, I’ve loved each and every one of my projects I really couldn’t pick just one. Grand Designs Live has without a doubt been a highlight, not only because of the prestige of the exhibition but because it was unlike anything else I had ever done before and I met some amazing people! I’ve also designed spaces for children in very vulnerable situations so I will always hold these projects dear, it felt wonderful to think I’d brought some sunshine to their lives. Then of course there are the rooms I have designed for friends and family as well as my own children. They are all special to me.

RB – Who or what are some of your design inspirations when thinking about kid’s rooms?

CS – It’s such a cliché thing for a designer to say but literally everything! Design is always at the forefront of my mind so if I’m immersed in nature, watching TV or a film, travelling, whatever I may be doing, I’m always thinking about ways to add value to our indoor spaces that are new and innovative.

 

RB – Where do you like to hang out in your spare time when you’re switching off and relaxing?

CS – I am loathed to admit I am one of those irritating people who rarely sits still, I find it quite hard to switch off and I’ve pretty much always got a project on the go. I don’t really relax as much as burn out and then rest until I’m raring to go again! Lockdown has really been quite pivotal for me, as I am sure it has been for so many of us. I have started to discover new territories both metaphorically speaking and literally; There is a fair bit of countryside locally and we have been enjoying some really lovely family walks. Oh and gardening! I really love to be in the garden with my family. Despite all the worry and suffering surrounding this new phase in our lives there’s still plenty to be thankful for; I’ve found a few good, new, happy places.

RB – Your style is fun, smart and colourful, what has influenced this most?

CS – I’m a firm believer in creating your own sense of style. As you can probably imagine my Instagram feed is full of children’s interior related pages. There are thousands of beautiful rooms on the ‘gram but there is also a lot of repetition, I get a real kick when I discover a space that makes me stop in my tracks. I want my designs to have that impact on other people; a space people have never seen before. I really try to think outside the box.

 

There you have it, a great introduction to our new Style Editor, I am thrilled to have Chloe on board.  You’ll be able to see Chloe’s debut Style Edit in the next issue of Rooomy, out in a few weeks, the Nursery Edit.  If you’d like to check out more of Chloe’s work check out her site Chloe Gets Creative. 

For more interviews with other amazing creative minds take a look below and if you want to make sure you get your hands on th Nursery Edit, you can subscribe here for free.

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Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery

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Rainbow Child – Girls Bedroom

Rainbow Child – Girls Bedroom

Rainbow Child

This bold space belongs to Evie.

She is a mini colour lover and a big fan of rainbows

 

Evie, 2, is a mini colour lover and a fan of rainbows so naturally we hit it off.  Don’t get me wrong, I love working with a reduced palette but as soon as rainbows are mentioned I’m firing on all cylinders… ALL the colours give me ALL the feels!

Colour excitement overload aside, ensuring that all those gorgeous tones are perfectly balanced in the room is no easy feat and so this scheme needed to be carefully thought out. The dark blue backdrop provides the perfect medium to allow the full spectrum to really POP. It’s a brave choice and one that Evie’s parents were initially wary of, but with time it became their favourite element.  

For me that’s what the design service is all about; encouraging clients to step outside of their comfort zones and try something different. I’m pleased to report It’s a tried a tested method and as yet has never failed. It’s just the best tonic when parents say, ‘I’d never in a million years have thought to do that but I absolutely love it’.

 

 

As for the bold rainbow stripe running along the back wall; the flash of colour aims to convey a sense of movement and fluidity; Think 70s roller disco and you’ll have insight to my inspiration!

Colour is a very powerful tool in a child’s environment. It has the ability to alter their mood and even their behaviour. The deep blue is emblematic of the night sky, providing a sense of calm and tranquillity, while the intermittent bursts of colour deliver adventure and excitement; it all hangs in the balance.

Texture is also key to aiding child development and there’s plenty of variety in Evie’s new space bringing a sense of depth, cosiness and comfort. The bed is super inviting with a bespoke house canopy which not only conveys a touch of whimsical fun but also stimulates role play. The house bed was handmade using 15mm birch ply. It’s braced along the back and roof for additional support and fixed to the wall; safety first!

 

The plywood accents continue throughout with the addition of the cloud wall light made from the bed canopy offcuts, the statement slatted ceiling shade, wall mounted dolls house and laser cut wall décor.

Evie’s bedroom combines old and new with the revival of an old Victorian oak wardrobe which has had a lick of chalk paint in a gorgeous forest berry shade. This piece was absolutely one of my highlights. Evie adores pink and purple and this shade is the perfect midpoint between the two. There were plenty of squeals all round when this upcycle project was underway.

The completed room is a real triumph. Like many of my schemes, Evie’s room has been designed with growth in mind. This space will serve her long into her teenage years with some minor adaptations.

My clients both big and small absolutely adore this space and that’s what it’s all about; I can ask for no more. Lots of ‘ooo’s’ and ‘ahhhs’ and ear to ear smiling. Best of all Mum reports that Evie has never slept better since being in her new bedroom; that’s the pinnacle!

To see more rooms by Chloe you can check out her other projects here and for regular inspiration follow Chloe at Chloe Gets Create

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