Nature Inspired Nursery

Nature Inspired Nursery

Nature Inspired Nursery

Nurture With Nature

Ursula of Room to Bloom shares her nature inspired

nursery design for baby Oona.

 

This is Oona’s room. When Oona’s family moved country, her mum asked me to design her and her sister’s bedroom, to help them settle into their new life abroad. We worked remotely via email, calls and facetime, proof that this can work just as well as being there in person.

Oona’s nursery was created in the smallest room in the house, leading off her sister’s bedroom. My main focus was to make the room feel as spacious and restful as possible.

I choose a peaceful, dusty green colour as the main theme for the room, to counteract and mellow the strongly coloured oak floor. The focal point is a pretty woodland wallpaper – it has echoes of the floor colour in it so it is the perfect connecting background. There’s lots of sweet detail in the design to hold Oona’s gaze.

 

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

The simple natural wooden cot is livened up with bedding in the wallpaper’s accent colours. Because the bed blends in with the floor, the room feels as spacious as it can be – the cot’s open design also helps with this. To anchor the cot we painted a dusty green border alongside, creating a two tone wall. An oak framed pear print adds height and creates a cosy corner.

A there was not much space for lots of furniture, we prioritised clothes storage at this early stage. Using the height of the room, I found a vintage single wardrobe in just the right colour, so it blends in with the background – another trick to make a small space feel larger.

As most of Oona’s toys were stored elsewhere, we decided a simple play corner with cushions, book ledges and a house shelf on the wall would suffice for the early years. Oona just loves rearranging small toys in the house. Later down the line a compact toy or book cabinet could be added.

To style the room I used vintage elements, like the small chairs and the suitcase on top of the wardrobe, and continued a light woodland theme with a bunny lamp, a small fox head on the wall and other creatures. A grey bear shaped rug covers some of the floor’s surface, which helps keep it in check and provides a soft surface. Adding a playful touch, it tones with the grey curtains, keeping the mood calm.

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

Despite the distance and having to work remotely, I think the design was really successful and my client did a great job at overseeing the installation. I just love how pretty and together the room has turned out!

If you would like to hear more about Ursula, what inspires her and why calm spaces are important to her, check out our interview, and to work with Ursula either directly or remotely contact her here and I highly recommend you check out her other projects o her site too, Room to Bloom.

More Nursery Ideas….

Sustainable Accessories for kids bedrooms

Sustainable Accessories for kids bedrooms

Sustainable Accessories your kids will love Rooomy's best sustainable accessories for kids and the family home   Whether you’re redecorating or simply looking to update your kid’s space, accessories are where you can have a lot of fun with stylish or playful items...

Kid’s Terrariums

Kid’s Terrariums

Kid’s Terrariums

Playful Terrariums for Kid’s Bedrooms

 

Play Expert, Emma Worrollo introduces Rooomy to the fun side of plants

 

Firstly, it’s worth saying I am in no way ‘green fingered’. In fact, people who know me will find it highly amusing to see me in Roomy talking about anything to do with plants! But, I do have a passion for bringing the outside in, and a (hit and miss) determination to turn those passions into reality. I became (un)healthily obsessed with terrariums because I adore how they bring instant greenery into a room as well as being a stand-alone piece of stylish décor. I was a bit intimidated to make them at first, but once I got stuck in, discovered they’re really easy to make….and very hard to kill! My kind of planting.  

Fun Children's Bedrooms Accessories, Children's Room Design

Terrariums are often presented as very pristine, elegant, more adult pieces but after I discovered the orb shape with chunky rope (amazon), I thought of also adding toys and creating a more playful adaptation for my kids’ rooms.

Playful Terrariums for Kid's Bedrooms

I used a layered technique compromising of;

  1. sand (drainage),
  2. small stones (irrigation)
  3. compost (fertiliser)
  4. A mix of different succulents
“They have made a big impact in both my eldest son’s room and in my younger daughters’ room,
where we used the terrarium as a cute fairy garden hanging by the window.
Playful Terrariums for Kid's Bedrooms
Playful Terrariums for Kid's Bedrooms

The combination of this method and this type of plant means they’re durable and don’t require much looking after. I was really keen on hanging terrariums, not static, again because it’s more playful, but also because I wanted the kids’ to appreciate and enjoy them, but not really touch them! As I was hanging them I was careful not to overload or make them too heavy and ensured the ceiling hanging ones were screwed into joists. 

The kids had a great time helping to make them and we had fun discussing what the different environments might be. They hunted out and added some figurines from their collections and then we added a few more touches to bring them to life, such as red sand for ‘Mars’ and pebbles for the Wookie jungle.

Playful Terrariums for Kid's Bedrooms
Playful Terrariums for Kid's Bedrooms

They have made a big impact in both my eldest son’s room, where I decided to put in a clean line of three orbs hanging over his desk for a sophisticated teen-esque feature, and in my younger daughters’ room, where we used the terrarium as a cute fairy garden hanging by the window.

I would recommend having a go to anyone who wants to have an impactful plant feature but is feeling a bit amateur and reluctant. I’m totally addicted now and have even just finished a large bottle garden for the hall too! And nothing has died…yet!

Emma will be sharing her new nursery in the next issue of Rooomy, The Nursery Edit, to make sure you receive your free copy just subscribe here!

Emma is the founder of strategy agency, The Pineapple Lounge.  Emma’s job is to help global brands understand and design for a new generation. She is passionate about playful living and inspiring kids’ to discover themselves through engaging environments.  For her wonderful playtips and great gift advice follow her here and get ready to #makewayforplay

Outdoors Indoors…

 

Jungle Walls

Jungle Walls

Jungle Walls

Jungle Is Massive

 

This weeks top wallpaper picks, all along the jungle theme

 

The jungle theme has always been a hit with kid’s rooms and nurseries. Kids stories are full of animals and adventure, making it very easy for us to bring the jungle theme straight into their space with good odds they’re going to love it! 

 

Capricorn Neon – Murals Wallpaper

Do you like the jungle idea but are sick of all the animals and green palms? Maybe your kid loves to be quirky or you have a teen who wants their room to have a bit of edge to it? This neon palm design with the dark background will definitely bring a hit of wow to their bedroom whilst still breathing a touch of nature into their space.

 

 

Jungle is Massive – Wild Hearts Wonder

Jungle Massive not only boasts gangsta leopards but also gorillas reading bedtime stories with little teddies!  It’s vibrant, contemporary and totally awesome!  The unisex design is perfect for a child’s bedroom or playroom, and the print is across 2 panels, so the scale is amazing! The design is hand-painted and digitally printed enabling you to see every brush stroke, created to ignite children’s imaginations and encourage a love of nature. With every gaze children will lose themselves in a sense of curiosity, discovery and wonder. Let your little one create their own bedtime tale through this wild and whimsical design.

 

Jungle Mural – Eleanor Bowmer

Eleanor’s jungle wallpaper shows all the detail of her brush strokes, which won’t fail to inspire artistry and creativity in your child. The colour palette is playful and vibrant and you can see the clear explosion for her love of this theme as she manages to squeeze in plenty of animals and trees and more into this incredibly imaginative design.

 

 

Tyger Tyger – Annika Reed

Annika wanted to create something unique for her daughter’s nursery. The colours needed to be soothing and comforting, she did not want cute and twee images, so she got to work on her own design and it was the beginning of a new line of wallpaper designs. The Tyger Tyger design now adorns the nursery which she enjoys spending time in as much as her daughter.

 

Happy wallpapering, don’t forget to send us pictures of your makeovers or tag us in social media – you can get in touch here.

 

Walls, Walls, Walls…. 

Top 5 Art Picks for Kid’s Rooms – February

Top 5 Art Picks for Kid’s Rooms – February

Top 5 Art Picks for Kid’s Rooms – February

Top 5 Art Pics for Kid’s Rooms 

Art is a truly wonderful way to bring character to our homes and this should be no different in our kid’s bedrooms. Pick images that you hope will inspire them, that can set a certain mood and also allow them to choose pieces that represent different aspects of their personality and finally just find images they like to look at.  Each month we offer a helping hand with out monthly top five suggestions.

Party Lion – Max Made Me Do It

This lion cub has lots of party friends but as lion’s are my all-time fave she had to feature. She friends with a giraffe, fox, badger, leopard, an elephant and more. They are all gorgeous, the detail in their faces is wonderful and they are here to have fun! Available in A4, A3 & A2.

Max Made Me Do It founder has a vast collection of kid’s art, you can check out more here.

 

Jungle Boating – Red Gate Arts

To be messing about in a boat on the river with you these words conjure up great images from Wind in the Willows, but this art piece takes your child far from an idyllic English river to the running rapids in a jungle.

With all those animals watching the boatman, who looks immensely relaxed, I wonder what might happen next? This would be a great story piece for any child’s room.

 

Pretty Octopus – Eleanor Bowmer

This is an excellent print for any human being, at any age. Coming in two different colour options, it will work in any room also. As well as this Blue and Red option it is also available in Pink and Blue.

Its bold size and colour are fascinating, great for young eyes to gaze on, but it’s complimented by the softer detail of the seaweed and of course the friendly eyes. Meaning this piece will light up any space, bring joy to the onlooker and is a wonderful escape from the more traditional animals we see adorning our children’s bedroom walls.

Eleanor Bowmer is a wonderful artist and has many prints and other products available, you can see more of her work here.

 

More Hugs, Less Fights – Andy Westface

Hugs. Hugs are everything in our house. On Instagram this piece of art states “hugs are a universal language

Featured in our shared kids room issue, if your children are sharing a room they sharing a lot more than just their toys, and your attention, they are sharing their personal space, a place to retreat when emotions are high, a space to play freely, being able to make their own choices and not worry about on lookers. A space to be with their friends and now sharing those friends too. It is a beautiful opportunity, sharing so closely with another, what a wonderful world they can create together. They may be similar or polar opposites, there is not formula that does or does not work. Art is a magical way for them to express their personality and clearly mark their own space. It also works as a wonderful display to the other siblings, a reminder of who they are living with. This piece of art would be a great reminder of how marvellous a hug feels and that beneath their arguments, stress and tiredness, they can come together, have a hug and feel better about themselves, each other and the world.

 

 

Blue Stem Flower – Moozle Home

A touch of spring with a firm nod to all the rain we’ve been having. This sweet little blue flower print really pops and what I like about it, is that children will be instantly inspired by it and want to create their own. Broken down it’s a simple piece but imagine it without the rain? It just wouldn’t be interesting, which makes it a great way to help kids think about layering their artwork, making the most of the background in their own mini creations! A perfect addition to any gallery wall, available in A5.

 

Rooomy News… 

Sustainable Accessories for kids bedrooms

Sustainable Accessories for kids bedrooms

Sustainable Accessories your kids will love Rooomy's best sustainable accessories for kids and the family home   Whether you’re redecorating or simply looking to update your kid’s space, accessories are where you can have a lot of fun with stylish or playful items...

Halloween Decs for Kid’s Bedrooms

Halloween Decs for Kid’s Bedrooms

Halloween for kid's rooms Rooomy brings you top Halloween decorations and activities to help make the most of a spooky half term with your children    After a year of scuppered celebrations, all the birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries and more that have...

Sustainable Walls

Sustainable Walls

Sustainable Walls

Sustainability and Wallpaper

 

This weeks top 5 wallpaper picks, all sustainably sourced and recyclable

 

With the focus of sustainability in this issue I have selected the wallpaper top five very carefully. I have ensured that all products are sustainably sourced and are recyclable. All wallpapers are sourced to FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council) standards, ensuring that for every tree used another four are planted. In addition to the sustainability of the paper we also want to know that the wallpaper is recyclable, therefore all of these designs are printed using water-based paints, therefore non-toxic and can be recycled. Some but not all wallpapers are compostable, it depends if they are printed on fibrous wallpapers or not. Brands are very transparent about their sourcing and manufacturing, just check out their sites.  All you need to do is purchase non-toxic paste and your sustainable wallpapering is sorted.

 

Little Greene – Monroe Night Flower

Dare to go dark and bold with our florals. This pattern has been recreated from a relatively small remnant found by English Heritage, in Brooke House (Hackney), before it was pulled down. It is undoubtedly inspired by the Art & Crafts Movement and its familiarity would have been used to help hospital patients feel comfortable and aid their recovery. Although probably not in this colour way, there are five other colour options if this is not quite to your taste, but I think it’s gorgeous and if the rest of the room is well thought out this would look stunning, think I’d need a professional to help me here. Again with great design it offers versatility, it would work from a nursery up to a teen room.

Bold & Noble – South Downs, Rolling Hills

The motion of this design is lovely, the rolling hills of the south downs, fun and adventure will be on the agenda for the child playing and dreaming in this room.

I dare say my eldest would want to colour them all in as rainbows, but why not, she stays in the lines now, the odd rainbow here and there would be great fun.

I enjoy the softness of the grey instead of being black, the perfect backdrop to any age or gender room. Printed with water-based inks in Lancashire 

 

Vanessa Arbuthnott – Cow Parlsey

Does your child have an old soul? Do you love a more traditional aesthetic? This delicate floral design by Vanessa Arbuthnott creates an enchanting backdrop for a kids’ room. The rich duck egg hue will make the room feel warm, without being an overpowering colour for the space, giving you freedom to still style as you wish. You could go full vintage or maybe you’d do a mix of modern and traditional? However you use it, it will look gorgeous I’m sure.

 

 

Paperboy Wallpaper – Animal Magic

Do you roll your eyes when you see really cute safari or woodland animals, scattered all over a wallpaper design, usually lots of pale green, yellow, red and blue? Well Victoria, Doggo and the team have heard your cries, no you’re not alone. With the inspiration of animals in mind, including rabbits, cats, dogs and tortoises, they have taken a terrific leap into how kids’ think, as they are constantly wondering how things work and thinking about how things differ. It’s wacky enough to keep them entertained, it’s stylish enough to keep your home looking sophisticated, it’s educational and above all it different and completely brilliant!

 

 

Katie Bourne Interiors – Horse Tales

Is there a horse fan in your house? Horse Tales is every horse and pony lover’s dream. Create your own story tales within this stylish paper featuring pretty ponies, rosettes and jumps. The pattern has been carefully designed so that little equestrians can identify with the images and feel that special relationship between pony and rider. Katie thinks of great concepts and then visualises them from a child’s perspective, resulting in her perfectly balanced design in both composition and colour. This equestrian themed design is available in 5 sumptuous colour ways.

 

Happy wallpaper, don’t forget to send us your makeovers or tag us in social media – you can get in touch here.  Look out for more sustainable products and designs, our summer edition of Rooomy Magazine will be dedicated to all things sustainability, why not subscribe for free to ensure you don’t miss it?

 

Walls, Walls, Walls….

 

Wallpaper by Anamoly

Wallpaper by Anamoly

Wallpaper by Anamoly

Monochrome Wallpaper from Anamoly

 

Introducing Anamoly, designing children’s wallpaper and other ‘housey’ things

for little people and parents.

 

“It’s much more enchanting to have a child’s imagination behind the range rather just selecting a generic character”

 

Esme is founder, designer and chief of all at Anamoly. When designing begins she always starts with colour. Colour is so important to her ranges; next she designs a print with this in mind; pairing the illustration with the palette. When deciding on what animals to choose Esme loves a little story behind them, often they have been chosen by someone she knows, or a little one has requested them. It’s much more enchanting to have a child’s imagination behind the range rather just selecting a generic character. As a result of this process, this is something Esme now offers in the Anamoly bespoke service, where you can choose a colour or design to suit your wants and scheme. So, if your little one loves lizards, or bears, or beetles, she will design you a wallpaper that fulfils your desires.

 

Anamoly is committed to giving their customers an array of options when it comes to designing their nursery. With a range of colours and designs that suit all tastes. To develop the range, Esme now offers a collection in Monochrome. Monochrome is a great option for a nursery, it’s simple clean feel allows you to design your nursery with no gender in mind, for those who like to keep it as a surprise. Later accessorising with a specific or on-trend colours. Monochrome gives you a clean canvas to build upon with colourful furniture and accessories.

 

 

Anamoly wallpaper is uncoated, to enhance a natural soft finish, with a ‘wipe’ clean durability to avoid light marks and scuffs that accidentally happen now and again. All wallpapers are consciously sourced, only using PEFC certified wallpapers which means products promote the sustainable management of forests. And all inks used are non-toxic & organic, which are non-carcinogenic, so the best they can be for little ones.

 

You can check out Esme‘s entire collection here at Anamoly, you’ll also find loads of gorgeous accessories and fab gift ideas too.

 

Walls, Walls, Walls….

 

Pin It on Pinterest