STYLING PROJECT – BIG NURSERY, TINY BABY

Although we are all out of the baby phase (for what I know at least), we still love designing and styling nurseries. And luckily, they keep coming our way.

Our latest client wanted to create a calm and clean room, keeping everything very basic and subtle. Although that generally works very well for a nursery, we did want to spice it up a little, adding a dash of Live Loud Girl-ness as we always want to create rooms that kids grow into, no matter how young they are.

The room was bare, large and light when we saw it first, being a perfect blank canvas for us to get creative. Adding color to the walls was the first thing that came to mind. We used two beautifully complimenting colors from Jotun’s new Kids Collection 2018; Soft Grey and Bare, each on another wall, giving a wonderful and warm effect.

For the third wall we used a Sandberg wall paper, adding a subtle pattern to the room. Against this wall you can find three regular stars yet styled in another way then what you would maybe expect from us.
The Sebra cot with a Numero 74 canopy make a gorgeous little sleeping corner. Next to it the Byron Bay daybed, this time with only some subtle cushioning for our Big Stuffed friend. A setting like this, compared to a recent shoot with this day bed, show you how versatile some items are are and how much you can do with bedding and cushions.
On the floor some soft structure with the Maison Saadah grid rug, perfect for crawlers later on.

A custom made wall cabinet creates a classic and timeless element, serving as a changing table for now with this Archive Store  baby basket and cute Severina hand knitted mushrooms. The Snowpuppe lamp brings in a fresh vibe, the LPLN mobile a beautiful distraction for the baby.

On the opposite side, against the wall we placed two IKEA x HAY shelves that will probably fill up with books and toys as years go by. For now we can enjoy them as they are with just dome of our favorite accessories on display like the Sarah & Bendrix animal kingdom, the UUIO blocks, Mikanu pears and good old Velveteen babies garland. A touch of blue is brought in with this LEGO storage, something that will be useful for the coming years.
And no nursery is complete without a cute Pax and Hart print right?

The room is lit by a bird cage lamp,  a Vasili Jellyfish lamp, a beautiful new brand we recently discovered. Both are serious eye candy that give a playful touch to the room.

STYLING WITH JIMMY CRICKET WALLPAPER

You gotta love a good wall paper. Wall paper can make a fantastic statement wall therefore we often propose it in designs we make for our clients to compliment paint.

When Jimmy Cricket approached us again to take care of the styling for the launch of her new jungle design, we could not wait to get started. We have worked with Jimmy Cricket before for her collaboration with Pax and Hart for the One Fun Day and Bunny wall paper. Her latest jungle design is right up our street. As a bonus she mentioned the set up would need to be vibrant, colorful with lots of lush greens… Hey! That’s just how we like it!

A beautiful wooden floor by Nordic Homeworx  brings in warmth, authenticity and structure. Together with the jungle wall paper it created a perfect starting point for our settings.

The first one is with the Byron Bay daybed. With some amazing bedding by La Cerise sur le Gateau via Bon Bon Bleu in teal blue, warm green and mustard yellow we made a perfect mis match which is a key ingredient of styling. With cushions in different materials (yes we are still fully on board with the velvet trend) we brought in some structure and pops of color.  Our Big Stuffed friend seems pretty comfortable there… so would we.
Against the wall you can find some easy going cabinets from IKEA which we painted ourselves to give it a personal touch. We finished it off with a touch of warm red from a unique piece by Zoe Rumeau.

For the second setting we wanted to create a nursery that works for both girls and boys. Since the wall paper is so vibrant, it can stay in a kids room as they grow up.
The DertigZes cot is still a favorite as it is so easy to work with, it goes with any color or pattern. We chose for the same bedding with a pop of color to keep it simple but strong. Because we are always happy to bring in a touch of pink we chose a pink jellyfish from Vasili lights, a great new discovery with the most amazing lighting! An oldie but goodie Fiona Walker flamingo head brings in some extra structure and softness.

Playing this wall paper down also works very well with the use of neutral tones and Scandinavian furniture…. Can you visualize that too?

As you can see, the opportunities are endless with a good starting point.
One thing is certain: with a wall paper like this you just can’t go wrong!

Styling by Live Loud Girl | Photography by Natelee Cocks

 

 

 

HOW TO SHELFIE

Now what is a shelfie?
A shelfie is a widely hashtagged social media pic of a shelf that you put some time and effort into. So no need for duck faces or wrinkle filters, it is only your shelf and its content that needs to look good.
For interior stylists like us it is a nice way to display a combination of some of our own treasures and new favorites while demonstrating our styling skills.

Since we always get so many comments on the shelfies we install (either in projects or at home) we wanted to take the time to show you how we roll when creating a shelfie. Now nothing is written in stone and you can shuffle around as much as you like, there are just a few pointers that we want to share.

We always love to start with a blank canvas, in this case: an empty shelf.
We are starting off with some beautiful acrylic shelves from By Something Els

Our first item is always the books. Use some (esthetically correct) favorites of the kids, different sizes, colors or maybe just go for that beautiful cover.
Second thing to add is a cute postcard or small print.
For accessorising we love wooden toys like Pinch Toys or the Animal Kingdom from Sarah & Bendrix. They just add that touch of vintage and warmth that we think can not be left out.
To funk things up we like to use some signage. Words on banners, flags, signs… they can all work well depending on the vibe you want to create.

Don’t think you are done just yet as we like to do what is called: styling off the shelf. The space between, above and under the shelves to us is just as important.
So we start off with hanging something in between. A garland is always a good idea as it adds color, texture and a different shape.
You can also hang something to the side or above the shelves like we did with the mini tiger rug before in the playroom. And definitely do not forget the space under the shelves. As storage addicts we love to extend our shelfie to the top part of a storage basket or box so that we use the whole part of the wall.
Styling off the shelf also allows you to pull things out of balance. Balance in your life is good but your shelf can very well do without it.

There you have it. We hope we inspire you with the short videos of how we handle a shelfie for a girls and a boys room and a more neutral one. Give it a go, have some fun. And remember, if you are not happy with it, just start again from scratch.

Shelfie 1- Neutral

Cars Pinch toys | Moon Zoe Rumeau | Hoop Aro For Kids | Mushroom Severina Kids | Print My deer | Flamingo Fiona Walker | Print Peek & Pack | Garland Severina Kids |  Acrylic Shelves By Something Els

Shelfie 2- Girls

Wooden animals Sarah Hendrix | Moon Zoe RumeauHoop Aro For KidsMushroom Severina KidsFlamingo Fiona WalkerPrint Peek & Pack | Garland Velveteen Babies |  Rhino Severina KidsAcrylic Shelves By Something Els

Shelfie 3 – Boys

Cars Pinch toys | Moon Zoe Rumeau | Hoop Aro For Kids | Mushroom Severina Kids |  Flag Bobo Choses  | Lucky Boy Sunday dollAcrylic Shelves By Something Els

LAUNCH JOTUN COLOR TRENDS 2018

otun Launch 2018 colors dubaiIn the category ‘better late then never’, we would love to share a project with you that has kept us very busy the last few months.

For interior stylists it is always exciting when new color cards are being launched. Especially when it is the color card of our partner Jotun. And this years trend color launch was extra special since we were in charge of styling the event including the roll out in the region. Inspired by the new color pallets and a direction that we were given from the head office in Norway, we created a set up for the launch event including a sit down dinner at stunning Inked Dubai.

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