Mols National Park, Denmark
Fanciful. Cozy. Whimsical. Homey. And our new favorite word: hyggelig (a Danish word that means special, welcoming and inviting). We could comb the thesaurus and never run out of adjectives to describe Indigo's wonderful little hideaway. Filled with vintage finds and handmade treasures, it is truly a special place.
Indigo's mom, Tracy, runs the interior design site Boboho, as well as maintaining a personal blog where she features her own art and design. As you might guess from looking around Indigo's room, Tracy is a staunch believer in re-inventing old items to give them fresh life:
"My approach to design is to mix what you love: old and new, different eras, various styles, and to recycle or re-use where possible. This eclectic approach usually results in something much more personal. I think a home should reflect the personalities of the family that live there.
"For a child's room it is important to include the child at the ideas stage. Listen to what they like and what they can contribute. Children's own drawings and paintings can be hung on the walls or an image transferred to fabric and used as a cushion. They can be part of making garland or flags to hang around the room. This way, they will have a connection with it and love it all the more."
Keep reading for Tracy's inspiration, favorite sources, and proudest DIY...
Your Inspiration: Memories of my own childhood, vintage things.
Favorite Element: The vintage plate rack, which has been utilized to make a bookcase and display rack for old objects, and the vintage patchwork quilt, which Indigo cherishes.
Biggest Challenge: Getting the bed to fit! It is a cozy but small room but I love the grandness of old beds with tall headboards! The cot was under the eaves but the bed was too tall to fit the same space so we had to re-think the layout.
What Friends Say: Charming, happy, nostalgic and hyggelig (a Danish word with no direct translation but means special, welcoming, cozy and inviting).
Proudest DIY: The bed! I bought it for around 100 kroner [approx.$20] from a flea market and mixed my leftover paint to make a French blue-green color.
Biggest Indulgence: Nothing really expensive! I believe in recycling and re-inventing. It's always nice to have a couple of must-haves though, and there are a couple on my list which I think might arrive with the Christmas toys. A really nice handmade cuckoo clock would be fun and look great! I love this one.
Best Advice: Try to use what you have! Think creatively and your child's room will look more individual and cost a fraction of the budget, freeing up cash to spend on some special handmade or stylish items. Include personal items that your child made or loves and a few fun things like homemade bunting and fairy lights to add a little magic.
Dream Source: Anything by Nathalie Lete. Her naive designs fill me with joy and memories.
Resources: Flea markets, yard sales, salvage yards. Ebay is great for fabrics and vintage toys. Blogs, Flickr and magazines for inspiration. Web shops.
Thanks so much for the tour, Tracy and Indigo!
Images: Tracy Nors
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