lovely bedroom/nursery. Now Layla's moved into her own digs, and we couldn't wait to get a peek inside.
The Happy Home, had a clear vision for what she wanted, as evidenced in the mood board, pictured above, that she created before rolling up her sleeves. This planning step paid off, as did the inspiring DIY projects Belinda and her husband Steve undertook to make Layla's room perfect.
here), painted them on in pinks and yellows, and used those colours together for the rest of the room. I had the birdhouse so it was the perfect finishing touch. Favorite Element: The bird stencils. I love the way they float across the wall and I love her reaction to them. I had planned to do more, but never got around to it. Now I like them just as they are and think more would have been too much. Biggest Challenge: It’s really quite a tiny space (we divided up a converted garage into two bedrooms for the kids) so the fact one wall has a window that takes up all the space and there is just a teeny tiny half wall near the door meant we could really only put the cot in one place. But it’s fine – she has plenty of room to play and make a mess, and that same spot will fit a full-sized single bed when the time comes, so we’ll just have to stick to small but stylish all the way along! What Friends Say: Oh they rave! Say I’m so clever! That the room is fabulous! Brilliant! Kidding. They love it, though, and often ask for tips for their own rooms, which I secretly love! And they do ask if I was mad covering the dresser knobs with fabric. And I think I must have been – they’ve been ripped off several times, but do look pretty! Proudest DIY: I think the chalk silhouette of my pregnant body. I did it out of the blue one day while pregnant with Layla. Just painted over an old canvas and drew my shape. (I fully admit to abusing my right to creative license!) But I smile whenever I see it – it’s a nice reminder of a nice pregnancy. Biggest Indulgence: Nothing really – the cot and wardrobe were hand-me-downs, the dresser was cheap and has been revamped several times in its short life. I guess the Moroccan leather pouf might be considered an indulgence – it was $AUS150 but is probably one of the most used items in the house so worth every penny. Best Advice: Decorate to reflect the interests and personalities of your child – it doesn’t take long for babies to develop a love of something or interest so if it doesn’t go away, use it. Just don’t overdo it. Subtle is best. And keep toys and baby "stuff" to a minimum in their room – rotate frivolous toys every few weeks to keep them “new” and the room uncluttered. But always leave a pile of books, something creative like a box of dress-up clothes or blocks and their absolute fave toys in arms reach at all times. I love it when the house is a mess with train tracks running through it, pencils in all corners and tiny cars lined up on the floor from a crazy, noisy play morning and suddenly it’s quiet because they’re both in one of their rooms sitting next to each other in tutus and fireman hats and Zak is reading Layla her favourite book. And of course: please keep licensed products limited to underpants and books! Dream Source: Ohdeedoh and Kenziepoo for any nursery inspiration; A Field Journal for fabric-covered knobs on dresser; Pickles for paper bunting. Resources: Cot and wardrobe: hand-me-downs. Dresser: Fantastic Furniture Moroccan Leather Pouf: Leather World Shop on eBay (They don’t always have them, but great source when they do.) Curtains and lamp: Freedom Linen: Q Collection Junior Prints: Belle and Boo prints via Mummy’s Favourite and Studio Mela on Etsy Bird stencils made by me but inspired by the bird templates in Lena Corwin’s Printing By Hand book. Feathered headpiece: BIG by Fiona Scanlan at Baby’s Got Style Child’s rocking chair: Blossom Bubbas Oobee toy (on dresser) by onegirl design works Zebra-print storage boxes: Kmart
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