Dulux ‘How To’ Guide

Dulux ‘How To’ Guide

Dulux ‘How To’ Guide

Dulux Expert Tips

Marianne Shillingford, Dulux Creative Director,

shares with Rooomy her expert advice and easy

‘How To’ guide for two striking, fun, rooms for kids

 

 

Dulux Sports themed room, creative director expert tips as seen in rooomy magazine

Sport Room

There is a joyful energy to the colour orange, which is perfectly captured in this sporty theme. We chose Tangerine Twist because it has more zest than sweetness, which appeals to both boys and girls, and looks fabulous with a bit of contrasting blue in the accessories.

The running track painted wall effect is simple, clean, graphic and really easy to achieve. The trick to getting the look sharp and keeping the orange glowing is to paint the wall white before you start and mask off the white tracks with wide low tack masking tape. The big stencils are easy to find online and the white is applied through the stencil with a foam radiator roller.

All in all, this is a decorating event that’s easy to enter without any training – and you’re guaranteed to take first place on the podium!

Paint credit – Jasmine White & Tangerine Twist

Expert tips

Before you start, here’s a few things to look out for:

  1. Use good quality low tack 2” decorators masking tape.
  2. Use a spirit level to check horizontal line for positioning numbers.
  3. Make sure that the foam roller or sponge for stencilling doesn’t have too much paint on it when you apply paint through the stencil. Load it with paint and then roll or dab off the excess onto some old paper before you start.

You will need:

Jasmine White Easycare matt – enough to paint the whole room

2.5 litre Tangerine Twist Easycare matt paint

5 x rolls of 2” low tack decorators masking tape (Frog tape)

1 x roll of 1” normal masking tape

2 x Dulux 2” brushes

Coloured chalk (we recommend children’s coloured chalks, as they stain less)

Ball of white string

Drawing pins

Number stencils

1 x small Dulux roller kit

2 x large Dulux roller kits

Dust sheets

Small stepladder

 

How to:

Step 1: Paint the walls Jasmine White.

Step 2: Measure and mark the position of the track lines at the top of the wall using coloured chalk

Step 3: Run some coloured chalk over the string of a plumb line and then line up with the measurements and fix with masking tape.

Step 4: Allow the weight to stop moving then pull the string tight against the wall and ‘pluck’ it off the surface to create a chalked line.

Step 5: Follow the chalked lines with masking tape and rub the edges down well.

Step 6: Apply a coat of white background colour over the masking tape to seal the edges and allow to dry.

Step 7: Apply two coats of Tangerine Twist Easycare matt to your wall, allowing the first coat to fully dry before applying the second.

Step 8: When the second coat is touch-dry, remove the masking tape carefully.

Step 9: Snap a horizontal chalk line to help position the number stencils. Make sure they are evenly spaced and then hold in place with masking tape.

Step 10: Use a small foam radiator roller to apply white over them – they will need two coats, so leave stencil in place between coats.

Circus Room

Red and white combinations in a decorating scheme are like a visual sweet shop. Always associated with performance and fun, bold stripes of colour instantly conjure up the excitement of the big top!

We designed this simple but effective painted technique to transform a bedroom into a circus tent and it’s something you can easily do over a weekend.

The effect is achieved with stuff that’s easy to get hold of: string, coloured chalk, cardboard, masking tape and red paint. You could use a pair of stilts for painting the ceiling, but a stepladder works just as well!

The secret to success with this look is to avoid too much clutter in the furnishings, accessories and artwork – allow the imagination to fill the space.

Paint credits

  • Banana Split
  • White Cotton
  • Pepper Red
Circus theme bedroom by dulux as seen in rooomy magazine with expert tips from creative director

You will need:

White Cotton – enough to paint the room plus a 2.5 litre tin for the ceiling.

2 x 2.5 litre Pepper Red paint tins

6 x rolls of low tack decorator’s tape

2 x Dulux roller kits

2 x Dulux 2” brushes

Tape measure

Coloured chalk (we recommend children’s coloured chalks, as they stain less)

Ball of white string

Drawing pins

Dust sheets

4-5 Step ladder (preferably with a grab handle)

For your skirting we recommend Banana Split as the perfect accent for this room

 

How to:

Step 1: Create a blank canvas by painting the ceiling and walls in White Cotton.

Step 2: Now find the centre point of your ceiling and mark it with coloured chalk.

Step 3: Once you’ve done that, measure the length of all the walls and divide them into an even number that will give you approximately 50-60cm wide stripes (although this will depend on the size of your room).

Step 4: Measure and mark your 50-60cm wide stripes along the top of the wall using coloured chalk.

Step 5: Next, cut a piece of string that will easily stretch from your marked centre point in the ceiling to the edges and run it over a stick of coloured chalk a couple of times.

Step 6: Tie a knot at one end of the string and use a drawing pin to hold the end in place at the marked centre of the ceiling.

Step 7: Line it up with a mark on the edge, pull tight and then ‘snap’ a chalk line onto the ceiling. Do this for every measured mark (you will need to apply more chalk as you go).

Step 8: Tape along the outside of the red stripes and rub your finger over the tape to make sure it’s stuck down really well to avoid any paint leaking over its line.

Step 9: Apply a quick coat of White Cotton over the edge of the tape you are going to paint red and allow to dry.

Step 10: Fill in with red using a small roller and brush. Leave to dry, then give it a second coat.

Step 11: Remove tape and touch up any little mistakes with a small artists brush. Ta-dah!

There you have it, two great colourful ways to bring a jolt of energy and fun into your kid’s space and even better, expert advice on how to make it a reality rather than a Pinterest Pipedream.  If you have any decorating dilemmas you can email us, the Rooomy team are always here to help, you can reach us at hello@rooomy.co.uk

Happy decorating, have fun 🙂

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Throughout this year I have shared several wonderful pieces of art that would look great in a kid’s room or around the family home.  I think Art is a wonderful accessory that must not be overlooked in children’s bedrooms.  When our children are young, we can choose pieces that reflect the mood we want to create in the room are we looking for calm and nurturing, something more bold and fearless or adventurous maybe, we’re in change.  But as children grow older art is the perfect way to help them have a sense of great autonomy in their own space when you give them a chance to look at several pieces of art and ask them to choose what they like best.  It’s a fun task to do together and you might even learn something about your child’s taste and interests that you didn’t know before. 

With all of this in the back of my mind I was thrilled to hear from Emma at Margaret as this Christmas, they have launched a ‘kid’s art prints charity sale’ and it’s now online and ready for customers!  

 

The Cave by Rob Hodgson

The Cave – Rob Hodgson

Do you want a banana by Yasmeen Ismail

Do You Want A Banana? – Yasmeen Ismail

 

 The charity sale is in aid of free school meals and UK Food Bank Charities, FareShare UK and Magic Breakfast. 

Some of the UK’s most exciting artists, designers and children’s illustrators have come together to present a new collection of family-friendly, special edition art prints, which will be sold for charity in the run up to Christmas. All proceeds from the sale will be donated equally to FARESHARE UK and MAGIC BREAKFAST, two charities working against food poverty and supporting Free School Meals and food banks across the UK. Each artist has donated a design or artwork suitable for children’s bedrooms and family-friendly spaces, which will be available to buy exclusively from independent homewares boutique Homeplace.co.uk as a special edition print for £30.00 (+ p&p). 

  

Tiger Tiger by Ben Jarvis

Tiger Tiger

Ben Jarvis

Leopard Print by Max Made Me Do It

Leopard Kiss

Max Made Me Do It

Yellowstone by Owen Davey

Yellowstone

Owen Davey

Waldo by Laetita Rouget

Waldo

Laetita Rouget

Moo by Gayle Mansfield

Moo

Gayle Mansfield

Girl on Yellow y Margot McDaid

Girl on Yellow

Margot McDaid

Union by Leyla Reynolds

Union

Leyle Reynolds

Prayer Hands by Wild Suga

Prayer Hands

Wild Suga

The Farm by Louise Lockhart

The Farm

Louise Lockhart

Duggee Hug by Grant Orchard

Duggee Hug

Grant Orchard

Squirrel by Donna Wilson

Squirrel

Donna Wilson

With food poverty in the UK the highest it has ever been, proceeds from this sale will help support the ongoing and growing work of organisations helping children and families with this very basic need. The artists who have donated prints are Owen Davey, Rob Hodgson, Yasmeen Ismail, Ben Javens, Louise Lockhart, Gayle Mansfield Designs, Sarina Mantle / Wildsuga, Max Made Me Do It, Margo McDaid, Leyla Reynolds, Laetitia Rouget and Donna Wilson. We also have some original, hand-drawn Duggee drawings from Hey Duggee! creator Grant Orchard! 

£30 for one of these incredible prints makes a wonderful gift or a great way to add some personality to your space.  Why not show your kid’s the selection and see what they choose, they might surprise you.  But knowing that the proceeds of each print will be shared 50/50 between these two amazing charities makes a purchase a no brainer in my mind. 

Here’s more about the charities as it’s important to know where the money is going and how valuably it is being used. 

FareShare

FareShare UK – The UK’s longest running food redistribution charity. Born out of the belief that no good food should go to waste, especially when people are going hungry.   During this year you’ll have heard about the fight for free school meals for children and how Marcus Rushford campaigned and supported this need.  He is now an ambassador for FareShare and has supported them by helping to raise enough money to enable FareShare to provide enough food for over 4.2 million meals for children and families who might not otherwise eat during the Covid-19 crisis.  He has raised awareness of child hunger in the UK, driving the issue to the top of the news agenda.  He has successfully influenced government policy with his #MakeTheUTurn campaign, which saw the voucher scheme – a replacement for free school meals through the lockdown – extended over the summer, ensuring 1.3 million vulnerable children could continue to access food.  And launched and spearheaded the Child Food Poverty Taskforce, a group of more than 15 organisations that FareShare is a founding member of, which have come together to support the National Food Strategy and dedicate their platforms to sharing real stories of those affected by child food insecurity in the UK, supported by real-time statistics 

Magic Breakfast – Work in 480 Primary, Secondary and ASL/Special Educational Needs schools, plus Pupil Referral Units, to make sure that, in normal times, more than 48,000 children start their school day in the best possible way.  They’re commitment is that no child is too hungry to learn, by providing healthy breakfast food and expert support to help identify and reach those pupils at risk of hunger. A hungry child cannot concentrate so could miss out on half a day of lessons every school day if not given anything nutritious to eat first thing. 

“Magic Breakfast, for us, is our life-saver! Without their support we could not offer free breakfast to the many children within our school community who need it. With their help we are able to ensure most of our children start the school day on time and with a full tummy. Added to this, the Club gives the opportunity for children to talk to adults if they need to, and at times problems arising the night before at home can be unpicked and sorted out prior to the start of the school day. It is, without a doubt, one of the best things I have ever had for my school.” Anne Elford, Headteacher, Windsor Community School, Liverpool. 

Magic Breakfast

There you have it two incredible charities that are in need of our support, to enable them to support and feed vulnerable children and families in the UK.   

Girl on Yellow by Margot McDaid
The Farm by Louise Lockhart
Waldo by Laetita Rouget
Duggee Hug by Grant Orchard
Union by Leyla Reynolds
Yellowstone by Owen Davey
Leopard Kiss by Max Made Me Do It
Prayer Hands by Wild Suga
Tiger Tiger by Ben Jarvis
Moo by Gayle Mansfield
The Cave by Rob Hodgson
Squirrel by Donna Wilson

Congrats to Yellow Crayon Kids and hats off to Homeplace online and a massive THANK YOU to the 13 amazing artists involved: Owen Davey, Rob Hodgson, Yasmeen Ismail, Ben Javens, Louise Lockhart, Gayle Mansfield Designs, Sarina Mantle / Wildsuga, Max Made Me Do It, Margo McDaid, Grant Orchard, Leyla Reynolds, Laetitia Rouget and Donna Wilson. 

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A Bold Bold Christmas for your kid’s room

Interior Stylist, Fi Campos, shares her

festive styling advice for kid’s bedrooms

 

Christmas comes but once a year and this year our children need all the joy we can possibly bring them.  Enter interior stylist Fi Campos who shares how to bring all the fun, playfulness and colour into our children’s bedrooms, making 2020 the best one yet.

I’m an avid believer in bold and beautiful interior schemes for children, and to me, Christmas is just the perfect time of year to indulge in a little colourful creativity.

If you’re also a lover of all things merry and bright, read on for some small scale, easy-to-implement projects that can turn your little one’s space into a fabulously festive kingdom in minutes.

First up: For the ultimate in trend led Christmas tropical vibes, pick a palette of hot pink, mustard, teal and lime and have fun with texture and shapes. A strong navy wall creates a striking contrast to all the colour and makes it feel a little more grown up.

Blue Star Tiger wallpaper, nod to david bowie, perfect for kid's bedroom walls, as seen in rooomy magazine
Pink Star Tiger wallpaper, nod to david bowie, perfect for kid's bedroom walls, as seen in rooomy magazine

 

The aim of the game with this look is to create a riot of colourful juxtapositions, and it’s perfect if you fancy a bit of DIY styling too, with references to arts and craft at the helm. – Create an alternative wall-mounted Christmas tree using a cactus wire memo board like this one, check out ebay for one similar.  Add lights, baubles, and anything else you fancy for a quick and easy wall update!

 

For an alternative to bunting, create a string of pom poms like this garland by The Little Boys Room.

 

Pick up cute little felt decorations, or even make your own woollen trinkets, and add them to the string to create decor that’s bespoke to your family.

 

Peacock wallpaper by Little Greene as seen in rooomy magazine

 

For a tree option that’s straight out of the box, this cute Pom Pom tree by Chi Chi Moi  is a fabulous modern alternative and totally ties in with the fun Peruvian theme. 

For a finishing touch that’s certainly not just for Christmas, try this bohemian llama rug by The Little Boys Room: 

Hidden Jungle wallpaper by Art House Ltd as seen in rooomy magazine for kid's rooms
Hidden Jungle wallpaper by Art House Ltd as seen in rooomy magazine for kid's rooms

A striking way of injecting seasonality into their rooms is by creating original wall art.

For a more tonal Christmas idea, why not try making your own Scandi style tree scape wall mural?

Simply paint some lining paper in a variety of greens and blues, and then once it’s dry, cut out tree shapes et voila; a ready-made design ready to paste!

Spoonflower – Katherine Quinn Whale Song for kid's bedrooms as seen in rooomy magazine
Rebel Walls Mischievous Tigers for kid's bedrooms, playrooms and nursery, as seen in rooomy magazine

 

For a shop bought alternative, try a Christmas tree wall sticker like this one by Chameleon Wall Art. 

This is a great double whammy as it creates a fun filled Christmas art project for the little ones, as well as sprucing up any bare walls.

 

If the great outdoors is their thing, this super cute Fir Tree cushion by indie brand Petit Mushyup is the ideal solution for understated festive touches. Layer with teal and emerald cushions to really make it pop.

Rebel Walls Mischievous Tigers for kid's bedrooms, playrooms and nursery, as seen in rooomy magazine

 

It’s no secret that orange has been one of this year’s biggest interior colour trends, and it makes a great alternative to the more classic berry red for festive updates. If you’re the daring type, paint a whole wall with it, pair with soft grey furniture, and tone down with blush, cream and gold for added dreaminess.

 

Rebel Walls Mischievous Tigers for kid's bedrooms, playrooms and nursery, as seen in rooomy magazine

This gorgeous woodland themed brush cotton duvet set by The Linen Store is super soft and gives a subtle nod to Christmas, whilst being totally suitable for use all year round.

Spoonflower – Katherine Quinn Whale Song for kid's bedrooms as seen in rooomy magazine
Rebel Walls Mischievous Tigers for kid's bedrooms, playrooms and nursery, as seen in rooomy magazine

 

Another simple way of updating a room with some festive fun is by adding an advent calendar.

This forest scene by Berylune features cute woodland animals hidden behind each number, so it has the added bonus of becoming a pride of place feature piece for the top of a chest of drawers or bedside! 

 

Lighting is a quick and inexpensive way of instantly injecting some Christmas magic into a space.

Fairy lights are always a winner, or to create a fabulous focal point this wooden LED star light by All Things Brighton Beautiful would look great lighting up a room.

Rebel Walls Mischievous Tigers for kid's bedrooms, playrooms and nursery, as seen in rooomy magazine

Finally, a few words of practical advice for revamping their room for Christmas:

Have fun! If ever there was a time of year to pull out all the theatrical stops, this is it. So if that means creating a starry night sky mural on one wall, or covering the ceiling in fairy lights, embrace the magic of Christmas with confidence!

If going all out is just too much of a commitment, for subtle touches of seasonality, gold fairy lights and Nordic bunting work wonders.

For the colour shy among us, try sticking to a classic Christmas palette, for example red white and silver, and mix up the prints for a modern touch.

Whether you choose Nordic simplicity, fun tropical vibes, or Classic woodland schemes, there most certainly is a theme for all tastes out there.

 

Have fun creating the magic of Christmas!

 

Happy styling,

 

Fi x

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Unique Nursery | Reader Room

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Nursery Reader Room

Creative, Pretty, Unique, Nursery

by India Thompson

 

We’d been living in our house for around three years before the little one arrived. Beforehand, the nursery was a spare room which was never really used. It was more of a dumping ground and a place to hang our washing. After finding out we were having a baby, I was straight onto Pinterest looking for ideas on what we could do.  

I love how much sun the room gets and I wanted to keep the room nice and light. As the ceilings are low we decided to paint half the walls to help make the room look bigger. I had spotted the Eleanor Bowmer wallpaper before we knew we were having a girl, as soon as we found out it was ordered.

 

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

 

Many of my purchases are all from small businesses, with my favourite being our Totter and Tumble play mat. The original wooden flooring isn’t ideal for crawling babies, so the play mat is perfect. One of the great things about it is it is double sided.

Some of the other items are, the wooden rainbow from Autumns Corner, prints on the walls from Pretty in Print Art, The Charming Press and It’s Made by Leah.

As we already had the chest of drawers I needed a changing mat that would be able to sit on the top. We went for one from the small business Mabel & Fox which looks great against the wallpaper.

 

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

 

Before we brought the furniture we had and idea of where we wanted things to go. However, my measuring skills weren’t quite up to scratch and I incorrectly measured the space, whoops! In the end we were much happier with the layout as it has given us more floor space.

The chest of drawers were from my late godmother and I want to find nursery furniture that would match. I struggled to find nursery furniture that I wanted and we ended up buying the cot and wardrobe from Ikea – although they don’t match, I think they work with the chest of drawers.

 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

 

If we were to do the room again, I would like to have more space for books and toys and also some more plants in there. I think I would also utilise the space which is used as our airing cupboard, and instead, use this as a wardrobe, giving us more floor space.

 

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My 1st Room

Jo Riding Owner of Mini Maison shares the

lowdown on the latest nursery trends.

 

Decorating your baby’s nursery is one of the most special things you can do when you’re pregnant. Commonly referred to as nesting, the idea of creating a unique space for your precious baby allows for further bonding with your unborn child. Whether you’re decorating their very own nursery, redesigning what will be a shared bedroom or creating a special nook in the corner of your bedroom, this is something that you can really enjoy during your pregnancy. Plus, you need to make the most of being able to decorate your child’s bedroom in your own taste, before they get bigger and start demanding Paw Patrol!

Things have changed hugely in nursery interiors over the past few years – some trends come and go, while others remain massively popular, but just reimagined. We are long past the days of pink is for girls and blue is for boys with parents becoming more imaginative with their nursery colour… even the once popular and gender-neutral ‘grey’ being replaced with warmer tones of sand and beige.

 

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RAINBOWS REVISITED

Rainbows have had a revamp… no longer are they resigned to just being ‘brights’ (although the original is just as popular), pastel shades and muted tones have increased in popularity in recent years.

By using muted tones (think beige, peach and tan) you’re instantly creating a calm, warm and inviting space giving instant boho vibes to the room. Whether you choose to go for a bold rainbow mural or small touches such as wall stickers and other decorative items, a rainbow theme will last well into older childhood.

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NATURAL VIBES

You’ll notice that many of the trends that come up are very much interlinked and feed off one another. Bringing nature indoors is something we are seeing across all of the interiors world. From small, delicate botanical details to larger and bolder tropical prints we are seeing leaves and flowers on walls, bedding, changing mats and prints / stickers for the nursery wall. Pair all of that with some real or faux plants and you’ve got a fresh and vibrant space for your baby to develop. Of course, by natural we don’t just mean plants and flowers, even nursery furniture is upping its natural credentials, with cane cribs and rattan side tables becoming ever popular.

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DARK DÉCOR

Creating a dark and cosy space for your baby is an excellent idea if you want to create a restful and peaceful nursery and aren’t afraid of colour. If you think about it, it’s the perfect tone for a baby that’s just arrived Earthside. Keep the accessories simple and let the room envelope you and your baby in for those special moments.  We’ve seen dark blues or even black walls paired with stunning gold cots and gold stars above the crib for a contemporary look or with brass accessories, teak furniture and a Persian rug for a more mid-century feel finally you could pair your dark walls with oversize florals to add a feminine, softer touch to the space.

FIVE WALLS

A nursery is a brilliant space to try out some of the newer paint designs and decorating techniques we are seeing across social media. Colour blocking is the phrase ‘du jour’ and it basically just means using paint to create a pattern on your wall. What started off as trend for changing the colour of a room halfway across a wall, either vertically or horizontally has seen creative homeowners take things one step further with scalloped edges or semi circles behind the cot or even painting the ceiling (the fifth wall!). And the best thing about this trend is that it’s cheap to do and easy to change if you decide it’s not for you, because let’s be honest, having a baby is a pretty expensive time of your life (hello ‘travel system’ that cost more than my first car!). Another DIY trend that’s popular in nurseries is panelling, usually behind the cot, creating a bold feature to the room. Traditional squares of panels are most popular but we’re also seeing incredible designs using thinner strips of wood in more geometric patterns. Pair it with a large wooden or neon sign and you’ve got yourself a Pinterest sensation!

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ANIMAL ASSEMBLY

Of course, imagery of animals never went out of style for a nursery; cute animal pictures that will delight your baby have always been in fashion but we aren’t just talking about a simple elephant art print on the wall anymore – we’ve got woodland animals displayed in elaborate painted murals and safari animals hidden amongst oversize jungle leaves. Creating a themed animal nursery is hugely popular at the moment and with more on trend products available from a whole range of retailers, it’s a fantastic opportunity to really use your imagination and think about every single aspect of the design, curating your baby’s nursery. Animal heads on the wall are popular, with a range of different designs – fun soft, fluffy and realistic looking or handmade from felt for a more childish feel or even from origami for a contemporary nursery.

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

I hope you’ve found this trend round-up useful. Follow us on @minimaisonuk on Instagram for more trend-led nursery interiors, specialising in contemporary baby changing mats.  

You can have a look round Jo’s wonderful online store right here

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It’s Playtime

Play expert and mother of three Emma Worrollo has a runaway success with ‘The Playful Den’ and shares advice for bringing fun into the nursery.

 

Emma is a parenting a goddess. Big statement you might think but she is a Play Expert which means she is a parenting goddess simple! All kid’s need is safety, love and playfulness in their lives. If you tick the first two boxes but struggle with the third, then you need to follow her and check out her blog The Playful Den. She runs her own business with offices in London and New York, mother to two fun loving kids and one gorgeous baby boy Scout.

I could easily go way off topic with Emma and dive into building a business, parenting, home décor, moving near the beach, being a mermaid and more. But I will focus on why you are reading this; we want to hear about her nursery design and maybe some newborn parenting advise for good measure. 

RB – When you found out you were expecting Scout, how long was it before your thoughts turned to the nursery?

EW – About 10 seconds because I love a room project, haha. But in reality, it wasn’t until I was about 7 months along before making any proper plans or purchases (I think it took me that long for me to believe we were having a third baby!)

RB – Is the nursery you have now what you first imagined or did you make some changes along the way?

EW – It’s quite different, but then I expect that. I am an ideas person and usually tend to have too many ideas in my head. I need to go through a process of sifting through them until I find the one that’s really singing to me. At first I had this obsession with the colours of the Fruit Salad sweets from a pick “n” mix, I really thought those would be the final colours, but they’re now not in the scheme at all. The room did however end up being inspired by the aesthetic of candy shops, so that must have taken there. That’s what’s cool about following your curiosity; you end up in the right place eventually.

RB How does Scout’s nursery compare to Phoenix’s?

EW – We were in a rental when Phoenix was born so we didn’t really do anything other than buy furniture and put prints up as it was a temporary flat. 9 years later settled in our home and more experienced, when designing Scout’s room I was really thinking about the toddler stage more than the new born days. Ultimately the baby stage is quite brief, which means I was thinking more about the practical needs of caring for a baby but equally about the room being suitable for story time, carpet play, low down surfaces and toy access.

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RB – Did you find out the sex or did you keep it a surprise, I can’t remember?

We did but didn’t tell anyone. I wanted a surprise but the big kids couldn’t wait! I think it helped them get ready for their brother (especially Indy who wanted a sister! She had plenty of time to get over that not happening!)

RB – When you designed Scout’s nursery where did you begin? What led the design?

EW – I started with those Fruit Salad colours and just started pinning from there. I usually start practical and choose the furniture required for the space and then move onto the details of the aesthetic. This is because I can get really carried away with concepts and I need to make sure I’ve ticked the boxes for practicality and am in budget with the main pieces before moving on!

As I moved through my ideas I noticed I was leaning into lots of Miami imagery – we’d been there in the summer when I was in the early stages of pregnancy and I was really happy with a Miami inspired palette so ended up with the idea of ‘Miami Sweet Shop’ as the theme circulating in my head.

I found clear acrylic domes for toy storage and book ledges as these gave me a sweet shop feel. I’ve later realised the colours i’d chosen simlar to those in the Honey Dukes sweet store, if you’re Harry Potter fans like us you’ll get it.

So much of my inspiration comes from places we visit, it’s like a memory mood board forms when traveling. You don’t even realise it’s happening, but it’s all there in your subconscious and when designing it can pour out.

RB -Do you mood board or Pinterest, or do you start with the first piece of inspiration and take it from there?

EW – I usually have some spark first and organically follow my nose. I like to pin abstract pictures of colours being used first rather than loads of images of the room type, that can sometimes box me in or limit my ideas if I go straight to finished rooms.

RB – As this is your third nursery to create what have you learnt that would really help first time parents?

EW – Definitely to think slightly older than a baby. I think baby décor dates very quickly. A child’s personality really starts to spark quite early and I think it’s nice to have something with a bit of the bubbliness and boldness of a toddler ready for them to grow into. This means looking outside of typical nursery décor for inspiration that can be very muted, mostly animal based and if that’s not what you really want don’t be afraid to do something different, there are no rules really, yet with nurseries it can feel like ‘this is they way you have to do it’. I really don’t think that’s true, do what suits your family aesthetic and vibe.

You also don’t need to babyify all aspects of the room, for example a large nappy bin is cumbersome and ugly. We just have a neat small Barbarita bin. Nappies only smell If you leave them for ages and we use nappy bags and empty it every other day – it’s much less intrusive and gross than the actual nappy bins! I also haven’t bothered with a changing table this time, we have a nice sturdy wooden change mat over the top of cot and it works perfectly without having to have a temporary piece of furniture which we don’t really have room for. I also recommend drawer dividers, baby clothes can get so messy so quickly in drawers as they are so small and hard to fold neatly, I love an organised drawer!

Babies are highly alert to contrasts so a big bold print near the changing area can really capture their attention, even more so than a mobile I think. The wall paper on ceiling hasn’t once failed in calming Scout down, he’s mesmerised! Equally, babies and young children love mirrors, it’s nice to have one up you can show them their face when you’re comforting them in their room.

RB – Top three places to shop for home interiors?

EW – IKEA, La Redoute, Made

RB – What are your three must haves for a newborn?

EW – Sleepsuits with zips, comfortable baby carrier, sheepskin to sleep on

RB – What are your nursery essentials?

EW – Organised nappy drawer, soft large night light, contrast prints

RB – Any final thoughts on products for new parents to think about?

EW – My top gifting tip would be to ask for a Tonie box. Much better than a baby gadget you wont get much use out of. It will read stories to your baby and last them until they’re much older, fantastic product I love them.

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

RB – What are your top five tips for expectant mothers? Especially during lockdown?

1/Keep a check on your expectations, if you don’t overcook how idyllic you expect everything to be, you will always exceed your expectations rather than failing to meet them!

2/No one will tell you this, but humour is one of the most important gifts a mother can have. Watch comedy, find the funny in the craziness, giggle with your partner and take time to make sure you’re laughing at something. It really is the best medicine.

3/Showers and baths can be taken at any time, as can eating, its not a failure to do things out of routine, enjoy them and make them count whenever they come along and don’t worry too much about time for the first few weeks!

4/Be cautious with over consumption of news and turning to google every second. This will distract you from training up your intuition, which is the most important thing in a mother’s tool kit.

5/Do not rush your recovery. Consider yourself as someone with injuries who needs time and rest to heal. This will take weeks, do not try and speed it up, slowness is important, channel your inner sloth!

To find your playful side and to help harness your child’s, check out Emma’s blog and join her ‘parenting and thriving’ movement The Playful Den.

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