Did you know maximalist art works great in kids’ rooms?

Did you know maximalist art works great in kids’ rooms?

Did you know maximalist art works great in kids’ rooms?

An Interview with Carol Maxwell

Did you know maximalist art works great in kids’ rooms?

We did and we’ve picked Carol’s brain to prove it.

 

With colour being the theme of Issue 13, as soon as we saw Max Made Me’s wallpaper launch we knew we had to interview Carol about her new collection, he love of art and design and to get a good peak inside her thoughts on kids’ bedrooms.

Carol Maxwell started Max Made Me after designing art prints for her friends kids’ rooms.  Following 15 years of success designing for the fashion industry, Carol’s family began with the birth of her first child Max.  Carol was inspired by all his cute toys and gifts, so much so that she started to sketch them and soon realised she had the beginnings of her first greeting cards collection. 

This led to Carol designing her Letter Print range as the perfect gifts for her friend’s new-born’s, which now ​6​ years later continues to be her best-selling collection, proving that maximalist art works great in kids’ rooms.

With the opening of a new store, home to all her wonderful creations, from prints, cards and gift wrap to jumpers, t-shirts and baby-grows, Carol has recently launched her debut wallpaper collection ​with matching velvet cushions and aprons & tea towels in the same prints ​.  With one of her first designs adorning the walls of a 7 year old girl, it is the perfect opportunity to find out more about Carol’s passion for design, how important nature is in her work, about her love of beautiful interiors and how important she thinks kids’ rooms are to their mini dwellers.  

Everything you need to know about Carol Maxwell

RB – What was your journey in textile design?  

CM – I went to The National College Of Art And Design in Dublin, thinking I would study Fine Art Painting, but my foundation year tutors encouraged me to try printed textiles as a module, I soon realized that Fine Art was a bit too conceptual for me and design was probably more my cup of tea.

Having said that, in Dublin at the time, there weren’t really any print studios where you could get work experience, so it wasn’t until I graduated and came to London, to exhibit in the New Designers Graduate show in Islington, that I realised a career in design was a possibility.

RB – Six ​years ago when you started sketching Max’s toys, if someone told you you’d have a fab store and a wallpaper collection along with everything else, what would you have thought about?

CM – There is no way I would have believed this, I never ever set out to have my own business. In fact, in my 20’s I used to think, when working for print studios, that I would not like to have my own business, because I saw first-hand the pressure and stress that running your own business can cause. But here I am. It’s funny how things can turn out, and now that I find myself on this path, I believe it was how it was supposed to pan out.

Max Made Me Artwork for kids room as seen in Rooomy magazine
Max Made Me Sons Bedroom as seen in rooomy magazine

RB – What have the last few years been like, from designing cards and prints, to having your own store and seeing your first wallpaper collection being dispatched to very excited customers?

CM – ​The journey was very organic and slow at first as it was very much part time at the beginning, working around my job and motherhood. I think it’s only been in the last 2 or 3 years that things have suddenly really started to change and grow at a very fast pace. I still find it hard to take in that I now have a wonderful team to help me fulfil hundreds of orders to amazing customers each week.

RB – Was the wallpaper collection a plan for a long time or did it stem from customer demand?

CM – ​Before MMM a friend and I were going to start a wallpaper brand. We had started designing and had even begun to visit manufacturers here in the UK. However we both got pregnant 2 months apart (me with Max), so we put it on hold…. and well, we know what happened after Max came along!

So yes, I guess it’s always been on my radar to design wallpaper, and as MMM grew I knew it was something I wanted to do within the brand when the timing was right. We got a lot of messages and emails from customers asking/saying that we should do wallpaper, so customer demand also played a role.

“I think kids’ rooms are more important than people might realise.

I’m not sure people stop to think about the impact a child’s bedroom

and personal space might have on them.”

RB – Did you have an age range in mind when you were designing the wallpaper? 

CM – Not particularly, age is just a number in my opinion and I think a lot of the designs work well in a variety of rooms, from kids’ to grown up spaces alike. Having said that I do very much have some ideas in mind for my second wallpaper which will be aimed more at kids’ interiors. 

RB – How important do you think kids’ bedrooms are when it comes to design?

CM – I think they are more important than people might realise. I’m not sure people stop very often to think about the impact a child’s bedroom and personal space might have on them. I can remember my childhood bedrooms so clearly, and they evoke strong memories. For example, I remember studying the pattern of the floral wallpaper on my bedroom walls in great detail to distract myself, as I waited eagerly until we were allowed to get up on Christmas morning.

I was very much invested in how my room looked even as a child. I would spend hours rearranging the furniture, and would get such a buzz from my room refresh even at an early age. Now not every kid might care about their bedroom too much, but I think if it’s a colourful, inspiring space for them to feel secure and safe in, this is surely integral to a child’s happiness and wellbeing. 

 

Maximalist art for kids bedrooms as seen in rooomy magazine
Max Made Me Art Prints and Wallpaper as seen in Rooomy magazine
Maximalist art for boys rooms as seen in rooomy magazine

RB – How do you your plan your kid’s rooms?  Do you mood board or do you start with the first piece of inspiration and take it from there? ​

CM – It is usually designed around something that I have already, or something I have found. For example in Max’s room I still loved the F&B wallpaper I had in there from when it was our guest room.  I chose it knowing that one day it would probably become Max’s room, so I then built the rest of the colour scheme around that.

Max’s room has a more eclectic feel to it, and it has evolved as our house has changed over time, whereas Milo’s room was designed from scratch because it was a brand-new room, part of our loft renovation. So the design of his room was a bit more thought out and considered. I knew I wanted to paint a mural in it, so the rest of the room was designed around that. 

RB – Whose idea was it to put the new wallpaper in IJ’s room?

CM – ​I knew IJ’s mum wanted to redecorate so I showed her my wallpaper collection. She instantly fell in love with The Palm Blush. I knew it was so important that the chosen wallpaper should last as she grows from a 7 year old girl to a tween and a teenager. So I agreed that the Palm Blush wallpaper was the perfect choice to do just that. 

Max Made Me wallpaper for girls rooms as seen in rooomy magazine
Max Made Me Sons Bedroom as seen in rooomy magazine

RB – What are your three must haves for kids’ rooms?

CM – ​Something bright and colourful, good storage, and something inherited or vintage. 

RB – Where are your three favourite places to shop for kid’s interiors?

CM – ​For furniture Made.com and then vintage/antique stores to add something unique. And I love bedding from small brands such as The Bright Company, Little Jagger and Lulu & Nat.

RB – For your stunning nature inspired designs, where do you look most for inspiration?

CM – ​Living in our little pocket of South East London, we are lucky enough to have lots of green spaces but sometimes it’s not quite enough. I love to look at vintage design for inspiration too, for instance I love vintage tropical barkcloth prints from the 50s. 

RB – Apart from the wallpaper, what is your favourite thing about IJ’s room?

CM – ​I love the colours we chose from Pickelson Paint company to compliment the wallpaper. (Fresco Pink on the walls and Tequila Green on the ceiling) I also used this company to decorate my shop and studio. They have, in particular, the most beautiful selections of pinks to choose from.  

RB – If Max could have anything in his bedroom what do you think it would be?​

CM – This is easy, it’s something he talks about all the time and it is something I have been promising for ages. I said I would draw little Pokemon characters on the walls in secret places (e.g. hidden behind furniture and framed art) He would probably have loved to decorate the whole room with Pokemon posters and bedding and the like, so this was my idea of a compromise… I’d better get the pens out now and stick to my end of the bargain. I am actually planning a room refresh for him soon, so I will definitely get him on board to help choose some things, now that he’s 8 and has lots of opinions of his own! 

Maximalist art works great in kids' rooms?

 

 

There you have it, a full inside scoop on how the amazing Max Made Me brand was born, Carol’s personal thoughts on kid’s rooms and essential places to shop.  For more inspiration from Carol and her creative mind follow her here.  Just in case you wanted to know a few more intimate details about Carol, her top tipple is Vodka with lots of fresh lime and soda and she thinks the best boy band of all time is the Beatles!

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As research was taking place for Rooomy’s colourful Issue 13, this rainbow room appeared and I needed to know more about the lady who created it as I know I wish I could create a room this awesome for my kids’.  Let’s meet the mum behind the magic of this Number 1 Rainbow Room and find out how she bought it all together.

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RB – Where do you think your love of colour comes from?

EU – I don’t really know where my love of colour comes from but I’ve always loved the feeling of walking into a colourful home or wearing colourful clothes. I think it lifts your spirits and makes you smile. I also think it makes a home feel warm and welcoming.

RB – When you started designing your daughter’s room how did you begin? 

EU – I began by asking her if there was anything she would like in her room and started from there. Then I tried to consider the space and, with so many toys, I tried to use every inch of the room, including painting the wardrobe doors in chalk paint to use as a drawing board and hanging colourful storage bags to the wall. I also wanted to make it a fun space where she would love to be so I painted a scallop design and wallpapered with Eleanor Bowmer wallpaper.

RB – How old is Daisy?  Was she involved in the room planning at all?

EU – Daisy is 7 years old and she requested rainbows and a desk when designing her room. Those were the only requirements she had, so luckily I was left to my own devices which suits me just fine! I couldn’t find a colourful desk so I found one that I liked on La Redoute and painted it myself instead.

Girls Rainbow Room as seen in Rooomy magazine
Balckboard Wardrobes in rainbow bedroom as seen in rooomy magazine

RB – How do you go about planning a room?  Do you mood board, use Pinterest or centre plans around a central piece?

EU – When planning a room I firstly try to make use of every inch of the room and consider the furniture that we already have and the budget that I have. I like to use a mood board app called pic collage which is great when putting ideas together. When planning a child’s room my number one tip is storage storage storage!

RB – Top three places to shop for kid’s interiors?

EU – Top three places for kids’ interiors: Scandiborn, La Redoute, IKEA 

RB– What are your three must haves in a kids’ room

EU – Storage is essential in a kids’ room so I try make sure everything can be hidden away at the end of the day. I also try to use all the space possible so I’ve added storage to the walls with the IKEA memo board, clever storage stuffel bags and book shelves on the wall. I also have labelled boxes that slide under the bed to keep everything hidden and organised.

RB – What is your favourite thing in Daisy’s room and why?

EU – Favourite thing in Daisy’s room is definitely her new Samsung frame TV which is cleverly hidden as a picture frame on the wall. So, looking at the room you wouldn’t know there was a TV in there but it’s very useful for Daisy to watch her online schooling on at the moment. It’s great and I’m very jealous of it!

RB – What books would you and Daisy recommend to our readers and their smalls right now?

EU – I would recommend the David Walliams books. Daisy loves them all and reads every night

RB – Do you get Daisy involved in the tidying of her room at all?  If so, how do you go about it?  Mummas are always looking for tips here.

EU – Does Daisy get involved in tidying her room? Nope! As much as I try and attempt to make tidying fun neither of my children tidies. I think it’s my own fault for always tidying for them though.  (RB – Same as in my house then 😉 )

RB – Do you know what she loves most about her room and why?

EU – She loves the canopy above her bed, her little desk which I painted for her and the TV is a definite winner too.

Girls Bedroom, colourful rainbows, as seen in rooomy magazine
Kids' Desk Space as seen in rooomy magazine
Reading Corner of girls room as seen in rooomy magazine
Colourful girls bedroom as seen in rooomy magazine

RB – Top storage solutions?

EU – We have the colourful plastic pull out drawers from IKEA. Plastic under bed boxes which I have labelled with chalk paper and wrote on each one to keep things organised. We love the stuffel bags which hang on the wall and she has a large stuffel bag for her lego which opens out to a play mat too. I also recommend the memo board calls from IKEA it’s handy for all her stationery. 

RB – If Daisy could have anything in her room what do you think it would be?

EU – I’ve just asked her this question and she says a slide! Trust her!

RB – If you could add anything to a kid’s room, money is no question, what would it be?

EU – I would like to change the floor in her room to a bright colourful Karndean option to make it easier to clean rather than a cream carpet but I think that will have to wait.

Girls Colourful Bedroom as seen in Rooomy magazine
Number 1 Rainbow Room as seen in Rooomy magazine

 

 

There you have it Elisha’s full low down on how this room came together, it is brilliant isn’t it?  For more inspiration from Eli follow her here Instagram, Eli At Home, her whole house is wonderful and worth checking out, her bedroom is stunning and she has just started a new career as an interior designer, I think you’ll agree this is an excellent career decision for Eli!  Just in case you wanted to know a few more intimate details about Elisha, her favourite colour is Teal, her top tipple is Malibu, the last book she read was The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware and top of her travelling bucket list is LA!

 

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Justine Hodgson-Barker of Barker Design Rooomy Magazine contributor

RB – What do you enjoy most about designing kid’s rooms?

BD – The fun and creative process of it all. But mostly seeing their little faces when you’ve given them a space of their very own, a sanctuary for them to escape that totally different from the rest of the house. 

RB – What is your number 1 must when it comes to kid’s rooms?

BD – Other than storage? Zones for work, rest and play!  Something that’s been even more essential during lockdown.

RB – Our readers are always stressing over storage in their kid’s rooms.  What are your top tips?

BD – Give them a room to grow into. Give them a dedicated space for their collections for instance, as this will change. Then, in terms of where to splurge and save, splurge on lighting, hard-wearing flooring and furniture but save on the accessories as these are usually trend led or age specific.    

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RB – What do you enjoy most about designing kid’s rooms?

BD – The fun and creative process of it all. But mostly seeing their little faces when you’ve given them a space of their very own, a sanctuary for them to escape that totally different from the rest of the house. 

RB – What is your number 1 must when it comes to kid’s rooms?

BD – Other than storage? Zone for work, rest and play! Something that’s been even more essential during lockdown.

RB – Our readers are always stressing over storage in their kid’s rooms.  What are your top tips?

BD – Give them a room to grow into. Give them a dedicated space for their collections for instance, as this will change. Then, in terms of where to splurge and save, splurge on lighting, hard-wearing flooring and furniture but save on the accessories as these are usually trend led or age specific.    

Moodboard by Barker Design

RB – Do you interview your small clients?  How do you involve them in the process? Any key questions you ask them?

BD – Yes absolutely. I mainly keep it visual based as it’s more fun – so I get them to do their own Pinterest page. Then the kind of questions I do ask are all about them and their hobbies.

RB – Do you think there are some discernible differences when approaching the design of a kid’s room compared to the rest of the house?

BD – Yes definitely. Don’t treat the kids rooms with the same design direction as the rest of the house. Whist there should be some cohesiveness –  these rooms should be just as individual as the grown up room. So dial up the fun!

RB – Do you have any rules when it comes to design?

BD – Subject to lockdown, always meeting the client and seeing the property in person. I know there’s a lot of e-design around and I think there’s a big market for that. But we spend so much time in our homes nothing beats the empathy you gain from truly understanding your client and studying the bones of the property, it’s period and it’s location. Makes for a much more fitting and unique design. After all, our homes are an extension and expression of ourselves!

RB – What have been some of your favourite projects.

BD – The huge Decimus Burton Villa that landed me in Living etc (personal career goal!). But mainly the free reign I had with working with that client as she such a real risk taker! And my current project (where we’re just starting phase two of their project) when they declared “just go for it, you know us better than we know ourselves!”. That’s when you know you’re doing your job right.

Moodboard by Barker Design for Wilf
Wilf's Room by Barker Design

RB – What has been your biggest challenge when designing a kid’s room/nursery?  Apart from storage, that doesn’t count as it is everyone’s biggest bug-bear.

BD – Probably ensuring that you provide a design that keep them happy now and in the future. A room they can grow into. But also if the child has any special needs directly related to their well-being, such as sensory disorders that effect their co-ordination and movement. A lot of research and problem solving goes on behind the scenes on these type of designs.

RB – Who or what are some of your design inspirations when thinking about kid’s rooms?

BD – I do look at blogs and Pinterest but I especially love looking at commercial design as those spaces are  generally more aspirational, innovative and creative. So you can take elements of this combined with practical needs. Great examples come from my design hero’s such as Ilse Crawford and radical architects like Zaha Hadid and Thomas Heatherwick.

RB – What do you think makes you stand out among other designers?

BD – It has to be more than just providing client led designs. You have to dig deeper than that. Our interiors are directly linked to our well-being, so you have to understand what makes your client tick and then design around their unique set of aesthetic and practical needs. Throw in a little black book that includes the ‘little known’ coolest of suppliers, both vintage, new & emerging artisans near and far. Along with a keen eye on leading edge interiors around the world to keep ideas fresh and hopefully the recipe of all the above makes you stand out from the crowd!  

 

RB – Where are you continuously drawn to in the UK because of the beautiful interior?

BD – I love Beaverbrook hotel for it’s cool take on period Luxury! Also Ace Hotels and Soho House hotels.

RB – What exciting new projects do you have on the horizon?

BD – Couple of big family homes and second phases of existing client homes. Especially one where I get to design a girl’s bedroom/dressing room and later on in the year design their annex where they’re happy for me to get really creative! Thinking of bringing in my experience with commercial interiors mixed with lots of new and exciting organic and sustainable products on the market. And really bringing the outside in to the max!  

RB – Can you describe your interior design signature or style and what is unique about it?

BD – I’d like to think I don’t have one per se. But I often hear from new clients that they like the way I mix up different eras which creates that uncontrived look. I think the biggest compliment I could get from a client on completion of a project, is that their family and friends think ‘it’s so them’ rather than ‘which Interior Designer did you hire!’

Graffiti Wallpaper, room by Barker Design
Wilf's Room by Barker Design

RB – What is your dream project?

BD – Previously, I would have said something like a boutique hotel. But I think now it would have to be the good ‘ol family home. I think the relationship we have with our homes has changed forever. It has to provide so much more than before – and as a designer looking at how a space can be re-structured, zoned, screened off or creating that essential 5th room in the garden for you to escape and work has become really interesting.

RB – What mistakes are your clients regularly making with their interiors?

BD – Under-utilising space. Even a room can be zoned in clever ways to get much more usage out of it. Also, impulse buying which can lead to costly mistakes when you don’t have a style direction to follow. Then, understanding lighting as a major game changer.

RB – How do you stay up to date on kid’s trends? Do trends come in to play as much with kid’s as they might with adults and the rest of the house?

BD – Obviously, Pinterest, Instagram are a good resource. But you usually find that kids can be influenced by what their friends have or my girls have been influenced by Tik-tok trend videos. The key is to understand their needs for work, rest and play then introduce them to a scheme that really resonates them with them, then, I find trends don’t matter so much. They definitely know what they like and don’t like, I’ve find them some of my most decisive clients!

 

JUSTINE HODGSON-BARKER

Over the last twelve years Justine has worked on a range of homes and businesses implementing her own signature style of laid-back interiors. Mixing up pieces from different eras and creating that uncontrived effortless look has become key to all her designs. Achieving that ‘thrown together’ look comes from years of savvy sourcing and constantly being on the hunt for new materials and local artisans who are willing to create bespoke pieces that won’t break the bank. Believing that the place in which you live or work should inspire, harmonise and ultimately make you happier, she strives to push the boundaries in every design and create spaces that are every bit as individual as her clients.

Justine worked in Project Management for fifteen years before gaining an Interior Design qualification from ‘Chelsea College of Art & Design’. Her business background has been instrumental in successfully completing many projects on time and within realistic budgets!

Her recent work has been featured in Living Etc and 25 Beautiful Home. Please browse Press section here.

Based in Tunbridge Wells, Barkerdesign covers the Kent area. Please browse the portfolio of work for home and commercial.

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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.

Colourful spaces….

Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery

Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery

Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery

Teddy’s Nursery And More

Rooomy talks to Eleanor Bowmer about nursery planning

and becoming a creative legend

 

Eleanor Bowmer is a Textile Design and Illustrator based in Manchester. Mum to Norie and baby Teddy and of course Frank her French Bulldog. Eleanor went freelance 5 years ago and her rainbow and tiger adorning empire has grown from there, with recent product launches in John Lewis and Partners! With the arrival of baby Teddy and the Nursery Edition coming up I had to take this great opportunity to pick Eleanor’s brain about the Nursery and how she pulled it all together. 

“My dreams and goals are getting bigger all the time. I’ve always been a very ambitious person,

sometimes it doesn’t pay off but when it does the feeling is amazing!”

RB – When/How did you get into art and design?

EB – I studied art and design at college followed by a foundation course in Art and a degree in Textile Design. My dad was an artist in his 20’s and taught Art at degree level so it’s in the family.

RB – When you began designing is this where you imagined yourself?

EB – That’s a hard question to answer actually. I dreamt of it, but I didn’t ever think it would happen. I didn’t know how to make it happen. My dreams and goals are getting bigger all the time. I’ve always been a very ambitious person, sometimes it doesn’t pay off but when it does the feeling is amazing!

RB – What have the last few years has been like going from designing cards and prints with Frank on your lap, to having your own studio and seeing your first mug collection being displayed on the shelves of John Lewis and Partner?

EB – The last year in particular has been a whirlwind mixture of excitement and being terrified. Until I saw them on the shelves in JL myself I wouldn’t believe it. It’s been a big year of decision making and risk taking, so far it seems to have paid off. It really has been incredible.

RB – Last year you launched your first wallpaper collection for kids. Had this always been a plan of yours or did this come from customer demand?

EB – No, nobody was asking me for wallpaper. I wanted some cool wallpaper for my daughter’s room so I thought I’d design some.  Thankfully it’s been a big hit! I’m a trained wallpaper designer which is where I started, it hasn’t come from nowhere!

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

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

EB – My own head! I had my wallpaper in mind and then went with colours I love. I like an eclectic mix but thoughtfully put together. It isn’t quite there yet but almost!

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

EB – I always have a bank of images and artists I love as inspiration.

RB – You have a second kids wallpaper collection out now, was this always the plan or did it simply happen because you needed a design for Teddy’s room?

EB – A bit of both!

RB – As Teddy’s was your second nursery to create, did you learn anything from the first one that you did differently?

EB – Well they’re both different gender which is great so I really got the chance to explore different colours with both. I was really happy with Norie’s room, so I just went with gut this time too!

RB – What are your three must haves for a New-born?

EB – Patience, routine and faith that it will pass, or do you mean products? haha. Top 3 products would be a Ewan the dream sheep, a cosy blanket and plenty of muslins.

“Go with what you love and it will all come together perfectly.

If in doubt, don’t be too fussy with prints – keep it simple and bold” 

RB – What advice would you give first time parents when it comes to sorting out their nursery?

EB – Start with a colour palette and build on it. Go with what you love and it will all come together perfectly. If in doubt, don’t be too fussy with prints – keep it simple and bold.

RB – For your stunning nature and animal inspired designs – who or what inspires you most?

EB – I love botanical art, which I know is quite a stark contrast to my designs, but I honestly love the detail and am so in awe of the realism!

RB – Apart from your wallpaper, what is your favourite thing about Ted’s room?

EB – His cot! It was Norie’s and was from Cottage Toys. Expensive but worth it!

RB – If money was no object what would you buy for your nursery?

EB – A machine/robot of some sort to do the night feeds!

RB – Yes, good idea!

 

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

To check out Eleanor’s wonderful products, take a look at her site here, currently only open on the weekends. Her wonderful mugs can be found here at John Lewis & Partners and if you want to check out her hilarious daily updates why not follow her on Instagram, she makes me smile every day.

Wallpaper Inspiration Station….

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Sustainable Wallpapers for kids bedrooms

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Australian Kids’ Interiors

Australian Kids’ Interiors

Australian Kids’ Interiors

The Aussies have it…

 

Nicole Rosenburg from Little Liberty tells Rooomy all about

her passion for kids’ interiors.

 

Rachel – Why Design?  How did you discover interior design?

Nicole – I love being creative and imagining up ideas that haven’t been seen before. Design has no boundaries and that’s why I fell in love with it. With kids design you can really let your imagination run wild and work with colours in a different way you would in adult spaces.

Rachel – In design what are your top three loves?

Nicole – Colour, Personality and Fun, Originality

Rachel -When you interview your small clients what are the key questions you ask them?

Nicole – What are your hobbies, passions, favourite colours, ways you use the room, are you doing homework yet, how often you have sleep overs (if we need to include bunks/trundles)?

 Rachel – Do you have any rules?

Nicole – Don’t use too many colours in the room which over complicate the space – stick to 3 colours which will give your room a more cohesive calm feel.  We often like to add in a neutral colour to the room as well either white or grey.

Rachel – What have been some of your favourite projects?

Nicole – A nursery we did recently where we used a very dark edgy wallpaper and built a house structure over the cot. Also loved working on a twins’ nursery where the wallpaper was neutral but incorporated these great mid blue house bedheads for the cot which the twins can use later in life as bedheads!

Rachel – What has been your biggest challenge when designing a kid’s room/nursery?  Apart from storage, that doesn’t count as it is everyone’s bug-bear ;o)

Nicole – Sometimes when we work in a small space it’s hard to incorporate different zones into the space such as a sleep zone, chill out zone, study/creative zone. Also, sometimes tricky when people have unrealistic budgets!

“I enjoy there being far less rules and boundaries with kids’ rooms. 
Adults are more likely to try different things on kids’ spaces as well”

Rachel – How has Australia taken the lead on kid’s interiors?  What do you foresee being popular this year (2018)?

Nicole – Australia has definitely found its place in the kid’s Interiors market.  The original soft furnishings, bedding and kid’s décor in general is so fantastic in Australia – there is a real booming trade now and I don’t think it’s going away – lucky for us.  We have a trade fair here called Kids In Style which showcases some of the best kids interiors on offer – it’s a great way to source some amazing product and we always enjoy going to it! I think wallpaper is still going to be popular in 2018 with new local companies popping up all the time! – I think we really need this in the UK.  We’re covered on the babies shows but there’s a definite gap for Kid’s Interiors – Come on then Rooomy, get on to it – Yes, LOL!

Rachel – What is your dream project?

Nicole – A room with no budget! Then I could let my imagination run wild!

Rachel – What mistakes are your clients regularly making with their interiors?

Nicole – Adding in too many items which makes the space looks messy, cluttered and frantic. Also filling each wall with something is a real no no – space on a wall can be ok! Also, not thinking enough about space and buying furniture without really measuring out the items before they buy. – Yes, I learnt the hard way that for bed for example you need to measure on the floor not wall to wall due to the skirting board!

Rachel – Do trends come in to play as much with kid’s as they might with adults and the rest of the house?

Nicole – Yes, kid’s rooms definitely have trends and colour trends! We often see popular wallpapers (such as the Mrs Mighetto wallpaper) being used over and over again in spaces.

Little Liberty Interiors is a Melbourne based interior decorators, run by Nicole who knows all too well that children’s bedrooms are fast becoming a creative extension of the family home.  Nicole is most passionate about producing calm and happy yet fun spaces that are a reflection of the child’s individuality and desires.  See more of her work here www.libertyinteriors.com.au

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