5 minutes with Children's Interior Design Queen Nicole Rosenberg...

 

Melbourne based interior decorator, Nicole Rosenberg, is a creative force in the Interior Design Industry who works closely with her clients to create unique ideas and styles that evoke emotion.

Founded in 2006, Little Liberty is a company that stretches style parameters for parents who want something new, fresh and yet warmly familiar for their children's bedrooms and nurseries. Each of her designs break free from homogeny to create a spontaneous and adventurous masterpiece that are contemporary with splashes of edginess. She encourages colourful foundations and likes to 'build up' with dramatic powerful colours, patterns or textures. 'I've always thought colour and design was an extension of one's personality and I encourage those clients that lack 'colour- confidence' to experiment with striking bold shades,' she says.

We were super lucky to chat with Nicole about Children’s bedroom trends for 2019, who inspires her design style and her top tips for how to create a stunning nursery of your own…

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How did Little Liberty come about?

It was a really organic process for me - I had always been really passionate about art at school and was really creative. When I had my first child I started a business creating hand painted babushka/matryoshka dolls and decorated their bellies with Liberty of London fabrics - which is where the name Little 'Liberty' originally came from. I used to sell them all around the world and had a shop on Etsy! I also used to throw elaborately decorated parties for my kids which I would start preparing months in advance for to create the perfect party set up - it was safe to say I needed a creative outlet!  I had just had my second baby and was looking for something to occupy my time and fuel my passion other than just being a stay at home Mum. I started obsessively decorating the nursery and then friends ask me to decorate their children rooms as well! I then started a blog about what I was doing (back then no instagram or facebook!) and this started off my little interior decorating business. I gained a large following pretty quickly and the rest is interior decor history!

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little liberty

Boys rooms, girls rooms or nurseries , what is your favourite room to design?

For some reason I really love decorating boys rooms and nurseries - I feel like I can really let my wild side run free when decorating boys spaces and I love using bolder colors! I recently designed a boys nursery where I used dark wallpaper with metallic dots through the entire room and it was really fun to create this unique take on a baby room which I had some amazing feedback on through my socials

What can we expect to see in kids bedroom decor in 2019

I'm hoping that people are going to be more experimental with their kids rooms and steer away from the generic grey and pastel pinks. Kids rooms are the one area of the house that you can unleash your fun interior decorating side and not be as serious as the rest of the house. People need to stop looking at what's on social media and create something specific and unique to their own style and childs personality. I think that people are going to start using color differently this year and look at bolder brighter colors to create something special and memorable.

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little liberty


How would you describe Little Liberties Style?

I love all things 'colourful'l and my house is filled with bold bright and fun art with pops of color in my occasional furniture. I adore older houses with character and high ceilings and could never see myself living in a modern home. I don't really follow trends and my house is an eclectic mix of everything I love .... so there is lots of pink! I'm obsessed with art and don't have enough walls for my ever growing collection - my favourite is this Jai Vasicek skull one which has all my favourite colors mixed into one!

You have styled some amazing celebrity clients homes, if you could style anyone's who would it be?

I would LOVE to style Megan Markles baby nursery!!! Even though most of my work is quite modern and edgy I really enjoy decorating more traditional spaces such as Nadia Bartel's new nursery for her son Henley.  I love the royals so much and I'm keeping my phone line free as I know I'm going to get the call any minute now ....

Little Liberty
Little Liberty

Top 3 tips for creating a cohesive nursery design

1. Paint colour - where to start!
Don't get deterred once you see the Dulux wall color chart! Try to stick to neutral tones (white, grey and beige) and then add in some softer palettes in soft furnishings, art, curtains for added color interest. Feature walls are OUT so if you are painting the walls do every wall and leave the wood features (doors, window frames, mouldings) in crisp white. Also when choosing your wall paint color, look for something classic that doesn't feel too baby specific. Try to use a water based paint with no nasty chemicals and alway remember on the day you paint to wait two or three days for any lingering fumes to dissipate before you, your baby, or any baby essentials spend time in there.

2. Invest in quality pieces that you can use again
Remember you get what you pay for! If it's your first nursery it's a good idea to invest in a good quality classic white cot that can then be passed on to future babies. With regards to the feeding chair it doesn't alway have to be a classic feeding rocking chair that you will want to get rid of in a couple of years - instead, choose a classic occasional chair that you can still use in a family or lounge room after the baby is no longer breast feeding.

3. Storage is the key
Marie Kondo definitely has some good points! When you see clutter everywhere you feel cluttered and chaotic inside. The key to a calm clutter free nursery is storage. If you don't have adequate storage in the room and the babies toys are constantly all over the floor it's really going to ruin the vibe in the room. We have so many great choices for gorgeous storage solutions in Australia from IKEA to designer Scandinavian ones so there is really no excuse for packing away all of the clutter!

Who is your style icon or inspiration

Kelly Whearstler - the coolest interior decorated in the world! Her style is so effortlessly cool and she has the most amazing life travelling all over the world collecting amazing pieces from auction houses which she often sells at her flagship store in L.A. All the furniture pieces in her store and so unique and really reflect her style and amazing design flare.

Nicole Rosenberg for Home Beautiful Magazine | Photographer Eve Wilson

Nicole Rosenberg for Home Beautiful Magazine | Photographer Eve Wilson

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The newest collection from Incy Interiors... kids style to steal!

 
Mod Collection Incy Interiors

Incy interiors have always been on the forefront of super glam and super versatile children's furniture. Their latest collection 'MOD' has just landed, and I just know you are going to love it. It has Incy's signature style, pops of rose gold and a stunning colour palette of course!

Featuring an amazing New York Style Bunk Bed that your kids will go crazy for, a change table/chest of drawers, a bedside table and a gorgeous desk that all come in either White, Pink & Rose Gold or Navy.

Each piece in the range is modern in shape and ideology but still reflective of vintage aspects with futuristic appeal.

Time to revamp your little one's bedroom? SHOP the range here!

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Maximize the space in any youth bedroom with Incy Interior’s New York Loft Style Bed. Inspired by the bunkbeds of yore, the design provides functional sleeping zones, additional height and a grand sense of openness. Framed by a sturdy ladder, the three rails are easy steps to extreme style.

The Estelle bunk has many configuration options. It can be used as a tradititional bunk with the lower bed either directly underneath or in a L-shape. Both the loft and lower bed can be used stand alone.

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Complete your look with our Estelle desk which features one pullout drawer. Each piece is modern in shape and ideology but still reflective of vintage aspects with futuristic appeal. It can be used to decorate a children’s room or adult’s study.

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Clover Change Table has a slender silhouette and restrained simple lines that transports elements of Art Deco to the future of furniture design. The design of the table has been well thought out; round corners contrast against distinctive tapered legs to create soft, contemporary profiles.

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Complete your look with our Estelle side table which features two pullout drawers. Each piece is modern in shape and ideology but still reflective of vintage aspects with futuristic appeal. It can be used to decorate a children’s room or adult’s study.

 

Need a Christmas idea for your little one? Zoo Modern Animal Friends!

 
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With Christmas just around the corner and many gifts to buy – I had to share these absolutely gorgeous children’s toys with you... and can we talk about how cute my niece Fern is being a baby model for me?!

Lars Owl, Abe Fox, Evan Rabbit & Leo Bear are the furry friends created by ZooModern. Theses ‘animal friends’ are handcrafted in New York, made from sustainable timber that is soft to the touch, painted with child-safe paint from Germany and super soft all natural wool from Ireland.

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Zoo Modern Toys

The ZooModern collection has a bespoken quality about it which encourages children to build their own ‘animal friend’ using the interchangeable capes. Their products combine age old craftsmanship with contemporary style, modern design and a sense of humour. ZooModern believe in appreciating the beauty in wood, the principle of simplicity in design and the act of fun in life!

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ZOO MODERN KIDS TOYS

The creator of ZooModern is Glen Hay who grew up in Ohio and attended the Kubert School of Cartooning and then worked for the Jim Henderson Design Company. He then moved forward to work with the Sesame Street crew handling their overseas cast of characters and learning the culture of the European markets. For the last 12 years he has worked in the toy industry creating classic toys mainly made from wood.

And now he has created his own line of toys ZooModern, founded as an umbrella for his diverse interests, ranging from puppetry to sculpting to illustration and contemporary toy culture.

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7 Top Tips for creating a timeless kids room...

 

We love children's room decor and we love top tips - Lavender Hill Interiors has provided their 7 top tips to achieve a timeless kid’s room that is chic, and that has style that will stretch as child grows.  

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Design, Styling and Photography Oh Eight Oh Nine

1 - Keep it simple - A neutral colour palette is key to a great child’s room. Choose light airy neutral colours, this creates a chic base as well as a calm atmosphere. Neutral colours give you flexibility to add pop of colours with accessories like bed linen, cushions and throws. 

2 - Layers of love – Add more texture. Choose comforting fabrics such as bamboo sheets made from high quality organic bamboo. The collection is designed with understated, classic elegance and features cooler colours that will contrast beautifully against a Lavender Hills upholstered bedhead.

3 - Grow with me – Invest in classic and timeless furniture that will adapt to the growth of a child. Lavender Hill Interiors bedside table and chest of drawers which feature fluted legs and drawers, or Incy Interiors teeny change tables which is adaptable and can be later used as a bookshelf when baby gets a little bigger.  

4 - Frame it – select wall decals that have a mature twist such as Alan Walsh Posters and can be transferred from the bedroom to the lounge.  

5 - SPACI-AL Awareness: For all those bits of lego! Yes, you know it!  
Invest in chic storage such as Olli Ella’s range of baskets which will empower rather than overwhelm the room like plastic containers do.  

6 - Throw down your style. Introduce warmth into your children’s room with a statement throw or rug that is durable, made from quality material and will help protect the carpet underneath from natural spills and thrills when children play! Fab Habitat’s Tangier in Celery and White which is woven from straws made up of recycled plastic, so you can just shake or hose off for easy cleaning.

7 - Children have a say – it is important that your child enjoys the process and feels as though they had input. Kids enjoy imagining their dream room and are interested in designing their own bedroom.

 

RJL for Adairs Nursery...

 

RJL has a new collection for Adairs and it is a gorgeous range of nursery bedding and accessories. 

The range includes cot sheets, adorable baby bedding sets, pure woollen nursery quilts, mattress toppers and pillows. They are luxuriously soft in texture and made with natural materials to help promote a healthier sleep for your little on.

Their accessories collection ranges from sheepskin rugs to colourful cloud mobiles and super-soft baby blankets.

 

Little Rae Prints...

 

For artist and mother-of-two Summer Daniels, the arrival of her first daughter two years ago not only made way for a re-connection with her love of art but the launch of a brand new business Little Rae Prints.

Ms Daniels, now a mother of two daughters, says she was initially inspired by the energy, heart and soul that came from being a new mum. All her watercolour creations are whimsical, soft and filled with make believe.

I like making my pictures glow and look magical. I love the magic and innocence of childhood and my paintings fit in the space between children’s dreams and reality. I hope they encourage a child’s imagination and make their rooms feel magic.” Ms Daniels said.

While her two little girls have influenced Little Rae’s overwhelmingly blush palette to date, Ms Daniels is currently working on a blue collection with cooler tones to create prints that have a boyish element to them but still contain her signature touch.

How to add a touch of magic to your little one’s room:

For me, it is all about surrounding them with an environment that encourages the imagination, lets them be little and envelopes them in a big safe, bear hug of warmth when they enter. That’s what Little Rae Prints is all about - it's warm, it's loving and it sits in the world that exists between reality and dreams.....magic! 

 

Bella Buttercup...

 

Baby and Children's brand Belle Buttercup is a gorgeous curation of Scandinavian inspired Playbars, dollhouses, accessories, decor and blankets for your little one. Bella Buttercup are passionate about creating modern and creative spaces where your littlie's can grow and play - amongst a stunning colour palette of soft greys, pale pinks and baby blues... perfect for us interiors junkies!

The collection is fresh and contemporary and helps modernise your nursery all while complimenting and seamlessly integrating with your home decor. Bella Buttercup has a suite of treasures for all your decoration and gifting needs.

It is a business born from an appreciation of colour, craftsmanship, form and above all functionality. So add some Scandinavian style to your sweetie’s space... scroll down for more information on their range and links to shop below. 

The veritable haven for Scandinavian cool, Bella Buttercup’s Little Place is a minimalist wooden dolls house (RRP $150) for your darlings to play with their toys and teddy bears. Made from New Zealand pine wood, it features a no-fuss design with a sculptural quality and artistic elegance that brilliantly blurs the boundaries between art and design. ‘We’ve created a contemporary interpretation of the traditional doll house that can be left as is, or personalised with paint or decoration,’ says founder Chloe.

Its raw-finish and sturdy silhouette provides a signature statement to an otherwise bland room, and, at the same time has a strong decadence and futuristic appeal where you can add individual sparkle to the fame and help create your own little piece of fairy-tale magic. Bella Buttercup’s Little Place is suitable for totts - 24 months and older.

Bella Buttercup’s Change Pad Cover (RRP $49) features a relaxed and approachable everlasting quilt-design that captures the principles of Nordic minimalism and, the same time, delightfully radiates warmth and modern-day charm. The cover is available in two gender neutral (and natural) colours (Dusk and Sky), and is made from a water-resistant lining that acts as a barrier for damp surfaces. Perfect for play-time or picnics, the Change Pad Cover is Ideal for newborns and for those who are on the go!. Similarly, Little Space is available in an assortment of lolly colours (Dusky Skies, Milky Way, Peachy Keen, Powder Blue and Star Dust), and the perfect travel companion for everyday use.   

New to the range is Bella Buttercup’s Nappy Clutch (from RRP $39) which is made from 100% water-resistant quilted jersey. Its compact enough to store in the nappy bag but big enough to keep all the essentials for nappy changing. Decorate with a mini-wood attachment or tassel that will help entertain and distract baby so they don’t roll whilst get changed. 

Play Bar by Bella Buttercup is a Scandinavian-inspired play gym, suitable for newborns through to 12 months. It helps baby comfortably explore milestones such as: tummy time, rolling over for the first time, learning to touch or feel and strengthen their legs before take-off! Available in Star Dust (pink and grey), Milky Way (blue and grey) and Dusky Skies (dove blue and natural)- the design has a structural elegance that adds design integrity to your home. For those who want a little more colour-love, get lacquered with Bella Buttercup’s Dipped Playbar, featuring grey or white paint on the legs.     

Little Space's big sister, Play Space is a larger portable space for your baby or toddler. Its clean design and soft cushioned surface makes it perfect for babies or toddlers. Suitable to use inside and out of the home and available in two colour combinations, there is a Play Space perfect for every home interior. We have designed the Play Space to fold up so you can take it anywhere and is easy to keep clean.

It’s time to play! Bella Buttercup’s playful accessories focus on textural elements: sound, touch and sight. Either select from the boy’s collection (powder blue, white, soft grey and metallic silver/grey); girl’s toy accessories (powder pink, white, soft grey and metallic silver/grey), or gender neutral (soft grey, white, aqua and metallic silver/grey). Each of these delights are designed to tie to the cotton straps, and available in either Silicone (which double up and help baby during teething) or natural unfinished wood. It’s time to play! 

Bella Buttercup here - Instagram here - Facebook here - Pinterest here

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Metallic Magic from Incy Interiors...

 
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Get in the middle of metallic magic with mixed metals from Incy Interiors, choose rose gold or nickel and glam up your little one's bedroom.   

Incy Interiors specialises in beautiful designer furniture for babies and children. Incy is committed to providing Australians with well designed, high quality and stylish children's and baby furniture that is not only beautiful but also functional and affordable.

Enjoy the delicious shimmers of the Queen Eden Bed and Ellie Cot that fuse together old-world vintage charm with a sparkling modern day twist for instant glamour.

Who doesn't love a bit of sparkle!!!

 

 

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Nickel Cot Incy interiors

Incy here - Facebook here - Instagram here - Pinterest here

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Fazeek...

 

Fazeek is a homewares company specialising in classic, modern linens and baskets with a hand-painted touch.

Their new collection of colourful belly baskets are all hand painted in their studio in Melbourne. These playful baskets are perfect to store anything from blankets in the lounge room to kids toys, or even your favourite indoor plants! With a choice of monochrome, pastels or pop colours these baskets make a wonderful addition to any home.

With fifteen years experience working in hospitality and fashion, floristry and design, Jackie has cultivated a singular talent for producing stylistic, reuseable hand-printed and hand-painted wares.

I love these for your kids rooms, stylish and fun and so great for storing all their bits and pieces!

Fazeek here - Facebook here - Instagram here

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New bedding by NUNUNU world...

 

BURN BABY, BURN! NUNUNU cranks the amp up to 11 as they introduce another electrifying bedding collection to their already cult collection of kids wear. 

For the coming season, NUNUNU displays their continued exploration of muted hues and minimalism, and draws inspiration from industrial design... kids minimalism at it's best!

NUNUNU here - Instagram here - Facebook here 

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Kids Bedding with Aura Home...

 

Aura Home not only does stunning bedding and homewares for us adults but now you can style up your little one's room with gorgeous bedding from them as well!

A pretty pastel palette with geometric shapes and stripes will transform your cuties space and hopefully have them running into their new and improved bed!  

Aura Home is Designed in Melbourne & inspired by founder Tracie's love of global and Australian travel. Aura is all about sublime colours, textiles, natural fabrics and exquisite patterns. Aura is a hint of Scandinavia, a dash of India and a whole lot of Melbourne. 

Aura Home here - Facebook here - Instagram here - Pinterest here

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Toucan...

 

Heralded as one of Australia’s most acclaimed baby and children’s online department stores, Toucan celebrates a curation of soft furnishings, homewares, bedding, accessories, décor and prints within a beautiful, intimate online shopping environment. Toucan has a collection of treasures for all your decoration and gifting needs, think colourful garlands, gorgeous prints, Mini Deer dollies and handwoven felt ball rugs. 

Below is a gorgeous styled selection of their current print range... lots of colour, fun and inspiration for your little ones!

Toucan here - Instagram here - Facebook here

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Children's Decor Christmas Gift Guide...

 

Can you believe it's under 2 WEEKS until Christmas?! What? I haven't even started shopping yet... help! 

If you love styling, home decor and interiors and your child's room is just as important as the rest of your home then check out my edit of Children's Christmas Decor Gifts below..  fun!

 

Fawn Standing -  Noc Noc

Fawn Standing - Noc Noc

Wooden Toy Camera -  Behind the Trees

Wooden Toy Camera - Behind the Trees

Garland -  Hazel loves Ivy

Garland - Hazel loves Ivy

Felt pom pom garland - Toucan 

Felt pom pom garland - Toucan 

Tassel wall hanging -  Maypole Design

Tassel wall hanging - Maypole Design

Toto Wooden Game -  Rock and Pebble

Toto Wooden Game - Rock and Pebble

Watermelon Dolls -  Avery Trend

Watermelon Dolls - Avery Trend

Wooden Mountains -  Wood and Weave Co

Wooden Mountains - Wood and Weave Co

Messa Print -  Olli Ella

Messa Print - Olli Ella

Dreaming wool felt garland -  In my hood

Dreaming wool felt garland - In my hood

Tribal Village Peg Doll Set -  Vines of the wild

Tribal Village Peg Doll Set - Vines of the wild

Hexagon Stacking Blocks -  Babee and me

Hexagon Stacking Blocks - Babee and me

 

Young Folk Store...

A store just for the young folk.. From fun cushions to artwork, prints, lighting, rugs and decorative pieces, Young Folk’s unique product range is specifically chosen to inspire parents to easily achieve the ‘designed look’. 

Young Folk, an online store dedicated to children’s interior styling and décor has opened its virtual doors giving Australian parents a reason to proudly show off their child’s bedroom. 

Designed to be a one stop shop, Young Folk Store provides a great range of children’s décor products along with an interior styling service and baby shower and nursery design registry. 

Check out more of The Young Folk here or head to our Kids Page.

Website here - Services here - Shop here - Instagram here - Facebook here

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