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 ....

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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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Nursery Style Hacks with Kyal and Kara!

 
 

The Block's Kyal & Kara have recently welcomed another gorgeous babe into their family - and we are loving their nursery style! 

They have collaborated with Zanui to style the nursery, with key pieces from Zanui's range featuring in their gorgeous home in Toowoon Bay. 

 

 
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TOP TIPS

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Invest in some quality, gender neutral furniture pieces that will last. That way, they can be passed on to the next child as needed. For example, choose a changing table that can be transitioned to a standard chest of drawers as the little one grows. Plus, you’ll have plenty of storage for all the important stuff – like nappies and wipes!

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It’s a great idea to start with a neutral colour palette to begin with. This will help to create a soothing and harmonious space for your little one.  As your baby/child grows, add more of their personality with their own artwork, favourite colours and toys.

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Create a cosy corner to sit and feed or read to your little one with a comfortable chair, foot stool and reading light.

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Use open shelves to display decorative toys that not only look beautiful, but will entertain the little one as they grow.

 
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Source: The Block's Kyal & Kara have recently ...

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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Uimi Knitwear Summer 2015...

 

Uimi knitwear has launched it's Summer 2015 range and it is absolutely stunning. 

The luxurious feeling knit is as gorgeously soft and snuggly as ever and I am loving the homewares colour palettes of deep green, black and white against the berry, lavender and taupe. The design focus is chevron, zigzags, colour blocking, spots and stripes with some gorgeous stitching elements for even more texture. 

The kids bedding range is fun and punchy with spots, stripes and triangles. The colour choices of yellows, oranges, blues and greys work seamlessly for both boys and girls rooms. 

Every uimi product is designed and manufactured in Melbourne, Australia using the highest quality renewable fibers; from fine Australian  merino wool to luxurious Egyptian and organic cotton. 

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