Now Available in the US! Stunning Designs for Children’s Interiors

Hi guys, I’m Belinda from Nest Design Studio and I’m thrilled that I’ll be regularly joining the Chic & Cheap Nursery crew to blog about all things nursery!
I’m an Australian Interior Designer who specializes in nursery and children’s room design and I’m a mum to 2 charming boys, Hugh (3) and Charles (18 months).  In fact, you might have seen their nurseries right here on Chic & Cheap Nursery!  You can see Hugh’s room here and Charles’ room here.

Anyway, enough about me….for my first post I thought I would share with you some of my favorite Australian designed products for kids interiors.

First up is the Rokii by Bower & Beyond. It starts life as a rocking egg chair for baby (and also suitable for pre-school kids) but it also transforms to a ride-on toy (the Rokii animal can be attached to the egg or used separately). I got a chance to see it recently at a kids trade show and it is such a beautifully made product. Keep your eyes open US, because Bower & Beyond are aiming to have it on the international market soon.

Next up is the Gelato range of beds from Incy Interiors. Not only loved for its classic hospital style, it’s the colors that get your attention; sunshine yellow, mint & pale pink, make it a versatile bed for both boys and girls. Get in touch with Incy Interiors about shipping to the US.

Finally, the Pod Cot from Ubabub.  I love the soft cocoon shape of the cot and the clear acrylic sides (with gorgeous little star cut outs). It also transforms into a stunning toddler bed. I know many of you have been waiting for this one to come to the US, but wait no longer…..it’s there!

That is just the tip of the iceberg for beautiful Australian design!

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Neutral, Nautral, and Striped: Featured Nursery

Looks like last week’s trend spotting post about tree branches in the nursery really caused a splash! And I was thrilled to receive an email from Kelle, the mama behind one of the featured nurseries in the post. Kelle sent over more images of her nursery and a few words about her design ideas and inspiration, and we’re happy to be able to share them with you today.

Striped Neutral Nursery 5
Striped Neutral Nursery 3

Description: A Coastal Nest
Child’s Name: Xavier
Child’s Age: 5 months
Location: Gold Coast, Australia

What was your inspiration for the room?
I wanted a space that felt fresh, clean and modern with blue and yellow accents. I spent months collecting the perfect pieces to add to the room – I didn’t want anything in there that I didn’t truly love.

Describe your decorating style.
Our home is a modern coastal style, with Asian influences.

Favorite items in the room?
I fell in love with the “I Love You More” print — I think it sums up the feelings of any parent about their child! I carried the butterfly theme from the mobile hanging above the crib to the wall around the print using decals, which show up so well against the striped wall. My other favorite is the driftwood hanging wardrobe I made – it’s such a simple but effective DIY idea to display your favorite baby clothes.

Any design advice for mamas designing their nursery?
(1) Think outside the box! Don’t just search baby stores for items to create your nursery - etsy.com and homewares/interior stores are full of great ideas to furnish your room.
(2) The internet is your best friend for shopping and idea sourcing — particularly as your pregnancy progresses and it’s harder to get around!
(3) If you need help – ask for it! I had so much fun decorating the space for Xavier. My interior design company Habitat & Beyond now offers eDesign and Nursery moodboards so I can continue creating beautiful spaces for parents and their little treasures!

Room Resources.

Moroccan Pouffe – adaanddarcy.com.au (find a similar one on amazon.com)
Replica Marcel Wanders stool – sokol.com.au
Boori Country Sleigh Cot – babyshopdirect.com.au (here’s a similar one from amazon.com)
Mini Louis Ghost chair – clickonfurniture.com.au (check out the Lou Lou Ghost Chair from Kartell)
Frames – IKEA
Lack shelves – IKEA
“Once upon a time” bookends – adairs.com.au
Butterfly mobile – adairs.com.au
French Provincial chair (similar from mattblatt.com.au)

The following items were all purchased from Etsy:
Sock monkey – Super Sock Monkeys
“I Love You More” print – Gus and Lula
“You Are My Sunshine” print – Jessica Swift Shop
Yellow baby blanket – Baby Buttercup
Butterfly decals – Surface Inspired
Blue zebra pillows – Mi Casa Bella
Butterfly print – Ish and Chi

Striped Neutral Nursery 1
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Would you like to see your nursery featured on Chic & Cheap Nursery?
Shoot us an email with a few images of your room to contact[at]chiccheapnursery[dot]com.

An Ice Cream Birthday Party From Down Under

This sweet Ice Cream Birthday Party comes from Leoni Jena of Just Call Me Martha. Leoni lives in Australia and she’s a mom to four young girls. And after you scroll through these images, you’ll notice she’s also an amazing party stylist! Leoni celebrated her daughter Annike’s birthday back in November of 2011 but was saving the big reveal for the Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Spring 2012 magazine. Now that the mag is hot off the presses, we bow down to Leoni’s vision and creativity. Scroll down to check out this uniquely sweet ice cream birthday party from down under. Read More...

Eco-Friendly Cardboard Finds For Baby and Tot

Kids love to play with cardboard! Mama spends lots of money buying toys for baby that are fun and educational — but doesn’t it always seem that baby’s favorite “toy” is one that isn’t really a toy at all? Cellphones and cardboard boxes are the toys of choice in lots of households — including mine! — and many designers (and DIY warrior moms) have jumped at the chance to create eco-friendly cardboard toys for baby and tot. And that got me thinking, what fabulous cardboard items for could I find for the nursery?

Check out these 5 eco-friendly cardboard finds for your nursery or toddler’s room!

Chic First Communion Celebration {Party Planning Ideas}

My jaw dropped when I first saw these images from The Little Big Company, an Australian event styling company. They recently styled two tables at a Communion celebration in Melbourne and the results are nothing but sophisticated, fabulous and chic! Their attention to details is astonishing and I don’t think they missed a thing.

Scroll down to view the rest of the images and get inspired for your next event. This party decor ideas could be easily adapted for a baby shower, gender reveal party, naming party or birthdays!

providers:

Event planners: Little Big Company
Biscuits: Spoon Fork, Cookies and Cake
Buffet Labels and Buffet Sign: Style Me Gorgeous
Paper Trees, Medallions and banner (on bar): Raspberry Lime Paperie
Cake and Cupcakes: 2  Sisters Cakes
Mirror: Bali Abundance
Venue: Queensberry Room – Leveson
Photography: Casemento Photography

image source - Little Big Company

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Striped Birthday Pool Party {Entertaining Ideas}

What do you get when you take a super talented graphic designer and her equally talented baker friend? The chicest pool party EVER!

Nathalie from www.imprintables.com.au and Naomi of Hello Naomi worked together to design this lovely party for Nathalie’s son’s sixth birthday. I love their attention to detail {and their beautiful photography} and I highly recommend you take a look at their sites if you’re in need of more entertaining ideas!

For full details, visit the Imprintables blog.

images via imprintables

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Oprah’s Baby Shower in Australia

So you know Oprah spent two weeks in Australia with a few hundred of her ultimate viewers! While down under Oprah threw a baby shower for one of her ultimate Australian viewers, Catherine.

View more photographs and get more details about this event after the jump!

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