Tuesday, 20 April 2010

kids nursery styling shoot


So the latest issue of real living went on sale yesterday. It features two styling shoots I did for the mag. The first was the shopping feature for May - nurseries. I put my hand up for this one as I was excited - and determined - to create cool spaces.

I really wanted to show that you could create a pink girls room (lots of friends say their girls are obsessed with this colour) without it being saccharine sweet. Enter "Pastel Princess" - the last room. I also wanted to do a room with colour - a space that was fun - but still pulled together. This is "Circus Kids" - the second last room. And, finally, I wanted to create a room that I'd be happy to have for Little C - one that was interesting and engaging but with grown-up touches so it didn't scream kids room - this is "Young Explorer" - my favourite of the three looks.

As usual I got completely carried away with the "makes". In "Young Explorer" we (yes, it was another mammoth shoot so I had some wonderful helpers) created a feature wall of explorer maps, painted a budget chest-of-drawers and made newspaper hats. In "Circus Kids" we hung Bholu's beautiful Mavis Monkey wallpaper. And in "Pastel Princess" we painted a grey and white striped wall - click on the image to see it - and a string of pom poms (instead of bunting). We also created a doll's house - inspired by the amazing one that Jacqui Lewis created here - and got a handmade height chart from Belinda Graham at The Happy Home. There's a whole other story to that one, which I'll have to tell you about on another day.

Love to know what you think, and which room you prefer.

images courtesy of real living and chris warnes

19 comments:

 Viv said...

Lovely! I really like them all and I'm so glad you created a circus themed room ;)

Love the handmade touches too. Well done. Can't wait to read this mag. I always like seeing kids rooms.

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

loved the young explorers room, probably because i have two boys!

really like the bike carrier tied the change table detail too.

Sarah said...

I love your work here Natalie, like I do every issue!
For some reason, I really love kids rooms, even though I don't have any children myself!
But I love how you have given them a modern cool twist and not the typical frou frou look.
Love it, love it, love it!
Thanks
Sarah :)

anglagosj said...

The Explorer feature wall of maps is fantastic, something I would love to replicate for the lad at our house! Did you source old maps, or use a wallpaper for this?

Anonymous said...

Hi Natalie, Lovin your blog and love the kids rooms,they are all absolutely gorgeous, well done... fantastic!!Since I'm a new reader to your blog, I have spent endless hours reading your posts, so full of inspiration and such interesting people,can't get enough!!!looking forward to your next post.

Billy Angel said...

I was drooling over these pages only this morning as I had my coffee. Love the all, but the Young Explorer room is my favorite. Just love it.

Natalie Walton said...

Viv - I'm glad you liked the circus themed room. I was really tempted to use the Catherine Martin wallpaper (one I know you like ;-)) but wanted to try a different take on it.

Anglagosj - it's a funny story on the maps because I was all set to print them off (and I did some because I didn't quite have enough) but I was walking around the Life In Style trade fair and saw that wall at the Little House stand. I spoke to the owner and she said I could have her maps. So on Sunday night I returned to collect her maps and used them on my shoot. How generous is that?! And, what can I say, great minds think alike!

Jules & Billy - yep, the explorer room has been the most popular room so far. Poor "pastel princess" - I really thought that would be the most popular as it's the most girly. I think it's hard to see the grey and white stripe which really looked beautiful in reality.

Ginta said...

Great work! It's so cute and so beautiful! I love explorer room, it'd be perfect for my godson!

Mandy said...

Really lovely, love the circus theme !!! I have just posted a childhood post on my blog, have a look if you get the chance.

Belinda - Nest Design Studio said...

I've only recently discovered Real Living (i know, i've obvously been under a rock - or as they otherwise call it baby fog) and love this feature.....given I design nurseries and childrens rooms! Love the circus one!

Deborah Wall said...

Imaginative, fresh, loud - just like kids. Well done.

Shannon Fricke said...

Nat,
It's too hard to choose - they are all lovely. I'm sure that both my children would love any of these rooms - and I would love them too because they are just so tidy!
sx

Beach Vintage said...

I just bought it...making a cuppa now.

rosiecampbell said...

I think it is too hard to choose. You did a wonderful job styling all of the rooms. Bright, fresh and airy! Well done.

julie said...

Great job Natalie - Young Explorer is my fave too. Love the really love the industrial feel of it. I just love little boys rooms! Pastel Princess is my second fave - love the rug, it really grounds the room and brings it all together.

Amanda Fuller | Calico & Co. said...

Natalie this was one of my fave features in the mag this month! Well done! I love Belinda's touches too! I think the circus kids is my fave. Like Sarah I don't have any kids but totally love kids rooms especially when they are so unique and combine handmade elements like these!

renee anne said...

amazing amazing amazing!!

I honestly love them all!!!
I would use the top one and make it girly for a girl... with things like those pom poms and such from the princess look!

xx

Retail jobs said...

Your awesome! I love your style.

About Watotodesign said...

Gorgeous! :-D I adore all of the 3 rooms!! But yes, the Explorer room does ultimately take the cake! ;-) Wonderful choice in detail and color combination! Thanks so much for sharing.

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