I was clicking through the Room to Bloom website recently when this cute green nursery caught my eye. I contacted them and they have kindly agreed to share a room tour with us.
Room to Bloom is an interior design service from Ursula Wesselingh Interiors specialising in children’s spaces. They offer both on-site and online design services. This room was created to welcome Rosie who turned one this summer. Here Ursula and Lisa, Rosie’s Mama, share the inspiration behind the room.
How would you describe the space?
Lisa: Itâ€™s a calm, fun and welcoming environment. One that our daughter can chill out in. She sleeps in her room like a dream.
What was your inspiration for the room?
Lisa: We wanted a room that was not the traditional â€œbabyâ€ room. One that would grow and evolve with our child as she grew and evolved in her childhood. I had in my head the use of natural colours and textures and Ursula did exactly that!
Ursula: Lisa and Andrew asked me to design a modern, non-twee room for their baby â€“ they didnâ€™t know whether the baby was going to be a boy or a girl at this stage. I suggested a gender neutral green room as this is a really peaceful colour for a nursery. It can be made more girly or boyish with pink or blue accents – or other colours of course. I had done a room with a wallpaper tree before and they really liked this, so we used an INKE tree for the room as our main focus.
Did you have a set plan for the room or has it evolved?
Lisa: The Stokke Sleepi was the only piece that we really wanted for the room. The only thing we wanted to keep about the room from the previous occupants was the original wallpaper in the wardrobe. Thankfully we had a girl and the floral pattern fit with that! The rest of the room is slowly evolving as Rosie grows.
Ursula: Lisa & Andrew were really open to ideas and after the concept was decided on, we set about filling in bits and pieces, so the design slowly evolved. The way everything came about was a real collaboration. The rocker was spotted by Lisa for example when looking for rockers on eBay. The cot had already been purchased, and I suggested looking for a vintage chest of drawers to function as a changing unit, rather than the Stokke changing unit the parents had in mind – I think itâ€™s nicer to mix up old and new (which fits in with the style of the rest of the house too) and I feel non-baby specific furniture makes it easier to adapt the room as their little girl grows up. The fabric for the ceiling pendant and blind were chosen when the tree was decided on â€“ the pattern ties in with the leaves of the tree. The shelves were made by a joiner to increase storage and balance the room. Inside the built-in cupboard we left the old floral wallpaper we found â€“ itâ€™s like a little secret link with the houseâ€™s past.
Have you enjoyed decorating the space?
Lisa: Once the key pieces were chosen it came together quite quickly. The room will evolve, but for now weâ€™d like to keep it simple and see what inspires us along the way.
Ursula: I loved working with Lisa & Andrew at such an important stage of their lives. Itâ€™s such a personal space and itâ€™s a privilege to be invited in.
Any future plans?
Lisa: Not at the moment. Thereâ€™s a few ideas that we have for the blank wall, but until we find the right thing it will stay blank for a bit.
Get the look: Paint: Farrow & Ball Cooking Apple Green, Cotbed: Stokke Sleepi, INKE wallpaper tree in April, cushions from John Lewis and White Rabbit Lamp. Keep an eye on eBay and antiques fairs, both the rocker and the Sleepi were eBay finds and the chest of drawers came from Sunbury Antiques Market.
Thank you Lisa and Ursula for sharing this calm space and you thoughts on creating a nursery.