I was so excited to work with Fisher-Price proving that style doesn’t have to compromised when new parents design or rework their living and nursery areas to make room for a bub! Here are my top tips for helping parents navigate furniture placement, investment pieces, transient furniture pieces and colour choice for their new life chapter with bub in tow!
What interior trends are you loving for living room or open living spaces?
I’m really loving texture at the moment – layering textures, such as shiplap panelling for walls, velvet furniture, soft furnishings and surface wallpapers in marble, concrete or brick effects.
How do you best rework placement of core furniture pieces to accommodate transient/mobile furniture for babies and toddlers?
I always tell my clients to eliminate their coffee table until the baby is well above 5 years old – coffee tables can be really dangerous with sharp corners especially when the child is being to take its first steps. Freeing the space in front of a couch creates a great area for products like the Fisher-Price Baby Dome or Swing & Seat.
What is unique about the Fisher-Price Baby Dome?
I think its portability is a key element, as well as the contemporary colour and design. The Baby Dome doesn’t look like a typical baby product with is muted grey shell, and that’s why it is so versatile in any home environment.
What are the advantages when it comes to the design and functionality of the Fisher-Price Baby Dome?
Being able to take it everywhere due to its easy light weight nature – not only to other rooms in your own home but other houses, restaurants, outdoors or even an exercise class! As the Baby Dome was designed by Jonathan Adler it really is a style conscious alternative to a conventional playpen or port-a-cot
What are some considerations with home styling in living areas with a young member of the family?
- Eliminate furniture items with sharp edges, such as coffee and side tables.
- Make sure glass or any breakable items, such as vases or photos frames are out of reach of babies and small children.
- Make sure that the TV is mounted securely and not free-standing on a TV console.
✓ Create a textured backdrop – Add interest and drama by using removeable wallpaper or by painting a feature wall.
✓ Choose art carefully – Consider the design and colours in the artwork as this will set your colour scheme for the rest of the room with soft furnishings and rugs etc.
✓ Add greenery – Plants bring the area to life, purify the air and add a natural element to the space.
Living room design tip:
- Don’t skimp on the sofa! This is your investment piece and where you will be spending so much of your time! Good couches come with a price for a reason – it’s all about comfort and longevity.
- It is possible to decorate on a budget and create an amazing space if you know how to amplify the room using colour and texture.
- Removable wallpaper is the best way to spruce up a room on a budget, and you can install it and remove it yourself! The marble wallpaper is from Pickawall.
- The simple Danish-inspired couch is from Retrojan and the eclectic cushions and accessories are from Crate Expectations.
- We love this colour burst artwork from Christine Minter, which compliments the colour in the Baby Dome beautifully!
What design and décor elements help create a stylish nursery?
I love creating drama in a nursery with different heights - if everything is at the same level the room tends to feel small and uninspiring. Using décor items, either hanging from the ceiling or hung on the wall, gives the room added interest and a sense of fun. I also love to add in natural tones, such as light wooden accents in the furniture and pops of greenery.
What do people need to keep in mind when selecting furniture and home decor items for a nursery?
Safety is number one, so ensure items you are buying are Australian standards certified. Try and buy larger furniture pieces that look unisex (e.g. wood and white) because then they can be used for any future babies too!
What are the advantages of the Fisher-Price Swing & Seat?
- The colours are unisex and will compliment most colour schemes in the house.
- It’s so portable and lightweight, so can be taken outside the house to any other environment with ease.
Can you offer styling tips for integrating the Fisher-Price Swing & Seat into an existing home decor?
The colours of the Fisher-Price Carnival swing are unisex, contemporary and will fit into any family home with its vibrant use of teal, and mint combining with its subtle grey frame. Add some mint, yellow or orange cushions onto your couch to integrate the Swing & Seat seamlessly into your living room.
Checklist of handy items for the nursery:
✓ A night light or soft lit lamp – instead of turning the main light on whilst breast feeding or checking on the baby it’s a better idea to have a soft night light that you can turn on without disrupting the babies sleep.
✓ Comfortable feeding chair with ottoman is preferable – A chair that can convert into a toddler/children’s reading chair in the future is ideal.
✓ Storage baskets/boxes are great for storing items, such as wipes, nappy bags and nappies as well as soft toys – everything looks much neater in a storage box!
Nursery room design tip:
- Don’t be afraid of using playful décor – this is the one room you can really take some risks!
- If room allows, have three separate zones – sleeping, feeding and playing.
- Use a removable wallpaper that you can remove when the child grows out of the ‘baby room’ look.
- Get creative with wall paint – it’s so easy to re-paint when your taste changes!
- We loved setting up this mint nursery inspired by the vibrant colours in the Fisher-Price Swing & Seat, by introducing mint.
- We selected this subtle wave wallpaper supplied by Pickawall and combined it with some stronger teals in the canopy and soft furnishings supplied by Talo Interiors.
- To complement the grey exterior of the Swing & Seat, add some soft grey tones with your storage baskets and rug!
Fisher-Price’s Baby Dome and Swing & Seat’s good looks are no accident, as they were designed by creative director Jonathan Adler, a renowned ceramicist and interior decorator.
The Fisher-Price Baby Dome is available in Myer and the Fisher-Price Swing & Seat is available from Big W, both retailing for RRP $129.99.
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