One of the many, many bonuses of having fantastically creative friends, is being invited to explore and enjoy their ‘fantastically creative’ and uniquely beautiful homes.
For me, the most successful interior spaces are about so much more than Farrow and Ball paint and well-appointed furniture. Instead my favourite spaces are stitched together almost seamlessly, with love, thought, care and attention, revealing something of the personalities that created them.
With this in mind, the decorating and curating of a baby’s nursery, is often the ultimate expression of love from a parent to a newborn child, and for that reason I adore to see how my friends have chosen to carve this personal and private corner of their home.
You can imagine my excitement therefore, when my close friend Lucie (Womenswear Designer) and her husband Luke (Restaurateur behind London restaurants 10 Greek St and 8 Hoxton Square), opened up the doors of their west London home and agreed to photograph their son Leo’s inspiring and beautifully designed nursery.
I could think of no better way to share the glorious heart, soul and sentiment behind this inspiring space than through Lucie’s own photographs and words. Thank you lovely Lucie! Enjoy!
The first piece I bought for Leo’s nursery was this vintage Ercol chair. I upholstered it myself (which I’m pretty proud of) while I was still pregnant, using a Mark Herald designed fabric from St Jude’s Fabrics. I love St Jude’s as they stock a great range of unique, artist designed prints in beautiful colours. Because this chair was the first item I bought for the nursery, the design for rest of the room was built around it, to include the soft greyish green of the walls, which worked really well will the golden wheat hue of the fabric. I found it easier to have a starting point to build from, especially as we didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl. I love that I can point out all of the animals in the design to him.
I love the colourful printed cot sheet we chose for Leo’s crib from children’s lifestyle brand Olli Ella. Although this brand is British, I actually I discovered them in an amazing kid’s shop in Sydney called Kido, I go crazy whenever I’m in there!
The blanket was a personalised gift to Leo when he was born. It’s such a lovely thing, I love to think he will keep it forever.
The Boat Mobile was given to Leo by a family friend, who was overjoyed when she discovered it at an antiques fair, she remembered having the exact same mobile as a little girl. So nice to think that buying his gift conjured up memories of her own childhood.
It was important to me to include sentimental pieces into the design of the room. The suitcase pictured above belonged to me when I was a little girl. It has all my old baby clothes in, and now special clothes Leo has grown out of that I want to keep.
The Anglepoise lamp and the chest of draws were inherited from my parents, both mean a lot as I remember them from my childhood. As a little girl I would never have imagined this chest would one day house the little sleep suits of my future baby. Simply amazing! xx