When creating a Modern Scandinavian Nursery for Girls, the first thing that comes to mind is white, white and more white along with simplicity and clean lines.
This week on The Design Report we are thrilled to welcome Melissa from Winter Daisy. Melissa shares with us her top styling tips and products for a Modern Scandinavian Nursery for Girls.
A Little Introduction
Melissa Barling is a Children’s Interior Decorator and blogger from Vancouver, Canada, married to an Aussie from Melbourne and mama to three gorgeous babes; 5-year-old twin girls and a 3-year old boy.
In her life before kids, Melissa was a Management Consultant, lived and worked in London where she met her husband then moved to Melbourne before settling with her family in Vancouver, Canada.
“When I was pregnant with my twins, I gained so much weight, was incredibly swollen and towards the end, I could hardly move. I dreamed of the beautiful nursery I wanted to create for them but physically couldn’t make it happen. When I looked for someone who specialised in doing this, I couldn’t find it. So, I started my own company to help other parents who were in a similar situation; too busy or unable to create a special space for their little ones themselves.”
“I also now write a blog that shares my design work, as well as style finds for little ones, great products that we love and the odd DIY. The blog has morphed and grown into another direction all of its’ own and I love being able to share what I’ve learned and a bit of the fun I find along the way.”
Melissa’s passion for interiors started as a child and has never stopped. “In London, I remember spending half of my food allowance while travelling as a Consultant on interiors magazines. I still have my collection from that time and although I’m generally great at getting rid of things, I simply can’t say goodbye to them quite yet. I’m drawn to natural materials, amazing textures, soft colours, touches of metallic and little details.”
Melissa creates children’s rooms that are not only functional but magical places to create memories in.
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Top styling tips for a Modern Scandinavian Nursery for Girls
Scandinavian styling is such a lovely style to live with…functional, organised and oh-so-gorgeous!
When creating a nursery in this style, here are some key tips to consider.
Keep things light: Thankfully in Australia, you have lots of natural light and sun shining through the windows (almost too brightly at times). Here in Vancouver, we have the opposite problem! The skies are often grey and making the most of the light is absolutely essential for creating a child’s space that feels bright and airy. I think about how the light falls and place play areas where little ones can enjoy the natural light coming in.
Use white, white, white: When styling a nursery, keep in mind that having adequate white space in a room helps to create a sense of calm and makes the space feel less cluttered. You can achieve this by keeping the walls light, the furniture light and adding colour through key accessories.
Inject touches of nature: The colour and warmth that natural materials like wood bring into a space is undeniable. I love injecting little touches of wood throughout the spaces I design to add that warmth and inspire play with natural materials. There are so many beautiful toys made from wood, which have the added benefit of being easy to clean.
Embrace simple clean lines: Simple shapes that keep the space feeling relaxed and liveable are vital to creating this look. Think about shapes that allow light to flow through and shapes that you would naturally find outdoors. These modern lines can be found in furniture, toys and even art for children’s rooms.
Make the space functional: This is important for true Scandinavian design and also for any nursery design. When thinking about where things should be placed, think about how you (and your little one as they grow) will use them. Make sure the necessary items are within reach, such as wipes and clothes near the change table or blankets in a basket near your feeding chair.
Add a little whimsy: Using a few decorative accents adds fun and interest to a baby nursery, therefore creating a sense of whimsy. I adore star-shaped pillows, little house shelves and soft toys for little hands to play with.
At the end of the day, a nursery should be a special place for you to enjoy spending time with your baby and a place to create magical memories as they grow.
This gorgeous space belongs to Ella. Styling and Photography by Winter Daisy
Top 10 products to complement a Modern Scandinavian Nursery for Girls
Melissa’s top 10 products for a Modern Scandinavian Nursery can be found at Pip and Sox
1. Konges Sloejd Cloud Mobile – $79
2. Maileg Medium Angel Bunny – Gloria – $108
3. OYOY Living Design Wooden Rabbit – $59
4. Cam Cam Copenhagen Harlequin Dolls Bed – White – $169.95
7. Essi + Co Star Cushions – from $35
8. Donsje Pina Organza Booties – $79
9. Ooh Noo Toy Pram – $239
10. Ooh Noo Googy Toddler Rocking Horse – Grey – $449
To find out how to select the right colour canopy for your interior, don’t miss ‘How to create the perfect space with a canopy‘ where we give you tips on styling and showcase some amazing Scandinavian rooms.