A blast from the past!
Welcome to Aoife’s Toddler Room reveal! Even though this was one of my first ever interior projects over 3 years ago, it holds the most special place in my heart. Read on to find out why!….
Aoife’s eyes are bright enough to light any room she enters. She is my three year old daughter who loves her cat Murphy, gets lost in books and adventures for hours and her favourite thing is twirling. It was essential that her room had the perfect space for her dolls house, a reading nook and plenty of floor space for twirling in her capes and tutus.
When I created Aoife’s Once Upon a Time room, I imagined more than just the furniture, the rug and the cushions. I dreamed of a room where we would cuddle, read books and twirl. A room for her to grow, to learn and to dream. It is my honour to welcome you into Aoife’s room and my greatest wish that you can hear the whispers and giggles of child play as they float out from these images.
I have always adored a classic and timeless design style that could be effortlessly updated as my darling girl grows. Everything Parisian inspires me, so wall panelling was an absolute must. I love a mixture of old and new pieces and adore the fact that a piece found in an op-shop has a secret prior life, bringing stories to the new space. I wanted to focus on styling that would leave anyone who enters the room transported to another place and time.
If you ask those around me, they will agree that pink absolutely runs through my veins, so selecting this colour was without a doubt. I love the elegance of mixing the softness of the pink with the classic beauty and simplicity of white and gold. This white and gold theme also runs throughout the rest of our house, so I wanted Aoife’s room to be a seamless continuation of that same theme.
The panelling is one of my favourite features, I love that it brings an extra dimension and layer to the room without being overwhelming. It also works as a beautiful ‘frame’ for the Mrs Mighetto prints, which bring a sense of magic to the space. I also adore the pink pinboard – it is so versatile to be used in so many different ways as Aoife grows.
While it is my favourite feature, the panelling was quite challenging to style with (and photograph – thank goodness for the talent of the amazing Aimee Cook!). The placement of the panelling means that art pieces can be quite difficult to place as a feature of the room.
I adore that the room is a mix of new and re-loved furniture. The antique suitcases were a small project of mine and came from a beautiful old homestead auction. I often wonder what items have been carried around in them, and what adventures they have been on. There were some names and addresses written on the inside, and newspaper lining the inside. (both of which I could not bare to remove, so are still there).
The tea set was a piece that caught my eye on a last minute op-shopping adventure. Some pieces in her dolls house were sourced from a beautiful little dolls house shop, discovered whilst on a family adventure. My favourite thing about this space is that it is not picked from a catalogue and placed in her room, each piece has a story.
I was lucky enough to work with an amazing local photographer – @aimee_cook who captures the most amazing memories. I have been lucky enough to have Aimee photograph our wedding, the birth of my daughter and now her Once Upon A Time big girls room.
Thanks for joining me – I cant wait to bring you the next room reveal!
Luna Pop Heart Light by Livly
Nordic House Cushion by Little Nordic Kids
San Fran Dolls House by Calevie Designer Dollhouses
Sequin Crown and Cape by Pretty Petite Co
Sippy and Sunny Book by Uncle Bearskin Productions
Book Shelf by Pottery Barn Kids
Pink Set Decals by Sailah Lane
Numero 74 White Canopy from Petite Jolie
White Woven Cotton Rug by Naco
Single House Box by Gold Frankincense Myrrh
Valentine Floor Cushion by Little Connoisseur
Single Bedspread Quilt in Powder by Bonne Mere
Alaska Sheet by The Young Co
Sleigh Royale Co by Boori
Mrs Mighetto Prints from Norsu Interiors
Bunny Wall Head by Little Lops
Custom Doll by Winnie Flora
Sequin Bunting by Pretty Petite Co
Sequin Hearts by Wool and Willow
Pink Ottoman by Kmart
Studded Pinboard by Pretty Petite Co