My name is Julie, children’s book author and mama to five spirited children with baby number six due any day now. I have 4 girls, ages 18, 14, 10 and 4 and one little boy who is 8. This new little one is a girl too so the boys are seriously outnumbered. That many little people with such different personalities really keep me on my toes, and if you think toddlers are a handful, wait until you have teenagers! I adore the fun, chaos and laughter in the craziness of every day with them. We all live together in a beautiful part of Dublin in Ireland.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR HOME?
You could get lost on Pinterest for hours looking at beautiful nurseries. I’m inspired by modern design and pure simplicity. If I can make a space work for my family, look modern and make it easy to clean I’m happy!
HOW DO YOU START THE DECORATING PROCESS?
I am a minimalist by nature, which you would think would be near impossible with so many children living in the one space but it is possible and I try to achieve that. I start my decorating process by seeing what needs to be functional in that room. Storage for toys, clothing etc is essential. A beautifully designed space is great but it is only achievable if there is a place for everything. That really is half the battle against all that kids come with. I’ll normally start with a white colour palette and add pale shades of tone or colour as they fit in. Sometimes I’ll fall in love with a modern piece of furniture and I’ll do my best to make it fit in seamlessly.
DO YOU HAVE A COLOUR SCHEME OR THEME FOR THE ROOM?
I chose to do the baby’s nursery in a monochrome palette with pops of blush pink. I have found with having the experience of older children that they will grow into opinionated little toddlers quite quickly. Having the background of a neutral nursery will allow the addition of the inevitable Peppa Pig, dinosaur, Paw Patrol addiction without having to change too much. (And for it still to look stylish!)
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE SPOT IN THE ROOM AND WHY?
The little alcove that the beautiful changing unit fits so perfectly in. Everything needed for changing a wriggly baby is within reach (so important!) and I love the simplicity of a perfectly painted round circle beside it. It’s painted with blackboard paint too for little love notes from her siblings.
HOW HAVE YOU MADE THIS ROOM A FUN SPACE FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE?
Since this will be a room for a newborn the high contrast monochrome palette is perfect for curious little eyes. A mobile over her crib adds interest and some wooden toys and knitted friends for tiny little hands to explore as she grows. I tend to favour more simple textured and wooden toys and they are appreciated forever.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE ITEMS IN THIS ROOM?
The beautiful crib is probably my most favourite piece in the nursery. Probably because I can’t wait to see my babe sleeping soundly in it. Gorgeous clean lines and shape make it dreamy. Engineered from a vintage design but given a more modern twist. It was the piece that pulled everything together for me.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR YOU WHEN DECORATING A SPACE?
That the space has to be functional, minimal and it has to fit our family’s needs. To quote a well know English designer ‘Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’ Life is so much easier without all the clutter and chaos that unnecessary things bring.
AND LASTLY, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO PARENTS TACKLING A HOME DECOR PROJECT?
Enjoy the project and make it to your style and taste, especially if it’s a nursery, as you’ll be spending a good bit of time there. Pick pieces of furniture that you love and that will last. When you see your toddler looking for every sort of escape route from that cot you’ll appreciate why…
With thanks to Julie Farrell X