Whose room is this?
This is a nursery I designed for my baby daughter, Rosie.
How would you describe your interior style?
I love to mix up high-end statement designer pieces with really affordable, interesting finds to create a unique look with pops of colour. When I’m designing a room I always try and search for pieces that aren’t seen everywhere, and really appeal to my clients’ individual taste, so applying these principles to my own nursery was a lot of fun.
Did you style Rosie’s room with a particular theme in mind?
When I found out I was having a girl I wanted to create a nursery that was really gorgeous and pretty with a sophisticated edge. I wanted to create a look that was different to all the traditional ‘cutesy and girly’ nursery looks I was seeing at the time and instead take inspiration from a modern Scandi feel.
One of my all-time favourite colour combinations is grey and dusty pink, so this colour palette really formed the design brief for my nursery, mixed in with oak and small pops of copper and black.
I already had the Vulu cot and change table from my son, Leo, so it was important that these furniture pieces worked into the new design.
What inspired you to choose this theme?
I had been admiring the Scallop Dots Wallpaper in rust from These Walls since it launched and was thrilled to be able to use this as a gorgeous and sophisticated backdrop to Rosie’s nursery. This was the first item I started with and thought it looked perfect with the cot. I let the copper from the wallpaper become subtle highlights throughout the room and felt it worked well with the modern Scandi vibe.
What’s your favourite part of the room?
My favourite part of the room is the leather strap shelf from Interior Motives and all the beautiful art and decorative items styled around this. I think this wall with the shelf makes for such a lovely vignette and is filled with such unique and special pieces, each one chosen because I have loved it, not just to act as props in the room.
What are your favourite pieces in the room?
My favourite pieces in the room are the gorgeous reindeer hide on the floor as it just feels so lovely and soft, adds a rich texture, and works beautifully with the cot.
I’m obsessed with the Odette felt swan from Growing Footprints and the wall hanging from Warped Threads as well as beautiful items from Zilvi like the feather garland, swan hanger and Hello Little Birdie wild heart plaque.
This time around a really comfy and stylish nursing chair was mandatory so I was thrilled when I came across the Ro-ki Rocker from Olli Ella. It just looks so beautiful with the Puku ottoman from Melbourne designer Coco Flip, an item that I have been lusting after for quite some time.
Artwork is always a really important design consideration for any space I am working on. I love the pastel pink circe woodblock print from one of my favourite local designers Lumiere Art & Co. The hand-printed design and detail makes a bold statement on the wall and sets off the tone of the room. I have complemented this with a stunning Vee Spears print “The Birthday Party Untitled #16” and “Mrs Mighetto, Miss Ester” print from Norsu to draw back to the Scandi feel and add a sense of sophisticated playfulness to the room.
Does Rosie’s room include any family heirlooms?
There are no family heirlooms in the room (yet). I have loved choosing new and very special pieces that Rosie can treasure forever and hopefully together we can create some new family heirlooms. I particularly love the handmade Rosette from designer Skinny Wolf and I hope Rosie treasures this piece forever and hands it down to her daughter one day.
I’m so happy with the result of this nursery. I feel like I have created my dream girl’s nursery that will last the test of time and is a really modern haven for me to enjoy with my baby.
Design rooms that kids can grow into. You won’t see anything too specifically ‘kiddie’ in my rooms, but instead some playful pieces that give the room character and add a sense of fun.
To design a Scandi-inspired room, choose soft neutral colours and stick to a colour palette of three colours so the room feels very considered and easy on the eye.
Always choose pieces you love that really resonate with you and your child, don’t just choose random items to fill a shelf. Even the books you choose to dress a shelf will matter – pick books that have a special meaning or message.
Norsu has a great range of gorgeous Scandi prints that are great value and have a lovely soft and sophisticated look when framed – they look divine in a nursery or kids room.
Vulu Cot & Change Table Dresser Love N Care / Wallpaper These Walls / Artwork over cot Lumiere Art & Co / Wooden Garland Projekt Frankie / Artwork over change table Norsu / Ro-ki Rocker Nursing Chair Ollie Ella / Louise Roe Architect Cushion Norsu / Puku Ottoman Coco Flip / Tripod Side Table Globe West / Lamp Douglas and Bec / Felt Mushrooms Amarillo Plus / Wall Hanging Warped Threads / Leather Strap Shelf Interior Motives /
Crown Gold Frankincense + Myrrh / Flower Print Castle / Arrows Children of the Tribe / Twig Creative Camera Growing Footprints / Pink Moccs Hubble +
Duke / Canvas & Leather Mini Storage Bag Interior Motives / Black Feather Garland Zilvi / Rock & Pebble Wooden Dolls Norsu / Vee Spears ‘The Birthday Party’ Print Norsu / Louise Roe Copper Wall Hook Norsu / Swan Hanger Zilvi / Pink Linen Romper Hubble + Duke / Wild Heart Wall Plaque Hello Little
Birdie / Cot Sheet, Round Cushions Castle / Cot Quilt Design Stuff / Lucky Boy Sunday Bad Eye Lily Doll Design Stuff / Rosette Skinny Wolf / Felt Swan Growing Footprints
Aimee Tarulli is an interior stylist with her own biz Archer Interiors and heads up the interior design department of boutique Melbourne builder Thomas Archer Homes. Aimee lives in Melbourne with her husband, Frank and is mum to Rosie, 2 months, and son, Leo, 2. You can see more of Aimee’s beautiful work via her website and follow her on Instagram.