Hope you all are coping with the heat well enough, if not click here to read some amazing recipes in order to keep your chill intact. As you all know, SidSirus is expecting a little angel (arriving soon, InshAllah) so, I decided to talk to people on genuine topics which I myself google all the time. haha … So here I am, in conversation with Natasha D’Souza – Interiors Blogger and Furniture Designer from The Dream Catcher Interiors, getting a handful guide of designing a perfect space for our little angels.
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- Before we start talking about the interior design industry, we would like to talk a little about how it all began: passion. So how and why did you get into interiors and furniture blogging? Were you always interested in design?
A few years back I took on the opportunity to design our family owned horse stables where I was actively involved in every detail right from the architectural supervision to interior design. It was exciting opportunity and learnt a lot about building up a place from scratch. After that I did a few projects where I designed furniture for friends and family. Soon a lot of people would come to me for advice and I realized that I must be good at this. So I started my Instagram profile (@dreamcatcherinteriors) where I share tips, ideas and what inspires me in terms of furniture and design on a day to day basis. I have an educational background in fashion and design so yes I have been interested in the functionality and appeal of design related elements.
- What inspires you the most?
I think a lot of my inspiration comes from fashion. I try to translate colors, textures and materials I see in fashion trends on to furniture and design related aesthetics.
- To conquer such a demanding audience, is truly important to be informed about the latest trends on the field. How do you do this?
Personally with the rise and importance of social media in today’s times people always want to see and know about things that are in trend and look good around them. So yes, it is important to be informed especially in terms of colors and textures. But at the same time I urge people to find a personality of their own when they design their homes. What story they want to tell! If you go around copying all the trends out there in your home, you will just end up in a loud mess. My advice is to stick to subtle and comfortable pieces of furniture and play when your accessories around them.
- Now, coming to the point, Setting Up a Nursery for your little can be over whelming, especially for first timers, what are your thoughts on that?
This room is going to be special because it is a place where you will be spending a lot of quality time as well as resting with your baby in other words your second bedroom. It has to be just as cozy and soothing for you as much as your baby. I believe nurseries like other rooms in the house should have a lot of style and substance. Think a peaceful, airy space that your little one can easily grow into, with unexpected touches of color and eye-catching art and photography. Apply one simple rule of decorating which I blindly follow: pick one piece of furniture or accessory and add on from there. In the case of a nursery it can be the cradle/crib or a shade of paint/wallpaper. For me it’s all about adding elements that exude happy and high energy, with moments of softness and simplicity.
- What are key things one should keep in mind while designing a nursery?
Finding the right crib and mattress can be a challenge. Given the amount of time baby will spend on the mattress, it pays to find one that’s organic and, most importantly, machine washable. Remember, small nurseries can be cozy; if it’s an environment where the baby is comfortable and feels safe, then it’s the perfect size.
Aromatherapy is a great way to reduce stress and reinvigorate the spirit. Find a light scent like a Fresh Linen one that can be used as a room spray, on the body, or directly on linens. You don’t want to walk into a smelly room after a long day with your baby.
Diaper pails are such a necessity for any nursery. Babies go through more diapers than one can ever imagine, and you definitely want a convenient and smell-free way of containing them all. Your best bet is using a stainless steel one, not only do they look chic and neat but also, the stainless steel design doesn’t absorb odors over time.
Sheepskin or faux fur will add amazing texture and softness to the room. It’s probably the most versatile piece in the whole room. You can use it as a rug, a throw, or a liner for your pram or bouncer. It’s super soft, breathable, and easy to clean.
Every nursery needs a special area for you to take a break and sit down for at least five minutes, like a mommy corner. You could have a rocking chair there or even a crisp white day bed which are trending a lot these days.
- How to set up a cozy place for you lil one in a limited space?
Always think multipurpose when you are decorating a nursery. Accent furniture can double as storage, for example; a tiny side table is the perfect spot for placing a lamp and keeping all of those baby books.
If you have space for accessories and can’t fit much furniture, you can bring life to the room with wall art and hangings. I always advise clients to stick to the same color and texture in frames to keep it classy and bring uniformity
Stick with a neutral palette and add color in strategic places like with textiles and pillows. Avoid too many small items and instead opt for a few bigger pieces and décor.
- Where can families save when designing their nurseries?
Designer cribs are a thing, and they will cost you. Before you decide to splurge on a crib, look around for budget alternatives, and look for three-in-one convertible options that will transform into a toddler bed when the time comes.
Instead of getting a chunky bookshelf, invest in floating shelfs to display books, accessories, toys and picture frames.
Avoid spend on a fancy traditional changing table and opt for a dresser with a changing tray that doubles on storage as well.
If you don’t want to invest in a cushioned rocking chair just ask your carpenter to replace the legs of an old armchair with rocking chair legs.
- Your top most tips for my readers?
If you can’t paint the walls in your apartment, highly texturized details make a neutral white and gray color palette more playful.
Children can be stimulated by all sorts of colors and patterns, whether it’s themed or not. So make sure you add pops of color here and there.
Make sure you plan the space so that you have easy access to everything and should be in your reach especially when you will have a baby in one hand.
All furniture should have rounded edges and avoid buying tiny toys and accessories in the first few months
Invest in two or three large floor cushions to keep around the room especially near the crib and changing stand.
A Baby Will Make Love Stronger
All-in-all, babies make the world a better place.So Enjoy every moment of it.
Hope this will help you in setting up a perfect space for your new arrival, I have learnt alot and these tips have surely helped me buying my baby’s nursery stuff. If you have any more questions, write to me directly in the comment box below.