It’s a common misconception amongst many, that when you start having kids, you are no longer able to have nice things, because kids will ruin it! So the design dilemma is how to turn an ordinary room into a kid friendly space with personality and style that will last the test of time? First things first, it had to be a fun cheerful space that allows for a kid to explore but not wreck.
“Pink is cheerful, elegant, feminine and expressive. What better time to embrace the full beauty of pink, then at an infant age?” says Alona of MAJ|Interiors. The inspiration behind this nursery space was the mother’s imaginative idea of walking through a zoo while enjoying a cone of ice cream with her daughter. We started with the base which is a commercial high-traffic bamboo floor in a honey colour that will withstand anything the child may drop or any future pets that the child may ask for. By layering the backdrop (walls) with colour, starting with a strawberry base (Rose Petal 2010-60 by Benjamin Moore) topped with a scoop of vanilla (Pink Damask OC-72) and finished with a touch of mint for the ceiling, we created a large size conceptual space based on tasty desert. Fabulous! The furniture that was selected for the space was inexpensive with the idea of being able to repurpose it in the future in different spaces. A linen upholstered occasional chair is casual and easy to clean. The dresser is from IKEA with flat edge pulls that prevents a child from accessing the drawers during their ‘discovery’ stage, due to difficulty of pulling on it. Closed drawers equals no mess, however, once the child begins to understand the concept of getting yourself dressed, the edge pulls can simply be replaced with standard hand held pulls for easier accessibility. The pièce de résistance is the white ‘Leander 4-in-1 Convertible Crib’ from BB Buggy Furniture which can be converted into a junior bed when the child is ready to crawl out of bed without any help, by removing the sides. Lastly, the animal theme is carried through from toys to hand drawn pencil crayon artwork to a gazelle table lamp and hundreds of pink elephants in the drapery.