room for kids : candy and ice cream

posted on: Thursday, December 9, 2010

Four-year-old Jessica's bedroom is picture-book pretty. Her favourite thing? The delicate pink mobile her mum made just for her.

Sweet and neat with a generous splash of candy pink. Talented Sydney Mum, Dianne Fisher of Little Fish Creations, created a tailored look with a surprising mix of new, vintage and handmade items.

who lives here?

Jessica, 4 in Earlwood, NSW, Australia.

The wall shelves and mouse toy are from from Ikea, the lampshade is from Freedom and the bedspread is from Target. The plate on the wall is a vintage piece that came from Jessica's great grandmother, the bird artwork is from Seed, Babushkas dolls are from Paddy's Market and the bunting flags, butterfly mobile, rabbit artwork on shelf and butterfly artwork were all made by Dianne! (You can find them at Little Fish Creations.)

Jessica's sweet Blossdoll rests serenely on a sea of pink.


Jessica's walnut timber bed was originally Dianne's from childhood and has been given a lift with a white semi gloss acrylic paint.

Dianne revealed that most of the space in her home had been renovated in some way and Jessica's room is no exception -- the leadlight windows were made by Dianne's husband (after she made him do a six-week leadlighting course!).

Little Fish Creations tutu and bunting as featured in a recent shoot by Jennifer McCue Photography.

Dianne made the cushions and the window seat cushion with the help of her sister-in-law Heidi, with fabric from No Chintz. The window seat also provides handy storage as it can be opened without removing the cushion.

baby space fave
The candy pink bunting of course. (And if you love it too you might like to enter our fabulous Christmas giveaway to win some Little Fish Creations bunting of the rainbow variety.)

best buys
Dianne nabbed the bedspread set from Target for around $35 as she purchased it at a 60% off sale.

A gathering of gorgeous wee sprites in tutus from Little Fish Creations. Photography by Jennifer McCue.

top tips
Dianne says, "Mix and match vintage pieces with new to create a timeless room, and stick to a common colour theme so that they all tie in together. For this room I chose pink and white with red highlights. All furniture is timber and painted white and we used different styles/brands of furniture (create interest in your room by sourcing furniture from more than one shop).

Don’t be afraid to use floral in your child’s room – flowers are timeless and great to use sparingly on cushions or bunting flags to give the room a “garden tea party” feel.

If you are on a tight budget don’t buy childish big ticket items such as furniture. Ask yourself will your teenager still want to use that bed or chest or chest of drawers? If the answer is no, be prepared to update it in five years time.

To add some “childness” into you room, do so by displaying coordinated toys and artworks as these are easy to update as your child grows.

Only display things that work with the room, or at least isolate them to a bookshelf on a side wall which you do not see as you enter the room. We all get given items from family and friends but if they clash with the room, keep them in a cupboard or drawer."

Thank you so much Dianne and Jessica for sharing your space and your creations with Baby Space!


  1. Those are really great tips and the room is very sweet! Aww...Love!
    Kisses, darling

    Ps: I am hosting a stunning leather clutch GIVEAWAY today, just in time for Holiday Parties!

  2. Great tips! And what a gorgeous room, a great mix of sweet and soft. Those windows are incredible. Now that's the power of persuasion. : ) Really gorgeous.

  3. Thanks Bron for featuring Jessica's room - we really appreciate it!! xx Dianne

  4. All that pink makes me want a little girl next! :D
    Hope you are having a good week. I love the new header!

  5. What a beautiful room for a little girl - love the bunting and the bed itself is gorgeous especially with that pretty bedspread.


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