Feeling crafty? Make your own tweet bird with this pattern for approx $4.30 AUD or $4 USD. Or order a ready-made chick carefully crocheted from merino and alpaca wool for approx $30.30 AUD or $28 USD. Measures a dainty 17cm.
A low queen bed was added to the nursery so that mum and bub could co-sleep in comfort.
Mum, Courtney, decorated a paper lamp from Ikea with delicate paper butterflies made from dictionary pages.
The handmade doll commissioned from Laura Normandin was the key item that inspired the feel of the room.
vibe Gentle, crafty and a lil' whimsical.
who lives here? Lucie, now 3 years (then newborn) in Michigan, USA.
materials The wall paint is discontinued but Benjamin Mooredo a very similar shade called Early Morning. diy Most of the details in Lucie's nursery have a personal touch. Courtney made the curtains from muslin and an Urban Outfitters bedspread, and the decorative pillowcases from Liberty of London fabric. When it came to the bedside, Courtney made a decoupage piece by painting an unfinished table from Ikea. She chose a buttermilk shade an added a blown-up print of a vintage dress pattern.
furniture Courtney opted for a queen mattress to co-sleep with Lucie and employed a body pillow as a cushy headboard. The lamb chair below the window was a gift from babystyle.com
baby space fave The decorative clothesline running around the room with teeny tiny dolls clothes - so cute and an unusual.
top tips Plan ahead. Most of the elements in Lucie's room were projects that Courtney worked on over several months. two straight lines
Sisters Frida and Happy watching TV in the timber-floored living area.
A babysitter put up the girls' artwork in the dining room a few years ago and the collection began.
When Zoe and Hub were expecting their second baby, Happy, they sectioned off the alcove next to Frida's room and added a window to keep the light.
Frida's room was previously used as music studio by her dad, Hub. When Zoe and Hub were converting it for Frida they added doors and blackboards to the shelves that had previously held musical instruments. Frida drew the dragon on the blackboard especially for the design*sponge shoot and Happy drew the sun at the top.
vibe Comfortable, earthy and open.
who lives here? Frida and Happy in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
materials Parents Zoe and Hub bought the building and renovated it slowly. It houses Zoe's clothing store, Cloth on the ground floor and the family live above. They've opted to embrace and extend upon the original materials of the building, including exposing the brickwork and adding a plethora of timber.
diy & decor Zoe likes goods that are inexpensive or free and has used many street-finds and eBay wares to furnish her home. Great eBay finds in Frida's room include the cosy floor rug and the golden brown rocking chair. Zoe keeps woven baskets in each room to contain clutter.
furniture Zoe has kept it simple with beds taking priority in the children's rooms and storage being contained behind the built-in shelves with blackboard doors.
baby space fave The collection of children's artwork tacked up in the living area - it adds a playful touch to the expanse of timber.
top tips Incorporate your children's interests in the overall decor of the home to create an informal, welcoming atmosphere even in a generously proportioned apartment or house.
who lives here? Three month-old Justin in Northern Virginia, USA.
diy Mum, Lauren, is an interior designer and made the signature soft furnishings in the room. The blanket draped over the cot rail is made from second-hand curtains backed with fleece while the impressive canopy was fashioned from a 4. 3 metre dropcloth patterned with a stencil and leftover navy wall paint. To hang the canopy, Lauren stapled it to the ceiling and the wall with a staplegun.
decor Above the chaise a Spanish sundial and framed pictures of toadstools, owls and ships add a masculine fairy tale feel to the room. The shelves by Justin's cot hold white cloth baskets for toy storage while on top Lauren has placed a set of second-hand scales on two books and added a jug of branches from her garden.
furniture The dark wood cot and Ikea timber shelves are joined by an elegant pale mushroom chaise that Lauren uses as a feeding chair. The chaise is also large enough for the whole family to cuddle up on.
baby space fave The chaise corner with the wall display of framed pictures. The perfect place for curling up with baby - or a good book!
top tip Be brave and step outside the square when it comes to wall colour and nursery motifs. (Or have a decorator be brave for you.)
A deliciously illustrated tale about two children on a picnic who meet a man that speaks in rhyme and helps them make a sandwich that's roughly the size of an apartment block. With planes of pickles and a fire truck full of ketchup, The Biggest Sandwich Ever is a tasty, timeless treat. Perfect for toddlers and older children learning to read.
the biggest sandwich ever
author Rita Golden Gelman
illustrator Mort Gerberg
publisher Scholastic, 1980
vibe The Magic Faraway Tree meets Where the Wild Things Are meets Ikea.
who lives here? Johnny, 7 and Ella, 10 in Northeast LA, California, USA.
diy Mum, Emily, is a prop stylist and decorator. She painted the tree and decorated it with fabric-covered cardboard birdhouses she had previously made for a display. The bed linen is made from a vintage sheet and pillows are from Ikea.
furniture Dad, Erick, made the mini-bunk from 2x4 plywood. Originally the beds were side by side but they were transformed into bunks to allow for more play space.
baby space fave The painted tree behind the bunks; it creates the impression of a tree house and lends an air of whimsy and magic to the room.
top tip Both at home and at work Emily favours repainting or reupholstering what you already have before buying something new. Her motto is, "creativity before consumption".
Escape into Wonderland with a mad tea party. Adults and children alike will beenchanted with a dainty table set with china (or pretty plastic to be more practical) in a garden strung with coloured paper lanterns.
vibe Grown-up and bold. The eager parents began with a palette of bright apple green, chocolate and white. When they found out they were expecting a girl they chose pink as the accent colour.
who lives here? Baby Harriet in Austin, Texas, USA.
materials The distinctive room paint is from Behr in Japanese Fern on the walls and Cotton Fluff on the doors. The white floor rug is from Ikea. The Audrey Hepburn wall print is also from Ikea, available for approx $99 AUD. furniture The cot is a two-tone BabyMod from Walmart, the change table/drawersand wall shelves are in white, while the chair and pouf are in chocolate. The corner bookshelf is in dark wood, a similar version is available from Ikea. baby space fave Can't go past the corner bookshelf stacked with books.
top tips "Paint your doors to add a punch of colour to neutral rooms." And, "Put colour in unexpected places." (Like the bright pink interior of the wardrobe.)
vibe Schoolroom meets play space in the bedroom. Clean, modern lines that are in keeping with the rest of the home.
who lives here? Adam, 8 and Owen, 3 in the USA. renovate to make space
When parents Max and Linda were expecting their second child they wanted to make more room for their eldest. Max took out the existing wardrobe and used the cavity to install a loft bed and ladder. The white painted walls are used to create a neutral backdrop for art and toys.
baby space fave Thegroovy wall hooks and modern mobile. And who doesn't love a planet earth rug?
top tips As the kids grow, remove any unneeded items or furniture to make more floor space for play.
vibe Crafty, eclectic, vintage. Mum, Tracy, an artist was inspired by memories of her own childhood and her love of vintage things.who lives here? Indigo Skye 3, Mols Bjerge National Park, Denmark.furniture
Tracy is a great believer in reviving and recycling. She bought the bed from a flea market for less than $20 AUD then utilised some leftover paint to mix up a French blue-green shade. She also recycled a vintage plate rack to use as Indigo's bookshelf.
baby space fave The cosy patchwork quilt, handmade bunting and the dolls house.
top tips Assuming they're old enough, Tracy recommends involving your child at the ideas stage and involving them in the creation of their room so they will feel particularly connected. Other suggestions include transferring their artwork onto cushions, wall hangings, or simply framing their own art for their walls.
vibe Mum, LolaT, wanted to create a clean, modern look after creating a more traditional room for her first child. She used the colours orange, white and duck egg blue as her inspiration.
who lives here? Marcelo 2, in Utah, USA. materials On the walls is Behr paint from Home Depot in Celtic Grey 490E-3 and Valley Mist 460E-2 mixed by LolaT to produce the shade she was after. The shelves are white Lack wall shelves from Ikea. On the ceiling are five inch downlights with dimmers to illuminate the features on the walls. The window has white blinds and plain white curtains. On the floor is wall-to-wall cream carpeting and a zebra print rug.
furniture The cot is an Oef Classic Crib and the chair is a Nurseryworks Storytime Rocker in citrus.
baby space fave The orange dog tail hooks and monster decals that add a funky, playful element.
top tips "Splurge on key items and save on smaller details by shopping at discount stores or making items yourself." "The modern look requires restraint." Stick to the colour scheme even in the smallest details.
vibe As soon as she knew she was pregnant with a boy, rekcumhcs wanted to create a fun, fresh look. She took inspiration from the lime houndstooth Rory cot linen from Serena & Lily and the roman blind fabric, also from Serena & Lily.
who lives here? Baby Jake in Dover, Delaware, USA.
materials On the walls rekcumhcs used Benjamin Moore Annapolis Green paint at 50% plus navy and grass paint from Serena & Lily for the accents. The trio of animal squares are from Spot On Square and the dog art above the cot was inspired by rekcumhcs's business logo, originally designed by Kristi Young Design and painted on nine panels of 12 inch canvas in Serena & Lily navy. On the windows hang plain white curtains and handmade roman blinds in Sprout/Indigo Beach Stripe fabric from Serena & Lily. The floor features wall-to-wall beige carpeting.
furniture The cot is a white Baby Mod ParkLane from Walmart. The furniture has been kept in a uniform shade of white with two four-cube toy/book shelves, a dresser/changetable with white framed wall mirror, and white arm chair and pouf.
baby space fave The collection of toys in turquoise, green, brown and white stripes on the shelves and the chair that add cheer to the room while sticking to the colour scheme. Also the window treatment's fresh, tailored look. However at nap time you might need something a bit heavier to keep out the light.
top tips rekcumhcs recommends enlisting help to hand make as much as possible. She was assisted by her sister and mum.
vibe Sunny and a lil' pretty. Mum, Kelly Doust, is the author of The Crafty Minx and the soon to be released, The Crafty Kid. Kelly used an array of handmade items to add interest against the neutral paintwork of the Victorian-era cottage.
who lives here? 18 month-old Olive in Sydney, NSW, Australia.
materials The walls are painted a neutral pale grey while a soft grey hibiscus-patterned rug features on the floor.
diy Kelly used a second-hand atlas to make the bunting on the wall and stretched vintage tablecloth fabric over frames to make the wall display. The mobile hanging over Olive's cot is also a DIY project called The Falling Petals Mobile that features in The Crafty Kid.
decor The vast framed mirror is from Antikt in Surry Hills, Sydney and the wall letters were picked up at flea markets.
baby space fave The recycled atlas bunting. There's something so whimsical about a map that's purely decorative.
vibe Contemporary, cool lines with controlled splashes of colour. Parents Erika and Patrik run a homewares store and their eye for design is reflected in their impeccably tasteful yet homey abode.
who lives here? Charlie in Stockholm, Sweden.
decor The blanket on Charlie's bed was a childhood gift to Erika from her grandmother and the dinner table had belonged to Erika's parents in the 70s.
diy Above the couch to the right is a self-portrait of Erika.The other frames all reflect family memories.
furniture The chairs in Charlie's room are French and can be found online at www.thecollection.fr and the chairs at the dining table are from Kartell. baby space fave Charlie's collection of child-sized vehicles dotted around the house that suggest this home is a fun place to be! Also love the cheerful blue wall decal in Charlie's room that adds a quirky jolt to an otherwise restrained space.
top tips Mix designer pieces or contemporary furniture in neutral shades with personal items to create a serene, homey feel. A framed collection of personal photos and drawings on a white wall can transform a bland living space and add interest.