#TTStyleSeries with Parenthood and Nest Design Studios

July 14, 2015

In this week's #TTStyleSeries, we are spoiled for choice with two gorgeous room looks featuring the new Parenthood Furniture metal bed range.

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Belinda from Nest Design Studios has created two spaces that we have fallen in love with!

The first look uses the new Parenthood Metal Bunk bed, giving a funky feel to the room with a vintage twist.

The second look uses the Parenthood Metal Loft king single bed which, with accompanying decor and accessories, is a kids bedroom we would happily have replicated in our own home!

As with every style series reveal, we love the furniture, linen, decor and toys that Belinda has used to create these beautiful looks. A special stand out is the gorgeous Family Love Tree chair - we can definitely imagine reading books for hours with our kids on this!

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We picked Belinda's brains to find out more about her creative inspirations as well as her background and own family.

1. Tell us a bit about your story and how you got in to styling.

I studied Interior Design & Decoration straight out of VCE, so I've been in the industry for 15 years (ouch, that makes me feel old!). I've worked in various fields within design, but pre-kids, I was doing lots of new home colour selections with local builders. After I had my eldest son in 2010, I created my blog which is all about rooms for little ones. His nursery was featured in Little One Baby magazine and that lead to more and more people requesting help decorating their own nursery. 5 years later, I now have 3 little boys, have designed hundreds of nurseries and children's rooms and worked with clients all around the world!

2. Where do you get your inspiration from? What sort of people do you aspire to?

Inspiration strikes anywhere! It could be from a fashion magazine, other designers works (I take lots of inspiration from grown up spaces), Pinterest or Instagram. You never know when you could be casually flipping through a magazine and something will click! As far as designers that inspire me, I find I'm drawn regularly to Greg Natale & Darren Palmers work. I think it's the earthiness, texture and classic style. There's lots of stylists work I love as well (Julia Green is one), which I'm drawn to because of their use of colour.

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3. What is the biggest change you have seen in the styling world?

In the 5 years I've been in the children's industry, the change has been HUGE. 5 years ago, you had to search high and low for products that weren't themed and overly babyish.

4. What do you get up to in your spare time?

Ha! I have 3 little boys (5, 4 & 10 months)..... I don't have spare time! I remember that I used to love reading a book, ballroom & latin american dancing and body balance....but it's been a while since I've done any of them!

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5. Do you ever involved your kids in your styling work? If so, tell us a story of a memorable one!

My eldest always tries to help when I'm preparing their own room or styling products for a client. When we were putting art up in his new room recently, he was very insistent that a pennant go where he was telling me. I hadn't planned on installing it like he wanted, but I think his idea was better than mine!

6. What is something that made a big impact on you in to do what you do now?

Obviously my children have had a huge impact! Pre-kids, I wasn't clucky....at all. Now I have a business that revolves around little ones (and am ridiculously clucky)!

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7. What is your typical Sunday routine?

Nothing exciting unfortunately! I bundle the older boys up and send them to AusKick with my husband first thing, then it's home for morning tea. After, the boys head out to our farm (45 minutes from where we live) to spend the day out there where we are doing the old farm house up to have as a weekender. I try and get lots of work done on Sunday's but everything I do is still based around baby Leo's sleep and feeds. Every Sunday night, we head to my Mum and Dad's for a roast.

Next year, my 2 oldest will be in school so I'm hoping for a better work/life balance then which will allow Sunday's to be family day.

8. What is a skill you would like to learn and why?

I would love to do a course in Photography. I'm a passionate amateur and take lots of my own photographs for clients rooms but I'd love to learn more.

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9. Creatively, is there a particular theme you keep returning to or do you change up your style based on your surroundings and products?

I find I keep coming back to texture. I love soft, white and textural pieces and rooms and whilst I also love colour, I always come back to a classic and simple base. Maybe it's because I'm the only girl in our house and everything has a masculine edge to it!

10. What's one tip you can give to parents styling or decorating their kids room?

Don't always go with what's popular. I'm seeing so many rooms lately that are superhero based (for boys) and pastels (for girls), which is fine if your little one loves it....but make sure you are guided by them. If your little girl is a vibrant and energetic little one, go for bursts of colour. If your little boy loves superheros or trucks or sport, incorporate it but don't go overboard. Stick to 2-3 elements.

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