Nicole Rosenberg from Liberty Interiors in Melbourne struck gold when she received the brief for little Oscar’s new bedroom – his parents gave her complete creative control to dream up something special for their passionate little animal lover. Keeping in mind the need to include the essentials of a double bed, book storage and toy storage, Nicole let her creative juices run wild! And the result is an animal lover’s paradise, complete with unique custom features and timeless pieces that can adapt and grow with Oscar as he ages.
Nicole is truly passionate about producing calm, happy yet fun spaces that are a reflection of the child’s individuality and desires. Inspired by Oscar’s love for animals, Nicole knew she wanted to focus on featuring some cute animal themes throughout the room but she was also keen not to be too traditional or obvious. Thinking outside the box, she started with designing a custom animal footprint wallpaper, which envelops the room and gives the space a sense of consistency and warmth. The wallpaper will feature in a soon to be released range by Liberty Interiors.
At the same time, Nicole was finalising the colour palette for the room, settling on the very current trend for browns and warmer palettes. “I love mixing blue with browns and tans and so I focused on these three palettes for Oscar’s room and added in wooden accents to give it a more earthy, outdoorsy feel,” Nicole explains.
Working with the challenge of a small space and having to fit quite a lot in without it appearing cramped, Nicole decided to make the bed a feature. It has turned out to be her favourite part of the room! The bear bedhead is custom designed by Liberty Interiors and made by The Upholstery House. Wanting the bed to have longevity, Nicole has designed the bed so that the bear ears can detach when Oscar grows out of them, leaving behind a gorgeous arched bedhead – beary clever!
Next to the bed is a stunning side table from Uniqwa Furniture Collections. Its reclaimed hardwood base with clear glass top brings the outdoors feel into the bedroom and perfectly holds a pile of bedtime books and some cute felted toadstools. Directly above swings a very cheeky monkey lamp from Fenton & Fenton – what a fun way to illuminate Oscar’s nighttime reading sessions!
On the opposite wall, Oscar the bookworm has his pick of reading material from the impeccably styled Mini Library by Oeuf. This piece displays a consideration for functionality paired with high-end modern design and is an easily accessible library for Oscar now, and as he grows. Nicole chose baskets from Mondocherry for toy storage and has scattered a few prize possessions across the shelves. Above the Mini Library hang some artworks and mounted animal heads, creating an eye-catching display. A flatweave leopard print rug in beige and black from Miss Amara is a fun addition under the foot of the bed while a lidded storage hamper from Adairs rounds off the styling, providing another space for toys and bric-a-brac, all attractively hidden away.
Mum-of-three Nicole knows that while it’s important to have a child’s bedroom looking gorgeous, it’s also key that it is practical and functional. Oscar’s room is exactly that – a fun and inviting space that superbly captures his interests in a unique and creative way. Nicole adds that one of her favourite things about the room is that there’s a specific spot for everything, so it’s simple for Oscar to keep his room neat and tidy. And the best bit? Oscar – and his parents – absolutely adore his room!
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Rug – Candice Beige Leopard Animal Print Rug $885 – Miss Amara // Bookcase – OEOF Mini Library $999 – Kidostore // Lighting – Seletti White Monkey Lamp with Rope currently on sale $573 (normally $795) – Fenton & Fenton // Bedside Table – Ibuku Side Table $1,119 – Uniqwa Furniture Collections // Custom Wallpaper – POA – Liberty Interiors
Photography by Elise Scott
Interior Design and Styling by Liberty Interiors
Words by Lisa Griffiths
This article originally appeared in Minty Magazine Issue 16