Nicola Greenaway is no stranger to creating magical spaces for children. As a stylist and photographer, Nicola works with many businesses to create beautiful content featuring their products. Her business, Concrete and Honey is renowned for producing fresh and concise imagery for local businesses. In addition to photographing interiors and creating gorgeous window displays, Nicola designs spaces that big and little people love to be in.
What strikes me about Nicola is her incredible resourcefulness. Nicola is able to create magazine-worthy rooms on a budget by thinking outside of the box. Her willingness to repurpose existing pieces and search the second-hand shops for vintage treasures is inspirational. Throw in a drill and paint brush, and Nicola has a knack for creating truly unique, fresh spaces. Today we share one of the beautiful rooms that she curated for her daughter, Maiya.
Maiya is a bright, loving, strong willed little person who loves eating and sleeping. Nicola has created a room for Maiya that reflects her personality and provides the perfect space to play.
After hearing about a flood affected home in Brisbane with walls painted to the flood line, Nicola was inspired to do the same. Conscious to avoid pink, Nicola chose Taubmans Windy Willow, a fresh green section lines the entire room including the skirting and door. The Anthropologie Meadowfield wallpaper was a must after seeing it used by Kelli Murray (@kelli_murray) on Instagram. However, a clever addition to the existing built-in wardrobe is a stand-out, by simply adding HKliving Button Wall hooks as handles. A pure stroke of genius!
Next, Nicola brings in the Bloomingville Mini rectangular desk and stool for Maiya’s colouring-in station. The Bekan Spice Racks from Ikea were painted and installed as shelves.The trusty Sundvik cot from Ikea proved a perfectly neutral base for the Konges Sloejd Etoile Junior Bedding. The Ilka by Vanessa Byrne Ethellyn Fawn was the first thing Nicola ever bought Maiya and it hangs proudly on the wall.
Nicola’s biggest challenges came from, and were subsequently resolved by, the play kitchen. “Initially I was worried about how much room the kitchen takes up, but it actually stores a lot of Maiya’s toys.” It also covers a small area of the wall missing wallpaper due to a slight under-order! The room is a fresh, light-filled, uplifting place to be. It’s no surprise Maiya spends hours in there playing with her kitchen and enjoying her toys.