I first came across Jannicke from Tiny Little Pads on Instagram and was instantly drawn to her quirky retro-inspired interiors for children. After travelling the world and studying Interior Design, she now creates amazing spaces from her home in Las Vegas, which she shares with her husband and two young daughters. We caught up with Jannicke to chat about the nursery she designed for baby Miliah.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family:
“I’m born and raised in scenic Norway, the land of the fjords and the midnight sun. I moved to the US after circumnavigating the globe on the worlds largest privately owned yacht, to chase my dreams of becoming an Interior Designer. After graduating and starting work with a hospitality design form, I met my husband (a fellow Norwegian) and today we are happily married with two beautiful girls, Nahla 3.5 and Miliah 1.5.
How was Tiny Little Pads established?
“When I was pregnant with my first baby I was not able to find a designer in Las Vegas that specialized in children’s interiors. I seized the opportunity and decided to take on the challenge myself. As Nahla’s nursery started to come together, I began to realize how much I enjoyed the process. Designing for children was a totally different experience to that of the big casinos and resorts, it sparked something in me that this is what I was meant to do…
After designing my second nursery (for daughter Miliah) a couple of years later, I simply could not think about leaving my two little ones with someone else while I went back to work, and so the decision was made. I wanted to have the flexibility of working on my own terms and see my little ones grow up.”
Why do you think its important for children to have a creative space to call their own?
“Just like adults, it is important for kids to have their own spaces. Creativity is sparked when minds are set free. When kids are by themselves, their imagination is incredible, they find ways of playing that we as adults don’t. I love this about kids and that’s why I love designing for them. I get to tap into their crazy imaginative and creative world on a daily basis which wasn’t the case when I was designing resorts and casinos.”
What was your inspiration for your latest nursery for daughter Miliah?
“The inspiration for the Scandinavian Retro Nursery & Playroom came from a bucket of colorful wooden baby toys – all primary colors. I knew that this room needed the typical crisp, white Scandinavian walls to make all the colorful toys pop. The existing floor in the room was an old oak plank floor, but with a couple of coats of bright white floor paint, it was as good as new. I opted for a wallpaper from Ferm Living and although the design had been around for some time, it was as current and on trend as when it was first released.
The combination of the whimsical trees on the walls, the more modern, elegant draped chandelier and all the colorful toys (some of them vintage from the children’s parents and grandparent) are what makes this room different from anything else. This room is a little bit retro, a splash of vintage and a whole lot of fun.”