How to create Scandinavian style at home

Love the style of our Scandi friends? You aren't alone. Clean fresh palettes, natural finishes and simple styling are the trademark of some of the most popular contemporary brands such as Oeuf, Leander and of course Ikea, and they are beyond popular. Today, LMNOP Magazine talk to Gillian Rose, founder of Danish By Design and get her to share her top tips on how to recreate that stunning Scandi flavour in your own space...

1. Soft white: White helps to lighten sun-starved spaces and can make small rooms magically appear large. White works well with timber floors and gives a room a modern and stylish aura. The room won’t look too overpowering either, once all the toys start creeping in.

2. Light and natural wood: Natural or whitewashed floorboards and nursery furniture enhance the light feeling. Dark furniture can also work as it contrasts the rest of the room, but it does need more space. Use wooden and soft toys to complete the theme.

3. Simplicity: Don’t clutter the room with too much furniture or decorative objects. The nursery should have a classic feel to it, leaving the white walls and natural wood furniture to give it a contemporary edge.

Hop over here to see the full article and more tips...

Tuesday Tour: The home behind the cute kids room

If you aren't familiar yet with Rachel Castle and her lovely work, you need to hop over here and catch up quick smart! And if you do know Rachel's work, you'll know that her home is more than likely worth having a gawk at! Her warm and friendly style is apparent everywhere and the colour palette is something like the birthday celebration of the happiest family in the world. So, without further ado, here is the lovely home of Rachel Castle.

The kids digs...

The rest of the house....

Chores for kids

Today's post is about so much more than kids chores. It's mostly about an incredible website I just discovered in my stumbling session last night. A website called Money Saving Mom. While I'll admit it is the site of a group of women who have a lot more time on their hands than most of us, it has some great ideas and printables to get you started on the road to a more organised and finance savvy way of life (which I'm all about these days). 

Before you go jumping over there though, check out their 15 chore ideas for the kidlets to do...

Children at this age are probably able to dress themselves, brush their teeth, and comb their hair. If they aren’t doing these things on their own, I’d encourage you to start by teaching them those chores.

1. Pick Up Their Room — Make sure you show your child exactly what a clean room looks like. And if their room is really messy, I’d suggest working with them to clean it and giving them one specific project to work on at a time. Young children are often still learning the concept of staying on task, so you want to make sure you don’t overwhelm them by giving them too large of a task to accomplish then they are ready to tackle. 

2. Vacuum – If you have a vacuum with an attachment, they can use the attachments on furniture or small areas in your home. 

3. Water Plants — Use a plastic watering can (we found ours at the dollar store or you can make one from a milk jug) to make it fun and easy for small hands.

4. Fold Washcloths, Hand Towels, Underwear, & Other Small Items – sort these out from the big laundry pile and make a small pile for each child to fold, based upon their folding abilities.

5. Sort & Fold Socks — Sorting and folding socks can be a fun job for little people. And you can teach matching, colors, and counting with it, too.

6. Put Away Laundry — It’s amazing how much more quickly things get put away when multiple people are working together!

7. Dust/Wipe Down Surfaces — Kids are great at cleaning baseboards, small floor areas, wiping down cupboards, or dusting surfaces. If you have a feather duster, they might have fun trying that out, too!

8. Wipe Down Sink/Toilet — Cleaning wipes work especially well for young children to use. Or, you can spray some nontoxic cleaner onto a rag and let them wipe down the sink, toilet, or floor in the bathroom. 

9. Empty Trashes — Kids are usually big enough and strong enough to tie up the trash bag and haul it out to the garage or back door.

10. Wipe Down Door Handles — Give your child a cleaning wipe or a damp rag and have them wipe down all the door handles. This is a favorite chore at our house!

11. Clear the Table – Teach your children to clear their plates after each meal .

12. Rinse Dishes/Load Dishwasher –A 4-year-old is usually old enough to stand on a chair at the kitchen sink and rinse nonbreakable dishes (be sure to remove the knives and other sharp or dangerous objects before letting them do this). They can also help to load silverware and other nonbreakable dishes into the dishwasher.

13. Simple Meal Prep — My own daughter has learned how to pour cereal/milk, make toast and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, and pop popcorn on her own. She also often helps me when I’m cooking.

14. Set the Table — Teach your children how to set the table correctly from the time they are young–it’s a skill many adults still don’t know! 

15. Mop — My dad got the girls child-sized mops for Christmas and they love them. And while m daughter is still working on perfecting her mopping skills, she does a pretty good job at mopping a small area.

Space I love...

A kids room it isn't. But isn't it perfection on a plate? I love this kitchen. I want it. Now.

Vogue do kids rooms

If anyone can do a good kids room it should be Vogue Living right? And they have! A whole bunch of super yummy spaces packed with great ideas and shot by some of my favourite interiors photographers, including Richard Powers, Chris Court and Petrina Tinslay...

This first one is divine. I adore the maps inside the kids wardrobe doors. 
Much nicer than footy stickers! Stealing this idea.
Wish my boys would keep their shoes this tidy too!

And how about that slatted bed space? Gelato colours on raw timber = decor goodness.

This next room kills me. Always a sucker for a vintage look, the artwork over the bed and blue cabinet are to die for. And How about Chris Court's pictures? Oh brother of Sibella, I do envy your creative family gene pool!

Old world charm in abundance with this layered mix of vintage inspired fabrics. And aren't we glad minimalism seems to have had it's day in the sun?

Harry and Max must wake up happy each day surrounded by such a charming contemporary space. Loving the matching striped upholstered bedheads. Sometimes you just can't beat a red,white and blue palette with a good dose of symmetry can you?

Ace Space Saturday - Zara

Little Liberty has done it again with a winning design. This gorgeous space belongs to Zara and it is fit for a princess. I love Nicole's style. The pattern play and colour layering in this space is stunning. That world map wall sticker is a delight.

NooshKids in the Herald!

Well well well! Look at NooshKids in the news! While I was away on my (un) sunny jaunt, this little piece appeared in the Sydney Sunday Paper! Exciting! Luckily, thanks to all our avid sunday paper reading friends we were alerted to it and managed to get ourselves a copy. It ran a full half page all about social media and how Pinterest is taking over the net... And they interviewed little ole me! Fairly chuffed about my media debut! (If you're interested in reading the article just double click on the pic below.x)

Rainbow party favours

What a clever and simple way to create an impressive party favour loot bag! Must remember these for the next Rainbow themed party... 

Wednesday wisdom

This hits the mark with me. Especially after two weeks away eating theme park food....

Look what I made!!

Hello friends! Welcome back! I've just had such a lovely little holiday with my 3 boys - despite the rain! My two beautiful nieces came with us as well and with superpasses in hand we took on the theme parks. We all had so much fun. Hugh took his first ride on a rollercoaster (which is a massive deal as he's the biggest scaredy cat 5 year old you've ever met), and loved it so much he went on it another 4 times! The boys got to meet Bugs, Sylvester, Tweety and Daffy at MovieWorld and we got a great family portrait of us all hugging Bugs... A shark attack on the beach right outside our apartment slowed things down on the swimming in the sea progress, and being the clueless parent I am at times I think I made it worse by telling Hugh that the helicopters were looking for the shark because it might like the taste of people and come back again just like he likes McDonalds and wants to go there all the time... Probably not the best explanation I could have come up with... I also got myself completely addicted to the DrawSomething app and Instagram. I absolutely love Instagram! It's such a beautiful incentive to stop and take in your surroundings and share them with your friends. It's also inspiring following other creatives whose snaps you'd never get to see otherwise. Check it out if you haven't already - and if you want to have a look at my own inspiration you can follow me! 

Anyway, enough about my holiday. Today I have for you a little peek at my transform projects that appear in the April issue of Home Beautiful. The postcard blind is my favourite project this month. And I fell in love so hard with that porcelain deer that I had to have him! He now lives in my living room. You can find him here

10 nice nurseries

Happy monday everyone! Welcome to a new week! This week is taking me away on a little break with my hubby and two boys. It's something I've been looking forward to for what seems like forever. While I'm away I'll also be taking a little break from Nooshloves but will be back in a fortnight with more inspiration and ideas than you can poke a stick at...
In the meantime, I'm leaving you with 10 nice nurseries to ogle over. x

Ace Space Saturday - Worldly

The colour palette in this room is soooo calming. I think I'd like to sleep here...

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