Nicky Line - Monday, November 04, 2013
It's always very exciting when stylists & magazine folk contact us looking for a bedhead for a photoshoot, or to ask to feature something new in our range or to ask us to make a custom design for a project or issue they are working on.
We LOVE seeing these ideas "in print" (or online) and being amazed by the beautiful images the very talented creative wonders of mag world create with our products...and reading the journos "take" on our range.
Here are a few recent features...
Home Beautiful Nov 2013
Home Beautiful June 2013
Vogue Living April 2013
We've also been over the moon to be featured by some of our very favourite and (in our humble opinion) among Australia's very best interiors and lifestyle blogs...
So thank you everyone in mag world for all your support & for making our bedheads and beds look so beautiful!
Nicky Line - Thursday, October 31, 2013
My home office has been taken over by an 8 year old little lady who claims it is now "impossible" to share a room with her 5 year old sister - apparently they will be "much much nicer to each other Mama" if they have their "own spacey room"! Hmmmmm....
Now that so much more of my time is spent in the factory this is no big deal and am actually seeing the whole sunny side of this change. New space = excuse to spend hours on pinterest etc doing "research". Surely it also = new furniture, new styling op, new decor op and definitely a bit of furniture moving/pottering in line for the weekend. See - not all bad. In the process of setting up my "office nook" in our dining room I came across these pics and wanted to share with you.
I love how none of these feel remotely "officey" and all of them look like the right kind of space to get inspired, get focussed and LOVE what you do. Perfect! I'll be happy in my new office nook for sure - until it gets taken over by another child!
All images via Pinterest
Nicky Line - Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I don't know if the concept of a "professional crush" exists out there but if it does then I have one - a big one, and I've had it for a few years now. The object of my devotion is the work of a Sydney Interior Designer called Justine Hugh-Jones.
Justine's style is elegant, luxurious and calm. She creates homes and spaces that are fully of layers and have a fresh, comfortable quality but always uses the very best finishes, materials and textures to create understated and un-showy luxury. There's nothing remotely "blah" about her work - I love how many of her rooms have a slightly "quirky" angle or piece that draws your eye and makes you smile.
There are plenty of natural textures and Justine, like me, is a lover of a neutral palette but her sometimes totally unexpected use of contrasting colour and pattern are so perfectly put together - beautiful, unpredictable and uplifting.
Of course for me to be so devoted there would have to be a LOT of upholstery and fabric interest, Justine uses a lot of upholstery in her work and seems to have the same love of fabrics and pattern (used sparingly) as I do. It's no surprise that she's a fan of the upholstered bedhead and she uses them the way we like to - to transform a bedroom into a sanctuary and special place. Sigh - BedNest loves!
Here are some of my favourite shots of her work...
Go on - admit it, your heart is fluttering at least a little. Yup - that's a design crush!
Nicky Line - Monday, June 17, 2013
Every home/interiors/design mag I open at the mo seems to have a feature on blankets, throws or rugs - bring on a few chilly autumnal days & you know why. Adding layers to a home seems to be an easy way transform it from summer-suited cool into warm, cosy nest. By layers I mean throws for the sofa, soft and textured cushions, curtains or blinds, blankets on the beds, ottomans to put your feet on while snuggling in front of the fire - I'm talking fabrics, softness, textures and loveliness in general. But today, in particular, I'm talking rugs.
A long-time believer that timber or polished concrete are the only options for flooring, it goes that I've also been a big rug fan. In the words of one of my gurus Abigail Ahern "rugs are one of the most transformative tricks" and I reckon she is totally on the money here. A large scale patterned, textured or interesting rug can lift a living room from drab to amazing - it can also add a real sense of warmth (and stop the need for ugly slippers!)
I thought I'd share a few of my favourites looks and go-to places for rugs...
Beautiful wool/silk rugs from Cultiver
Gorgeous natural textures from Armadillo
Loom rugs have a beautiful range
You just can't go past Ikea!
Nicky Line - Tuesday, June 04, 2013
I have always loved our Otto. Right back when we very first launched I knew this design would be a winner as there is surely no more versatile piece of furniture in existence?!
Part-time blanket box, toy box, shoe box, coffee table, window-seat and ottoman - Otto can be made in any size to match customer's needs and in any fabric to fit with any decor style. How could it not be a winner?!
Well, about two hundred orders later, Otto is DEFINITELY a huge success and enduringly popular with all BedNesters. Families with little people love the gas lift arm (no slammed fingers) and the fact that toy storage can be attractive! BedNesters who are a little tight on storage space are using it as a blanket box at the foot of the bed (we just made one nearly 2m long!). There have been several made for hallways - to be used as a bench (but a bench which can store shoes, school bags, umbrellas, shopping bags, tennis rackets and bike helmets!) and we're just making one now for a home office - insert a rack file holder and filing has never been so gorgeous...
Recently we had a photography shoot for some new designs and took these 2 shots of our beloved Otto - standard size, standard fabric (Tilda linen) - but hey, how good does it look?
We love you Otto!
Photography by Chris Warnes
Nicky Line - Thursday, May 30, 2013
While there is no doubt that I am a 100% passionate and committed lover and follower of all things interior and certainly feel right at home in the world of bedheads, beds and anything upholstery, exteriors are not my strongest point. Flowers I love, greenery in a vase is totally my thing but I have to confess that plants (inside or out) I find ever so slightly scary. Green-fingered I am not and, while I love to admire gardens and anything nature has to offer, this means I am often stumped when offering BedNest customers advice on how to bring greenery into their homes.
There are 3 friends from the plant world that I fall back on every time and they ALWAYS work if the space is right......
Mondo grass (especially the black ones)
Fiddle Leaf Fig (hard to find but so beautiful)
Terrarium (especially those with gorgeous succulents)
Surely every home/courtyard/deck can bed enhanced by adding one of these gorgeous greenies?
And just by the by, how about this image for an unbelievable garden - it belongs to Hollywood Interior Designer Mark D Sikes - someone who obviously has no dramas with garden design or plants!
Nicky Line - Monday, May 27, 2013
Growing up, I was lucky enough to have a gorgeous bay window in my bedroom and a bench seat to lounge and read my book. I would say that I spent many hours lying in the sunshine gazing at the beautiful view but given that I grew up in South London where neither sunshine nor beautiful views are abundant that would be stretching things. Still, I do remember a lot of time on my window seat playing with my bears, colouring in, reading books and in later years hanging out chatting with friends.
Certainly window seats can be a gorgeous addition to any room whether you can build them into a generous ledge or sill, or using joinery, or even just plonk a bench in front of the window. We have helped several customers over the years to finish off a window seat in their bedroom, kitchen or lounge room by making a custom-sized bench cushion. Often the cushion will co-ordinate with a bed or bedhead that we've made, sometimes we'll find a gorgeous splash of pattern to use and we've also done a few in leather and outdoor fabrics for the dining area.
Here are some ideas we love of window seats all over the home:
Images from Pinterest & Apartment Therapy
Nicky Line - Thursday, April 11, 2013
We've been on the hunt for a new dining table for a while and for the first time are considering a bold (!) move to a round table. Now this change may not seem that earth-shattering or revolutionary to most, but it will totally change the look of our open-plan living-dining space and so for me (Mrs BedNest is not the most adventurous of souls) it is indeed a brave decision!
Here's my thinking...
1. Feel - a round table definitely creates a more casual feel. There's no "head of the table" and it's very conducive to conversation and chat. I would go as far as to say it can create a more intimate dining experience but with 3 small children that's not really something very high on the list.....
2. Look - in a room that is full of angles and straight lines a gorgeous curved table will be a total surprise and contrast and I do LOVE a surprise in any interior. Every room should have something a little unexpected...
3. Space - if you choose the right base and size you can pop a round table into any space and not feel so squishy. They also work with fewer chairs for every day (and a few extras for when guests come)
4. Grandeur - there's just something very grown-up about a round dining table. I'm not talking formal here, still relaxed but they have a real presence and definitely help mark out a separate dining "zone" in an open-plan area.
I do think it only works if you're after a relatively small table. If you've all the space in the world then, for me, nothing makes my heart sing more than an enormous long timber dining table. For now, for a Paddington terrace, I reckon round is the go!
Here are a few images that have helped me (nearly) get there. Very different looks but good food for thought...
All images from pinterest
Nicky Line - Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Dusty, slightly greeny yellows are everywhere right now and we are LOVING how a shot of chartreuse can add a real wow factor to any room - especially a BedNest.
See how it livens up gorgeous dark, cozy bedrooms with a delicious, smokey pop of colour. All you need is a throw, blanket, cushion or even a painted side table or upholstered ottoman if you're feeling a bit braver.
Oh and of course, chartreuse is grey's best friend.....
All images from apartment therapy, atelier abigail ahern and Houzz
Nicky Line - Thursday, March 07, 2013
As you can probably tell from the BedNest photography, our logo and so many of the images I end up using and being drawn to, I'm a blues kind of girl. Anything from gorgeous, inky navy through to soft powdery sky blues tick my boxes - with a particular fondness for rich, tealy aquas and Delft or Wedgewood mid-blues.
But the one blue that ALWAYS makes me smile and brings something soft, uplifting and refreshing to a space? Duck egg blue....
Have a look...
Now I know that some of the blues above might not be strictly duck egg (if you're a purist) but they are there or there abouts and I'm sure you can see what I'm banging on about....
After a gentle, uplifting burst of colour - you can't go wrong!
All images from Pinterest & Apartment Therapy (except the last one which is our gorgeous Hampton bedhead!)