Yvonne Khazen is a mum of two cheeky girls, Zoe four, and Georgia sixteen months. She lives together with her husband in Sutherland Shire in Sydney and is the creative mind behind The Styled Spot, a children’s interior design studio. Her love of interiors became evident when she was a university student studying primary teaching as she would often work part time and spend it all on décor! Whilst teaching she completed her interior course to nurture her passion and eventually turned it into her reality. Today she shows us how she styled her daughter’s amazing nursery and tells us more about herself and this special space.
WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO TURN YOUR PASSION INTO A BUSINESS?
It was a few costly purchases I made when putting together my first daughters room. I used to be an impulse buyer, I would see a gorgeous item in store or online and I would want it for her room. Only to find that when it arrived I couldn’t get it to look quite like it had in the picture I’d seen. To avoid making anymore costly purchases I decided to go back to what I had learnt in my course and carefully plan and design a space. By planning I didn’t buy a single item until I had carefully thought about the look I wanted, how each piece worked together in the space and my needs along with my child’s needs for the space. Thats how my business came to life as I want to help mums make the right choices with furniture and décor. If you clearly think and plan it out, you can buy the right items not only to use now but these items will then transition with your child as they grow.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE LOOK AND FEEL OF GEORGIA’S NURSERY?
It’s a happy and playful nursery. Bright and colourful in some ways (the dresser & artwork) yet has plenty of soft girly touches (pale blue rocking chair, blush pink pillows, and delicate trinkets). It is a nursery jam-packed with personality and unique finds. It is a place that I also enjoy being in. Being a nursery I felt that the room needed to meet some of my needs. The glider (rocking chair) was particularly vital for me as it gave me a place to nurse comfortably. The night light was another useful aspect of the space as it provided gentle light but also enabled me to attend to her in the middle of the night.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE THE MOST ABOUT IT?
The artwork is my most treasured piece. It made my heart sing when I saw it at the store and it still puts a smile on my face when I walk into her room. The colours are bright and happy, and remind me of spring! My other obsession is gardening and flowers, so this floral print is perfect. This print is pretty enough to move to any space in my home.
WHERE DO YOU LOOK FOR INSPIRATION?
I love drawing colour inspiration from nature. Nature gets colour combinations perfectly every time. Especially in the spring I love driving around my neighbourhood and seeing all the various flowers blooming, the colours are breathtaking. I also love starting with a statement piece for a room, it could be an artwork as in Georgia’s case or a chest of draws or even beautiful bedlinen. I then draw all the colours, textures etc that compliment the piece and decorate the room from there. Other sources of inspiration are interior magazines, pinterest, fashion trends and I love delving into interior courses as often as I can.
Cot : Troll range from Baby Bunting I Large floral artwork : Charbella Bubs I Wooden hanging rack : The Timba Trend I Round woven bag : The Ivory Fawn Company I Personalised hanging name plaque : Arlo & Co I Mustard throw blanket : Adairs I Hanging gold stars : Dear September I Sleepy eye pillow : Kmart I Chest of drawers/Changing table : Charbella Bubs I Basket with woven name : La Petite Mara I Love heart sign : Fromage Is Cool I Letter board : Alpha Board Co I Handmade fairy doll : These Little Treasures I Wooden name plaque : Little H Creations I Handmade shoes : Little Brownies I Custom floral wreath : Billie and Lola I Baby milestone book : Write To Me I Rocking Chair/Glider : Olli Ella I Rug : Armadillo and Co I Bedside table : Kmart
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