Australian based property and product stylist, Bettina Brent, has always been interiors obsessed and decided to study interior design when she and her builder husband bought an old un-renovated house in Melbourne twelve years ago. Since then they have built and renovated five homes and had three children. Over the years, her creative outlet was to help clients and on their own building projects but when her youngest started school, she knew that she wanted to work as a stylist so she started building a ‘portfolio’ of her styling on Instagram and through that she managed to find work with inspiring projects.
Her daughters’ bedrooms are her favourite spaces she tells us and adds “Maybe I’m just reliving being a kid, but they’re so much fun to play with and style. I have been so lucky to be chosen as a brand ambassador and stylist for some amazing small businesses, combining their beautiful products with my love of kid’s rooms, fashion and accessories.”
And today we are so lucky to visit one of these spaces, the room of her six year old daughter Saskia.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE THE STYLE AND ATMOSPHERE OF YOUR DAUGHTER’S ROOM?
Mid-century design but with a Scandi colour palette, Saskia’s room is a perfect reflection of that. I love white and greys mixed with timber, so all three of my children’s rooms needed to fit into my 60’s built homes’ neutral colour scheme. After inheriting her brother’s bed and a mid-century dresser, we painted them in a soft grey and her room evolved from there. It is a cosy, soothing space but playful at the same time. Saskia likes to add her own styling to her room through perfectly placed beanie boos!
WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR IT?
I could spend hours getting lost on Instagram and Pinterest, admiring and being inspired by so many amazing creatives. Just like the rest of the house, Sassy’s bedroom is ever changing with new products and artworks.
WHAT ARE YOURS AND YOUR DAUGHTER’S FAVOURITE ELEMENT IN IT?
Saskia loves the Ikea kitchen; she has played with it for years and still loves making cupcake soup in it, definitely the best money I’ve spent. It’s so hard for me to choose a favourite, but I love all the prints in her room from talented local artists.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR PARENTS CREATING A ROOM FOR THEIR CHILD?
Keep it neutral so you can add your colours in soft furnishings or art that are easy to change as they grow. I am a neat freak, so storage is my other must. Everything has its place, toys and crafting need to be put away in toy boxes, trunks, containers or baskets.
WHAT WOUILD BE YOUR DREAM PIECE TO INTEGRATE IN THE ROOM, IF MONEY WAS NO OBJECT?
A Fibreshack custom swing and macramé pendant light is next on my wish list.
Copyright : Bettina Brent
Bed and dresser : vintage I Playkitchen : Ikea I Beanbag : Homeday I Metal case : Belle and Co Living I Joanie Tambourine : Amigos de Hoy I Throws : Kmart and Adairs I Neon heart : Neon Poodle I Pompom cushion : Closely Knit I White felt cushion : Sly Australia I Clock : Clocksicle I Bunny Angel print : My Hidden Forest I Millie the Cat print : Sailah Lane I Fur hide : Hides of Excellence I Wall hangings : Honey Honey Creations I Sequin heart : Wool and Willow I House cushion : Little Village Handmade I Canopy, star cushion and garland : Numero 74 I Fairy toadstool : Little Belle Light
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