Manuela was a banker in sales for more than sixteen years when her dream of owning a house was finally brought to life. Bright and open rooms with large window fronts in Zurich became a new family home of five (two girls, one boy, and their loving parents) where mum Manuela finds a sheer joy in putting together cute little nooks for her children.
She even confesses that, if this was an option, she would probably decorate and re-decorate five times a week:
“My husband has already declared me crazy. 🙂 But our kids love their rooms. The room you see here belongs to my middle daughter Jolie. She will soon be five years old and is a real little tidiness queen. She always puts the things back to their original place after playing.”
Manuela loves the fact that the room is very comfortable with so many small cosy corners perfect for a tinny bookworm but at the same time, it encourages playtime.
Stunning wooden floors in kids’ rooms show just how much Manuela appreciates being surrounded with quality, natural materials.
“I like neutral colors, soft fabrics and wood. I believe that the furniture shouldn’t be too colorful, because the toys are already colorful enough,” Manuela says.
All the furniture in this room is neutral which makes it easy for Manuela to play with colours and accessories. Mixing old with new is her favourite decorating trick and you will often find her at the flea market unearthing beautiful furniture and decor treasures. Buying vintage furniture and repainting it is one of her dearest hobbies, but she also enjoys painting over the walls and wooden toys.
“I like mixing vintage and modern. If there was only new and modern furniture in it, I would find the room too sterile,” Manuela explains.
The old wooden chest her mother gave her is without a doubt Manuela’s favourite:
“The chest is already eighty years old and a real gem. I love the unevenness and imperfections – it just fits wonderfully in the room. I can decorate it over and over again and all the toys find their place in it.”
With so many large windows, there are not many walls left for decorating and, even more importantly, for storage. But with so much daylight inside the room, they can’t complain. There are plenty of large storage bags, so all the toys can find their place to hide when not being used.
However, Manuela already has a plan for a new room makeover:
“I change the look of the rooms, again and again, bring other colors in or change the furniture. I love dark wall colours at the moment and that’s why I am already working on my new project: to change the look of the room with a little bit darker walls. I can’t wait to get started with a wonderful floral wallpaper. I’m very curious about how it will look like.”
If money was no object, Jolie’s room would grow much taller and get a second floor:
“Up there I would set up a small, cosy living room for my kids. Also, I would make a corner with gymnastics wall bars and mat for romping, and attach a swing, so that the children can let off steam there.”
She left us with a piece of advice:
“Less is more. Both with decoration and the colors. Choose white or bright furniture, and then select two favorite colours for decoration. I prefer earthy tones or pastel colors. I would rather advise against setting up a nursery like Winnie the Poo or Cars. And even with girls, it does not always have to be bright pink. Warm earthy tones or gray will look very beautiful.”
You’ll find Manuela on Instagram at @three.little.nordics
Bed : Oliver Furniture I Prints and Birds : Mrs Mighetto I Dolls : Lucky Boy Sunday and Maileg I Garlands : Cam Cam Copenhagen and No 74 I Cloud : Filibabba I Bunny lamp : Miffy I Rainbow : handmade by a friend I Little Lights : A little Lovely Company I Wicker basket : Ikea I Round rattan basket : fleamarket I Hanging rattan basket : Interio I Stacking toy : Ciao Bambino I Dream Big Little One wooden sign : Funny Bunny Kids I Little wooden round decor : Unico_styling I Storage : vintage I White lights : Ikea I Duvet : Maililou I Other duvet : Murmeltier Suisse I Wooden star : Maisons du Monde I Mountain Cushions : Funny Bunny Kids I Moon : Filibabba I Blanket with ships : Fabelab I rattan chair : Ikea I Piki Basket : Olli Ella I Doll Pram : Ooh Noo I Elefant Lamp : Sabo Concept I Canopy : Numero74 I Hula hoop : Galaxus I Wall hoop with flowers : Maison du Monde I Other wall hoop with flowers : Floral Dreamcatchers I Side table : Pfister I White playhouse : Aldi I Bedding : Interio I Eames style table and chairs : Amazon
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