With the news of the royal baby, it's hard not to get carried away with baby fever again (remember the excitement of the anticipation and arrival of Prince George?) and this recently complete Casa Forma nursery project is doing nothing to cure that. The delicate pink colour palette offset by rich mahogany woods, gorgeous leather-clad quilted panel doors and oh-so-comfortable furniture make this one chic baby bedroom. Faiza Seth, the London design firm's CEO, talks us through the project and gives some interesting insights into stylish nursery design.
Q: Faiza, what was the brief for this pretty nursery?
This sumptuous nursery had to cater for both a beautiful newborn baby girl and her mother, yet be flexible for the nanny's day and night needs. Inspiration was chosen from a favoured Charbonnel et Walker chocolate box, with hints of dusty rose and gold to add a feminine feel to the design.
Q: What kind of information did you gather from the clients to create a space which was perfect for them and their child?
Since this was the second nursery Casa Forma designed for the client, following the success of the first, we therefore knew most of the client's needs and taste, but most importantly also the baby requirements. An additional in-house nanny was also needed so addressing her needs was important too.
Q: The fabrics used are just as luxurious as any adult's bedroom. Which fabrics did you use and how did you balance functionality with beauty?
Functionality is always of the upmost importance to any Casa Forma project. Luxurious fabrics were introduced to areas which are not necessarily in reach for everyday use, for example cladding the internal exposed areas of high level joinery. All fabrics and kid skin leather were also treated to resist marking and staining.
Q: A nursery has to have the ability to evolve as the child grows. How did you implement that in this space?
All joinery and the majority of the furniture were designed by Casa Forma. The main wall of joinery that leads to the en suite is designed to conceal the AC and heating units and has a series of niches all of which are made from mahogany. To have the ability to evolve as the child grows, the upholstered tapestry panels clad to the niches are removable. Once removed the joinery takes on a more mature look.
Q: What are some of your recommendations for storage in a nursery?
Storage is always crucial in projects. [We] designed the bespoke ottomans with lift-up soft tops to store toys and essentials; the bespoke sofa bed also has ample storage beneath for linen. The bespoke deco style, full height wardrobe had Haffele pull-down rails installed for additional hanging storage.
Q: What should someone steer clear of when it comes to decorating a nursery?
One can easily over-personalise a space – the nursery has to be comfortable and practical for a loving baby to grow strong and healthy.