One of the things I was most excited about when I embarked on the Artist Series was getting a glimpse into how true creatives work. I was interested in the design process and the fine tuning that goes on behind the scenes before a finished product is presented.
On this occasion I was allowed into the secret realm of Interior Stylist, Jacinda from Hide and Sleep.
She spent hours upon hours designing a mood board for Pippi's 'big girl' room (to be revealed later but the customised blog header* gives you a hint.). Each artwork, decal, and item of furniture is hand picked and shuffled about until everything is just so. Items are bespoke and often sourced from cottage brands based in Australia.
I'm so pleased to be able to include a Stylist (or two, there are more that are contributing) in the Artist Series - especially one that specialises in playful, whimsical children's spaces.
Tell us a little bit about Hide and Sleep? Hide & Sleep is an interior design service specializing in designing children's rooms, nurseries and playrooms.
What inspired to to start Hide and Sleep? I was studying interior design whilst working full time when a close friend asked me to help with her nursery. She was on a limited budget and wanted help in making it gorgeous without spending lots of money. I loved and had so much fun putting it together, that i decided that's what i wanted to focus on. I don't have children of my own but adore them and making them happy is why i love what i do.
Is there an artist or interior designer that you turn to for inspiration when you need it? I am addicted to Pinterest which is what i use for inspiration. I am always finding new products for my rooms and sourcing color and pattern combinations.
What is your favourite colour? it changes all the time but i always go back to loving pale pink.
What is your favourite item/items to include in a space for children? I always include artwork in every room. It doesn't have to be an expensive collector's item, and it can be children's own paintings, photo's or even pages from their favourite book but i never feel the room is complete without something on the walls.
Can you share your happiest childhood memory? I have lots of happy childhood memories and they all involve being on my grandparents farm in Wangaratta. Swimming in the river with my sister and cousins, riding on the tractor and playing backyard cricket.
What is your greatest achievement? Achievement to me is based on values. I feel blessed to have the family and friends that i do. All relationships need time and energy spent on them, and my greatest achievement is having the relationships i do with my friends and family.
Will you share your design mantra with us? I don't really have a design mantra, although maybe i need one :-) I am lucky working with children that I can be more adventurous and anything goes, which is why i much prefer designing a kids room than a bathroom.
The design of a Mood Board is just one of the wonderful services offered by Hide and Sleep. Visit her webpage for more details and pricing and please, please, please do yourself a favour and like Hide and Sleep on facebook- it's just an inspiration overload over there! Trust me, you'll never buy a magazine again, you'll just browse facebook ;)
If you're after product details, stay tuned. In the next couple of days I'll reveal the mood board Jacinda designed for little Pippi (it's oh so fruity) and tell you about the very exciting month of March we have planned here at The Beetle Shack.
*Header composed by the ever beautiful, ever talented, ever creative Lauren Merrick