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Here’s the Secret to Designing a Nursery That Will Grow with Your Child

Here’s the Secret to Designing a Nursery That Will Grow with Your Child

And five other design tips you might have missed this month!

Written by –
Jess Ng
on May 25th 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

Between diapers, car seats and strollers, having a kid sure can be expensive. There’s no doubt that it’s all absolutely worth it, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t strive to save on costs wherever and whenever you can. While I’m no expert on parenting, I do have a little interior design hack that can help you to do just that. Read on to find out more.

Design Tip #1

Stick to neutral tones for a timeless nursery that will grow with your child

Nursery Design Tip: Scandinavian-inspired nursery with neutral walls and classic furniture |
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While nurseries are typically synonymous with patterned wallpapers and colorful murals, this could in fact be a costly mistake. Instead, one of our favorite blogger moms, Marilen Montenegro, suggests starting with neutral walls, then adding personality and color with accessories. As your child grows, you can simply switch up the accessories according to their interests and needs rather than having to implement a costly full room overhaul.


Discover more tips on how to design a stylish kid-friendly home here.

Design Tip #2

Free up precious storage space by turning your photo albums into a gallery wall

Declutter Design Tip: Black and white photo gallery wall in a modern minimal living room |
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Although I love thumbing through old photo albums, there’s no denying that their bulky forms take up a lot of space. Cue the photo gallery wall. Just think about the extra storage this will free up! Even better, you’ll actually be able to see your favorite memories every day instead of hiding them away in the cupboard.


Head here to discover other obsolete household items you should declutter for a tidy, streamlined space.

Design Tip #3

Utilize sliding doors to create privacy in an open plan space

Open Plan Design Tip: Minimalist blue kitchen with sliding door |
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An open plan layout is one of the hallmarks of contemporary family living, but what happens when you need quiet and privacy at times too? This was the dilemma faced by the occupants of Curvy Chambers, Bean Buro’s latest design project. Luckily for them, the Bean Buro team had the perfect solution in the form of a concealed, acoustically engineered sliding door. What I love about the sliding door is that it offers an option for privacy without compromising that free flow open plan aesthetic. Problem solved!


See more of the Curvy Chambers home here.

Design Tip #4

Take your living room from day to night with the addition of a bar cart

Entertaining Design Tip: Black minimalist bar cart with flowers and artwork |
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So you might not have a dedicated entertaining space in that compact apartment of yours, but that doesn’t mean you can’t party with the best of them. Even if you’re low on space, the trick is to make what you do have work double duty. And a bar cart is the perfect way to take your living room from a cozy day time hideaway to party central in no time.


See more fun home decor accessories here.

Design Tip #5

Turn your home into a summer paradise using servery windows and natural accents

Summer Design Tip: Alfresco dining area with white gas strut servery window and wooden stools |
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It’s that time of year again when wanderlust reaches fever pitch. But if you don’t have any upcoming holiday plans, there’s no need to despair just yet! This month we’ve rounded up a whole bunch of ways you can transform your home into a summer paradise. From servery windows that capture the indoor-outdoor living vibe to a tee, to natural beachy rattan accents, you’ll feel like you’re living on a dreamy island resort in no time. If you can’t go on holiday then why not make the holiday come to you?


For more beachy home decor tips head here and here.

Design Tip #6

When it comes to buying vintage, disregard labels in favor of a focus on form and aesthetics

Vintage Design Tip: Elegant Parisian home office with bookshelf and desk |
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One of the best ways to create a home that’s truly one of a kind is to fill it with vintage treasures. However, vintage shopping can sometimes be easier said than done. For instance, how do you tell if something is a true gem or just a piece of junk? Well according to Carole Marcotte of vintage store Form and Function, “if the piece serves a function you need and is in the style you desire, than it is a good investment.” “Don’t get caught up in the ‘named’ or collectible items where pricing can skyrocket,” she advises – concentrate on function and aesthetics instead.


For more tips and tricks for vintage furniture shopping, head here.

Looking for even more design tips? Then head to our Tips & Guides category where we’ve covered everything from how to expertly decorate a hallway to how to prepare your garden for summer.


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