Cool and Calm - Harvey's Nursery Tour
Light and shade, cool and warm, harmonious and impeccably detailed - little Harvey’s room is a monochrome masterpiece.
This nursery is the sort of room you enter and feel immediately at ease. The space is bright and airy. The monochrome colour palette with washed out whites, greys and just a hint of soft blues, combined with light timber tones and clean modern furniture, gives a beautiful Scandinavian feel to the room. But cold this nursery is not. It’s a wonderfully warm and inviting space that beckons you into its fold.
In fact, the more you look around the room, the more you realise just how genius and harmonious the room feels. It’s obvious that this space is the work of a designer with a very keen eye and a great vision, a designer like Petite Interior Co.
Founded in 2013 by Bel Kurtz, Petite Interior Co. has evolved into a one-stop shop for everything related to children’s design. Their team incorporates decorators, stylists, graphic designers and trades. They’ve even produced their own range of linens, beds and a children’s interior design e-course. It’s no wonder that while producing rooms like Harvey’s, with such attention to detail, that they have grown into one of the largest children’s interior design studios in the world.
Super stylish mum of three, Danielle, entrusted Petite Interior Co. with Harvey’s room. Danielle’s brief sought sophistication in nursery appropriate pieces that would also last into the future. It’s hardly surprising that sophistication was the order of the day. Danielle is the founder of the brand Budu. Whilst pregnant with her first son, she found a gap in the market for stylish baby products. With her background in fashion and modelling, she has brought baby products to the market that combine high end fashion aesthetic with practical design.
The boat decals were the inspiration and starting point from which the design of the room grew. The pieces of the room were carefully selected to all work together. The incredible rug not only adds beautiful texture and warmth to the room, but pulls together all the colours from the deep charcoal in the carpet, to the soft blue greys and creamy loveliness of the timbers. Bel spotted a “sneak peek” of the Happy as Larry rug on Instagram and “knew it would just work perfectly
in the space.” It’s now her favourite feature of the room.
The biggest challenge for the design team was selecting pieces that were still age appropriate, that Danielle and Harvey would love for years to come. Based on Bel’s experience, she has observed that “boys’ nurseries can sometimes be a bit bland, but this one strikes a good balance between sophistication and softness that works really well”.
It’s the details like the matching timbers of the cot, change table and picture frames blending with the rug, to the carefully selected shades of grey and soft blues in the linens, soft furnishings and plush toys coordinating seamlessly with the wall prints and wall decals, that gives the space so much class and accord.
With a room like this, Harvey is sure to grow up with a great sense of style. And until then, we’re sure he’ll love cruising the streets with mum in his Budu baby carrier that even matches his room!
DESIGN BELINDA KURTS, PETITE INTERIOR CO. PHOTOGRAPHY RACHEL WINTON PHOTOGRAPHY STYLED BY KATY THOMAS
WORDS BERNICE CAMPBELL