Room Tour: A Stylish Nursery Designed to Grow With the Child
This baby’s room in a barn conversion in Kent is fresh and playful, but also elegant and adaptable
The couple had seen Sophia’s previous projects on Houzz and liked her style. “I got a notification of a lead through Houzz,” she says. “[The owner] said, it’s really bland and I just want to add some personality.” The nursery was no exception, so Sophia’s challenge was to create a scheme that would work from babyhood through to young tween.
Who lives here? A family with two young children
Location Stowting, Kent
Property A tithe barn
Room dimensions 3.3m x 3.6m
Designer Sophia Fish of Golden Feathers Interiors
The owner asked Sophia to come up with ideas for the room. As she’d seen previous Golden Feathers Interiors project photos on Houzz, it was no surprise when she immediately liked Sophia’s design.
“My client and I are quite similar in our tastes,” Sophia says. “She loved the design and said it felt calm – important for a nursery – so it was nice to go with that natural feel. It’s complementary to the house because of all the oak beams and the palettes elsewhere in the property.”
The focal point of the room is the nature-themed wallpaper, which is washable. “It’s just such a beautiful paper and I had it in mind when I first saw this room,” Sophia says. “It creates its own theme, because it’s quite natural, so the textures in the room work with it.”
The earthy corals, mustards and pinks informed the colours for the rest of the design, not least in the soft rug. “As the little girl grows, that [palette] will grow with her – even to 7 or 8 – as it’s not too babyish,” she says.
Safari wallpaper, Roomblush. Rug; chest of drawers, both Made.com.
The bamboo pendant light picks up on the natural theme without feeling heavy in the space. “It’s one of the nicest features, I love it,” Sophia says. “We put it on a dimmer, so it can be low light in there.” The roof windows have integrated blackout blinds to ensure darkness for nap time.
She has painted the areas between the beams in a hardwearing, washable white paint, leaving the oak in its natural state. “The beams are original and we wanted to keep them that way,” she says.
Cot; day bed, both Aspace. Rainbow cushion, Scandiborn. Bed linen, Heal’s. Pendant light, Not On The High Street.
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Sophia’s husband, who runs the carpentry side of the business, made the oak shelf, which works well with the oak beams. “I was looking everywhere for a little shelf, but I couldn’t get one that fit perfectly,” Sophia says.
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