I have followed the work of New Zealand artist Hayley King AKA Flox for yeeeears! With a backlog of posts on her various projects and an interview on Studio Home, when it came to sharing another Mini Space with you it seemed a no brainer!
The space Hayley and partner; Gareth have created is pared back and beautifully calm. Catching the evening light, the nursery is upstairs in their inner city home that also double as Hayley’s studio.
Scroll down further to learn about their ideas on decorating the space and their favourite additions!
(noticed that amazing decal of the bird? That is a new product featuring Flox art done in collaboration with NZ based The Decal Shop – you can check out the full post detailing these on Studio Home today)
WHO LIVES HERE:
Gareth Moon (Indi’s dad)
Indiana Kotare Moon (“Kotare” is the maori word for kingfisher, we wanted the name King in there somewhere to represent my last name. And also we have an affinity to birds..as you may have noticed through my art!) 8 months
Bo Soon Sun Liew-King 7 years
PLAN BEHIND THE DECORATION OF THE ROOM:
We wanted to keep the decor in Indi’s room really plain, but add some special features such as some beautiful artwork purchased recently, and some work that we were also lucky enough to have been given. I’ve also added my own floxy touch!
The carved round artwork “NZ Onward” is by a local artist and friend of mine Hannah Jenson, while the dream catcher was made especially for Indi by a friend of mine up north, Sheree Wagener. She’s incorporated the wing of a Kotare and woven a crescent-moon into the piece.
We were also keen to stay right away from cliche pink or blue. We never knew what we were having, so I think the surprise of it all, has also had a bearing on this. Ie: nothing specifically for boys or girls, just super cool, and super cute stuff to look at.
We’re also big on staying away from plastic toys as much as we can. I prefer to shop at places like Trade Aid and Iko Iko where I know you can buy really cute wooden or woven play and stimulation type toys.
It’s hard to say what my favourite features are, as everything has been so carefully selected and bought with love!
I think the overall feel of the room is great, it’s light and sunny and comfortable for Indi. His crib from Nature Baby is a total winner, such a sweet design and uber cosy, while the Natures Sway Hammock has given him an option for those day time naps. I love
the aesthetics of both of these, but I also love how functional they are.
Indiana’s favourite feature would have to be his ceramic bunny night light, he just stares and stares at it, and absolutely loves it.
IN HINDSIGHT, IF YOU COULD MAKE ANY CHANGES WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
I wouldn’t change anything at present, but due to the nature of an ever-changing baby and their needs, I’m sure this room will be an on-going work in progress! The couch was slightly unintended, as we had nowhere else to put it, but it has however become a godsend for those night time feeds!
I think we’ll move it out when we can, to free up more space. But for now it’s doing the job.
DID YOU GET CRAFTY YOURSELF? ANY DIY FEATURES THAT YOU PULLED TOGETHER?
Yep I couldn’t help myself, I have added my own floxy touch! I’ve experimenting with wall decals at the moment, and so Indi get’s the first ever sample.
My partner Gareth is a photographer, and he suggested we shoot the orignal spraypainted birds on film to achieve maximum size. He was right, the results have been really good, with a high enough resolution to go full size with these bird decals.
Featured is the Bluebird Decal, applied straight to the wall beside his cot, so he can see it in all its glory. I love the vibrancy of the colours and the fact that it looks like I’ve painted it straight on the wall (which is what I would normally do). But I guess the beauty of the decal, is that it won’t damage your wall and you can move it around a million and one times if you like.