I have been busting to talk about Elsie's room for ages and ages and am so excited that tonight is finally the night. I have so many amazing pictures to share but I know you guys wont mind, after all you can never have too much pretty.
Elsie's room makeover started with a wall. This very wall to be exact. After having one of the most sought after nurseries on Instagram, Elsie's fabulous mum Fiona (Instagram account fee_loves_) was ready for a change and this feature wall absolutely set the tone for an incredible room. I love Fiona because she always chooses handmade first. The industry is lucky to be supported by women who have a strong voice on social media and are generous with their photos and information, Fee is absolutely one of them. Many a business, myself included, have experienced a boom in followers and sales following one incredibly taken photo. We need more Fiona's choosing us first, supporting and celebrating local talent. But I digress .....
When Fee first approached me to make Elsie's very special first bed quilt it was an idea that ended up being one million miles away from our final destination. I am confident I drive many of my customers crazy with my ability to change my mind, it is fair to say that very few of my custom quilt orders start at one point and stay there. It is also fair to say I am enthusiastic, full of ideas and driven to create the perfect order. At least that is what I like to think they say over the thousands of messages we normally exchange.
Anyway after much talk, debate, inspiration and idea sharing we chose a very simple style for Elsie's quilt, although never mistake simplicity for lack of wow factor! Simple solids were mixed with a couple of key fabrics to create a sweet feel that wont date. Pastels were the theme and selecting our fabrics involved holding up lots of swatches to the beautifully painted wall and bedhead, we needed to coordinate, compliment and also stand out.
|Elsie's final fabrics - a mixture of Riley Blake Wonderland and Cotton Couture solids|
The hardest part of working on the order was not sharing peeks. It is rare for me to pack something off that I have not photographed and shared myself but I knew the quilt deserved to be introduced to the world from its new home first and foremost. This year Fiona has started a business called Little M.E. Images which provides photography and product styling for Baby and Children's' products so I knew the pictures she took would be a squillion times better than mine anyway. Plus that amazing wall was needed to tie it all together.
In regards to accessories we decided on a large pillow, name cushion and apple pie cushion. A matching dolly set followed soon after as well after Fee found a sweet little vintage bed.
Once it all arrived Fee got to work and nearly every day the most amazing images arrive, so many I struggled to choose, hence the photo bombardment you are about to experience. Elsie is as happy with everything as her mum and in my mind that is the most important thing, remember I believe rooms should be about the children who live in them first and foremost. Beautiful photos are nice to have but they are not the mark of a successful order. There is nothing worse for me than seeing a picture of a room that is completely devoid of the occupant's personality, I don't care how well styled it is. Fee and I are on exactly the same page when it comes to this and we worked incredibly well together as a result, so much so we are already in the planning stages for a quilt for her son Michael lol.
I think it is safe to say that Elsie is pretty happy with her own little pocket of the world. I know I would have trouble leaving if it was mine!
Tucked into Elsie's set was a personalised towel too. I love practical gifts, it is important to have beautiful things that are functional as well after all motherhood means you can never have enough towels no matter how old they get (just trust me on this!)
And finally something special for brother Michael too. A floor pillow with his favourite quote on it, said by Mum every night at bed. I have mentioned before how much I love my job haven't I!
And once again I received phenomenal photos back - huzzah!
Now I know I am going to get bombarded with questions about many of the pieces in Elsie's room and I am not surprised, they are amazing! I am working with Fee on a supplier list and will add it to this post as soon as it is complete, with links to purchase of course. I would hate to leave anyone out and as you know I really really believe if we all share the love then we can grow all our businesses, how amazing would that be!
And that my friends is sweet Elsie's room - such a pleasure to create and the best thing that came out of it was a fast friendship with Fiona. You really cant share over 8,000 messages (no I am not joking!) with someone and not develop a bond. We are even planning on working on some exciting stuff in the new year but of course Mum's the word on that until we are ready for the big reveal.
Till next time