Show us your nursery – a compact monochrome haven for Max


If you think style goes out the window when space is at a premium, we’re about to blow your mind! This gorgeous little boy’s room has a very on-trend monochrome base, with pops of colour to make it a playful haven.

This is three-year-old Max’s gorgeous room, and it was created by his mum Maria, who (it won’t surprise you to learn) is a children’s interior stylist. Her foray into the world of interior design on a small scale all began with this room.


Here’s what she had to say about the space she was working with:

“We live in a small, two bedroom, semi-detached maisonette – so space is at a premium. We needed a bed with storage. So we designed and made our own bed. As you do! The brief was simple – needed oodles of storage, could age with Max through the years and had to look good. My husband designed and made a flat pack plywood bed with two underneath storage compartments on castor wheels. The storage units can be moved around and fit an amazing 350 litres worth of stuff. Storage is king!”



Once this incredible bed was in the offing, Maria knew she had her hero piece, which she worked around. Next came the beautiful rug, which gives the room a burst of fresh colour. And it’s just perfect for a child’s space because it’s an indoor/outdoor rug made from eco-friendly recycled polypropylene. Maria assures us it doesn’t look like plastic, so still adds a softness to the room, while being easy to clean and durable. What a clever idea!



After sourcing a print featuring the title from one of Max’s favourite books, Dr Suess’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Maria says a theme started to emerge.

“Places to see, places to go. Just go, go, go. Bit like my boy. So I ran with it. Next were the Newbies wall planes from The Greater Good. I originally wanted to cover the wall near Max’s bed with wallpaper but unfortunately, I couldn’t convince my hubby and it was also way out of our price range. The Newbies planes worked a treat though and I like how they relate to the Oh, the Places You’ll Go print.”


Shadow boxes housing knick knacks and favourite toys adorn the wall, and Max also has a cosy little reading area at the foot of his bed.


Maria also used a very cost-effective yet stylish idea to display some unframed art – simple clipboards!


As an interior stylist Maria knows the value of using what she already has, so Ikea pieces from around the house have been put to good use in Max’s room.

“I just had to figure out how to make these existing pieces work for Max in his new room. I originally saw the cityscape wall decals positioned above the same Ikea Expedit bookshelf. The decals are from Chispum, a Spanish company. I replicated this look to give Max a play area at his own height teamed with train tape from Little Me Little You to complete a virtual city with train tracks, cars and transport vehicles. Some of Max’s favourite things and keeping in the ‘places’ theme.”


There are so many adorable things to look at in Max’s space, and Maria has kindly let us know where to source many of these beautiful pieces:

Do you have a beautiful nursery or bedroom you’d like to share? Then fill in this form on our contact us page, we’d love to hear from you.

(Photography by Reflexio)



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