IN­SPIR­ING NURS­ERIES

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh ol­liella.com.au MT DRUITT-ST MARYS STAN­DARD, Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 16, 2015

JUST be­cause some­thing is made for a nurs­ery, that doesn’t mean it can’t look good in a grown-up room.

That’s the prin­ci­ple fol­lowed by sis­ters Chloe and Olivia Brook­man, founders of the Olli Ella range of mod­ern nurs­ery and home decor.

Chloe says ev­ery prod­uct in the range, which in­cludes nurs­ing chairs, fur­ni­ture, bed­ding, decor and rugs, is de­signed for a child’s room but looks fab­u­lous in any space.

“The con­cept is about cre­at­ing prod­ucts that are live­able, un­fussy, ef­fort­less and time­less. It’s about easy care and com­fort, while be­ing as­pi­ra­tional and so­phis­ti­cated,” she says.

Their col­lec­tion is stocked by Har­rods, Lon­don. Chloe is based in Padding­ton in Syd­ney while Olivia runs the Lon­don shop. The pair do ev­ery­thing, from sourc­ing to de­sign­ing, draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from their three chil­dren and own child­hoods.

Hav­ing spent their for­ma­tive years in Syd­ney, the care­free, re­laxed Aus­tralian lifestyle is re­flected in the de­signs.

Chloe says ev­ery prod­uct, such as their first nurs­ing chair, has a story. In 2010, af­ter not be­ing able to find a nurs­ing chair for Chloe’s first child’s nurs­ery, the sis­ters, then own­ers of an art gallery in Lon­don, de­signed the Mo-Ma and Da-Da Glid­ers.

“Six months later we were mak­ing chairs for other ex­pec­tant friends and within months Olli Ella was launched, with Har­rods our first stock­ist,” Chloe says.

She says a nurs­ery should grow with the child.

“There are so many ways to al­low a nurs­ery to evolve into a child’s room, from choos­ing pieces that are not too ‘baby’ to fur­ni­ture that can con­vert from one thing to another (like a cot to a tod­dler bed, a chang­ing ta­ble to a chest of draw­ers), add fresh coat of paint and new wall art,” she says.

For small spa­ces, Chloe sug­gests bas­kets.

“I am one of the big­gest bas­ket junkies around – on my last count I had 40 bas­kets at home,” she says.

Room to grow … the Olli Ella range gives nurs­eries a mod­ern look with prod­ucts that in­clude Pit­ter Pat­ter Pink sheet, Si-Ta side ta­ble and Teepee geo rug (above left), Mesa wall art, Knitta bean bag, Teepee and Belly bas­kets and Moon­drop rug (top right) and the Mo-Ma Glider nurs­ing chair and Har­le­quin cot bed set.

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