Nursery Design – Inspiring Baby spaces

Last week I did an Interview with soon to be Mommy of two Hayley, from the blog Hayley’s Joy. Hayley needed some inspiration on what to do for her little boys room, here is what I had to say-


1. What are the current trends and popular themes for nursery’s currently?

Now day’s monochrome baby spaces are very popular. The great things about trends are that they can evolve with the growth of your child.

2. Without having to fall back on the cliché colours and themes, what is the best way to decorate a nursery for a specific sex?

I love the use of texture within spaces. In a girls nursery I would make use of faux fur, metallic sequence fabrics, ribbons etc. While in a boys nursery I would make use of velvet, silver metal and raw timber. The hard and soft contrast will define the sex.

3. Lots of baby items can make a room seem cluttered. Are there any appealing workarounds? 

Storage solutions in the forms of boxes and woven baskets are great at hiding the clutter. Shelves are also great.

4. Our nursery will be the smallest bedroom with the least amount of natural light in the house. How can we best utilize the space and make the room seem lighter during the day?
If you are able to – the addition of a sky light is a great solution for any small space, but the colour white always makes a space appear larger than it really is. Even paint your floor boards/concrete floors white, the less defined corners you have in the room the better.
5. Although it’s a different room, this is my second baby and we will be re-using a number of pieces such as the crib, compactum and feeding chair. What tips do you have for incorporating these items without having that same old- same old feeling?

Revamp these items…. There are some really affordable ways to breathe new life into a space. Re-upholster the chair, paint/strip the compactum and crib. Another way to give the space a different feel is to create a gallery wall with artworks of your babies growth or graphic prints.                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Thank you for getting in touch Hayley. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together!




Guest post over on Lanalou Style – Woven Baskets

I am totally excited to announce that yesterday I was the guest blogger over on Lanalou StyleHer lifestyle blog is just stunning and covers a wide range of topics from interior decor to photography, travel and weddings! My favourite is her Cape Town guide.

I have recently launched a range of hand woven baskets at the PRESENTspace pop up store at the wellness centre in Kloof Street, Cape Town. I am obessed! Read my full post over on Lanalou Style here.

Woven baskets trending - Melissa Louise

Woven baskets trending - Melissa Louise

Thank you Lana for the opportunity to work with you on this post, I hope to be back.


Image Sources: One || Two || Three

One desk || Two ways

Don’t your find that trends change faster than your purse can keep up?

Here are two fun looks, you can easily restyle your work space with little to no cost.

First up, is a vintage pastel look. I totally love this blush pink at the moment and you can add touches of gold for a timeless look. Simple accessories can really transform your desk without having to break the bank.

To achieve a simple gallery wall you can tear images from magazines you already have or download your fave prints and add them to your wall with washi tape.

Desk one - Melissa Louise


Next up, we have a monochromatic look, black and white are all the rage right now. This look is gender neutral and is totally modern. You can add pops of colour by using one statement piece or many accessories… Keep this look clean and modern by making use of graphic elements.

Desk two - Melissa Louise

Get this look- CHAIR || YAY BANNER || LAMP || E-MUG


Photos by Zana

Amazing Spaces Studio Part 3

I was approached by Julia from Amazing spaces to work on her new studio office space in Wynberg, Cape Town. Over the last week I have shown you the before and my proposal for the space and below you can see the after photographs.

I am so pleased with how this project evolved…

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How beautiful?



All images by Amazing spaces.

Amazing Spaces Studio Part 2

Amazing Spaces is a Cape Town based business dedicated to marketing locations to the Film, Stills, Events and Accommodation industries. Over the last two months I have been working on the re-design of their new studio space. Quite the honour considering the BEAUTIFUL spaces they deal with on a daily basis.

Last week I did a before post, see the before photos here.

The overall look and feel we wanted to achieve was a clean, light space. We did this with a natural colour palate. I relish in the use of pattern and texture, this adds depth to the space and while we went with more of a rustic finish throughout we complimented this with furniture items with contemporary lines.  

Here is my proposal for the space -

Falcon House by Melissa Louise

We loved the metro tiles and exposed jars and because the space had little to no storage space we embraced the open shelf look.

Julia also had her heart set on a barn door… I say no more!

Falcon House by Melissa Louise


Falcon House by Melissa Louise

Falcon House by Melissa Louise

Natural colours with hints of bold print and texture. (All these items wre locally sourced, how cool? I love that SA online retail is on the up!!!)

Falcon House by Melissa Louise

Stay tuned for Wednesdays post with all the AFTER photos… eeeek. <I could pop I’m so excited to share these>

Have a happy Tuesday…



All images sourced online, composition by Melissa Louise.