Interview with an expert - meet Mel from Interior design studio, Leo and Grace
1. Hi! Please could you introduce yourself and your business.
Hello, I’m Mel Weber and I recently launched my interior design studio, "Leo & Grace".
I specialise in designing contemporary babies’ and children’s rooms that the whole family will love. I started the business after the birth of my first child, as I really struggled to find modern and contemporary children’s decor that would complement the rest of our home.
2. How would you describe your interior design style?
My personal tastes are modern and contemporary, but I’m also heavily influenced by Scandinavian design. However, when I am designing a room for a client, it’s really important to me to ensure that the rooms reflect their own style and personality.
3. I love the way you design children’s room to fit with the rest of the home - how do you achieve this?
Thank you, this is always one of my biggest challenges when I’m designing a room. One of the things I really love about designing kids’ rooms is that you can be fun, playful and also experiment with colour in a way that you wouldn’t necessarily feel brave enough to do in the rest of the home, but the rooms should still always complement the homeowners’ tastes.
Typically, I try to pick up on colours and materials used throughout the rest of the home. Also, I don’t restrict myself to kids’ interiors shops so I might use a grown-up wallpaper for example, and then add artwork and soft furnishings to appeal to the kids.
4. What are the most important elements to consider when designing a children’s room?
Kids' rooms are often the smallest rooms in the home, and furniture has to work doubly hard to really earn its place in the room. I always try to look for multifunctional pieces, anything with built in storage is a winner. Another trick is to get down on your knees and look at the room from your kid’s eye level. This will make sure that you fit shelving and clothes rails at the right height so they can reach them and be more independent.
5. Can you tell us about a project you were really excited/proud to work on?
I’ve just started to work on my first teenagers’ rooms and I’m really excited to see how these come together. It’s going to be interesting as they can have more input into the design process, but we’ll also need to get mum and dad on board!
6. Have you seen any changes in children’s interiors over the last few years?
Without doubt, there’s a lot more choice when it comes to stylish children’s interiors and there are more, small independent brands in the market.
Instagram has been brilliant for this as a platform to give brands more visibility. I love introducing my clients to small indie brands they wouldn’t necessarily have found themselves.
7. What do you think are the main elements to creating a happy home?
For me, I would say it has to be artwork as it’s always a very personal choice and is a great talking point. Oh and a lot of laughter.
Thanks for your time and tips, Mel! What lovely rooms you have created.
You can find out more about Mel and her interior design work at Leo & Grace
Photography by Siobhan H Photography