Thursday, 18 August 2011

Character and charm...

Hi Everyone


I've been so busy this week i almost forgot to blog! It's been a mountain of paperwork this week but finally that's all complete and i can start to think about more fun things. Like our VIP pre launch party... So i'm thinking cocktails and canapés, 200 or so designers, celebs and media, a live band and a sneak peek before opening. It's a leave the kids at home event so you can relax, network and have some fun. We will of course have an opening day for the kids and parents as well. I'm thinking face painting, crafting, music, entertainers and allergy friendly snacks. What are some other ideas? We want this to be a super fun day for the kids. This event will be the retail store opening so you'll finally be able to shop shop shop!


Here's a store i looked at recently which turned out to be too small but i just had to have a look seeing as the signage was so intriguing. (Herrick is my last name)



And another space which would suit us quite well. Loads of natural light, an outdoor space and some office space we could convert for the learning centre, party room and photo studio.


Ahh the possibilities... I see so much potential in places like these, no matter how well presented or rustic they feel. Kids Style Hub is going to exude character and charm. The retail space is going to have very few "formal" walls, wide browsing lanes that prams can glide easily around, varying height levels of display made up of an eclectic range of gathered pieces like old crates and suitcases, quirky second hand furniture and simple shelving. Not too crowded and all painted white so that the products speak for themselves. There will however be a quite modern designed counter (which i'm designing) and some great lighting. 

The cafe will be a great fun space too. Kim and Hardy are designing a large tree for the heart of the cafe which will grow magical craft works. If we are able to get some outside space, i'd love to create some interlinking cubbies of all different styles with secret doors to one another along with space to run around and fall over softly. Maybe even a vertical organic veggie garden which the kids can help us grow. Hahaha oooh dear i've got so much work to do before opening. 

I'm actually going to need some help once we move into the space to get it ready, so for anyone who is based in Melbourne who wants to come down and give us a hand painting or creating these magical spaces, i'll give you a shout out when we're ready to start. 

That's all for this week. I'm off to the Melbourne Mammas Market this Sunday with my two children's wear brands on sale at 50% - 80% off. Lots of you are also heading there so please pop in and say hi to me, there are so many of you i have not met in person yet. 

Happy designing

Nicole Herrick
KIDS STYLE HUB

Melbourne Mammas Market: Sunday 21st August
10am - 2:30pm
Ukranian Hall Essendon



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