To celebrate Mother’s Day, homelife was lucky enough to be invited into the homes of some of our favourite mums. As we tour their children’s rooms, each mama chats about homelife, interiors for children and, perhaps most importantly, motherhood.  

Claire Aristides, Founder and Creative Director of , is mother to Enzo, seven, and Cleo, 14 months

What does homelife with your little ones mean to you? 

“Home life is always hectic and never dull… the kids have so much energy and they’re always running around. My 14-month-old, Cleo, loves to crawl, climb, jump off anything and everything.

“We spend a lot of our time in the kitchen where we have a section dedicated to all the kids’ toys – a little play pen in the kitchen. The kitchen leads off to the garden so that works really well for playing, too.

“Recently we bought a big roll of white butchers paper and we roll it out over the kitchen table and everyone just draws. It’s been so much fun. It’s made the table so bright and colourful and we are always asking each other ‘what are you drawing?’.”

Tell us about your children’s rooms and what you’ve tried to create?

“Cleo’s room has a beautiful reading corner where we sit on the floor and read books and play with her toys. She loves going into Enzo’s room and playing with his truck collection.

“Enzo is transitioning out of his little boy’s room – as he is now 7 (sniff sniff), so he doesn’t want his teddies and baby toys anymore. He wants trucks, trucks and more trucks. He is also Lego mad. Despite that, his room isn’t very cluttered and he loves to keep it clean and organised.

“Both their rooms are light, airy and not cluttered. They are always welcoming. Both the children love to spend time in their rooms.”

What are your words of wisdom on being a mum?

“Motherhood has taught me that memories, moments, the love you have with your children, time with family and friends are what really counts.

“My words of wisdom on motherhood are, try and keep motherhood as simple as you can – your child just wants to feel loved, secure and safe and that you are proud of them.”

Raffaela Jenkins, Stylist and blogger at , is mother to Indi, two, and Ollie, six months

What does homelife with your little ones mean to you?

“Indi loves the outdoors so we try to get out at least once day to enjoy some fresh air and explore. However, on those rainy days we stay indoors and keep ourselves occupied with toys, including Indi’s dollhouse, books, or at times, watching one of Indi’s favourite movies – she has a few.

“My favourite thing to do with Indi and Ollie is to just have fun with them! Having Ollie, I have truly been able to see how quick time passes. Even looking through photos of Indi when she was a little baby, I have learnt that it’s ok to leave the house chores some days and really soak up as much moments as I can with them both.”

Tell us about your children’s rooms and what you’ve tried to create?

“I’ve created a whimsical space for Indi and a chilled-out Scandi/boho space for Ollie.

“For both of their rooms, I have tried to create spaces that they love to be in, and would happily spend downtime in.

“Every night we read books in Indi’s room before bed and it’s such a relaxing place to be under her bed-drape with her twinkly fairy lights on.

“My favourite features of their rooms would have to be Indi’s beautiful wallpaper and bed-drape. And for Ollie, his feature-wall colour and artwork above his cot.”

What are your words of wisdom on being a mum?

“I never knew what tired was before I had kids, but then again I never knew a love like this existed, either.

“It can be rough some days; these days test us beyond measure, but most days it’s incredible to watch the little person grow.

“So take a ton of photos, join in on your children’s fun, kiss and hug them as much as possible, savour moments and create memories because time goes by far too fast!”

Victoria Lucas, Founder and Creative Director of , is mother to Willow, three, and Olive, 20 months

What does homelife with your little ones mean to you?

“Tiaralestari with my girls is one of fun, laughter and lots of cuddles. The girls and I love to build cubby houses and play in the garden.

“Willow and Olive spend most of their time either in the playroom or outside in their cubby house, which their clever daddy built.

“Tiaralestari with Willow and Olive is happy, the girls feel loved, confident to explore their world and excited for adventures.”

Tell us about your children’s rooms and what you’ve tried to create?

“I have always dreamed of creating my little girls’ bedrooms with beautiful items from around the world.

“I’ve sourced whimsical items in order to create a space that is full of wonder and gives them a place to explore and understand the world around them.

“My favourite feature in the girls’ rooms would be their reading nooks. We love spending time in these spaces sharing and exploring stories. It’s also a fun place to cuddle.”

What are your words of wisdom on being a mum?

“Children grow up too fast so believe in who you are as a mother and enjoy every moment.

“Enjoy lots of cuddles and take the time to tell your children about all the wonderful things they do.”

Danella Gillard, Founder and Artist at , is mother to Zamiah, five, Sailee, four, Vincent, one-and-a-half

What does homelife with your little ones mean to you?

“Tiaralestari for us is filled with dress-ups, sticky tape (lottttts of sticky tape), paper, paint, glitter glue and a whole lot of mess, on – and under – the dining table. Every. Single. Day.

“The aim is to try and keep anything that could potentially end up on the walls out of ‘Mr Ones’ reach. This has, of course, failed on many occasions.

“Our girls love to create; it’s what they do before school/kindy and when they get home. I love it! It’s exactly what I loved doing as a child and I’m constantly amazed at their creations.

“I love it the most when I’m sitting at the table with them creating something new for Sailah Lane and they sit beside me and try to copy exactly what I’m drawing/painting. I hope they remember these moments later in life.”

Tell us about your children’s rooms and what you’ve tried to create?

“Their bedrooms are forever–changing. The girls always want the newest print or wall-sticker that I’ve designed, so we change there rooms up a little to suit!

“I like their rooms to have a calm, dreamy and clutter-free-feel, whilst still having fun with some decor pieces that spark their imagination.

“My favourite feature would have to be our fabric wall-stickers; they can be moved around to change up the look very easily! They say change is as good as a holiday, right?”

What are your words of wisdom on being a mum?

“Pause often or you’ll miss the details.”