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A Joyful, Neon-Tastic Family Home In Brighton

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As far as we’re concerned, Natalie Jarvis is some sort of wonder women. The hard-working entrepreneur behind neon design studio Electric Confetti is Mum to three kids under five (Matilda, 5yrs, Stella, 2.5yrs, and Hugo, 8 months), she’s incredibly hands-on, and she doesn’t skip a beat!

The home Natalie and her partner Scott rent in Brighton is, not surprisingly, full of colour, fun and NEON. This is a house where playful details reign supreme, and kids rule!

14th February, 2018

The living room of Electric Confetti’s Natalie Jarvis and family. Large vintage poster from The Galerie; vintage side table, tins and ‘2’ sign; concrete pot from Bunnings; rug from IKEA; plant and orange rectangle cushion Crate Expectations; black and white print form the book Nat illustrated called ‘An Alphabet in Silhouette‘, published by Hardie Grant; coffee table from Dowel Jones; Electric Confetti (Nat’s brand) neon sign. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Craig and Karl framed print; ‘Teaches of Peaches’ neon sign from Electric Confetti; couch from Clickon furniture; coloured cushions from Kip and Co. Photo – Eve Wilson.

The bright breakfast bar! Electric Confetti x Kip and Co. banana neon; vintage enamelware fruit bowls; breakfast bar from Ikea; stools are a vintage purchase. Photo – Eve Wilson.

‘I painted both these paintings in our room!’ says Nat. The headboard is from Adairs; side table, sheets and pompom cushion from Arro Home; doona and large peach coloured cushion from Kip and Co; heart vase by Love Star; MOMO x Electric Confetti neon Lips. Photo – Eve Wilson.

‘I love these circus posters in the girls’ room. I found them in an antique shop, they’re old teaching aides for the classroom. Most of the toys are vintage finds too, apart from the Stella sign from Electric Confetti’, says Nat of her girls’ room decor. Photo – Eve Wilson.

The doona cover on the bottom bed is Sack-Me and on the top bunk Kip and Co; donut stool is from Third Drawer Down. Plyroom Dream Loft bed, and Singilo king single. ‘They can be configured in different ways which makes it super easy to change up the room,’ says Nat. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Baby Hugo’s room. Vintage cast-iron cot with drop-down sides painted white; About Mika print; a custom name neon from Electric Confetti; vintage toy box and rugs are from Kmart. Photo – Eve Wilson.

Little Stella looking about as cute as it gets in front of the kids’ Castle & Cubby milkbar-style cubby house! Photo – Eve Wilson.

Nat with her kids Stella, Matilda and Hugo on the porch and part-facade of their 60s rental in Brighton. ‘The green trike is a retro find we all did up as a family from a combo of various other bike parts. The girls love to ride it together!’ Photo – Eve Wilson.

Photography – Eve Wilson.

Lucy Feagins
Wednesday 14th February 2018

Natalie and Scott Jarvis, and their three young kids Matilda, Stella and Hugo rent a cute, colourful and slightly ramshackle 1960s house in Brighton. As is often necessary for working, entrepreneurial parents, home is not far from work – Natalie’s colourful little Electric Confetti store is just five minutes down the road.

The family has been here for three years.  Though they’re not able to make structural changes, Natalie has relished the chance to inject her distinctive, quirky style at home – industrial furniture meets colourful textiles, vintage posters and of course, Electric Confetti’s popular neon designs.

Having been brought up in an antique shop, Natalie has a special appreciation for vintage furniture – not just for the aesthetics, she says, but also the quality craftsmanship, and value for money. Alongside treasured secondhand finds, Natalie’s favourite pieces include a plush upholstered armchair from Space to Create, a brilliant bold art print by Craig and Karl, the girls’ bunk beds by Plyroom, and the kids’ Castle and Cubby cubby house! 

For now, renting really suits Natalie and Scott. ‘It’s actually a relief not having to make endless decisions on renovations and things like that’ says Natalie.  ‘I favour furniture that can be used in multiple configurations, so it will hopefully fit the next house too. For example, our sofa with the chaise, and the Plyroom bunk beds, which work in various configurations, or can be separated entirely’.

As a busy small business owner and Mum, Natalie is refreshingly relaxed when it comes to her home. ‘I get a real creative outlet through work, so I really don’t mind the fact we’re limited in what we can do here’ she says. ‘It’s a small space, and can be quite intense not to mention MESSY with three young kids, but it has a great aspect, we love being five minutes to work, kinder and daycare, and it’s just a short stroll to the beach.’ For now, the Jarvis family home is everything it needs to be.

‘I favour furniture that can be used in multiple configurations, so it will hopefully fit the next house too.’ – Natalie Jarvis.

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