One of our favourite local kids décor designers, Cha Higginson has a unique story behind her brand Le Petit Cadre. She draws inspiration from her life adventures, career and motherhood experiences and these are all reflected in the bespoke and elegant wooden keepsakes she creates… not just for children but for the whole family.
Sailing from South Africa to Europe as a child with her family and moving from the UK to different parts of France, Cha’s nomadic early life gave her an appreciation for simplicity and the little things in life – what she describes as “the fleeting moments that stay with us forever.”
She is also a strong believer that our surroundings have a major influence on our state of mind, something she really discovered in her career as an Interior Architect in France. When she moved to Perth in 2009, Cha started working for an office fit-out company and, while she loved the ergonomics and spatial design aspect of the job, she missed designing, styling and making.
Like many Perth Upmarket retailers, it was motherhood that then spurred her to take the step and start her small business venture.
When her son was first born, she searched for a name frame to complete his bedroom – something stylish – not just cute – that he could keep forever. She couldn’t find anything she liked as nothing felt quite right… so she created the artwork herself. This was the beginning of Le Petit Cadre, French for “the little frame”.
“My brand is all about creating elegant and fun solutions for modern family homes, where the whole family can enjoy the same space,” Cha said.
For Cha the challenge she met in motherhood was how to embrace it without losing herself and the space around her, so important to her own identity and wellbeing.
“I really needed to adapt my carefully curated home to the needs of a tiny baby, to stay strong and positive through all the difficulties that can come with early motherhood,” she said.
“I create things that I want and need in my space, for my aesthetic.. and sanity!”
Her stunning product range includes height charts, toy boxes, name frames, block sets and keepsake boxes.
“I design with both kids and their parents in mind – my pieces are made to last so I want everyone in the family to enjoy having them around.”
Her advice to other creatives?
“Find your strength and passion, then start with a plan but go with the flow. Your plan will evolve, just as you will. Surround yourself with people you trust and who inspire you.”
And to all the talented mums out there considering turning their creative projects into a business? Cha said that juggling a growing business with a growing family is a serious challenge so be prepared to manage competing priorities all at once.
As she puts it – “literally juggling a baby who refuses to be put down and a toddler who is a chaotic tornado in the workshop!”
If you are looking for a unique gift or piece for your home, check out some of Cha’s beautiful designs below. Each wooden ornament and keepsake is made with love and an emphasis on sustainability – from the raw materials through to the packaging. Bespoke name frames are handmade to celebrate the uniqueness of their owners.
Check out Cha’s full range at https://le-petit-cadre.myshopify.com
For more unique kids decor, check out the Junior Upmarket section of our Christmas market on 26 November from 10am-4pm at UWA. You’ll find all the best in locally designed/made gifts and stocking fillers for kids inside Hackett Hall to make your Christmas shopping easy. See you there!