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my room: beau

contemporary boys bedroom beau This beautiful toddler bedroom belongs to Beau who is four (nearly five!) years old. He lives with his parents Maaike and Jeffrey and his brother Luca in a townhouse in Haarlem, the Netherlands.

Beau’s bedroom was designed by his mum Maaike, who is an interior designer, graphic designer and art director at My Deer. The room was inspired by the green travel chest which used to belong to Beau’s great-grandfather. The deer print above Beau’s bed is by Maaike and available from her shop.

When designing your child’s bedroom, Maaike advises to start with a calm base colour (white) and add colour using accessories and eye-catchers such as a wardrobe, a toy chest, or an entire a wall. Don’t be afraid to combine different styles of furniture, like vintage with contemporary design, as this is what gives a room character. Store small toys in baskets or boxes, and large unattractive toys in a closet or a toy chest, out of sight. Keep the best looking things out for display on a desk or shelf as decoration.

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Time to speak to Beau now! Tell us Beau,

♥ What is your favourite food? I like lots of different foods, but pasta is the best!

♥ What are you into right now? I love drawing and playing with my Lego.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Black is cool, but I also like blue and green.

♥ Your favourite animal? A tiger! But dinos are also cool!

♥ And your favourite book? The Big Dino Book.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? Spiderman or Batman.

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My horse swing is super cool!

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The really soft white one.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My dino pyjamas!

Thank you Beau, it was super cool to meet you!

(images: My Deer)

room to bloom is entered in the uk blog awards 2015

21 November, 2014 in news

UK Blog Awards 2015

Whoop! Room to Bloom is entered in the lifestyle category of the UK Blog Awards!

If you enjoy reading my posts, it would mean a lot to me if you would take a minute to vote for my blog. You can click here to vote – simply leave your name and email address and fingers crossed! Voting closes on Wednesday 3rd December 2014. 

Thank you!

nursery art: the four seasons by henning trollbäck

the four seasons henning trollbäck for fine little day

Winter The Four Seasons by Henning Trollbäck for Fine Little Day Something about these cute prints, The Four Seasons by Henning Trollbäck for Fine Little Day, immediately caught my eye. I think it’s the “spot the difference” thing, checking what’s different and what’s the same in each print as the story of the four seasons unfolds. There’s lots of detail and bits to discover which I used to love as a child. Perfect to hang together or bring out one by one, changing to match the seasons. A lovely gift for a new nursery, don’t you think?

The four seasons henning rollback for fine little day

The Four Seasons by Henning Trollback for Fine Little Day (images: fine little day)

 

launching soon… mr fox magazine

12 November, 2014 in in the press, news

mr fox magazine the best of all things boy

If you have boys, don’t miss the launch of Mr Fox magazine, a new digital magazine aimed solely at the parents of boys. Edited by Lydia Gard (Associate editor of Country & Town House magazine and Editor at Large for Smallish), the content will cover all aspects of raising boys, including fashion, family travel, education, development, toys & games, outdoor activities and… interiors of course! Yours truly will be contributing a monthly column with the best decor finds for boys’ rooms.

Be the first to know by following Mr Fox magazine on Twitter, Instagram and sign up here for the first edition launching 19th November. See you there!

(image: mr fox magazine)

my room: kira

contemporary shared girls bedroom io kids design

This bedroom belongs to Kira who is nine years old. She lives with her parents and two sisters in an old apartment block in Stockholm, Sweden. Kira shares her bedroom with her sister Masha who is six.

The girls’ bedroom was designed by their mum Mina, who is the founder of contemporary kids’ furniture brand IO Kids Design. The room features a vintage yellow IO Bunk Pod and is decorated with quirky details.

Mina’s advice for designing your child’s bedroom is not to worry too much about trends, and to actively involve children in creating their own spaces. If possible, buy furniture that can grow with children and be around for a long time.

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Let’s find out a bit more about Kira now. Tell us Kira,

♥ What is your favourite food? Ravioli – my nonno makes the best.

♥ What are you into right now? I like reading about WWF and my polar bear that I adopted last year. I would really like to go and visit the scientists who work with polar bears in Norway.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Blue.

♥ Your favourite animal? A polar bear – because it’s so cute and fluffy but ferocious too!

♥ And your favourite book? I like so many, it’s difficult to choose… Harry Potter, My Sister the Vampire, Madame Pamplemousse and her incredible edibles, Varjak Paw.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? A scientist.

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My bunk bed because it’s super comfy.

♥ What do love doing in your room? Reading and sleeping.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? My big grey cover is definitely my favourite .

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My cow onesies!

Thank you Kira, it was great to meet you!

(images: IO Kids Design)

donna wilson fabrics: forest and friends

donna wilson curtain fabric

Have you seen Donna Wilson’s first ever collection of fabrics, “Forest & Friends”? Printed with her signature creatures and other motifs drawn from nature, it’s available by the metre and got me all excited about two-tone children’s curtains. The patterns would look lovely as an edge with plain fabric – or the other way around. If that’s too much of a statement, you could make cushions, or simple tote bags or drawstring bags – lovely off a peg rail and great for storing toys.

Not so handy with a sewing machine? Take some classes this autumn! Check out The Thrifty Stitcher (where you’ll find great free downloadable sewing tutorials too).

Here are some more of Donna Wilson’s fabrics to get you inspired – happy crafting!

donna wilson forest & friends fabric by the metre

my room: merlijn

rustic vintage boys bedroom This shared boys’ bedroom belongs to Merlijn and Julius who are six and four years old. They live with their little sister Kate and mum and dad in a new built townhouse on one of the canals in Leiden, the Netherlands.

Merlijn and Julius’ room was designed by their mum Femke, who is a designer and founder of interiors boutique Femkeido. The room features a rustic bunk bed made from scaffolding boards and retro elements like vintage wallpaper silhouettes and an old school desk.

Femke’s advice for designing your children’s bedrooms is to experiment – and not just with “kid’s stuff”.

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Time to find out a bit more about Merlijn now. Tell us Merlijn,

♥ What is your favourite food? Spaghetti with red sauce.

♥ What are you into right now? Football and lego.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Green.

♥ Your favourite animal? A snake.

♥ And your favourite book? Mouk.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? A professional footballer.

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My globe.

♥ What do love doing in your room? Reading and sleeping.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the trees [from Ferm Living].

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? The FC Barcelona ones!

Thank you Merlijn, it was super to meet you!

(images: photography by Ernie Enkelaar)

interiors inspiration: kids’ desks

kids desks interiors Staying with the back-to-school theme today with some interiors inspiration around kids’ desks – these are currently some of my favourite images. I’ve noticed there are a lot of vintage school desks in there (instant whimsy), and I seem to have a penchant for simple desk tops suspended on wall mounted brackets. These offer plenty of room to spread out and make a practical work and play space to share.

childrens desks interiors There are many ways to make sure a desk doesn’t feel isolated on a wall. You can use wallpaper behind, or maybe just an accent strip like the supersize hare below. Wall stickers, prints or postcards can do the trick, and of course, shelves. I like the playful effect of box shelves, plate racks and vintage tins for storage and display. The house desk above also does a clever job at anchoring the desk and creating a cosy nook.

best kids desks If you study these images, you’ll spot some nifty little ideas, like keeping pens and pencils off the surface with wall mounted pots, and using wall hooks to keep things out of the way. Space saving fold-down desks are great for small rooms of course (leaving room for sleep-overs), and no desk is complete in my opinion without a bank of small drawers for little treasures.

kids desks round-up

image sources, clockwise from top left | 1. vintage wooden school desktree desk, geo bamboo kids desk, blue vintage school desk | 2. desk with dog wallpaper, double vintage school desk, house desk, alcove desk | 3.  bed with fold-down desk, vintage desk, desk in front of window, suspended timber desk | 4. yellow desk with book rack, desk with hare wallpaper, blue bed with desk, yellow fold-down desk

kids’ desks: back to school

I used to favour the kitchen table, and later my bed or the couch for homework. But when it was time for serious revision, my mum made me sit at my desk to help me concentrate. So what are the things to bear in mind when creating a space for study? Make sure that your child is seated comfortably and correctly, especially if in front of a screen, and that there is adequate light. For older children it’s important to have enough room to spread out their books and personalise their desk space – add a pinboard if you can. Good storage around the desk is a must – if not part of the desk, use drawers on castors, stacked crates, or shelves and display boxes on the wall.

 

kids desks children's desks back to school

 

Sources: 1. harvard children’s desk 2. laurette L50 desk  3. vintage school desk 4. les gambettes romy desk 5. lola dolls house desk atelier sans souci 6. irene writing desk xo in my room 7. sebra white metal desk 8. K desk with internal storage rafa kids 9. geo bamboo kids desk 

my room: frank

contemporary shared boys bedroom This super cool bedroom is shared by Frank, 7 years, and his brother Robert, who is 3  years old. They live with their mum Agata and dad Arek in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Their apartment is located in an old city building.

The boys’ bedroom was designed by their mum Agata, who is an architect and co-owner of kids’ furniture company Rafa Kids. She and her husband founded the company after their sons were born, with the aim to design high quality, good looking products for children. Their distinctive, imaginative designs have taken the world of kids’ design by storm!

Agata’s advice for designing kids’ rooms is to simply listen to your child. Watch their needs and activities – which are specific to their age – as this will help to divide a room into zones, which is a good start. You can read more about how she designed her boys’ bedroom over here on the Rafa kids blog.

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Let’s find out a bit more about Frank now. Tell us…

♥ What is your favourite food? Jacket potatoes.

♥ What are you into right now? Making bracelets from elastic bands.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Orange.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Falcon.

♥ Your favourite book? Donald Duck cartoons.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? A footballer.

♥ What do you like most in your room? I like my books and I like reading. I’d love a bedside lamp to help me read at night!

♥ What is your favourite duvet cover? I’d love to have one with cars!

♥ What are your favourite pyjamas? The ones with the white stripes [from polarn o.pyret]

Thank you Frank, it was great to meet you!

(images: rafa kids)

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