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sunny yellow in kids’ rooms

There seems to be a lot of yellow popping up in kids’ rooms lately (including on this blog here, here, and here). Yellow is a very positive, energising colour, full of confidence, so if you are trying to create a calming space that promotes rest and sleep, it’s wise to use small doses only. It’s a great colour for playrooms where you can use it to your heart’s content. Here are a few of my favourite kids’ rooms using yellow.

yellow wardrobe toy cabinet in kids roomYellow storage….yellow filing cabinet in kids roomI have soft spot for yellow curtains in a kid’s room – or why not paint the window frame in yellow!
yellow curtain and window inspiration kids roomsyellow in kids room shared roomAdd small yellow accents or yellow bedding…nursery with yellow accentsyellow accents in white kids roomYellow combines beautifully with grey, blue and green…grey kids room shared room(image sources: mette hagedorn, country livingjana carson photography, unknown, unknown, klara’s room, rose uniacke, ensuus.nl, the little square gallery, vt wonen)

my room: felix

modern kids room bunk bed yellow grey

This modern kids’ room belongs to Felix who is nine years old. He lives with his parents and sister in an apartment in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Felix’ bedroom was designed by his father Erwin who is an architect and his mum Anna, who is a teacher at the Hogeschool Leiden. It features a F Bunk Bed by Rafa Kids and bold graphic circles painted on the walls. The room is composed with calming, grounding grey and lots of happy yellow. Anna’s advice when it comes to designing your child’s bedroom: ask them what they want.

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Time to chat with Felix now! Tell us Felix,

♥ What is your favourite food? Fries with ketchup.

♥ What are you into right now? Playing Minecraft on my iPad and playing with Kapla.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Orange.

♥ Your favourite animal? Dog.

♥ And your favourite book? Flip Fiasco.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? I don’t know.

♥ What do you love most about your room? That there’s so much space to play.

Thank you Felix, it was great to meet you!

(photography by rafa kids)

win! olli ella kids’ decor giveaway

I am so excited to announce that I have teamed up with kids’ interiors specialists Olli Ella to offer one lucky reader a chance to win these gorgeous kids’ room goodies – worth £90!

 

olli & ella kids decor giveaway
The girls at Olli Ella have added lots of beautiful new additions to their kids’ decor collection and asked me to select a few of my favourites. Choosing wasn’t easy, but I think I’ve managed to curate a beautiful collection that would brighten op any child’s room.

You can win all of the decor shown above: a gorgeous large natural belly basket, the sweet “Under the Same Sky” print (unframed), a Confetti boudoir pillow and a Stardust felt ball garland.

 

To win, simply follow these easy steps:

1. Leave a comment below and let me know which of the four items I’ve chosen is your favourite (don’t worry – if you win you’ll receive them all!)

2. Visit Olli Ella’s competition page by clicking here and enter your details.

3. That’s it, you’re done!

4. Optional: If you would like to double your chances to win, you can enter on Instagram as well. Click here to go to Room to Bloom on Instagram and follow the instructions on the giveaway post!

5. Optional: If you’re not on Instagram but would like to double your chances too, click here to visit Room to Bloom on Facebook, “like” the giveaway post and leave a comment. If you’re on Instagram and fancy trebling your chances, feel free to enter on Facebook as well.

Good luck to everyone!

Note: This giveaway is open to UK residents only. You have to be 18 years old or older to enter the giveaway. You may enter once via this blog, once via Instagram and once via Facebook by midnight BST on June 21st, which is the closing date of this giveaway. One winner will be chosen via drawing and contacted by email so please use a valid email when you comment below, but do not put your email address in the comment – use the appropriate boxes please. You need to complete steps 1 and 2 above in order to qualify, so don’t forget to enter your details on the Olli Ella competition page too. The winner will receive the four itemised goodies worth £90 and will need to claim their prize within a week of having been contacted.

UPDATED: This giveaway is now closed – the winner is Karin (@karinlamain) who entered via Instagram. Thank you for entering everyone and congratulations Karin!

(image: room to bloom)

mr fox: wallpaper for boys’ rooms

MR FOX wallpaper for kids rooms

My monthly edit for Mr Fox magazine is all about wallpaper for boys’ rooms. For sources, tips and ideas on how to use these, hop over to the Mr Fox website here!

PS: Mr Fox has recently expanded its reach to families with boys and girls, so keep an eye out for future edits covering everything interiors for boys’ rooms, girls’ rooms and gender neutral rooms.

kids’ play kitchens

vintage play kitchen toy kitchenI love play kitchens – especially the ones that are cobbled together from bits of old furniture and everyday household items. Off-the-shelf play kitchens can be great too, and form the starting point of a little play corner. Add some shelves and a small wall cabinet for example, or some mini curtains to create storage under a worktop.

vintage wooden kids play kitchenReal kitchenware adds to the make-believe – I love the coffee maker and whisk above for example. You could try sourcing enamel kitchenware, colourful melamine cups, plates and bowls, or go down to your local charity shop and see what you can use – you may be lucky enough to find some vintage baking tins or cookie cutters.

For cooking utensils, try Ikea – they do a great range of pretend ones which are safer and easier to handle, as well as cute pans and a baking set. There’s some great fruit and vegetables too, or check out these lovely handmade ones at Mamma Couture.

 

DIY kids play kitchen ideasIf you would like a handmade play kitchen but have no time to get creative, you can enlist the help of the wonderful Macarena Bilboa who specialises in making play kitchens. Done!

1. bunting  2. cups print  3. pear decoration  4. enamel plates  5. apron  6. blue DIY play kitchen  7. apple chalkboard  8. kitchen utensils

 (images: janae at the itsy bitsy house via design sponge, rachel denbow)

my room: vera

childrens interior design kids bedroom mint yellow pastels

This colourful children’s room belongs to Vera and Olaf who are five and three years old. The family lives in an apartment in Groningen, the Netherlands.

The kids’ bedroom was designed by their mum Madeleine, who is an illustrator of educational books. It features mint harlequin wallpaper with matching painted floorboards, combined with strong yellow and natural timber accents. Madeleine’s advice when it comes to designing your child’s bedroom is to research what style you’re attracted to – using Pinterest, blogs and magazines for example.

The photos above were photographed by Kiyomi Yui, who shot 21 kids’ rooms for a Japanese publication called Kinderkamers van Nederland (“Kids’ Rooms in the Netherlands”) by publishers Tatsumi.

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Time to learn a bit more about Vera now! Tell us Vera,

♥ What is your favourite food? Yoghurt with fruit, cinnamon and honey.

♥ What are you into right now? Singing along to Frozen with my dolls Anne and Elsa.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Pink and yellow.

♥ Your favourite animal? Cats and rabbits.

♥ And your favourite book? The Gruffalo.

♥ Trousers or skirts? Skirts with leggings or tights.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? Princess Elsa.

♥ What do you love most about your room? My Barbapapa lights.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? I don’t know.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My pink ones.

Thank you Vera, it was lovely to meet you!

(photography by kiyomi yui)

tips for decorating a small nursery

interior design for children grey nursery

My Baba asked me to share some tips for decorating a small nursery. Hop over to their site to read my tips on how to make the best of a small space here.

(image: room to bloom, photographer brett charles)

mr fox: junior chairs for kids rooms and playrooms

MrFox Boys Rooms Chairs Mr Fox MagazineLooking for children’s chairs for a kid’s room or playroom? Check out my selection of junior chairs over on Mr Fox magazine here.

win! sne design children’s interiors giveaway

Have you come across Norwegian children’s interiors label Sne Design? If not, you’re in for a TREAT! If you have, but couldn’t work out where to buy Sne Design‘s beautiful products, I have some great news: the Sne Design web shop is now open, so you can order in the UK too!

To celebrate the opening of their new shop I asked Sne Design if I could make one of you happy with something beautiful for your child’s bedroom and they have offered me a HUGE €100 gift voucher to GIVE AWAY! Isn’t that amazing? The lucky winner can go on a €100 online shopping spree at Sne Design and you can spend it on anything you like – some beautiful kids’ bedding, pretty garlands, storage, prints – there are so many beautiful products to choose from. Please see below for details on how you can enter to win. But first, here are a few of the things I would love to spend that €100 gift voucher on…

Sne Design Childrens Kids design decorSne Design childrens interiors design kids decorSne Design childrens interiors kids design decorHere’s how to enter:

  • Visit Sne Design and check out their children’s décor here.
  • Return to this post and comment below telling us what you would love to buy for your little one’s room, how you’d use it, why it would look amazing, etc.
  • Visit the Sne Design Facebook page and also post your answer there, using hashtag #roomtobloom and add @roomtobloom to your post on their wall. You can of course LIKE their page too if you love their designs as much as I do. 

Note: You have to be 18 years old or older to enter this giveaway. The giveaway is open to readers worldwide. You may enter once daily until midnight BST on May 7th, which is the closing date of this giveaway. One winner will be chosen via drawing and contacted by email so please use a valid email when you comment below but do not put your email address in the comment – use the appropriate boxes please. You need to complete all of the steps above in order to qualify. The winner will receive a €100 gift voucher that will need to be spent at Sne Design’s webshop by June 7th or else another winner will be selected.

Thank you Sne Design and good luck to everyone!

UPDATED: This giveaway is now closed – the winner is Irene. Thank you for entering everyone and congratulations Irene!

(images: sne design)

cose da bocia children’s designer furniture

cose da bocia kids design furniture 1cose da bocia kids design furniture 2I came across this amazing new children’s designer furniture collection by Cose da Bocia (which I think means “kids’ things” in Turin jargon) whilst reading one of my favourite blogs, Petit & Small, over the weekend. Their first collection of children’s furniture was launched during the Milan furniture fair last week. Apart from the furniture being totally gorgeous and a breath of fresh air in kids’ design, I love love love the styling and colouring of these images, so I had to share them with you.

You can read much more about designers Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa from Studio Uda Architetti over at Petit & Small and the Cose da Bocia website. Their collection will be available from September online on their website and in a selected network of high-end multi-brand shops.

cose da bocia kids design furniture 3cose da bocia kids design furniture 4 cose da bocia kids design furniture 6cose da bocia kids design furniture 7cose da bocia kids design furniture 8(images: cose da bocia)

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