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my room: isabella

grey and pink toddler girls bedroom catherinegraceThis beautiful girl’s bedroom belongs to Isabella who is two years old. She lives with her mum and dad in a 1890s workers cottage in Sydney Eastern suburbs, Australia.

Isabella’s room was designed by her mum Catherine, a former intellectual property lawyer turned stylist at Catherine Grace. The grey and pink room features a toddler bed by Rafa Kids and was inspired by a Cloth & Thread mouse birthday gift. You can read more about the nursery to toddler room transformation here.  

When designing your child’s bedroom, Catherine advises it’s important to remember that the room is primarily a place for quiet play and sleep: try to keep the tones neutral and provide an inviting, cosy environment that your child can call his own.

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Time to speak to Isabella now! Tell us Isabella,

♥ What is your favourite food? Ice cream & sprinkles.

♥ What are you into right now? Going to the park.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Pink.

♥ Your favourite animal? Pig! {Peppa Pig}

♥ And your favourite book? Airport {a very old book of mummy’s that explains what goes on in the airport}

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My dress ups!

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? Kate & Kate blankets {mummy helped me with this questions as I was not sure}

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? The pink ones!

Thank you Isabella, it was great to meet you!

(images: catherine grace)

mr fox: best beanbags

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My latest edit for Mr Fox is a round up of some of the best beanbags for bedrooms and playrooms. Check out these beauties plus where to buy them over at Mr Fox magazine.

(image: room to bloom)

kids decor shop: habiba

kids decor shop front habiba brusselsI came across a super inspiring kids’ decor and fabric shop called Habiba whilst spending a few days in Brussels to celebrate my sister’s fortieth birthday. (You can spy her behind the shop window in the last photo – not a day older than 30, right?)

kids decor and fabric shop habiba brusselsI love what owners Kristina and Hamid have done interior design wise: juxtaposing colourful painted furniture against equally strong background colours, adding patterned wallpaper here and there, and playing with contrast woodwork to frame views throughout the shop. The goods on sale include many of my favourite kids decor accessories from hip brands and designers – and there is a good collection of cute clothes too.

habiba kids decor shop What makes Habiba completely unique in my opinion is the vast amount of beautiful fabrics on sale at the back of the shop, sold by the metre. The picture above doesn’t do it justice: shelf after shelf of pattern and colour, all in one spot!

kids decor shop habiba

habiba kids decor shop If you are visiting Brussels you can find Habiba at Magdalenasteenweg 31/Rue de la Madeleine 31, and there’s a shop in Leuven too. Enjoy!

(images: room to bloom)

 

in the press: livingetc kids’ rooms

LivingEtc children's rooms design

LivingEtc‘s January 2015 issue includes an extensive feature about kids’ rooms, with lots of inspirational images of children’s spaces and expert tips from interior designers – including yours truly. Get a copy whilst you can!

happy new year

best kids chairs round up

New Year’s resolution? Re-decorate the kids’ rooms!

1. bambi chair  2. vintage ercol kids chair  3. fifties style kids chair  4. bambisitter deer bench  5. vintage children’s school chair  + copper star wall stickers

(image: room to bloom)

before & after: phoebe’s grey nursery

Before we go into 2015, I wanted to share one of the children’s rooms I designed this year: Phoebe’s grey nursery. Having worked on her big brother’s room previously, it was great to be back and create a little haven for his new baby sister.

We needed to do quite a lot of work to get the room up to scratch before we could start decorating – you can see progress photos and read more about this here.

phoebe's grey nursery 1phoebe's grey nursery 3phoebe's grey nursery 4Phoebe’s mum asked for a peaceful nursery that would last, and didn’t want the room to be too girlie or pink. The inspiration for Phoebe’s nursery was a pretty baby blanket made with Liberty fabric from Sture & Folke. With an eye on the colour scheme for the rest of the house we chose a soft grey for the walls and woodwork, adding pretty bunny wallpaper behind the cot. The grey furniture has a vague fifties feel to it – which connects with other pieces in the house in this style.

phoebe's grey nursery 9phoebe's grey nursery 5The room was accessorised with violets, plums and a hint of pink. I am thrilled with the result, it feels so peaceful and pretty but not too cutesy. More importantly, Phoebe’s parents love the nursery too – in their words it’s now the best room in the house!

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(images: design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles)

happy christmas

24 December, 2014 in news

Rebecca Jones illustration Be Merry

I have been so busy during the last few months of the year, both with new and existing projects, that I haven’t found much time to keep you updated. I’ll be posting long awaited photos of newly completed nurseries and kids’ rooms soon, but in the mean time I wish you a very merry Christmas!

(image: the above illustration made me smile today and is by the super talented illustrator and surface designer rebecca jones.)

my room: beau

contemporary boys bedroom beauThis 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)

mr fox: best bunk beds, loft beds and cabin beds

MR FOX best bunk beds and loft beds

My first edit for Mr Fox magazine is now out: a round up of some of the best bunk beds, loft beds and cabin beds that are particularly stylish and suited for boys’ bedrooms. That’s not to stop you getting one for your little girl of course! For a list of where to buy, visit the round up at Mr Fox.

(image: room to bloom)

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 DaySomething 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?

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

 

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