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my room: livia

monochrome kids room girl livia

This sweet bedroom and play area belong to Livia, who is 2 years old. She lives with her mum and dad in the small town of Vianen in the Netherlands. Livia is going to become a big sister in February and will be moving to a big girl room soon!

Livia’s current bedroom and play space were styled by her mum Kirstenwho works as a teaching assistant in a daycare centre for children aged 0-4 years. She loves styling her home, and is forever changing the interior around to try out new things. You can take a peek at the family’s home on Instagram here. Kirsten’s advice for decorating kids’ spaces is to be a little bit brave, for example with eye catching wallpaper, to give the room a personal touch.

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Let’s find out more about Livia now! Tell us Livia,

♥ What is your favourite food? Spaghetti.

♥ What are you into right now? My baby dolls and books, I love books!

♥ Your favourite book? The Gruffalo.

♥ What is your favourite colour? I don’t have a favourite colour yet.

♥ Your favourite animal? A cat. We have a cat at home, I love her!

♥ What do you like best in your room? My locker cabinet with books. It has keys which I hide :-)

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the hearts, it’s going to go on my new big bed!

Thank you Livia, it was lovely to meet you!

(photography by Kirsten)

nominated for the amara interior blog awards

16 August, 2015 in Uncategorized

 
I’m really excited to have been nominated for the Amara Interior Blog Awards 2015. But now I need your votes! If you like Room to Bloom I’d be super grateful if you voted for my blog by clicking here. Thank you!!!

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mr fox: best children’s play tents and teepees

MR FOX best teepees and play tents

Summer has returned to London, so what better way to find some shade than with a teepee or play tent? I’ve picked some of my favourites for Mr Fox magazine – find out where to buy these beauties over on the Mr Fox website here.

(image: room to bloom)

magic tooth fairy door

magic tooth fairy doormagic tooth fairy door
Have you come across these before? Tooth fairy doors. I would have loved to discover one in my room when I was little, but alas, in my family tooth fairies didn’t exist. Whilst looking if I could source one of these little secret doors for a new project, I came across the image above on Kate’s Creative Space, accompanied by a lovely DIY. I’m off to order some of that miniature hardware now. If you’re not up for crafting one yourself, you can buy one ready to go here.

(images: kate’s creative space)

my room: beau

scandinavian shared kids bedroomThis beautiful kids’ room is shared by Beau, who is ten, and his brother Pepijn who is five years old. The family lives in a city apartment in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The boys’ bedroom was styled by their mum Irene, who is a Dutch artist and stylist (you can see Irene’s paintings here). The room is characterised by high ceilings and natural wood flooring and is complemented by an eclectic mix of simple, timber furniture and vintage details in a reduced palette. Irene’s advice is to keep rein of the design yourself, but use the children’s belongings to style their space. That way you create a happy place that’s easy on the eye.

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Let’s have a chat with Beau now! Tell us Beau,

♥ What is your favourite food? Pizza.

♥ What are you into right now? Playing outside and sports.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Blue.

♥ Your favourite animal? Sheep.

♥ And your favourite book? Donald Duck.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? Basketball player.

♥ What do you like best in your room? Chilling and reading on my bed with lots of cushions.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The blue linen one.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? Jogging pants and a T-shirt – or the Goat-Milk ones which are super soft!

Thank you Beau, it was great to meet you!

(photography by Birgitta WolfgangSisters Agency, styling by Irene de Klerk Wolters)

in the press: homes & gardens expert view

15 July, 2015 in in the press, kids room design

homes and gardens stylish childrens roomsHomes & Gardens asked me to give my expert view on creating schemes that last as part of their feature on children’s rooms. The issue is out now, with six pages of design ideas for kids’ spaces. Get a copy whilst you can!

mr fox: wallpaper for girls’ rooms

MR FOX wallpaper girls rooms

I have soft spot for wallpaper in girl’s rooms, so to list just six for my monthly edit at Mr Fox was testing. But here they are. For sources and where to buy, hop on over to Mr Fox: Wallpaper for Girls.

(image: room to bloom)

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)

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