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a scandinavian style bedroom for benjamin

Scandinavian kids room greyToday I am really excited to share one of my latest kid’s room designs. This is Benjamin’s bedroom, a Scandinavian inspired space mixing soft greys with white and natural timber, and a hint of blue.

A beautiful light oak floor and calming soft grey walls set the tone for this boy’s room. As Benjamin had outgrown his cot and was ready to transition, a new extending Oliver bed was the starting point when we started furnishing the room. We dressed it with tonal layers of grey bedding, adding texture with a cotton cuddle blanket and lots of cushions.

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Next to the bed we installed a mouse chair and play table, which doubles up as a nightstand. A book rack above the table holds Benjamin’s books for night time reading, which we decorated with a whimsical moon mobile and feather hanger.

Scandinavian kids room greyScandinavian kids room greyAbove the bed, an elephant and bear keep Benjamin company. Amy Oreo’s starlight print was a long time favourite of mine and Benjamin’s mum couldn’t resist it either.

Scandinavian kids room greyScandinavian kids room grey-028-crop1Behind the bed, a toy box and shelving offer space for toys and decorative items, creating a small play corner with bunting overhead. On the other side of the room, fitted cupboards and drawers offer more storage. A smiling moon keeps watch over Benjamin at night.

For full sources please check my instagram account, here are a few highlights: oliver junior bed, oliver book rack, no fred mouse chair & play table, camcam duvet set, mori blanket, numero 74 star cushions, fabelab bunny, elephant head, alphabet print, alphabet blocks, dot stickers, bear printstarlight print, bunting, boys rule print, big stuffed whale cushion, small cushions on toy chest, pompom toy bag, smiling full moon print, pinch toy cars, traffic rug, toy box.

(images: design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles, with thanks to nubiescandibornmolly meg and mori)

a grey and yellow bedroom for tobias

grey and yellow boys bedroomToday I’m really excited to share a boy’s bedroom I designed a little while ago. This bright and happy space is Tobias’ room.

grey and yellow kids bedroomgrey and yellow boys roomTobias had outgrown his cotbed and was ready to transition to a big boy room, so his parents called on me to create a fun and stylish room for him. To ensure the room would grow with Tobias, we kept the base neutral – a soft grey carpet, vintage grey blinds and light grey walls that sit easy with the rest of the house too. To add warmth to this cool palette, we used warm ochre yellow accents and timber.

grey and ochre yellow kids roomdinosaur kids bedroomgrey and yellow kids bedroomgrey and yellow kids bedroomWe introduced a light touch sky theme to complement Tobias’ love of all things Star Wars. Starry wallpaper offsets the house cupboards, and there are clouds, stars, a moon and raindrops to be found in the rest of the room – see if you can spot them all.

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Most exciting for Tobias was of course the new bunk bed, which is the centre piece of the room. We dressed it with ochre and grey bedding and some nice cushions, as well as a string of cotton ball lights. Next to the bed is a bean bag for night time reading, plus a shelf and night stand for little treasures.

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Finally, a small desk and chair with book ledges above finish the room – showcasing some of Tobias’ favourite books and trinkets.

For full sources please check my instagram account, here are a few highlights: oeuf bunk bed, moon print, ochre grey bedding, snake soft toy, abc print, bean bag, desk & chair, pirate bunny & bear cushions, apple print, cloud stickers, fox cushion, star wallpaper, house cupboards)

(images: design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles, with thanks to nubie, scandiborn, camomile london, and molly meg)

children’s wallpaper by allison & allison

childrens wallpaper clouds allison and mannsI recently came across this beautiful image of a kid’s room with cloud wallpaper – loving the subtle colours, styling and of course the whimsical cloud wallpaper design. It’s by Allison & Allison, who offer a bespoke wallpaper design service.

Using pen and ink, Annie Allison starts by hand drawing ideas based on your brief – you may already have an image of the design in mind that you’d like to have committed to wallpaper, or like the idea of a design being created especially for you. Sizes and colours can be tweaked as desired before a sample of the final design is created. For more information visit her website.

(image: allison & allison).

in the press: the english home

The English Home childrens room designI was thrilled to see Charlotte’s room being featured in the April edition of The English Home. The article offers lots of expert tips on decorating children’s bedrooms, along with inspirational photos of beautifully designed kid’s rooms.

play corners for lola and heidi

Once the girls’ bedrooms were completed, Lola and Heidi‘s parents asked me to help them decorate the rest of their home. These are play corners in two of the rooms I designed.

childrens interior design playroom heidi and lolaTo return the living room to calm after a day of play, we sourced a shallow vintage French armoire which was painted to fit with the scheme – a stylish way to hide toys, puzzles and board games. A toy box, vintage suitcases and assorted baskets provide further storage. The yellow apple print links in with the accent colour used in the rest of the living room.

play corner kitchenIn the kitchen-dining room a house shaped chalkboard makes a fun background for a play kitchen and toys. This groups the toys together and makes them feel less lost in the space, but also gives the play area a more protected, snugger feel.

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

a grey and lilac room for heidi

interior design childrens room heidiThis is Heidi’s room, a children’s interior design project I completed a little while ago. Heidi is Lola’s sister – you can see her bedroom design in my previous post. Their parents called in my help when they moved house and were struggling with ideas for their daughters’ bedrooms. They wanted the rooms to have a similar feel and fit in with the rest of the house, yet have their own identity.

interior design childrens room heidiinterior design childrens room heidiTo visually connect the girls’ bedrooms, we used a lighter tone of the wall colour from Lola’s room, then painted most of the furniture in similar tones to blend the pieces into the background and keep this much smaller room feeling as spacious as possible. The bespoke vintage style wardrobe was made to fit in the narrow alcove next to a pretty fireplace. We gave Heidi her own Swan print and dolls house, but in different colours to Lola’s. The girls have the same two-tone curtains – another visual connection.

interior design childrens room heidiinterior design childrens room heidiinterior design childrens room heidiA vintage style toddler bed and display shelf were painted in light grey to blend in with the walls – this creates a calm background to offset lilac and golden accents. Timber was used to bring warmth to the scheme. A light moon, cloud and star theme creates a whimsical mood in Heidi’ room.

interior design childrens room heidiI loved the challenge of creating different rooms that were still visually connected – I hope you like the results!

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

a grey and pink bedroom for lola

interior-design childrens room lolaToday I’m happy to share some photos of a recently completed interior design for a girl’s room. Lola’s parents called in my help when they moved house and were struggling to come up with ideas for their girls’ bedrooms. They wanted the rooms to have a similar feel and fit in with the rest of the house, yet have their own identity. After some brainstorming and moodboarding, we opted for a soft grey-based style with pink and vintage accents. This is the result for Lola’s room – I will share her sister’s room a little later.

interior-design kids room lolainterior design childrens room lolainterior design girls room lolaLola’s room is made up of soft tonal greys with pink and blush accents. Most of the furniture is white but we added warmth with some natural timber. The two-tone curtains add a playful touch and tie the scheme together. The floral feature wall with bespoke alcove shelving is centred around a period fireplace. Lola’s grandmother painted the dollshouse that Lola already had in tones to go with the colour scheme and we added matching wallpaper inside.  Vintage apple crates on castors provide characterful storage for toys and assorted decorative boxes keep less pretty belongings out of sight.

interior design kids room lolainterior design childrens room lolaBetween the windows with two-tone curtains we added a vintage style school desk and a house shaped trinket shelf. A simple wall sconce provides task light when Lola sits down to do her crafting. Next to that we created a snug reading corner in a teepee with cushions and a sheepskin rug. The pretty vintage wardrobe was sourced online and painted, to hold all of Lola’s clothes and shoes.

interior design kids room lolainterior design girls room lolaTo bring the room’s scale down a little, we used a four poster bed with a ledge for pictures and books to create a snug nook for bedtime. A bedside stool, fairy lights and a reading lamp complete this corner.

interior design kids room lolainterior design childrens room lolainterior design childrens room lolainterior design childrens room lolaI hope you’ve enjoyed Lola’s room as much as I’ve loved working on it!

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

in the press: ekkb essential guide to children’s bedroom design

21 August, 2016 in in the press

ekbb childrens bedroom interior designI was very proud to be featured in the Essential Guide to Children’s Rooms by Essential Kitchen Bathroom Bedroom magazine in their August 2016 issue. The article features lots of tips and advice from children’s interior designers the world over, alongside gorgeous photos of kids’ rooms to inspire.

If you’d like to read my tips on how to use colour and pattern in kids’ rooms, you can find the full article on my Press page.

(image: ekbb & room to bloom)

in the press: elle decor

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Very excited that Charlotte’s pretty grey bedroom was included in this month’s children’s interior design feature for Elle Decor India! Her little reading nook was shown alongside a brilliantly styled shoot focussing on natural materials in kids’ rooms.

(image: elle decor india & room to bloom)

my room: edda

boho soft vintage girls bedroomThis eclectic, boho girl’s bedroom belongs to Edda who is 2.5 years old. She lives with her mum Elin, dad Jonas and big sister Indra in a 1960s terrace south of Stockholm, Sweden.

Edda’s room was designed by her mum Elin who is a professional interior stylist. You can admire Elin’s style over on her Instagram feed @studioelwa, where she shares photos of her beautiful home and both her daughters’ bedrooms. Edda’s room jumped out at me because the wonderful composition of vintage and modern design, soft colours and quirky, often handmade details.

Elin’s advice for designing children’s rooms is to consider above all what your child’s interests and needs are, what they are playing with and how they play. Perhaps they don’t need a large table or desk that takes up a lot of space, if they always play on the floor or at the kitchen table. It should be easy for them to find their toys and to play, and preferably to clean up after themselves. In Edda’s room, for example, her kitchen and little dining area occupy 1/4 of the room, since that’s what she plays with the most. Also her puzzels, books and dolls are easy for her to reach and play with, since that is what she loves the most.

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Time to talk to Edda now! Tell us Edda…

♥ What is your favourite food? Pizza.

♥ What are you into right now? Painting, puzzles, reading books, playing with dolls and in my kitchen.

♥ Your favourite book? Pippi Longstocking.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Blue (though she’s not quite clear what colour that is says mum ;-)).

♥ Your favourite animal? Cats.

♥ What do you like best in your room? My kitchen, I love to feed my family and my dolls.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The same one as my mum’s, a dusty pink one with a sea shell design from kongessloejd.dk.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? The white and pink ones with the little penguins, the same as my sister.

Thank you Edda, it was super nice to meet you!

(photography: Elin Wallin)

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