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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


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)

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