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the little square gallery: memories for the future

19 February, 2014 in art, room inspiration

the little square gallery children's art collectionI love the idea of preserving children’s drawings, using them to decorate and creating memories for the future. The Little Square Gallery does just that with their framed Children’s Art Collection. Conceived by Natalie Hammett, The Little Square Gallery turns your child’s artwork into tiny individual giclée prints and artfully arranges these to create a 3D mini gallery. There are several options to personalise the end result further, find out more about the process here.

the little square gallerySweet, stylish, and great to pass to the kids later!

(images: the little square gallery)

kids’ yoga poster

13 January, 2014 in art

kids yoga poster karin ekland

Any yoga mamas out there? How adorable is this kids’ yoga poster by illustrator Karin Eklund? One for the playroom I think. Find it at Yoga Matters.

my roots lie here

11 November, 2013 in art, room inspiration

my roots lie here world map blue children inspire design

I recently bought this world map (in grey) for a two recent additions in our family. Titled “My roots lie here”, the map comes with little heart stickers that can be be used to indicate a family’s origins. I love the idea – it makes such a great gift for new parents of mixed backgrounds and/or children and their families who move around a lot. The maps are available in pink, blue and grey from Children Inspire Design, the brainchild of artist, mother and social entrepreneur Rebecca Peragine. You can order them here or here.

(image: children inspire design)

in the press: top 3 nursery art prints for pregnancy & birth magazine

24 March, 2013 in art, in the press

nursery art prints pregnancy & birth magazine march 2013

Pregnancy & Birth magazine asked me to put together my top 3 favourite nursery art prints for their Expert Edit column. Easier said than done, because there’s so many gorgeous prints on my radar, it’s hard to choose just three – even more so because what works in one room, doesn’t in another. That said, my number 1, this wee bear & bunny print by mika art would look good in most baby rooms because of its neutral monochrome palette.

You can see my other picks in the March edition of Pregnancy & Birth, or if you’ve missed it, they are also on my Press page here.

Do you have a favourite nursery print you’d like to share?

(image: compilation by room to bloom of mika art and bauer media)

starlight print

19 March, 2013 in art, things i love

amy borrell starlight print

Oh! Just had to share this little gem with you. The Starlight print by Australian artist Amy Borell adds just the right amount of whimsy to a kid’s room. Spotted via Bambino Goodies.

(image: amy borell)


out to play: paintings of children

5 February, 2013 in art, things i love

Out to Play paintings of children by Anna

Last week I noticed a new follower on Twitter, Anna Roberts of Out To Play, whose Twitter bio simply states “I paint portraits in pastel and pencil”. I liked her Twitter icon, which suggested she paints children, so curious I clicked to find out more…

Oh my. Did I fall in love with what I saw! This portrait of Anna’s daughter Pearl was my absolute favourite. I love the colours, I love the space, I love the sentiment. The best news is: Anna takes on private commissions. Check out more of her work here.

Perhaps this is also a good moment to introduce you to a blog I love called I am a Child - it’s basically a huge catalogue of children in art. I don’t know why, but I have this thing with paintings of family life – previously I mentioned Swedish painter Carl Larsson, a favourite of mine. Do you have any favourite paintings?

(image: pearl and pram by out to play)

nursery art: flower constructions

30 November, 2012 in art, baby room

nursery art: flower constructions

I’m all for nurseries being a place that you love to spend time in. As long the room is practical, easy to use and enables your little one to enjoy lots of restorative sleep, how you decorate it is really about what makes you happy.

These beautiful works of art called Flower Constructions by Dutch artist Anne ten Donkelaar do it for me. I think they’d make a stunning focal point and I would love to create a nursery around them. White walls, white painted floorboards, and a hint of delicate watered down colour. A simple cot, a pretty wardrobe, some drawers and a blond bentwood rocker.

flower constructions anne ten donkelaarFlower constructions are 3D collages made from pressed flowers and cut out flower pictures. Each element is meticulously placed on pins which creates the depth and a delicate play of shadows. You can see more of Anne’s creations on here.

(images: anne ten donkelaar)

mine forever

29 June, 2012 in art, things i love

Toutou doudou soft toy

I recently stumbled across news of an exhibition called ‘Doudou Forever’ at children’s shop Un Zèbre au Grenier in Paris. It featured a series of portraits by French photographer Bénédicte Lassalle called ‘Mine Forever‘, capturing people’s soft toys – or as the French say ‘doudous’.

nounours and nounoute

Bénédicte set up a mini-studio in-store to photograph doudous for those wanting a lasting memory of their little friend. Intrigued, I decided to contact Bénédicte and asked her what gave her the idea to start this project. Here is what she told me:

“I started this project soon after my daughter was born in 2009 for 2 main reasons: I am a freelance photographer and I wanted to create a special gift for my godson Lubin. Something that he would keep for a long time. And also at the time I wanted to create a piece of art to decorate my daugter’s bedroom. So I started to take pictures of some of her (many) stuffed animals and dolls. And then my sister-in-law told me that she still had her loveys (Catiche Rousse & Nounoute Orange), then my mother-in-law told me that she still had my husband’s lovey (Toutou) and then my mum told me that she still had hers (M’doudou)! My best friend too… Etc… This is how it all started! I choose the background according to the person’s age when he or she was a little kid. And now I organise mini photo studios in shops in Boston where I live and recently in Paris, to take the portrait of the children’s loveys so that they can decorate their bedroom.”

benedicte lassalle at work at un zebre au grenier

Don’t you just love this idea? For those living in Paris, the exhibition Doudou Forever will continue to run until 30 June at Un Zèbre au Grenier. For those who don’t, let’s hope that some enterprising store owners will invite Bénédicte to exhibit or organise a mini-studio at their store!

(images: bénédicte lassalle)

bunny love: eye chart

6 April, 2012 in art, seasonal, things i love

eye chart print black floor 4 projects new york at molly-megOK – when I came across these eye charts at Molly-Meg my heart nearly stopped. How inspired are these prints!? They are produced as a limited edition by creative design studio Floor 4 Projects in New York, who make eco-friendly toys and room decor for kids. floor-4-projects-toys-and-decor-for-kids

Molly-Meg have two of a 100 prints in black and also 2 in colour, so if you want to get your hands on one of these be quick!

(Oh – and this Easter weekend I noticed Molly-Meg offers free shipping or 20% off  all purchases – I’m not paid to mention this, but honest to goodness get over there fast).

(images: floor 4 projects)

elisandra sevenstar prints

9 January, 2012 in art

Whilst over in Holland for Christmas, my eye was caught by the beautiful December stamps people were using to send their Christmas and New Year cards. They have a definite Scandinavian feel and are all so sweet, but my favourite has to be the little deer with decorated antlers!

december stamps

A little bit of research brought to light that they were designed by one of my favourite Dutch magazines, Flow, in partnership with the German artist Elisandra Sevenstar.  Elisandra sells her prints through her Etsy shop, where I found many colourful prints of the type of retro pottery I love, as well as a customisable “kiddie shelf” print. You can have different book titles printed on the book spines (your childhood favourites or your child’s name for example) and change the letters on the wooden blocks as well. Sweet!

kiddie shelf print

elisandra sevenstar prints

If your child has a play kitchen you could hang some of these pottery prints nearby.

(images: elisandra sevenstar,

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