I have fallen in love with these beautiful baby blankets by Sture & Folke. Made by Karin Stenmarck, a Swedish born designer who now lives in Switzerland, the comforters are the result of her wanting to give her own two sons, Sture and Folke, the warmest and softest blankets to cuddle up in. She couldn’t find what she wanted, so she decided to make them herself. Thank goodness!
The blankets are handmade with an exquisite attention to detail – I could eat them, they’re that gorgeous, and that’s no exaggeration. In fact, the blanket above formed the design inspiration for a little girl’s nursery I am currently working on, so stay tuned!
Imagine my delight when I spotted this gorgeous daisy bedding – wholly unexpectedly whilst desperately trying source something I can’t even remember now. The Daisy Ochre bed set ticks all the right boxes for a fresh kids’ room this Spring (anyone have decorating plans for Easter…?). A vintage floral print, on-trend ochre yellow, and kind to the wallet too, it’s available from – wait for it – Next Home!
(image: room to bloom)
Awesome! This space themed duvet set is the latest addition to Dutch label Snurk‘s amazing bedding designs. I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up, so as far as I’m concerned this is great for boys’ and girls’ rooms.
The Astronaut kids’ duvet is part of a new line of kids’ bedding by Snurk that will be launched by the end of this month. Previous designs included the fabulous Bob the dog and Ollie the cat duvet covers. I cannot wait to see what’s in store next.
(image: snurk beddengoed)
There has been a big trend for photo realistic animal prints on kids bedding of late, and now that H&M have joined the party, I couldn’t resist doing a ‘high vs low’ post.
So, let’s have a look at the range. First off (left) on the highest end of the scale is the iconic, beautiful kids bedding from Danish designers By Nord. The 135 x 200cm size costs £92 and is available here. (I’ve also posted on their new baby bedding range here.)
Mid-range: Bob the dog from Snurk bedding (above right). I love this design so much, as it’s simple (no repeat print on the pillow case) and imaginative – I would have loved a dog sleeping on my bed when I was little. Bob loves stealing sandwiches from the kitchen counter apparently, which makes him even more appealing (read more about him here). Snurk ship from the Netherlands – the single size 140 x 220cm is approximately £47 plus postage.
On the budget end of the scale, H&M has now also included two animal print kids duvet sets as part of their recently launched H&M Home Kids collection (which includes some nice, modern, not-too-sweet designs by the way, so do check it out). The husky puppy and baby rabbit sets cost £14.95 each – I was surprised to see that they are made from organic cotton at this price. I’m still trying to make my mind up about the design ‘cross-pollination’. What do you think – and which do you prefer?
(images: By Nord, Snurk, H&M)
Have you seen Colette Bream’s wonderful creations? This US based designer sells her childrens decor range on Etsy and has woven a magical world around her wares. The offering includes gorgeous toddler and cot bedding, whimsical star and cloud shaped cushions in soft greyed colours, room decorations and play things. I love her pretend animal tails below.
If you’ve become curious about this wonderful designer, you can read a great interview with Colette on the Etsy blog here.
(images: colette bream)
When I first laid eyes on this whimsical bedding from new kids on the block No. 74, in was love at first sight. Friends Nancy and Poupy from Italy and France combine their handmade creations with vintage children’s furniture and toys to create gorgeous style for contemporary kids rooms.
(images: no. 74)
If you (like me) love Scandinavian style, you’ll find it hard to resist this children’s bedding from Danish homeware designers by nord. Inspired by nature, their range of bedlinen features woodland animals in black and white photo prints which give an instant contemporary edge to kids rooms. Combined with cool and calm flooring and walls, it’s the perfect background for children’s colourful possessions.
The kids bedding collection includes a bear, deer, wolf and squirrel design. New to the range is this adorable baby bedding featuring a baby deer and hedgehog. The duvet covers are made from high quality 100 per cent cotton and no noxious chemicals were used in the manufacture. You can buy them here in the UK.
(images: kjerstislykke, by nord)
Do you know that feeling when you come across something new and your heart just jumps? That’s what I felt when I walked past StrikAholic‘s stand on a recent visit to Home London. StrikAholic is a Danish company that offers a range of homewares such as cushions and blankets (‘strik’ meaning ‘knitwear’ in Danish), but what I fell in love with was the bedding on their fab washing line display – how fun is this?!
StrikAholic was founded by designer Dorte Niedziella, who loved knitting from a very young age. What I love about her designs is that they straddle the boundaries between grown-up and kid’s design. So, it didn’t come as a surprise when Dorte told me she tries to keep her childhood curiosity alive in everyday adult life. She is inspired by everyday things and gets lots of ideas when she’s together with her three children. They make her think of her own childhood and what she loved to do, and often her designs flow from this. I recognise myself in this as I often think back to my own childhood when designing a room. Dorte’s Visiontest cover was the result of many a visit to the doctor with her kids. The Paper Doll design goes back to one of her favourite pastimes as a child, playing with paper dolls with her sister. When her daughters started to take an interest in paper dolls too, and started drawing pretty dresses, Dorte thought they’d make a great design for a duvet cover.
My favourite design is Nordic Inspiration, shown on the far left on the washing line and below. It’s inspired by classic Scandinavian knitting patterns and only available in adult sizes, so it works if your child has a normal single bed. Some of the other reversible designs are available in junior sizes as well. All are produced to Danish standards, but different sizes can be made on request. Fingers crossed that StrikAholic‘s bedding will be available here soon, but in the mean time you can contact them directly, as they’ll ship to the UK.
(images: room to bloom, strikaholic)
Whilst visiting trade shows Top Drawer & Home last week, I discovered some lovely new child-friendly products and was reacquainted with others. I’ll try and cover some of these finds over the next few weeks or so. The first I wanted to highlight was a Danish company called Manostiles, whose children’s bedding and patterned storage boxes I particularly liked. Owner Mette Lindeberg was ever so helpful in helping me to get a good picture of the stand with a quick restyle, but the product shots on her website are waaay better, so let’s stick with those.
Manostiles’ children’s bedding is not quite the same size as standard UK junior duvet sizes, so you’ll need to check whether it will fit. I still wanted to show you these images as I love the use of colour in a mostly white room. Perhaps Mette can be persuaded to produce UK sizes too? Remember that duvets are not recommended by health professionals for babies under 12 months as there is a risk of overheating. Take a look at the John Lewis website for guidance on buying children’s bedding from a safety point of view.
To keep a baby room clutter free, Manostiles’ patterned storage boxes would keep your changing supplies nicely organised – use them without their lid on the changing table for example. They’d also make great coordinated storage for small toys, hairbands, pins, jewellery and other trinkets.
I’m visiting Kleine Fabriek in Amsterdam on Sunday, so will be travelling to Holland again. Kleine Fabriek is an international bi-annual trade show for children’s fashion, shoes, accessories and home & gift collections. It’s my first visit and I’m really looking forward to it. Watch this space for a full report ; )
Whilst I’m away I wanted to share this cute little find I came accross the other day. It’s a duvet cover called ‘Bob’ from Dutch label Snurk (meaning ‘Snore’). Bob is the dog of the photographer who created the image for the duvet cover. Apparently Bob loves sleeping on his owner’s bed, but of course, Bob wasn’t sleepy at all on the day of the shoot. He finally succumbed to a nap under the warm lights of the studio – et voila.
Wouldn’t you have loved to have a dog sleeping on your bed like this when you were little? You still can. Bob is available from the Snurk online shop in a range of UK sizes.