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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)

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)

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!

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)

my room: vera

childrens interior design kids bedroom mint yellow pastels

This colourful children’s room belongs to Vera and Olaf who are five and three years old. The family lives in an apartment in Groningen, the Netherlands.

The kids’ bedroom was designed by their mum Madeleine, who is an illustrator of educational books. It features mint harlequin wallpaper with matching painted floorboards, combined with strong yellow and natural timber accents. Madeleine’s advice when it comes to designing your child’s bedroom is to research what style you’re attracted to – using Pinterest, blogs and magazines for example.

The photos above were photographed by Kiyomi Yui, who shot 21 kids’ rooms for a Japanese publication called Kinderkamers van Nederland (“Kids’ Rooms in the Netherlands”) by publishers Tatsumi.

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Time to learn a bit more about Vera now! Tell us Vera,

♥ What is your favourite food? Yoghurt with fruit, cinnamon and honey.

♥ What are you into right now? Singing along to Frozen with my dolls Anne and Elsa.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Pink and yellow.

♥ Your favourite animal? Cats and rabbits.

♥ And your favourite book? The Gruffalo.

♥ Trousers or skirts? Skirts with leggings or tights.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? Princess Elsa.

♥ What do you love most about your room? My Barbapapa lights.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? I don’t know.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My pink ones.

Thank you Vera, it was lovely to meet you!

(photography by kiyomi yui)

tips for decorating a small nursery

interior design for children grey nursery

My Baba asked me to share some tips for decorating a small nursery. Hop over to their site to read my tips on how to make the best of a small space here.

(image: room to bloom, photographer brett charles)

win! sne design children’s interiors giveaway

Have you come across Norwegian children’s interiors label Sne Design? If not, you’re in for a TREAT! If you have, but couldn’t work out where to buy Sne Design‘s beautiful products, I have some great news: the Sne Design web shop is now open, so you can order in the UK too!

To celebrate the opening of their new shop I asked Sne Design if I could make one of you happy with something beautiful for your child’s bedroom and they have offered me a HUGE €100 gift voucher to GIVE AWAY! Isn’t that amazing? The lucky winner can go on a €100 online shopping spree at Sne Design and you can spend it on anything you like – some beautiful kids’ bedding, pretty garlands, storage, prints – there are so many beautiful products to choose from. Please see below for details on how you can enter to win. But first, here are a few of the things I would love to spend that €100 gift voucher on…

Sne Design Childrens Kids design decorSne Design childrens interiors design kids decorSne Design childrens interiors kids design decorHere’s how to enter:

  • Visit Sne Design and check out their children’s décor here.
  • Return to this post and comment below telling us what you would love to buy for your little one’s room, how you’d use it, why it would look amazing, etc.
  • Visit the Sne Design Facebook page and also post your answer there, using hashtag #roomtobloom and add @roomtobloom to your post on their wall. You can of course LIKE their page too if you love their designs as much as I do. 

Note: You have to be 18 years old or older to enter this giveaway. The giveaway is open to readers worldwide. You may enter once daily until midnight BST on May 7th, 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 all of the steps above in order to qualify. The winner will receive a €100 gift voucher that will need to be spent at Sne Design’s webshop by June 7th or else another winner will be selected.

Thank you Sne Design and good luck to everyone!

UPDATED: This giveaway is now closed – the winner is Irene. Thank you for entering everyone and congratulations Irene!

(images: sne design)

my room: zep

interior design boys bedroom with house shaped bunk bedThis stunning boy’s bedroom belongs to Zep who is nine years old. He lives with his mum and dad in a house from the 1930s in the small village of Westzaan, the Netherlands.

Zep’s room was designed by his mum Myrthe, who is a stylist and the owner of Studio Soet, a styling bureau that specialises in the development of creative concepts and photo styling. Myrthe also dresses the windows of Holland’s iconic department store De Bijenkorf. The room features a house shaped yellow bunk bed with vintage wallpaper behind, and a combination of a great green wall colour with orange accents. Myrthe’s approach to designing her children’s bedrooms is to work intuitively and think like a child. Above all: dare to take risks!

The photos above were styled by Myrthe for a photo shoot by Kiyomi Yui, who shot 21 kids’ rooms for a Japanese publication called Kinderkamers van Nederland (“Kids’ Rooms in the Netherlands”) by publishers Tatsumi.

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Time to learn a bit more about Zep now! Tell us Zep,

♥ What is your favourite food? Wraps.

♥ What are you into right now? Playing outside, football.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Blue.

♥ Your favourite animal? Kingfisher.

♥ And your favourite book?  “Het raadsel van alles dat leeft” (“The Mystery of Life”) by Jan Paul Schutten, illustrated by Floor Rieder.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? A scientist or inventor.

♥ What do you love most about your room? My bed. And I like drawing at my desk.

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

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My blue checked ones.

Thank you Zep, it was super to meet you!

(photography by kiyomi yui)

gender neutral nursery for twins

Today I’d like to share some photos of a gender neutral nursery I designed for a twin boy and girl a little while ago. My client didn’t want to know her babies’ sex until birth, so asked for a gender neutral nursery which she could accessorise after the twins’ arrival with more gender specific colour.

gender neutral nursery twins 1gender neutral nursery twins 2We went for a soothing grey scheme and a mix of timber and white furniture. We then decorated with blush and celadon accessories once the twins were born.

gender neutral nursery twins 3interior design gender neutral nursery twin roomnursery interior design modern twin nurseryWith two cots and a daybed in addition to a changing station and chair, the challenge was to create a lay-out that didn’t feel too crowded. By keeping the décor simple and making clever use of the space, the nursery retains a calm simplicity.

(images: room to bloom, photography by brett charles)

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