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how to decorate a gender neutral nursery

Whether it’s because you don’t want to know your baby’s sex until birth, have a girl and a boy sharing and want to keep the peace, or because you want to avoid gender stereotyping on more philosophical grounds: there are plenty of good reasons to go for a room that works for either sex. Find out how to decorate a gender neutral nursery with my 8 decorating tips over on My Baba.

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mr fox: best clip and clamp lights

Best clip and clamp lights with bunk bed kids roomkids room with bunk bed and clip lights milk magazine louise desrosiersMy latest edit for Mr Fox magazine rounds up the best clip and clamp lights for boys rooms. These make perfect reading lights on bunk beds, but can also be used to wash a wall or ceiling to light up a dim corner. Find out where to buy the most stylish over at Mr Fox.

(image top room to bloom, image bottom photography by louise desrosiers for milk magazine)

dylan’s big boy room

I recently designed this green kid’s room, a big boy room for Dylan. He had outgrown his nursery and Dylan’s parents asked me to help them turn a small guest bedroom into a special room for their son.

childrens interior design green boys bedroomchildrens interior design bespoke built-in bed joineryTo stop the room from feeling “bitty” and crowded with lots of freestanding storage solutions, I designed a bed with storage drawers and chunky floating shelves around the chimney breast. The wall and joinery were painted in the same colour to create a feature wall.

childrens interior design built-in storage kids roomkids interior design green boys bedroom wardrobe and tree wall stickerchildrens interior design green boys bedroom crane detailThe rest of the room was kept light and simple, with timber accents to add warmth to the room. You can see a bit more of the room here.

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

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)

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!

before & after: phoebe’s grey nursery

Before we go into 2015, I wanted to share one of the children’s rooms I designed this year: Phoebe’s grey nursery. Having worked on her big brother’s room previously, it was great to be back and create a little haven for his new baby sister.

We needed to do quite a lot of work to get the room up to scratch before we could start decorating – you can see progress photos and read more about this here.

phoebe's grey nursery 1phoebe's grey nursery 3phoebe's grey nursery 4Phoebe’s mum asked for a peaceful nursery that would last, and didn’t want the room to be too girlie or pink. The inspiration for Phoebe’s nursery was a pretty baby blanket made with Liberty fabric from Sture & Folke. With an eye on the colour scheme for the rest of the house we chose a soft grey for the walls and woodwork, adding pretty bunny wallpaper behind the cot. The grey furniture has a vague fifties feel to it – which connects with other pieces in the house in this style.

phoebe's grey nursery 9phoebe's grey nursery 5The room was accessorised with violets, plums and a hint of pink. I am thrilled with the result, it feels so peaceful and pretty but not too cutesy. More importantly, Phoebe’s parents love the nursery too – in their words it’s now the best room in the house!

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

my room: beau

contemporary boys bedroom beauThis beautiful toddler bedroom belongs to Beau who is four (nearly five!) years old. He lives with his parents Maaike and Jeffrey and his brother Luca in a townhouse in Haarlem, the Netherlands.

Beau’s bedroom was designed by his mum Maaike, who is an interior designer, graphic designer and art director at My Deer. The room was inspired by the green travel chest which used to belong to Beau’s great-grandfather. The deer print above Beau’s bed is by Maaike and available from her shop.

When designing your child’s bedroom, Maaike advises to start with a calm base colour (white) and add colour using accessories and eye-catchers such as a wardrobe, a toy chest, or an entire a wall. Don’t be afraid to combine different styles of furniture, like vintage with contemporary design, as this is what gives a room character. Store small toys in baskets or boxes, and large unattractive toys in a closet or a toy chest, out of sight. Keep the best looking things out for display on a desk or shelf as decoration.

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Time to speak to Beau now! Tell us Beau,

♥ What is your favourite food? I like lots of different foods, but pasta is the best!

♥ What are you into right now? I love drawing and playing with my Lego.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Black is cool, but I also like blue and green.

♥ Your favourite animal? A tiger! But dinos are also cool!

♥ And your favourite book? The Big Dino Book.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? Spiderman or Batman.

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My horse swing is super cool!

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The really soft white one.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My dino pyjamas!

Thank you Beau, it was super cool to meet you!

(images: My Deer)

interiors inspiration: kids’ desks

kids desks interiorsStaying with the back-to-school theme today with some interiors inspiration around kids’ desks – these are currently some of my favourite images. I’ve noticed there are a lot of vintage school desks in there (instant whimsy), and I seem to have a penchant for simple desk tops suspended on wall mounted brackets. These offer plenty of room to spread out and make a practical work and play space to share.

childrens desks interiorsThere are many ways to make sure a desk doesn’t feel isolated on a wall. You can use wallpaper behind, or maybe just an accent strip like the supersize hare below. Wall stickers, prints or postcards can do the trick, and of course, shelves. I like the playful effect of box shelves, plate racks and vintage tins for storage and display. The house desk above also does a clever job at anchoring the desk and creating a cosy nook.

best kids desksIf you study these images, you’ll spot some nifty little ideas, like keeping pens and pencils off the surface with wall mounted pots, and using wall hooks to keep things out of the way. Space saving fold-down desks are great for small rooms of course (leaving room for sleep-overs), and no desk is complete in my opinion without a bank of small drawers for little treasures.

kids desks round-up

image sources, clockwise from top left | 1. vintage wooden school desktree desk, geo bamboo kids desk, blue vintage school desk | 2. desk with dog wallpaper, double vintage school desk, house desk, alcove desk | 3.  bed with fold-down desk, vintage desk, desk in front of window, suspended timber desk | 4. yellow desk with book rack, desk with hare wallpaper, blue bed with desk, yellow fold-down desk

kids’ desks: back to school

I used to favour the kitchen table, and later my bed or the couch for homework. But when it was time for serious revision, my mum made me sit at my desk to help me concentrate. So what are the things to bear in mind when creating a space for study? Make sure that your child is seated comfortably and correctly, especially if in front of a screen, and that there is adequate light. For older children it’s important to have enough room to spread out their books and personalise their desk space – add a pinboard if you can. Good storage around the desk is a must – if not part of the desk, use drawers on castors, stacked crates, or shelves and display boxes on the wall.

 

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Sources: 1. harvard children’s desk 2. laurette L50 desk  3. vintage school desk 4. les gambettes romy desk 5. lola dolls house desk atelier sans souci 6. irene writing desk xo in my room 7. sebra white metal desk 8. K desk with internal storage rafa kids 9. geo bamboo kids desk 

my room: frank

contemporary shared boys bedroomThis super cool bedroom is shared by Frank, 7 years, and his brother Robert, who is 3  years old. They live with their mum Agata and dad Arek in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Their apartment is located in an old city building.

The boys’ bedroom was designed by their mum Agata, who is an architect and co-owner of kids’ furniture company Rafa Kids. She and her husband founded the company after their sons were born, with the aim to design high quality, good looking products for children. Their distinctive, imaginative designs have taken the world of kids’ design by storm!

Agata’s advice for designing kids’ rooms is to simply listen to your child. Watch their needs and activities – which are specific to their age – as this will help to divide a room into zones, which is a good start. You can read more about how she designed her boys’ bedroom over here on the Rafa kids blog.

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Let’s find out a bit more about Frank now. Tell us…

♥ What is your favourite food? Jacket potatoes.

♥ What are you into right now? Making bracelets from elastic bands.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Orange.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Falcon.

♥ Your favourite book? Donald Duck cartoons.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? A footballer.

♥ What do you like most in your room? I like my books and I like reading. I’d love a bedside lamp to help me read at night!

♥ What is your favourite duvet cover? I’d love to have one with cars!

♥ What are your favourite pyjamas? The ones with the white stripes [from polarn o.pyret]

Thank you Frank, it was great to meet you!

(images: rafa kids)

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