I 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.
(images: the little square gallery)
One new client I visited earlier this month dedicated January to clearing out clutter and getting organised before calling me in for advice. This lady is getting it right! If post-Christmas, your child’s bedroom or playroom has started to look like an exploded toy shop rather than a space to dream and play, it’s time to get organised before buying yet more bits of mismatched storage furniture to hide it all.
To stay on top of clutter in kids’ rooms I have one golden rule: for every new item that comes in, an older, no longer used item goes out. In my experience, this might inspire you to clear out a cubby or drawer as well whilst you’re at it – and if not, then at least you are staying on top of it.
Depending on your children’s age and how used they are to regular room purges, you can involve them fully or perhaps squirrel some broken and unloved stuff away. Keep it out of sight for a while and if no-one has noticed after a month or two, it’s time to let it go through the back door. Do you think that’s an awful thing to do? Or is it OK?
If you have any tips about organising your child’s bedroom or playroom, share them with us here!
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)
(image: room to bloom)
The biggest baby news over the last 8 months has of course been that of Kate and William. I’ve been asked a lot “how I would design the royal nursery?” Unfortunately Kate herself hasn’t asked though – I’m sure she must have misplaced my business card.
The Little Style Book (über-stylish resource for mother & child) also asked me to put my ideas forward for the young prince or princess’ room on their blog. I decided to have a play, et voilà, my board was born.
The inspiration came from a wonderful photograph taken by Cecil Beaton of Queen (then Princess) Elizabeth and her first son Prince Charles as a baby. She stands admiringly over his cot against the backdrop of a painted landscape. For more background and sourcing information for the items above, hop on over to The Little Style Book.
(images: room to bloom, cecil beaton)
This sweet baby girl’s nursery belongs to Lynn, she’s just over two months old. Lynn’s room first caught my eye because it feels so calm, pretty and together. When I found out it was decorated by her grandmother Karin, I decided to find out a bit more.
How did this nursery come about? When Lynn was born, I wanted to give her a room of her own in our house, rather than a cot in a spare room for when she’s visiting.
What was your goal for the room’s decor? I wanted to create a sweet and cosy nursery that was a little bit different.
What is your favourite part of the room? I love the tree and how everything goes together. From the sheets to the accessories, I’ve put everything together to try and create a a room that feels ‘whole’.
Anything you would do differently next time? No, I don’t think so… I am really happy how it has all turned out.
Your best tips for decorating a nursery? Follow your own taste. If you’re not sure what your taste is, try and find inspiration by looking around for styles and colour combinations that you feel attracted to.
If you like Karin’s style, take a tour of Karin’s home here for vintage French country style inspiration (called “brocante” in the Netherlands, after the French flea markets). In her online shop Brocaatje, you’ll find brocante style home decor, as well as accessories made by Karin herself. Since the arrival of her first granddaughter Lynn, she’s added two nursery collections which she blogs about here. (If you don’t speak Dutch, try the ‘translate’ button in your browser ; )
If, like me, you’re a little addicted to the kids’ decor books from Edition Paumes, you’ll be happy to hear that they have released two new titles: Nordic Deco Ideas for Kids’ Rooms and Paris Deco Ideas for Kids’ Rooms.
Like their predecessors, Children’s Rooms London, Stockholm, Paris, Copenhagen and Finland, these books are pure eye candy. There’s very little text – and what text there is, is mostly in Japanese – but the pictures speak for themselves.
I was curious to find out if they were just rehashes of the previous books, and although there are some images that have featured before, there’s lots of fresh material to get you inspired and create a gorgeous little room for your child. There are sections with ideas for walls, beds, colour, textiles, fashion, desks, decoration, books, storage, prints, lights, vintage, and even your garden.
I bought my copies in a fabulous new shop I recently discovered – The Pippa and Ike Show. It’s run by a fellow Dutch girl, and she stocks many of my favourite Dutch kids’ decor brands too. Happy days.
(images: edition paumes)
This gorgeous girl’s bedroom belongs to Liv who is seven years old. She lives with her family in a converted farm in The Netherlands in the countryside between Utrecht and Amsterdam.
Liv’s room was designed by her mum Larissa, who is an interior designer at design studio Viva Vida. The room features a custom made built-in cabin bed, a bit like the Dutch cupboard beds of days of old.
Larissa’s advice for designing your children’s rooms is to consider their character, listen to their wishes, and to translate this to your interior style.
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Time to find out a bit more about Liv now! Tell us Liv…
♥ What is your favourite food? Spaghetti with ketchup and cheese, chips.
♥ What are you into right now? Crafting, playing in my tree house, and playing games on my mum’s old phone.
♥ What is your favourite colour? Pink.
♥ What is your favourite animal? My cat Zonnestraaltje [Sunbeam].
♥ Dresses and skirts or trousers? Dresses and skirts.
♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? An artist.
♥ What would you take to a desert island? My toy horse.
♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My cabin bed – it has a secret cupboard.
♥ What do love doing in your room? Dressing up with my friends and crafting at my desk.
♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the red and pink hearts.
Thank you Liv, it was great to meet you!
Wouldn’t these DIY cardboard playhouses be the cutest addition to your child’s playroom? I came across this wonderful tutorial by the talented Elsie and Emma over on their blog A Beautiful Mess. Love the tile detail and vintage wallpaper… Have fun!
(images: a beautiful mess)
This cool boy’s bedroom belongs to Floor who is six years old. He lives with his mum, sister and brother in a lovely and light new-built house in Zutphen, The Netherlands. Puk the cat, Daan the dog and Chocolat the rabbit also share the house with them.
Floor’s room was decorated by his mum Carla, who is the owner of the wonderful Met Melk & Suiker blog and a self-confessed Pinterest and Instagram addict. Carla’s blog feels beautifully serene with lots of interiors inspiration, unusual angles and peeks into her family’s life. Having run an online kids’ and home accessories store for 2 years, she currently works part-time in HR.
Carla’s best interior design advice for kids’ rooms is to combine a calm base with original accessories and let the room develop from there – a room needs to grow. Because of her interest in interiors and styling, she’s always changing things around at home, including in her children’s bedrooms. She suggests looking for inspiration on Pinterest and in magazines to create a moodboard with your child.
Time now to find out a bit more about Floor! Tell us Floor…
♥ What is your favourite food? Anything that starts with a “P” – pasta, pizza, pancakes, poffertjes and patates frites – but I also love brie and olives : )
♥ What are you into right now? I love playing football outside (and on Wii ; ). I also like playing with my friends and my sister Pip – with my Lego train and Cars cars for example.
♥ What is your favourite colour? Orange and blue.
♥ What is your favourite animal? Dinosaur.
♥ Your favourite book? Football books!
♥ Where would you like to go one day? I’d like to travel around the world.
♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? A goal keeper.
♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My bed!
♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the wolf in the pictures.
♥ Which are your favourite pyjamas? My mum wanted to buy me pyjamas with moustaches from H&M, but I prefer to sleep in my jogging bottoms.
♥ Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your room? I love my birdhouse and toadstool lights because I can switch them on to read before I go to sleep. The toadstool light always stays on at night – ever since I was a baby.
Thank you Floor, it was super to meet you!
(images: met melk & suiker)