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sture & folke baby blankets

sture & folk baby blanket orpineI 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!


20 March, 2013 in things i love

childhood photo of my loved one

Last weekend, we went over to my loved one’s parents to help them pack for their house move. And look what I found. A little angel.

(He’s still that cute by the way.)

(image: room to bloom)

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)


the royal london hospital play space

Royal London Hospital kids play space

Royal London Hospital kids play space

Royal London Hospital kids play space

Royal London Hospital kids play spac

Royal London Hospital kids play space

Alice in Wonderland has come the Royal London Hospital where a surreal oversize living room has been created for the hospital’s young patients. The play space was designed by architects Cottrell & Vermeulen and designer Morag Myerscough, who wanted it to be a complete escape for the children on the ward. The space is filled with superscale objects to explore and interact with, so that it might distract kids from thinking about being in hospital.

From its scale, to its colourful yet clean design (note that primary colours don’t dominate), and details such as the giant skirting board with oh-so familiar trellis wallpaper above, everything is delightfully imaginative. I have long wondered why health care environments aren’t designed with a bit more, well… care?  Especially when it comes to children, the less institutional the environment, the easier it is to feel at home and comfortable. Surely that’s a good thing in any environment where children are cared for, be it a hospital, dentist’s waiting room, or day care nursery?

You can get more background on the play area’s design here and here.

(images: creative reviewtidbit du jour)

daisy floral bedding for spring

floral kids bedding yellow

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)

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)

an astronaut in my bed

3 February, 2013 in children's bedding, things i love

kids bedding austronaut by snurk

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)

decorating with bunting

6 November, 2012 in children's decor, things i love

mizzle kids buntingI came across this super sweet bunting whilst looking for something to brighten up a nursery I’m working on, and I just had to share it with you.

Handmade by Dutch designer Lydia Louw of Mizzle Studio and Mizzle Kids, you can order it via Etsy here.

(images: mizzle kids)

ferm living dolls house wallpaper

dollhouse ferm living kids wallpaper

I love Ferm Living’s wallpaper for kids rooms and whilst browsing for a new project I’m working on, I spotted this dolls house wallpaper download on their website. It’s easy to miss, as it’s on a rotating banner, but you can download miniature versions of Ferm Living‘s designs and use them to decorate their beautiful wooden dolls house – or your own!

ferm living wallpaper download instructions

Here are a few of my favourites…



(images: ferm living, room to bloom)

forestblue factory: sir hopsalot

16 July, 2012 in things i love

jumping bunny rabbit sir hopsalot forestblue factory

Something happy to start off the week!

I have a soft spot for animals with dark ears, dark paws and a dark tail as they remind me of the Siamese cats I grew up with – the photo on my About page is me age 2 with my cat Eowin.

So when I saw this bunny I fell in love. His name is Sir Hopsalot and he’s made by Amsterdam based wool artist Katarzyna from Forestblue Factory. Sir Hopsalot and other handmade felted animals are for sale through Katarzyna’s Etsy shop here. Happy hopping!

(images: forestblue factory)

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