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sneak peek: new girls bedroom

Back in August I decided to take a short break from blogging to go on holiday, recharge my batteries, and start again with new energy… Well, that break lasted a bit longer than planned, but whilst not blogging, I have been working on a number of lovely new rooms which I hope to be able to share with you soon. Here is a sneak peek of a little girl’s bedroom that is nearly completed. More soon!

sneak peek: new girls bedroom

(image: room to bloom)

storage house winner

4 August, 2012 in children's design & decor

Huge apologies to everyone who entered the giveaway for this customised storage house, and who has been waiting to hear who has won! I have been working very hard on a number of new projects since the the giveaway closed, and my blog has suffered a bit as I couldn’t find time to post. It’s time to put things right now… We have a winner!

storage-house giveaway winner

The random generator picked number seven, meaning that Anna Nowinska-Boardman has won the house! I hope it will be a worthy new home for her daughter’s pebble collection.

If you would like to be kept up to date about the next giveaway, make sure to subscribe to the Room to Bloom newsletter at the bottom of this page. Promise I’ll be quicker to announce the winner next time : )

x Ursula

(image room to bloom)

high vs low: kids bedding

3 August, 2012 in children's design & decor

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.)

kids bedding with animal prints from by nord and snurk bedding

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.

h&m kids bedding photo print animal duvet sets

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)

my room: britt

2 August, 2012 in my room


This light and bright girls bedroom belongs to Britt who is six years old. She lives with her family in Haarlem, a town near Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Britt’s room was decorated by her mum Mascha, who is a freelance event manager.

Mascha’s best tip for decorating a kids room is to keep the background white. It’s timeless and flexible, so the room is easy to adapt as your child grows older. She’s provided plenty of storage in Britt’s room – cupboards with doors keep things looking tidy. Mascha prefers to look for small pieces of furniture, such as little cabinets and chairs, in charity shops and at flea markets – they have more character than new furniture and are often much cheaper too.

Let’s find out a bit more about Britt now!

♥ What is your favourite food? Tortillas.

♥ What is your favourite pastime? Playing on my swing, skateboarding, playing outside, painting and jumping rope.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Yellow, gold, silver, pink, purple, light blue.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Horse, cat, dog, guinea pig, hamster.

♥ Your favourite book? Tow Truck Pluck (Pluk van de Pettenflat).

♥ Which country would you like to visit? Bali (we’re going there on holiday soon!)

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? A hairdresser or cook.

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My swing.

♥ What is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the rabbit (new from H&M Home Kids).

Thank you Britt, it was really nice to meet you. Have a great holiday!

(images: 101 woonideeën, photography by bart brusse,  styling by valerie van der werff)

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)

funky vinyl flooring

18 July, 2012 in kids room design


funky vinyl flooring

Think vinyl flooring is ugly, cheap and boring? You’re right about the cost. There is however now a wide choice of good looking, modern designs that wouldn’t look amiss in a contemporary playroom, kids room, hallway, bathroom or kitchen. The above samples range from £25-£43 per square metre.

Hard-wearing, warm under foot and easy to clean, vinyl is perfect for families with children. It comes in rolls or tiles and is easy to install. A fantastic range of solid matt colours (including white and black!) is available from the Colour Flooring Company and Harvey Maria (who developed the dotty design above for Cath Kidston).

But my favourite design has to be a retro-patterned tile called Rose des vents from French homeware company Around The Wall. They remind me of scaled down cement tiles and I think they would look super sweet in a little ensuite. Around The Wall vinyl tiles are available in the UK from Zazous.

If your budget stretches, also consider lino or rubber flooring. I’ll be covering these in an upcoming post.

(top image: around the wall – 1. apple  2. red spot tile  3. rose des vents  4. raspberry pink  5. blue rose)

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)

dress my room

dress my room kids room at paul and paula blog

Today I’m guest blogging over at international kids design and lifestyle blog Paul & Paula. Lots of readers check in to find children’s fashion inspiration there, so I thought it would be fun to pick an outfit and let it inspire me to create a design board for a kids room.

Here is a sneak peak, but for the full room, sources and how you can find room inspiration in your little one’s wardrobe, fix yourself a drink and hop on over to Paul & Paula.

1. little troll sketch dress   2. mini moderns alice wallpaper, full room and details over on the Paul & Paula blog!

(image: room to bloom)

kids storage house giveaway

12 July, 2012 in children's design & decor


Today you can win this colourful kids storage house! It’s perfect for little collections of stones, shells, hair things, beads, buttons, crafting bits, etc.

The cardboard house is from Cox & Cox and I customised it with different patterns of vintage wallpaper from Inke. The insert at the top shows what it looked like originally. If you would like to make your own, pick colours and patterns that fit in with your child’s room décor.

I cut out little squares of wallpaper, 0.5cm larger than the drawer fronts, and glued them onto the front of each drawer, folding the edges around the sides and top. I used spray mount adhesive, but you can use wallpaper glue, or any other paper glue instead.

vintage wallpaper

Both Cox & Cox and the lovely people at Inke were happy to sponsor my little project, and the result is up for grabs today!

HERE’S WHAT TO DO TO WIN THE STORAGE HOUSE (rabbit and carrots not included ; )

1. Leave a comment by clicking ‘leave comment’ at the bottom of this post, and tell me what you or your child would store in this little house.

2. Go to the Room to Bloom Facebook page to ‘Like’ us.

Done! The competition is open to UK residents only and will close Thursday 19th July at 12pm. The winner will be chosen randomly and notified by email. Good luck to everyone!

x Ursula

PS: I’ve just spotted that the house is on at half price at Cox & Cox. You can see a previous post about Inke wallpaper dinosaurs here and an Inke wallpaper tree in Felix’s room here.

(images: room to bloom)

kids interiors trends at playtime paris

11 July, 2012 in news

Playtime Paris took place from 7-9 July – I wasn’t able to go, but my friend Amélie Joncquez from Petit Home was happy to step in. Today she reports on the kids interiors trends she spotted in Paris…

playtime paris 2012

Hello, I’m Amélie. I spent last Monday at Playtime Paris looking for new items that give a fresh look to children’s spaces for my online shop petit home.

Playtime is a trade fair dedicated to high end children’s fashion, décor and maternity. It takes place twice a year in Paris and is one of the loveliest trade shows for children (and always a good excuse to go to Paris and visit friends!).

I was inspired by 3 main trends:

1. Vintage & romantic - Subtle, soft, muted tones of pink, green and orange (very Parisian I think) and floral prints. Look out for musical stars and clouds by Nini la duchesse, ultra soft bedding and funky prints from Jack n’a qu’un oeil, pretty patterns by ie boutique, and Tiny Tales story boxes from Tiphaine mangan.

vintage and romantic kids trends

2. Black & white - I loved the new cushions from Atsuyo et Akiko

3. Modern & bright - Neon colours and bright dots everywhere! Great dolls and cushions from Atsuyo et Akiko again. This trend is very evident in kids fashion, for example Chat méchant shoes and Noé & Zoë Berlin.

neon and black & white kids decor trend

(images: amélie joncquez, tiphaine mangan)

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