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mimi’lou circus wall sticker giveaway

10 February, 2013 in children's design & decor

mimi'lou circus wall sticker giveaway

Today I have another great giveaway to share with you… Room to Bloom has teamed up with children’s décor boutique Petit Home to give away this fun Mimi’lou Circus wall sticker!

Measuring 5 metres, the circus wall sticker makes a cute little frieze above a cot, changing table or kid’s bed, and looks great against a bright white wall or wrapped around a corner. It’s an easy way of bringing a bit of circus fun to your child’s bedroom without committing to an all singing, all dancing circus theme – the wall sticker is easily removed when you little one is ready to move on.

How to enter to win the Mimi’lou Circus wall sticker:

1. Leave a comment below telling me where you envisage using the wall sticker.

2. Go to Room to Bloom’s Facebook page to share the giveway on your own Facebook page (click here).

3. Job done! Of course, if you’d like to say thanks to Petit Home, I’m sure they would love a ‘like’ from you too : )

The giveaway is open to UK residents only and closes 24th February 2013 at midnight. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email.

Good luck everyone!

mimi lou kids wall sticker wall border circus

PS – If you’re not familiar with Petit Home and love modern French inspired kids’ decor – think powdery grey-pink-lilac-mauve palettes and whimsical touches - then definitely check out Petit Home’s children’s bedding and lighting selection.

(images: mimi’lou)

out to play: paintings of children

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

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)

kids’ bedroom storage ideas

ideas for kids bedroom play room storage green room

Number one on my clients’ wish list for kids’ bedrooms or playrooms is more space and less mess.  Sounds familiar? Then read on.

The question I’m often asked is how achieve this. The answer, almost always, lies in clutter control and storage. January may be nearly over, but it’s never too late for your new year’s resolution to get organised and turn your child’s room into something special this year.

kids room play room storage ideas blue room

Lighten the load

So first of all – really, really try to lighten the load a bit – declutter. A good clear-out enables you to see the potential of the room, but an even more compelling reason is that a huge amount of toys and stuff crowds in on your child’s mental space! It overstimulates, drains energy and stifles the imagination. If you’ve spent lots of money on your child’s possessions or don’t want to appear ungrateful for gifts, then at least rotate what’s out on display, so everything gets a chance to be played with.

For those of you who are storing lots of your own possessions in your child’s closets – try and rehome your stuff elsewhere. It’s important that your child’s space is just that – a place to call their own.

kids room play room storage ideas pink room

Open vs closed storage

When addressing storage in your child’s bedroom, start with the big picture. Think about a mix of open and closed storage, but keep a good proportion behind doors. Invest in built-in storage if appropriate to the room, or buy a large free standing piece that will house clothes and toys (I love up-cycling shallow vintage wardrobes for this purpose). If space allows, consider buying two identical or compatible pieces, one for toys, one for clothes.

If your child’s bedroom is on the small side, look out for dual purpose furniture – beds and seating with drawers, desks with heaps of integrated storage – you know the drill. It may not look as cool as your favourite designer furniture, but you will be thankful as possessions accumulate.

childrens room play room storage yellow room

Pack it up

Next, store loose small stuff in appropriately sized containers – trunks, boxes, suitcases, baskets, bags, jars. By “appropriate” I mean storing small bits in small boxes, not mixed in with larger items in huge trunks, which have to be turned upside down to get to things.

And now for the most important and easiest bit! To keep things looking calm, organised and lovely, try coordinating your containers a bit. Choose boxes in compatible styles, colours or materials, so you don’t create more chaos with a jumble of different sizes and colours stacked on top of each other (unless you know how to make that look chic). Don’t go for see-through boxes either, as this just looks messy (and ugly). Instead, label containers with text or images to tell them apart.

kids room play room storage ideas timber

Keep floors free

Finally, keeping the floor free will make the room look more spacious – well, we can try. Use wall hooks and bags to store loose toys and hang up clothes. A cool looking laundry bin and paper basket will also help to keep the decks clear - repurpose unusual things like metal buckets or trunks for example.

childrens bedroom play room storage ideas white room

Happy organising!

x Ursula

(images clockwise: green – 1. la maison d’anna G. 2. pure style home 3. kirsikkapuu 4. h&m 5. bungalow - blue – 1. stil 2. kast van een huis 3. cox and cox 4. maisons du monde - yellow – 1. bolig magasin 2. dezeen 3. dana van leeuwen 4. desire to inspire - pink – 1. the boo and the boy 2. lovely undergrad 3. berry red - timber – 1. red online 2. nonjetable 3. swoop bags 4. living etc - white – 1. weekday carnival 2. fancy house road 3. vitra)

room to bloom in livingetc kids’ rooms

26 January, 2013 in in the press

Living-Etc kids rooms design feature

January is nearly over, and I nearly forgot to post that I was invited again by Livingetc to share some tips and ideas for modern kids’ rooms! The Kids’ Rooms feature in their January issue shows you how to create a perfect space for your child in four easy steps – it’s packed with useful advice on style, storage, walls & floors, furniture and lighting.

I was in good company too: Jenny Dalton of LittleBig magazine, Caterine Hooper from children’s boutique Little Baby CompanyJane Bonsor at textile house Korla, and Matthew Tillman at home technology specialists Tillman Domotics all shared their best design tips for children’s rooms in this inspiring article.

Missed the Kids’ Rooms issue? Fret not. There’s still a chance to read the article on my Press page here.

(images: livingetc)


hibou home children’s fabrics

Hibou Home children's fabrics

Looking up one of Hibou Home’s children’s wallpaper designs for a new client, I happened upon this triptych of Hibou’s new children’s fabrics range. I love the subtle play of colours and the styling is super cute too.

The new designer fabric range complements Hibou’s wallpaper designs beautifully, but I think pattern like this works best if a little is used and given room to shine.

If you haven’t come across Hibou’s stylish wallpaper for kids (I doubt that very much as they have become hugely popular all over the world since their launch at the end of 2011), check out the full range on their website here.

You can read more about Hibou Home in an interview with founder Emma Lycett here.

Happy decorating!



what colour is best for a baby room?

baby room colour ideas

I’m guest blogging again over at My Baba with some tips and advice on colour for your baby’s room.

As you know I’m all for venturing away from the more traditional, gender specific choices of pastel pink for girls and baby blue for boys. But hang on – do I spy a blue and pink theme in the collage above? Find out more on My Baba.

x Ursula

(images: kml design, stokke, helmen talossa, la redoute, oeuf)

photowall mural winner

10 January, 2013 in children's design & decor

wallpaper mural nu agency via photowall

I’m pleased to announce the winner of the Photowall mural competition that I ran over Christmas and New Year. The random number generator picked number 51, which means Jo Kelly is the lucky winner. Congratulations Jo!

Many thanks to Photowall for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway, and to all of you who entered – there were some amazing ideas there. I have some new competitions for you in the pipeline, so if you’d like to be kept up to date make sure to sign-up to the Room to Bloom newsletter at the bottom of this page.

x Ursula

(image: nu agency via photowall)

my room: danthe

grey boys bedroom with car bed

This cool boy’s bedroom belongs to Danthe who is two and a half years old. He lives with his family in an old farmhouse in de Meern, The Netherlands.

Danthe’s super creative mum Antoinette designed his bedroom using grey as the main colour. She found the Jeep on Marktplaats (a Dutch version of eBay) and turned it into a bed – complete with working lights. Antoinette made a lamp out of a washing machine drum, and the framed collage you can see above. (If you would like her to make one for you, contact Antoinette by email at abrundel[at]gmail[dot]com).

Antoinette’s best advice for designing your child’s bedroom is to let your imagination run free – the sky is the limit. Create a colour plan beforehand, but take care not to repeat colours too much, as this will tend to make it look too matchy-matchy and a bit boring.


Now let’s find out a bit more about Danthe! Tell us Danthe…

♥ What is your favourite food? Fried eggs.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Green.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Cat.

♥ Your favourite book? Dikkie Dik [adventures of very curious cat].

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My car bed, I love playing with it.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the stars.

♥ Which are your favourite pyjamas? The ones with with diggers and tractors.

Thank you Danthe, it was lovely to meet you!

(images: Ursula Kemp)

happy new year

31 December, 2012 in children's design & decor

Lena star lights from XO in My Room

Thank you everyone who’s been visiting, commenting, browsing my blog… I hope to see you again  in the new year with lots more tips and ideas for kid’s rooms. Happy 2013!


(image: wooden star light from xo-in my room)

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