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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)

nursery tour: theo

pepe crib in theo's nursery 1

pepe crib in theo's nursery 2

pepe crib in theo's nursery 3

pepe crib in theo's nursery 4

This gorgeous nursery is Theo’s room, he’s one year old. I asked his mama Carina of xo-in my room a few questions about the room.

  • What was the inspiration or starting point for Theo’s nursery? I have loads of visual inputs in a day and can’t remember wich was the first sparkle. I love to dress up kids and have fun, so maybe the animal masks.
  • What is your favourite part of the room? The animal carnival masks overlooking the crib - a  fun take on safari trophees!
  • What is your best nursery design tip? Mix and don’t try to match. Don’t be afraid of contrasts, they make your nursery personal!

Thank you Carina!

You can see Carina’s daughter Irene’s room over here.

NEWS FLASH! XO-in my room has now opened their online shop where you can buy Theo’s gorgeous crib and other cribs and accesories for your baby’s room.

(images: xo in my room)

les gambettes kids furniture


les gambettes little suzie kids chairs

How adorable are these vintage inspired kids chairs from French design label Les Gambettes? Founded in 2011 by two school friends with a background in fashion, Les Gambettes aim to translate catwalk trends to retro furniture for kids and grown-ups alike.

les gambettes kids furniture

Their first collection includes the Suzie chair and Little Suzie kids chairs, Regine school desks and Marcel side tables. Colour blocking, flowers, Vichy checks, cement tile and baroque patterns were printed on formica furniture with a distinct fifties feel.

All furniture is made in Europe and the timber used is FSC certified (meaning it comes from sustainably managed forests).

les gambettes kids chair suzie

Les Gambettes kids chairs are available in the UK from Eenymeeny Kids.

(images: les gambettes)


the wonderful world of colette bream

colette bream kids bedding

colette bream kids bedding star cushions Have you seen Colette Bream’s wonderful creations? This US based designer sells her childrens decor range on Etsy and has woven a magical world around her wares. The offering includes gorgeous toddler and cot bedding, whimsical star and cloud shaped cushions in soft greyed colours, room decorations and play things. I love her  pretend animal tails below.

colette bream pretend animal tail

colette bream cloud and house cushions If you’ve become curious about this wonderful designer, you can read a great interview with Colette on the Etsy blog here.

(images: colette bream)


nursery ideas: using grey in a baby room

To create a soothing environment, have you thought about using contemporary grey instead of more traditional colours like blue or pink for a baby room?

I love how grey is lifted by white in this Scandinavian nursery, and accented with other soothing colours like blue, green and lilac to create a calming yet playful, modern space.

nursery ideas: using grey in a baby room

To decide whether grey is a suitable colour for the space, consider the room’s proportions, the quality of the light and how you’d like you and your child to feel in the room.

On its own grey can be quite draining, but it combines easily with many colours to counter this effect. Popular combinations for nurseries are grey with yellow accents (be careful not to use too much yellow near your baby’s bed as this may be too stimulating) or grey and pink. Darker greys work beautifully with pops of zesty colour like orange and lime.

Not all greys are alike – there are warm greys (yellow based) and cold greys (blue based). Combine them with colours from the same harmonious colour family to avoid uneasiness in the room.

nursery ideas: using grey in a baby room

Opinions are divided about the use of grey for a nursery or kids room. If you’d like to read more, there’s an interesting article on using grey in interiors by colour expert Karen Haller over on Stacey Sheppard’s interior design blog.

nursery ideas: using grey in a baby room So what is your verdict – would you use grey in a baby room?

x Ursula

(images: photography by mikkel adsbøl, styling katrine martensen-larsen via klm design)

mine forever

Toutou doudou soft toy

I recently stumbled across news of an exhibition called ‘Doudou Forever’ at children’s shop Un Zèbre au Grenier in Paris. It featured a series of portraits by French photographer Bénédicte Lassalle called ‘Mine Forever‘, capturing people’s soft toys – or as the French say ‘doudous’.

nounours and nounoute

Bénédicte set up a mini-studio in-store to photograph doudous for those wanting a lasting memory of their little friend. Intrigued, I decided to contact Bénédicte and asked her what gave her the idea to start this project. Here is what she told me:

“I started this project soon after my daughter was born in 2009 for 2 main reasons: I am a freelance photographer and I wanted to create a special gift for my godson Lubin. Something that he would keep for a long time. And also at the time I wanted to create a piece of art to decorate my daugter’s bedroom. So I started to take pictures of some of her (many) stuffed animals and dolls. And then my sister-in-law told me that she still had her loveys (Catiche Rousse & Nounoute Orange), then my mother-in-law told me that she still had my husband’s lovey (Toutou) and then my mum told me that she still had hers (M’doudou)! My best friend too… Etc… This is how it all started! I choose the background according to the person’s age when he or she was a little kid. And now I organise mini photo studios in shops in Boston where I live and recently in Paris, to take the portrait of the children’s loveys so that they can decorate their bedroom.”

benedicte lassalle at work at un zebre au grenier

Don’t you just love this idea? For those living in Paris, the exhibition Doudou Forever will continue to run until 30 June at Un Zèbre au Grenier. For those who don’t, let’s hope that some enterprising store owners will invite Bénédicte to exhibit or organise a mini-studio at their store!

(images: bénédicte lassalle)

#wow award

28 June, 2012 in news

Yesterday was a good news day: Room to Bloom won a #WOW award


The #WOW award was created by Jacqueline Gold, the hugely successful Chief Executive, entrepreneur and businesswoman behind the Ann Summers and Knickerbox brands, so that she could use her reach and influence to promote and champion other women in business. I was jumping up and down when I heard the news, it’s so nice to receive a bit of recognition and what she said just put the widest smile on my face: “I love your portfolio – the effort and attention to detail you put in is exquisite”. There is that smile again!

Three winners are announced on Twitter every Wednesday (WOW = Women On Wednesday). Congratulations to fellow winners My Travel Surprise (things to do for kids on the road!) and Fashion Bloodhound (hunting down pre-loved designer wear). If you’d like to enter the #WOW awards, there’s a great post  by former winners Philosophy Flowers with lots of information about the award and an interview with Jacqueline over here. Fingers crossed!

x Ursula

ten ideas for decorating tween rooms

Today I’m really happy to be a guest again over at kids design & lifestyle blog Zoe & Drew. I’ve put together ten tips to decorate a tween bedroom and gathered plenty of images to inspire you. If you’re not sure where to start when it’s time to swap the stuffed animals and toy boxes for something a bit more grown up, read my tips here.

tween bedroom ideas

(images: mokkasin, bolig liv, the style files, nya hem )

my childhood bedroom: jennifer

21 June, 2012 in my room

retro seventies childrens room

These are childhood photos of Jennifer Robertson in her bedroom. She is a co-founder, designer and maker of the products on Scamp Baby Gifts. Jennifer runs the shop together with her sister Stacey, whilst trying to manage 5 children between them.

I asked Jennifer to share some memories of her childhood bedroom…

Can you tell us something about these photos? The picture of the baby on the change mat is me in my very first bedroom in Vancouver (where I was born). My mum loved the change mat pattern and the fact that it was terry towelling – she’s a big fan of that fabric. The picture of the two girls in the cot is me (in the black & white dress) age about 3, and my sister Stacey who was probably around 18 months. It was taken in Dumfries, Scotland. The picture in the background is a Mabel Lucie Attwell one – my  mum was a big fan and I remember a few of them around the house.

♥ What  did you love most about your bedroom? I loved it being my own space – with two younger sisters it was nice to have somewhere to retreat to.

♥ What do you remember most vividly about the décor? We moved about quite a lot when I was younger, so I don’t really have huge memories until I was maybe 7 or 8. I remember a very orange bedroom made up of hand me down fitted furniture (quite unusual in the 70s) that came from family in Germany and had lots of pull-out drawers and a fold-out desk. The bed also had a drawer underneath for the duvet, making it like a sofa bed in the daytime, with lots of orange cushions!

♥ What were you into? I absolutely loved reading and spent a lot of time doing that or playing with my two sisters. I remember putting on performances with them involving elaborate fancy dress, dancing and singing for an audience of normally about 4 people.

♥ What did you want to be when you grew up? This is awful but I can’t remember! I don’t think I had a strong urge to be one specific thing when I was younger.

Thank you Jennifer!

room to bloom rabbit with tulip

I’m looking for more childhood bedrooms! If you have photos of your old room and would like to share your memories here, please get in touch!

x Ursula 

(images: jennifer robertson)

bubble london ss13

20 June, 2012 in news

On Monday I visited Bubble London, the bi-annual kids trade show here in London. Bubble concentrates on kids fashion, but fashion and interiors do influence each other so it was a good opportunity to sample the mood for spring/summer 2013. (If any of the Bubble London organisers are reading this: can we please have more interiors in future shows so we don’t have to travel to Paris and Amsterdam if we want to see both? Thank you!)

Here is an impression of my visit. My eye was drawn to candy and neon colours, combined with grey and white and raw materials such as scrap wood and cardboard. 

bubblel ondon review

 1. New kids on the block Corby Tindersticks offer some awesome quirky toys and posters. And had a dino with an orange afro on their stand.

2. Little Creative Factory, founded by two architects from Barcelona, showed the most beautiful swimsuits and INCREDIBLE totes at what was easily my favourite stand.

3. Some nice geometric patterns in fresh colours from Kidscase.

4. Beautiful simple dresses from Little Troll.   

5. Neon sandals from MAA.

6. Piet Hein Eek scrap wood wallpaper at the stand of Little Creative Factory.

7. Rockin’ wellies and jewel colours at I Love Gorgeous.

8. Love this print T-shirt from Red Urchin.

9. A cute cap from Little Creative Factory again – these girlfriends rock : )

For those wishing to read more about the trends for spring summer 2013, I recommend having a look at the trend reports over at Zoe & DrewLittle Scandinavian, and Smudgetikka. Enjoy! 

(images: room to bloom)

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