It looks like we’re going to have to play inside for a little while longer, so here are some of my favourite play tents… Which one is yours?
1. moozlehome grey printed teepee 2. tardis play tent 3. casa cabana play house 4. hippie tipi play tent 5. paperpod rocket 6. firekit table lamp 7. cardboard circus wagon 8. ethnic teepee 9. navy multistripe wigwam 10. nathalie lete teepee
This gorgeous bedroom belongs to Ivy who is 3 years old. Ivy lives with her mum, dad and two older brothers in North London in the UK. Her room was decorated by her mum, Courtney, who is one of the founders of Babyccino Kids, a well-known online shopping portal of children’s boutiques and lifestyle blog for parents (one of my favourite websites for all things stylish and kids in fact!).
Let’s find out a bit more about Ivy…
♥ What is your favourite food? I love eating snacks all day, but my favorite food is pancakes.
♥ What do you love doing? Playing dress up and playing mama to my babies.
♥ What is your favourite colour? Pink
♥ What is your favourite animal? Bunny rabbits
♥ Your favourite book? I love my Olivia books!
♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My tutu dress for playing ballerina, the red wooden buggy for my babies, my dress-up clothes in the suitcase at the end of my bed.
♥ What is your favourite duvet cover? I have a really nice old quilt that mama bought for me when I was a baby.
♥ What are your favourite pyjamas? Any of my pink ones!
Thank you Ivy, it was really nice to meet you!
(images: courtney adamo)
If you (like me) love Scandinavian style, you’ll find it hard to resist this children’s bedding from Danish homeware designers by nord. Inspired by nature, their range of bedlinen features woodland animals in black and white photo prints which give an instant contemporary edge to kids rooms. Combined with cool and calm flooring and walls, it’s the perfect background for children’s colourful possessions.
The kids bedding collection includes a bear, deer, wolf and squirrel design. New to the range is this adorable baby bedding featuring a baby deer and hedgehog. The duvet covers are made from high quality 100 per cent cotton and no noxious chemicals were used in the manufacture. You can buy them here in the UK.
(images: kjerstislykke, by nord)
Longing for summer, I’m bringing the outside in today. If you have enough space, you could set up a wooden playhouse in the playroom. Alternatively a teepee or play tent will provide hours of fun or a quiet nook to hide.
(images: 1. floral lamp 2. summer garden bunting 3. nurseryworks tree bookshelf 4. wooden swing 5. raccoon wall sticker 6. wooden playhouse 7. my first ever flower garden 8. dotty bird hook 9. crochet woodpecker 10. kids wheelbarrow 11. strawberry wall sticker 12. dragonfly 13. rainy day garden)
I grew up with prints of paintings by the Swedish artist Carl Larsson, and in my child’s mind I somehow imagined that this one above was a painting of me and my sisters. There’s me, the eldest – blond – with my middle sister – dark haired – and my little sister – blond again.
Carl Larsson (1853 – 1919) is best known for the paintings of his home Lilla Hyttnäs and his loved ones – Karin Larsson and their eight children. What I love about them is how they show snapshots of the rhythms of daily life, with toys and clothes strewn on floors, and children in the middle of play. There’s open windows, wind in the curtains, flowers inside and outside, a meal in mid preparation… I can gaze at them forever and discover new details every time.
The home’s interiors, with strong reds and greens, were designed by Larsson’s wife Karin, who was an artist in her own right. She designed much of the wooden furniture herself, as well as the fabrics, rugs, hangings, and the children’s clothes. Now a museum, you can still visit the family house, which remains largely unchanged (see above).
Here’s an image of a little girl’s Larsson inspired bedroom I found. I love that timber panelling on the wall!
And here’s a little board I’ve done with Larsson inspired kid’s decor:
1. rocket and bear blankets 2. laurette armoire parisienne 3. rockid 4. kritter table 5. brunte horse 6. jeans duvet cover 7. check pillow case 8. vertbaudet summer bloom sheet 9. hemnes linen cabinet 10. stek children’s chair
If you would like to see more of Larsson’s work, have a look here.
In 1963, the Lulu Cradle was designed by prominent Danish designer Nanna Ditzel, and became a highly collectible example of modern Danish craftsmanship. All of Ditzel’s grandchildren slept in a Lulu Cradle, passing one cradle back and forth between family members over the years.
As part of the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Brdr. Krüger, the Lulu Cradle will be reproduced in a limited numbered edition of 200 pieces, in close cooperation with Nanna’s first daughter, Dennie.
Mokuba is the Japanese word for “rocking horse”, and the Japanese/Danish design duo O&M Design created this wooden playmate. In honor of their 125th anniversary, Brdr. Krüger will be producing Mokuba for the first time, also in a limited numbered edition of 200.
Have a lovely week everyone!
I’ve had a weak spot for neon letters for a long time (don’t gasp!) – I think they’re great to personalise kid’s spaces. To have them made is pretty expensive, but there is a more affordable alternative with these cool looking typewriter inspired letters from Seletti.
You can buy any number of individual letters to make up your child’s name (or any other word), click them together and attach them to the wall. Some outlets also sell pre-set words such as i ♥ you above.
(images: inke x room to bloom)
This pretty girls bedroom belongs to Merel who is four and a half years old. She lives with her family in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Merel’s room was decorated by her mum Iris, who is an interior stylist and blogger over at Visje bij de thee (‘tea & a little fish’). Let’s find out a bit more about Merel …
♥ What is your favourite food? Spaghetti with red sauce.
♥ What do you love doing? Crafting and making, singing and dancing. I like cutting out my drawings and glueing them onto other things.
♥ What is your favourite colour? Pink
♥ What is your favourite animal? Rabbit
♥ Your favourite book? My fairytale book and Mannetje jas (about a man who lives inside his coat to keep warm until one day he finds love which keeps him warm instead).
♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? A teacher, dancer, mummy, work in a hospital or shop – it changes every day!
♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My flower wallpaper and my favourite cuddly toy.
♥ What do you love most about your room? That it is a flower room.
♥ What do you love doing in your room? Playing with my barbies and soft toys without interruption from my little brother.
♥ What is your favourite duvet cover? My pink cover with white roses.
♥ What are your favourite pyjamas? My short sleeved nightie with pink flowers.
Thank you Merel, it was really nice to meet you!
If you’d like to find out more about Merel’s mum Iris, pop over to her blog for visje-bij-de-thee-style interiors inspiration. Iris is in the process of setting up an online shop to start selling the interior accessories and lifestyle products that she loves, so stay tuned.
Today I’m really happy to be guest blogging over at fab family lifestyle blog Zoe & Drew with tips & inspiration on one of the topics I get asked about most often – ideas to transition your baby’s nursery to a toddler room.
Husband and wife team Zoe and Drew (and daughter Lucy on occasion : ) provide daily tips and information about kid’s style and design, family travel and outings, things to do and make, and much much more. Parents to five, I honestly don’t know how they do it – but they do it well!
Come and say hi over at Zoe & Drew - we’d love to hear your tips on turning your baby’s room into a toddler room!
(image: zoe & drew x room to bloom)