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playroom: diy cardboard playhouses

diy play houses for a playroom

diy playhouses with vintage wallaper

Wouldn’t these DIY cardboard playhouses be the cutest addition to your child’s playroom? I came across this wonderful tutorial by the talented Elsie and Emma over on their  blog A Beautiful Mess. Love the tile detail and vintage wallpaper… Have fun!

(images: a beautiful mess)

seven tips to create a stylish room for your child

26 April, 2013 in kids room design

seven tips to create a stylish kids room

I’ve been very busy working on some lovely projects these past few weeks, so I haven’t been posting as often as I’d like. I did find some time however to write a piece with kids room design tips for my friend Alex over at Eden Private Staff. Hop on over if you’d like to read seven tips to create a stylish room for your child.

PS.: Spot a trend in the images above? Green is hot news again for kids rooms – one of my favourite colours for nurseries and children’s rooms, and so right for the spring weather we’ve been having of late!

(images: Skeppsholmen, Room Seven, Smam, Flexa)

my room: floor

boys bedroom in red, grey and white: floor

This cool boy’s bedroom belongs to Floor who is six years old. He lives with his mum, sister and brother in a lovely and light new-built house in Zutphen, The Netherlands. Puk the cat, Daan the dog and Chocolat the rabbit also share the house with them.

Floor’s room was decorated by his mum Carla, who is the owner of the wonderful Met Melk & Suiker blog and a self-confessed Pinterest and Instagram addict. Carla’s blog feels beautifully serene with lots of interiors inspiration, unusual angles and peeks into her family’s life. Having run an online kids’ and home accessories store for 2 years, she currently works part-time in HR.

Carla’s best interior design advice for kids’ rooms is to combine a calm base with original accessories and let the room develop from there – a room needs to grow. Because of her interest in interiors and styling, she’s always changing things around at home, including in her children’s bedrooms. She suggests looking for inspiration on Pinterest and in magazines to create a moodboard with your child.

Time now to find out a bit more about Floor! Tell us Floor…

♥ What is your favourite food? Anything that starts with a “P” – pasta, pizza, pancakes, poffertjes and patates frites – but I also love brie and olives : )

♥ What are you into right now? I love playing football outside (and on Wii ; ). I also like playing with my friends and my sister Pip – with my Lego train and Cars cars for example.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Orange and blue.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Dinosaur.

♥ Your favourite book? Football books!

♥ Where would you like to go one day? I’d like to travel around the world.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? A goal keeper.

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My bed!

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the wolf in the pictures.

♥ Which are your favourite pyjamas?  My mum wanted to buy me pyjamas with moustaches from H&M, but I prefer to sleep in my jogging bottoms.

♥ Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your room? I love my birdhouse and toadstool lights because I can switch them on to read before I go to sleep. The toadstool light always stays on at night – ever since I was a baby.

Thank you Floor, it was super to meet you!

(images: met melk & suiker)

in the press: top 3 nursery art prints for pregnancy & birth magazine

nursery art prints pregnancy & birth magazine march 2013

Pregnancy & Birth magazine asked me to put together my top 3 favourite nursery art prints for their Expert Edit column. Easier said than done, because there’s so many gorgeous prints on my radar, it’s hard to choose just three – even more so because what works in one room, doesn’t in another. That said, my number 1, this wee bear & bunny print by mika art would look good in most baby rooms because of its neutral monochrome palette.

You can see my other picks in the March edition of Pregnancy & Birth, or if you’ve missed it, they are also on my Press page here.

Do you have a favourite nursery print you’d like to share?

(image: compilation by room to bloom of mika art and bauer media)

happy spring!

21 March, 2013 in children's design & decor

zoe barker garden deer wallpaper

garden deer wallpaper zoe barker at from the wild

Spring is officially here today, so to celebrate I wanted to share this gorgeous floral Garden Deer wallpaper by Zoe Barker. Don’t you think that a single panel of this would make a sweet accent mural in a spring nursery or kid’s bedroom? The design can also be printed large scale as individual wallpaper panels, printed at 160cm wide, tailored to your space.

(image: zoe barker)


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

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)


my room: ester

15 March, 2013 in my room

baby room ester de oude speelkamer 1

baby room ester de oude speelkamer 2

This is Ester’s bedroom when she was a baby. Today Ester is mum to Bregje (4) and Joep (2) and owner of De Oude Speelkamer (The Old Playroom), an amazing online shop in the Netherlands specialising in vintage and retro style kids’ toys, decor and even a retro style cotbed designed by Ester herself. Keeping childhood memories alive, the shop celebrates all things fun and nostalgic.


I asked Ester to share some childhood memories:

♥ Can you tell us something about these photos? This is my old baby room, the pictures were taken just after I was born. The man in the first photo is my father.

What did you like most about your room when you were a child? The best thing about my room was that it was my own little world where I could let my imagination run free.

♥ What kind of things did you do in your room? I loved playing in my room by myself. I used to pretend that I was on safari in the jungle, with my cuddlies playing the part of wild animals. The challenge was to get through the jungle as quietly as possible, to avoid being eaten and to make it out alive. I think maybe we’d just finished reading The Jungle Book at that time :-)

♥ Were you into books, dolls, building, playing outside… or something else? A bit of everything really. I loved playing with Lego, but also with my Barbies and My Little Pony – they used to get ambushed by my Transformers. Reading was (and still is) one of my favourite pastimes. I loved Suske en Wiske (Spike and Suzy) and later books by Jan Terlouw and Thea Beckman.

♥ Who was your favourite cuddly? The orange rabbit that’s next to me in the cot was my favourite soft toy. He’s still perched on a shelf above my bed today.

♥ What did you want to be when you grew up? A vet.

♥ What was your favourite food? Pancakes.

♥ What was your favourite animal? A horse.

♥ What is the best part of running your store? The best part is coming across things that I used to have in my own room when I was little. I tend to keep these for myself and use them to decorate my children’s rooms. It’s a great way to pass on a bit of nostalgia and childhood memories!

Thank you Ester!


Do you have photos and want to share memories of your old bedroom? I’d love to hear from you so get in touch!

(images: from esther verheijden at de oude speelkamer with a bit from room to bloom)

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)

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