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happy halloween children's interiors

(image: room to bloom  1. bandit bat toy  2. orange polka dot paper lampshade  3. lucky boy sunday lou lou doll 4. brown mushroom light  5. bear side table  6. donna wilson rill soft toy)

my room: jonah

24 October, 2012 in my room

boys bedroom jonah

This amazing boy’s bedroom belongs to Jonah who is four years old. He lives with his little brother Lowe and mum and dad in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Jonah’s dad built him a cabin bed made from scrap wood from the old shed that was demolished. His mum Tynke is a scrap metal dealer and commercial manager of an electronics recycling company. She loves buying and selling second hand goods on the internet and at the freemarket that takes place during Queen’s Day.

Tynke’s best tip for decorating a kids room is to get creative and make your own with bits and bobs from around the house.

Let’s find out a bit more about Jonah now.

♥ What is your favourite food? Chocolate and vanilla tiger sprinkles on a slice of bread – but I’ll only eat the sprinkles.

♥ What is your favourite pastime? Playing with my fire breathing dragon, and jumping off my bed as far as I can.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Dark blue and black.

♥ What is your favourite animal? A dragon.

♥ Your favourite book? I like The Circus Ship.

♥ Which country would you like to visit? Hong Kong because that’s where grandma lives, and Madagascar.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? A dragon tamer.

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My secret dragon room inside the wardrobe and Haassie my cuddly.

♥ What would you take with you to a desert island? My little brother.

♥ What is your favourite duvet cover? The cowboy one.

♥ What are your favourite pyjamas? My spiderman pyjamas.

Thank you Jonah, it was super nice to meet you!

(images: 101 woonideeën, photography by Henny van Belkom)

day nursery design: de teddyzolder

Cildren's day care centre De Teddyzolder, Haarlem

Earlier this year I visited the children’s day care centre that my sister runs in Haarlem, The Netherlands. The Teddyzolder (teddy attic) is a nursery and after school club inspired by the principles of Reggio Emilia. This approach puts the natural development of children at the centre of its philosophy, as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment.

The nursery aims to provide a homely environment, as it believes that when staff and parents feel at home, children will feel at home quicker too and thrive. It’s a comfortable and inviting space, thoughtfully designed to stimulate interaction and communication, whilst also offering children the opportunity to find a quiet nook and spend some time by themselves.

The spaces are organised in open areas for energetic play and lots of movement, and smaller zones or ‘corners’ where children can retreat and experience different atmospheres. There are corners for quiet reading, crafting, building, playing ‘house’, a dolls corner, dressing up room and a mini theatre with a stage, to name a few.

Through the use of materials and colours, the centre has created a warm and welcoming atmosphere that is a long way away from the “institutional” design, or lack of interior design, that I’ve seen at many day nurseries. I love the bright, cheerful colours, bunches of artificial flowers everywhere, large colourful lamp shades, bold wallpaper, and layers of differently patterned curtains. I would love to design a day nursery – so if you’re hiring…  drop me a line! ; )

(images: room to bloom)

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

modern-girls-bedroom

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…

 

ferm-living-kids-wallpaper

(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)

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