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my room: olivia


This stunning kids room belongs to Olivia who is eleven years old. She lives with her mum, dad and older sister in Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Olivia’s room was decorated by her mama Jessica, who is an interior designer & stylist, cuff link designer, AND a purser

Jessica’s top design tip for decorating children’s rooms is to use humor and provide lots of storage, preferably concealed. Hidden storage is great for parents (who don’t have to look at the mess) and kids (who don’t have to tidy up all the time). 

Let’s find out a bit more about Olivia now…   

♥ What is your favourite food? Mama’s noodles.

♥ What do you like doing? I love drawing and I’m really into my kendama.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Bright yellow.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Hippopotamus.

♥ Your favourite book? The Twits by Roald Dahl.

♥ Dresses & skirts or trousers? Trousers!

♥ Where would you like to go one day?  I’d love to go and see the gorillas in Africa, but I’ll have to be a bit older.

♥ What would you take to a desert island? My rabbit Henkelien. 

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? I’d like to do something with animals, maybe a ranger in an African nature reserve. 

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? The colour of my cabin bed and the secret cupboards.

♥ What is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the sleeping dog (it’s just like there’s a real dog sleeping on your bed, from Snurk).

Thank you Olivia, it was really nice to meet you!

(photography by dana van leeuwen, design & styling by jessica bouvy)

top ten play tents & teepees

 wigwam-play-tent-teepee-round-upIt 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

my room: ivy

1 May, 2012 in my room


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)

scandinavian kids room: by nord


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)

bringing the outside in


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)

carl larsson: swedish style

mammas and the little girls room carl larsson

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. 

photo bedroom lilla hyttnas larsson

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).

larsson inspired kids room shortcut to mushrooms

 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:

 carl larsson inspired kids bedroom

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.


lulu cradle

16 April, 2012 in children's design & decor, news


I’m in love with these photos of the Lulu Cradle and Mokuba rocking horse from Danish design company Brdr. Krüger. Don’t you just love the colours?


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-rocking-horse- O&M-design-kruger

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.

For enquiries contact Brdr Kruger directly. Thank you Toni at Skandivis for tipping me off!

Have a lovely week everyone!

x Ursula

things i love: neon letters

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. 

The black connecting wires and transformers look best against a dark background. They’d look ultra stylish against a blackboard wall, don’t you think? Find them at SCP or The Letterroom.

(images: seletti, onszelf, homedit, room to bloom)

inke wallpaper dinosaurs

12 April, 2012 in children's design & decor


New from Dutch designer Inke Heiland: retro wallpaper dinosaurs. Available in a wide range of vintage patterns, could this be the happy compromise for mums with dinosaur loving kids?

(images: inke x room to bloom)

my room: merel

11 April, 2012 in my room


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. 

(images: jeltje janmaat for vt wonen, styling by iris rietbergen)

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