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my room: della

black and white monochrome girls bedroom This monochrome girl’s bedroom belongs to Della who is 1.5 years old. She lives with her brother Wilton, mum Sandra and dad Marcus in Sweden.

Della’s room was designed by her mum Sandra, who has a background in interior design and together with Marcus forms the creative duo MiniWilla. They design the playful graphic posters that you can see in Della’s room, and many more. Originally created to decorate their family home, the couple decided to open a shop after requests for the posters poured in from family and friends!

Sandra’s motto for kid’s room design is to have fun, above all. 

room to bloom rabbit

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

♥ What is your favourite food? I love eating and like to try everything!

♥ What are you into right now? Playing with my brother’s lego.

♥ What is your favourite colour? I don’t have a favourite colour yet, but I like black and blue.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Cats and dogs.

♥ Your favourite book? I love tearing up my mum’s magazines.

♥ What do you like best in your room? My teepee.

Thank you Della, it was great to meet you!

(images: miniwilla)

in the press: country and town house

29 May, 2014 in in the press

Country Town House children's interior design cover Whoopee! I was recently interviewed by Lydia Gard for Country & Town House as part of their children’s design feature. She wrote a great article that puts across exactly what I feel about children’s spaces: Why shouldn’t kids have the most beautiful room in the house? You can read the full article on my Press page.

(images: country & town house magazine)

children’s bedding pick ‘n mix

children's bedding bedlinen ten best This children’s bedding pick ‘n mix comes from my love of combining different patterns. Have a go at this yourself – just pick a colour and find different patterns that share the same colour palette. I like to add some plain bedlinen to tone down the overal effect. Happy decorating!

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Sources: 1. blue ticking duvet cover 2. floral cushion 3. blue polka dot duvet set 4. blue turkish bed spread 5. 2CV toy car 6. grey bedding with chartreuse ties 7. yellow polka dot duvet cover 8. grey gingham and yellow duvet cover 9. bunny cushion 10. easterly blanket 11. cloud cushion 12. red and orange stokke sheet 13. vw van cushion 14. pink and red duvet set 15. toadstool baby rattle 16. wall puppet 17. cat print

Background: Van Gogh’s Arles bedroom colouring page, downloadable here.

my room: antoine

bright & colourful shared kids bedroom antoine and leonor This bright and colourful shared kids’ room belongs to Antoine (4) and Leonor (1.5). They currently live with their sister Romy, mum Peggy and dad Eric in Malmo, Sweden. Their home is in a 100 year old building that was meant to be hotel, but due to WW1 it was filled with apartments instead.

Antoine & Leonor’s room was designed by their mum Peggy, who is a professional blogger. Her blog Paul & Paula showcases the latest international kids’ design & lifestyle, whilst her new blog Paul & Paula Mum focusses on covetable style for mamas.

Peggy’s number one rule for kids’ room design is to keep the wall colour simple – meaning white ; )  As kids usually have lots of colourful toys, books, etc., white walls will let those live and shine. Wallpaper or coloured paint would be too much for her taste.

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As Leonor is still so little, let’s talk to Antoine and find out a bit more him and his room …

♥ What is your favourite food? Porridge.

♥ What are you into right now? Writing my name, because I just learned it at school (and its not a very easy one so I am very proud).

♥ What is your favourite colour? Green.

♥ What is your favourite animal? Lion.

♥ Your favourite book? It’s Voyage en train.

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

♥ What do you like best about your room? That there is a lot of space to build a biiiig train track.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The one with the blue parrots [Mini Rodini].

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? Spiderman (really cool vintage style!)

Thank you Antoine, it was great to meet you. Say hello to Leonor!

(images: Paul et Paula)

before and after: jonah’s blue bedroom

Today I’d like to share some photos of a boy’s bedroom that I designed last year. This is Jonah’s blue room:

Jonah's blue boy's room 1

Jonah's blue boys room 4

Jonah's blue boys room 3 Here’s what the room looked like before the make-over:

Jonah's room before make-over The project was a close collaboration with Jonah’s mum and I love how fresh it’s all turned out. Although the astronaut bedding and moon wallsticker hint at a space theme, this blue scheme is super easy to adapt. You can find out a bit more about the transformation here.

(images: client’s and room to bloom, photography by the wonderful brett charles)

kid’s room refresh for spring

kids room spring redecorate Need ideas for a spring refresh of your child’s bedroom? Check out my top kids’ decor picks over on the My Baba blog, with sources for the products on my spring board.

Happy decorating! x

easter bunnies for kids’ rooms

kids decor for easter

sources from top: chick in boxpull along rabbitsrabbit cushionspolkadot rabbit hookspaper chicksyellow lapin lightwhite bunny lights (image: room to bloom)

playroom interior design

playroom interior design yeka haski bibliotheka
playroom interior design yeka haski bibliotheka
playroom interior design yeka haski bibliotheka
playroom interior design yeka haski bibliotheka Today I came across these wonderful images of a kids’ playroom. The interior design was conceived by artist Yeka Haski for the Bibliotheka restaurant in St Petersburg.

I love how Yeka has created a fresh and fun space without crowding out the imagination. My favourite details: the tree with an integrated slide as a centrepiece for the room, the rain drops, bunting and pendant lights. And the rainbow detailing around the door and ceiling, and… well, the more you look, the more there is to love.

(images: The Village, via the lovely Decopeques website)

children’s outdoor playhouses

30 March, 2014 in children's design & decor

children's playhouse & tree house ideas It really feels like spring here in London today, the perfect time for a round up of outdoor playhouse and treehouse ideas.

I really like a traditional cottage style playhouse with a thatched or tiled roof, but if you prefer go for something more modern. What about a gypsy or circus style trailer playhouse? (In Holland we call these “pipowagen”, Pipo being the name of a clown.) Another idea is to use a small vintage caravan and decorate this to your heart’s content with curtains, planters full of flowers, pretty wallpaper and paint. The ultimate hide-out play house is a treehouse. The one above is from a Dutch company I admire because they do sweet interiors as well. Here in the UK try the Blue Forest company for example. Happy playtime!

co-co the caravan ladybird books

(top image: room to bloom  1. bespoke treehouse design  2. thatched cottage playhouse  3. mini pipowagen  4. tiled children’s cottage  5. poppy wallpaper air balloon - painting by joshua shaw - bottom image co-co the caravan)

 

nursery refurbishment: behind the scenes

nursery design in progress 1 No pretty pictures today I’m afraid. Instead I thought I’d show you a peek behind the scenes of a nursery refurbishment I’m currently working on. In fact, I could have called this post “behind the walls, under the floor and in the ceiling”.

We’ve arrived halfway: from a tired old room to a fresh canvas, ready to be furnished and styled. This is my favourite stage of any project. What’s been in my head, on mood boards and drawings, now starts coming to life for my clients too.

It’s easy to forget how much work goes into getting to this point though…

nursery design in progress On this particular project, the floor boards were too damaged to be refurbished (my original plan), so a new floor had to be laid. The floor voids were emptied of old builder’s rubble and redundant pipework, then insulated to get rid of cold drafts. The ceiling had been patched up after numerous leaks, it was cracked, sagging and held together with wallpaper, so this needed to be replaced. There was odd boxed out pipework on the walls and inside the fitted cupboards, out-of-date electrics, out-of-character cornicing and a broken hearth. Oh, and did I mention damp from a crumbling chimney, exposed exterior brickwork and a rotting window?

nursery refurbishment in progress On the upside, there was some sweet period detail to work with, such as the fireplace and fitted cupboards. I discovered a patch of seventies floral wallpaper high up in one of them, which we lacquered to preserve. 

nursery ready for furnishing Now to work on the interior decoration. I can’t wait to show you the finished project soon! x

(images: room to bloom)

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