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)
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!
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.
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)
Today I’d like to share some photos of a boy’s bedroom that I designed last year. This is Jonah’s blue room:
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)
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
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.
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!
(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)
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…
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?
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.
Now to work on the interior decoration. I can’t wait to show you the finished project soon! x
(images: room to bloom)
I have fallen in love with these beautiful baby blankets by Sture & Folke. Made by Karin Stenmarck, a Swedish born designer who now lives in Switzerland, the comforters are the result of her wanting to give her own two sons, Sture and Folke, the warmest and softest blankets to cuddle up in. She couldn’t find what she wanted, so she decided to make them herself. Thank goodness!
The blankets are handmade with an exquisite attention to detail – I could eat them, they’re that gorgeous, and that’s no exaggeration. In fact, the blanket above formed the design inspiration for a little girl’s nursery I am currently working on, so stay tuned!