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sture & folke baby blankets

sture & folk baby blanket orpine 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!

dinosaur wallpaper by sian zeng

26 February, 2014 in children's design & decor

Sian Zeng Dinosaur Wallpaper Sian Zeng’s new Dinosaur wallpaper ticks the right boxes for a child-friendly-but-not-childish accent wall in your dino-crazy toddler’s bedroom. Take a look at the picture above – don’t you love it with that green skirting?

As with Sian’s previous designs, it’s available as regular or magnetic wallpaper. The latter comes with a cast of dino and flycopter magnets that can be moved wherever you like. The wallpaper is available in the following colourways: green yellow (above), grey and green pink.

(images: sian zeng)

the little square gallery: memories for the future

the little square gallery children's art collection I love the idea of preserving children’s drawings, using them to decorate and creating memories for the future. The Little Square Gallery does just that with their framed Children’s Art Collection. Conceived by Natalie Hammett, The Little Square Gallery turns your child’s artwork into tiny individual giclée prints and artfully arranges these to create a 3D mini gallery. There are several options to personalise the end result further, find out more about the process here.

the little square gallery Sweet, stylish, and great to pass to the kids later!

(images: the little square gallery)

kid’s room organisation: out with the old

kids room storage January is drawing to a close… How many of you made it your new year’s resolution to get your child’s bedroom or playroom sorted out this year?

One new client I visited earlier this month dedicated January to clearing out clutter and getting organised before calling me in for advice. This lady is getting it right! If post-Christmas, your child’s bedroom or playroom has started to look like an exploded toy shop rather than a space to dream and play, it’s time to get organised before buying yet more bits of mismatched storage furniture to hide it all.

To stay on top of clutter in kids’ rooms I have one golden rule: for every new item that comes in, an older, no longer used item goes out. In my experience, this might inspire you to clear out a cubby or drawer as well whilst you’re at it – and if not, then at least you are staying on top of it.

Depending on your children’s age and how used they are to regular room purges, you can involve them fully or perhaps squirrel some broken and unloved stuff away. Keep it out of sight for a while and if no-one has noticed after a month or two, it’s time to let it go through the back door. Do you think that’s an awful thing to do? Or is it OK?

If you have any tips about organising your child’s bedroom or playroom, share them with us here! 

(images clockwise: 101 woonideeën, vt wonen, rachel whiting, vt wonen)

kids’ yoga poster

13 January, 2014 in children's design & decor

kids yoga poster karin ekland

Any yoga mamas out there? How adorable is this kids’ yoga poster by illustrator Karin Eklund? One for the playroom I think. Find it at Yoga Matters.

in the press: livingetc cool kids’ rooms

10 January, 2014 in in the press

LivingEtc cool kids rooms design

Happy to contribute again to LivingEtc‘s annual kids’ room design feature. “Cool Kids’ Rooms” is packed with tips, ideas and inspiration from a multitude of experts on how to create modern spaces for children. If you missed it, you can read the article here.

to theme or not to theme

themed kids room nursery

To theme or not to theme, that is the question. For hints and tips on how to theme a kid’s bedroom or nursery, take a look at my guest post on the My Baba blog.

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before and after: jack’s toy story room

15 November, 2013 in before & after, kids room design

Earlier this year I was invited to work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For those of you who aren’t familiar with their work, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants magical wishes to children who are fighting life-threatening conditions. One of such wishes is a room make-over.

My wish child was a little boy called Jack, who like many a 4-year old, is mad about Toy Story. Jack’s illness means he is severely limited in his mobility and his parents wished for him to have happy place where he would be surrounded by his favourite characters.

This was Jack’s room before the make-over:

jack's room before the room make over

And this is his new bedroom – with all Jack’s friends present!

toy story themed bedroom for jack

Jack's Toy Story Room

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I couldn’t have done it without the help of some very generous sponsors who all rallied around to make Jack’s wish come true. Thank you so much to all of these wonderful people and organisations:

Photowall (self-adhesive Toy Story wall mural – adapted to fit Jack’s wall)

Wooden Blinds Direct (wooden venetian blind)

Love Carpet (Wilton Victoria carpet)

London Flooring Contractors (carpet fitters)

Skandivis (Happy Cat beanbag)

Little Baby Company (cloud duvet set)

Hello Monkey (number art print)

Babyface (denim letter J, bunting and other goodies)

Curtains Made Simple (cushions)

And of course Tony, who hammered, sawed and climbed into the loft without a grumble to make Jack’s wish come true.

Thank you guys! x

(images: room to bloom)

my roots lie here

my roots lie here world map blue children inspire design

I recently bought this world map (in grey) for a two recent additions in our family. Titled “My roots lie here”, the map comes with little heart stickers that can be be used to indicate a family’s origins. I love the idea – it makes such a great gift for new parents of mixed backgrounds and/or children and their families who move around a lot. The maps are available in pink, blue and grey from Children Inspire Design, the brainchild of artist, mother and social entrepreneur Rebecca Peragine. You can order them here or here.

(image: children inspire design)

before and after: tobias’ grey nursery

29 September, 2013 in before & after, kids room design

Today I’d like to show you another nursery that I completed a while ago. This grey baby room was for a sweet little boy called Tobias:

Tobias' grey nursery 1

Tobias' grey nursery 2

Tobias' grey nursery compilation

tobias' grey nursery 4

And this is what the room looked like before it became Tobias’ nursery:

tobias grey nursery before

Quite a difference, right? I’m super pleased how it all turned out, and more importantly – so are Tobias’ mum and dad : )

You can read a bit more about this project here.

(images: client’s & room to bloom, photography by brett charles)

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