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cose da bocia children’s designer furniture

cose da bocia kids design furniture 1cose da bocia kids design furniture 2I came across this amazing new children’s designer furniture collection by Cose da Bocia (which I think means “kids’ things” in Turin jargon) whilst reading one of my favourite blogs, Petit & Small, over the weekend. Their first collection of children’s furniture was launched during the Milan furniture fair last week. Apart from the furniture being totally gorgeous and a breath of fresh air in kids’ design, I love love love the styling and colouring of these images, so I had to share them with you.

You can read much more about designers Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa from Studio Uda Architetti over at Petit & Small and the Cose da Bocia website. Their collection will be available from September online on their website and in a selected network of high-end multi-brand shops.

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my room: zep

interior design boys bedroom with house shaped bunk bedThis stunning boy’s bedroom belongs to Zep who is nine years old. He lives with his mum and dad in a house from the 1930s in the small village of Westzaan, the Netherlands.

Zep’s room was designed by his mum Myrthe, who is a stylist and the owner of Studio Soet, a styling bureau that specialises in the development of creative concepts and photo styling. Myrthe also dresses the windows of Holland’s iconic department store De Bijenkorf. The room features a house shaped yellow bunk bed with vintage wallpaper behind, and a combination of a great green wall colour with orange accents. Myrthe’s approach to designing her children’s bedrooms is to work intuitively and think like a child. Above all: dare to take risks!

The photos above were styled by Myrthe for a photo shoot by Kiyomi Yui, who shot 21 kids’ rooms for a Japanese publication called Kinderkamers van Nederland (“Kids’ Rooms in the Netherlands”) by publishers Tatsumi.

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Time to learn a bit more about Zep now! Tell us Zep,

♥ What is your favourite food? Wraps.

♥ What are you into right now? Playing outside, football.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Blue.

♥ Your favourite animal? Kingfisher.

♥ And your favourite book?  “Het raadsel van alles dat leeft” (“The Mystery of Life”) by Jan Paul Schutten, illustrated by Floor Rieder.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? A scientist or inventor.

♥ What do you love most about your room? My bed. And I like drawing at my desk.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The blue one.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My blue checked ones.

Thank you Zep, it was super to meet you!

(photography by kiyomi yui)

gender neutral nursery for twins

Today I’d like to share some photos of a gender neutral nursery I designed for a twin boy and girl a little while ago. My client didn’t want to know her babies’ sex until birth, so asked for a gender neutral nursery which she could accessorise after the twins’ arrival with more gender specific colour.

gender neutral nursery twins 1gender neutral nursery twins 2We went for a soothing grey scheme and a mix of timber and white furniture. We then decorated with blush and celadon accessories once the twins were born.

gender neutral nursery twins 3interior design gender neutral nursery twin roomnursery interior design modern twin nurseryWith two cots and a daybed in addition to a changing station and chair, the challenge was to create a lay-out that didn’t feel too crowded. By keeping the décor simple and making clever use of the space, the nursery retains a calm simplicity.

(images: room to bloom, photography by brett charles)

mr fox: best bedding for boys bedrooms

boys bedlinen and  bedding for Mr Fox magazineI’ve scoured the net for Mr Fox magazine to bring you the best of boy’s bedding. Find out where to buy these beauties over at Mr Fox magazine.

(image: room to bloom)

in the press: phoebe’s nursery

16 March, 2015 in in the press

nursery and kids room decoration kbb april 2015

Phoebe’s nursery features as a case study in this month’s KBB magazine as part of Ellie Tenant’s lovely article on nursery and kid’s room decoration. The April issue is out now, so do get a copy if you are looking for inspiration!

(image: KBB & room to bloom)

my room: suze

Girls bedroom white floorboardsThis gorgeous girl’s bedroom belongs to Suze who is six years old. She lives with her mum and dad in a renovated farmhouse in Susteren, the Netherlands.

Suze’s room was designed by her mum Odyvet, an interiors stylist who runs styling workshops and high tea events from her beautiful home.

For kids’ rooms Odyvet prefers a white background to keep things looking fresh and breezy and make colours and accessories “pop”. Good looking toy baskets keep the room organised and tidy. An extra large wardrobe can be used for both clothes and general storage. This way you don’t need any other storage furniture, which keeps the room feeling spacious.

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Time to get to know Suze a bit better now! Tell us Suze,

♥ What is your favourite food? I love small bites like olives, bruschetta, pasta, chicken skewers. And mum’s high teas are the best!

♥ What are you into right now? Dressing up, drawing and crafting.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Gold and pink.

♥ Your favourite animal? A cat.

♥ And your favourite book? The Princes Lillifee books and The Adventures of Pim & Pom.

♥ Skirts or trousers? Skirts and dresses – I love wearing dresses with bare legs in summer.

♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to teach drawing and look after cats.

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? The super soft rug next to my bed and my trapeze.

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? I have two: one with a princess dress and one with cats.

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? The one with the cats.

Thank you Suze, it was great to meet you!

(photography: henny van belkom)

how to decorate a gender neutral nursery

Whether it’s because you don’t want to know your baby’s sex until birth, have a girl and a boy sharing and want to keep the peace, or because you want to avoid gender stereotyping on more philosophical grounds: there are plenty of good reasons to go for a room that works for either sex. Find out how to decorate a gender neutral nursery with my 8 decorating tips over on My Baba.

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hibou home new wallpaper designs for kids

Have you seen Hibou Home’s new wallpaper designs for kids? They’re simply adorable, with these Star and Portraits designs being my favourites.

Hibou Home Portraits childrens wallpaper Black & WhiteHibou Home kids wallpaper Portraits wallpaper Black & WhiteHibou Home Stars wallpaper for kids Stellar BlueI love the slight metallic sheen on the Stellar Blue colour way above. This design would be equally at home in a nursery or a teen room, don’t you think? The subtle golden accents on the otherwise monochrome Portraits wallpaper are such a sweet touch too – who wouldn’t like these little friends in their room?

(images: hibou home)

mr fox: best clip and clamp lights

Best clip and clamp lights with bunk bed kids roomkids room with bunk bed and clip lights milk magazine louise desrosiersMy latest edit for Mr Fox magazine rounds up the best clip and clamp lights for boys rooms. These make perfect reading lights on bunk beds, but can also be used to wash a wall or ceiling to light up a dim corner. Find out where to buy the most stylish over at Mr Fox.

(image top room to bloom, image bottom photography by louise desrosiers for milk magazine)

dylan’s big boy room

I recently designed this green kid’s room, a big boy room for Dylan. He had outgrown his nursery and Dylan’s parents asked me to help them turn a small guest bedroom into a special room for their son.

childrens interior design green boys bedroomchildrens interior design bespoke built-in bed joineryTo stop the room from feeling “bitty” and crowded with lots of freestanding storage solutions, I designed a bed with storage drawers and chunky floating shelves around the chimney breast. The wall and joinery were painted in the same colour to create a feature wall.

childrens interior design built-in storage kids roomkids interior design green boys bedroom wardrobe and tree wall stickerchildrens interior design green boys bedroom crane detailThe rest of the room was kept light and simple, with timber accents to add warmth to the room. You can see a bit more of the room here.

(images: design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles)

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