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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)

my room: isabella

grey and pink toddler girls bedroom catherinegraceThis beautiful girl’s bedroom belongs to Isabella who is two years old. She lives with her mum and dad in a 1890s workers cottage in Sydney Eastern suburbs, Australia.

Isabella’s room was designed by her mum Catherine, a former intellectual property lawyer turned stylist at Catherine Grace. The grey and pink room features a toddler bed by Rafa Kids and was inspired by a Cloth & Thread mouse birthday gift. You can read more about the nursery to toddler room transformation here.  

When designing your child’s bedroom, Catherine advises it’s important to remember that the room is primarily a place for quiet play and sleep: try to keep the tones neutral and provide an inviting, cosy environment that your child can call his own.

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Time to speak to Isabella now! Tell us Isabella,

♥ What is your favourite food? Ice cream & sprinkles.

♥ What are you into right now? Going to the park.

♥ What is your favourite colour? Pink.

♥ Your favourite animal? Pig! {Peppa Pig}

♥ And your favourite book? Airport {a very old book of mummy’s that explains what goes on in the airport}

♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My dress ups!

♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? Kate & Kate blankets {mummy helped me with this questions as I was not sure}

♥ Your favourite pyjamas? The pink ones!

Thank you Isabella, it was great to meet you!

(images: catherine grace)

mr fox: best beanbags

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My latest edit for Mr Fox is a round up of some of the best beanbags for bedrooms and playrooms. Check out these beauties plus where to buy them over at Mr Fox magazine.

(image: room to bloom)

kids decor shop: habiba

kids decor shop front habiba brusselsI came across a super inspiring kids’ decor and fabric shop called Habiba whilst spending a few days in Brussels to celebrate my sister’s fortieth birthday. (You can spy her behind the shop window in the last photo – not a day older than 30, right?)

kids decor and fabric shop habiba brusselsI love what owners Kristina and Hamid have done interior design wise: juxtaposing colourful painted furniture against equally strong background colours, adding patterned wallpaper here and there, and playing with contrast woodwork to frame views throughout the shop. The goods on sale include many of my favourite kids decor accessories from hip brands and designers – and there is a good collection of cute clothes too.

habiba kids decor shop What makes Habiba completely unique in my opinion is the vast amount of beautiful fabrics on sale at the back of the shop, sold by the metre. The picture above doesn’t do it justice: shelf after shelf of pattern and colour, all in one spot!

kids decor shop habiba

habiba kids decor shop If you are visiting Brussels you can find Habiba at Magdalenasteenweg 31/Rue de la Madeleine 31, and there’s a shop in Leuven too. Enjoy!

(images: room to bloom)

 

in the press: livingetc kids’ rooms

LivingEtc children's rooms design

LivingEtc‘s January 2015 issue includes an extensive feature about kids’ rooms, with lots of inspirational images of children’s spaces and expert tips from interior designers – including yours truly. Get a copy whilst you can!

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