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 There was odd boxed out pipework on the walls and inside the fitted cupboards, out-of-date electrics, out-of-character cornicing and a broken hearth.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!
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)
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.
(images: the little square gallery)
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!
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.