I 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?)
I 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.
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!
(images: room to bloom)
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!
New Year’s resolution? Re-decorate the kids’ rooms!
(image: room to bloom)
Before we go into 2015, I wanted to share one of the children’s rooms I designed this year: Phoebe’s grey nursery. Having worked on her big brother’s room previously, it was great to be back and create a little haven for his new baby sister.
We needed to do quite a lot of work to get the room up to scratch before we could start decorating – you can see progress photos and read more about this here.
Phoebe’s mum asked for a peaceful nursery that would last, and didn’t want the room to be too girlie or pink. The inspiration for Phoebe’s nursery was a pretty baby blanket made with Liberty fabric from Sture & Folke. With an eye on the colour scheme for the rest of the house we chose a soft grey for the walls and woodwork, adding pretty bunny wallpaper behind the cot. The grey furniture has a vague fifties feel to it – which connects with other pieces in the house in this style.
The room was accessorised with violets, plums and a hint of pink. I am thrilled with the result, it feels so peaceful and pretty but not too cutesy. More importantly, Phoebe’s parents love the nursery too – in their words it’s now the best room in the house!
(images: design & styling by room to bloom, photography by brett charles)
I have been so busy during the last few months of the year, both with new and existing projects, that I haven’t found much time to keep you updated. I’ll be posting long awaited photos of newly completed nurseries and kids’ rooms soon, but in the mean time I wish you a very merry Christmas!
(image: the above illustration made me smile today and is by the super talented illustrator and surface designer rebecca jones.)
This beautiful toddler bedroom belongs to Beau who is four (nearly five!) years old. He lives with his parents Maaike and Jeffrey and his brother Luca in a townhouse in Haarlem, the Netherlands.
Beau’s bedroom was designed by his mum Maaike, who is an interior designer, graphic designer and art director at My Deer. The room was inspired by the green travel chest which used to belong to Beau’s great-grandfather. The deer print above Beau’s bed is by Maaike and available from her shop.
When designing your child’s bedroom, Maaike advises to start with a calm base colour (white) and add colour using accessories and eye-catchers such as a wardrobe, a toy chest, or an entire a wall. Don’t be afraid to combine different styles of furniture, like vintage with contemporary design, as this is what gives a room character. Store small toys in baskets or boxes, and large unattractive toys in a closet or a toy chest, out of sight. Keep the best looking things out for display on a desk or shelf as decoration.
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Time to speak to Beau now! Tell us Beau,
♥ What is your favourite food? I like lots of different foods, but pasta is the best!
♥ What are you into right now? I love drawing and playing with my Lego.
♥ What is your favourite colour? Black is cool, but I also like blue and green.
♥ Your favourite animal? A tiger! But dinos are also cool!
♥ And your favourite book? The Big Dino Book.
♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? Spiderman or Batman.
♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My horse swing is super cool!
♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? The really soft white one.
♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My dino pyjamas!
Thank you Beau, it was super cool to meet you!
(images: My Deer)
My first edit for Mr Fox magazine is now out: a round up of some of the best bunk beds, loft beds and cabin beds that are particularly stylish and suited for boys’ bedrooms. That’s not to stop you getting one for your little girl of course! For a list of where to buy, visit the round up at Mr Fox.
(image: room to bloom)
Something about these cute prints, The Four Seasons by Henning Trollbäck for Fine Little Day, immediately caught my eye. I think it’s the “spot the difference” thing, checking what’s different and what’s the same in each print as the story of the four seasons unfolds. There’s lots of detail and bits to discover which I used to love as a child. Perfect to hang together or bring out one by one, changing to match the seasons. A lovely gift for a new nursery, don’t you think?
(images: fine little day)
If you have boys, don’t miss the launch of Mr Fox magazine, a new digital magazine aimed solely at the parents of boys. Edited by Lydia Gard (Associate editor of Country & Town House magazine and Editor at Large for Smallish), the content will cover all aspects of raising boys, including fashion, family travel, education, development, toys & games, outdoor activities and… interiors of course! Yours truly will be contributing a monthly column with the best decor finds for boys’ rooms.
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This bedroom belongs to Kira who is nine years old. She lives with her parents and two sisters in an old apartment block in Stockholm, Sweden. Kira shares her bedroom with her sister Masha who is six.
The girls’ bedroom was designed by their mum Mina, who is the founder of contemporary kids’ furniture brand IO Kids Design. The room features a vintage yellow IO Bunk Pod and is decorated with quirky details.
Mina’s advice for designing your child’s bedroom is not to worry too much about trends, and to actively involve children in creating their own spaces. If possible, buy furniture that can grow with children and be around for a long time.
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Let’s find out a bit more about Kira now. Tell us Kira,
♥ What is your favourite food? Ravioli – my nonno makes the best.
♥ What are you into right now? I like reading about WWF and my polar bear that I adopted last year. I would really like to go and visit the scientists who work with polar bears in Norway.
♥ What is your favourite colour? Blue.
♥ Your favourite animal? A polar bear – because it’s so cute and fluffy but ferocious too!
♥ And your favourite book? I like so many, it’s difficult to choose… Harry Potter, My Sister the Vampire, Madame Pamplemousse and her incredible edibles, Varjak Paw.
♥ What do you want to be when you grow up? A scientist.
♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My bunk bed because it’s super comfy.
♥ What do love doing in your room? Reading and sleeping.
♥ Which is your favourite duvet cover? My big grey cover is definitely my favourite .
♥ Your favourite pyjamas? My cow onesies!
Thank you Kira, it was great to meet you!
(images: IO Kids Design)