Today I’m really happy to be a guest again over at kids design & lifestyle blog Zoe & Drew. I’ve put together ten tips to decorate a tween bedroom and gathered plenty of images to inspire you. If you’re not sure where to start when it’s time to swap the stuffed animals and toy boxes for something a bit more grown up, read my tips here.
These are childhood photos of Jennifer Robertson in her bedroom. She is a co-founder, designer and maker of the products on Scamp Baby Gifts. Jennifer runs the shop together with her sister Stacey, whilst trying to manage 5 children between them.
I asked Jennifer to share some memories of her childhood bedroom…
♥ Can you tell us something about these photos? The picture of the baby on the change mat is me in my very first bedroom in Vancouver (where I was born). My mum loved the change mat pattern and the fact that it was terry towelling – she’s a big fan of that fabric. The picture of the two girls in the cot is me (in the black & white dress) age about 3, and my sister Stacey who was probably around 18 months. It was taken in Dumfries, Scotland. The picture in the background is a Mabel Lucie Attwell one – my mum was a big fan and I remember a few of them around the house.
♥ What did you love most about your bedroom? I loved it being my own space – with two younger sisters it was nice to have somewhere to retreat to.
♥ What do you remember most vividly about the décor? We moved about quite a lot when I was younger, so I don’t really have huge memories until I was maybe 7 or 8. I remember a very orange bedroom made up of hand me down fitted furniture (quite unusual in the 70s) that came from family in Germany and had lots of pull-out drawers and a fold-out desk. The bed also had a drawer underneath for the duvet, making it like a sofa bed in the daytime, with lots of orange cushions!
♥ What were you into? I absolutely loved reading and spent a lot of time doing that or playing with my two sisters. I remember putting on performances with them involving elaborate fancy dress, dancing and singing for an audience of normally about 4 people.
♥ What did you want to be when you grew up? This is awful but I can’t remember! I don’t think I had a strong urge to be one specific thing when I was younger.
Thank you Jennifer!
I’m looking for more childhood bedrooms! If you have photos of your old room and would like to share your memories here, please get in touch!
(images: jennifer robertson)
On Monday I visited Bubble London, the bi-annual kids trade show here in London. Bubble concentrates on kids fashion, but fashion and interiors do influence each other so it was a good opportunity to sample the mood for spring/summer 2013. (If any of the Bubble London organisers are reading this: can we please have more interiors in future shows so we don’t have to travel to Paris and Amsterdam if we want to see both? Thank you!)
Here is an impression of my visit. My eye was drawn to candy and neon colours, combined with grey and white and raw materials such as scrap wood and cardboard.
2. Little Creative Factory, founded by two architects from Barcelona, showed the most beautiful swimsuits and INCREDIBLE totes at what was easily my favourite stand.
3. Some nice geometric patterns in fresh colours from Kidscase.
4. Beautiful simple dresses from Little Troll.
5. Neon sandals from MAA.
7. Rockin’ wellies and jewel colours at I Love Gorgeous.
8. Love this print T-shirt from Red Urchin.
9. A cute cap from Little Creative Factory again – these girlfriends rock : )
(images: room to bloom)
I spotted this amazing retro nursery yesterday on the cover of US magazine Anthology (available in the UK here). The nursery was decorated with flea market finds and hand-me-downs by Linda and John Meyers, designers, artists and parents of Fletcher. Together they run the Wary Meyers Shop which stocks new and vintage items. You can find out more about the finds that furnish Fletcher’s room here.
When I first laid eyes on this whimsical bedding from new kids on the block No. 74, in was love at first sight. Friends Nancy and Poupy from Italy and France combine their handmade creations with vintage children’s furniture and toys to create gorgeous style for contemporary kids rooms.
(images: no. 74)
(image: mother & baby magazine, room to bloom)
Number 32 is Chrissie Allen. I’ll contact her now to let her know she has won and the bunny will be on its way.
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(image: room to bloom)
I recently found out that pram legends Silvercross do dolls versions of their great British classic pram. I’m completely smitten with this gorgeously nostalgic, red poppy Chatsworth dolls pram. It features an adorable ceramic poppy plaque and I think it’s just perfect for little ladies and their babies…
This amazing boys bedroom belongs to Jip who is two and a half years old. He is Merel’s little brother, whose room was featured in My Room a while ago. They live with their family in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Jip’s room was decorated by his mum Iris, who is an interior stylist and blogger over at Visje bij de thee.
Let’s find out a bit more about Jip …
♥ What is your favourite food? Spaghetti with red sauce.
♥ What do you love doing? Playing with my cars and duplo blocks.
♥ What is your favourite colour? Red.
♥ What is your favourite animal? Dog.
♥ Your favourite book? My Zoo book.
♥ What is your favourite thing in your room? My bed.
♥ What is your favourite duvet cover? The light blue one with planes.
♥ What are your favourite pyjamas? The ones with the policemen and firemen (Richard Scarry print).
Thank you Jip, it was really nice to meet you!
I seem to have soft toys on the brain at the moment… This curious creature is the creation of Wendy Tsao of Child’s Own Studio in Vancouver. Wendy niftily converts children’s drawings into softies. She’s had a wave of publicity recently, so there might be a waiting list!
(image: child’s own studio)