Month: September 2017

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Boys Room tour

Children's Room Decor, kids interior, Room tour 25/09/2017

So finally, after two months of living in a compromise of a house, I’ve finally got one room transformation to share with you all. The first of many rooms is complete, the boys shared bedroom.

I posted about my inspiration and plans a little while ago, in this post: https://velveteenbabies.com/2017/07/16/a-calm-new-boys-shared-bedroom/ and I created the moodboard a while ago to outline my vision for their space.

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The room itself is fairly small, as bedroom size was the compromise and pay off for having decent living space and a playroom downstairs. We inherited dark aubergine ‘feature’ walls and polystyrene coving, as well as a beige shagpile carpet and shiny paint which all got stripped back to the bare bones.

We removed the fabric blind and pulled out the carpet, replaced the ceiling spots prior to decorating and also installed a brand new radiator. Chris laid new underlay, skirting boards anda pale wood laminate floor- Krono Chantilly Oak. I wanted to avoid carpet where possible and use light wood flooring throughout the house to create the illusion of as much space as possible.

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As we are fortunate enough to have a separate playroom downstairs now, I wanted to create a fairly timeless scheme that we can update every so often, that would be a relaxing and calm place for them to sleep, dress and read. I didn’t need to worry about toy storage so invested instead in two matching chest of drawer units from made.com which were minimal, clean and exactly what I was looking for. They arrived a couple of weeks prior to completing the room and had to sit in their boxes in our kitchen until we finished it!

In an ideal world we would have purchased the coordinating bunk bed from made.com too, but it’ll have to wait for another time as we’d invested so much in the back bones of the room and still have Willa’s room to transform,  hopefully I can invest in it at some stage.

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Walls

I made the decision to keep the walls white, the room is small and although I’d have loved to try a muted paint effect, I also know how quickly I get bored of things, so instead I invested in prints and accessories.

The walls were painted in a fresh green toned white- we went for Crown Period Collection in Lime Wash which tones well with the floor, wood accents and the Numero 74 curtains in grey-blue which I sourced from Smallable.

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velveteen babies blogI wanted the walls to be a neutral backdrop for prints and items we’d collected up, to make the greens and petrol blue highlights sing.

I sourced the feather print in soft tones from the new collection from Born Lucky World  and they go perfectly with the natural colour palette. Using the wood hanger makes it easy and versatile to pop up around the room.

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Clustering prints around one of the chest of drawers has worked well to give this little room some identity, and on the wall I’ve framed a print from Wonder and Rah, and animal print from Fashionell.

I hung a metal wreath along with a creature mobile from Lisqua to create a visually appealing corner, and added a decal from Shanna Murray which I’d had squirreled away for months. A dwarf banana plant and vintage ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ toys sit on top of the chest of drawers.

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Next to the chest of drawers sits an Ikea house shelf, which houses my old Enid Blyton paperbacks and other treasures. In an ideal world it would have been the Ferm Living version, but as the boys are heavy handed with everything, I thought it best to stick with the £23 durable Ikea one!

A natural Luggy basket on wheels houses the boys’ dinosaur and animal collection which gets wheeled everywhere. As I’ve mentioned before, we have a playroom downstairs so the emphasis has not been on ‘play’ in this room, rather, creating somewhere to wind down.

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An Ooh Noo toy chest houses the bedtime stories.

 

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On the other side of the room, our second made.com  chest  of drawers sits with my set of white ash String Shelves above. We have a lot of beautiful hard back children’s books, so they sit on top of the chest of drawers with a white Anglepoise light. Where possible I like to invest in originals and the white Anglepoise is a classic which will last for years to come.

Bunting by Fabelab adds a splash of colour, and the String Shelves house some treasures, such as wooden Ostheimer animal figures, our Aro for Kids embroidery, vintage 1960’s Miffy money box and Ouistitine knitted bear.

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Bedding

My son suffers from eczema so I’ve always sourced natural fabrics for bedding, and found perfect muted green linen bedding at H&M, and added a cosy eiderdown in paler muted green from Cammomile London. To tone with the curtains, I added in some star cushions by Numero 74 from Smallable .

Felix likes to read in bed, so he has a cloud neon light postioned above the top bunk, and an Olli Ella basket hangs from a wooden knob screwed into the bunk bed so that he can store books in reach of the top bunk. I painted the frame of the pine Ikea bunk bed grey a while ago, and it makes it feel less intrusive!

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Star cushions in grey-blue and teal from Smallable. Rug from La Redoute.

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Ostheimer wooden toys.

 

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Cosy- linen bedding from H&M, eiderdown from Cammomile London, and star cushions by Numero 74 at Smallable.

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Cute little Moose from Styled By Naomi.

 

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Colette Bream acorn cushion

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Star cushion by Numero 74 at Smallable.

 

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Little corners of their room.

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Adding dashes of colour- muted green linen bedding, grey-blue curtains and cushion, and bunting.

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Getting toasty with Tobias and the Bear

children's gifts, Kids fashion, kids gifts 16/09/2017

Its officially Autumn in our neck of the woods up in Yorkshire, and with the change of season upon us, I’ve been baking up a storm (of icing sugar) in the kitchen with my middlest, Barney.

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Each Saturday now, my husband Chris takes our eldest boy Felix, to football training, so myself and Barney get to have some time together. He’s big into projects and loves baking, so we often treat ourselves to kits from BKD London so that we can spend a couple of hours creating something delicious, especially if the weather is being unpredictable. It’s a bit of a life saver for saving us from cabin fever and is easy to do, especially as we have an active one year old crawling about whilst we attempt to do our baking!

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Barney got all cosy in his new sweatshirt and joggers today from the new Toasty range by Tobias and the Bear. He adores a rare treat of a hot chocolate so loved the cheeky design of them. He now goes to nursery most days through the week and I’m pretty sure he’ll insist on wearing them as often as he can, judging by how much he loves our other Tobias and the Bear pieces which wash and wear beautifully.

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We whipped out the cocoa and the cream and treat ourselves to a cosy mug full each, complete with marshmallows as there’s an autumnal chill in the air today, (not that we needed an excuse). It’s a very rare treat for Barney!

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Today we are tackled a ‘Little Monster’ cupcake baking kit from BKD which contains everything you need apart from butter and two eggs- which fortunately I cobbled together from our kitchen. I bought a few kits to bring out over the autumn/winter months and spurred on by Bake Off we made a big mess and put together the ingredients.

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We’ve had such a lovely cosy morning together, and it’s been so much fun to have some quality time away from my work, just focused on Barney.

I get all the guilty Mum feels through the week as I work full time on Velveteen Babies, so being able to do something special at the weekend with the children means so much. When the weather isn’t the best it can be tricky to know how to keep him entertained for a few hours, but baking is something we can both enjoy doing together.

Tobias and the Bear

Tobias and the Bear

And just incase you were wondering… the cupcakes turned out ok!

Barney loved creating the eyes and mouths from the fondant provided and helping me squeeze the hairy buttercream icing onto the tops of the cupcakes.

It was all super easy to do together, though as he’s only three I did have to do some aspects myself. He is feeling proud as punch at what he’s achieved, and they taste pretty delicious too. Hurrah!

Find our adventures with our outdoor mud kitchen in a previous post here.

Coral and Barney x

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With thanks to Tobias and the Bear for sending us a sweatshirt and joggers from their new Toasty range.

BKD sets were purchased with our own money and all opinions are our own.

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Hot chocolate

Mini Sibling 

Children's Room Decor, hip little people, Kids fashion, kids gifts 10/09/2017

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There’s a new kid on the block. Introducing Mini Sibling, a new little sister brand to one of our favourite ever kids wear brands, Beau Loves which has just landed at Hip Little People.

Created by designer Faye White for her youngest son Knox, Mini Sibling is a contemporary baby and toddler collection with a unisex and ultra modern palette of backs, greys and nudes.

It’s so positive to see Mini Sibling as a new emerging brand that is completely gender neutral and full of quality, timeless pieces which are easily mixed and matched to create a little capsule wardrobe.

I really love how contemporary the range is, incorporating all the current trends in baby fashion such as knit, texture, grey and ribbed tights- all my favourite aspects and what I look for when sourcing stylish bay clothes for Willa.

Mini-siblingThe new Mini Sibling collection is the easiest to coordinate, and is all made from softest cotton knit, cotton jersey and fleece. These grey knit bloomers are a staple piece which will go with just about anything for small people of both genders. They have lots of tiny detail such as an embroidered logo and a knitted tie detail, and will wash and wear beautifully. I’ve teamed our pair up with the nude ribbed tights which are the most perfect colour, all available online at Hip Little People.

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There is lots of moveabililty in the Mini Sibling collection which makes it perfect for little ones, Willa is now two weeks away from her first Birthday and is incredibly wriggly, crawling and pulling herself up, and all the pieces allow her to move freely and in comfort. Life is a big adventure!

They have also survived the wash and wear test too- each piece has washed beautifully and dried on an airer fairly quickly- I’ve got a few premium knit wear pieces in Willa’s wardrobe that seem to take forever to dry which can be a nightmare! Luckily they all pass my functionality test with flying colours.

This time a year ago I was in full nesting mode, and collecting up a very marvellous baby stash ready for our impending arrival, and the Mini Sibling range would have been on my purchase list- bonus that if you are unsure of the gender of baby, all the pieces are completely perfect for either.

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Willa wears the Mini Sibling reversible sweater/cardigan in black and grey stripes. I love the versatility of this piece, and it’s super soft and is true to size- Willa wears 12-18 months which has room for her to grow, but the sleeves are nicely designed so they fit well and can be rolled back.

Hip Little People has a great offering for Mini Sibling and it’s big brother brand Beau Loves, perfect for coordinating siblings without being too match yet-matchy. There’s a few other styles that I’m coveting too; the cutest little black pixie hat and knitted grey overalls with eye embroidery.

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Thanks to Hip Little People for sending us some pieces from the collection.

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