Category: Children’s Room Decor

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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.

Mini Sibling 

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

Mini-Sibling
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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Mini Sibling



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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Tobias and the bear

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The incredible Tobias and the Bear launch their new ‘Batty’ range very soon and we are so excited to give you a sneaky preview. We’ve long been huge fans of their leggings, t-shirts and fabulous bedding which are a brilliant partner to our Velveteen Babies garlands. 

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Batty Leggings


Barney is wearing the new Batty leggings in a size 2-3 which are a great fit, and the monochrome style fits so well with this tee from Nor-folk. Tobias and the bear are also releasing a black batty tee which we’ll have to get our hands on! 

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The range complements our superhero garland so well that we just had to create a room set to take some pictures. The unisex contemporary styling of the range is sure to be a hit with design loving parents, and the cheeky bat design a must have for small people, a win-win situation. 

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Find the full range of Tobias and the Bear products here and keep a look out for the release of the new Batty design, coming very soon…. 

You’ll be able to order your own superhero garland from Friday June 3rd when Velveteen Babies reopens. 

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Tobias and the bear
Tobias and the Bear
Storage bag by Ferm Living, toy cars by Kiko and Karuma at Abacus Kids, Moccasins by Wolfie and Willow, Superhero garland and print by Velveteen Babies, Eames style rocking chair from Mini Eden. 

The pastel nursery 

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Now that I’ve discovered I’m expecting a little girl, I have suddenly become a devotee of the humble but beautiful pastel palette. 

I’ve put together a few pastel looks from a few of my favourite children’s /  interior  websites, and some of my own products as they work so perfectly in tandem. 

I’ve also been working with Cotton Ball Lights which have so many different and beautiful colour options in their online store. 

For the perfect pastel base, use simple white walls, or a pale grey like we have. 

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Perfect Pastels


In this look, I’ve used a string of cotton ball lights in pastels from cottonballlights.com/uk (used throughout) to tie in lots of pastel hues, so that the look doesn’t get too ‘pink’ ! Pink and grey makes a perfect combination, and I’ve used this beautiful dolls bed from This Modern Life as a sweet accessory. 

The monochrome dolls bedding is from Willie and Millie which has a little cover and pillow, the perfect size for the little cot. 

The Icecream garland is my pastel Icecream garland available to order in my Etsy shop each Friday. 

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Icecream Garland


Filling a paper bag with toys lends a more rustic contemporary look to a children’s room, and I’ve filled it with some of our little toys. 

The pink muslin swaddle is by Fine Little Day at This Modern Life again. 

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Dolls bed and Cotton Ball Lights


I never planned to get so ‘girlie’ but adding greys and whites keeps this look well away from sickly territory. Personally I’m not a fan of beiges and champagne colours, but wanting a soft look to baby’s area, the greys and pastels are ideal. 

Our cotton ball lights are perfect for creating a warm cosy space by night, and a soft light for night time feeds, and by day they are another pretty accessory. 

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String Shelves, white Ash


I’ve also created a little shelf area using white ash String Shelves from Utility Design which are ideal for displaying our trinkets. I try and keep a balance of whites, greys and pastel touches so it doesn’t become overbearing. 

I’ve also started to collect sweet baby accessories and clothes from some of my favourite shops. These pink moccasins are made by Wolfie and Willow and they are the softest chrome free leather. 

These little socks are from Archies Boutique and are by Petit Pattes who make the most beautiful baby gift or treat. 


I also found this sweet cloud top and matching leggings at The Little White Company which goes so well with our other ‘cloud’ items which are dotted about. 


I found this little pink teething ring at Archies Boutique too, perfect as a gift or to stash away in my case!

Finally, I’ve made a new mobile style with sparkling and felt icecreams which will launch in my Etsy shop on May 6th.

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Mama Designs 

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It’s sometimes very hard to find baby room accessories and essentials that arn’t too twee, and that echo the ethos and complement my Velveteen Babies collection. Luckily, Mama Designs has stepped in to save modern nurseries everywhere!

We love how well each product goes with our Velveteen Babies garland designs for a bright or cloud themed nursery. 

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The Babasac sleeping bags are produced in fun, graphic prints and inner layers you can zip out, making it a multi tog sleeping bag for all weather. We love the unisex clouds and apple designs, and there are stars, pink heart designs online too. 

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Babasac sleeping bag


Mamadesigns also produces a beautiful range of soft cotton cellular blankets in greys and brights for your little ones. We have a lovely bright yellow, though there’s some lovely contrast trim grey styles too. 

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Bright and Beautiful


They are perfect for using as a nap time cover up, or to add a pop of colour to your nursery. 

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Cellular Blanket


Keira designs all her products with love in the UK, and every single product is tested to the highest safety standards. Take a look at the whole range here

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Nursery Mobiles 

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I have such a lovely time creating custom mobiles so I thought I’d share some photos of them with you. 

This is my classic cloud and droplet mobile, but I’ve customised the little rainbow in order to match my customer’s nursery bedding. It’s very pretty and feminine. 

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cloud and raindrop mobile

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Classic droplets with bright rainbow


The next mobile is a contemporary look, and has a clean modern approach. It’s based on my mouse garland (which is usually black and white) we’ve softened it by using greys and whites, and I’ve used white cord instead of ribbon to make it as contemporary as possible. 
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The mouse mobile


 I created a very special custom order in beiges, blush pinks and golds. 

I also made the ombrè garland to go with it, and match in the colours. I adore how the colours have worked so well together. 

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Mountain Bear Mobile 

One of our best sellers which can be customised with a choice of ribbon and either clouds or fir trees to suit. 

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Mountain Bear Mobile

Sleepy Cloud with mint stars and gold moon. 

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Our new elephant mobile with clouds and stars in greys, white and silver touches. 

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Rainbow Raindrop Mobile

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Contemporary Nursery Styling 

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It’s easy to walk into a high street nursery shop or the nursery section of a department store and purchase a matchy matchy nursery set in generic colours and styles for the new baby, they even do matching toys and accessories, right? 

Scratch that. 

In the next few photos I’ve put together a few simple and contemporary looks for baby using a simplistic set of quality String shelves in white ash. I purchased them from Utility Design for £109 (for the set ) they are easy to install, and are beautiful quality: 

http://www.utilitydesign.co.uk/string-pocket-shelving-ash-white

They are a design classic which I love, though you can find more budget friendly options in Ikea, such as buying three of these and positioning one above the other: 

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/S79100940/ 

I also rate the Rose in April shelves which are good value at £69 and come in a range of stylish colours, and clean white: 

http://www.mollymeg.com/shop/all/rose-in-april-shelves-white/
The secret to a stylish nursery is to keep your walls fairly neutral; a pale grey or white (or go with a muted pastel such as mint or dusky pastel pink) .This makes a lovely blank canvas for adding bright or monochrome styled accessories. 

I’ve used white as a backdrop, in both our nursery corner and in my boys room, but it’s anything but boring. 

Look 1.  Muted Pastels

 

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Modern Pastel nursery style

 
Look one shows my ombré raindrop garland in lemon/gold and through to pink, which makes it quite versatile and can be used to blend pastels in a room. I can make these to suit any colour scheme, but particularly like this soft blend. 

Modern pastels are sophisticated but sweet, and I’ve added a Supergirl print from Miniwilla, soft grey swan from Ilka Design and a fun Kokeshi doll from the amazing Sketch Inc.

These cute grey robot cards are applied to the wall with washi tape, and come from Wonder and Rah on Etsy. I’ve raided my children’s Sonny Angel collection (find a large selection at retrokids.com) and that little cloud is by Pixi Stuff, again, find a selection through stockists retrokids.com

Look 2. 

Monochrome Milkbottles 

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Not only does monochrome look stylish, it is also very stimulating for baby. 

This look features my simple milk bottle garland in white and our lovely milk bottle rattle by The Milk Collective from The Modern Nursery. A large muslin swaddle blanket from Modern Burlap (there’s many stockists of this brand in the UK such as Yellow Lolly and This Modern Life) .

  
Wooden items such as the personalised pennant from This Paper Book, and handmade blocks from Myla and Oscar tie in a Scandinavian, natural inspired feel, and the Russian dolls are by Sketch Inc at The Pippa and Ike Show

  
Look 3. 

Contemporary Brights 

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The brightest and most fun of my schemes, this is a very easy look to achieve. Mix bright accessories in contrasting colours to build a rainbow look, though it’s crucial you don’t overload it, and keep furniture and walls very pale and simple so the colours don’t all fight against each other! 

Our rainbow and cloud garland is the perfect gender neutral garland to go with a bright theme, though I make several different styles that would suit as well. 

 

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I’ve discovered the amazing Mama Designs online for the most stylish baby sleeping bags, and bright cellular blankets, as well as being gorgeous quality. There is such attention to detail and the colours and styles are way more contemporary than most of the things you’ll find on the local high street, as well as being gender neutral. 

 

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Mama Designs cellular blanket

 
Check out the brilliant Molly Meg for bright pops of colour such as this Grimms Rainbow, and fox mask. 

Our sparkly blue marquee light has been exquisitely made by hand and is from Gingerrocksdesigns on Etsy. Each one is lovingly made by a mum of four, and they come in a brilliant range of styles and colours. It’s the perfect finishing touch and the ideal size for adorning a shelf. 

Look 4. 

Cloudy Day 

  
Biggest trend in nursery design: Clouds! Seen just about everywhere but no signs of abating, I’ve used clouds but worked them into a clean, modern nursery look. 

I’m a little bit in love with our mini Lucky Boy Sunday friends, Mini Gorby and Mini Nulle, probably the cutest little alpaca duo ever. 

  
Our lightbulb is by Le Petit M, and is made from soft jersey and coated so that it glows softly in the dark. 

I found the sweetest unisex cloud play suit from Tutini Tots who also stock a wide range of amazing baby wear.

 

Tutini Tots

Tutini Tots

 
Our little cloud Shelfie ornament and sleepy eyes are from Pixistuff as before.

Storage for stylish families

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Storage is crucial. Crucial in a world filled with garish plastic, superhero figures, dinosaurs, Lego, long forgotten toys that everytime you reach to throw them in a charity bag, the kids suddenly take offence and insist on keeping. 

In a terrace house, we have to take a military approach to our toy storage as our playroom also happens to be our living room, and come 7pm, I definitely do not want to be sat looking at a pile of plastic, much less stepping on Lego bricks (ouch!) 

Here’s my round up of beautiful storage solutions for the home; 

1.  Olli Ella Belly bag £35 at This Modern Life http://thismodernlife.co.uk/products/storage-belly-basket-large-pompom-mint

Practical and pretty, this basket has useful handles and pretty Pom Pom style.
 

2. Ferm Living medium storage bag £49 

http://scoutandcokids.com/collections/ferm-living/products/ferm-living-half-moon-storage-basket

We have three different designs of the Ferm Living storage bags in our living room- completely durable with leather handles and super strong ( our Duplo collection resides in one of them!)  the prints and monochrome style of these is completely on point. Worth every penny. 

 http://scoutandcokids.com/collections/ferm-living/products/ferm-living-half-moon-storage-basket 
3. House Doctor storage bag, £12 Cissywears. 

http://www.cissywears.com/House-Doctor-Large-Squares-Laundry-Bag-p/ls0421.htm

A budget friendly alternative to the Ferm Living (or in our case, we have both!) this storage bag is ideal for laundry and toys. They come in different designs and fold flat for ease of use and have well built handles. 

 http://www.cissywears.com/House-Doctor-Large-Squares-Laundry-Bag-p/ls0421.htm

4.  Storage paper bags by TellKiddo £13.50 approx from https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Tellkiddo

There’s so many companies now producing paper bag storage that I could list a number of stores that have them, but I love the Monochrome Scandinavian style of the Tell Kiddo collection. Perfectly unisex. 

 https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Tellkiddo 
5. Hangers by My Red Hand Gang 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RedHandGang

I’ve long been a fan of Abi’s fun and original wooden hand painted hangers for kids, in a variety of colours and styles, and we own a few, kids love the,, and they make fabulous bedroom accessories too. 

 https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/RedHandGang 

Finally, check out the new issue of Gurgle magazine where myself and other mothers have been giving our storage ideas- here’s a sneak preview below.