We Love Frankie 

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There’s an exciting new range of kids bedding in town, (well, online) and it’s got all the sartorial features we want for our children’s room. Launched by Johanna Franks through her emporium lovefrankie.com with only kids in mind, this new range appeals to our small people but also keeps design loving big people equally happy.

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‘Good Vibes’ monochrome duvet set

Felix and Barney are my reliable product enthusiasts and they definitely get a massive thumbs up from them. Made from 100% super soft cotton and designed in the UK, they are kind on the small ones skin and feel luxe.

Felix’s favourite is the super colourful and fun Junk Food Deluxe set which has enough bright rainbowy goodness and tongue in cheek humourous illustration to satisfy every kid. We styled it up with monochrome and pops of colour.

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Colour poppin’ Junk Food Deluxe bedding

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Monochrome ‘Good Vibes’ set

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‘Good Vibes’ bedding

Suppliers: ‘peace’ sign print by Wonder and Rah, Smiley face print by Pax and Hart, Garlands (Icecreams and droplets) by Velveteen Babies, Panda cases by VandC Designs, wood rainbow by Grimms Toys, Masks by Hay at StudioNL, Rainbow cases, sleepy eyes and doughnut cushion from retrokids.com, festoon lights from Lights For Fun, Toadstool Light by Tulipop World, Russian dolls and monochrome cloud cushion from This Modern Life.

Check out www.lovefrankie.com for these beautiful bed sets, matching lampshades and other interior accessories.

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My hero 

Kids fashion, kids interior

We are doing our first drop of superhero goodies into our new webshop later today. Our bestselling postcards, storm clouds, monochrome drops and Superhero garlands will finally be in stock (probably not for long!)

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I’ve bribed my smallest boy to help me show our monochrome collection off- luckily he was decked in one of his Beau Loves outfits which was ideal! (We can’t wait for the new collection).

The Superhero garland was one of my very first products, two years ago. Back then it was really tricky to find monochrome kids room accessories so I decided to make my own.. which turned into this business.

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Making a kids space that brings joy to children and adults alike can be tricky, but by keeping walls and flooring clean and neutral you can add pops of colour and fun accessories.

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Our Ferm living tent is well loved and a few years old now, but the kids still enjoy playing in it. We’ve adorned ours with our monochrome droplet garland, and added a Mini Willa poster and Superhero garland to break up our grey walls.

We’ve added pops of bright yellow which works so well with grey and monochrome with a Mama Designs blanket and a yellow lightning bolt light from Ivy Cabin.

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Smallprint Books 

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‘ Oh please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away, and in its place you can install, a lovely bookshelf on wall.’ – Roald Dahl.

Ok, so we have to compromise, and we do have a TV, but books are a massive part of the boy’s childhood.

I’ve always been passionate about finding beautiful books, with elements of design which marry with entertaining and spell binding content.

I was brought up with some beautiful books which I still treasure, and I wanted my children to also learn the joy of reading, listening, and allowing their imagination to take them to magical places.

smallprint books

Fortunately we stumbled across Smallprint books through Instagram. I’m a fierce advocate of ‘Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself’ – George Bernard Shaw. As we believe fiercely in marrying great design with delighting children, Smallprint Books has exactly the same ethos.

The website is easy to navigate, and we found the age appropriate sections particularly helpful.

Smallprint books

Each of the titles on our bookshelves can be found at smallprint books.

Books are easy to chose based on clear pictures and descriptions and one of our first (and most treasured books by Felix) was Pierre and the Maze Detective by Hiro  Kamigaki + IC4Design. The book features 15 full spread intricate illustrations of intricate, magical mazes. It keeps Felix fascinated for ages and he loves discovering things when he sits and reads it with his dad.

We love it so much that we’ve also bought it as a gift for one of our friends. Smallprint (very convieniently) offer a gift wrap service which made it easy as we were on holiday when I needed a present fix!

Mamoko

Recently, we ordered a couple of new books and were sent Mamoko which is a different concept for a kids book- which has gone down an absolute storm.

Mamoko is a book without words, where the reader (generally my five year old) becomes the story teller. At the beginning of the book, there is a description of all the characters which can be spotted and followed on each page, each doing funny or nutty things.

Felix absolutely loves choosing a character to follow and making up his own version of what they are up to. As a parent I love hearing his stories and seeing how absorbed he is when he’s looking at the beautiful and bright illustrations.

It’s a hit with my husband too and they both enjoy looking at it together and choosing their favourite character to follow (there’s a whole page full so always someone or something new to follow or find).

smallprint books

It’s even popular with my two year old who loves flicking through the thick pages and looking at all the illustrations!

All of the books you see on our white shelves in the boy’s room are available from Smallprint online and there’s a 10% discount when you sign up for their newsletter.

Visit smallprint-online.com to take a look and discover some magical books your children (and you) won’t want to put down.

For the love of Liberty

Kids fashion, kids gifts, kids interior
Velveteen Babies Liberty  garland

Our new cloud garland in Liberty Poppy and daisy print hung on grey ribbon with gold blanket stitch

Liberty prints are heavily influencing the world of children’s clothing and interiors, so

I wanted to bring you my round up of all the Liberty print finds in kids design. Classic Liberty print is reaching all facets of children’s interiors and clothing and I can see no sign of this trend abating. Mixing Liberty print with other natural materials such as linen and pure wool is ideal for creating a classic, timeless children’s comfort space.

The Tipi

Liberty Emma and Georgina print eiderdown. From The Tipi £47. 65×95 cm and backed with cotton percale

I have found beautiful bedding from Coco and Wolf and also a high street buy from La Redoute. Both look best teamed with different textures and layers, rather than ‘matchy matchy’. Coco and Wolf with Little B have some beautiful swan cushions and pillowcases so if you just wanted to update existing bedding with a few touches of print, then this would work really well. Also notable from Coco and Wolf with little B are the changing mat covers In a choice of fabrics.

Coco and Wolf with little B.

Swan cushion from the Little B range by Coco and Wolf.

La Redoute bed set

Liberty Print bedset from La Redoute

Other innovative ways to bring a touch of print to your nursery or children’s interior are the lovely name wire signs from Little Cloud. These pretty name signs would look adorable hung above a bed head or on a shelf. I’m going to treat the baby to one nearer the time. Also from Little Cloud are the lovely moon wall hangings, they would look perfect in a child’s room with one of our Liberty collection garlands, it’s perfect to mix and match prints as long as the base colours are soft and neutral.

Little Cloud also have a great range of cushions, hair clips and crowns by the amazing Fable Heart and delivery is free within the U.K.

Little Cloud

Pretty Moon wall hanging by Little Cloud

Little Cloud

lovely Liberty name signs from Little Cloud

Velveteen Babies Liberty Collection

Velveteen Babies Betsy Cloud garland. The raffia bag is from The Tipi and all moccasins throughout are by Wolfie and Willow.

I’ve also fallen in love with many small businesses producing the most lovely Liberty print baby clothing.

My most recent find is Olivier Baby who have a sweet selection of rompers, bloomers, dresses and tops in a choice of prints and linens with accessories such as ribbed tights and knitted bonnets to complement the range. They have a flash sale on some of the range so take a peek!

Olivier Baby

Olivier Baby romper £39

Another favourite is Coco and Wolf

with a huge range of beautifully made children’s clothing encapsulating the very best of the Liberty print range.

We love the little bloomers and tie top summer suits, perfect for older babies with plenty of leg rolls!

Coco and Wolf

Coco and Wolf bloomers

Coco and Wolf

Betsy romper £42 Coco and Wolf

Bonnets are also crucial to Bebe styling too. I’ve already bought a smal stash from Briar Handmade (from Mama Owl in the U.K)  and they come in a wide range of colours, prints and sizes to suit all little heads.

Briar Handmade

Briar Handmade Bonnets

Also noteworthy are the sweet bonnets and appliqué baby vests and T-shirts from Magnificent Stanley. This UK small business is run by Becky who handcrafts each item from her studio in Lewes, East Sussex.

Magnificent Stanley

bonnets and tees from Magnificent Stanley

Finally, for a seriously budget friendly take on Liberty print, head to Uniqlo where they have a limited edition Liberty X Uniqlo collection. Girls dresses are from £9.90 and double baby vest sets just £7.90. There are styles for both sexes and also a women’s collection.

Liberty X Uniqlo

Liberty X Uniqlo baby vests

Below you’ll find a few more preview pictures of our new Velveteen Babies does Liberty collection. The garland styles will also be available in the other prints, and will launch in my Etsy shop on the 30th July. There will be limited quantities of each design and print so keep an eye out for our launch announcement.

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Velveteen Babies does Liberty Poppy and Daisy bunny garland . Bunnies have gold thread french knot eyes and are blanket stitched round inanyique gold thread.

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Velveteen Babies does Liberty Betsy Star garland

Velveteen Babies does Liberty

Velveteen Babies does Liberty Poppy and Daisy cloud garland

Velveteen Babies does Liberty

Velveteen Babies does Liberty Betsy cloud garland

Velveteen Babies does Liberty.

Velveteen Babies does Liberty Betsy drops garland.

Play. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. 

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Life with kids, it’s busy, and frantic and there’s nothing worse than tackling toy mountain at the end of a busy day. Quite frankly, tackling a pile of  Duplo is an uphill struggle.

This week our prayers were answered with an arrival from Playpouch UK.


These fabulous cotton playbags blend style with practicality. Easy enough for my two year old to undo and open, and refill and close, tidy up time suddenly became much more bearable.


Playpouch is visually friendly enough to have displayed around the house and is roomy enough to store a serious amount of toy clutter. We chose the scandi style monochrome crosses and there are plenty of other options too to suit every home.


Playpouch has been brought to the UK from Australia by a forward thinking family who understand the trauma of keeping control of clutter, and making storage look stylish. The mantra is ‘Maximum Play, minimum mess’. This site pretty perfectly with our life as a busy family.


Playpouch is made from strong cotton canvas and is sturdy enough to hold heavier toys too, though it’s also ideal as an innovative way of storing the dreaded Lego collection. Our kids love the zipped pouch at the front for treasures, or Lego instruction books.

Find your own Playpouch here and as a special indroduction, get yourself free postage by using special voucher code : VELVETEEN

Storing toys has never looked so good, and tidy time has never been so speedy!



Icecream Dreams

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Always a massive theme in summer, icecreams are prevalent in kids interior style in many different guises. I’ve put together this post all about sourcing the very best Icecream play things and interior accessories to swoon over, both kiddo and adult friendly.

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we made our own icecream parlour

One rainy Sunday, I created a make believe Icecream parlour for my boys. We just used our simple metal Normann Copenhagen trolley (I found ours via Bodie + Fou shop) and strung it up with our cotton ball lights in pastel colours.

A while back we had visited a pop up cafe where there were some fun wooden icecreams, so I tracked them down. Ours are by Melissa and Doug and proved very popular with the boys. We just googled it and found them for around £20 online.

Melissa and Doug Icecream Set

Our Icecream toy set

I’ve also come across some equally gorgeous Icecream toys that are sure to spark your small people’s imaginations, from foldable paper icecream kits from Moon Picnic at £15 which would be a fun rainy day activity but perhaps for older children who are a bit more careful! These, once made up would be fun to string up in a bundle on some fishing wire in a corner, or add a couple to a stylish shelf display.

Moon Picnic foldable icecreams

Moon Picnic paper Icecreams

Also coveted is the most beautiful wooden set by Nobodinoz at Molly-Meg which at £60 is more of an investment but it is stylish and extremely design led.

Nobodinoz Icecream set

Nobodinoz Icecream set

Icecreams are also prevalent in the world of kidsinterior and are fun to mix and match a couple of pieces to add some flair to a kids bedroom, especially when combined with white walls or floor and some pops of colour and texture. The key is not to go overboard, just add a combination of a few Icecream themed products and then dot in other pastel toys and accessories.

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Velveteen Babies Icecream garland

A Little Lovely Company

A Little Lovely Company Nightlight

We love these fun battery operated night lights by A Little Lovely Company from just £11.50 at retrokids.com

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Felix and Barnaby’s Icecream Corner

Icecream print Bedding

Icecreamy bedding from Bluezoo at Debenhams

We found this pastel Icecream bedding via Debenhams and prices start from a bargainous £22 for a single set. As there’s so much going on with this pattern, I’d suggest you keep walls and flooring light and simple and perhaps add a plain knit/quilted throw in a more luxe material strewn over the bed to tone it down.

Colette Bream

This cheeky chappy is by Colette Bream

I adore this cushion by Colette Bream, it’s firmly on my own personal wish list as its so sweet and not too sickly. Colette has a beautiful Etsy shop full of characters, and selected styles including this one are also available through Scandimini in the UK.

Wanting to update existing bedding or add some pastel flair to your pushchair (and have a conversation starter as people admire your pram blanket) ? Then these knitted blankets by Woouf at This Modern Life at £49 are extremely covetable and come in some varied colour ways.

Woouf icecream blanket

woouf blankets at This Modern Life

The perfect prints for any pastel Icecream inspired room are from Wonder and Rah. They blend Icecream sweetness with a dash of Scandi styled monochrome and look great in frames or in wood picture holders (as seen in the background of our Icecream parlour pictures).

La La Loves Decor

wonderful capture of our icecream garland and print by Wonder and Rah by LaLaLoves Decor.

Finally, I couldn’t resist adding in this cute print by Milk Moustache Apparel and these sweet baby shoes by Kirsty Doyle. Vests start at £13 and come in this pink colourway or in mint and the little shoes start at £22.

Milk Moustache Apparel

Milk Moustache Apparel baby vest

Icecream Baby shoes

Baby Shoes by Kirsty Doyle

A top tip for an Icecream themed room or a sweet nursery is to use your baby shoes as a shelf ornament. Not only would these shoes look very lovely on, they would also be perfect sat together on a wooden shelf with other wood and pastel accessories and one of our garlands strung nearby. The shelf capture below makes perfect use of our Icecream garland and beautiful prints from Wonder and Rah.

Wonder and Rah

Beautful shelf by Wonder and Rah

Sleepy Corners 

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Sourcing beautiful bedding and comfort to create a cosy space for the smalls has been my mission recently.

I’ve been trailing all my favourite stores to find the ‘perfect’ sheet which will blend with both brights and pastels and I’ve found it courtesy of le.edit.

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This gorgeous quality fitted sheet is printed with a totally gender neutral x o design (which also comes in black to suit you monochrome lovers!). As you can see, it works both styled with our pastel look and also with our beautiful brights!

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Sourcing attractive bedding can see tricky at times and it’s easy to fall into the trap of being too matchy matchy, when mixing up textures and colours can look so much more stylish.

We love our cellular blankets from Mamadesigns which are shown in bright yellow and also grey in our schemes. These mix practicality with style as they are breathable and are made from soft cotton.

A recent ‘find’ has been the most beautiful ombrè merino wool hand dyed heirloom blankets which are the perfect stroller/pram size (50x80cm) by Whole Concept at Scandimini. We chose ombrè pink to go with our grey bugaboo, but there is also a gender neutral grey version which is beautiful.

Scandimini
I love a good cushion, and the new range by Fine Little Day are perfect pastels. We sourced ours from The Modern Nursery and team it with squashy alpaca wool characters from Lucky Boy Sunday.

The Modern Nursery and Velveteen Babies
We love bright happy cushions too, and one of my boys favourites is our doughnut cushion by Sack Me! From retrokids.com

Retrokids.com
We have long been a huge fan of the super talented Born n Monday and one of our most loved blankets is our monochrome cloud, shown above. It’s impossible to choose from all of their designs though so do be warned!

One trend in kids interiors that shows no sign of abating is that of the beautiful swan. Due to copycats and also my need to constantly improve and enhance my product lines, our Velveteen Babies swan garland has been updated with a glitter topped wing and is now available in a soft grey with pinky peach glitter crown.


Other swan finds are this ceramic swan dish from Zara Home and our beloved Ilka swan which sits in our toy cot from This Modern Life. 

We were also sent an adorable baby sleep suit from Didi and Bud this week. Launching on 1st June, Didi and Bud is all about fresh and minimal sleepwear for babies and children which is made in England. We love the sweet pale pink umbrella design and the super soft cotton.

Didi and Bud
One easy room update is to string up some lights, (ours are cotton balls in pastel colours from Cotton Ball Lights UK ) one of our garlands and a print or two. Our absolute go-to print business is the brilliant Wonder and Rah with a range of stylish prints in pastels and monochromes to suit your scheme (see that yummy pastel ice lolly!)

When it comes to displaying prints on a wall, think outside the box. We washi taped ours to a metal cloud hanger from Cissywears which is far more interesting than a boring standard frame and is easier to swap when the mood takes you.

Our grey/pink Icecream garland is also new to Velveteen Babies and is a pared down version of our beloved pastel version.

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Look at those perfect prints from Wonder and Rah teamed up with our pastel rainbow garland. We used silver glitter washi tape to display them.

Wonder and Rah

Styling by Coral Atkinson.