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Velveteen Babies presents a bright new shared bedroom

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Our house sale fell through, so we decided to move the boys shared bedroom to the back of our house, to a light bright third floor room. It’s westerly facing and gets so much sunshine, meaning they get a bigger, lighter bedroom for all their treasures. 

Barney (3)  and Felix (6) are happy sharing a room, and both enjoy the companionship. Now that we have a little girl, Willa (7 months) we wanted to give her a space of her own and I’ve now created a space for her in the boys old room. Our house is still on the market, but I felt it was important that they all had lovely rooms so they feel secure and happy at home.

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I was keen to use many of the beautiful interior accessories we had already amassed so brought our beautiful world rug back out (from scandiborn.co.uk) which is a brilliant neutral backdrop for pops of colour. 

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I’ve recently discovered a real gem of an online shop, called The Little Baby Company.  On it I found the perfect cushion for the boys- a grey mountain by Fabelab, which is organic cotton and so soft. I’ve also been coveting one of the double sided happy/sad pillow cases  for the boys bunk bed which I also found there. Their bed is just a simple wooden bed from Ikea, which we have painted in Farrow and Ball Lamp Room Grey. It was black previously, but I wanted to achieve a lighter, softer look. Felix was desperate for somewhere to have his books to read in bed, so I screwed a knob into his bed frame and attached an Olli Ella book basket on, which has a leather loop so is ideal, so no more sleeping with heavy books in his bed! The cloud light by A Lovely Little Company makes the perfect reading companion and has a switch so that he can read for a little bit longer after Barney has fallen asleep. 

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To the bottom bunk, I sourced a grey ‘cross stitch’ world map which comes complete with wooden hanger. I found this online from Urban Outfitters which always has a few home gems to be discovered (the bedding is fantastic from there too). Cosy cushions in monochrome from Ella and the Roo and softies from Lucky Boy Sunday complete the look along with a new grey bedding set by By Graziela. 

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On the back wall, we have a beautiful kids desk from Plyconic. These kids desks can be fitted together in minutes and are incredibly tactile and sturdy. So that the boys can display keepsakes and their artwork, I have placed a Block Design white metal grid above it which I found at This Modern Life. It’s incredibly versatile and lots of fun. 

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It can be a struggle to find innovative and fun storage for the home, looking in conventional places. We have approximately 500000 children’s books (it’s an addiction) so finding homes for them is tricky. Our Ooh Noo storage box on wheels (find them at scandiborn.co.uk) has made a brilliant home for quite a few of the boy’s book collection, and if we were staying in our house I’d find space on a wall to do the Ikea Ribba book shelves again, but I’m loathe to drill more holes in the walls in case we sell in the next few weeks. 

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The boys room is the perfect backdrop for some of our awesome Djeco toys. Our car track took minutes to make, can be stored away in seconds and is a massive success with the boys. 

Barney is a huge fan of his pull along train, which is a lovely gift idea, and we found it at The Little Baby Company, who has a large selection of Djeco. They are actually interesting to kids unlinke many stylish wood toys, and are robust enough to be played with on repeat! 

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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

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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. 

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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). 

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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. 

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Beautful shelf by Wonder and Rah

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.