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Hello Halloween

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We have been preparing for the spooky season this week and the boys have been choosing their costumes ready for Halloween.

velveteen-babies-halloweenIts so hard to find semi stylish Halloween on the High Street, many costumes are heavily gendered and most, quite frankly look a bit naff. On my obsessive hunt for a selection of the best Halloween costumes for children, my travels took me to Smallable, who has the nicest Halloween costume offering that I’ve found, that aren’t tacky or gendered.

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Bat set by Numero 74 £41, Magician Hat by Mouche £25, Bat Cape £17, Magician hat £14, Spider reversible set £27, Pierrot cape £48 all from Smallable.

Capes are a really easy and great way to create a Halloween costume that can also be used through the year in a dressing up box, and they are less restrictive and can grow with your child. The ones I found at Smallable are all really gorgeous, and I’d also suggest visiting Fable Heart for hooded, velvet and glitter versions (and crowns and wands to coordinate).

I’ve ordered a glitter wand from Fable Heart for my youngest as we already own a glitter cape and various sparkly crowns from them, and they are all really magical.

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Fable Heart for magical dress up.

The boys love to play games and the perfect solution to a cold, dark autumnal afternoon are these games we’ve discovered by Djeco.

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Djeco Toys Monster Ghost game

 

The Monster Ghost game, Mistiboo! game and BOGOSS game will be enjoyed all year round, but are especially perfect for Halloween play. Each game comes with easy to follow instructions and are robust enough to withstand lots of play!

My boys love the Mistiboo! card game which is phosphorescent and glows in the dark, and is simple enough for them to play together.

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Djeco BOGOSS game, where you piece a skeleton together.

 

Another really fun couple of ideas to entertain the kids are creating a creepy shadow puppet theatre, and I love this one by Moulin Roty available from Smallable.

Its also glow in the dark so will be really fun to play with now that the nights are drawing in and the kids can use their imaginations to create spooky stories told by torchlight.

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Moulin Roty shadow puppets from Smallable.

 

We also love a spooky story for bedtime, not too scary though! Here’s some of our favourite Halloween book choices, tried and tested by my bunch.

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Our top 5 Halloween children’s books.

 

  1. The Spider and the Fly by Tony DiTerlizzi (www.simonsays.co.uk) The illustrations are based on Hollywood horror movies of the 1920’s and its suitable macabre theme appeals to my children. It’s based on the classic cautionary tale by Mary Howitt and is suitably creepy.
  2. Vunce upon a Time by J.Otto Seibold and Siobhan Vivian (Chronicle Books) follows the tale of Dagmar the vegetarian vampire! The illustrations are really appealing and fun, and this story is more suitable for age 6+ as its a longer tale, and it is quite American in its wording in parts.
  3. The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Orchard Books) is the story about Laszlo anf how he stopped being afraid of the dark. The eerie illustrations by Jon Klassen make the story jump to live, but my youngest was a little bit unsure in parts!
  4. No Such Thing by Ella Bailey (Flying Eye Books) is my children’s absolute favourite. It’s beautifully illustrated and a fun tale about Georgia, who notices funny goings-ons in her home.
  5. Funnybones by Janet and Alan Ahlberg (Puffin Books) Children’s classic, and beloved by my two.

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6. How to Make Friends With a Ghost by Rebecca Green (Tundra) is a picture book guide book for anyone lucky enough to meet a ghost!

7. The Grotlyn by Benji Davies (Harper Collins) is by the best selling author of The Stormwhale and Grandad’s Island. This book is all about the mysterious Grotlyn, what sort of creature it could be, scuttling across town and frightening everyone in its path…

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New children’s books for Halloween and beyond… 2017

 

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Boys Room tour

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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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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

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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.

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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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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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Velveteen Babies in the [mud] kitchen.

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We’ve been ever so busy behind the scenes at Velveteen Babies this summer. We moved house three weeks ago and have bought a 1960’s house in need of updating. This means exciting projects in the kids rooms which will come later (lots of before and after posts as I create their new spaces). One thing we were lacking in our old home was a garden and this was central to our reasons for moving. We now have an outside space also in need of some updating and identity, which will wait, but I wanted to encourage the children to use the garden in all seasons and have been researching outdoor play for some time now.

Plum-play-mud-kitchen-blog-velveteen-babiesWe now finally have an outdoor space to call our own and I was determined to squeeze a few weeks of summer play into the school holidays and develop our garden into a space for the whole family, so some of our first spending has been on outdoor dining and this mud kitchen for the children from Plum Play

My two eldest children (6 and 3) are both incredibly imaginative and love role play. They have grown up with a very green fingered grandfather so take an interest in the natural world and have grown tomatoes and sunflowers in his greenhouse, so I was keen to give them a space of their own to mash up rose petals, make potions and create a world of imagination in our garden.

Velveteen-BabiesWe now live two minutes from a protected park land so took a couple of trips to gather up as many treasures as we could to cook lots of delicious dinners in the kitchen with the children, rather than using tonnes of ‘actual’ mud!

The kitchen already comes with loads of great accessories included such as the wind chimes, and a whole pack of metal pots, pans and utensils, and there’s also a lovely set of little gardening tools which Barney used to help me plant some herbs (plants not included) and we have customised ours by adding bunting, outdoor battery lights (ours are from Lights 4 Fun ) and making a mobile from little pieces of driftwood we found at the beach. There’s scope to add even more of your own additions and make it unique to your own space, so I’m fairly sure ours will evolve over the next few years! We’ve not used them yet but it also comes with paint pens too.

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So, shhhh, don’t tell everyone but you can use PLUMFRIENDS15 to receive 15% off your purchase, because a little bit of discount is always lovely.

 

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Velveteen Babies creates a calm new boys shared bedroom

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Pulling together serene accents, wood, linens and a nod to nature.

 

Muted interiors and natural accents are the most prevalent trends in children’s interiors for 2017 . My two boys are 6 and 3, and will be sharing a bedroom for a few years to come, so I wanted to create a scheme that will grow with them, and will be playful as well as relaxing and calm as the majority of their time in the room will be at bedtime as we have a small playroom for toys and chaos elsewhere in the house.

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Colour inspiration and a little something for the floor- this playmat is by NoFred.

The scheme has largely been inspired by the boy’s love of the natural world, and colour inspiration from a Ferm Living fabric Spear print storage bag which we already have at home.

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I have sourced muted green linen bedding (a sale find from H+M) and I’ve purchased a textured quilt eiderdown to cosy things up from Camomile London. The beds will be completed with a couple of teal and blue grey cushions by Numero 74 which will add depth of colour.

 

 

 

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Muted greens and mixed textures create a cosy bed linen scheme. Eiderdown by Camomile London, bed set from H+M and cushions by Numero74.

 

I plan to keep the walls very light and neutral in a flat, white matt colour, and add wall art in clusters- I’ve chosen prints from Emily Winfield Martin on Etsy (from the USA so bear in mind you’ll have to pay customs fee when it arrives in the UK) whom I adore, and an animal print by Scandinavian brand Fashionell which you can find at Oskoe Living in the U.K . I’ve treat them to another beautiful embroidery from Aro for Kids which are beautifully handmade in Spain. Our white ash string shelves will be hung so that the boys can display their treasures.

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Some of the prints and wall art I’ve collected for the walls in the boys room. I plan to use a wood hanger rather than a black frame to hang the ‘In the Forest’ print.

I don’t want the whole scheme to reflect just one colour, so prints, wall art and bunting are an easy way to create a broader, more flexible pallete across the room. By keeping furniture light wood, and floor covering neutral, it should be a flexible space that can be regularly updated for them both for years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

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Muted bunting: Fabelab, Numero74, Maiuki

Follow our board on Pinterest for more inspiration and amerce yourself in more natural and muted kids room looks over there.

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Velveteen Babies and our selection of the best bunny room decor.

Gift ideas, kids interior, Nursery interior 10/07/2017

In the world of babies and nursery styling, there is one extremely popular creature that pops up in all shapes and forms. The bunny.

Finding classic, muted and beautiful bunnies take a bit more sourcing. A few months ago I discovered a brand on Instagram called Little Blue Nest. I clicked on their page and was instantly drawn to the colours and illustrations which hark back to an Enid Blyton age, and reminded me of one of my favourite childhood books- The Animals of Farthing Wood.

Created by Ila, the Little Blue Nest launched in late 2016. Ila set out to create an elegant and timeless nursery brand, and each each item is created from pure and organic cotton threads.

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Velveteen Babies natural marl bunny garland

Another heirloom nursery purchase has to be this ceramic rabbit light £70 by White Rabbit England. They are handmade in the U.K and are a classic, something to love for years to come. It would look perfect on a wooden shelf, stacked on vintage books, or with a Velveteen Babies garland and a botanical print in any nursery.

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Beautiful bunny room inspiration with lamp from White Rabbit England.

The Little Blue Nest collection covers both beautiful design, with the softest muslin. My daughter, Willa likes to sleep holding a muslin, and ever since I made my first purchase, our bunny swaddle blanket has been much commented on when we’ve had it out and about.

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Sleeping soundly in her Little Blue Nest Baby collection.

Luckily for us, the range has increased since our first parcel, and the Little Blue Nest Baby range now comprises of soft muslin cot sheets, quilts, muslins and the original swaddle blankets in this bunny design, but also in a carefully and lovingly created collection of a number of illustrations. We took delivery of the softest cot sheet the other day, and it’s truly lovely.

Our sheet is teamed with a soft muslin Numero74 cot bumper and I’ve introduced wood and natural design influences to Willa’s space- a natural sheepskin rug on the floor and plenty of greenery in raffia baskets really works to create a calm and serene sleeping arrangement. Our sweet Maileg fawn toy is sourced from Coco&Wolf.

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Best bunny finds for a natural inspired nursery.

I’ve not got any artwork up, as we are moving house next week, but I think vintage inspired bunny prints by Boo&Bell would look sweet hung on a wood poster hanger around a nursery, or this Etsy find is this gorgeous print by Howell Illustration, which is so simple and subtle.

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Bunny print Howell Illustration, Fawn toy from Coco+Wolf, Bunny bedding used throughout by Little Blue Nest Baby, cot bumper by Numero74 at Molly Meg, Bunny light by White Rabbit England and Bunny Garland by Velveteen Babies.

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Velveteen Babies X Scamp and Dude. A Superhero has our backs. 

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We’ve all been hanging out in Scamp and Dude this week. It was a hit with my two boys, Felix (6) and Barnaby (3) who are the best critics of any brand- and it got a massive thumbs up!

Conceived in 2016 by Jo Tuchener-Sharp, the brand has an inspiring story and concept. In October 2015, Jo suffered a brain haemorrhage which meant that she had to spend lengthy time in hospital away from her children. It was down to this that inspired Jo to create a brand that would make children feel secure when apart from their loved ones, and scamp and Dude was born.

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A Superhero has my back

There’s a real emphasis on quality, and fun which appeals so much to my kids, and they immediately pounced on the Superhero Sleep Buddies which now go to bed with them every night. They have a little pocket in them so that your child can pop in a photo of their family or carers, so they feel safe and loved.  The most lovely thing about these is that Scamp and Dude donate one to a child in need with the purchase of one. Scamp and Dude works with charities Grief Encounter, Don’t forget the Kids and the leading London children’s hospital.


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Superhero sleep buddies

 

Scamp and Dude are taking Mama accessories to the next level too- the swag bags are the perfect sizes for make-up and cosmetics, and the larger size is ideal for skincare and holiday essentials (can also double up as a clutch) or fill with toys for when you’re out and about.
The sweatshirts are super soft and true to size- I haven’t taken my leopard one off and it’s one of those easy styles that’s perfect for the school or nursery run.

Visit Scamp and Dude to take a look at the full collection at scampanddude.com

Room accessories: Blanket from Marjorie Minnie, Elwood changing bag from a selection by Tiba and Marl, Superhero poster by Miniwilla, leopard poster by Wonder and Rah.

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Mama essentials from Scamp and Dude.

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Velveteen Babies creates a magical nursery theme.

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Creating a beautiful ethereal kids space is so simple with the addition of some gorgeous interior accessories and clever (but easy to achieve) styling. There’s such a movement towards beautiful, muted pastels, grey and soft watercolour textures in children’s interiors, that capture the imagination and are incredibly dreamy.

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For a girls room, then dirty muted pinks, or a stylised wallpaper can work well to give the room depth and identity, or go with a grey, Little Greene does some fantastic shades – My favourite is Dorchester Pink. For unbeatably beautiful wallpaper then you must visit hibouhome.com for the swans, clouds and stars, all designed and made in England.

To add even more magic then try applying some removable wall stickers in glitter stars from Little Cloud Kids, they come in gold or silver (and it’s fine to mix metallics too!)

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We’re hoping to be moving house in 4 weeks, but we’ve used these in Willa’s existing room, and they are so easy to use and position. They add just the right amount of sparkle and we’ve used them on white walls- it’s still easy to get a magic look with white. In the next house I’ll be taking all these items but I’ll be painting the walls muted blush.

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The essential accessory to any magical kidsroom is a canopy, and ours is the grey colourway from Numero74 which you can find at Molly Meg in lots of colour options along with loads of coordinating items. We have a few of the star cushions which come in different colours and textures which we’ve placed with our silver moon cushion by Marjorie Minnie.

Pinterest is a huge source of inspiration and I’ve started to collate a board with some of my favourite images- a few of which are below. You’ll find our Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/velveteenbabies1 where we have lots of kidsroom inspiration and also pictures of our products that you can pin to your boards.

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There’s another few components shown to creating a successful kidsroom with a magical feel. Lighting is crucial. Find wire fairy lights and wrap around a cloud or moon shape to create your own, or Cox&Cox have a star shape ready lit.

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Mrs Mighetto prints are the perfect partner too and are made in limited editions each season. Ours are AW 2016 which had a circus identity, but this season the collection is based around nature. Our current favourite is Miss Alice. We’ve framed ours in grey wood, but they look incredible in eclectic vintage frames or on a wooden print hanger. We also love the monochrome prints from Ella and the Roo which are really beautiful- no need to stick to the rules- a wall covered in tonal prints in different styles can look incredible if you are brave.

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Mr Moon Garland from the Velveteen Babies shop

.Bunting from Numero 74 is easy to string up and gives an extra dimension to prints and wallspace, and our garlands are such an easy way to add another dimension to a magical space.

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Adding detail- use wire lights to add sparkle, cushions to add texture, star bunting and canopy from Numero74,

Textiles and texture lend a luxe feel to any children’s room, so look for a bed cover in velvet or linen in muted shades. Cammomile London have a few beautiful styles and then pile cushions on top- moons, stars, and tassel detail work perfectly. Work with a few different colours otherwise it might feel flat, or inject some metallics if you do, it’ll lift a scheme easily.

Finally, add some accessories with a nod to the feel- perhaps a row of glistening crowns on a shelf, or a vintage vase filled with fairy wands. Molly Meg has such a beautiful selection, and you’ll find the prettiest crowns from Fable Heart, including sweet toy size ones.

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Our Mr Moon decoration is a gorgeous easy addition to a canopy or wall, and we adore this moon coverlet from Amayadeeme.

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Velveteen Babies looks at Tobias and The Bear bedding 

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We’ve got our mitts on a beautiful Tobias and the Bear bedset from Hip Little People, and it’s amazing! The softest cotton jersey, which is ideal for Barney as he suffers from eczema and has really sensitive skin.

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To show how wonderfully versatile it is, we’ve put together a few different looks incorporating it on our bunk bed. I’m often asked where the boy’s bed is from, and it’s just simple old Ikea  Mydal at a bargain price which we’ve painted grey.

Ikea Mydal bunk bedWe were on a budget when we put the boys room together 2 years ago, and although I’d really like the Linus bunk bed from Made.com , the Ikea one has done us proud and has survived two small boys exceptionally well!

The storm cloud style naturally lends itself to the very dominant monochrome superhero children’s room theme which is so prevalent at the moment, and we created a look with a nod to that, but kept it fairly clean, though pops of colour could be introduced easily.

Superhero theme room Ikea Mydal bunk bed

To create this look we used our Velveteen Babies Superhero garland, a crescent moon nightlight from Lights4Fun, toy storage box by OohNoo and a touch of silver with our crescent moon cushion from Marjorie Minnie. Mixing natural wood, with softer greys and silvers keeps the look fairly soft instead of harsh monochrome which we’ve moved on from.

We used our My Red Hand Gang superhero hanger suspended on a wooded peg which we screwed into the bed frame, and hung a Roxy Marj pennant from it. Sadly, Roxy no longer makes these, but you can find lovely pennants from Inky Huckster and she’ll personalise with your own message.

Ikea bunk bed
Dinosaur themed kids room

Dinosaur kids room
My children adore dinosaurs, but they are not always the most interior design friendly theme to source! Luckily I discovered the most brilliant prints from Dinoraw Kids. They are incredible and there’s a huge range on their website, and cushions too. They are based in Australia but ship worldwide, and they also have a couple of European stockists.

I don’t like a strong room ‘theme’ so we’ve kept the look very natural, lots of raffia baskets for the toys, and a leafy green plant. I’d personally avoid trying to find a dinosaur bedding set as there’s nothing worse than overkill on a subject matter which is an easy mistake to make.

Our desk is by Plyconic and has a metal grid noticeboard from This Modern Life. We’ve clipped another Dinoraw print onto it (many come ready framed so they are ready to go!).

Rainbow theme kids room


One of our big favourites with everyone is a gender neutral rainbow look. I hate too much clutter so we have just added accents of bright colour. Our cloud neon light is from V and C designs, and rainbow garland from our webshop Velveteen Babies.

Toys can be stored in wire baskets and the ecelectic mix of colours simply lends itself to the theme- try wire storage baskets from Ferm Living to get the look. Keep bright accents looking their best against white and grey to balance it out. We have a Born n Monday playmat on the floor in the style of a rain cloud.


Our final look is ‘a nod to nature’. My kids all adore finding out about the world, conservation and nature. It’s another completely genderless installation. Again we’ve used pieces from the other styles, the Ooh Noo toy trunk for our books which is incredibly useful.

Our ‘world’ rug is by OYOY from Scandiborn and our whale toys by Talpathings on Etsy. Monochrome toy storage is at its best and most useful in our Ferm Living fabric storage bags, and we’ve added more plywood accent to the wall with our toy wood clock from Muotokuja which was one of my weekly finds over on my Velveteen Babies Instagram page (@velveteen_babies ). Each week I like to share a small kids design business that I love, so if you search the hashtag #velveteenbabiesloves on Instagram you’ll discover some real interior treasures.

Bedding used throughout is from Hip Little People (there’s a few other gorgeous styles from the Tobias and the Bear collection and cot bed sizes too) as well as design led clothing and homewares on their site.

Coral x