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.

Tobias and the Bear
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


Velveteen Babies and our new nursery tour 

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Over the last few weeks I’ve been putting together a special space for my 7 month old daughter, Willa. My brief was to create a magical nursery space that would also have many aspects that could grow up with her, rather than a typical ‘nursery’ scheme which would date and become obsolete. My only bugbear is the flooring- an inherited beige carpet that we can’t do much about at the moment!

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I particularly wanted to introduce greys and soft blush pink to the scheme, and accents of white, silver and black. For now the walls are painted simple white emulsion, but if we stay in our current house for longer then I have plans to paint the walls a muted pale blush pink. Instead of a wall colour for now, I’ve used Mrs Mighetto circus prints which I sourced from Cissywears and Home and Me which I had framed in painted dark grey wood and stick on silver glitter stars from Little Cloud Kids.

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Willa’s Room has sloping ceilings and beams which are painted white, so I strung up Numero74 grey velvet bunting from Scandiminis and I treat Willa (myself) to a grey feather Vita Eos light shade because I knew it would be perfect.

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Fortunately the ceilings are still fairly high so that we were able to hang up her grey Numero 74 canopy (also from Scandiminis) on a cup hook inserted into a plug in the ceiling and I strung battery lights from lights4fun inside which are on fine metal thread.

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I wanted to find something for the back wall behind Willa’s cot to team up with her sparkly star wall stickers, and I found the perfect white crescent moon light from Lights4fun. It’s ideal as it’s so simple, and can be switched on and off on the side and easily mounted on the wall. I love the simplicity of it- it was just what I wanted for that area of the wall and it’s so dreamy at night.
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Next to Willa’s cot stands a beautiful solid wire basket with lid, sourced from The Modern Nursery, and I’ve used it as a stand for Willa’s Miffy light which has a dimmer switch so creates a lovely soft light in her nursery by night. Other lovely lighting comes from Ginger Rock Designs and is a sparkly blush raindrop that sits on her bookshelves alongside magical bird toys from Ilka Design.

We are really lucky to have an original Victorian fireplace in Willa’s room and it makes for a beautiful focal point. It’s the ideal place to store some of her treasures which I’ve carefully displayed. Her plywood name is by Lala Loves Decor and her wooden circus tent by UP! Warsaw from Emi and Nell (UK stockist) which is a nice match with her Miss Mighetto circus collection framed posters.



Gorgeous Babasac from Mamadesigns in pink hearts- hung on her personalised hanger by Sophia Victoria Joy. 



Willa’s simple cot is just from Ikea, as I’d rather buy her a beautiful bed when she’s old enough, rather than spending a fortune on matchy matchy nursery furniture.


Willa’s rag rug pulls together all the pastel shades and is by Bloomingville interiors. I found it via the Scandinavian Design Centre. The toy cot next to the fireplace is from This Modern Life which is full of Willa’s toy friends. In the fireplace are Willa’s gorgeous pink letter blocks by Too Many PJ’s  (you can order any letter combinations to spell out any phrase or name).

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Swan print by Pax and Hart from The Little Baby Company, Louis Ghost chair by Kartell, and luggy toy basket from Olli Ella at This Modern Life. Willa’s crochet name is from Little Cloud Kids and her quilted swan coverlet is by Cam Cam Copenhagen. It’s the perfect dusty pink shade.

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Willa has the most beautiful lamb toys from Just Acorn which are immaculately handmade.  They are divine and Barbara from Just Acorn makes just a few different creatures each week to sell. It’s worth following her on Instagram at instagram.com/just_acorn for updates on her magical creations. I don’t think it’ll be long until I’m buying a friend for Mrs Lamb and her sleepy baby!

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Beautiful house dolls cot by Jones and Parker toys.

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Of course, Willa had to have her own Velveteen Babies garland, so I created this style with her room in mind. Silvery stars and a shiny moon are perfect next to her canopy and aren’t overbearing when there’s so much going on in her scheme. I also bought a beautiful silver moon cushion from Marjorie Minnie and a grey velvet Numero 74 star cushion to sit in her cot to coordinate the scheme. Further cushions from The Velvet Egg tie in with the circus references.


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The final flourish will be the addition of this Aro for kids embroidery, which I’ve ordered. I can’t wait for it to arrive!

Thanks for reading,

Coral x

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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Velveteen Babies presents a nursery design in blush and greys

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Modern pastel nursery
Willa’s Room might be based around a colour palette of modern pastel, with the palest of grey walls and a blush pink house shaped paint relief- colour note: Farrow and Ball Pink Ground (a dusty blush) Farrow and Ball pink ground

We may strip the carpets and paint the floor, and use a circular rug in twisted pastel hues from Bloomingville to tie in the scheme and give some warmth and texture.
I sourced our rug from The Scandinavian Design Centre .

Bloomingville RugAlso on the floor will be Willa’s Miffy light which has a lovely dimmer switch which will keep her room cosy at night.

Toy storage for her softies will come in the form of Ferm Living grid bag, which has luxe leather handles and is deep enough to store a generous amount of her squishy toys! It’s also safe for her to empty and pull whilst she’s tiny.

On the walls.

I’ve invested in yet another beautiful print by Pax+Hart (we already have several and I’m a huge fan). This time I’ve gone for the Sunday Swans and have found a really good UK stockist of all the Pax and Hart prints (including the ones trickier to source) and other nursery decor which is The Little Baby Company . I can’t decide to frame it in white or use a wooden magnet hanger, I think I’ll wait until we decorate. 

Below the print I’ll hang one of our rose gold, grey and blush droplet garlands to add subtle sparkle.

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Not shown will be the front walls which I plan to shelve with Ribba shelves from Ikea for some of Willa’s beautiful story book collection, we have all the collection of the ‘Little people, big dreams’ to read to her.

Pax and HartFor the ceiling light in Willa’s Room I wanted to create a soft cloud effect and sourced a feathery fluffy feminine classic light- I went with the Vita EOS light shade which you can find at Molly Meg in the UK.

Adding some drama and more light to the room comes in the form of looped white festoon garland which I may hang from a wooden hook or peg, or perhaps the wall mountable ring from Ferm Living.

Willa’s existing white ash String Shelves may be hung above the cot to display her pretty knock knacks, keeping it clean and uncluttered.

We will buy a simple white wardrobe from Ikea to store her clothes as there will be enough going on in the room- it’s only a small space so we wanted to keep it clean and bright.

Her simple pale wood cot will be dressed in beautiful sheets and blankets from Avery Row and Mamadesigns and cushions from The Modern Nursery and The Velvet Egg all in white, blush and greys.

Avery Row cot bedding

A new den and some Mr Men… 

kid's gifts, Kids fashion, kids interior 05/11/2016

Our friends at Tobias and the Bear launched their eagerly anticipated Mr Men collection this week and we couldn’t wait to try on our ‘ Atishoo ‘ sweatshirt (image for the design features in the Mr Sneeze storybook ) which arrived for Barney.

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The collection uses some original retro graphics from the Mr Men archives which are screen printed with safe, water based inks which are designed and made in Britain.

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Hurrah for the new Tobias and the Bear collection!

As you can see, Barney was very happy to get his super soft snuggly sweater on.

We love the whole collection which is filled with splashes of colour, and gentle monochrome styles with comic book strip style outlines of the Mr Men.

Mr Men leggings
We have also been building dens at home, with our colourful play tent from Djeco and have adopted a pet called ‘Billy the Bunny’!

Our new pet!
Easy to put up ( just a few simple plastic poles) and easy to put away, we plugged in some festoon lights and threw our cushion collection in and voila! a fun little place to read books, snuggle down or play make believe. At £49.99 it’s great value for an easy to store play tent.

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Djeco play tent

A little hideaway by Djeco.

Pull and hop bunny comes from bobbyrabbit.co.uk and is £35. He hops along and has been very popular with Barney. He’s by KidO and is a very maintenance free pet!

Atishoooo!
Playtime with our Djeco tent, add some festoon lights, chuck in some cushions and voila!

Rainbow by Grimms toys, Bunny toy from Bobby Rabbit, tent by Djeco, Sweatshirt by Tobias and the Bear, leggings by Mingo Kids, ‘Play’ sign by La La Loves Decor, Ragamuffin pennant by Roxy Marj.

Sleeping Lions 

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When we got a message from the lovely people at sebandcharliedesign we were instant fans. They are doing something mega great which is launching their ‘ Let’s play sleeping lions’ print, and £10 from every sale goes to either the NSPCC or WWF depending on your preference and its limited edition, just 50 available so it’s not going to be about for long.

The Scandi styling of the print is instantly compatible with our kids room, is completely gender neutral and features plenty of colour to keep the children happy. It’s beautifully printed onto a high quality thick linen card and is standard 50x70cm poster size- we just used a white IKEA frame, but you can also order the print pre-framed to make things easy.

Get yours pronto from http://www.sebandcharliedesign.co.uk and check it out in our own boys shared room in the captures below.

Seb and Charlie
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Print by Seb + Charlie, Wall hanging by Penny Clare Makes, Star light by Gingerrock Designs, Elephant from Mini Eden UK, Rug by OY OY at Monkey Mcoy, Yellow blanket by Mama Designs, Bedding from Beau Loves, room accessories from a selection at Molly Meg, Retrokids.com, and Scout and Co. Kids, Toadstool light ‘Bubble’ by Tulipop World.

For Little Treasures…

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When I first created Velveteen Babies, I began following a magical blog, full of the nicest kids-design discoveries, brands and shops that I immediately had to go and browse. This blog was called Bobby Rabbit and it was full of little treasures (including a post on Velveteen Babies!)

Nikki of Bobby Rabbit has, for the last year, turned her passion for all things kids-design  into an appealing and stylish online shop full of many of the beautiful and unique things that Nikki had been discovering along the way.

We are big fans of the Bobby Rabbit shop and have been pulling together a gift guide below with some of our favourite treasures, many of which we are lucky to have in our own home.

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One of Bobby Rabbit’s bestselling brands are the incredible Playforever cars. These art toys are one of my personal favorites and we have some squirreled away for my Son’s birthday which is coming up. The quality, workmanship and size makes them something to play with, but also to treasure forever. They also make a perfect gift for any vehicle loving child (or grown-up!). They are designed in the U.K and of the most exceptional quality.

Here’s our edit of all things bright and beautiful :

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OYOY Playmat £39, Playforever vehicles from £25,Dinosaurs from £8, crochet fox £30, tugboat £15, rainbow case £10, CARS storage sack £10, blocks £25 and print £15.

Bobby Rabbit has a fantastic mix of quality interior decor, toys and gifts, all carefully considered and lovingly curated.

Baby Gift Edit:

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Moon Musical Cushion £38, Mini Mause £22, Baby Bear book £8.99, Little Master Dickens book £6,  Sleepy Bunny £22, Shape Sorter £35 and Fish Cushion £30

Pastel Gift Edit:

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Cat doll £48, Unicorn Hanger £25, Print £50, Unicorn cushion £28, Hop Bunny £35, Fable Heart Crown £25, Bunny toy £16, Woodland Doll £16, Blanche Doll £20

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Nikki takes such care in sourcing her stock, and one of the lovely little items she sells is the sleepy bunny. They are available in a soft pink or in grey and are £22. They are extra special because they are lovingly created in Turkey by a community of mothers- women who live in the outskirts of Istanbul and who, in many cases have no other means of making an income for their families. These bunnies are made from the softest organic yarn which is GOTS certified and they are suitable from birth.

Find them and so much more at www.bobbyrabbit.co.uk

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There’s our sleepy bunny at home and our Bunny Princess by Bunniclub also from Bobby Rabbit.

We Love Frankie 

kids gifts, kids interior, Room tour 10/10/2016

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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Too Many PJs

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Too Many PJs
Lovingly created by Erin in London, UK, Too Many Pjs is a gem of a small business with an array of modern handcrafted patchwork products in their Etsy shop.

Erin’s background is textile design and she’s worked freelance for the likes of Roland Mouret, Joseph and Alexander McQueen so she knows a thing or two!

After the birth of her first child, Erin made a playmat using some of the fabrics she had designed and Too Many PJs was born after so many of her friends started asking for their own version.

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Erin believes wholeheartedly in making sure her products are of the finest quality whilst marrying a contemporary design concept, and textures and colours that will appeal to the whole family.

The mix of print, texture and colour is perfect for stimulating and delighting babies, so the patchwork playmates are a fantastic alternative to the garish ones from the high street.

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Erin also handprints canvas and creates minimalist styled cushions and play blocks which are created in her studio. The play blocks are created with lowercase letters and have sides of textured material which are ideal for little ones and the cushions are sold in patchwork style or as a clean minimal design shown above.

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Too Many PJs can be found at www.toomanypjs.com which links to their Etsy shop where you can view and purchase the range.

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My hero 

Kids fashion, kids interior 10/08/2016

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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