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Boys Room tour

Children's Room Decor, kids interior, Room tour 25/09/2017

So finally, after two months of living in a compromise of a house, I’ve finally got one room transformation to share with you all. The first of many rooms is complete, the boys shared bedroom.

I posted about my inspiration and plans a little while ago, in this post: https://velveteenbabies.com/2017/07/16/a-calm-new-boys-shared-bedroom/ and I created the moodboard a while ago to outline my vision for their space.

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The room itself is fairly small, as bedroom size was the compromise and pay off for having decent living space and a playroom downstairs. We inherited dark aubergine ‘feature’ walls and polystyrene coving, as well as a beige shagpile carpet and shiny paint which all got stripped back to the bare bones.

We removed the fabric blind and pulled out the carpet, replaced the ceiling spots prior to decorating and also installed a brand new radiator. Chris laid new underlay, skirting boards anda pale wood laminate floor- Krono Chantilly Oak. I wanted to avoid carpet where possible and use light wood flooring throughout the house to create the illusion of as much space as possible.

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As we are fortunate enough to have a separate playroom downstairs now, I wanted to create a fairly timeless scheme that we can update every so often, that would be a relaxing and calm place for them to sleep, dress and read. I didn’t need to worry about toy storage so invested instead in two matching chest of drawer units from made.com which were minimal, clean and exactly what I was looking for. They arrived a couple of weeks prior to completing the room and had to sit in their boxes in our kitchen until we finished it!

In an ideal world we would have purchased the coordinating bunk bed from made.com too, but it’ll have to wait for another time as we’d invested so much in the back bones of the room and still have Willa’s room to transform,  hopefully I can invest in it at some stage.

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Walls

I made the decision to keep the walls white, the room is small and although I’d have loved to try a muted paint effect, I also know how quickly I get bored of things, so instead I invested in prints and accessories.

The walls were painted in a fresh green toned white- we went for Crown Period Collection in Lime Wash which tones well with the floor, wood accents and the Numero 74 curtains in grey-blue which I sourced from Smallable.

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velveteen babies blogI wanted the walls to be a neutral backdrop for prints and items we’d collected up, to make the greens and petrol blue highlights sing.

I sourced the feather print in soft tones from the new collection from Born Lucky World  and they go perfectly with the natural colour palette. Using the wood hanger makes it easy and versatile to pop up around the room.

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Clustering prints around one of the chest of drawers has worked well to give this little room some identity, and on the wall I’ve framed a print from Wonder and Rah, and animal print from Fashionell.

I hung a metal wreath along with a creature mobile from Lisqua to create a visually appealing corner, and added a decal from Shanna Murray which I’d had squirreled away for months. A dwarf banana plant and vintage ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ toys sit on top of the chest of drawers.

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Next to the chest of drawers sits an Ikea house shelf, which houses my old Enid Blyton paperbacks and other treasures. In an ideal world it would have been the Ferm Living version, but as the boys are heavy handed with everything, I thought it best to stick with the £23 durable Ikea one!

A natural Luggy basket on wheels houses the boys’ dinosaur and animal collection which gets wheeled everywhere. As I’ve mentioned before, we have a playroom downstairs so the emphasis has not been on ‘play’ in this room, rather, creating somewhere to wind down.

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An Ooh Noo toy chest houses the bedtime stories.

 

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On the other side of the room, our second made.com  chest  of drawers sits with my set of white ash String Shelves above. We have a lot of beautiful hard back children’s books, so they sit on top of the chest of drawers with a white Anglepoise light. Where possible I like to invest in originals and the white Anglepoise is a classic which will last for years to come.

Bunting by Fabelab adds a splash of colour, and the String Shelves house some treasures, such as wooden Ostheimer animal figures, our Aro for Kids embroidery, vintage 1960’s Miffy money box and Ouistitine knitted bear.

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Bedding

My son suffers from eczema so I’ve always sourced natural fabrics for bedding, and found perfect muted green linen bedding at H&M, and added a cosy eiderdown in paler muted green from Cammomile London. To tone with the curtains, I added in some star cushions by Numero 74 from Smallable .

Felix likes to read in bed, so he has a cloud neon light postioned above the top bunk, and an Olli Ella basket hangs from a wooden knob screwed into the bunk bed so that he can store books in reach of the top bunk. I painted the frame of the pine Ikea bunk bed grey a while ago, and it makes it feel less intrusive!

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Star cushions in grey-blue and teal from Smallable. Rug from La Redoute.

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Ostheimer wooden toys.

 

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Cosy- linen bedding from H&M, eiderdown from Cammomile London, and star cushions by Numero 74 at Smallable.

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Cute little Moose from Styled By Naomi.

 

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Colette Bream acorn cushion

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Star cushion by Numero 74 at Smallable.

 

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Little corners of their room.

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Adding dashes of colour- muted green linen bedding, grey-blue curtains and cushion, and bunting.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Styling by Coral Atkinson.