Tag: kidsperation

Velveteen Babies creates a magical nursery theme.

kids interior, Nursery interior 26/06/2017

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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Source: Pinterest

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.

Velveteen Babies Moon, Star and Cloud garland

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 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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For the love of Liberty

Kids fashion, kids gifts, kids interior 10/07/2016
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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.

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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.

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Pretty Moon wall hanging by Little Cloud

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lovely Liberty name signs from Little Cloud

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.