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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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.

The pastel nursery 

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Now that I’ve discovered I’m expecting a little girl, I have suddenly become a devotee of the humble but beautiful pastel palette. 

I’ve put together a few pastel looks from a few of my favourite children’s /  interior  websites, and some of my own products as they work so perfectly in tandem. 

I’ve also been working with Cotton Ball Lights which have so many different and beautiful colour options in their online store. 

For the perfect pastel base, use simple white walls, or a pale grey like we have. 

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Perfect Pastels


In this look, I’ve used a string of cotton ball lights in pastels from cottonballlights.com/uk (used throughout) to tie in lots of pastel hues, so that the look doesn’t get too ‘pink’ ! Pink and grey makes a perfect combination, and I’ve used this beautiful dolls bed from This Modern Life as a sweet accessory. 

The monochrome dolls bedding is from Willie and Millie which has a little cover and pillow, the perfect size for the little cot. 

The Icecream garland is my pastel Icecream garland available to order in my Etsy shop each Friday. 

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Icecream Garland


Filling a paper bag with toys lends a more rustic contemporary look to a children’s room, and I’ve filled it with some of our little toys. 

The pink muslin swaddle is by Fine Little Day at This Modern Life again. 

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Dolls bed and Cotton Ball Lights


I never planned to get so ‘girlie’ but adding greys and whites keeps this look well away from sickly territory. Personally I’m not a fan of beiges and champagne colours, but wanting a soft look to baby’s area, the greys and pastels are ideal. 

Our cotton ball lights are perfect for creating a warm cosy space by night, and a soft light for night time feeds, and by day they are another pretty accessory. 

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String Shelves, white Ash


I’ve also created a little shelf area using white ash String Shelves from Utility Design which are ideal for displaying our trinkets. I try and keep a balance of whites, greys and pastel touches so it doesn’t become overbearing. 

I’ve also started to collect sweet baby accessories and clothes from some of my favourite shops. These pink moccasins are made by Wolfie and Willow and they are the softest chrome free leather. 

These little socks are from Archies Boutique and are by Petit Pattes who make the most beautiful baby gift or treat. 


I also found this sweet cloud top and matching leggings at The Little White Company which goes so well with our other ‘cloud’ items which are dotted about. 


I found this little pink teething ring at Archies Boutique too, perfect as a gift or to stash away in my case!

Finally, I’ve made a new mobile style with sparkling and felt icecreams which will launch in my Etsy shop on May 6th.

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