I often share ideas with you on how to decorate kids rooms with wall stickers, wallpaper, rugs and so much more.  While these things are all great to help you create the look you want, there is also a lot that you can do with just a simple tin of paint.  Nothing more, nothing less.  It’s quick, easy and budget friendly but yet the possibilities of getting creative with paint are endless.  Here are five ways to have fun with paint in a kids room:

"pastel baby nursery decor ideas"

This is such a simple idea but so effective to create a cosy little corner.  Rather than just paint straight lines, I love that they have painted a house shape which really makes it feel like a separate space within the room. I especially like this idea to easily create a small reading nook in an older child’s room. 

"ideas for creating two tone walls"

Two-tone walls seem to be all the rage at the moment.  I’ve seen them mostly done where there is a straight line separating the top from the bottom, but this triangle effect is so much more fun.  It also allows you to use shades like that peach colour which probably would be too much if you painted a whole wall in it.  But the colour just at the bottom allows the furniture and shelves to stand out.

"colourful ideas to decorate a kids room"

This isn’t a kids room but this idea to paint rough shapes on the wall is so great for a kids room, a nursery or a playroom.  It’s a brilliant way to add pops of colour to a room without needing to restrict yourself to just one or two colours.  You can use paint shapes like these to highlight shelves and other wall displays and you can even paint colourful frames around posters instead of hanging them in real frames.

"pastel colour block walls"

Using big blocks of colour to mark out different areas in a room is another way to get creative with paint.  With this look, as long as the rest of the walls are white, you can choose any two colours bright, pastel or neutral.  This idea is so great for a shared room to clearly mark out spaces and each child gets to choose their favourite colour too. 

"red statement feature walls"

This is what I call a feature wall! I’ve often seen rooms where one wall is painted in a different colour but this space takes that idea a lot further by painting not only the wall but everything on it including the radiator and also using a very bright colour.  I love that there are no half measures here – this wall makes a statement and it looks striking.  A great way to liven up any kids space and with this effect, I think the bolder the colour the better.

Would you try any of these? What’s your favourite look?

Image credits: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

P.S. Have you checked out our all new kids clothing shop? You’ll find styles and designs not available anywhere else in the UK.

"handmade dolls for kids""handmade polka dot doll""handmade unicorn dolls for kids"

A quick start to this Monday morning, I wanted to share these handmade dolls.  How adorable are they?  All these dolls are made by hand by Sophia Smeekens who has been making dolls ever since she was a kid.  I love the quirky faces and the pointy heads on those stripey dolls which are my favourite.  And the sleepy eyes?  Too sweet! Handmade dolls always get my vote and these ones are so different than any I’ve seen before.  You can find a selection at the lovely Pearls and Swines boutique.

"thank you ebabee shop discount"

It’s Friday finally.  It’s been a crazy week here with lots of highs and lows and of course the highlight has been the launch of my very own kids clothing shop.  It’s been a dream of mine for so long that I still can’t quite believe it’s now a reality.  But nothing feels better than making a dream come true.  I am feeling proud and very grateful.  Grateful to all of you who have taken the time to leave encouraging words, who have visited the shop and given me your feedback, who have bought stuff already, who have shared my shop with your friends and overall been so incredibly supportive.  So as a big THANK-YOU to you all, I’d like to offer you a special discount – 10% off everything in the shop for today and this whole weekend.  Just use the code: THANKS01 at checkout. 

Thank you all and have a wonderful weekend!  x

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"cape and mask sets for kids"

Even though Halloween is not as big here in the UK as it is in the US, it’s becoming more and more popular.  If I had to pick a celebration that Anya loves above all else it would be Halloween.  She even prefers it to Christmas.  I guess it’s the whole dressing up thing that makes it so exciting and also going out after dark to collect sweeties is such a treat for a kid.  I’ve been looking around for some fun costumes and I really liked these simple cape and masks sets that I came across.  As far as Halloween costumes go I prefer simpler stuff and stuff that can be re-used as part of dressing up play.  These capes and masks are all handmade in cotton and are perfect for boy or girl.  That little crown is so cute too.  Anya hasn’t yet decided what she wants to dress up as this year but I’m hoping it will be something simple.  What are your kids dressing up as?

P.S. Did you know that we have launched our very own kids clothing store?

Ebabee shop is here!

October 15, 2014

"ebabee kids clothes shop"

A few weeks ago I mentioned that I had been working on a new project.  Today, I’m really excited to share it with you – my new shop is here!  (I can’t believe I just wrote that).  I have been dreaming of starting an online kids clothing store for a long time but I had to find absolutely the right clothes.  Clothes that I truly believed in, clothes that screamed style without compromising on comfort.  Over the years, I’ve shared lots of beautiful brands on this blog that deliver these things but many are already easily available.  So my biggest challenge was to find something new for you that still delivered big on style, comfort and quality.

unisex-winter-pyjama-sets-for-kids

When I saw these beautiful clothes for boys and girls from Korea, I knew they were it.  Much like the Japanese, the Koreans are very stylish in their own unique way.  These clothes are no different. It’s the small details, unusual cuts, bold prints and colour combinations that really make these clothes stand out.  Never afraid of mixing colours or mixing patterns, the way these clothes are put together is so inspiring too – that rusty red top with the bright blue leggings looks so great but probably would not have been two colours I would have thought to put together.  It feels like the Koreans have taken everything we already love about kids clothes and put their own unique touch on them. 

"unisex yellow tshirt for kids""Ae-hem kids clothes UK"

There are many Korean kids clothing brands out there to love, each with it’s own personality and style but I have hand-picked my favourite brands and pieces to bring to you.  One of the sweetest brands is Ae-hem.  Full of childish personality, they make things like those adorable sleep suits and that stripy yellow tee.  Also on offer by Ae-hem are some beautiful printed skirts and tunics with one of my favourites being the rusty red feather print ones.  And those black leggings with the gold knee detail – how stunning!  These clothes not only look great but are also very soft, comfortable and practical for kids to wear.  There are many more brands and clothes to discover like this beautiful girly lace over-dress (pictured below) which looks so cool when paired with some black Winter woolies.  There’s lots more so I will let you browse my shop to discover the rest of the goodies.

"cream lace dress for girls"

I’ve started off with a small selection of clothes with more for girls at the moment.  But there are some very cool pieces for the boys too and I also have some gorgeous new stuff for the boys coming soon.  All these clothes are made in small quantities so when they’re gone, they’re gone.  They’re never re-made making them even more special.  So take a look around the shop, feel free to ask me any questions and I hope you fall in love with these beautiful clothes just like I have.  It’s hard not to : )

"long pink tutu skirt girls"

And as for this blog – nothing changes here.  This blog is the foundation and inspiration for anything else I do so it’s not going anywhere.  I will still bring lots of ideas and inspiration just as I have been and some shop updates too.  Thank you all so much for your support, comments and visits over the years – I really appreciate it and it’s this support that has spurred me on to try new things like this.  Feel free to leave a comment below and tell me what you think.  And now, please go check out my shop!

I’ve linked up to Mummy’s got style Fashion Friday.

"tooth fairy pillow UK"

A couple of weeks ago Anya lost her first tooth.  I cried.  I’m not normally emotional and have always enjoyed watching her grow up.  When the baby years passed and she turned in to a toddler, I felt nothing but joy and delight in seeing her grow and develop.  But this milestone was different.  This milestone felt like my baby was no longer a baby and was really growing up (sob).  Where have these five years gone? 

"tooth fairy pillow UK"

I was soon distracted by Anya’s huge excitement right from the moment she realised she had a wobbly tooth.  The tooth fairy is something she has desperately been waiting for and wishing everyday that she would lose a tooth for over a year.  More than Santa, the tooth fairy has totally captured her imagination.  So that night, along with the tooth fairy pillow loaded with cash and tucked under her pillow, I sprinkled some glitter around her bed.  That moment of waking up and discovering the tooth had gone from the pillow and finding some money there instead was priceless – the look on her face was pure delight and amazement.  She was jumping up and down and shouting ‘the tooth fairy came, the tooth fairy really came’.  And the bonus was finding this adorable golden tooth pillow which she loves.  Anya may be growing up but she’s still a child full of wonder and imagination and that is something I hope will stay with her for a long time no matter how old she is.

"tooth fairy pillow UK"

To celebrate this big milestone I wanted to do something special.  So I partnered with Oeuf NYC to give one lucky reader the chance to win this adorable handmade golden tooth fairy pillow.  Oeuf kindly sent one for Anya and there’s one for one of you too.  The tooth is made of soft baby alpaca wool and has a little pocket at the back to put money in.  Anya loves her tooth and has been sleeping with it under her pillow every night since she got it.  And I have to agree – it’s so sweet.  Oeuf’s tooth fairy pillow is the original and the best and so it had to be this one.  Have your kids lost a tooth yet?  How did you feel with the first one?

"tooth fairy pillow"

To enter to win this golden tooth, here are the details:

The prize:  The winner picked at random will win one Oeuf NYC golden tooth fairy pillow.

To enter:  Simply leave a comment below.  Just say hi or anything you like but keep it nice and friendly!

One entry per person and this competition is open to all my readers worldwide – yay!  The competition closes at midnight (UK time) on Sunday 19th October 2014.  Any entries after this time will not be counted.  The winner will be announced on this post and on my facebook page on Tuesday 21st October.  Good luck!  

This giveaway is now closed.  Congratulations to Jacie.  Thanks to everyone who entered.

"kids say the funniest things"

We often talk to Anya about what she wants to be when she grows up.  It’s such a fun conversation to have with kids as they often come up with the funniest things.  As a little girl, my mum tells me that I used to say I’m going to be a peanut shop owner because I loved peanuts!  Recently Anya came home from school very excited because she said she had decided what she wanted to be when she grew up.  Here’s how the conversation went:

Anya (really excited): Mama, do you know what I want to be when I grow up?
Me: No. Tell me, tell me.
Anya: I want to be a teacher.
Me: Wow! That’s great. It’s so nice that you want to help children learn and teach them everything you know.
Anya: No mama, I just want to tell everyone what to do!

That’s my bossy baby!  So what do your kids say?  Have they come up with a funny profession or like Anya, just cracked you up with their innocent honesty?  I’d love to hear in the comments.

Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy the little gems your kiddies come out with.  x

{photo by Abigail Fahey Photography for ebabee}

"cute toy storage bins for kids""white kids toy storage bins""unisex toy storage sacks"

These have got to be the cutest toy storage sacks ever!  Even though they’re made of paper they’re durable and the little faces and hearts are all hand painted on.  We are hoping to move house soon and if all goes to plan, I’m definitely getting a couple of these for Anya’s room and maybe even a black heart one as a laundry bag for me.  Such a simple and sweet idea… too cute!

Image credits: 1 and 3

"black baby rooms"

Would you ever consider a black baby nursery?  While I’m a big fan of black and white baby nurseries, I’ve never gone for using using black as the dominant colour.  But recently I’ve been coming across a few black nurseries and I’ve found myself really liking them.  There’s something very dramatic about the look.  For a black nursery to work, using  the right amount of black with other shades and tones is important otherwise the room can look too dark and dingy especially if it’s a small room.  It’s probably not a look for everyone but for me, when done well, black can be quite stunning and even calming.  Does it work for you?  Here are some of my favourite black nurseries to help you decide:

"dark walls in a nursery"

The natural wood colours compliment the black beautifully and soften the whole look.  Cute monochrome blankets, toys and decorations work well here because the white in them stands out so well against all the black.  (images via La petite)

"how to use dark colours in a nursery"

Using a black wallpaper with hints of colour is a great way of adding a more subtle amount of black to a nursery.  You’ll still achieve the dramatic black look but in a more toned down way.  And here again the natural wood floors and cot add a lightness to the room as do the colourful decorations. (image via Oeuf)

"black walls for a baby nursery"

In this room only one feature wall has been painted black while the rest of the walls and the floors are bright white.  Even with just one wall, the dominating colour is black and almost stands out more because of all the white surrounding it.  Some black furniture and various shades of gray complete the look of this modern black baby nursery. (image via ollie & sebs haus)

"dark wall colours for nursery"

Instead of turning walls black, making the floor entirely black is another way to add a dramatic black look to a nursery.  This room looks light and bright but you still can’t miss the drama of the black floors.  And as all the decor in the room sticks to the monochrome colour scheme, it allows the black to dominate but doesn’t look oppressive.  (image via the designer pad)

"Autumn fashion inspiration for kids"

This week has seen the weather turn here in the UK.  It’s properly starting to feel Autumnal and so it’s time to bring out those warm clothes.  While I always prefer hotter weather, I am very partial to Autumn fashions for big and little alike.  All those hats, scarves, boots and socks can add so much to any outfit, taking it from simple to stunning.  Today I wanted to share a few inspirational Autumn looks I’m loving for kids.  I’m especially loving the touch of neon to liven up an otherwise muted gray outfit as seen in the first picture.  And also, a splash of mustard is another great colour to add to any Autumn outfit.   

Image credits: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

I’ve linked up to Mummy’s got style’s Fashion Friday.

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