Lately I’ve been feeling the need to brighten up my wardrobe not just with colour but with bold prints and patterns. I often wear solid blocks of colour but I don’t tend to wear many prints. Now I’ve got the urge to go out and buy striking patterns and prints in bold and bright colours and mix and match them without any rules. Whether I’ll be brave enough to do this is a completely different matter but when I saw this styling for kids spaces it reminded me that you can make contrasting patterns and colours work together. These gorgeous spaces are created by interior stylist Linda Ahman. You’ve got graphic patterns against floral ones, hot pinks with orange, stripes with polka dots and it all comes together so seamlessly. Would you try something like this in your kids room or even in your wardrobe? Seeing these images I’m now dreaming of having patterns and prints everywhere!
One of the reasons I started this blog was because I felt so strongly about moving away from the whole blue for boy/pink for girl ethos. I have nothing against pink and blue and I actually like both colours in moderation, but that is the key for me. Pink is just one colour in a world where there are so many wonderful shades so why restrict your child to one colour? To me it’s like eating the same thing everyday for months… how spectacularly boring would that be? I’m really not keen on the whole pink worn from head to toe look, or a room painted pink filled with pink toys, pink furniture, pink clothes… you know what I mean. But when used sparingly with other colours both pale pink and fuchsia can add a wonderfully girly and sweet touch to any room. I went in search for some kids rooms that have used a bit of pink and I found these 5 which I loved. My favourite is probably the third one where they’ve painted the floor pink (what a great idea) and it looks so stunning against the bright yellow crib. I also really like the first room which uses just one bold, bright pop of pink against a white background and then compliments it with other bold colours. Don’t you think a hint of pink works much better than a pink overload?
While I am a minimalist at heart, I also have a huge soft spot for colourful patterns and floral prints especially when they have a vintage or retro twist. I guess you could call me a ‘closet pattern lover’ or something along those lines. So this ‘closet’ part of me felt a flutter of excitement when I saw the latest offerings by French design house, Mini Labo. Pretty patterns and retro inspired prints are used to make cushions, storage boxes, stationery, toys and much more. While some designs are aimed at children and others at adults, I think most of their stuff would brighten up any room in your home. Mini Labo say they believe in injecting some gaiety and sweetness in to everyday objects to make them that bit more special. I definitely get a cheerful vibe from their offerings and would happily add a bit of this cheer to my home.
Recently, I discovered BM2000 and I was smitten. Read on to find out more about them and about the cool GIVEAWAY.
BM2000 are Spanish and make bold, bright and playful nursery and kids room furniture as well as some very cool animal wall stickers. It’s their use of colour that really brings their creations to life. I was lucky enough to have a chat with their chief designer Carlos Tiscar. Read on the find out more about the talent behind these creations.
But first, the giveaway: BM2000 have kindly offered to giveaway one of their cool wall stickers to one lucky reader. To be in with a chance of winning the red rooster wall sticker all you have to do is leave a comment below. Just say ‘hi’ or anything you like but keep it nice! That’s all you have to do… easy, peasy! (See the end of this post for full details).
Back to this joyful nursery furniture which includes coloured cots, bright wardrobes and toddler beds, colourful storage boxes and more. The furniture designed by Carlos is fun and playful as well as being practical. Carlos told me he was one of 5 kids and so there was lots of play in his home. He and his 4 sisters would create games out of any objects they could get their hands on… ” My father was a topographer and with his telescopic tripod and a blanket we made a wonderful tepee”. It’s from such memories and happy times that Carlos gets his inspiration. His amazing sense of colour comes from a desire to be contemporary and current as Carlos explains “I pay attention to colour schemes in the fashion industry too”. Carlos’ formula of mixing vibrant colours with lots of fun makes for nursery furniture so contemporary, cool and happy. And that’s what BM2000 offer… happy, fun and stylish furniture and wall stickers for kids and babies. To check out their goodies head to their site: BM2000 where you can see a list of stockists too.
Giveaway details: If you’d like to win the gorgeous bright red rooster wall sticker to brighten up your kiddy room, then just leave a comment below. One comment per person and entries are open to residents of UK, Spain, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Portugal, Germany and Switzerland. The competition closes at midnight (UK time) on 23rd October 2011. Any entries after this time will not be counted. The winner will be announced on Tuesday 25th October on our facebook page. Good luck!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. The winner picked at random is Susan. Congrats Susan!
I love a yellow nursery or toddler room. It’s happy, it’s sunny and it works for boy or girl. So I’ve put together some yellow nursery ideas with a few of my favourite things:
1. Pip Early bird wallpaper – Bright and bold with an oriental-esque vibe. The Pip early bird wallpaper costs £56.39 for a roll from Tangled Tree Interiors.
2. Ouef NYC Sparrow crib – A beautiful crib with simple lines and an elegant shape. I love the crisp white against the bright yellow wallpaper. You can get this crib at Huggle who don’t yet sell online but you can call them.
3. La Voliere Pendant Lamp - a stunning light with little birds made with real feathers sat in a cage. This bird cage light comes from the Conran Shop and costs £369.
5. Pom Pom garland – A little splash of colour in the form of delicate pom pom bunting. This pom pom garland is from a store called Happy Circus on Etsy and it costs £15.50.
6. Acapulco Mini chair – Love this chair. Hand made in Mexico, this chair is so elegant and beautiful. There is an adult version too in case you’re tempted! Nest have it for sale for £147.
7. Lucky boy sunday soft toys – I love Lucky boy sunday. So quirky, so cool. And what’s a nursery without soft toys? Perched on the chair is Kiki doll and the one lying under the cot is Bow Jovi. You’ll find these two and more at Little Fashion Gallery where they cost from around €40.
8. Lale quilt – last but not least is the quilt by one of my favourite French brands Lale. This quilt has little roses printed on it and on the reverse there’s an orange scallop print. Just beautiful. This Lale quilt costs £80.20 from smallable.com
I am seriously in love with these striking prints not just as nursery art or play room art, but for an adult space too. I love a find that has no age boundaries and this is definitely one of those. The colours are beautiful… so vibrant and bold and the tones so complimentary. If I had to choose a favourite I think it would have to be the peacock art work. Birds often embellish baby room decor but it’s not often that the majestic peacock makes an appearance. Then again I do love the one called ‘Elephant with a big dream’ too. Created by Keith, an illustrator and graphic designer from Hong-Kong, his art is his unique take on nature and animal life. Keith sells this beautiful nursery (or not nursery!) art over at his etsy store called Dekanimal and the prints cost from $20 plus worldwide shipping at $3.50.
I’m always on the hunt for inspiring interiors, both kiddy and adult ones. When I came across these pictures of Fifi Mandirac’s Parisian apartment, I was so inspired. Fifi Mandirac is a French graphic artist who creates bold, bright and beautiful paper goodies for kids. Happy, sunny and vivacious is what her style is all about; in her apartment and in her creations. I’m just loving the super bold colours which would work so well in a modern nursery or kids room. All the attention to detail is second to none. It’s the little objects, the unexpected hangings, the quirky dolls and the mixing of styles that make this space so special. Not to mention that wall by the stairs… wow!
I’ve picked out the pictures that I found inspiring for a colorful nursery or kids room, but the rest of Fifi’s apartment is no less stunning. If you want to see more head to Decor8. And if you’d like to get some of this style for your nursery, have a look at Fifi Mandirac’s online boutique full of stationery and other paper goodies.