Entries from July 2014

Sharing a room is fun when you’re a kid.  Sometimes though it’s not just about the fun but a necessity if you’re short on space.  While same sex shared rooms may seem easier to decorate, boy and girl shared rooms can also work really well with a little imagination and thought.  From creating a neutral space to having specific sides decorated differently I’ve rounded up 5 of the most beautiful unisex shared rooms to inspire you:

"unisex shared bedroom ideas"

Using lots of white in the room means you can add pops of colour with boy/girl specific accessories and toys just like they’ve done in the unisex shared room above.  With all the white in the room, no bright colour is off limits.

"unisex kids bedroom ideas"

Here the boys side is decorated in blue while the girls side is decorated in creamy florals.  The similar prints and complimentary colours bring the room together even though each kid has their own side.

"boy and girl shared bedroom ideas"

Grey is one of my favourite colours for any kids room including a shared bedroom.  I love the different beds and how they’ve used wall stickers to personalise each space.  This room is a unisex space but with the addition of accessories, toys and wall decorations it becomes more girly on one side and more masculine on the other.

"ideas for shared kids rooms"

An all white, minimal space is yet another way of creating a shared boy girl bedroom.  In this room, there is nothing too specific about each side except for a few soft toys on each bed.  The decor is simple and neutral to suit both sexes.

"decorating a room for a boy and girl sharing"

From all white and minimal, this is a room exploding with colour.  Bold, bright unisex colours thrown together create a great shared space for boy and girl.  There are no boy or girl sides here, just a complete shared space that works equally for either sex.

See more of these rooms here: one | two | three | four | five

Something fishy…

July 10, 2014

"fish themed kids decor clothes"

Foxes, elephants, birds and bunnies are everywhere on kids things from their clothes to decor.  For a change, I love a bit of fish themed things and these are some my current favourites (especially those fish hair clips):

1.  tee with fish detail | 2.  fish hair clips | 3.  seahorse soft toys | 4.  whale print pyjamas | 5.  shark tee | 6. koi fish poster

When thinking about updating a kids room, you don’t always have to start from scratch.  There are lots of easy ways to add a fresh look without completely re-decorating and turning it in to a mammoth project.  One of my favourite ways to easily refresh a child’s room is turning the wardrobe in to a feature piece.  Wardrobes are one of the largest pieces of furniture in most bedrooms including kids rooms.  So instead of looking at them as boring must-haves, I love the idea of using the the wardrobe fronts as a space to be creative.  With a little bit of imagination, wardrobes can become a really fun feature piece in a kids bedroom.

Here are 5 fun ways to add a some personality to any wardrobe:

"ways to update an old wardrobe"

1.  A quick and easy, yet striking way to make your wardrobe feel very much a part of the room is to paint it the same colour as the wall.  This gives quite a dramatic look and works especially well with bold colours as opposed to whites or creams.

2.  Instead of creating a feature wall, turn your kids wardrobe in to one.  Wallpaper the doors in colours and styles that match the rest of the room decor.  As the image shows, using different but complimentary wallpapers is a good idea to keep it looking interesting.  I’m loving the vintage wallpaper look so much that I’m tempted to try it myself.

"how to customise your wardrobe"

3.  Wall stickers aren’t just for walls.  They a great option for almost anywhere including adding some fun to a wardrobe.  A simple white wardrobe can be transformed in to something unique.  And the best part of using stickers is that you can easily change the look as often as you like. Instead of stickers, for a really personal touch, you could even stick your child’s artworks on to the wardrobe doors making a little gallery space.

"how to update old wardrobes"

4.  This is such a great idea.  Paint the doors in chalkboard paint and your kids have a blank canvas.  Each day they can create a new master piece, rub it out and start again the next day.  And I’m sure this huge canvas will be a hit when your kids have friends over too.

5.  For a subtler look, wallpaper the inside of a wardrobe in a bold print or pattern so you can only see the splash of colour when the wardrobe doors are open.  You could also go one step further and paint the wardrobe in a complimentary colour or just stick with white for a more understated feel.

There are lots of ways to add your own personal touch to your kids room.  I especially like the idea of customising furniture because it means that you can bring an old piece back to life or you can buy an inexpensive piece of bedroom furniture from places like Homebase and give it your own creative touch.  It’s a fun project to let your kids get involved in and the best part is, it’s not permanent so you can change the look as often as you like.

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"100 cotton girls summer dresses"This weekend we went strawberry (and veggie) picking.  Not only have I never taken Anya before but I had never been.  I so enjoyed picking my own vegetables knowing that I would be able to go home and cook them (hello broad bean bruschetta).  Anya too had a ball picking strawberries but then refused to eat them (fussy eater doesn’t even begin to describer her)!  This is one of the things that I love most about Summer – spending time outdoors as a family, doing fun things that everybody can enjoy.  My other Summer love is the fashion, especially the beautiful and colourful Summer dresses for little girls like the green dress that Anya wears.

anya-goodall-test3This Sophie dress was gifted to us by the talented designer Molly who is known for her adorable animal coats but has now extended her range to include lots of pretty and very girly Summer clothes.  Every piece that Molly offers is handmade making each item even more special.   This blue-green dress is one of my favourites in her collection because it’s so simple, easy and comfy to wear and looks so pretty.  The hand block-printed fabric and the little details like the ruffle hem and front tie just add to the charm of this dress.

"handmade summer dresses little girls"

I can’t wait to go back again to do some more veggie and fruit picking and next time I might even convince Anya to eat the strawberries.  After all how can anybody not like strawberries?  And thank you to Molly for this lovely dress and don’t forget to check out the rest of her Summer dresses.

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{all photos by ebabee}

"vintage furniture and toys for kids"

This is probably one of the best vintage shops I have come across.  They have a lovely selection of vintage toys and furniture for kids as well as some stunning vintage pieces for the home too.   That vintage child’s desk is stunning in it’s simplicity as is that ride-on wooden car.  Most of the pieces in this shop are one of a kind and very hard to find.  If you love vintage furniture then I highly recommend this vintage shop.

"celebrating Summer"

Hello July!  July is my favourite month of the year.  The sun is shining, the flowers are in bloom, the days are long and bright and you can wear open toed shoes!  What’s not to love?  This weekend we’re planning to spend a lot of time outdoors with some strawberry picking tomorrow, outdoor pub lunch on Sunday with friends and family and lots of park time in between.  What are your plans for the weekend?

Here are a few Summery links I’ve liked from around the web this past week:

How summery and fresh do these cupcakes look?

Get your body beach ready with this 3 day bikini re-set plan

Learn how to make a flowery pinata

Get inspired by this gorgeous outdoor dinner party

These 4th of July popsicle cakes look good enough to eat everyday (even if you’re not American)

Matching mama and baby outfits can be cool

Who needs expensive toys and gadgets to have fun in the great outdoors?

Have a happy weekend and wishing all my American readers a wonderful July 4th.

{photo via Kirsten Rickert}

"hand knitted baby clothes wool"

Oh my god, how unbelievably cute is this collection?  I nearly died when I saw this in my inbox a couple of days ago.  Even though it’s Summer and the sun is shining, I just had to share.  This Autumn Winter 2014 collection of baby knits is all made from 100% soft and cosy merino wool and each piece is hand-knitted in Peru.

"hand knitted merino baby clothes"

Have you died yet?!  Can you bear all this crazy cuteness?

"hand knitted baby merino wool clothes"

All the colours in the collection are gorgeous but I’m especially loving the pale grey-blue.  And those bauble vest tops are beyond adorable as are the all in ones.  I am deeply in love with the knits but also with these pudgy, squishy little babies that make the most adorable little models, don’t you think?  This hand knitted collection of baby clothes is special and made with lots of love and care by a mama who knows exactly how to make us all feel broody!

"yellow baby room decor ideas"With all the sunshine here in the UK, I ‘m really feeling inspired by the colour yellow.  It’s one of my favourite colours for a baby room because it’s such a happy colour.  Yellow works so well for a boy or girl nursery but needs lots of white with it otherwise it can be a little overwhelming.  I’ve put together a little yellow nursery inspiration board with white walls and hints of other colours to inspire you in case you’re looking for unisex nursery decor ideas:

1.  yellow pendant light | 2.  bright red apple print | 3.  dotty wallpaper | 4.  knitted toy storage baskets | 5.  yellow plush doll | 6. dotted cabinet | 7.  vintage inspired kids chair | 8. yellow linen bed set

P.S. While I was searching for yellow nursery decor, I found one of the top related searches was ‘is yellow bad for baby room’?  Apparently, according to the internet, too much yellow (yellow walls, yellow furniture etc) makes babies cry!  I’ve never heard this before, have you?

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