Sleepykins // Wild Heart

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot

In the world of kid’s interiors, I am always hunting for the most perfect pieces to make a room come to life.  Near or far, I stumble across the most amazing and unique small business’s and retailers, who pour their heart and soul into their passion of creative unique and original pieces.  I was lucky enough to be approached by the talented Nicole, the creative behind Zilvi, to work on an exciting collaboration.  Together we created ‘wreath plaques”.  Hand drawn designs by myself, engraved into wood by Zilvi.

‘Wild Heart’ photo shoot showcases a range of kids decor products which I have grown to love and adore, including my collaboration with Zilvi.  There is some serious talent out in this world, which shouldn’t go unnoticed!  I am all about supporting small businesses, be an online retailer, mortar and brick store or a stay home mum who decided to take the world by storm and create an amazing product!  Support small so big dreams can come true.  Support small so we can carry on doing what we love.  #isupportsmall

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot
Wild heart wood plaque wreath by Zilvi & Hello Little Birdie.  Clothing rack by Peachy Baby and popsicle tall crown by Gold Frakincense + Myrrh.

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot
Concrete stool handmade by the talented Poppet & Button, vase Zuster Homewares, natural basket Ollie Ella and cushion and wooden rabbit Design Stuff.

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot
Shadow boxes handmade by Quirky Boxes, Sheepsking Rug Norsu Interiors,  stunning tutu dresses by Tutu Du Monde.

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot
Unicorn flatoutfrankie, teepee handmade by My Little Teepee, grey rug by the talented Habitue Design.

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot
Wild Heart and cloud cushion hand made by Mito Loves Paige

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot
Billie wearing a Tutu Du Monde dress.  A tutu for magic worlds of make believe.  Camera from Design Stuff.

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot
Paper storage bag O + Mighty, feather headdress House of Lavargo, Wool felt storage bag Lazy Sunday.

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot
Ever doll, in grey tutu by Henry Pip & Dee.

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot
Star Light by Little Letter Lights Co, Wooden Blocks Agent Valentine.

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot
White Horse Soy Candle handmade by Candi & Co.

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot
Bambi cushion Like the Cool Kids.

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot
Zilvi wooden swan hanger.

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Knot Cushion available at Design Stuff.

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wooning over this amazing swan By Kaae.

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Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot
Wooden Print Hanger Moore Creative, Gold ‘Wild heart’ wall decal wreath Hello Little Birdie.

Sleepykins // Wild Heart Photo-Shoot

Photography & Styling: Mel Spurling | Hello Little Birdie Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

 

Sleepykins // Master JJ’s Room

Babiekins Magazine | Master JJ's Space
J is for JJ.

JJ’s room is influenced by the current Scandinavian trends, a little monochrome madness and some of natures own – wood.   I love it when eclectic comes together!

His room brings a sense of calm, relaxation and peacefulness.  For me. themed rooms are really not my style; I love designing rooms which can grow with a child & keep them company for years to come.  Sometimes, you have to agree, less is more.

Babiekins Magazine | Master JJ's Space

 

Babiekins Magazine | Master JJ's Space

 

Babiekins Magazine | Master JJ's Space

My favourite item in JJ”s room has to be his polaroid photo feature, hanging from a wood branch which I collected from the  park.

A few items I know and love: White J letter light from Little Letter Lights, Badger handmade felted organic wool rug from This Modern Life, Fine Little Day Gran cushion, Uashmama grey paper bag.

Babiekins Magazine | Master JJ's Space

Babiekins Magazine | Master JJ's Space

Babiekins Magazine | Master JJ's Space

Babiekins Magazine | Master JJ's Space

Babiekins Magazine | Master JJ's Space

Babiekins Magazine | Master JJ's Space

Babiekins Magazine | Master JJ's Space

Babiekins Magazine | Master JJ's Space

Photography: Natalie Lyons | Instagram | Facebook

Photography: Mel Spurling | Hello Little Birdie Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

Decor Items //
Heirloom Bear Blanket & Lilbow Pillow Doll Roxy Marj
Wall Decal “From Big Things Little Things Grow” Hello Little Birdie
Wooden Flag “My Dad Is Better Than Batman” Zilvi
Animal Print Tellkiddo
Happy/Sad Pillowcase Fine Little Day
Man In The Moon Print XoEinDing

Sleepykins // Kid’s Bedroom as seen in Print 5

Babiekins Magazine | Sleepykins // Little Explorer, Kid's Bedroom as seen in Print 5

Babiekins Magazine | Sleepykins // Little Explorer, Kid's Bedroom as seen in Print 5

Babiekins Magazine | Sleepykins // Little Explorer, Kid's Bedroom as seen in Print 5

Babiekins Magazine | Sleepykins // Little Explorer, Kid's Bedroom as seen in Print 5

Babiekins Magazine | Sleepykins // Little Explorer, Kid's Bedroom as seen in Print 5

Babiekins Magazine | Sleepykins // Little Explorer, Kid's Bedroom as seen in Print 5

Babiekins Magazine | Sleepykins // Little Explorer, Kid's Bedroom as seen in Print 5

Babiekins Magazine | Sleepykins // Little Explorer, Kid's Bedroom as seen in Print 5

Babiekins Magazine | Sleepykins // Little Explorer, Kid's Bedroom as seen in Print 5

Babiekins Magazine | Sleepykins // Little Explorer, Kid's Bedroom as seen in Print 5

Babiekins Magazine | Sleepykins // Little Explorer, Kid's Bedroom as seen in Print 5

Babiekins Magazine | Sleepykins // Little Explorer, Kid's Bedroom as seen in Print 5

Did you catch this bedroom in our latest print issue? It’s a little explorer’s adventurous oasis! We love it for a number of reasons — one is that it’s a tiny apartment room in a rented home, and we were able to transform it without making any permanent or architectural changes. We also love this room because it is just so full of ways to explore, and childhood is all about imagination and exploration. Here, in this little room, you can rattle down the streets of Italy in a Vespa, lift high over the ancient ruins of Myanmar’s Bagan in a hot air balloon, or sail across the waters on a creaky wooden ship.

The room is dotted with global elements — a doll brought back from a friend’s visit to Kenya, a ceramic bowl and dumpling spoon from Taiwan, Hmong textiles, a strand of mirrors and bells originally meant to decorate a camel, an embroidered dress from Guatemala, a row of matryoshka illustrations representing different cultures. And there’s a cozy reading nook, too, stocked with plenty of books and cushions and providing is the perfect launching point toward endless destinations.

What’s your favorite part of this room?

Have you redone a room lately? We want to see! Comment here, and email 5-7 images to gina@babiekinsmag.com and we might feature your little’s room on the blog!

INTERIOR STYLING Gina Munsey | PHOTOGRAPHY Priscilla Barbosa

MOBY CURTAIN Thomas Paul via Burke Decor | CAMEL SWAG AS GARLAND WomanShopsWorld on Etsy | EICHO TWIN BED Spot on Square | FLOAT GRAPHITE SHEETS Unison | MR. N LAMP Koncept via Lamps Plus | VESPA PILLOW In the Seam | MOUNTAIN PILLOW JuniperWilde on Etsy | PYRAMID PILLOWCASE Xenotees via Design Life Kids | PASTA AMORE PILLOWCASE Sack Me! via Design Life Kids | PEONI PILLOWCASE Affinita’ Moderne | FACE PILLOW Lately Lily | PAINTED ELEPHANT NECKLACE Gunner & Lux | INDIA TOURISM POSTER Vintage Reproduction
 | BOOK PAGE Vintage Reproduction from Taiwanese School Book | MARITIME CURTAIN Thomas Paul via Burke Decor | ANANA ELEPHANT LAMP Mr. Maria via Cool Kids Company | VINTAGE HMONG TEXTILE PILLOW BohoPillow on Etsy | SEAGRASS RUG Sisal Rugs Direct | AREA RUG Hayneedle | HAPPY PRINT Colette Bream | MATRYOSHKA PRINTS AmyPerrotti on Etsy | HARU DOOR DECAL Made of Sundays | FLOKATI SHEEPSKIN RUG Shades of Light | BE THOU MY VISION PRINTABLE Jessica Sprague | YELLOW THROW Vintage | ELEPHANT GARLAND ON CHAIR Dot & Bo | ELEPHANT BOOKEND TheGoldenLittles on Etsy | BOOKS Vintage | TRAVELING GIRL BOOK Lately Lily MOBY DICK BOOK Baby Lit | MOBY TOTE BAG Baby Lit


Sleepykins // Billie’s Magical Room

For those who have yet to meet me – hello!   My friends call me Mel, my family Melina and my two little birdie’s “mummy”.  I am the interior stylist and designer behind Hello Little Birdie.

I wanted to share with you one of my little birdie’s rooms.  Let’s step into the world of Billie’s room; a room inspired by the song “somewhere over the rainbow”.  I wanted to create a room “where dreams you dream of really do come true”.  A magical little space, which would last a lifetime… A little piece of heaven, where Billie can explore, grow, be inspired, create memories and most of all have fun in!  A little space “where troubles melt like lemon drops”.

Much like myself, Billie has an eye for detail, so I cannot take ALL the credit for designing her room; she definitely had her fair share of opinions and called some shots!

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

The excitement of Billie’s room begins before you enter her room, showcased on her bedroom door a custom heart mini name flag, created by the talented Nicole owner of Zilvi.

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

The little girl print is one of my all time favourites by Australian artist Sara Winfield.  Sara’s  illustrations and paintings are truly magical, I love how she captures emotion in her art.  This piece was ideal for Billie’s room as the mint background compliments the the buffet drawers.  Drawers were a little DIY project, purchased on ebay, restored & painted.

The colour palettes of gold, natural wood and mint really tied everything together, keeping the room soft, yet natural and soothing.  The gold “hello” sign is from Naughts and Crosses.  It was originally pink and I gave it a gold spray over. Love it!   For storage I couldn’t resist the Uashmama gold metallic bag and Tellkiddo paper bag – perfectly ideal for all the toys that need to be tucked away at night.

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

Billie and I were looking at beds and when we came across the Incy Interiors Mia bed, we instantly knew it was the one!  Hanging on the wall to compliment the Ferm Living wallpaper is a Frankie and Finch golden luxe weaving.  Oh my, this is a sight for sore eyes.  It is without out doubt one of the most stunning pieces I have ever laid my eyes on.

Billie loves to read and I adore The Family Love Tree, so when it was time to create a little reading nook, I instantly knew nothing could replace their Love Chair.  It was always love at first sight, I was just waiting on the right moment to pounce.  The stool is also from The Family Love Tree.  Looks fantastic with the Lapin and Me Lamp from This Modern Life.

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

Featured above is a One Two Nine reversible quilt, with Rosy the dreamer pillowcase by One In A Melon Designs and unicorn cushion from Harley and Soo.

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

In my eyes, a room is never complete without a custom phrase that depicts a special message between two people.  The matte gold wall decal was designed by myself for my little birdie. It’s a little saying we whisper to each other, every night.

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

 

Babiekins Magazine | Billie's Magical Space

When designing rooms, my vision goes deep beyond today and tomorrow; I love creating spaces, which can grow with children and incorporate anything unique and original, which pushes the boundaries.  I tend to steer away from too many baby products and focus on drawing in elements from every day living and home wares; blending in items which appeal to adults as much as children.  Getting the balance right creates the ultimate harmony.

Photography: Natalie Lyons | Instagram | Facebook

Photography: Mel Spurling | Hello Little Birdie Instagram | Facebook | Pinterest

Decor Items //
Cleopatra Tutti Frutti Crown from Gold Frankincense + Myrrh
House Shadow Box from Top Knot Designs
Gold Crown from Hello Hello Studio
Tutu Dress from Tutu Du Monde
Wooden Name Flag from Zilvi
Knot Cushion from My Little Echo
Mini Succulant from Mister Moss
Rug from Armadillo & Co

 

Sleepykins // Christmas Gift Guide

“Well I wish it could be Christmas, every day
When the kids start singing and the band begins to play
Oo-oh, I wish it could be Christmas, every day
So let the bells ring out for Christmas”

Being an interior designer for kids, every day I stumble across many amazing and talented individuals who love to create for our kids.  With Christmas just around the corner, this Christmas gift guide will definitely get your heart racing!  If only it were Christmas every day.

Babiekins Magazine | Christmas Gift Guide

Credits // 01. Zilvi “Dream Even Bigger Baby Flag” | 02. Louise & Albi “Emu Feather Dreamcatcher | 03. One Two Nine “Quilt” | 04. One In A Melon “Rosy the Dreamer Pillowcase” | 05. Gold Frankincense + Myrrh “Cleopatra Tutti Frutti” | 06. Rylee & Cru “C’est La Vie Print” | 07. Peachy Baby “Tent”

FEATUREKINS // Oh Joy for Land of Nod

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I would have to say that most of us are familiar with Joy Cho, the creative force behind the Oh Joy brand. Many of us know her as an inspiring blogger and a modern designer who seeks out the vibrant colors in life and incorporates them into her daily routines. Joy recently partnered with Land of Nod to create a colorful collection of bedding and décor with the little one’s style in mind. We had the chance to talk with her about this whimsical line and hear her thoughts on the creative process.

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Your new line for Land of Nod is sprinkled with hints of warmth and summer and pops of color. Where did you pull your inspiration?
Ice cream is my daughter’s favorite food. When I was designing the collection, I thought a lot about what I would like to be surrounded by and everything about ice cream– from the bright colors to the endless choices of toppings. This really jumped out as the perfect concept for design. The other theme is called Pattern Party. It’s inspired by the drawings that children create when they’re first learning how to draw: simple, playful shapes like hearts, circle, and squares.

We love how colors and shapes play such an important role in your creations. From the products you design, to your home décor, to the look of your blog we see bold shapes and bright colors. Can you tell us a bit about your creative process and why you are attracted to such colors and geometrics?
The Oh Joy brand is all about adding happiness and inspiration to your everyday life. Everything I design starts with colors that are bright and fun and a play on mix-and-match patterns.

Speaking of pops of color, what are some of your favorite colors to work with?
I love the color green, but the shade I love changes every year. Right now it’s mint. I also love bright yellow, cobalt blue, and hot pink. My favorite neutral right now is shiny gold—I can never get enough.

You’ve partnered with Land of Nod in the past, and now you have an exclusive line created just for them just by you. What were some of your favorite steps in bringing this project to life?
My favorite part is getting to see things that I design in 2D turn into real life 3D items!

What do you think kids will love most about this line?
I think the Ice Cream and Cherry pillows are so cute. Many of Ruby’s friends sleep with the ice cream pillow every night!

What do you love most about this line?
I love that it can grow with a child. Whether it’s a baby, toddler, child, or pre-teen, it’s designed to last for a while and something she won’t get bored of too quickly.

The “Sundae Best Bedding” reminds me of a hot summer day when children wait at the edges of their lawns for the ice cream truck to come by. I have to ask, what is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Mint chocolate chip, for sure.

It must be since mint is your favorite shade of green these days! Spring is finally in the air and I have a feeling that our Babiekins readers are ready to spruce up their little one’s rooms with a few fresh touches that reflect these warmer days. Any tips you can share with our readers?
You don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of money to refresh a child’s room, so smaller accessories like fun pillows and artwork are the quickest and least expensive way to update a room in a flash.

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You can see more of Oh Joy for Nod on Land of Nod and follow along with Joy’s daily journey on her blog Oh Joy.

Photographs by Bonnie Tsang and Land of Nod

Posted by Elizabeth, Copy Editor

STORYKINS :: Reading Time

Our little babiekin loves when we are reading books together. Gabriel never sits still for a second, but when it’s reading time he can sit still longer than a half an hour. Reading books is really a daily activity in our home. We have regular times to read, especially before naps and bedtime. This all started when Gabriel was only 6 months old. My older sister (she’s a teacher) told me that reading books is one of the best ways to learn a language. In combination with the wish to create a bedtime routine for Gabriel, we started reading books together.

But the most important thing is that we always having so much fun when we read books together. So we created his own little “library” in his room on his own bookshelf. We have a wide variety of books and we let Gabriel participate as much as possible. He picks his own books he wants to read, we let him to finish the sentence, read the pictures etc.

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Is reading books a daily activity in your home too?

Happy Sunday(evening)!

xx Graciela

SLEEPYKINS :: Ruby’s Playful Room

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Today, we are sharing little Ruby’s playful room. The clean simple Scandinavian style is blended with tiny pops of color and neon pinks to create an ideal room for a little girl. Tiny toys are tucked away and propped up to welcome each day with a whimsical start.

This room is just calling for little ones to come play! Thank you, Claire, for sharing Ruby’s room. If only we lived closer we could have a play date!