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!

SLEEPYKINS :: A Black and White and Neon Pink Room

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Ginny of Chasing Sunshine sent over these great photos of her 4-year-old daughter’s room. We’re really digging the color scheme and overall vibe! It’s a room that will really grow with her, don’t you think?

Ginny writes, “Addison is the ultimate girly girl with a love for art, imaginative play and superheroes. I knew that I wanted to create a space that would reflect and incorporate this. It is colorful, whimsical and made just for her. I spent time filling it with things that I put love into. Every nook has a hands on activity where she can play and flourish. It’s a place to dress up, hideaway and read a book, draw, cook a pretend meal or snuggle — her space!”

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SLEEPYKINS Little girl room in black and white and hot pink - BABIEKINS MAGAZINE BLOG

SLEEPYKINS Little girl room in black and white and hot pink - BABIEKINS MAGAZINE BLOG

SLEEPYKINS Little girl room in black and white and hot pink - BABIEKINS MAGAZINE BLOG

SLEEPYKINS Little girl room in black and white and hot pink - BABIEKINS MAGAZINE BLOG

SLEEPYKINS :: Bob Dylan’s Forever Young (and a Daswood Bunny Mobile!)

Daswood Rabbit Mobile, Lime Green Ikea Somnat Crib, and Huge Bob Dylan Forever Young Poster - on the Babiekins Magazine blog

Daswood Rabbit Mobile, Lime Green Ikea Somnat Crib, and Huge Bob Dylan Forever Young Poster - on the Babiekins Magazine blog

Daswood Rabbit Mobile, Lime Green Ikea Somnat Crib, and Huge Bob Dylan Forever Young Poster - on the Babiekins Magazine blog

Daswood Rabbit Mobile, Lime Green Ikea Somnat Crib, and Huge Bob Dylan Forever Young Poster - on the Babiekins Magazine blog

“May you grow up to be righteous
may you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
and see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
stand upright and be strong
May you stay
forever young…”

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I love those Bob Dylan lyrics. I’ve had the idea to make a typography poster out of them for a long, long time. Last month, I finally transferred my vision from my brain cells to the computer, and from there to actual paper (thanks to the engineering blueprint printing service at my local office supply store!) Along with the rabbit mobile from Daswood — thanks, Diana! — it really is the final touch I needed for the blank wall over Aveline’s crib.

You can see the rest of her entire room tour is here.

-Gina xo

Daswood provided Babiekins Magazine with a mobile in exchange for this post.

SLEEPYKINS :: Mia Bella’s Bedroom

Good Monday morning, everyone! Remember Mia’s colorful playroom we featured a little while ago? There’s more — little 3-year-old Mia has a wonderful play-oriented bedroom, too! I asked her mama, Abbie, to tell us more about it.

Mia Bella's bedroom tour on the Babiekins Magazine blog's SLEEPYKINS series

Mia Bella's bedroom tour on the Babiekins Magazine blog's SLEEPYKINS series

Mia Bella's bedroom tour on the Babiekins Magazine blog's SLEEPYKINS series

Mia Bella's bedroom tour on the Babiekins Magazine blog's SLEEPYKINS series

SLEEPYKINS :: Mia Bella's Bedroom on the Babiekins Magazine blog

SLEEPYKINS :: Mia Bella's Bedroom on the Babiekins Magazine blog

What does Mia love most about her room? What about you?
Her favorite thing about her room seems to be the wooden dollhouse. She spends the most time playing with it. It’s either that or all the books in her room. She is forever climbing on the chair and pulling several off the bookshelves.

My favorite part of her room is the “Fur Neil” poster by Martin Krusche. Mia has always loved the moon and I wanted to get the poster for her for a LONG time. She likes it too and refers to it as “Mr. Moon.”

Before she was born, what was the one decor item you just HAD to have?
Before Mia was born, we lived in a different home. We were renting, so I couldn’t do a lot for her room. Truthfully, I was still sort of in shock of becoming a parent for most of my pregnancy and didn’t really think about things like perfect items for her nursery. It sort of makes me sad that I didn’t think like that! I’ll definitely think more along those lines when planning a nursery for a second baby! What we did for her room before she was born was order removable (and reusable) vinyl wall decals from Wall Candy Arts. We have a tree and also an owl and glow-in-the-dark stars-and-moon set. They were in her room in our first home and they are still in her room now. I don’t know if I will keep them up forever…I’m starting to think I’m over them. Mia seems quite fond of them, though.

What do you have your eye on to add to her space?
I’m constantly wanting new items for her bedroom. I’d like shorter bookcases so that Mia can reach everything by herself. The ones she has now were mine as a child. I’d also like some String Pocket shelves. And a Norsu elephant bank. :)

There’s a definite transition which takes place once a child outgrows the crib and the space is no longer a nursery. How has Mia’s bedroom changed now that she’s in a “big girl” bed?
Actually, her “big girl” bed is sort of a farce. She sleeps with me, in my bedroom, every single night. We only removed her babyhood crib a couple of months ago and I decided to leave to crib mattress in the room as a reminder of her crib (in case she freaked out over the crib’s removal-it was more a fun spot for her to play than anything else!) I’m hoping it might become a real bed one day. The next plan is to move a bigger bed into her room and I’ll start sleeping with her in her own room before I try teaching her to sleep away from me. Cosleeping works for our family. Mia wakes up a few times every night, so it’s easier for me to have her in bed with me. Not ideal…but I know it won’t last forever. She’ll be a teenager who sleeps fourteen hours a night before I know it!

Thanks for sharing with us, Abbie!

How about you — what do you love most about Mia’s room? I’d have to agree with Abbie, I’m crazy for that Martin Krusche poster.
-Gina xo

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SLEEPYKINS :: Mia’s Playroom / Top 5 Tips for the Perfect Playroom

Hello lovelies! Did you have a nice Memorial Day weekend? We spent most of ours outdoors in the sun, which was fantastic. And now as we ease back into routine on this Tuesday-which-feels-like-a-Monday, I have a great little dose of interiors inspiration to share with you all. Isn’t this a fun and colorful playroom? Mia’s mama, Abbie, was even so kind as to share her top five tips for the perfect playroom, which you can read after the images.
Mia Bella's Playroom as seen on the Babiekins Magazine blog

Mia Bella's Playroom as seen on the Babiekins Magazine blog

Mia Bella's Playroom as seen on the Babiekins Magazine blog

Mia Bella's Playroom as seen on the Babiekins Magazine blog

Mia Bella's Playroom as seen on the Babiekins Magazine blog

Mia Bella's Playroom as seen on the Babiekins Magazine blog

Mia Bella's Playroom as seen on the Babiekins Magazine blog

Tell us about Mia, the lucky girl who gets to use this playroom.
Mia is a very spirited three-year-old who is all about pretend play. She is an only child (so far — we are hoping to give her a younger sibling asap) and that means that I end up playing with her A LOT. It’s only been in the last month or so that she’s been happy playing by herself. So, it’s really important that I am happy in the spaces in which we spend so much time. :)

Did you start designing the room before she was born, or more recently?
Actually, her playroom is a fairly recent development in our home. We’ve had the room since we moved into the house when she was only 8 months old, but at that time it was sort of an office, with some toys for Mia to play with when we were in there. Gradually, more and more toys started ending up in the room and the grown-up office stuff started disappearing, so it became a full-on playroom. Last Christmas when Mia got a play table and chairs and a play kitchen seemed to mark the real beginning of it feeling like a true playroom.

As the room starting coming together, did you work from a single design inspiration, or several?
I would say that there is both a main focal point AND also a lot of separate pieces. The main point of inspiration for me is COLOR. It almost always is. I love colorful spaces, especially children’s spaces. Mia’s toys are bright and colorful. I chose art for the walls that is too. The walls are white, so I felt color was even more important. I really love bright pops of color against white walls. Sometimes I think I might go a bit overboard with use of color, but usually those are just briefly passing thoughts. :) It sort of feels like a rainbow of a room to me.

What’s your favorite thing about the playroom?
I have two favorite parts in the playroom. One is the mini-gallery wall (the large “Apple Pappel” poster by Fine Little Day with the vintage map garland by Etsy artist Happy August, the “Bonjour” print by Allison Cole/The Land of Nod, the kraft letter “m”, and the picture book shelves/wall ledges. Every single time I look at either spot in the room, I smile.

As she gets older, is she having more and more say with what goes into the room?
Luckily for me, Mia is pretty easy-going about what rooms in our home look like. I do try to choose elements that remind me of her or seem like something she would like. She was so excited when our “Apple Pappel” poster arrived in the mail. She was so excited to see me put the Miffy poster (sent to us from friends in the Netherlands) in a frame for the wall. I have already started thinking about what it will be like when she has stronger opinions about the space around her some day; let’s just say I’m glad we aren’t there yet.

I spy Cactus Pups displayed in the little wooden house! Tell us more about your and Mia’s collections.
Before Mia was born, I collected Japanese pop culture toys. I already had A LOT of toys years before getting pregnant. I’m slowly trying to purge a lot of my collection, but my favorite items have and will remain for Mia (and I) to enjoy. Most of those items aren’t even out in the open in the playroom, but stored in the closet. The room has plenty in it already without all of my Japanese collectibles. There are some, of course. We have Tokidoki vinyl toys (i.e., the Cactus Pups) and blindbox toys (along with an assortment of other small toys) in baskets in a bookshelf. There are nine Sonny Angel dolls, which Mia and I both LOVE. There is an assortment of vintage Fisher-Price Little People toys: the blue and yellow dollhouse and the schoolhouse. I love wooden toys and have a great collection of wooden puzzles and wooden play food.

This whole room is such an inspiration! What are the top five elements which make a perfect playroom?

  1. COLOR — especially colors that promote gender-neutral play
  2. ACCESSIBILITY — ensure toys and other children’s items easily accessible to the children so they can reach their playthings without having to ask an adult for help
  3. STORAGE — install lots of good storage/shelving to free up space for playing on the floor
  4. ART — hang art which your children like
  5. TOYS — use favorite toys as inspiration in decorating

Thanks for sharing this delightful play space with us, Abbie!

xo, Gina