Luvkins // The Artist's Way, Editor's Picks

With the New Year quickly rolling in, we couldn’t help but get inspired by the vast open world of art that surrounds us. We turned to some of our favorite artists to share an eclectic collection of pieces that are bound to grab your attention. Watch out 2015- it’s a bold year of art just waiting to be discovered!

Babiekins Magazine | The Artist's Way

Credits // 01. Asian Elephant, Andrew Zuckerman | 02. Jess Brown “Coco” Doll | 03. Lucky Boy Sunday “Face it” Blanket, Maze | 04. Creature, Andrew Zuckerman | 05. Lucky Boy Sunday Balhazar, Norman & Jules | 06. “Cuba Car series plate _01″ by Squire Fox | 07. Josiah Morgan Tintype Photograph made from digital image | 08. Carter Kustera, Silhouette Portrait | 09. Carter Kustera, Silhouette Portrait | 10. “View over Parisian Rooftops” Clare Caulfield Limited Edition Giclee Print from Original Watercolour and Pencil

Sleepykins // Jules’ room

Jules’ room.

We combined vintage items with new items and I love how it all turned out.
Last week we made a little reading nook under his bed. I made the big cushion myself with black and white dots on one side, black and white stripes on the other side.
Before bed we read and cuddle, but he loves to sit there and read on his own, not longer than 15 minutes, of course. A perfect little corner far away from the TV and iPad!

He is still at an age where he prefers to play near us, so we kept it all pretty basic and simple.

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Bed – Ikea // Apple cushion – Studio Meez // Triangle stickers –Molly Meg // Paper garland – Happy August //

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Monkey print – Fourmonkeys // Kite cushion – Bisou de Lou // Dotted reversible blanket – Klippan //

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Hot dog bed set – Mini Rodini //

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Dog teddy – Bobo Choses // Wall decal and postcards – Fourmonkeys  //

 

 

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Lego storage boxes // Dolls – Naked Lunge // Lamp – Ikea // Arne Jacobsen vintage Alphabet  print // Beauloves cap – Goldfish //

 

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Vintage schoolchair, desk and closet //

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

FEATUREKINS :: Kindred Work + Shop

I’m very excited to share with you the space of Kindred Work + Shop.  If you aren’t familiar with Children Inspire Design beautiful, unique prints then do your self a favor and check it out here. We are huge fans. Well, Kindred Work + Shop is home to artist and founder Rebecca Peragine’s studio as well as a creative space, craft lab and boutique. Check it out.

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We spoke to Rebecca about her space and thought she could tell you all about it :

“As an artist working from home, I deeply craved connection with other like-minded people, I craved a community. So I set out to develop a collaborative, creative space that would fill that need many of us feel. Kindred Work + Shop is a place where art, craft, artisanal home decor and social initiatives come together. We offer art/craft classes for adults and children to allow people to connect with their creative side and with each other. We do in-house printing for my two art companies, Children Inspire Design and Fresh Words Market in the back space of the studio. That is also our playground, where we get to work on our own home decor designs. We also support local indie artisans and fair trade companies by carrying small numbers of carefully curated home decor and gift items.

The vision of Kindred is very much in line with that of my two companies, which seek to inspire, educate and connect people. One of the strongest links among the three companies is social giving. A percentage of all proceeds will be invested in micro-financing initiatives focused on empowering women around the globe, mainly artisans to become self-sufficient. We believe empowered women leads to empowered children and subsequently, empowered communities.” 

www.kindredworkshop.com

– Stephanie Matthew ::

Photography by Harmony Pyper

 

LUVKINS :: 9 Rabbit Picks for a Kids’ Room

Babiekins Magazine Blog - Inspiration for a Rabbit and Bunny-themed Kids' Room

1. Rabbit Profile Framed Art via Anthropologie | 2. Maximilien & Ludo Cushion Cover via Famille Summerbelle | 3. Bernard’s Ears Print via Catherine Rayner | 4. Through the Woods Rabbit Knob via Anthropologie | 5. Apolline Rabbits via Makie | 6. William Morris Brer Rabbit Wallpaper via Fabrics and Papers | 7. Standing Rabbit via Schleich | 8. Duvet Cover via H&M GB | 9. Wild Rabbit via Schleich

When I was a little girl, I had many pet rabbits — yes, live ones! — all with first and middle names and all with their own personalities. By the time I was in high school, I only had one, but he lived in an above-ground kennel with his very own dog house…er, rabbit house. And, he would come running when I called his name.

I still love bunnies, so it’s no big surprise that I bought that duvet above for Aveline’s room. (Well, technically my friend in the UK bought it, and then shipped it to me, since it was never available in the US. And now, sadly, it’s sold out.)

Now if money were no object, I’m pretty sure you’d find the above items in her room, too. I love those drawer pulls! For now, we just have the terrific duvet cover and the Schleich animals (our favorites!), but it makes me so happy to share this round-up of lapin inspiration with you.

Is there an animal from your own childhood which still inspires you today?

xo, Gina

SLEEPYKINS :: Ezra’s Sophisticated Neutral Nursery

Elegant Neutral Nursery via Simply Bloom Photography as seen on the Babiekins Magazine blog!
When we found out it was a boy I took the nursery as a project to pour all my excitement and anticipation into! I wanted it to be a soothing room. I considered the idea of a playful room, but as a fanatic of all things old and rustic, I just couldn’t stray away from my vintage style.

I began the enormous task of designing our first baby’s room with none other than an inspiration board of ideas and a color palette. There were a few pieces I just knew I had to have such as the jute chandelier, the wall paper and and a serene sheep mobile. Everything else built upon these elements throughout my research.

One of the main things I wanted to accomplish was a room that would “grow” with baby, and I believe that I accomplished that (minus the crib of course).

I also wanted magical and dreamy touches, that’s why I decided to incorporate a quote from a Disney song on the wooden sign my husband built. I also “carved” Peter Pan out of paper alongside whimsical wording in the pages of a vintage book.

I left the room with a lot of space for Ezra to one day pick and choose things and toys he might want to add, so the room will truly be his own creation.

xo, Vania/Simply Bloom Photography, LLC
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About this series: SLEEPYKINS features real rooms from real kids. Do you have a special place — your child’s bedroom, playroom, or favorite corner — you want to share with us? Send photos to gina@babiekinsmag.com! Details here.

SLEEPYKINS :: Isabella and Emilia’s Energetic Room





Sisters Isabella and Emilia, who live in Oslo, Norway, love books, necklaces, and animals. This energetic room is the perfect place to showcase all three!

Of course we just had to know what the writing above the bunk beds meant (aren’t you curious, too?) The girls’ Aunt Camilla translated the Pippi Longstocking quote for us: “I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that.”

Does that sound like a little one YOU know? : )

We want to see your child’s bedroom, playroom, or favorite corner! You can email photos to gina@babiekinsmag.com. Details here.

SLEEPYKINS :: Scarlett’s Curated Bedroom of Treasures



Scarlett’s room is just full of warmth and life! Her mama, Lauren Rebecca of Saratoga Springs, NY, tells Babiekins, “I started collecting things for Scarlett’s room when I found out that I was pregnant. I didn’t really have a rhyme or reason. I just picked things that I was fond of. Putting together her room was heartwarming because I was able to take all of the wonderful treasures that I had collected and put them in her one, special room. Vintage finds, hand-made pieces and a few new selections helped me stitch together an eclectic room of love for my little girl.”

Do you have a special place — your child’s bedroom, playroom, or favorite corner — you want to share with us? We want to see! Please email photos to gina@babiekinsmag.com. More details can be found here.

SLEEPYKINS :: Gia’s Principessa Room









Annalea of Hope & Honey has created this relaxing little getaway room for her six-year-old daughter, Gia. This room makes us think of springtime! We think the vintage sheets as curtains and the cheery bird details are just the perfect touch for a little girl. (P.S. Find out how Annalea made that pretty little Principessa banner.)

Do you have a special place — your child’s bedroom, playroom, or favorite corner — you want to share with us? We want to see! Please email photos to gina@babiekinsmag.com. More details can be found here.

SLEEPYKINS :: Bright Details in Finley’s Room




Finley’s bright and colorful room is just an absolute delight! We love the mix of modern toys interspersed with older items which once belonged to his parents. Thank you, Camilla, for sharing such a playful and imaginative little boy’s room with us!

Do you have a special place — your child’s bedroom, playroom, or favorite corner — you want to share with us? We want to see! Please email photos to gina@babiekinsmag.com. More details can be found here.

SLEEPYKINS :: Elle’s Soft and Feminine Room

Keri-Anne of Gingerlillytea sent us this tour of her four-year-old daughter’s sweet and sophisticated room. We love the vintage touch the wallpaper gives this very girly room!




Do you have a special place — your child’s bedroom, playroom, or favorite corner — you want to share with us? We want to see! Please email photos to gina@babiekinsmag.com. More details can be found here.

SLEEPYKINS :: A Rabbit Corner in Paris

I love peeking into people’s homes, don’t you? Something about seeing how others create a sense of warmth and family through décor has a very universal appeal. And spaces created for little ones are especially inviting — and, no big surprise — a big favorite of ours here at Babiekins Magazine.

Helena, a French reader, sent us photos of the cozy grey and plum area she put together for her 3-month-old son, Yves.

She tells us, “We live in Paris – Montmartre in a little apartment as do many people here, so I could not create a ‘room’, just a baby corner. When I discovered the fabulous fabric with little rabbits I knew it was the perfect one for my little son, my little rabbit.”

We couldn’t agree more, Helena! What a terrific example of beautiful small-space living.

ROOMKINS Interior Design and Kids Room Decor on the Babiekins Magazine blog - A rabbit-themed baby space in Paris, France!

ROOMKINS Interior Design and Kids Room Decor on the Babiekins Magazine blog - A rabbit-themed baby space in Paris, France!

ROOMKINS Interior Design and Kids Room Decor on the Babiekins Magazine blog - A rabbit-themed baby space in Paris, France!

ROOMKINS Interior Design and Kids Room Decor on the Babiekins Magazine blog - A rabbit-themed baby space in Paris, France!

We’re also inviting YOU to share with us the special places where your children sleep and play. Email us!

xo,Gina