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A while back we moved into a little old cottage. Creaky wooden floorboards, cracks in the paint, poky little bedrooms…it has it all. It was love at first sight and although I have big plans for each and every space in this home, for now we have been nesting and making due with what we have. The result in Piper’s space has been a lovely, dreamy and vintage bedroom with all the fixings for a fairytale childhood.

Piper is nearly five and will happily go into her bedroom for hours and play with her mixed collection of toys or draw at her vintage school desk. She loves curling up on her antique kilim rug to read stories (all made up from memories of what we have read before,) and play dress ups with her endless collection of masks and wings and lovely things.

The walls have a few layers of paint. One is white and purple and the other three a suede army green. The longer I am here the more I love the vintage green, for now.

Credits // Wall Dot: Pony Rider | Rag Dolls + Linen Rabbit: Jess Brown | Clear Book Shelves: Mint Rhapsody | Hanging Dress: Bobo Choses | Tutu: Tutu Du Monde | Playsuit (Pink and White): Wovenplay | Cloth Bunny: Cloth and Thread | Wool Bunny Mask: Down to the Woods | Piper’s Dress: Udder | Furniture: Vintage.

Featurekins // Dot to Dot

I headed down to a new bi-annual kids trade show in London. Dot to Dot. Exhibiting some fantastic new brands launching their first ranges this year, as well as some familiar faces. It would seem AW15 will be full of colour, imagination, beautiful shapes…. and Pom Poms look here to stay.

Some exciting new brands to look out for 2015.

Urban Merino. A fellow denim obsessive, striving to bring a capsule collection of basics. The raglan sleeve colour ways of grey with pops of purple, orange really stood out to me. The quality and finish of the premium fabric used is something else.

A Mini Penny. An expansion of A Weathered Penny; jewellery for us Mumma’s you can now treat your Babiekin’s to some super cute pom pom rings, Unicorns and Ballerina pendants.

Milk Inc. The fluidity and purity of these sophisticated Tee’s is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. Using an innovative process with milk fabrics, the brainchild’s behind this new brand of children’s wear really know what they’re doing. One to definitely get excited about.

Holly Hastie. A finalist for the Rising Star Award at Bubble London next week. This is a brand tipped for big things. Inspired by her daughters love of classic children’s films, and whimsical imagination. Think long flowing cloaks, beautiful quirky dresses with classic silhouettes and luxurious textures.

Young Double. A brand new child’s clothing range of quirky screen printed handmade dolls of Naked Lunge fame. Mixing up textures, shapes and movement to create fun sweaters and tee’s.

 

Babiekins Magazine | Dot to Dot |New Brand Roundup

 

Credits // 01. Holly Hastie | 02. Young Double | 03. re-be | 04.  A Mini Penny | 05. Petite Albion | 06. Milk Inc. | 07. Urban Merino

Corby Tindersticks will be adding some new animal friends to their quirky range of instantly recognisable lifestyle products.

Babiekins Magazine | Corby Tindersticks | Dot to Dot

 

Dandy Star are taking their inspiration from Space with striking star prints and Sci-Fi references across bold metallic’s, sleepwear and accessories.  I totally have my eye on Loud Apparel’s Jeremy Scott inspired snap back. Continuing their trademark use of edgy textures and bold lines. Tootsa MacGinty have some done amazing things with plaid, cute dresses, detailed lining. As well as mixing up animal print with pops of colour. A range with huge personality.

 

Babiekins Magazine | DOt to Dot | Established Brands

Credits // 01. Dandy Star | 02. Loud Apparel | 03. Tootsa MacGinty | 04. Dandy Star | 05. Loud Apparel | 06. Tootsa MacGinty | 07. Dandy Star

Milk and Biscuits had me hook line and sinker with a particularly stunning line of beautiful dresses, knitwear and jackets; an incredibly cohesive colour pallet. Key pieces with great versatility.

 

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Babiekins Magazine | Dot to Dot | Lapin And Me

Lapin & Me will be introducing some exciting new colourways, and the much loved woodland doll; will soon also available as a night light. She looks amazing!

Not that I’m wishing the summer away… but AW15 excites me!

Sleepykins // Live Loud & Play

At Babiekins Magazine, but we love REAL rooms. Rooms that you can feel are lived in and loved. Linda of Live Loud Girl, graciously shares her boys’ playroom with us.

In our home, we generally keep things a basic white. White generates a feeling of peace. HOwever, don’t be afraid to introduce a bold color (like the yellow vintage casalino chairs purchased on Ebay). I like to add a mix of styles and finds that are both old and new to create a space that speaks. Your home should reflect the story of your life, and we certainly should’t forget that kid spaces are for kids!
I’m not a big fan of themed rooms. I like when they can grow into a room. Less is more. Kids often have a lot of knick knacks and toys, so I try to find solutions to declutter and make cleaning easy for them (and mommy).This playspace is in our living room and the boys love to be around us. They hardly play in their own rooms. In this play space, everyone can be together, but there is space for independent play. Jack loves to draw and Sam to race with his cars. The table gives enough space to do that!

Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Live Loud & Play

Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Live Loud & Play

Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Live Loud & Play

Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Live Loud & Play

Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Live Loud & Play

Babiekins Magazine|Sleepykins//Live Loud & Play

Vintage Fisher Price Garage & casalino chairs| we bought on Ebay, just like the vintage casalino chairs|Urban Walls Triangle Decals:|Owl & Grow Up Prints| White Toy box|Black Felt garland Felt Foxes |Posters Poison Bulle Teepee|Ferm living storage bag |Design letters cup

Linda of Live Loud girl. Interior stylist, Blogger & Co Founder ‘By Live Loud girl’ pop up shop, but most of all mom of Jack (4) and Sam (3).
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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 :: 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

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 :: 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 :: Pétur Dan and Tómas Runi's White Room in Iceland


Maja emailed us from Iceland with this photo of the room shared by her sons Pétur Dan and Tómas Runi, who are 2 and 4 years old. The winter sunshine reflecting off all the white makes this space look especially cozy and perfect for an afternoon nap, don’t you think?

Want to send us photos of your little one’s room? Here’s how!

SLEEPYKINS :: Alma and Nogah's Room in Jerusalem

Last week our featured room was in Paris, France, and this week it’s in Israel!

Alma and Nogah’s mother Yael writes, “We live in a small apartment in the center of Jerusalem, Israel. We like to consider Alma and Nogah’s room as a reflection of their reach and joyful world. The paintings on the wall were made by their grandmother (called mémé), and the photos printed by ixxi were taken at our last trip to Greece. They have many ceramic works they made at school on the shelves. Almost all the furniture was found in the street or bought secondhand, except for Alma’s beautiful bed that was commissioned especially from my brother-in-law.”
Alma and Nogah's bedroom in Jerusalem, featured on the Sleepykins home decor interior design series on the Babiekins Magazine blog

Shelf and bed in Alma and Nogah's bedroom in Jerusalem, featured on the Sleepykins home decor interior design series on the Babiekins Magazine blog

Corner of Alma and Nogah's bedroom in Jerusalem, featured on the Sleepykins home decor interior design series on the Babiekins Magazine blog

Shelf  in Alma and Nogah's bedroom in Jerusalem, featured on the Sleepykins home decor interior design series on the Babiekins Magazine blog

What a happy, happy room! Thanks for sharing with Babiekins, Yael.

Now it’s your turn — tell us about the special places where your children sleep and play, and we might pick your room to be featured here on the Sleepykins series!

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