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”

Sleepykins // Which Way? That Way.

It can often be difficult to find a designer who truly understands how children see the world – with That Way we have finally found a genius that has managed it. The brains and creativity behind this imaginative brand come from Aga and Damian.

Babiekins Magazine // That Way

Aga has used her years of expertise as an art director and illustrator to transform her talent into creating unique products for children’s interiors and clothing.

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You would be forgiven for thinking that Aga is a zoologist when you look at her designs! They really do capture the beauty of the creatures in our world. Each and every time you just look at one of her new pieces, you are being personally invited to take a step into her crazy imagination and look at the world in a completely different way.

Babiekins Magazine // That Way

Babiekins Magazine // That Way

Babiekins Magazine // That Way

Babiekins Magazine // That Way

Babiekins Magazine // That Way

As a designer myself, it is really great to see someone pushing the boundaries for children – after all, who says that they cannot enjoy great design?

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 //

SLEEPYKINS :: A Black and White and Neon Pink Room

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

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!”

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 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

SHOP THE ROOM

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

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