It’s no secret that spring and summer are for pastels. Combine pastels with graphic patterns for a current SS16 look for your little babiekins.
Hosted in the Vinyl Factory just off of Carnaby Street in London, myself and Emily were so excited to visit Dot To Dot to meet with brands of old favourites and new exhibiting their visions for AW16 for the first time. Dot to Dot is always a carefully curated show in an environment where you can take the time to meet with the creative’s behind the brands and gather a real understanding of their values and appreciate their lines.
Wool in modern shapes and vibrant tones will be a big influence on the next season. A great advocate of which was new brand Knit Planet. A parent team having fun with knit wear and capturing moments of childhood friendship.
We had a whole lot of love for new label Maison Chaos awarded Best Collection of the show, a title well deserved. Created by a team of fathers from Sweden using fabrics that are predominantly seen across the adult luxe athletic trend and applying them to Children’s wear. The result. A line of superhero inspired ready to wear pieces of modern voluminous shapes and fluidity; with superb attention to detail. Neoprene sweaters and metallic pleated skirts this Autumn Winter? We cannot wait.
From Childrenswear to Interiors, HAM walked away with the award for Best Stand. A display of the brand’s new wall stickers and crafted wares encapsulating the playful moments of a Rabbit. These beautifully presented nostalgic prints in their monochrome style are great fun for any nursery.
This year Dot To Dot presented awards in celebration of their exhibitors. The crowned winners were :
Best Newcomer / I Haven The Foggiest
Best Newcomer – Highly Commended / Jax And Hedley
Best Stand / HAM
Best Stand – Highly Commended / Aravore
Best Collection / Maison Chaos
Best Collection – Highly Commended / Beau Loves
Discovering pastels in delicate baby accessories at Scarlet Ribbon Merino to vibrant graphic prints of Moobles and Toobles, Kid Them All and bringing back corduroy with a kick is Sindiso Khumalo. Tiba And Marl and Cub Bags answering Mama’s practical bag prayers. AW16 proves to be an exciting season.
Congratulations Dot To Dot on yet another great show. A sincere thank you for making us and our little Babiekins so welcome. See you in the Summer!
Now here’s a little girl’s room which captivated me at first glance. Avie’s room. The beautiful daughter of the creative and inspirational mumma, Bek Halliday.
Bek has always had a passion for interior styling. “Children’s spaces are definitely the most fun to decorate! You can truly be imaginative and create something magical. I think we all want our kids to grow up surrounded by wonder and a little magic”.
Avie’s room is ever evolving (due to her mumma’s obsession with decorating!). Bek’s is always drawn to the same soft pastel tones. She wanted to create a pretty space which wasn’t overly ‘girly’. Bek loves Scandinavian inspired kids rooms and when designing little Avie’s room, she had a fair idea of what she wanted and also searched the internet and Instagram for inspirational ideas.
Bek’s favourite item in Avie’s room is her painted wall feature with all the bits and bobs on it. Bek was so scared to steer away from the safe white walls, although, the risk definitely paid off.
Avie’s favourite item in her room is her bed! She tends to jump on it… A LOT! “Avie is only four, so I don’t think she really minds what I do with it [her room] for now. Thankfully!
When shopping for her room, there were so many amazing stores that Bek found through Instagram. “This is definitely where I found my favourite pieces for her space. I like to splurge on pieces that I just can’t live without, and source similar pieces to items that were out of my price range. For example, I wanted a bed that I saw at Domayne, although, Avie’s bed is actually from Fantastic Furniture for a quarter of the price.”
Bek also shops on Etsy and scouts local markets and mainstream shops such as Country Road, Cotton On Kids and Typo for fun and quirky pieces; Ikea is a go to place for shelving and frames.
“Sometimes if I can’t find just the right thing, I make it myself. This is how I started my art business. I love to create, I always have. Painting is a strong passion that I have wanted to fulfil for so long. I love the satisfaction of looking at one of my pieces and saying ‘hey, you know what, that’s actually pretty good!’ Ten years ago I wouldn’t of had the confidence to pursue my dream. I guess after having my two babes, the time is just right now”.
Decor Items //
Pop Heart Painting & Sleepy Eye Banner Bek Halliday
Wall Decal “Wild Heart” Hello Little Birdie
Wood Flag “Dream Even Bigger Baby” & “Baby I Love Your Way” Zilvi
Bunny Wall Hook Charlie and Jae
Swan Cushion Like The Cook Kids
We are crushing on pastels, geometrics and watermelon motifs. Oh, and happy kids. That’s what it’s all about right?
Credits // 01. Shorts: Soft Gallery | T-Shirt: Blune Kids| Basket: Senegal Basket by O.K. Berlin| Chair: Vintage by Delikatessen | 02. San Watercolour Watermelon Wallpaper: Jimmy Cricket | Secret Man Chair Pillow: Luckyboysunday | Mini Basket: Ferm Living | Round Rug: Ferm Living by Hausen Shop Berlin | Cubes: Design Letter by Frieda Hain | Dinnerware Pink by Biobu | Crown and Overall: Noe & Zoe | 03. San Watercolour Watermelon Wallpaper: Jimmy Cricket | Chair: Vintage by Delikatessen | Poster Ice cream: Jessica Nielsen | Shoes: Noe & Zoe | Swimsuit: Soft Gallery by Walkingthecat | Pink Leggings: Petitbo by Dino Deluxe | Both T-Shirts: Noe & Zoe | 04. Chair Pillow: Mouche | Melanin Plate Bunny: Frieda Hain | Table Set: Hay by Hausen Shop | Cup Pink: O.K Berlin | Cutlery: Rice |XO Glasses: Sons + Daughters Eyewear | Dress: Noe & Zoe | 05. Dress: Soft Gallery | Sandals: Meduse | 06. Overall: Boob Design by Dino Deluxe | San Watercolour Watermelon Wallpaper: Jimmy Cricket | Dress: Gardner And The Gang by Dino Deluxe | Leggings: Petitbo by Dino Deluxe | Rug: Ferm Living by Hausen Shop Berlin | 07. Swimsuit: Mini Rodini by Dino Deluxe | Cutlery: Rice |