Fall is officially here and with the chilly weather and crisp breeze comes cozy blankets and gorgeous jewel tones. It was time to switch up Lucas’s summer linens and this yummy duvet from Sugar & Tots was the perfect choice! The donut pattern is whimsical and fun (and who doesn’t love donuts?!) and the harlequin pattern adds a modern twist. And how about that beautiful natti-natti cushion – it’s inspired from vintage fabric. Lucas loves to flip it over to the open eyes side when he wakes up. Lucas’s bed is Autumn ready!
Meet the two creatives behind Sprout and Sparrow who create bold, contemporary art prints which bring colour and life into any little child’s space. Adi (a former lawyer) and Tash (a graphic designer) are sisters and mums to four cheeky (but gorgeous) kids.
Sprout and Sparrow was born after the two sisters spent hours scouring shops and the internet to find the perfect piece of art for their little ones’. They didn’t want to spend a lot of money and just wanted to find something a little bit different, bold yet colourful. Nothing really grabbed their attention, so in a brief moment of calm during a play date one morning, they came up with an idea over a pot of peppermint tea: “let’s make our own art!” And so they did! It has become a great creative outlet for them and the world loves them.
Adi and Tash find so much inspiration everywhere. They love colour. Even in the midst of the monochrome craze they have always maintained bright colourful pieces in their stunning range. Their new range is predominantly inspired by their kids. Their ‘Paper plane’ print came about because one of their kids is a little obsessed with paper planes; if you look closely at the print, you will see his words on the page. Such a beautiful and personal touch.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we might feature your little’s room on the blog!
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
We are taking a look at Isa’s cozy room today. Isa’s mommy Sophia Smeekens, is the creative behind Studio Escargot and her room is filled with lots of dolls created by her mommy. Sophia feels that children’s rooms should be simple and comfortable. Also, she wants Isa’s room to be a place where she can relax and feel safe. In order to keep things eco-friendly, Sophia mixes new and second hand furniture.
Sonny Angels | Little Lulubel.
We have been in our new apartment for a little over a month now and there is still so much to do! However, I am loving Lucas’ new room thus far! I wanted him to have a space that was vibrant, fun and suited his colorful personality. While I am always thinking of new things that I want to add and switch around, here are a few shots of his space so far. I love it. Lucas loves it. Wins for all!
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.
Hot dog bed set – Mini Rodini //
Vintage schoolchair, desk and closet //