Much like a bear, as the weather is getting chillier and chillier, I am wanting to hibernate and cuddle with my babiekin every chance I get. My hibernation plans look something like this… my favorite chair, a cozy sweatshirt, a cute lamp, some cushions and being surrounded by things I love. What I am loving right now are bears, especially the polar bear. How unbearably cute is this round up of bear goodies? The sweet combination of black and white makes me a happy mama bear, and I know these bear goodies would make my babiekin happy too!
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
In the world of kid’s interiors, I am always hunting for the most perfect pieces to make a room come to life. Near or far, I stumble across the most amazing and unique small business’s and retailers, who pour their heart and soul into their passion of creative unique and original pieces. I was lucky enough to be approached by the talented Nicole, the creative behind Zilvi, to work on an exciting collaboration. Together we created ‘wreath plaques”. Hand drawn designs by myself, engraved into wood by Zilvi.
‘Wild Heart’ photo shoot showcases a range of kids decor products which I have grown to love and adore, including my collaboration with Zilvi. There is some serious talent out in this world, which shouldn’t go unnoticed! I am all about supporting small businesses, be an online retailer, mortar and brick store or a stay home mum who decided to take the world by storm and create an amazing product! Support small so big dreams can come true. Support small so we can carry on doing what we love. #isupportsmall
Wild Heart and cloud cushion hand made by Mito Loves Paige
Ever doll, in grey tutu by Henry Pip & Dee.
White Horse Soy Candle handmade by Candi & Co.
Bambi cushion Like the Cool Kids.
Zilvi wooden swan hanger.
Knot Cushion available at Design Stuff.
J is for JJ.
JJ’s room is influenced by the current Scandinavian trends, a little monochrome madness and some of natures own – wood. I love it when eclectic comes together!
His room brings a sense of calm, relaxation and peacefulness. For me. themed rooms are really not my style; I love designing rooms which can grow with a child & keep them company for years to come. Sometimes, you have to agree, less is more.
My favourite item in JJ”s room has to be his polaroid photo feature, hanging from a wood branch which I collected from the park.
Decor Items //
Heirloom Bear Blanket & Lilbow Pillow Doll Roxy Marj
Wall Decal “From Big Things Little Things Grow” Hello Little Birdie
Wooden Flag “My Dad Is Better Than Batman” Zilvi
Animal Print Tellkiddo
Happy/Sad Pillowcase Fine Little Day
Man In The Moon Print XoEinDing
For those who have yet to meet me – hello! My friends call me Mel, my family Melina and my two little birdie’s “mummy”. I am the interior stylist and designer behind Hello Little Birdie.
I wanted to share with you one of my little birdie’s rooms. Let’s step into the world of Billie’s room; a room inspired by the song “somewhere over the rainbow”. I wanted to create a room “where dreams you dream of really do come true”. A magical little space, which would last a lifetime… A little piece of heaven, where Billie can explore, grow, be inspired, create memories and most of all have fun in! A little space “where troubles melt like lemon drops”.
Much like myself, Billie has an eye for detail, so I cannot take ALL the credit for designing her room; she definitely had her fair share of opinions and called some shots!
The excitement of Billie’s room begins before you enter her room, showcased on her bedroom door a custom heart mini name flag, created by the talented Nicole owner of Zilvi.
The little girl print is one of my all time favourites by Australian artist Sara Winfield. Sara’s illustrations and paintings are truly magical, I love how she captures emotion in her art. This piece was ideal for Billie’s room as the mint background compliments the the buffet drawers. Drawers were a little DIY project, purchased on ebay, restored & painted.
The colour palettes of gold, natural wood and mint really tied everything together, keeping the room soft, yet natural and soothing. The gold “hello” sign is from Naughts and Crosses. It was originally pink and I gave it a gold spray over. Love it! For storage I couldn’t resist the Uashmama gold metallic bag and Tellkiddo paper bag – perfectly ideal for all the toys that need to be tucked away at night.
Billie and I were looking at beds and when we came across the Incy Interiors Mia bed, we instantly knew it was the one! Hanging on the wall to compliment the Ferm Living wallpaper is a Frankie and Finch golden luxe weaving. Oh my, this is a sight for sore eyes. It is without out doubt one of the most stunning pieces I have ever laid my eyes on.
Billie loves to read and I adore The Family Love Tree, so when it was time to create a little reading nook, I instantly knew nothing could replace their Love Chair. It was always love at first sight, I was just waiting on the right moment to pounce. The stool is also from The Family Love Tree. Looks fantastic with the Lapin and Me Lamp from This Modern Life.
In my eyes, a room is never complete without a custom phrase that depicts a special message between two people. The matte gold wall decal was designed by myself for my little birdie. It’s a little saying we whisper to each other, every night.
When designing rooms, my vision goes deep beyond today and tomorrow; I love creating spaces, which can grow with children and incorporate anything unique and original, which pushes the boundaries. I tend to steer away from too many baby products and focus on drawing in elements from every day living and home wares; blending in items which appeal to adults as much as children. Getting the balance right creates the ultimate harmony.
Decor Items //
Cleopatra Tutti Frutti Crown from Gold Frankincense + Myrrh
House Shadow Box from Top Knot Designs
Gold Crown from Hello Hello Studio
Tutu Dress from Tutu Du Monde
Wooden Name Flag from Zilvi
Knot Cushion from My Little Echo
Mini Succulant from Mister Moss
Rug from Armadillo & Co
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” and I’m beginning to get ready for the Holidays. Our family begins our holiday season with the tradition of chopping down our Christmas Tree the day after Thanksgiving – yes, I would rather spend Black Friday in the woods than in the mall and do my holiday shopping on Cyber Monday. After bringing our tree home, our family spends the entire weekend decorating our home. This year I am looking forward to decorating my son’s bedroom, after all, he is the most excited person in our family for the holidays to arrive. I love the idea of having special holiday decorations for him, and this year I will be adding some ornaments, a garland, and an advent calendar to his room which is one of the many reasons I am especially loving this round up of special holiday goodies for little ones.
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.
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.
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.
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?
We love discovering fabulous new brands. I recently stumbled upon KaPow Kids and I immediately wanted to order the whole line! KaPow Kids is a unique Aussie label and they design bright, fun and limited edition clothes for our littles. They are based in Melbourne and designed for babies and toddlers who want to stand out from the crowd. The clothes are all hand made in limited quantities and sell out pretty quickly.
KaPow Kids // Website