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May 11th, 2016

Monkey Business: a bedroom makeover for our youngest client

This month we are taking a light-hearted look at a recent bedroom makeover for our youngest client to date: Miss E, 2.5 years old!

Her parents asked us to keep it simple, think long term and create a fun design that could be both enjoyed now and reconfigured inexpensively as their daughter grows.  Key colours and themes to be included were hot pink and animals, in particular their daughter’s love of monkeys!  In addition, we needed to favour function over form, durability over looks and create as much storage as possible.

In the bedroom we kept the walls neutral, using an extra hardwearing paint finish that can be easily cleaned. The addition of a wall-sticker featuring her favourite monkeys won lots of approval from our young client and can be easily updated when grown out of.

Monkey-themed young girl's room with hot pink accents

We continued the animal theme on the window roman blind, adding curtains with a hot pink border to inject some colour and pull the scheme together (plus ensure complete darkness in the room). The curtain fabric is washable and can be retained throughout the teenage years with the scheme being updated easily by changing the blind.

Monkey themed Harlequin fabric for children's rooms
For storage,  the built-in wardrobe is multifunctional, currently doubling up as a space for “hide and seek” and an overspill for toys, waiting to come into its own in the teenage years with ample room also for shoes, sports kits etc. We were careful to make sure that the low level storage could be easily reached by a younger child.

Chlidren's walk-in wardrobe

Our client was chuffed with the result!

May 8th, 2013

In search of the perfect fabric for a nursery or children’s rooms…

Given that I am soon to become an Auntie for the first time, and with a rare couple of hours to spare between meetings in London, I could not resist a peek at some of the great designs currently on the market for decorating a nursery or children’s rooms.

I started out on London’s Walton Street at “The Nursery Window“, a shop I first discovered almost ten years ago when I was decorating my own children’s rooms. It’s been a favourite ever since…

The Nursery Window

“The Nursery Window” on London’s Walton Street

The name is almost a little misleading, as you might think that the range is targeted at babies and/or very young children. The products for nurseries are great, but one of the main reasons I return to the shop time and time again is because so many of the fabrics work for both very young and older children alike, so that they will not need replacing too quickly. Two of my favourites are for boys (I’m biased here – but they also have some excellent designs for girls.) They’re fun, bright, have “toddler” appeal, but the New World fabric in particular, would also not be too offending for an 11 or 12 year old.

"New World" fabric from "The Nursery Window"

“New World” fabric from The Nursery Window

"Trains" fabric from The Nursery Window

“Trains” fabric from The Nursery Window

Next stop was Tissus d’Hélène in the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour.

Tissus d'Hélène, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

Tissus d’Hélène, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour

As always, I spent way too long in here (in danger of missing the meeting), but well worth it browsing the ranges from two American designers Katie Ridder and Peter Fasano. The “Hollywood” fabrics from Peter Fasano would be great for adding a contemporary feel to a girl’s room as would the Flamingo wallpaper from Cole & Son.

Fasano’s “Pitter Patter” range is good fun with colour ways to suit both girls and boys.

Flamingo" wallpaper from Cole & Son

“Flamingo” wallpaper from Cole & Son

Pitter Patter" fabric from Peter Fasano

“Pitter Patter” fabric from Peter Fasano

Hollywood" range of fabrics from Peter Fasano

“Hollywood” range of fabrics from Peter Fasano

I loved “Pagoda” by Kate Ridder and to be honest this could work for adults as well as children!

Pagoda" fabric by Kate Ridder

“Pagoda” fabric by Kate Ridder

Finally, on the way home (courtesy of another British Rail delay), I managed a bit of Internet surfing and spotted this fun design with bright red spitfires from PaperBoy. I also recently came across Cloth & Clover who kindly sent some samples of their “Peopleton” range. I have my eye on this, it comes in 6 colour ways to suit older/younger, girl or boy. This was my favourite…

"Peopleton" fabric by Cloth & Clover

“Peopleton” fabric by Cloth & Clover

"Spitfires" fabric at Paperboy

“Spitfires” fabric at Paperboy





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