Oh Eight Oh Nine
My daughter who just turned 8 has been requesting an update to her room -she’s had the same set up since age 5 so it’s time. Her taste and interests have changed.
Our changes will have to be in the details, because we won’t make any major furnishing changes, and we just painted about 3 years ago -and it’s in perfect condition. I also invested in high quality shades and curtains.
There are new fun ways to update the look without getting rid of the big investment pieces.
1. Add a High Quality Poster or Photo that Changes the Mood
Interior Philosophy gets this look right.
2. Change Those Drapes!
I am loving these Boho style Pom Pom curtains…..from Susie Watson Designs + Serena & Lily
3. Add Throw Pillows that Say Fun!
Zazzle, Aelfie, + Plusheez
4. Add Sheepskin for Cozy Style
NEXT Dress + Jacket, “Because she so beautiful and you can do a pretty good dance in that dress.” (Charlotte, 5)
Pineapples are the best beach food ever, and this cutie rocks her little pineapple look perfectly! From NEXT.
It’s almost beach season say my special fashion advisors ages five and seven and it’s “totally time for us to give fashion advice too!”
Now, I try to take their advice with a grain of salt because they have a general attitude that often if an outfit is fabulous it benefits from becoming two outfits, e.g. they love to wear two outfits at a time, I mean why not?
Nevertheless, they have helped me pick out some super winners from the amazing world of kid’s creative style and fashion! Do enjoy my darlings!
Monsoon SS 17
The Leotard Shop + To the Moon
Plus + a super cool cookie and a show stealer shark shirt from Hanna Andersson
Dolce and Gabbana Summer 2017
According to my girls this is totally how they see their life “mommy is sort of yelling while smiling, and daddy is fixing himself something to eat.” Okay best picture ever of family life at beach goes to Dolce and Gabbana!
Sydney Harbor Tee, TEA COLLECTION
MiniBoden… + Mini Rodini’s Mr. Mouse Swim shorts, SS17
Dolce and Gabbana!
And now for this years amazing bathing suits for boys and girls, but mostly girls, because that’s what my advisors are most interested in ….
Marysia Swim Bumby, Photo by Rubia Collective
Look Lane UK, Narwal Sneakers
BESOS XXOOO, Don’t forget to make popsicles for the beach. It’s easy (Bianca, 7)
Lemon Blueberry Popsicle from our kids’ latest favorite site Gemma’s awesome blog Bigger Bolder Baking!
Singapore Style tastemaker ….Cavalier Kids -We love this brand because it’s just plain fun.
Children love to move so stretchy or loose fabrics are smart choices and soft on skin natural textiles like bamboo, cotton and cotton blends are best.
Bright funky colors take center stage today and pretty much anything with fun embellishment or a hint of the unusual when it comes to texture. And of course, we all know sporty looks and animals are always a sure hit!
So much fun with Munster Kids...and yes, a monster is definately a type of animal.
Wolf and Rita has a line of gorgeously unusual pieces and not just amazing dresses, lots of fun tee shirts and short sets too.
We are madly in love with the British brand No Added Sugar too, because well, it’s just stylish pretty and sharp clothing that fits, and is adorable and practical.
No added Sugar
Ladida is full of gorgeous prettiness, and dresses you definitely want to save forever, as in tucked away in your top drawer til your baby has her own babies…Kahlo inspired designs for the spring-summer season will make your heart swell. Mexican artist Frida Kahlo was a model of bravery and brilliance, and so for me, she makes a great example for little girls. And everyday beauty was important to her as well, just a visit to her Coyoacán house tells you this story in the most thrilling of ways.
Oh Junkfood Clothing Co., definately top of my list of baby couture…awesome tees for your tiny mr. handsome face…
H&M wins the prize for affordability with their incredible prices, cotton is the best choice for kids as their active lives mean appliques and etc will fall apart at this price point. But a cotton tee-shirt or dress can be washed on cold a dozen times. PLUS they have an affinity for patterns with cats…and dresses like this one come in @ $ USD 4.99
Hello! Welcome to part 2 of our popular curated by kids decor series! This is a fun collaborative effort by Rosalina, her daughters, and a occassionally random group of neighborhood kids, mostly girls age 5-12. We noticed that if something seems magical or fantastical it’s a winner. Case in point, a rabbit leaping over a mountain in gorgeous graphic wallpaper in the sweetest of muted pinks, or an eyelashed pillow….or even a pear dollhouse…
Pear House by Little Earth Nest Eco Toys
Emily Merritt Collection, From Pottery Barn Teen. I find that PBT sheets are a huge investment but they last a lifetime, the percale cotton seems to get better with age.
Engel & Bengel
Yellow is a unifying color and brings these patterns together beautifully. Not a lover of pinks? Not a problem. The blossom duvet is classic and on trend. Mix and match styles, like this eclectic white bed with retro floral designs. Image courtesy of Serena and Lily.
Classic white desk that can go to an apartment when your little gets older, or stay @ home for holidays. Image courtesy of The Land of Nod.
Oh baby, who doesn’t have a panda crush, and guess what these are from H&M which means they are super inexpensive.
Check out the irresistible prettiness is this Takotomo bedspread in polka dots with gold piping!
How about an adorable bedside table ? Large Round Wooden Side Table in Mint with Contrast Colored Legs from Sisters Guild.
Put your stuff away please! Bins, bins +more bins. By RiceDK from Sisters Guild.
MyLove Affair with Swans
I never really thought about swans -as a decorative element, or a favorite animal until my daughter requested a stuffed swan for her birthday -and I was astounded by how hard it was to find a nicely made one -I had to order one from Germany. I realized in fact they were the perfect bird for the animal crazy primary schooler -and they can add a touch of sophistication and the vintage as well. I hope you will be absolutely inspired by this collection of beautiful artistic designs, antiques, and eclectic swan decor items.
Hanna Nyman, Sweden -Hanna is a paper artist who is worth knowing about. Check out her amazing Back to Poetry Instagram for more extra prettiness!
No need to be a baby to LOVE this amazing mobile and this super swan pillow. Mmm..sweet dreams sugar..from Little Cloud, UK. You can find tons of custom items made with yes, Liberty Fabrics.
I may in fact, need one of these for my dresser, how delightfully sweet, hand made ballerina swans….artfully crafted by hand using a family heirloom sewing machine by Nacotopocoto, Etsy.
Via Instagram/ Pinterest
Design by Eveline Tarunadjaja, an extraordinarily talented illustrator, and designer from Melbourne. Enjoy more of her work on her beautiful site
Frankie’s Bedroom….A little romance mixed with a vintage settler’s bed + Swedish Style..via Blonde +Bone.
And more wonderfulness, Swan prints, and check out the amazing whale stuffed animal on the bed. Via Little Dwellings, Australia. This design firm’s site is full of delights, including “mood” or e-boards, and tours of makeovers. Masters of the cool pastel and whimsical, yet tasteful children’s decor, their site is a must see.
Image via Pinterest, Top Home Decor.
Swan Nightlight via Modcloth
Nanna Design, Bloomingville Mini
We finally graduated from our collection of super cute vintage plastic plates + bowels and we are ready to use porcelain plates! I wanted to get something that would appeal to grade-school age kids, but can be used into the teen years. And I wanted to avoid cartoons and Disney Princesses etc.
We have used a combo of single vintage plates in coordinating colors, and discovered Jim Ward’s (JimBobArt) amazing line of plates with humorous and illustrative style plates, RiceDK and so many great sets, enjoy the beautiful selection!
The Sandwich Defender Plate, Jim Bob Art
The Storybook Rabbit Shop
The Storybook Rabbit Shop on Etsy has great paintings on vintage dishes, like this wonderful rabbit plate above, and while they run high in terms of pricing, they are just so charming, and make amazing gifts! And the Australian based artisan makes custom orders!
If you chose vintage places I suggest hand washing so the finish does not come off and expose your kids to any toxic paint etc. Do not use cracked plates, and feel free to combine vintage pieces with usually pricey sale items single pieces from department stores, thrift or outlets.
I recently curated an amazing collection of animal themed plates for one little boy, each sources sourced from thrift stores or sales at retailers (where only odd numbers of plates are on sale) so this approach can be used for any taste.
Spode Plate Set via Horchow
Rockett St. George
Ebony Line, Sketch Inc.
Biobu (Bamboo fiber plates)
#howtodecorate #kidsdinnerware #creativetabletopdec0r
Do you love the deliciousness that is a toddler in a bathing suit? For your cuteness needs for today! Naturally I love to see that handsome surfer taking a stroll along the beach, but one of my favorite sights is a baby in a swimming suit. Adorable!
Check out these trending cuties, as well as a great pattern by Ruby Jean Clothing (below) and our fabric selections for the cutest of suits!
Tara Hedger, The Fabric Fairy, Sweetness via Spoonflower, and Pink Woodland Creatures by Lydia Meiying, Spoonflower
Four Fun Designs by Lydia Meiying, via Spoonflower
Lydia is a favorite designer of mine, and she has a great selection, we are in love with her Chinese wood cut fabrics, particularly popular for the inclusion of tigers as voted by our jury of toddlers and primary school fashionistas!
Cute swimsuit fabric can be hard to come by, depending on your skill level you need to get a pattern that will work for your suit, allover scattered is great for the novice. So far, the best places I have found are Spoonflower, you can order many of the artist designed fabric in a swimsuit appropriate material (sport lycra). However, Fabric Fairy has an entire section of swimsuit fabric so it’s easy to find, and lots of fun patterns as well.
DIY How to Make a Suit Yourself!
The creative guru Delia has an amazing precise and easy to follow tutorial for a baby suit, great instructions and step by step photos! Please see the link Basic Baby Swim Suit Tutorial by Delia Creates.
all image credits/ sources are found within the image title
How to decorate your room with various panda themes, objects + etc.
Lulu et Brindille, Paris and Seventy Tree
Curated with the assistance and expertise of Bianca (6 years) & Charlotte (4 years), who managed to create this vision despite a diverse number of insults, and objectionable behaviors from one’s sister, such as “she’s wearing my headband” “stop breathing” and “stop touching my hair.” Ten years of collective experience in the industry of childhood, expertise in cuteness, bed hogging, liking small animals, singular diets, & talking nonsense.
Editorial note regarding this cutie cozy from Iviebaby: “That’s a baby blanket, but I like it and sometimes I like small stuff even though I am not a baby.”
Little Hands Wallpaper (warning the cutest on their site is overwhelmingly delightful)
Sleepy Panda, Cyandegre, Canada
Vintage Chair, Japan
Moshi Moshi Kids and Paula Arcklin
Panda Pillow by Babee and Me
Panda Blanket Panel from Teddy Bear Fabric
A few of our favorite fabrics for making duvet covers, simply use one solid colored sheet with one sheet of these great fabrics, wonderful step by step directions via craftsy
or here at Design Sponge! and of course, Martha has a video
This post courtesy of me, and my six year old. Curated by Kids Series. Next guest curator will be Charlie who only likes girly things, but will pin you down if you take the last cookie with her pre k wrestling moves.
Michael Miller Wee Wander Woods Turquoise via fabric.com
Helen Dardik fabric
‘Seigaiha Wave’ Motif Furoshiki Cotton Japanese Fabric
Sweet Autumn Day Collection, via Little Cube
Avril Loreti, Cloud 9
Cotton Gauze Blue Whales Japanese Tenugui Cloth, Kyoto Collection
Little Cube Studio
Art Gallery Hello Bear, Oh Hello Meadow via Fabric.com
Timeless Treasures via fabric.com
Curated by Rosalina + Bianca (age 6)