Mini Stylist says… (#3)

…now that its cooling, every girl needs a smart trench.  Keep it modern by choosing a piece with a twist, like this blush pink ruffled hem number.


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xx Little Miss

The details:

* Blush pink trench – OshKosh

* Grey leggings – Seed

* Pink ballet flats – Armani Baby, customised by catherine and grace

Also in these shots:

* Dolly – Camille doll, from Jacadi Woollahra

* Soft cube – a catherine and grace DIY

* Wooden walker with blocks – Plan Toys Baby Walker, from Baby Village

* Cow on wheels – Cow Wheely Bug (small), from Kid Stuff

* Black & white ottoman – Missoni, similar styles available from Top 3 by Design

DIY Kids Style: Shoes too slippery for your little walker?

My little daughter has tiny feet and decided at 8 months that she was ready to walk around pushing her push walker. This has created a small problem when outdoors – shoes!  The shoes that fit her are designed for newborns so they have absolutely no grip on the sole as they are essentially for decoration.  So…I decided to give these little baby shoes some gripping power.

The supplies:

* A pen

* Scissors

* Grip mat (used to line kitchen drawers) – available at most supermarkets in the home wares aisle, or Howards Storage World for around $8.00

* Craft glue – to begin with I used Tarzans Grip and later I used ordinary craft glue and both worked perfectly well.


* A cute pair of shoes that fit your little one (soft soled shoes are best for tiny feet)



1. Trace the shape of the sole onto the grip mat.  The shape made will be roughly the shape of the sole and can be fixed up later when cutting it out.


2. Cut out the grip mat. Fix up the shape.

3. Glue the grip mat onto the sole of the shoes.  I used a cotton bud to help spread the glue on the grip mat then flipped the grip mat over and pressed it onto the sole of the shoe.  I then flipped the shoe over and pushed the shoe down hard against the table I was working on (with a piece of newspaper to prevent glue from sticking to the table).


4. Wait for the glue to dry & admire you little one wandering around. I left the shoes sole side up while drying to they would not stick to the newspaper.

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Now…for the rest of Little Miss’ shoe collection!


xx catherine and grace

The details:

* Sole attached – (used to line kitchen drawers), available at most supermarkets in the home wares aisle, or Howards Storage World

* Silver sneakers – Cotton On Kids

Nursery styling part # 2 – just add colour…

Once all the large furniture items are in place in a room (see related post on nursery furniture) it is easier to see what soft furnishings and decor might be needed to personalise a space and make it feel truly lived in.  One way to keep things coherent is to choose a colour scheme for a room and stick to it, providing interest through lighting, texture and styling.  I chose bright pink and grey as the colour scheme for my daughter’s nursery and I added a turquoise blue as an accent colour to prevent it being too overwhelmingly pink!  And here it is…


A wardrobe for a mini fashionista!

I styled the open shelves of the built ins with white and silver photo frames with pictures of our family and close friends, together with little shoes in preparation for little feet and books from my husband’s childhood and my childhood held up with a grey elephant book end.  The mini ballet shoes were a gift from a very close friend on the occasion of my baby shower.






Sneaky tip – the dome above is actually a replica of an antique butter dish – with such little shoes you can use unusual items to display them!


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* Grey storage cube – purchased from Papaya

* White photo frames – RIBBA frames from Ikea

* Elephant book end – Zuny Bookend purchased at Liberty in London, similar Zuny bookends available from Top3 by Design

* Little pink shoes – Ralph Lauren purchased at Ralph Lauren in Oxford, similar styles available from David Jones

* Silver plated rattle – purchased from Mamas & Papas in London (not currently available), similar styles available at Peters of Kensington

* Shoes & socks – various, similar styles available from David Jones, Baby Village and Cotton On Kids


Somewhere to dream…

We added a calming elephant mobile to the drape rod of the cot and while I’ve styled up the cot itself with cushions, toys and quilts, once little one arrives these will all be banished in accordance with the current SIDS & Kids Safe Sleeping recommendations!  The mobile has been a hit – it is interesting enough to catch her attention and keep her entertained for a while, however is not so bright and colourful as to overstimulate her during the early months.










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* Cot – Stokke Mini, available from Baby Village

* Pink cushion – similar styles available from Spotlight

* Turquoise floral cushion – Royal Albert Polka Blue / Rose Buds, available from Royal Albert online

* Grey plush bunny – Jellycats, available from Baby Village

* Plush sheep – purchased from Papaya (similar styles available)

* Circus print quilt – a catherine and grace DIY

* Elephant mobile – Flensted mobile, similar styles available from Top3 by Design

* Gloss white floating shelf – purchased from Bunnings

* Black photo frames – RIBBA frames from Ikea

* Books – various including Like I give a Frock, Kate Spade’s Manners and A Front Row Seat.  Kate Spade books are available at Papier D’Amour.  I also recommend The Book Depository for well priced books with free delivery.


Midnight snacks & nighttime stories…

I wanted a comfortable chair on which I could feed Isabella; one that was wide enough to eventually allow both of us to sit next to each other while we read bedtime stories.  Another important consideration was the height of the back support.  This particular chair had a high enough back that I can lay my weary head down on it to rest during midnight visits to Little Miss.




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* Armchair – purchased from Oz Design Furniture

* White & pink throw – Ikea throw, customised by catherine and grace

* Turquoise cushions – Ikea

* Pink cushion – purchased from Spotlight

* Lamp – Bunnings lamp, customised by catherine and grace (see DIY Home: let there be light)

* Side table – old pine bedside table painted with Wattyls’ White Delight & Snowdonia with clear gloss finish, customised by catherine and grace 

* Soft cubes – a catherine and grace DIY

* Pink stripe mat – a catherine and grace DIY from fabric sourced from No Chintz


Change time

We added some floating shelves next to the change table to provide some additional space to display our little one’s things and to give her something to look at, to entertain her during nappy changes.


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* Change table & change mat – Grotime Kimberly, from Baby Kingdom customised by catherine and grace (tutorial post coming soon)

* Grey cushions (on change mat and chair) – a catherine and grace DIY from fabric & crystal buttons sourced from Tessuti Fabrics

* Lamp – Bunnings lamp, customised by catherine and grace (see related post)

* Must Be Love print – found in a little homewares store in Orange, NSW displayed in a RIBBA Ikea frame

* Pink & grey paper pom-pom decorations – from Papier D’Amour

* White gloss floating shelves from Bunnings

* Plush bunnies – Jellycats, available from Baby Village

* Turquoise dino wooden push toy – Dwell Studio, available from Urban Baby

* Turquoise clock – purchased at Spotlight

* Tutu onesie – Bonds long sleeve one piece, customised by catherine and grace (tutorial post coming soon)

* Chair – replica Philippe Starck Louis Ghost armchair, available from Matt Blatt


Little extras for a special little girl…


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* Pink love sign – pre-loved store signage, picked up from the Papier D’Amour warehouse sale

* Dress form – purchased from That Vintage Shop, similar styles available at Shop for Shops, wearing Liberty print dress and vintage lace bib, made by my very clever sister in law!

* Candles – Real Safe Candles in ivory unscented, from Real Safe Candles

* Mirror tile – purchased from Ikea (discontinued), similar styles available from Kmart.

* Shoe racks – Ikea VARIERA shelf insert, designed for plates & glasses

* Doll – Kate Finn doll

* White wooden coat hangers – 11″-14″ kids wooden hangers in white, from My Coathangers


And now our little girl’s room is ready for her arrival!

xx catherine and grace

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