The space swap {part 1}: a new play area for Little Miss

A new play space for Little Miss in our open plan living / dining room

I recently flung my hands in the air and declared “we have to move house!” Why? The way the living / dining room was set up was just not working for me, for our family or for Little Miss. I couldn’t see her when she played, the space felt cramped and I was doing all my work on the dining table. So, in that moment, I decided moving house was our only solution – despite loving our house, our street and our gorgeous neighbours!#4 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014

Thankfully, the next morning, sanity prevailed and I decided a simple rearrangement of furniture could also be a viable solution. After a few weeks of slowly swapping Little Miss’ play space for a study nook and moving the dining room and storage units around, the room now works.  Little Miss seems very happy with her new play space and I now have a quiet nook to myself {which will be up on the blog a bit later on}.#3 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014Little Miss is definitely a pink pink girl, however I wanted to soften the look and allow the play area to blend into the adult part of the living / dining space. I chose a palette of blush pink, grey and gold {Instagram followers are now thinking “no surprises here”!} and pulled pieces we already owned, some reworked and some as-is, as well as a few new items to surprise my little one. #2 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014We decided to retire the teepee so I needed some extra storage solutions {a teepee is great for stashing all the toys, at the end of the day!} A super cheap toy box was painted in quarter strength Dulux Hugo to provide storage for Little Miss’ very large assortment of tea party accoutrement {where does it all come from!} I also purchased another 4 x 2 Expedit unit from Ikea to fill with storage boxes – which now contain both toys {in the unit closest to the play space} and my styling props {in the adjourning unit}.#13 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014White Ikea picture ledges were installed to use as forward facing bookshelves, providing storage and showing off the gorgeous covers that adorn childrens’ stories. Underneath, Little Miss likes to perch herself on the beautiful handmade stool, a market find from the Southern Highlands, and draw on her little chalk board “laptop”.#7 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014#11 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014#5 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014One of my favourite additions to the space allows Little Miss to draw on the walls! The chalkboard sticker from The Wall Sticker Company was easy to install and a less permanent option than painting the wall in chalkboard paint… and she LOVES it!.

The Wall Sticker Company obviously likes it too as I just noticed that my photo is now on their website. I always want to be completely transparent with my readers, so I want to note that I did not receive the blackboard sticker or any other product for free nor any payment for this post or for allowing The Wall Sticker Company to use my photo on their website – I simply asked them to credit the photo as mine.#12 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014An old table provides a great work surface for drawings and playing house, as well as storing bits and pieces in Uashmama bags of all sizes.#6 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014 #14 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014Prior to the space swap I had a little nail installed on the wall to hold my Love Star heart vase; it was just the perfect spot for a pop of colour. Not wanting to change the positioning of the vase I added some of Little Miss’ art and a Seventy Tree heart print, tying the play space to the adult area.#1 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014#17 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014#8 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014And the best bit? Watching her play!#15 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014#9 - Little Miss' space - childrens interior design - styling and photography by catherine and grace - copyright 2014

xx Catherine JPEG

 

Fresh find: Petite Vintage Interiors collaborates with Laura Blythman

Children’s interior designer, Petite Vintage Interiors, and artist, Laura Blythman, collaborate to create beautiful linenPetite Vintage Interiors X Laura Blythman 5I love a collaboration {so much so I’m participating in one right now – literally as I write this!}, I love creative Australians {as those who follow along on Instagram will know all too well} and I love finding special pieces to delight my readers. It will come as no surprise then that I took an instant shining to this beautiful new linen collection. The collection is a collaboration between children’s interior designer, Petite Vintage Interiors and artist Laura Blythman – both amazingly talented Australians with an eye for making kids’ rooms stylish, inviting and fun.Petite Vintage Interiors X Laura Blythman 4The collection consists of “Asher”, a single bed doona {duvet} cover with piped edges, a single piped edged standard size pillow case {sold as a set} and a 40cm x 40cm complementary bow cushion {sold separately}. Importantly, each piece is designed, printed and manufactured in Australia and its all 100% cotton – perfect for little people to sleep in.Petite Vintage Interiors X Laura Blythman 1Petite Vintage Interiors X Laura Blythman 3So, what’s special about this linen collection? Aside from the all Australian aspect, the lovingly screen-printed duvet cover is reversible, offering two distinct looks with one piece.  Asher, a super cute little face adorns one side with a pink and mint floral print on the reverse. Perfect for children that may be afraid to go to sleep – being tucked in under Asher is like getting a big warm hug, keeping your little one safe from night time monsters.

What about the boys? Lex, the newest design in the range is coming soon!Petite Vintage Interiors X Laura Blythman 6

{the details}

+ Images provided by Petite Vintage Interiors and used with permission.

+ Single duvet set & standard pillowcase RRP AU$220 plus shipping.

+ Square bow cushion {40cm x 40cm} RRP AU$50 plus shipping.

+ Pre-order now available for July 2014 delivery – hurry not many sets left!

xx Catherine JPEG

A sneak peek into life as Little Miss…

I embarked on a change-up of Little Miss’ room this week.  The turquoise is out and its all grey and hot pink {the colour combo I have been obsessed with for as long as I can remember}.  There is a little reading nook where a fireplace used to be over 100 years ago and shelves for the books, low enough for my one year old to reach.  Hope she likes it…I think we still have a few more months until she can tell me herself!

{where she dreams…}

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{where she plays…}

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{where she reads…}

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{dress ups…}

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{other bits & pieces…}

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{escapee…}

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xx Catherine JPEG

{the details… where she sleeps}

* Cot – Stokke Sleepi Cot, in white, available from Baby Village

* Quilt – a catherine & grace DIY made with On Parade  Sarah Jane Studios fabric from her Children’s at Play range, available from Pink Door Fabrics at Etsy

* Rug – a catherine & grace DIY made from four Avoca floor rugs in diamond, purchased at Papaya

* Laundry hamper – purchased at Papaya

* Change table – Grotime Kimberly change table in white, purchased at Baby Bunting, customised by catherine & grace with crystal knobs from That Vintage Shop

* Long legged doll on lounge – purchased at Queen Street Pharmacy in Woollahra

* Floral cushion –  Royal Albert, in Polka Blue / Rose buds

* Pink bunny – Jellycat Bashful Rose Bunny {small}, available from Seed Heritage

* Doll in cot – Madeline doll, purchased at Jacadi

* Elephant mobile – Flensted mobile, purchased at Top 3 by Design {similar styles currently available}

{the details…where she plays}

* Book – The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont & Raymond Briggs, available from The Book Depository

* Shoes – pink Ralph Lauren ballet flats – customised with non slip sole by catherine & grace {see previous post}

* Rug, cot, toys & cushion – as above

* Little Miss’ outfit – a gift from her Nanna & Cotton On Kids grey hair clip

{the details…where she reads}

* Books

– Ruby Red Shoes by Kate Knapp purchased at Lesley McKay’s Bookshop in Woollahra

– Mummy’s Kisses by Paula Clark & Lisa Stewart available from Scholastic Australia

– The Things I Love about You by Trace Moroney available from David Jones

– Little Miss Austen (Baby Lit books) Pride & Prejudice: a counting primer by Jennifer Adams, available from The Book Depository

* White ballet shoes – a gift from a friend for my baby shower

* Dress form – child size mannequin purchased at That Vintage Shop

* Top – blush pink Chloe long sleeve t-shirt, purchased during the Harrods‘ Winter sales

* Skirt – grey Baby Dior skirt, purchased during the Harrods‘ Winter sales

* Cape – Fly Away with Me feather Tutu du Monde cape in mink, purchased at Papier D’Amour

* Charms & necklace – letter & heart charms from Tiffany & Co, gifts to Little Miss on her christening from her parents, godparents and my godparents

* Felt ball rug – a catherine & grace DIY made from felt balls sourced from Felt & Yarn in Nepal {stay tuned for an upcoming tutorial on this blog}

* Wooden stool – sourced at the Burrawang Easter Markets

* Soft fabric cubes – catherine & grace DIYs

* Plush sheep – purchased from Papaya

* Plush owl – a gift from Little Miss’ great Auntie

* Plush bunnies –  Jellycat Bashful bunnies in white and silver {medium}, available from Seed Heritage

* Pink cushion – fuchsia throw cushion, purchased at Spotlight

* Small cube with bird – purchased at Myer

* Grey print cushion – a catherine & grace DIY from fabrics purchased at Tessuti Fabrics

* Wooden book ends – purchased at Toys R Us

* Leopard print shoes – Love, Luck & Wonder leopard print hi-tops, purchased at Macleay on Manning

{the details…dress ups}

* Clip holder – a catherine & grace DIY {see this related post}

* Elephant – Zuny grey elephant bookend, similar styles available from Top 3 by Design

* Mini chest of 9 drawers – purchased at Bed Bath N Table

* Pale pink ballet flats – Armani Junior, customised by catherine & grace with felt balls

* Silver rattle – UK bobby {UK policeman} silver rattle from the London Silver Vaults

* Mini doll – Corolle Minireves mini doll, available from Kidstuff

* Pink & print dress on hanger – made by Little Miss’ Auntie from Liberty fabric

* Tutu on hanger – Upperclass Tutu du Monde tutu in off-white

* Sneakers – various, including from Cotton On Kids, Converse and Ralph Lauren

* Coathangers – 11″ kids white wooden hangers, available from My Coathangers

* Little Miss’ dresses – various, including dresses from Ralph Lauren, Jacadi, Baby Gap & Fred Bare

* Mother of pearl ceiling decoration – from my very first home, a gift from my Auntie

* Bunny – Jellycat Bashful bunnies in beige {medium}, available from Seed Heritage

* Book with bunny – This Little Piggy went to Prada: Nursery Rhymes for the Blahnik Brigade by Amy Allen, available from The Book Depository

* Headpiece – Little Miss’ headpiece from her christening {see styling on this related post} made from my wedding veil {see this post}

* Silver bear – Wedgwood London Bear tooth box, a christening gift

* Box {under silver bear} – Maileg Mouse in a box, available from Down That Little Lane

* Book stand – cook book holder, gift to me from my Aunt & Uncle

* Book on book stand – Christian Lacroix and the tale of Sleeping Beauty (A Fashion Fairytale Memoir)  by Christian Lacroix and Camilla Morton available from The Book Depository

* Paper decoration – paper pom-poms in grey & fuchsia, available from Papier D’Amour

* Clock – turquoise clock, purchased at Spotlight

* Mini elephant – silver elephant, from the London Silver Vaults, a christening gift from Little Miss’ paternal grandparents

* Coathanger – padded coathanger, purchased at The Little White Company

* Cross stitch – “Isabella” cross stitch, a gift on Little Miss’ birth from one of my cousins

* White dress – Purebaby dress, a gift from Little Miss’ godfather

*Animal print – Picasso drawings print, purchased at Ikea

* Lounge – Newport sofa, available from Domayne

* Pillow – fuchsia textured pillow, purchased at Spotlight

* Throw rug – white Ikea throw rug, customised by catherine & grace using pom-pom trim from No Chintz

Please note: “availability” relates to the time of writing, October 2013, however I endeavour to update availability on these posts.  Please do let me know if you find any difficulty sourcing a product referred to in my posts. 

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