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5 colour block wall ideas for your kids room

kids room clour block wall

Colour block walls can really make a statement in any room without a big budget. Try using contrasting colours to create geometric effects that highlight a part of your space or simply dress up an empty wall.

Further, this is a great idea if you are not a fan of wallpaper but love a splash of colour and pattern. Colour blocking is done by selecting zones on a wall or ceiling and painting them in a different colour from the main wall colour.

And with colour blocking, you can actually combine as many colours as you like. However I would like to recommend to start subtle and see how you get on.

How about this ideas: You can create patterns, paint parts of a wall, just the window frames or parts of the ceiling. You can even update furniture, take an old armoire and paint it for example. The possibilities are truly endless and I am iviting you to think outside the box and be creative…

Here are 5 fantastic kids rooms with colourblock walls to get you inspired:

colourblock wall kids room pink

Image: VTwonen

With colour blocking, you can create a sophisticated as well as fun look. White and pink walls with wooden furniture gives this room a nice girly touch without being too romantic.

 

colourblock wall natural nursery

Image: Minty Magazine

It is the easiest, quickest and most budget-friendly way to add some colour to a room. And pastel colours like above will create a beautiful, bright and soft paradise. Clearly, this simple and minimal children’s room got a lovely and stylish addition with the colourblock wall.

 

colourblock wall nursery

Image: Estilo Escandinavo

The classic! White wall painted with a contrasting colour on the ‘lower level’. The turquoise is gender neutral, fresh and fun.

 

colour-blocking-kids-room-mountains

Image: Loaf

This room shows another fun way to bring together two colours on one wall. The ‘mountains’ are playful and create a really quirky wall for a kids room.

 

colourblock wall teen room

Image: Dezeen

A white room got a wall full of Lego brick plates for creative non-stop fun. Combining the colour block trend with toys is the ultimate solution!

 

Altogether: An easy way to get started is to simply keep the walls white or in a very neutral colour. And then pick a very bright or significantly darker color to paint halfway up the wall.

More ideas on how to freshen up the kids room?

 

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21 sunny things for your April!

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Another Friday. Another article bursting with fun and cool things. Including some cute things for Easter of course.

Which is very early this year, so I am hoping that the Easter Bunny will bring good surprises and a little break from our current reality. Yesterday was Antoine’s birthday. The 2nd round with Corona and who would have thought that?! Who would have thought that, again, no party, no friends around… and worse, not even school. Because he is isolation since last week because there was a case in his year group.

Therefore, hop hop HOPE. Hope for things to settle down over the next weeks…

To help I gathered my latest finds and favourites:

frida kahlo print

Spring is here and one easy way to give your home a little update is with prints. And I have some great finds for you, please have a look:
1. Botanical and so perfect for the season, from Hawaii and it is the shop* where I found this amazing Frida print
2. If you are into Vintage, you will love this shop*! So good!
3. Chinoiserie art prints* right here from London.

Extra: Wall decals are also super for creating a fresh look in an instant. Have a look at these bold and quirky designs.

 

abc Mermaid Resin Play Set
ABC play made really fun*. Uppercase, Lowercase, numbers… you name it. Made from resin with glitter, confetti, mini dinosaurs and more. So cute!

These lovely reusable bags* will allow you to bring snacks, store food in the fridge and be kind to the planet. They are pretty cute as well!

 

linen suspender skirt girl
Linen staples in all the gorgeous colours you can imagine. Rompers, skirts, ruffles, accessories…

One year into the coronavirus pandemic, women are not OK.

Also: Working mums during the pandemic.

Talking about women, this dress went straight on my wishlist.

 

bobby pins hair tie decals
Get organised with these decals. Stick them to any jar, pot or bowl and always find the little pins and ties quickly!

A new pasta shape!

 

A+Colourful+London+Family+Home
More colour inspiration with this incredible London family home.

More interior inspiration from London. Love the green walls.

 

ganni founders home copenhagen
Who does not like Ganni? Now you get a peek into the home of the founders. A great place in Copenhagen!

Another very inspiring family home, in France.

 

easter brunch table
Planning an Easter Brunch? Have a look at these cute printables*. Quick download, print and voila – your table setting will look glam.

DIY with the kids during the Easter break – Batik t-shirts. (In German)

Unmissable: Natural Easter Egg Dyes

 

personalised easter shirt children
Looking for a little gift from the Easter Bunny? Have a look at these personalised gifts that include t-shirts, baskets and more…

Perfect Spring Looks for the kids. Stylish and so comfortable!

 

Hugs and happy weekend you all!

 

 

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All about Easter Bunnies!

easter for kids

 

To finish this week, I would like send you into the Easter Mood. With rabbits, eggs, lots of mellow yellow, and Spring inspiration.

And since Easter will be very early this year, in fact it is only 4 weeks away, you may want to start getting your Easter Eggs in a row…

Do you have any plans? Sounds like a stupid question with the pandemic, but here in the UK we might be able to see another family by then. Outside that is! Which is cool, and I am crossing everything I have for brilliant weather and lots of delicious picnics. Little things to look forward to.

And why not getting the kids a quirky bunny print shirt or even funky socks? A super soft knitted rabbit will be a friend forever and that pencil drawing too.

Hopefully the Easter Bunny will not be too cold. Here is some inspiration for a fun Easter week end:

1. Rabbit swaddle. (various colours available)

2. Bunny ears beanie in mint or rose.

3. Beautiful pencil drawing of a little rabbit.

4. Baby alpaca knitted bunny.

5. Bunny teether.

6. Funky socks.

7. Quirky and organic bunny print tee.

8. Cool leggings. Will make for a cool Easter Egg Hunt!

9. Mellow Yellow. Super soft muslin cotton jumpsuit! I love it and there are other beautiful colours available too.

10. Wooden figurine.

 

Happy Easter and have a look for some Spring Vibes for big and for small!

 

All links are affiliate!

 

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21jolly things for an awesome start into 2021!

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Hi everyone. Now, I hope you are doing great. After the little bummer of being in lockdown over the holidays we just got the news that schools will not re-open next week either. It does not come as a huge surprise but resilience is written in B I G letters over my head now.

The days are short, cold and my motivation for another round of home schooling is more than low. I admit!

Still being positive and seeing the situation as a ‘it is what it is’ kind of thing I can feel my limits a bit more clear these days too.

So wherever you are, I really hope that you are ok and walking around with your chin up. I am sending you a virtual hug because we all need one.

Please enjoy some things, reads and finds to get into 2021 with a little skip… or tow:

wooden rainbow montessori
Great shop with wonderful Montessori toys that may make homeschooling a tiny bit easier!

10 Family-Friendly Things You Can Do at Home This Winter That Don’t Involve a Screen. Dwell.

 

fish stuffed animal handmade
Unique and very cute soft friends*!

The best things for ourselves and our families that made an unbelievably weird year just a little more manageable.

 

star moon coffee mug
Beautiful ceramics and I basically want them all. New year, new tea mug… :)

2020 celeb scandals.

 

oversize cashmere scarf
Spoil yourself ladies! With these luxury knitted items. Because home office means comfort and we want it chic.

I will join this ‘Ready to Crush’ 21 days challenge starting next Monday. You too?

 

linen tablecloth
I cannot even remember when I put a proper tablecloth on. But this year I bought one to make the holidays a tiny bit more festive. And I have to say – it is so lovely and make a great difference when it comes to atmosphere.
Meaning: I will get one for Spring too because the one I got fits more with the Christmas Mood.
My eyes are on those because nothing can beat linen*!

The simple knitted ensemble in subtle colours is T H E thing for adults right now. This is the perfect baby version*!

 

vegan aubergine cauliflower lentil harissa
I love herbs and spices and made this delicious vegan recipe recently. With lots of harissa!

How was 2020 for Chloe and Darshana? Read their interviews…

 

soor plom-velour-corduroy-overalls
New Soor Plom* collection available.

I am a huge fan of Ren Skincare and this is one of my favourite cleansers.

 

RAINBOW-VASE DIY
Great DIY. A paper mache rainbow vase.

It is cold outside baby. And this cream* will help to keep your skin in check.

 

ceramic palette and brush rest bunny
For the little artist: Bunny palette and brush rest* in ceramic!

OMG. This minty lip balm* is the best!

 

playroom mural sun
Very cool mural, all DIY and rather easy to copy!

2021 will definitely be the year of sneakers. (again)
What else would you wear with your comfort chic ensembles???
And these never go out of style…

 

lorna murray
These beautiful (sun) hats* are now available in Europe as well! Adult sizes are available as well.

 

Happy 2021 everyone!!! Lots of love, health, and resilience…

 

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23 merry things for your December!

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This time I am sending you into the last month of the year. 2020 is close of being over and even so we have no idea what 2021 will bring, I am assuming everyone’s expectations are rather low. Therefore, it will be good! It has to be!

Over here, I did not manage to get this list out on the last Friday of the month as I am usually aiming for. But… just in time to start December – tomorrow- all merry, jolly and inspired.

Below, my finds, bookmarks and everything `I want to share with you. Full of gift ideas, beautiful things… and more.

Enjoy, have a wonderful festive time and remember: Love is the answer.

 

chunky knit blanket
Cosy Christmas Days with these chunky blankets in various sizes and colours!

Part puzzle, part immersive diorama construction kit

 

oyoyoyoy
OYOY has some lovely new items in their collection. Sweet tapestry, rugs, table ware…

THAT colour. I am in love. And so perfect for a cool festive outfit and that you will wear many times in 2021. Guaranteed!

 

wooden beads garland
A different, and oh so pretty, kind of garland. Love it! Very Scandinavian Christmas!

Fabulabox concept allows children to create their own streetscapes and cities from panels that can be easily assembled and disassembled.

 

simple folk 2

simple folk
The Simple Folk.

For my teenage daughter I got a few cute beauty products for Christmas, like this amazing body butter.

 

wooden christmas baubles
Wooden baubles* beautifully hand painted.

Goorin Bros!

 

vintage kids room
Cool vintage kids room.

Treat yourself mamas!

 

BATMM+Cover
Reading in December: Bartholomew and the Morning Monsters

Handmade robe bowls* for fruits, accessories, toys…

 

rainbow crochet baby blanket pattern
How about taking up crochet over the holidays? And make this gorgeous rainbow baby blanket*?

Three great baby fashion brands!

 

modern kids roommodern kids room
Sculptural shifts in ceiling heights with clever spatial proportions!
The absolute best workout leggings, especially for running are these. I love them and never wear anything else when doing my laps.

 

bunk bed self made
Loving the colourful stairs going up to the uber cool bunk bed. Family home in Denmark.

And another very cool family space in Paris.

 

linen dress girl
Handmade, sustainable children’s clothing*. Lovely linen dresses, rompers and accessories.

Fantastic prints, posters, postcards and more from various London neighbourhoods. Gorgeous illustrations* that make wonderful gifts!

 

book filled living room

scandi kids room
A room filled with books and a kids room with a view. I am moving in!

 

Sweet wishes from London to wherever you are…

 

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