fun stuff : build a cubby

posted on: Friday, July 30, 2010

my favourite and my best : paper boy

posted on: Thursday, July 29, 2010

A whimsical paper mache creation by French artist Chloe Remiat.

nie tylko dzieciaki, art finds & tibout blog.

inspired by : teal too

posted on: Wednesday, July 28, 2010

nie tylko dzieciaki

robyn & mould

Teal is extremely versatile in its gender neutrality and simply striking when paired with shades of white or warm timber. To create a sense of calm while adding buoyancy use teal on supporting pieces like chair frames and drapes, or for greater visual impact consider teal as a backdrop for worn wooden items and crisp white furnishings.

room for kids : handmade mint

posted on: Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mum, Lori Danelle, made the pom poms, paper lanterns, quilts, curtains and even the pallet beds.

The original pallet bed was made for Peyton when she grew out of her cot but three year old Charlie liked it so much that she requested one of her own.

Cosy and fresh with warmth emanating from the plethora of unique items made by super creative mum Lori from Lori Danelle : maker of things. You can also find some of Lori's creations on Etsy.

my favourite and my best : amigurumi

posted on: Friday, July 23, 2010

Amigurumi patterns, from approx $4 USD or $5 AUD, from saplanet on Etsy.

inspired by : vintage moment

posted on: Thursday, July 22, 2010

the diversion project


design is mine and the stir

Extend the vintage moment with wallpaper to cover the cracks, patchwork to warm tired springs and a floppy rag doll for company. Keep floorboards bare and for storage haul out old suitcases and woven baskets to create a room that's sparse yet soft, utilitarian yet cosy and used yet lovely.

one for me please : baby record book

posted on: Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Do you ever feel like recording your child's 'firsts' gets pushed to the back burner in the day-to-day busy-ness of feeding, sleeping, not sleeping, and just plain being there for your baby?

I know some of us (me) also have a tendency to become more relaxed the further down the path of motherhood we travel - I was much more conscientious about accurately recording my first born's milestones than I have been about recording the Baby Space toddler's. I do have a book for the toddler, it's just a bit, shall we say, empty.

room for kids : sorbet stage

posted on: Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Mum, Hayley, and kids Keely and Taj call their green and pink Bilibo chairs 'pods'. Says, Hayley, "The kids love to use them as seats to read their books or for me to pull them around on the carpet."

The trio of vintage fabric cranes hanging above the reading corner symbolise the family. Hayley refers to them as, "Mumma bird, Keely bird and Taj bird."

Functional and playful. Mum, Hayley from Little Pinwheel, has made the most of a small space for two with minimal clutter, plenty of storage and cheerful dessert tones.

giveaway : childrens lighting

posted on: Thursday, July 15, 2010

The first fabulous Baby Space giveaway is here! Sponsored by Childrens Lighting, the lovely online store specialising in cute pendant and wall lamps for wee ones.

Lighting is often neglected in the nursery but just as in the rest of the home, the right light can be the finishing touch that completes the theme or even the feature piece the rest of the room revolves around.

And now you can complete, revamp or begin your new nursery by popping on over to Childrens Lighting and picking any lamp from their range, valued from $34.95 to $74.95 AUD, just for you. Yippee!

3 steps to winning:

1) 'Like' the Baby Space and Childrens Lighting pages on Facebook.

2) Have a browse through Childrens Lighting and decide which light takes your fancy.

3) Comment on this post or the Baby Space Facebook page and tell us which light you would like to win and why. Too easy!

The winner will be announced on Friday 6th August and you will be plus one playful new lamp for your baby space thanks to the generous folks at Childrens Lighting.

Apologies to the wonderful international readers, shipping is to Australia and New Zealand only.

room for kids : polkadot play

posted on: Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Arty and eclectic. Mum, Heather, is an art director, stylist and painter. When it comes to her interiors she likes to juxtapose clean lines with worn, vintage pieces and calls it 'simple chaos'.

who lives here?
Kodie 11 and Zana 2, in Brooklyn, USA.

Kodie wanted a floral/jungle theme. Heather gathered a collection of odd shaped cushions and pillows on a brightly spotted spread creating an inviting corner for play and rest. The theme is extended in the fauna print details on the floor and behind the bed head.

The large paper flower on the bedroom wall adds a lovely sense of movement and texture to the space and was made by Heather for one of her shoots.

baby space fave
The miniature stove and tiny utensils - they're in a handy location so while Kodie helps her mum cook, little Zana can make her own creations.

heather chontos
& design*sponge

inspired by : vintage desks

posted on: Tuesday, July 13, 2010


home & vintage

an angel at my table

Evoke the nostalgic simplicity of childhoods past by opting for a timber vintage writing desk for the playroom, nursery or even your own study corner. Stack little tables with cups of crayons, coloured pencils or markers and piles of plain paper so wee ones can draw, 'write' like mum and dad or be 'very busy' while you grab a quick moment of computer or correspondence time. To create an encouraging display of their finished pieces, hang a skipping rope or length of twine above their work space and invest in a little tub of wooden clothes pegs to secure their mini masterpieces.

my favourite and my best : feelin' smurfy

posted on: Monday, July 12, 2010

Vintage Smurf bunting, approx $22 AUD or $20 USD from kitty n' kitsch on made it.

one for (him) please : basketball fever

posted on: Thursday, July 8, 2010

There's a birthday in the Baby Space house! Yes, as of this weekend my first baby will be a teenager. No, I can't believe it. He's the most amazing eldest son a mother could ever hope for (of course I would say this but truly - he's awesome) and he happens to be crazy about basketball. Seriously, the kid trains for nearly six hours a week and plays two games, for two different teams every weekend. So for the new Baby Space teenager, here is what is probably his dream room:

one for me please : raised veggie garden

posted on: Wednesday, July 7, 2010

For months I have been lusting (can you use that expression when talking about what is essentially a glorified flower pot?) after a raised veggie box. But when I asked the Baby Space man if he could rustle one up he said said we have too much else going on right now and what about that unfinished writing desk sitting in the hallway that I swore I was going to refinish? Pfft. And then what should I stumble across but this fabulous ready-made crate.

Produced by The Little Veggie Patch Co. these handy crates just need to be filled with straw and compost and they're ready for planting. They even provide a fully-prepared variety with pre-planted veggies for those who really don't want to get a speck of dirt on their mits.

Personally I think getting stuck into the dirt with the wee ones sounds fantastic. However this particular company only delivers in the Melbourne, Australia area. Maybe I'll settle for something like this instead:

The crates start from $95 AUD plus delivery from The Little Veggie Patch Co.

my favourite and my best : felt whimsy

posted on: Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Handmade felt hairclips, approx $7.50 AUD or $6.00 USD by Cuckoo for Coco and available from Mini Style.

room for baby : navy blue

Mum, Jennifer, made the lovely spherical mobile.

Shallow shelves provide a handy display area for the favoured read of the week.

room for kids : handmade toddler bed

posted on: Monday, July 5, 2010

Mum, Lori, ingeniously made her youngest daughter's bed from two discarded timber pallets.

She added a side rail so toys wouldn't fall out during sleep time and castors for easy bed placement. Lori also made the amazing patchwork quilt.

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