room for kids : sugar and spice

posted on: Wednesday, May 18, 2011

When Mum, Hana, of Hana Lynch Photography put together a new space for her daughters, she chose twin beds over a bunk and completed the symmetrical feel with matching blue quilts.

A wee library nook was a must. Says Hana, "The girls love the reading area filled with all of their favourite books, we read together daily so it was important for them to have easy access to their books."

"I created the fabric garland over my daughter’s bed by tearing strips of fabric, lace, and ribbon and tying them onto a long strip of twine," Hana explained. "I added embellishments like buttons, charms, and drapery clips to hang photos and mementos."

Hana's splurge item was the light blue Moroccan Pouffe, but she still nabbed it at a discount by buying it online from UK store Bohemia for $105 USD then saved on the cost of filling by stuffing it with old sheets and towels.

The sisters also love their kitchen,"We have a lot of tea parties in our house!" Hana revealed.

Pink rosette cushions and a cuddly stuffed lamb add warmth to each sister's baby blue bed.

Sweet and ruffled. Hana combined her crafty DIY skills with some careful colour coordination of items old and new to create a candy-coloured space for two.

who lives here?
Halle age 5 and Ella age 3 in Kernersville, NC, USA.

The bedding is by Pottery Barn Kids from eBay, the rosette throw pillows were from Target, the curtains were from Pottery Barn Kids, the pink retro kitchen set is by KidKraft, the sock dolls were from chicka biddy baby on Etsy and Hana found the vintage planters on eBay and local antique shops.

Hana painted the walls in Repose Gray from Sherwin Williams using the satin finish.

The beds were from Hana's local Costco store, the toy box was found at BabiesRUs, the bookshelf was a preloved find picked up on the side of the road and the Moroccan floor pouffe was purchased through UK store Bohemia, which also ships to Australia and New Zealand.

"My own baby sweater display was made by painting an unused frame and a wall hook white. Super easy. The wall art over the kitchen set is actually just some frames I had laying around my house that I spray painted white (if they weren’t white already) . I then cut out coordinating pieces of fabric to use as the art. In one of the frames I turned the fabric into a mat to frame a photo of my girls. Over the girls bookshelf I bought some gold letters from my local Hobby Lobby craft store and spray painted them bright colours to match the room. I used another white frame with fabric to frame out the first letter. The plaques over the girls beds are made using a wooden circles (from any craft store) painted pink. Then simply paint a letter in white. Since these circles were so lightweight I just super-glued ribbon to the back for hanging!"

best buys
"The beds were actually a great deal at only $399 for two! They look a lot like the Pottery Barn style but at a fraction of the cost. We found ours in our local Costco warehouse. The pink retro kitchen was another great Costco find. It looks a lot like the pricey Pottery Barn Kids version but costs so much less. It's made by KidKraft.

Hana made the girls' aprons herself and has two more available at her Etsy store for approx $18.80 AUD or $20 USD.

baby space fave
The sweet reading area. Can't resist the allure of a little personal library.

top tips
"This is such an easy look to recreate. Gray walls paired with white furnishings and feminine colours! The great thing about gray is that it is a neutral and is not gender specific. You can just as easily decorate a boys room using green, blue, yellows, reds, etc. Framing fabric is an easy and inexpensive way to add colour to the walls!"

Thank you so much Hana, Halle and Ella for sharing your space with baby space!


  1. What a lovely, lovely room for little girls. I love the colours used which are so serene and not overpowering. LOVE the reading nook. I'm in the process of updating our little girl's room so this has given me some inspiration - I have a Moroccan leather pouffe I am lusting over too - this has definitely added weight to my decision to buy it :)

  2. The colours are so soft and beautiful-perfect for girls. Love the thoughtful details too. XX

  3. Absolutely LOVE this room! all the colours are so perfect!!!

  4. I love all of the personal touches i this room!

  5. wow, just been browsing through your blog and LOVE it! I'm so happy I've come across it. You have so many great inspiring pictures. I'm trying to get into nursery and child bedroom design right now :)
    I also make the sweetest little dolls, you should check out my facebook page: Tarino Bambino, and my blog:
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  6. Love the vignettes and especially the pompoms over the bed. The photography of the rooms are gorgeous!

  7. Thank you for the feature!! It looks great!

  8. where did the things hanging from the ceiling come from?

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  12. Hi were did u buy that kitchen set?


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