inspired by : teepees and tents

posted on: Thursday, April 28, 2011


Is there anything more magical than a hideaway teepee? I think not.

the boo and the boy

Like the wardrobe to Narnia, in your wee one's eyes a play teepee or tent can be a rocket ship to the stars, an enchanted kingdom for toys, or just a safe and cosy place to hide.


They're also amazingly aesthetically appealing. Who knew a little pyramid of plain or striped cloth could add such luxurious whimsy to a wee room?

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Remember this adorable stripy ensemble? You can nab your very own at Little Yoyo Styles. Or are you crafty? Have you made your own teepee? I used to create little cubbies for myself and once pitched an outdoor tent in the back yard then hauled all my teddies outside to sit it in with me.

The baby space preschooler took one look at these and declared he wants a tent too. Of course!

room for kids : mustard fruits

posted on: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sebastian's cosy new nook is just as lovely as his previous space. His favourite thing about the room? "He likes to read on his bed," mum Rachel from Smile and Wave revealed. Not too surprising with all those appealing titles in easy reach.

Artist and crafter extraordinaire Rachel created a cohesive space for two. Across the room, little sister Ruby's wall sports a rainbow canvas also painted by Rachel.

Just because she's little doesn't mean Ruby shies away from adventure. Says Rachel, "She loves to use her doll house as a ladder so she can draw on the top chalkboard." (For more fun vintage desks with chalkboards click here.)

While pregnant with Ruby, Rachel completely transformed an Ikea Billy bookcase into a wardrobe for Sebastian.

Vintage flavour meets clean lines and a make-do-and-mend attitude.

happy easter

posted on: Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Nest, approx $19.10 AUD or $20 USD from Fairyfolk on Etsy.

From our baby space to yours, we wish you a truly safe and happy Easter break.

p.s If you're looking for some more bloggy food for thought over this long weekend, you may like to read this post and this post. Jo and Reagan's blogs are two of my fave reads so I was quite intrigued by their heartfelt takes on this topic. Any opinions of your own you'd like to share? I'd love to hear them!

inspired by : vintage typesetter

posted on: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

design to inspire

Do you find your wee one's space cluttered with tiny figurines that have no home? Or do you find yourself compulsively collecting snow globes only to find you have nowhere to put them? (No? That's just me? Hmm.)

jojos room

Vintage typesetter boxes may be the answer. Rare though they seem to be in the Sydney area, they are a perfectly tasteful solution to kitsch collecting compulsions and homeless children's characters. Secure a large box to the wall above your wee one's desk and your kiddos can pop their playmates back in their cubby holes at the end of playtime.


Typesetter boxes can also add a funky industrial edge in the grownup's living area (as I noticed in this month's issue of Inside Out magazine).

How about you? Do you you have any vintage typesetter boxes adorning your walls? (And if you're in the Sydney area can you recommend a place to find one? Do tell!) See here and here for more baby space typesetter style.

giveaway : missy minzy

posted on: Thursday, April 14, 2011

Hip, hip hooray it's giveaway time! Are your wee one's walls looking a little bare? Here is your chance to add some colour and flair with a whimsical print from Melbourne-based artist Missy Minzy.

Plus, this giveaway is open internationally. Love that!

room for baby : ever so lovely

posted on: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mum, Cintia of My Poppet blog and store, created a delightful wee corner of the world for her poppet, Emma. (Loving that vintage bunting? You can grab you own kit here.)

"She loves sitting on the mat and reading her books." Cintia revealed of Emma. "I think she likes that her books and all her toys are accessible. I like that they are easy to put away!"

And where did they find the whimsical ceiling piece? "We were lucky that the beautiful chandelier lights came with the house."

Copenhagen cool meets Melbourne handmade. Emma's space is reminiscent of fabulous Scandinavian style with lovely smatterings of bright vintage colour against a neutral background.

inspired by : paper cranes and cradles

posted on: Tuesday, April 5, 2011

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When you were in school did you learn how to fold paper cranes? We did, but I'm sure I don't remember how any more. I think it's time to brush up on my skills -- these delicate bird forms add such simple elegance to a space with just a few folds of paper.

Whimsical crane mobile, approx $24.20 AUD or $25 USD by Spare Bedroom Studio on Etsy.

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Also, with all that has happened in Japan lately it would be lovely to have a crane making party with wee ones to raise funds. I love hearing little stories about children getting involved in big issues, I think getting involved in these ways can give kids a sense of empowerment at times where they may otherwise feel helpless.

Have your kiddos been getting into the origami already? And would you fancy cranes or paper mobiles in your wee one's space?

fun stuff : get a pen pal

posted on: Friday, April 1, 2011

Postcard sent by Miss Sophie who is just 3. Don't you just love her drawings? The preschooler informed me that it's a picture of the two of them.

So the baby space preschooler's lovely little girl bestie Sophie and family have just moved to Perth. We were very sad to see them go but very happy that they're having a fabulous fresh start (they drove from Sydney to Perth. Drove!). We're also happy that now we can write them and the preschooler can have a pen pal.

Did you have a pen pal when you were a wee one? Or if not, did you want one?

Have a wonderful weekend!
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