Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery

Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery

Teddy’s Nursery And More

Rooomy talks to Eleanor Bowmer about nursery planning

and becoming a creative legend

 

Eleanor Bowmer is a Textile Design and Illustrator based in Manchester. Mum to Norie and baby Teddy and of course Frank her French Bulldog. Eleanor went freelance 5 years ago and her rainbow and tiger adorning empire has grown from there, with recent product launches in John Lewis and Partners! With the arrival of baby Teddy and the Nursery Edition coming up I had to take this great opportunity to pick Eleanor’s brain about the Nursery and how she pulled it all together. 

“My dreams and goals are getting bigger all the time. I’ve always been a very ambitious person,

sometimes it doesn’t pay off but when it does the feeling is amazing!”

RB – When/How did you get into art and design?

EB – I studied art and design at college followed by a foundation course in Art and a degree in Textile Design. My dad was an artist in his 20’s and taught Art at degree level so it’s in the family.

RB – When you began designing is this where you imagined yourself?

EB – That’s a hard question to answer actually. I dreamt of it, but I didn’t ever think it would happen. I didn’t know how to make it happen. My dreams and goals are getting bigger all the time. I’ve always been a very ambitious person, sometimes it doesn’t pay off but when it does the feeling is amazing!

RB – What have the last few years has been like going from designing cards and prints with Frank on your lap, to having your own studio and seeing your first mug collection being displayed on the shelves of John Lewis and Partner?

EB – The last year in particular has been a whirlwind mixture of excitement and being terrified. Until I saw them on the shelves in JL myself I wouldn’t believe it. It’s been a big year of decision making and risk taking, so far it seems to have paid off. It really has been incredible.

RB – Last year you launched your first wallpaper collection for kids. Had this always been a plan of yours or did this come from customer demand?

EB – No, nobody was asking me for wallpaper. I wanted some cool wallpaper for my daughter’s room so I thought I’d design some.  Thankfully it’s been a big hit! I’m a trained wallpaper designer which is where I started, it hasn’t come from nowhere!

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

RB – When you designed Teddy’s nursery where did you begin? What led the design?

EB – My own head! I had my wallpaper in mind and then went with colours I love. I like an eclectic mix but thoughtfully put together. It isn’t quite there yet but almost!

RB – Do you mood board or do you start with the first piece of inspiration and take it from there?

EB – I always have a bank of images and artists I love as inspiration.

RB – You have a second kids wallpaper collection out now, was this always the plan or did it simply happen because you needed a design for Teddy’s room?

EB – A bit of both!

RB – As Teddy’s was your second nursery to create, did you learn anything from the first one that you did differently?

EB – Well they’re both different gender which is great so I really got the chance to explore different colours with both. I was really happy with Norie’s room, so I just went with gut this time too!

RB – What are your three must haves for a New-born?

EB – Patience, routine and faith that it will pass, or do you mean products? haha. Top 3 products would be a Ewan the dream sheep, a cosy blanket and plenty of muslins.

“Go with what you love and it will all come together perfectly.

If in doubt, don’t be too fussy with prints – keep it simple and bold” 

RB – What advice would you give first time parents when it comes to sorting out their nursery?

EB – Start with a colour palette and build on it. Go with what you love and it will all come together perfectly. If in doubt, don’t be too fussy with prints – keep it simple and bold.

RB – For your stunning nature and animal inspired designs – who or what inspires you most?

EB – I love botanical art, which I know is quite a stark contrast to my designs, but I honestly love the detail and am so in awe of the realism!

RB – Apart from your wallpaper, what is your favourite thing about Ted’s room?

EB – His cot! It was Norie’s and was from Cottage Toys. Expensive but worth it!

RB – If money was no object what would you buy for your nursery?

EB – A machine/robot of some sort to do the night feeds!

RB – Yes, good idea!

 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

To check out Eleanor’s wonderful products, take a look at her site here, currently only open on the weekends. Her wonderful mugs can be found here at John Lewis & Partners and if you want to check out her hilarious daily updates why not follow her on Instagram, she makes me smile every day.

Wallpaper Inspiration Station….

June Q&A – Nursery & Kid’s Rooms

June Q&A – Nursery & Kid’s Rooms

June Q&A

Readers have their interiors questions answered by the professionals.

 

For this months Q&A we turn to two child interior experts who have contributed to Rooomy since it began and their advice and work is consistently perfect. London based designer Lisa Mettis of Born & Bred Studio. We love her decisiveness and we think you will too. And Edinburgh based designer Patricia Hoyna of Studio Hoyna who always encompasses exactly what her little clients are looking for and more.

I’m trying to decide on a neutral grey for my nursery, any suggestions?

Lisa says: Ahh yes, the colour of choice not only in nurseries but all over the house. Take into consideration the feel you would like in the room. If you like light and fresh, I would go for a versatile white grey such as Blackened by Farrow & Ball. If you prefer something a little more traditional and cosy, Chic Shadow from Dulux and if you’re considering going to the dark side, Farrow & Balls Downpipe Grey is a great option as it will showcase all the child’s bright belongings. 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

What are the best wardrobes, if built in is not an option?

Patricia says:  It does depend on the style of your home and room, so here are two opposites to consider;
For contemporary rooms I’d use Ikea PAX wardrobes, they are great in terms of budget and variety of configurations. Top tip: go as tall as possible.

For eclectic rooms, a beautiful vintage wardrobe or a tallboy would make a great addition, you can get them from eBay or second-hand shop at a fraction of a price, and if it is not in mint condition it can be easily painted, plus the door knobs can be replaced. There are so many fantastic designs to choose from these days, so get creative! 

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Patricia’s Top Tip – when choosing paint for your child room go eco. Many conventional paints include heavy metals, formaldehyde and nasties known as volatile organic compounds, or VOCs for short. Those VOCs are transmitted while painting – and for up to five years after your paint has dried, so even paints with ‘low’ VOCs can have a negative impact.

Rooomy recommends Edward Bullmer, all paints are non-toxic and they now have a children’s swatch too, check them out here

Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine
Chloe Spillet, new Style Editor for Rooomy Magazine

Designers often talk about how important layering is.  Can you explain more about what layering is and how best to achieve it? 

Patricia says:  When you think about layering, it’s probably easier to explain in relation to fashion.  The addition of a scarf, a hat or a necklace makes an outfit more dynamic, personalises the look and turns basic into unique. It’s the same with interiors, the furnished room is your base layer, then it’s all about creating interest, comfort and depth by adding decorative objects. Layering is an act of shaping the room from the ground up, taking all individual design elements and pulling together a cohesive look.

To do it right, you need to take into consideration the following key elements:
Flooring: wood, carpet, vinyl
Wall coverings: Paint, wallpaper
Furniture: sofa, table, bed, bookshelf, side tables
Lighting: ceiling light, table lamps, floor lamps, ambient lights, candles
Soft furnishings: rugs, cushions, blankets, throws
Decorative objects: flowers, vases, books, sculptures

Now focus on building the room by adding the layers, the most effective way to do it is through juxtaposition, for example, a rich velvet will look even richer when placed against a coarse linen.

Think colours, patterns, textures and scale. Pair shiny with matt, rough with smooth, bold with calm. Chose contrasting materials and group large and small items together. Keep an open mind, play around with many samples, fabrics, flooring, paint and so on. Look at them at different times of day, see what works for you.

Layering up a room is not just about choosing an interesting combination of textures, colours and objects but the effect they all have on each other.

That is why successful design does not begin with choosing one paint colour or one upholstery fabric, in fact, falling in love with a particular design and being determined to use it in a room without considering it as a whole, is often the biggest cause of people not achieving the look they want.

The art of design is about finding a family of textures and colours that will live happily together.

Stylish Children's Bedroom Ideas
Stylish Children's Bedroom Ideas

My children share a room, they love this which is great for all is us.  However, as they are getting older they (8 & 5) are into very different things and have quite different tastes, one is into all things red and ballet, the other is all about her life being pink and being as grungy as possible.  How do I create a personal space for each of them within the same 4 walls?

Lisa says:  I’m working more and more on shared kids room. Its lovely combining their characters and watching them embrace sharing their non-adult space.

Storage is so much more important in a shared room there’s double the belongings and no doubt every corner will be taken up with, toys, books and clothes. I particularly love having a wardrobe or locker each for clothes and an additional shared locker or wardrobe for toys, books, arts and crafts. Its also the perfect place for a shelf each to house well ‘whatever they want’. Lockers are great as you can use magnets to display artworks and hooks to hang dress up off.

Chalk board or magnetic paint can also be a great option for allowing your children to express their different personalities not just through mark making an art but as a backdrop for their love of different things. (e.g. painting a wall with chalk board paint solid or mutual style and placing hooks for dress up, ledges for books for each child. Chalk boards paint comes in such a wide array of colour’s now. Benjamin Moore is my preferred brand with over 1500 colours available.

You could also allow the children a storage ottoman each at the end of their bed where they can display (and hide) there special items. A personal treasure chest that clearly defines their territory in their shared space.

Lisa top picks are; Lockers, Ikeas wardrobes and end of bed storage.

Colourful Child's Bedroom, Circus Themed Room
Stylish Children's Bedroom Ideas
Stylish Children's Bedroom Ideas

If you have something that is bugging you or maybe you just simply want to know the best shade of paint to use and life would be that bit easier if a professional just told you the answer, then please send your question to hello@rooomy.co.uk and we’ll get back to you.

Loads more kid’s rooms….

Maya’s Pink Girls Bedroom

Maya’s Pink Girls Bedroom

As Long As It’s Pink

 

Patricia Hoyna was asked by Maya’s parents to design a room for their daughter as a surprise birthday gift.  Here Patricia talks s through the project

 

Maya’s parents asked me to design a room for her as a surprise birthday gift, to be completed while she was on holiday.  It was a great project to work on thanks to Maya’s parent’s openness and understanding of their daughter’s desires.

Previously the room was dark, cluttered and lacked character.  Before Maya left, I had a very casual conversation with her; Maya is 8 years old and her favourite colours happen to be light pink and dark pink!  She likes to dance, draw, play with shopkins toys, and listen to Ariana Grande.  I wanted to create a really cool and funky room that would express the little lady’s lovely personality and would grow with her.  From her mum I knew there was a need for extra storage that would accommodate not only Maya’s clothes but also some of theirs, as the apartment is quite compact, so the old chunky wardrobe has been replaced with a slimmer but taller version, that way we’ve gained more room without compromising on storage space.  The bed had to stay so we’ve painted the woodwork it the same colour as the walls to blend it nicely into the scheme and changed the covers –an easy and inexpensive update!

I truly believe honouring the children’s wishes is crucial when designing a space for them, so the starting point was the pink.  I thought of how to incorporate it into the room without being obvious. I focused on playfulness, feminine energy and transition from childhood to adolescence.

To create a harmonious scheme, there were few factors that had to be considered: the location, orientation of the room and temperature of light. In the North light is originally more greyish, so I chose the pink with blue undertone and pared it with Wimborne White for a touch of warmth and softness and sprinkled it with black polka dots.

“There are clever ways of introducing colours into smaller doses that will make everyone happy”

Colours have great impact on our wellbeing, psychologically pink it is a positive colour that inspires warm and comforting feelings, the lighter version has calming effect, the stronger shade has been linked with confidence and energy, but I guess Maya already knew that.

To honour the little artist’s creativity, I framed a selection of her beautiful drawings in black and white frames.  I added lots of additional lights on different levels, new pendant, the spotlights above the wardrobe are remote controlled and dimmable, a reading light by the bed, table lamp for homework and some lovely fairy lights around the window that produce soft glow, perfect for falling asleep.

To enhance the feeling of cosiness a variety of textures were added. A big plush rug on the floor, super soft blankets, and some scatter cushions in different finishes, colours and patterns. I will tell you a secret-the blind was made from Ikea throw like this one (I have the image from Ikea). Sometimes when the budget is modest, all you need is a trip to haberdashery and some DIY skills.

“Discarding kids’ wishes teaches them that their voice doesn’t matter, and we wouldn’t want that would we?

So dear readers,

If your child tells you that their favourite colour is Kermit Green, go for it! We react to colours on emotional levels and feel very strongly about the ones we love and hate, so even if it doesn’t go with the rest of the house, there is a reason why your child picked it, find out why they like it and let them have it, you don’t have to paint the walls in it, there are clever ways of introducing colours in smaller doses that will make everyone happy. On another note, discarding kids wishes teaches them that their voice doesn’t matter, and we wouldn’t want that would we?

Patricia Hoyna is the founder of Studio Hoyna, she has contributed many wonderful rooms to Rooomy and you can check out more of her work and how to get in  touch with her here.  

Equally Inspiring Girls Rooms…

 

Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery

Teddy's Nursery And More Rooomy talks to Eleanor Bowmer about nursery planning and becoming a creative legend   Eleanor Bowmer is a Textile Design and Illustrator based in Manchester. Mum to Norie and baby Teddy and of course Frank her French Bulldog. Eleanor went...

Australian Kids’ Interiors

Australian Kids’ Interiors

The Aussies have it…

 

Nicole Rosenburg from Little Liberty tells Rooomy all about

her passion for kids’ interiors.

 

Rachel – Why Design?  How did you discover interior design?

Nicole – I love being creative and imagining up ideas that haven’t been seen before. Design has no boundaries and that’s why I fell in love with it. With kids design you can really let your imagination run wild and work with colours in a different way you would in adult spaces.

Rachel – In design what are your top three loves?

Nicole – Colour, Personality and Fun, Originality

Rachel -When you interview your small clients what are the key questions you ask them?

Nicole – What are your hobbies, passions, favourite colours, ways you use the room, are you doing homework yet, how often you have sleep overs (if we need to include bunks/trundles)?

 Rachel – Do you have any rules?

Nicole – Don’t use too many colours in the room which over complicate the space – stick to 3 colours which will give your room a more cohesive calm feel.  We often like to add in a neutral colour to the room as well either white or grey.

Rachel – What have been some of your favourite projects?

Nicole – A nursery we did recently where we used a very dark edgy wallpaper and built a house structure over the cot. Also loved working on a twins’ nursery where the wallpaper was neutral but incorporated these great mid blue house bedheads for the cot which the twins can use later in life as bedheads!

Rachel – What has been your biggest challenge when designing a kid’s room/nursery?  Apart from storage, that doesn’t count as it is everyone’s bug-bear ;o)

Nicole – Sometimes when we work in a small space it’s hard to incorporate different zones into the space such as a sleep zone, chill out zone, study/creative zone. Also, sometimes tricky when people have unrealistic budgets!

“I enjoy there being far less rules and boundaries with kids’ rooms. 
Adults are more likely to try different things on kids’ spaces as well”

Rachel – How has Australia taken the lead on kid’s interiors?  What do you foresee being popular this year (2018)?

Nicole – Australia has definitely found its place in the kid’s Interiors market.  The original soft furnishings, bedding and kid’s décor in general is so fantastic in Australia – there is a real booming trade now and I don’t think it’s going away – lucky for us.  We have a trade fair here called Kids In Style which showcases some of the best kids interiors on offer – it’s a great way to source some amazing product and we always enjoy going to it! I think wallpaper is still going to be popular in 2018 with new local companies popping up all the time! – I think we really need this in the UK.  We’re covered on the babies shows but there’s a definite gap for Kid’s Interiors – Come on then Rooomy, get on to it – Yes, LOL!

Rachel – What is your dream project?

Nicole – A room with no budget! Then I could let my imagination run wild!

Rachel – What mistakes are your clients regularly making with their interiors?

Nicole – Adding in too many items which makes the space looks messy, cluttered and frantic. Also filling each wall with something is a real no no – space on a wall can be ok! Also, not thinking enough about space and buying furniture without really measuring out the items before they buy. – Yes, I learnt the hard way that for bed for example you need to measure on the floor not wall to wall due to the skirting board!

Rachel – Do trends come in to play as much with kid’s as they might with adults and the rest of the house?

Nicole – Yes, kid’s rooms definitely have trends and colour trends! We often see popular wallpapers (such as the Mrs Mighetto wallpaper) being used over and over again in spaces.

Little Liberty Interiors is a Melbourne based interior decorators, run by Nicole who knows all too well that children’s bedrooms are fast becoming a creative extension of the family home.  Nicole is most passionate about producing calm and happy yet fun spaces that are a reflection of the child’s individuality and desires.  See more of her work here www.libertyinteriors.com.au

Equally Inspiring…

Eleanor Bowmer – Nursery

Teddy's Nursery And More Rooomy talks to Eleanor Bowmer about nursery planning and becoming a creative legend   Eleanor Bowmer is a Textile Design and Illustrator based in Manchester. Mum to Norie and baby Teddy and of course Frank her French Bulldog. Eleanor went...

Ava’s Nursery

Ava’s Nursery

The Nursery Where it all Began

 

A peek into the nursery that inspired Rooomy Magazine

 

Ava’s room is where it all started.  When I decorated Ava’s nursery I had no idea I would be eventually share it on social media and on my website for kid’s interiors, as Rooomy didn’t exist. Therefore, I didn’t take many pictures and the ones I did are not great. However, it doesn’t matter. The whole point of Rooomy is to help parents like me, to create the rooms you want for your children. There are no rights or wrongs, just what you enjoy and feel great in. The professionals provide incredible inspiration and advice, I’m confident they would look at Ava’s nursery and see too much white space. It doesn’t matter, I remember us loving this space, it felt clean, fresh, calm and wonderful. We spent so much time sat on the floor cooing over her and beaming. I have learnt a lot working on Rooomy and would do things a little differently, I certainly would have bought a rug to protect the carpet, but I have zero regrets and heaps of fond memories.

2012, I’m pregnant with baby No1 (due in April) and we are not going to find out the sex, this of course plays a big role in planning. I started looking at furniture and I knew right away that I wanted a dark walnut cotbed, I think I was obsessed with this at the time as I longed for a dark wood kitchen (still on my wish list), and there were a few great ones on the market, Tutti Bambini, Silver Cross and Izziwotnot were my favourites. Heart fixed on this I was happy to then paint the room white as not imaginative or brave enough to consider something else with such a dark cotbed.

Ok, dark walnut cotbed, check. Now to plan the rest of the room. Back in 2011/12 I was also heavily into One Tree Hill, there I said it, no shame here, lol! In one of the later series a nursery is featured which was a heavily dressed and styled work of art, of course, however there was a tree mural in pink that I loved (not the pink part) and I figured it was not beyond my painting abilities to have a go at re-creating it and I decided to go for yellow.

This got me thinking about what else I could have a go at. I then went bonkers and decided that a mural of Safari animals would be a good idea, I knew my skills weren’t up to painting their whole bodies, keeping it all to scale and creating some sort of setting for them, so what do I do? I cheat of course! I decide that it can be a corner mural and the animals can be coming out from behind a tree, then I only need to draw their fronts. I also know I can’t create from my own imagination, but I can do a decent enough copy, so I Google images and find the inspiration I need, got to love Google.

Jungle Themed Nursery, Gender Neutral Nursery Design
Wall Mural, Jungle Themed Nursery, Gender Neutral Nursery Design

The mural was an epic project for me and my husband thought I was a bit bonkers but as the room came together he was inspired too and decided to have a go at putting his own little stamp on the nursery. He copied a few of the animals off the changing matt, he put them around the door frame, but then she arrived and they have never been painted, we now love them that way, hahaha. He is not a “handy-man” therefore I do all the decorating, so it was lovely having time together in the nursery getting it ready together.

Once finished I was thrilled with the mural and time has taught me that I needed to seal it, sadly a lot of the colour has started to fade and what was once a brown tree trunk is now looking a little green in places from sun fade. Live and learn as they say. Now that she’s 5yrs old I think we are approaching a redecorate anyway, watch this space.

The room is a good size and we were very lucky that it came with built in wardrobes, I had them all shelved which made them perfect for baskets of clothes, books, bumper packs of nappies, Calpol, teething granules and all the other baby bumf. As she grew up and I needed drawers for bigger clothes I removed a number of shelves from one of the wardrobes and bought a chest of drawers that fitted the space, when budget allows I would love to have them fully fitted out but for now this does the trick.

The wardrobes allowed for the room to not be too busy so all we had was the Cotbed, toy box, changing table and a feeding chair.

When planning do consider the longevity of the room, will it grow with your baby, I didn’t really think about this at the time but it has worked out ok for me, Ava has gone from Cot Bed to single bed to bunk beds, each time I have asked her if she wants the walls repainted but each time she has said no, I am not allowed to touch her murals, bless her.

Do think long term on expensive items. Furniture mostly. The cotbed never became her bed as her baby sister needed it and it has only just been turned into a bed for the first time, last month. I am also certain that I will be able to sell it on when my youngest has finished with it, make sure you keep all the extra bits and bolts and instructions!!

If you’re asked by anyone if there is anything they can get to help, think about it and accept. Otherwise you end up with lots of presents all being variations on a theme.

The other key purchases of the room were; Silvercross Cotbed, thank you mum and dad and the changing table and matt, thank you mother and father in law.

Feeding chair – I researched so many and decided not to spend a lot of money on such a specific piece of furniture which has only one use. We ended up buying a tiny patchwork kids chair from an antique shop, when it is no longer in the youngest’s room it will be moved to the lounge and stay in the family for ever, I love it very much!

As we had not purchased any new carpet for her room since we’d moved in, 5yrs earlier, we decided to update at last. Carpets don’t do well with Calpol, really sticky stuff. Either don’t splash on the carpet or get a rug is my advice.

Final touches;  I like to get in touch with my inner granny from time to time so I cross stitched the Noah’s Ark above her changing table which later became a big talking point with her.

My awesome sister-in-law painted us a great name feature for the nursery too and she had very sweetly paid attention to the theme of the room and used the animals from the changing matt too.

Jungle Themed Nursery, Gender Neutral Nursery Design
Noah's Ark Print, Jungle Themed Nursery, Gender Neutral Nursery Design

There you have it, a different post about a nursery as it’s not a tour of a finished space, but it is where the thoughts of Rooomy magazine all started. Do accept help from others, if you know what you want great, if you don’t have fun researching, I hope Rooomy can offer some inspiration. If you are not even thinking about the nursery, do, it helps I promise. Before you start take some pics, before and after photos are very satisfying, plus I want to see them, please send them in.

Thanks for reading, if you want to see the Nursery Edit just subscribe, it’s free.

See you soon

Rachel x

Nursery

 

Kid’s Terrariums

Kid’s Terrariums

Playful Terrariums for Kid’s Bedrooms

 

Play Expert, Emma Worrollo introduces Rooomy to the fun side of plants

 

Firstly, it’s worth saying I am in no way ‘green fingered’. In fact, people who know me will find it highly amusing to see me in Roomy talking about anything to do with plants! But, I do have a passion for bringing the outside in, and a (hit and miss) determination to turn those passions into reality. I became (un)healthily obsessed with terrariums because I adore how they bring instant greenery into a room as well as being a stand-alone piece of stylish décor. I was a bit intimidated to make them at first, but once I got stuck in, discovered they’re really easy to make….and very hard to kill! My kind of planting.  

Fun Children's Bedrooms Accessories, Children's Room Design

Terrariums are often presented as very pristine, elegant, more adult pieces but after I discovered the orb shape with chunky rope (amazon), I thought of also adding toys and creating a more playful adaptation for my kids’ rooms.

Playful Terrariums for Kid's Bedrooms

I used a layered technique compromising of;

  1. sand (drainage),
  2. small stones (irrigation)
  3. compost (fertiliser)
  4. A mix of different succulents
“They have made a big impact in both my eldest son’s room and in my younger daughters’ room,
where we used the terrarium as a cute fairy garden hanging by the window.
Playful Terrariums for Kid's Bedrooms
Playful Terrariums for Kid's Bedrooms

The combination of this method and this type of plant means they’re durable and don’t require much looking after. I was really keen on hanging terrariums, not static, again because it’s more playful, but also because I wanted the kids’ to appreciate and enjoy them, but not really touch them! As I was hanging them I was careful not to overload or make them too heavy and ensured the ceiling hanging ones were screwed into joists. 

The kids had a great time helping to make them and we had fun discussing what the different environments might be. They hunted out and added some figurines from their collections and then we added a few more touches to bring them to life, such as red sand for ‘Mars’ and pebbles for the Wookie jungle.

Playful Terrariums for Kid's Bedrooms
Playful Terrariums for Kid's Bedrooms

They have made a big impact in both my eldest son’s room, where I decided to put in a clean line of three orbs hanging over his desk for a sophisticated teen-esque feature, and in my younger daughters’ room, where we used the terrarium as a cute fairy garden hanging by the window.

I would recommend having a go to anyone who wants to have an impactful plant feature but is feeling a bit amateur and reluctant. I’m totally addicted now and have even just finished a large bottle garden for the hall too! And nothing has died…yet!

Emma will be sharing her new nursery in the next issue of Rooomy, The Nursery Edit, to make sure you receive your free copy just subscribe here!

Emma is the founder of strategy agency, The Pineapple Lounge.  Emma’s job is to help global brands understand and design for a new generation. She is passionate about playful living and inspiring kids’ to discover themselves through engaging environments.  For her wonderful playtips and great gift advice follow her here and get ready to #makewayforplay

Outdoors Indoors…

 

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