Tuesday, April 28, 2009

lovemaestore - an Etsy wonderland

Wall decals are all the rage at present!  I do love them, they are an easy way to add pizzazz to a room.  This beautiful range from lovemaestore on Etsy is the pick of the bunch for me. Unlike the common vinyl variety, these are made from fabric - and I do so love fabric!!  

These gorgeous decals are removable and totally reusable, and even washable!  Practically indestructible by little hands.  Kids can move them around, and have the most wonderful enchanted games in their own rooms, without damaging the walls.

There are lots of designs to choose from, and you are supporting Australian made, as lovemaestore is a homegrown commodity.

Take a long look at www.lovemaestore.etsy.com

Friday, April 24, 2009

Hable Construction

I am a long-time lover of Hable Construction.  I first stumbled across them in 2002 when reading a US decorator magazine.  I was just starting out in my business, and they were a relatively new force in the US textiles market.  I was quite taken with the Hable sisters' story and their use of the name Hable Construction, which came from their great-grandfather's road construction business.  I love an interesting business story with a strong family theme running through it.

This New York based textiles company designs and creates gorgeous textiles and homewares. The sisters, Katharine and Susan, combine their many talents to come up with collections which encompass gorgeous patterns, colours and styles.

They have some lovely storage ideas for kids rooms.  Shown here are two of their wool felt storage boxes, which come in a variety of colours and styles.  Also shown are their gorgeous range of wool felt appliqued cushions, in colours you could almost eat, which would look lovely in all rooms of the house!

Check out Hable Construction at www.hableconstruction.com

The good news is they do offer shipping to Australia!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Princess Ratbag - the ultimate girly pettiskirt!

Princess Ratbag has the most gorgeous pettiskirts imaginable!  Layers of femininity and fun, just perfect for twirling and swirling around the room feeling fabulous!  Founder, Candice Collier, says "Princess Ratbag" was inspired by her two girls - the Princess and the Ratbag!  The name says it all, and their range is fantastic.  "Princess Ratbag brings back girly glamour with a lovely modern twist."

Princess Ratbag is proudly Australian owned, designed and run - and is the first and only Australian pettiskirt label.  They've put an innovative twist on the ever-popular pettiskirt. My daughter just adores their whole collection, and would love to swan around in these frilly, frothy, glamorous skirts! 

Visit their online store at www.princessratbag.com - if only they made them to fit us ageing princesses who are young at heart!!


Friday, April 17, 2009

ZippyZippy Bunting

If you are a lover of bunting, then ZippyZippy bunting is for you.  They handmake some gorgeous, top quality products here in Australia.  You can view their online store at MadeIt 

Of course, we especially love the bunting shown top, left with the stars, as it co-ordinates with our "Stars" lampshades!  There are endless options in bunting. You can have personalised bunting, square cut bunting, and the flag shaped bunting.

We love the Madeit website, as it is a pool of gorgeously crafted, locally made products for all occasions.  ZippyZippy are just one of the fab finds there!

Bugrugs - keeping things warm this winter

As we get into the cooler months, our thoughts turn to warming up our rooms. A gorgeous rug from Bugrugs is sure to give your kids' rooms a snug feel, and keep their little feet warm. Available in a delightful range of styles, shapes and colours - you are certain to find the right rug for the room.

Shown here is the "Go Fast" floor rug, and for the girls is the "I Love Bright Trees" rug.  Both rugs are designed here in Australia, and are meticulously handcrafted to be soft, plush and easily cared for.

For further information about the rugs, and to view their wonderful selection, please visit www.bugrugs.com

Monday, April 13, 2009

Gelati Art

Gelati Art are the creators of beautiful, stylish canvas art for children's spaces.  They have the most delightful range of artwork, and if you don't find exactly what you are after, they provide a custom-made service!  There are no excuses now for having blank walls in your kids rooms!!

Shown here is a photo sent to Gelati Art by a very satisfied customer - and look, on the left is a snippet of our fabulous "Stars" - Red lampshade which adds to the fun red colourway in the room!  I love finding our lampshades being put to good use in the most stylish of kids' rooms!

Please send me your photos of the kids' havens you have created for your children.  I would love to give design inspiration to others from your creativity.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Personalised products from Raspberry Ripple

Raspberry Ripple offers all things personalised for kids.  Children just love to see their name emblazoned across their things, and this also has great benefit to us parents - no squabbles over who owns what, or tears over lost possessions!    

Everything is handmade in Australia, with great attention to detail and workmanship.  These products make wonderful gifts for your own kids, and for their friends.

There are gorgeous appliqued pillowcases (shown left), in your choice of pillowcase colour and name colour.  Waterproof swimming/library bags (shown centre)  in choices of colours - my kids have these and they are so handy!  And these placemats (right) are delightful and come in a wonderful selection of colours and styles, better still they are easily wiped clean after a messy meal!  

Raspberry Ripple is a great place to shop online, with endless options in personalised products for all ages, and even the pets get a look in!  

Visit www.raspberryripple.com.au for a closer inspection - be warned, it is addictive!


Thursday, April 9, 2009


I love scouring the internet for interesting and colourful things for children.  When I happened upon sproutstyle I was 'missing in action' from my family for quite a while!!  It is a great place to browse all things kids!  They have a smorgasbord of lovely products, with an emphasis on new and unique items for our little "sprouts"!  Founder of sproutstyle, Dee Devine, works hard to bring her collection to us. With topics about decor, fashion, organisation, toys, nursery of the week, and more - she has all our interests covered.

Take the time to visit this stylish and informative website!

Lakeland Mini "Vintage Military"

If you are looking for design inspiration  Lakeland Design  offer a wonderful range of beautiful bed linen for the home. 

Their 'baby' Lakeland Mini is designed specifically for children's rooms, offering a collection "that will delight, inspire and celebrate childhood".  Shown here is their "Vintage Military" collection for boys, which coincidentally, goes perfectly with our "Stars" - Navy (shown), or Red lampshade!

Add Lakeland's "4 Star" cushion (shown), and you have a boy's bedroom full of colour, quality, and fun!  As Lakeland Design says "there are no rules"!  

Equally as gorgeous and inspiring is their range of bed linen for girls.  Lovely vintage prints, which would look beautiful with a simple pink and white striped shade.

We recommend you have a browse on their website  www.lakelanddesign.com.au where you can view their collections, and see where to buy.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Retro Rooms - Fab rooms for modern kids!

Look at this fantastic room for a boy!  

Retro Rooms are all about creating stylish and individual rooms for those little stylish individuals which we all have!  I just love the whole cowboy theme, and our Little Light House lampshade "Stars" - Red really adds to the colour and excitement of the room.

Go to www.retrorooms.com.au and feast on the eye-catching bedroom styles created.  Carmen from Retro Rooms will work with you to create the perfect bedroom to suit you, your child, and your budget.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mathilda's Markets - Canberra

Canberra has held its inaugural Mathilda's Market on April 5th. One of our wonderful stockists, Little Living, had a colourful and inviting stall there. 

Paula from Little Living is very passionate about top quality children's products, and her website is well worth checking out! Go to www.littleliving.com.au for this shopping experience. It is a mecca for kids products where you will find clothes, toys, utensils, bed linen, accessories and more.

Job well done at Mathilda's Markets, Paula!

Vintage Racing Car lampshade

We are 'all lit up about' this fabulous fabric find from the UK!

This lampshade would be one of my favourites at present.  The fabric is so wonderful, it has great colours, great texture, and such great cars!  What boy wouldn't love this in his room?

I would love to hear your thoughts, and perhaps you have another favourite of your own!?

Check out the whole range at www.littlelighthouse.com.au