Friday, 17 February 2017

Displaying collections in children's rooms

Our children have the most amazing collections of toys. They really do!

From Lego to dolls to cuddly toys to My Little Pony. Its so easy to pop them into boxes or storage containers. But a really great alternative is to use them as room decoration. I've spotted some gorgeous children's rooms online where they have managed to use toys as decorations in rooms.

The use of unusual shelves and also a dado rail lends itself to showing off the little dolls so perfectly. The addition of a stylish chair and floor cushions also adds the room. I have serious chair envy.

The next room uses a very natural wood palette, even the colours are muted tones, greys, browns, creams and beiges. Shelves are used here for display and also as a makeshift wardrobe. This has allowed the clothes themselves to also become part of the display.

Ok so we don't all have such an beautiful collection of animals and vintage toys but what a wonderful display. The shelving could also be used for any toys and keeping the colours similar makes it very easy on the eyes.

Star Wars! We have lots of them in this house and have the same Ikea wine rack for displaying LightSabers . The shelves are set at different nights and sizes, great for displaying the scene setters.

Adding the rope to the shelf makes it a feature in this room.

An eclectic mix of colours and shelving. Wooden crates, frames and plastic shelves create a very colourful display.

Another one I need to try for all those Lego figures that go missing.

Bookshelves in unusual shapes and colours make a really feature of the books and also provide a lovely contrast to the monochrome wallpaper.

Through the use of imaginative shelving and groupings, toys and books can make such a wonderful addition to the decoration of a child's room. Rather than hiding them away in a storage container and embrace them. I guarantee if you group toys together like these, they suddenly become way more attractive to the child again. I love to gather up groups of dinosaurs or cars and leave them on my littlest ones windowsill. He is instantly attracted to them!

How fab is this room? Love the skateboard shelf. Its a real mix of treasure!

Has to be the best shelf I've seen yet for kids. A piece of wood , painted and used for displaying the animal toys. The dot stickers on the wall add colour and give the shelf an extra element of fun.

Happy Decorating


You can find links to these photos and more on my pinterest page

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Lollipops and Daydreams SS17 LookBook

This year for our Lookbook I wanted to try something new, to do the brilliant photography of AMC Photography Cork justice, so the idea to create a magazine format was born!

The magazine was created and then uploaded to Issuu where you can view it.  Lollipops & Daydreams SS17 LookBook

Hope you enjoy!

Friday, 3 February 2017

Toddler Floor Beds

Toddler floor beds at first glance seem to be another trend on social media for children's decor. But there is a theory behind it all. If you've ever been inside a creche or montessori play school the children always nap on floor beds. I will put up my hands and admit that I did presume this was a safety issue (and no doubt it is) and also a cost saving initiative (ten beds would cost a lot!). But it all developed from the Montessori Method of thinking about children.

The Montessory Method as developed by Dr Maria Montessori, an Italian doctor, is a way of thinking about childcare and education. Its theory is to encourage independence, freedom for the child and to encourage development. Having had children go though both play based play school and montessori I will admit to preferring a mix of the two! But all children are different and what suits one may not suit another.

From this school of thought came the idea that floor beds are ideal for children of a certain age. There is no issues of climbing up into beds, everything is at their level and so the idea is to encourage independence.

The toddler bed can fit in very easily with all room styles and can be made relatively cheaply from wood. You can find many instructions online for this including this one below.

They lend themselves to being easily painted and styled up! I wouldn't recommend hanging bunting, lights etc within reach of the toddler so make sure anything like that is well secured or hanging elsewhere.

All images are from Lollipops Pinterest page

Happy Decorating!