Days 5,6 and 7: kids

I’ve rolled days 5, 6 and 7 of my 12 days of Christmas recommendations together to tackle my nemeses; the playroom and kids’ bedrooms.

When we decorated the kids’ playroom, which can be accessed through glass doors from both the kitchen and the lounge, I worked hard to make sure the decor tied in with those rooms and was future proofed enough for two boys to want to hang out there. And I thought I was doing OK. I love the deep charcoal walls (Farrow & Ball Railings), with matching vintage style column radiators, accented with bold print curtains made from Scion’s Lohko fabric (they have so many amazing pattern ranges at great prices) and finished off with funky armchairs from Made.com. 

Then the kids moved in.


If you look closely enough you’ll be able to see broken Lego sets (by the ton), random toys shoved in every nook and cranny and enough Playmobil figures to sink a moderately sized cruise ship. And this is only in the bit I’m willing to show you. This is a losing battle my friends. Enter this room with caution, you may well disappear into a sinking sand of children’s crap (there really is no other word for it). Ditto kids bedrooms.

With the children approaching 8 and 10, 2017 is going to demand a bit of an overhaul of their zones, a culling of the plastic tat and the installation of a few slightly more grown up accessories…Cox and Cox have these really stylish pieces – a star floor light and an ‘exit’ wall sign, which have a very on trend industrial feel.


This cinematic light box from Locomocean is already bought and wrapped for my eldest. It comes with a range of letters and emojis so kids can make up their own messages. I’ll largely be anticipating ‘keep out’ or poop wisecracks.

This speech bubble light box that kids can write their own messages on is also great, and comes from Firebox.


Last but not least, if you’re looking for any kid friendly wall art, Ben The Illustrator is your man. This is a print we added to one of the boys’ rooms.


And on that note, it’s time for me to sign off…

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