Having boy girl twins that share a room means that we’ve had to find a decorating scheme for their bedroom that suits them both (see the bright shades in our Penguin-books-themed nursery), but even if this wasn’t the case, you wouldn’t catch me opting for the traditional pink or blue. See I have a big problem with the widespread gender-based marketing and promotion of products for kids – from toys, to decor, to clothes – so thinking outside the box when it comes to decorating children’s bedrooms is something I’m rather obsessed with. This is the first in a series of posts on… View Post

Whether it’s for dressing up clothes in the playroom, or for main clothes storage in a bedroom, I love this simple unit. Using a low rail for clothes means that the kids can get their clothes out themselves (I’m pretty sure this is a good thing, right?) and a handy curtain hides the clothes away so it doesn’t look too untidy. Boxing the rail in creates a shelf on top that provides extra storage. Which is perfect if your toys and accessories are as gorgeous as these. Image: Julien Fernandez

One of my top tips for toy storage is to be creative and to put things to different uses, so when I spotted these garden hanging baskets (ok, the baskets in the above shot may not actually be hanging baskets but I reckon they could be!), and garden wall planters being used to store toys I was immediately inspired. Since I saw this image of toys in flower wall planters I’ve been wanting to give the idea a Growing Spaces makeover – if these finally make their way into the twins’ bedroom or playroom they will most definitely be spray… View Post

Back in August (!) I blogged about customising the interior of the twins’ wardrobe to do away with the hanging rail and make way for more shelves. What I wanted to create was a separate area for hanging the few clothes that the twins have that really need to go on hangers. A friend has a short shop-style rail with a shelf above it which I’ve always liked but we’re a bit short of wall space in the kids’ room. So when Vertbaudet, the sponsors of my MAD award category, offered me something from their interiors range to review, their… View Post