Green gender-neutral kids’ rooms

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…

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{Toy storage} Dressing up clothes rack

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

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{Toy storage} Use garden planters for toys

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…

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{Review} Vertbaudet coat stand

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…

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