Hello Hello, there’s a fabulous new tropical leaves teepee that’s just been added to the Moozlee Teepee range…this one is super special, graphic black canvas teepee with white tropical palm and monstera (yes, that’s their actual name, well, common name) leaves.
Thank you so much to all of you lovely folk who have not only ordered from me this holiday season but throughout the year, it really makes my heart sing when someone orders from my small business. I started Moozle nearly 10 years ago when I made a 4 sideed teepee with a cottage style cross bar window complete with a window box and trailing flowers for my tiny daughter as a magical enchanted space for her to explore and feel safe in, I never thought back then that so many people around the world would end up with one of my teepees helping form many of their precious family memories.
When I started Moozle I had done my research and no one else was creating anything similar, there was just 1 page of kids teepee tents on Etsy and they were 5 sided with no window, no flags, no applique work…and now, well, there are 107+ pages of ‘kids teepee’ on Etsy, mostly 4 sided with cross bar windows just like my original design.
It is time for a change, I can’t compete with mass produced (for that is what Etsy has become) tents, made in the far East, Eastern Europe and Russia, there are too many people selling the same items to a world of weary consumers…I want to believe in sustainability and fairtrade but people are lead by their pockets more than their conscience so I feel betrayed and saddened by the whole industry…we want the best for our children right? But if you don’t invest in the best for the future of the planet it’s all empty.
How can a teepee tent for €24 be possible? Someone (and the planet, mass production, slave wages, unsustainably sourced wood, cheap cotton grown using chemicals on land felled for farming, shipping containers polluting the oceans around the world) is being exploited that’s for sure.
So. What is the answer? Buy well. Buy ethically (weather from me or another small business I don’t mind). Choose sustainability. Shop local. Shop small – avoid the big brands, they only care about shareholders and profit margins…and they often don’t pay their taxes so are not investing in your childrens future.
Spend well and speak with your wallet, you have power there. Consumer power. Use it wisely.
So I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, all of you who choose Moozle, a small family business, producing locally, sourcing sustainably and making each and every tent with love and care for you and your children x
Hello and welcome to the Kids Teepee Tent blog, all things Moozle Teepee and a little bit more besides. I am continuing with the foxy theme of the last post as we celebrated Dexies birthday with a Fox themed party…The kids were so obliging when I requested a quick (you have to be speedy with these guys…they don’t stay still for more than 3 seconds) pic with their masks on, they arranged themselves and posed like super models!
I found the woodland garland printable here and the fox masks here.
The teepee is the BIG Moozle teepee, you can find it here.
My kiddos and I prepared for the treasure hunt earlier in the week, we printed out some animal drawings we found on Pinterest, Dex wrote numbers 1 to 10, cut them out and stuck them onto each animal card, Dolly and I came up with clues for each animal (things like: I live in the wild but I can also be a pet, I have long ears and a twitchy nose…what am I?…). Half an hour before the party began Doll and I went around the trail we’d found and placed the cards in sequence with little toadstool printouts as clues for direction at a fork in the path…it was teamwork for sure and Dex was a trooper not shouting out any of the answers.
I thought the mainly 7 year olds would find the game a bit young for them…but they really had fun and were happy with the treasure they found buried under leaves in a natural ‘den’ under a tree. We were so lucky with the weather, a perfect warm Autumn day.
Everyone who knows our boy knows he has some kind of fox thing going on, he is always drawing foxes and woodland scenes in general, as a little birthday present we had one of his drawings printed onto a tee-shirt for him…he loves it. We used a company based here in Holland called SpreadShirt, great quality tees and super nice print quality..check them out here. We selected this one to get the colour we wanted, but they also have a small bio cotton range.
You don’t need to have a fancy birthday party with lots of expensive activities and goodie bags, simple things, nature and a bit of imagination goes a long way to creating happy memories and showing our children that is all they need. x
Wow, I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last blog post…yikes, time surely does fly.
It’s been a busy ol’ time, buying a house, selling our apartment, all that goes with that (paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork followed by appointments, cleaning, sorting, more paperwork, finding a new school…) and also (almost) completing my yoga teacher training course…and last week our lovely boy turned 7, I’ve posted a few pics of his birthday treats over on my Instagram account and been asked if I’d share the recipe so here we go…I tried a few different recipes and this one is really good, the cookies keep their shape, don’t spread in the oven and taste good too. *don’t even think about using a shortbread recipe…what a waste of time THAT was!
I used a Fox cookie cutter by Emporte-Piéces at MeriMeri and then I made a little cardboard stencil out of the packaging to use for dusting on the cacao powder.
Ingredients: (makes around 35 cookies when you keep rolling out the off cuts and cutting more)
1 cup (8 ounces) of unsalted butter, softened (room temp)
1 1/2 cups of castor sugar
2 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups (17 ounces) of All-Purpose Flour (use white flour to get the pale colour of the cookie)
Cacao powder for dusting (optional)
wooden cocktail stick to make the indents for the eyes.
Preheat the oven to 375f / 190c degrees.
Sift the flour into a bowl and set aside.
Place butter in a bowl and beat until smooth. I used my KitchenAid to do this but you can do it by hand.
Add the sugar and mix until combined.
Add eggs one at a time mixing well in between each addition.
Add the vanilla, salt and baking powder and mix well.
Mix in the flour one cup at a time and mix just until the ingredients are combined. Do not over mix.
Divide the dough into 3 balls and place in the fridge for about 10 mins, this helps the gluten to develop so you can roll it out without it breaking up.
Roll each one out on a mat (I rolled out onto baking paper then layered them up on to a baking tray), roll them out to about 3mm deep, any thinner and you risk the cookies breaking too easily. Then pop them into the freezer for 10-15 minutes and cut out your cookie shapes and bake 7-9 minutes. It is important to freeze them first as this really helps them keep their firm shape.
Once I had cut them out I placed them onto baking paper on an oven tray, then used the stencil I’d made and dusted them carefully with the cacao powder using a soft brush (I have a craft brush I keep for this job), made the little indents for the eyes with the cocktail stick and popped them in the oven, I did one tray at a time for around 8 mins each, place them on a wire rack too cool and then stop the kids from wanting to eat them all 🙂
The paper bags in the image above are simply stitched rectangles of baking paper filled with dried fruit (I used cranberries and raisins) and some chocolate covered pepernoten and raisins, I wanted a simple non-plastic treat for the kids to enjoy. #uselessplastic
If you have been following my Instagram or Facebook page you may have seen the new botanical leaves teepee design I finished this week for a special collaboration with Enstijl a Dutch interior stylist.
Sanne from Enstijl wanted to create a jungle themed bedroom for her son Bo and it just so happened that I have had a sketch of a botanical inspired teepee design in my book that I’ve been wanting to try so this was the perfect opportunity to see my idea take shape.
I always start my designs as sketches, then work on the paper/card templates.In this instance I set up a MIDI size teepee first to get the leaf proportions just right and pinned the cut out fabric leaves in place so I could see how it was working before I started sewing.I think little Bo is pretty happy with his new room. You can see the ‘before’ photos of his room here.
If you are interested in a similar teepee or would like to discuss a custom design of yor own you can get in touch here.
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Unless you have been hiding under a rock of late you may have noticed a big trend towards all things bohemian, in part a result of people taking more interest in their consumer habits, with mindful living being in the public forum, eco-consciousness, climate change and zero waste all being buzz words. The lifestyle magazines, stylists and influencers around the globe have been promoting a beautiful ‘Earth Mama’, ‘Gypsy Wonderlust’, ‘Boho Babe’ visual feast to shape our understanding of the modern hippy lifestyle, that appears to be much more about wearing organic fair trade cotton and designer fringed sandals than dropping out of society and joining a commune (well, in most cases!).
The trend has encompassed everything from womenswear to weddings, not to mention interior design including children’s rooms and nurseries such as these…
Hello and welcome, I’ve been busy behind the scenes here at Moozle with lots of custom order teepees, Spring workshop ideas and a charity project that is close to my heart (see this post) to name but a few things that have filled up my time, so I thought I’d make a little blog post to show-n’-tell just some of the busy-ness…and boy has it been pink! It’s been a good year for blossom so far.
The kids and I made the beautiful pressed flower eggs, pictured above, it was very simple to do as we had previously pressed some Spring blooms (about 10 days before), we just thinly brushed some PVA glue onto the eggs and then you carefully lay the flower on and lightly brush more of the clear drying glue over the top (tip: brush lightly in one direction only), if you don’t fancy blowing the eggs first, just hard boil them, they won’t keep for as long but they are pretty for a ‘quick’ fix, lovely for decorating an easter table or mantle. I’d like to make more as Easter decs for next year, best to buy white eggs of course, then I will blow them so they are hollow + light (and will keep longer, until one of us manages to smash it accidentally of course) and fix a hanging ribbon inside to hang from an indoor branch display. I should have pressed more snowdrops and cherry blossom!
Pretty food featured quite regularly these past 4 weeks, also with a floral theme as I got carried away making deserts (mainly vegan) with edible flowers basically just because I wanted to eat photograph them! #instagrammademedoit. In a way Instagram makes me more motivated to get my craft on 😉 my family are starting to learn patience…they know to wait whilst their pudding is photographed before eating it. That’s normal right? Right?!
Those freezer, no-bake raspberry and pistachio slices (bottom photo) are seriously delish. It’s very simple to make, no bake! Just whizz together in a food processor the following…
2 cups of pitted dates (not dried) OR 1.5 cups of medjool dates.
2/3 cup melted coconut oil.
1/3 cup of nut butter ( I like to mix peanut butter and tahini ).
2 tablespoons of date syrup (you can swap this for any syrup you have, maple, agave nectar, coconut syrup, or regular honey if you aren’t doing a vegan thing).
2/3 cup of cacao powder.
Then spread the mixture into a baking tray (mine is approx 7×10 inches) make sure your greese (I use the oil left in the bowl from melting the coconut oil) AND also line the tray with baking paper.
Then, press in a couple of hand fulls of toasted pistachio nuts into the mix.
Lastly press in the frozen raspberries, as many as you like (I use 1/2 a cup) into the top and pop it in the freezer. after about 20 mins, you can take it out, cut into slices or squares and store in a box in the freezer.
Hello and welcome, this is my blog for all things kids teepee tent related and of course vegan brownies are toatally part of that (whatever, it’s my blog) and after my last post (that has yet to go viral BTW) I’ve decided to post just what I feel is right and good and these brownies are bloody good. And…I’m not even vegan.
They also happen to be the only way I can get any avocado into my 6 year old bar force feeding him in his sleep (not that I’ve tried, just saying).
Before you ask, yes, the flowers (pansy and dried marigold petals) are edible, but not necessary, I just wanted to get your attention.
1/4 cup well-mashed avocado (mash or puree just before you use it to stop it going brown)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil (you could also use avocado oil or coconut oil)
1 cup White or brown rice flour (you could use all-purpose flour if you don’t mind not doing the gluten free thing), I like the texture of rice flour
1/2 cup unsweetened fair trade cocao powder
3/4 cup fair trade cane sugar (or granulated sugar)
1 teaspoon good vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 cups vegan dark chocolate chips (or any good choclate chips you like)
Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C (350 degrees F). Grease an 8-inch square pan (or a loaf tin if that’s what you have) with coconut oil (or olive oil etc) and line with parchment paper (optional, but I think it makes it way easier to lift them out onto the cooling wire).
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the pureed avocado and the oil until smooth. Add the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla extract and water. Stir until you have a smooth paste. Fold in 1 cup of chocolate chips.
Pour (you’ll need to use a spatula) into the prepared tray and spread the batter evenly. Sprinkle the additional 1/2 cup of chocolate chips on top. Bake for 15-20 minutes. If you overbake them, the brownies will have a cake-like texture.
I thought mine were underbaked as they were quite gooey but they dried out as they cooled and were even better next day so don’t overbake!
Remove and let the brownies sit out for at least 20 minutes before serving. Cut and serve, or pop in a tin and store for up to 3 days (there wont be any left after that anyway!).
OK, I know that’s a big accusing question, am I really going to say something disparaging about one of the Gods of fashion? *Gulp*
Let me explain myself. About a month or so ago I was sent an email from a volunteer working with Born Free USA, she asked if I would like to donate one of my animal design teepees to a charity auction they were organizing to raise funds and awareness for 7 particular animals. They had been stolen from the wild by poachers and intercepted in Africa en route to the Middle East where wealthy idiots, I mean paying customers, wanted to own them (as if free, wild creatures could be owned by anyone in the first place) as pets. Pets.
3 lion cubs. A fully grown majestic male lion. A cheetah and 3 cubs (2 of which died of fright in the process), were all amongst the cargo of stolen lives.
It’s taken me weeks to get the words together to write this, I’m so saddened and angry about it, and still don’t have the words but here goes anyway.
How can this be happening? We all know that these creatures are endangered right? We all know that it’s wrong to take a wild thing from its home, to snatch it, risk it’s life and keep it for ourselves. They don’t fit our ways, they have their own ways, not ours.
And yet, whilst there is a demand for exotic ‘pets’, it continues to happen. Some people are poor and will do anything, ANYTHING for money the that they need. It has been a status symbol for wealthy people to own exotic pets for decades. As if they can’t think of anything else to spend their spare thousands on that will make their life complete (or just to show off to their peers), there’s only so many [blood?] diamond encrusted dog collars, powdered Rhino horns, gold-plated i-phones a person needs right, before they NEED a cheetah cub to lounge by their infinity pool?
I get quite a few charity donation requests and can’t/don’t supply most of them, I just can’t afford to but this one struck a chord. I was still processing the information, talking to my kids about it, trying to explain why anyone would or could steal and sell a wild, free animal from its home, they were shocked and appalled (even 6 and 9 year olds know how fundamentally wrong it is), I sat down to drink my tea and picked up a copy of Harper’s Bazaar I had been sent, I opened it and couldn’t believe what I was seeing…the Spring 2017 Gucci ad campaign…
Does anyone else see this for what it is? Or are we all too wrapped up in the emperor’s new clothes?!
I mean COME ON. How do you even get animals to pose like this? Are they trained form a young age? Are they drugged? I don’t care if they are rescued and saved and then ‘put to work’ this is giving a message, a lifestyle image, glamorising and aspiration inducing, trend setting.
Gucci, what the actual F are you doing?
I get that you are a trailblazing, art making, fashion forward multi million $ company with an image to live up to ( I LOVED the S/S 2016 campaign btw) but you also have a moral responsibility with choices to make, because you shape people’s self-image, those who can afford you, they have more money than sense in some cases and they want the whole damn look. Lion and all.
This is my open letter to Gucci’s Alessandro Michele. What do you think of the trafficking of endangered animals? Do you care? What would you like to say on the subject? Though I don’t assume you condone or even in the slightest way would actively want to encourage such a practice, can you acknowledge that the message your 2017 Spring campaign gives is one of mainstreaming and normalizing the notion of exotic animals as pets? Don’t just tell me that ‘no animals were harmed in the production of these images and videos’, that is not the bigger picture here. No matter how ‘surreal’ it is ment to be, unfortunately some people can afford make this their reality. Reality bites, in this case I hope it bites their asses off.
Would any of you like to make a donation to help the animals pictured below that were trafficked and impounded on their way to being sold as exotic pets?
To the people reading this blog post, would you like to tell the idiots who want to buy wild, endangered animals that it is sick and wrong to do so? Then share this blog post on your social media, tweet it, write your own, get it out there email it to Gucci, to Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and all the other magazines being paid to advertise it…how much money did the lions and tigers get paid for their star appearance do you honestly think? Who’s profiting from this exploitation and how can we let it happen!?
These words and thoughts are my own and are not in association with any member of Born Free USA.
I am expressing my opinion because I can. We still have freedom of speech here. What is the point of us decent human beings if we don’t speak up for what we believe in?
If you care about it, shout it out people! Don’t just stand by and expect someone else to bother…make yourself useful, make your self proud. Make yourself matter. Make a difference.
If you are curious, here is the tent I designed for the Born Free USA silent auction to help raise the money necessary to care for these trafficked animals.
You have to do what you can…don’t just sit around, get involved!
Hello and welcome to the Kids Teepee Tent blog, my little corner of the internet dedicated to kids interior design, mindful living and play time!
I would like to introduce you to a lovely, creative mum I met via Instagram, Dilya Ehrhardt, a Russian lady living in Germany. Having worked previously as an art director within an advertising firm you can see she has a creative eye and flair for using colour, since becoming a mum to her 2 children Dilya has been turning her hand to children’s styling and is now one of my favourite insta collaborators, the images she creates with her clever styling arrangements and great product selection are gaining her a quickly growing audience and it’s not difficult to see why…here are a selection of her images.
(she painted this gorgeous wall herself based on the amazing wall treatments of Peek & Pack). I told you she is creative. Anyone else what to see a photo of the Moozle teepee by that wall?!
Follow Dilya on Instagram for more inspiring kids interior and fashion here – @nyearthur
Dilya and her children have the MIDI size Moozle teepee, available here.
To see more behind the scenes images, what’s inspiring me right now, customer photos and other work with collaborators come and join me on Instagram here, don’t forget to say ‘hi’ x
Here is what I use to make my hummus, I make it each week and often use it as a quick and nutritious lunch on rye bread or with salad I also use it as a low fat alternative to butter in sandwiches (or jacket potatoes).
1 jar of chickpeas (I use jars as I can easily recycle the glass) rinsed
1 tbsp of Tahini
Juice of 1 lemon
2 – 3 tbsp good strong extra virgin olive oil
1 large or 2 smallish cloves of garlic
Pinch of salt (optional)
smoked paprika and extra olive oil to dress (optional)
Dash of cold water to get your desired consistency
Just whizz all of the ingredients together in a jug or bowl with a hand blender stick or in a food processor and that’s it! Really just as simple as that. Store in the fridge for about 3 days. Use as a healthy snack with vegetable sticks when you get the munchies.Great for packed lunches and picnics, pre-dinner nibbles with drinks also makes great kids lunch or party food with pita fingers, carrot sticks, cucumber, red pepper…bread sticks! I keep mine in a jar so it is good for on-the-go and you can wash and re-use the jar 🙂
Hello, thanks for stopping by, to make a change from my usual posts about all things related to children’s interior design, Moozle teepee tents and kids craft projects, I want to share ways I find for a more mindful way of living, little tips for cutting down on things we don’t need in our lives (using less plastic for instance, a post about cutting back on plastic packaging coming soon) and just appreciating what we have, buying well with sustainability in mind to make us happier and more content generally.
Mindfulness is about being present in the moment, focusing on yourself, your environment and how this in turn makes you a feel more fulfilled.
Where better to start than breakfast? Set yourself and your family up for the day with wholesome, pure comfort-in-a-bowl.
Take a few minutes (literally takes minutes, I made up a mix whilst the dinner was in the oven) in the evening to prepare whatever version of the following you can with ingredients from your cupboard:
1 cup of oats (I used spelt oats as that’s what I had).
2 large spoonfuls of yogurt (I had natural Greek style, for a vegan version use coconut yogurt).
Approx half a cup of milk (I used coconut milk).
1 grated apple (I peeled my apple first).
Zest and juice of an orange (I only had mandarins in so used one of those).
A tablespoon of honey (use date syrup for a vegan version).
A sprinkle of cinnamon.
Some ground nutmeg if you like.
Mix it all together to coat the oats in the yogurt, cover the bowl and leave in the fridge until the morning.
Serve in a bowl with what ever you like/have, berries, apple slices, nuts, seeds, banana… I used toasted pecan nuts, dried apricots I had soaked overnight in a little water, date syrup and a spoonful of mashed avocado and cacao (this was just a happy after thought as I had some left over from a vegan chocolate cake I’d made and was frankly happy to find a use for it!) and little more cinnamon.
This was so delicious I had it for breakfast AND lunch!
We are fox fans in this house, especially since my son Dexter was born, I just kept thinking of him as my fox cub and so he has grown-up having a strong connection with foxes. The Christmas before last he asked his Ma (Grandma) to make him a fox as her gift to him, which of course she lovingly did as all good crafty grandma’s would, and he has treasured it ever since, often telling me of his love for Ma’s fox nightly as he hugs it (more gently now, since he made the neck floppy and had to ask for a stuffing re-fill).
Last Autumn when I first saw the beautiful cover of illustrator Coralie Bickford-Smith’s new book The Fox And the Star, I knew just what my mum should give Dexie for Christmas.
When he opened it he got it instantly…a book about my fox! he exclaimed in wonder and joy.
Even without the fox fever that seems to have gripped our family you can’t help but appreciate the stunning design and illustrations of this delightful book. It is a tactile and visual feast for your senses. From the pleasing feel of the cloth bound book with the striking white print and text on the cover, with its details of spider’s web and beetle, the gorgeous illustrations within down to the lovely end papers.
When a book is by an award-winning illustrator such as this one is, there’s a concern that the story might be secondary to the visuals and whilst the story here is possibly not a childhood classic it is perfectly charming in its gentle telling of the lonely fox whose friend the star guides him though his nightly forest exploration, until it disappears one night leaving the fox scared and alone until he comes back into his life.
The message in the story is positive and uplifting, about facing your fears, about trusting your instincts and going beyond your comfort zone to seek the wonder in the world.
A message I am more than happy to tell my children.
Rating out of 5 ♥ :
Total: 4.5 ♥
My own fox homage in applique form. Available on a MIDI size teepee, the perfect little reading nook and calm space to dream and imagine in.
Hello, thanks for visiting my blog, today I’m posting about healthy eating habbits, something we all probably try to incorporate into our daily routine but sometimes find tricky if it’s just not on our radar, haven’t shopped, kids are being difficult, rushing around…well, there are lots of excuses but really, it’s up to us to make it happen.
My kids are not great at eating veggies, however hard I try to disguise them, soups, wonder mash (you wonder what’s in it!), casserole, omlettes…it’s basically a cooks (parents) nightmare trying to make a healthy meal that all the family will eat.
But…secret weapon…SMOOTHIES…fruit is a big thumbs up and I sneak in a few added extras unbeknowingly to boost their systems. At least I know they are getting some goodness, just time it well or they’ll be too full at meal time.
Here’s an example we made yesterday, recipe below. I do occasionaly pop in a veggie, but to be honest it is difficult to get the flavour balance right (too much and they wont go near it!), a little steamed cauliflower with coconut and honey works 🙂 Just add some frozen pineapple to help with the cunning disguise – and for gawds sake don’t tell them it’s in there!
I keep a few basic ingredients in the cupboard / freezer so a smoothie can be quickly made as a mid morning filler, after school energy boost or I make an ice cream or thicker version (more yogurt, less milk) as a desert after dinner.
To keep in your kitchen…
Frozen berries and/or other fruit such as pineapple and mango (these are much less expensive than fresh, great out of season and keep in the freezer…sometimes just a few frozen berries with a drizzle of honey is enough of a pudding to keep my littles smiling).
Chai seeds (optional), they release energy slowly and just a teaspoon full expands in your tummy making you feel fuller and less likely to snack.
Powders such as: Wheatgrass, Maca, Cacao (great for trace minerals such as copper and magnesium), these add protein and minerals.
Natural yogurt (organic if possible).
Fair Trade Bananas.
Organic Milk – whatever is your thing. We have semi-skimmed cows milk, unsweetened almond or coconut (some of these are longlife so really good to keep in the pantry).
Recipe for this smoothie…makes about 2 mugs full.
1 cup of frozen raspberries
1 teaspoon of chai seeds
2 big tablespoons of yogurt (I used natural Greek style)
1 pint of skimmed milk
1 teaspoon maca powder (or Wheatgrass, or Arrowroot)
Drizzle of orgainic honey
3 ice cubes
I just whizz all of these together in a big jug with my electric hand blender…add more or less of the milk to get the consistency you like.
I bought the powder supplements from Aldi in the UK, good value and seem like good quality ingredients.
Eat with a spoon or with re-usable ‘fun’ straws – big fat ones are great as they can handle the thickness….but PLEASE PLEASE no disposable plastic ‘one use only’ straws!!! Those suckers (see what I did there) are bad news for our lovely planet.
Hello and welcome to Kids Teepee Tents, a blog about children’s design and mindful living…and of course teepee tents (where better to sit and reflect, read, dream and relax) thank you for stopping by, my name is Kate and I’m the designer behind the Moozle brand of kids teepee tents.
I started this blog as a place to feature and document my teepee designs but it’s become more than that to me now, I want to share my passion for interior design and styling, particularly children’s and family spaces, it’s not about spending lots of money but about choosing things, making things, styling things and organising your space to make you and your family feel good. Our environment effects our mood, create a calm and uplifting space around you and you will feel calm and inspired – try it and see for your self. There is something very therapeutic about clearing away the clutter, arranging your favourite things where you can appreciate them, adding colour (or taking some away) that will feed your soul and make space in your head for clear thinking.
For the first part in my series of Moozle Spotlight I have interviewed children’s interior designer Ursula Wesselingh from Room To Bloom. I first met Ursula (online!) several years ago and have long since admired her work which is showcased brilliantly in her beautiful website. I’m proud to say that Ursula recently featured a Moozle teepee in one of her room designs, more of that later.
I asked Ursula about her design process and tips when designing and planning the perfect space for a child…
What would you say is your personal design style?
It’s contemporary but quite eclectic – I like mixing Scandinavian simplicity with period pieces, veering to modern rustic at times.
Is there a reoccurring theme that clients ask for and (how) do you try to push them out if their comfort zone?
Many clients believe that lots of colour is what makes kids’ rooms fun. I try to show them that by keeping the base of the room calm and simple, the rest of the inherent colourfulness of kids’ belongings has more room to shine and doesn’t fight the surroundings. That doesn’t mean all white walls perse, but unity in the colours used for the room’s basics – walls, floor and window treatment. The “fun” comes from special little styling touches that create a sweet, cosy atmosphere, such as unexpected storage solutions, prints and other décor, which makes it easier to update the room too.
What is your favorite type of brief to work with?
A clear brief from clients who love what I do, trust my judgment and are open to ideas.
Do you ever work remotely or do you install each room yourself?
I regularly work with remote clients but do my best work when I’m involved in the installation too. Nothing beats seeing the transformation up close, and often it leads to changes in the originally envisaged design – good design grows organically and over time, which is harder to achieve when working at distance.
Any tips or advice for people looking to hire a professional interior designer, some people may be afraid they would end up with a scheme they aren’t completely happy with or be intimidated by the design process, what would you say to these people?
Choose someone whose style you admire to start off with – chances are that working with this designer will be easier than with someone who has very different tastes to yours. Ask them to explain how they work with clients, to explain the process, to see if this would suit you. Some of my clients are very hands-on and enjoy the collaborative approach I take – others are more hands-off due to a lack of time or headspace and just trust me to get on with things once we’ve established a clear brief. Whatever degree of involvement they prefer, I always take time to get to know my clients and get the brief right, so that we are both working from the same sheet. I often hear that clients value my expertise and eye, yet always feel the decisions are ultimately with them – and that’s how it should be.
Thank you so much Ursula for taking the time to give us this insight into your design ethos and process. To contact Ursula to discuss your own client needs you can do so here.
Below are a few examples of the Room To Bloom style but you can view the whole portfolio here.
Lola’s room is composed of soft tonal greys with a floral storage wall and blush accents. A vintage wardrobe and retro style desk give the room an eclectic feel, complemented by a four-poster bed.
Featured above, is a MIDI size Moozle teepee, it is available to purchase here.
To ensure longevity we chose not to theme the room too strongly. Instead its simple design forms a versatile background that is easily adapted with age appropriate accessories.
I designed a cabin bed to hide the stair and incorporated lots of storage and a fold-down desk to leave as much space as possible for play and sleepovers.
Hello and welcome, thanks for popping in. I’m starting a new Moozle Loves feature, right here, right now…this one is all about the best kids rooms from around the internet to inspire and spark your own kids decor ideas.
There are so many interesting and diverse styles, looks and options that fulfill different criteria that I’m breaking it down into several catagories such as
Toddler Room – girl / boy / unisex
Monochrome (such a huge trend right now)
Big Kid Room
This first installation will concentrate on Shared Rooms, so often a challenge to create a space for 2 (or more) personalities that is functional, fun, cosy, creative, calming and practical…I hope these stir your creative souls…
Children’s birthday’s are often an emotional time for parents, remembering how far you’ve come to get from newborn to ‘wherever’ you are at, the ups, downs and day-to-day journey your family has been on, the passing of another year in their lives is worth celebrating.
When we first moved to the Netherlands I found it quite strange that people congratulated me when it was one of my children’s birthday’s (even my mum was congratulated when she visited us on Dolly’s birthday, much to her bemusement), in fact, the whole family is congratulated when one of us has a birthday…but now I ‘get’ it and love it, it’s like saying “well done, you’ve made it through another year! You are here, you are together and you are alive!”.
This week we celebrated our Dexie turning 6. He requested an Owl cake (we always try to make whatever cake the kids like, it’s become a bit of a family tradition…not to mention challenge (see last years Pirate ship!!), for some reason Dex had an Owl theme going on, he drew a picture of an owl to be made into his birthday invitation (lucky his daddy is a graphic designer eh?) and I made owl cookies as the traktatie (school favours traditionally given out to class friends here in Holland).
The Owl bisciuts are from a tutorial I found on Pinterest here, I subsituted currants, pressed into the eyes 3 – 5 mins before the bake was finished (to stop them burning) for the bakers chocolate chips, as it’s hard to find those in regular stores in NL.
For the chocolate cake, I used a Delia Smith ‘all-in-one sponge’ recipe with cocoa powder instead of vanilla extract, 2 layers of sponge with fresh whipped cream and strawberries sandwiched in the middle. The choclate on the outside is a mousse recipe as I think that butter cream is too sweet, the mousse is quite rich…but very delicious and just a small piece is plenty, this cake cuts into many servings, so you can invite lots of friends to celebrate with you.
So, what do six year olds want? Cake, owl cake in our case…and lots of it! x