Being Thankful

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

Botanical Bedroom / Jungle Fever

Hello and welcome to the Kids Teepee Tent blog.

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.

Follow my Instagram for more customer photos, new designs, behind the scenes and inspiration images.

Spotlight on – Product stylist – Dilya Ehrhardt

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

 

 

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Moozle Spotlight – Room To Bloom – Kids Interior Design

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.

 

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House Tour with Teepees

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My latest obsession seems to be going to peoples homes, setting up teepees and photographing them! I’m not sure why I love doing this as much as I do. But, hey ho each to their own!!

This latest session took place in the lovely family home of Donate and it just so happens that if you are lucky you can rent this lovely place for your trip to Amsterdam, take a look on airbnb here.

New striped and printed teepees now available in the Moozle Etsy shop.

Gorgeous crochet bunting by Haakland.

Thanks very much to Donate and family. If you live in or near Amsterdam and would like to have your home featured in exchange for a Moozle teepee please get in touch via the website.

 

 

 

It’s all Black and White

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Helloeee, happy Sunday! I wanted to post some pics of the Black+White Shapes teepee I made a few months ago and only just pulled out of my stock cupboard to photograph (I’d almost forgotten I made it, it’s been sooooo long!). I still love all of the B+W kids rooms and artwork popping up all over Pinterest and Instagram, especailly the images by Chloe @chloeuberkid (bottom 2 images above). Chloe is a contributor at La Petite Mag so as you can imagine, she has great style, her house is full of amazing styling inspiration and top picks from some of the best designers and interior accessory innovators around, but if you can’t stretch to doing a whole room over, you could always satisfy your inner interior designer by making over your doll house!

Black+White Shapes teepee by Moozle, available on Etsy here.

Black+White Toadstool cushions by Moozle, available on Etsy here.

Skeleton Doll by Studio Escargot, available on Etsy here.

Black+White Goemetric cushion, by SCENERY, available on SCENERY here.

Black circles string garland by Haakland, available soon to order via Moozlehome.

I’m just going to sneak in this customer comment that came in on my Etsy review page this week #glowingwithpridehere

I cannot recommend this product strongly enough. We purchased a customized teepee for my son’s first birthday and it was of beautiful quality, exactly as requested, and will surely be an integral part of our family for many years to come! Rebecca, NH, USA

Thank you Becca x

 

* G I V E A W A Y *

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Yes you read that correctly! Win a BIG Moozle teepee over on instagram… go to @eeflillemor on instagram, find the photo above and follow the rules to enter.

Eef, or Eva, bought a BIG teepee from me a while ago now and she always takes such beautifully styled photos with it that I really didn’t mind at all when she suggested giving one away to her fans to celebrate reaching 50K followers – go Eva!

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Kids Room Tour

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Hello, hello! I thought it was about time I did a little kids room up-date since that last one about a year ago on the Apartment therapy blog.

I’ve been so busy working on the Moozle teepees but I have finally registered the bunk bed design (I’ve had trouble with other companines stealing my images and dsigns and re-selling knock-off versions so I’m taking extra percautions) and so I’m finally showing them, soon to be listed on the Etsy shop – woohoo – sorry to all of you who have been waiting!!!

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Bird with balloons design bunkbed tent from Moozle.Books

Some of our favourite story books here (especially the Jackie Morris Tell me a Dragon as she is based in our home county of Pembrokeshire). The little green and white guy sticking out of the bed caddy is an original Moozle plushy in Helen Rawliinson’s Shapes and Things fabric. Helen is a textile and lighting designer based in London (and a good friend of mine), check out her work, it’s lovely. Blythe Elephant detail

Lion cushion also by Helen Rawlinson. Animal design bunkbed tent by Moozle.hooks Page-up.details

Some shout outs now to some lovely fellow Etsy designers I’ve purchased from in the past (I’m a fan of supporting small businesses and Etsy is a great place for finding beautiful handmade and vintage items).

Top left: Little Red Riding hood, this was a pdf pattern I bought for my mum – didn’t she do a great job of making her?

Top right: Studio Escargot doll, Cat Pillow, by Vintage Jane, funny bunnies made be me.

Middle right: Moozle plush, framed Ingela P Arrhenius print ( I bought mine from ps ik hou van jou as they have lots of super products and their gift wrapping is gorgeous).

Botton right: Vintage pillow slips (find similar here), Mibo fox cushion (comes as a cut n’ sew tea towel).

Bottom Left: Sleepy King felt fox, fox cushion by Vintage Jane, tall fox is called Mr. Morris Fox (with music box and pull cord) by Esthex from Ps ik hou van jou.

Middle left: Wolf from a pattern by Dolls and Daydreams, plush screen printed guitar by June Craft.

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Spanish dress thrifted on Queens day a couple of years ago, vintage coat hooks and coat hanger from carboot sales, hand-made lavender hearts by me and the kiddos.wall-art

Boy and girl prints by talented UK illustrator Tracy Worral, Donna Wilson owl, fox and deer prints, Noodoll little blue droplet card.

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Designer Style down under

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Lovely photos don’t you think? Big thank you to Bel from Petite Vintage children’s interior design services in Australia (they work worldwide via digital on-line service), for the super photos of the Moozle MIDI size plain teepee tent in one of their very popular designer kids rooms.

Petite Vintage is one of Australia’s premier children’s interior design companies specialising in sourcing and designing a custom made package in the form of a beautiful digital design board with all of the product sourcing details for each client based on the clients brief, Moozle are very happy to be featured in such a well designed room 🙂

Check out their Facebook page for daily inspiration here.

Don’t forget to check out the Moozle Facebook page too for news and offers as they become available 🙂

Are you as in-love with the big face cushions by Danish brand Sebra as we are? Check them out here.

Moozle beginnings

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I just found this (tiny) photo of Dolly’s old bedroom in Pembrokeshire, this is the very first teepee I made and where all this teepee madness stems from! She looks so little here, a cute little thing in beanie and wellie boots. There are lots more photos of past teepee designs on the Moozle Flickr pages. This design went on to be called ‘vintage flowers’ and has been featured in lots of kids design and interiors blogs.

Here are a couple more photos of Dolly’s old room while I’m at it!

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Living Doll

I’m a big fan of the Danish design brand Ferm living and have been deliberating over which of their fab wallpaper designs to use in my home – so imagine my joy to find they have scaled down their kids wallpapers and created a downloadable pdf so you can print them all out and decorate a doll house (or type set tray – which is what I might play around with), what a fun way to try out the designs! Now where do I start? Keep an eye on my blog to see the finished result of my type set draw project.

Pull up to the bumper baby…

I finally finished Dexter’s cot bumper at the weekend, it has been hanging around my desk for a few weeks now waiting for me to find 20 minutes here, 20 minutes there in between sewing up the play teepees, and this is the result (sorry about the grainy photos, the light was fading), I hope the fox doesn’t scare Dexter, it doesn’t seem to.

The lion cushion is by my friend Helen Rawlinson, the tall fox is called Mr. Morris and was a birthday gift form my lovely friend the very talented graphic designer Anna Kortekass, the folk guitar is an Etsy find by June Craft and the very smart looking knitted teddy in the school uniform was a gift my friend and textile designer Rachael Howard found at a craft fair. You can check out some gorgeous pics of Rae’s inspiring home over on Helen‘s super blog here.

Funny Bunny

Well, Dolly (aged 4 and a half and a little bit more) got into bed on Sunday morning for a cuddle and announced that she was going to mop the floors and clean the windows to make the place look really pretty (which was a bit of a shock, but glad to know the thought was there, I must be rubbing off on her), anyways… for one reason or another (I blame the hail clouds obscuring the Spring-cleaning-sunshine and dampening our good intentions) we made these funny bunnies instead.

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Ok, so I am pretty sure the bunting bug I caught last week is finally on it’s way out, I just couldn’t resist making this rather Dutch version for my friend’s new baby, I’m quite excited about giving it to her over coffee tomorrow morning. I can’t decide whether to list bunting on my Moozle and Etsy sites or not, maybe I’ll just make some special buntings to go with special teepee tents – you’d better email and hassle me if you want some!

The cat print is by Ingela P Arrhenius and the rabbit with the mustache is by Andrew Bannecker you can see these plus some other illustrative delights over on my Pinterest illustration board, there are some real gems on there so go and check it out.

Cynthia’s house

Huge thanks today to the lovely Cynthia for allowing me (and my assistant/model Dexter) to take up a chunk of her day and use her stylish home as the location to shoot not one but two tents! Cynthia is a super slick interiors designer and renovation manager specialising in bathrooms and kitchens, it’s a shame I didn’t photograph the tents in her beautiful bathroom, but the bedrooms were pretty lovely too!

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This new teepee tent design is up on the site now and I like how the photos came out (on such a dull rainy Amsterdam day too) and Nora’s cute room was the perfect location, thanks Nora!  All those super props to use, and so in theme. You can see the rest of the photos here Flickr.

Order your tent here Moozle.

Poppy’s room

Lots of fun was had this afternoon snapping the new Animal teepee and a plain one in lovely Poppy’s pretty room. It was a challenge to get some shots of the tents without one or 3 of the four kids in or around the tents but I think the results are pretty good! To see the ‘other’ photos complete with kids playing madly go to the Flickr page (spot the pic of moody Dolly and Poppy fed-up with being told they can play in the tent in “a minute”!). Listed on the Moozlehome Etsy page and for sale on moozlehome – go get yours! The gorgeous wooden enchanted tree is from Cocoon Couture in Melbourne – I WANT one… joy ohjoy it’s on sale (but still $250 Aussie dollars!) but, alas, they don’t ship outside Australia *sob*

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I re-found this photo via Bambino Goodies, a lovely site by Elanor whom I had the pleasure of meeting a couple of years ago at the Kids Modern Show I was exhibiting at in Dulwich, London. I remember seeing the photo originally in a magazine, Elanor has credited it as one from Living Etc (04.2007)… I always pick up Living Etc and Elle Deco when ever I’m in the UK, I just wish they would take overseas subscriptions 🙁