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
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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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
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 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.
Do you know about Da Wanda? It is a German founded selling site for all things handmade and is HUGE, mainly in Germany but it’s gaining a big following right accross Europe and as you probably know the German e-commerce market place alone is massive so it’s a great place for Moozle to be.
I recently teamed up with Nina @ Pinspiration, the Pinterest guru to design a teepee for a baby to big-boy room makeover that was featured on the Da Wanda blog.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Nina before on her son’s room make-over, you can see the finished result of our first collaboration previously on the blog here.
Our recent project can be viewed on Youtube here. This video is in German but you do get a good sense of what the teepee is like in ‘person’ so to speak. This is the MIDI size in case you are trying to work out which size is best for the space you have, we also supply a smaller, toddler teepee, our Reg size which is great for small spaces. There is a handy size guide chart on our website here.
The Pinspiration blog feature with lots more photos of the room can be found here.
You can order this custom Moozle Teepee design over on our Da Wanda shop here.
Hello hello! We are back from our trip to beautiful Pembrokeshire…I’ve managed to select a few pics from the 634 I took (really, in 10 days, so not too many…for me), I’m a bit impatient and haven’t done any photo editing yet, if only I had the time. I’m back to preparing, packing and shipping orders so not much time for anything else this week until I catch up a bit.
If you are planning a trip to Pembrokeshire these images were taken at (in order from the top) pics 1 & 2 Freshwater East beach, pic 3, my mums garden (you can’t visit that one sorry), pic 4, Tenby Castle beach, pic 5, Llanstadwell top field, pic 6, Carew from the mill bridge, pic 7 Freshwater East beach.
It is teepee giveaway time over on Instagram…I’m really spoiling all my lovely followers! As a special reward for following our Instagram accounts, Melinda.Max and myself have teamed up to offer our loyal followers the chance of winning a BIG Moozle teepee – woohoo! Get yourself over to Melinda.Max‘s account, go to the original post (in this link) and follow the instructions to enter. Good luck!
Hello and thanks for visiting 🙂 It’s cherry blossom time here in Amsterdam, I’ve been wanting to make blossom crowns for weeks, waited patiently for the trees at the back of our house to bloom…then had a week of rain and hail showers just when the flowers were peaking, very disappointing, but yesterday the sun shone long enough to dry out the petals, a good job too as they have faded somewhat and are starting to be blown off the branches. I like to think of these pictures as my lasting memories and celebration of their beauty, not to mention the youth and innocence of my children (one of whom may not appreciate the pink flowers in his hair in years to come), but for now they just revel in the ‘blossom party’ as they call it.
I guess I was inspired by mother natures blossoms and just had to make my own (inferior) paper flower garland this afternoon, I used some pre-cut craft flowers and traced around some onto paint colour swatches from the DIY shop to create the pastel coloured ones, I drew the leaves and leaf sprigs freehand and used paper butterfly studs in the centers. I then draped a piece of cotton canvas around the top of the teepee and cut it into a semi-circle curve to glue-gun my paper flowers to, I trimmed back the excess canvas when I had finished arranging and glueing.
I think I might try a version with bigger flowers next…in felt so they are less temporary.
This teepee is the MIDI size plain cotton kids teepee tent available on the website here.
Hi, do you know Enstijl the Dutch interior blog and instagram account? They have over 30K followers on Instagram so maybe you are one of them, well they just reviewed our new MIDI size Pure White teepee, you can read all about (it’s in Dutch so get google translate ready!) who loves it the most here (is it the boy or the cat do you think?).
The MIDI size Pure White Moozle teepee can be found on our website here.
Hello…I am so late blogging this…I thought I’d already done it! These lovely photos are part of a series of images created by Jessica Garvin of LittleBabyGarvin blog to showcase the new Pillowfort range by Target…only they kind of showcase the Reg size Moozle teepee too 🙂 Happy me…thanks Jessica x
Well I can’t quite believe it myself (second amazing GIVEAWAY in 2 weeks!!) but…we have teamed up with the lovely Foxes Heartbeat to offer our INSTAGRAM followers the chance of winning a Moozle Reg size teepee! And…not only that but also a personalized name plaque by Fox and Weave AND (yes there’s more) 2 sweet Pinch Toys as shown in the image here offered by My Babyloon.
All you have to do is visit the original post on Foxes Heartbeat’s insta page here and follow the instructions, simps 🙂 Good luck!
Hey! There’s a Moozle teepee GIVEAWAY happening right now over on Instagram… what are you waiting for? I’ve teamed up with Mae Gabriel to offer our followers the chance to win a teepee. You can choose the teepee of your choice, choose the BIG teepe and get FREE shipping to boot (other teepees liable to shipping costs as the comp is open WORLDWIDE – highest shipping cost is €34… no import taxes). Visit here now to be in with a chance – good luck! x
Competition runs until Sunday 20th March 5pm GMT. Winner drawn at random. This is in no way endorsed or supported by Instagram.
You can visit Mae’s beautiful blog for more fabulous home styling, food (great recipes) and of course catch up with the antics of Hayden and his sidekick panda here.
Hello, it seems I have been somewhat neglecting my lil’ole blog… I really don’t know how all those ‘proper’ bloggers manage to do it… keep up with exciting blog posts, wonderful photography, amazingly styled homes and children… not to mention fabulous looking meals! It’s all to much for me… my kids (Just 2 of them… don’t get me started on bloggers with 3, 4, 5, 22 children…) finish school at 2pm which means I have between 8.50am – 1.50pm to work (email, accounts, sew, order materials etc, pack orders, clean/tidy) hence not much bloggin’ gets done… don’t get me started on evenings! I suppose I do have time between 9.30 and 10.30pm… some eveings… maybe I should try to blog then? Nah, life’s to short! Enjoy your time, do what you want with it, lets stop pressuring ourselves 🙂
So, this post is really a post about nothing… I just wanted to post ‘something’ so my blog isn’t stuck on ‘Christmas 2015’ any longer.
Here’s some lovey photographs from someone who can do it all, one of my customers, Mae Gabriel, follow her on Instagram to see more of her amazingness here. Follow me if you want to see lots of teepees, some coffee and ‘stuff’ here 😉
Evening all. A VERY quick (the sofa is beckoning) post about this lovely new Map print teepee before they are all sold and this is old news. Only 3 left now! Not sure if I can get hold of more fabric any time soon so grab one whilst you can here… they are causing quite a stir so not expecting them to hang around for long. *Amendment… only 2 left now!!
Above is obviously how I styled it for the listing photos for my Etsy shop… but want to see what the kids did when they got home… ooooh.
Hahaha. Check out Dexies Autumn display in the foreground!
The lovely interior design show VTwoonenDesignBeurs is currently taking place at Rai in Amsterdam until tomorrow. I visited on Tuesday and had a nice surprise of seeing my BIG Moozle teepees on one of the exhibition stands. It was used to display Covers&Co kids blankets and cushions on the Essenza stand.
I took some photos to give an impression of the show and show some of the ideas and interiors trends coming though. Most of these images were taken on the VTwoonen and Ariadne at Home stands.