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Newborn Photography Trend- Floral

Newborn Baby Photography Trend - Floral

I love to stay on the look out for great newborn baby photo ideas for you and I’ve noticed a beautiful trend in newborn baby photography…the use of flowers and other natural elements particularly in  floral crowns and rings.

I thought I’d share some here and as always I have plenty of inspiration as well as the sources on my pinterest boards HERE
Newborn Baby Photography Trend - Floral

Whites and natural textures backgrounds are perfect for a serene baby image with a boho edge.
Newborn Baby Photography Trend - Floral

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How to become a brand rep..

brand rep tips for the baby brand industry

Are you keen to be a brand rep?

We love to see beautiful photography of your babies and little people with our baby blankets and bedlinen. Most brands love this and many choose brand reps to help them to gather more imagery and content to share on their websites and social media channels.

Want to know what a brand looks for when looking for reps?? 

Primarily what most brands look for in a rep is someone who loves their product and is keen to share it with the world and their friends.   It might be great to get some free product but to keep the relationship going with your brand it’s easier if you are an actual fan or even already are a customer. And are you able to provide back regular feedback and images to help them promote the product?

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Trend- The future of the Monochrome Nursery Trend

Monochrome nursery trend, mountain baby blanket, black and white nursery

The monochrome nursery trend continues to be strong but where is it headed.

Before decorating for your baby check out where this nursery trend is headed.

With the launch of our black and white Nordic Winter Baby Blanket and Quilt Range we thought it would be a great time to think about it.

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Top 10 Nursery Trends for 2017

Lets talk nursery trends for 2017……

The year has gotten away but lets look at what’s trending in children’s interiors this year and beyond.

1. Metallics and Rose Gold.  Expect to see a lot more particularly on larger items like cots. Our latest range Modern vintage was photographed on this Incy Interiors cot and it looks just divine.

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Black Nursery Inspiration

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Since it’s Black Friday…I thought we should take some time to think black in the nursery.

When I first started Alphabet Monkey in 2010, black was a colour I started adding to my designs as mums were looking away from traditional colours. And today..well I think we all know the monochrome trend is huge.

But are you brave enough to actually paint a wall black? Especially a nursery wall?

Check out these gorgeous  examples and I guarantee you will be won over with black feature walls in the nursery.

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The dark colour actually has an effect of receding so it looks further away creating an illusion of more space..not closing it in as some people may assume.

Black nursery inspiration www.alphabetmonkey.com.au

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White and colour really pops against this deep base.

Black nursery inspiration www.alphabetmonkey.com.au #blacknursery

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How pretty yet minimal is this space for a little girl..it feels far from stark.

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I personally think the rooms with timber and textured rugs are my favourites..it really create a lot of interest against the strength of the black base.

So, what do you think?

Have I won you over?

Although pastels are trending again in nurseries,  I don’t think black is going anywhere soon. You could also do a similar style with navy which could work equally well in boys or girls spaces.

 

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A Mountain Adventure nursery..

Mountain nursery adventure nursery baby boy nursery

Mountain Nursery

I’ve been loving the whole rustic adventure theme coming through in boys nurseries and bedrooms for a while and with the recent arrival of our first Mountain inspired range I thought I should put together a little inspiration board.

I think it’s a look that can be minimalist and monochrome or quite rustic with lots of textures.

I think you really must introduce some wood into the space..these tree stump stools or little tables are just perfect.  I think they look great painted too .

 

Tree stump stool, mountain nursery ideas

Our In the Wild Range features mountains, bears and arrows, all of which look fantastic mixed into this theme.

I’ve also put together a few boards on pinterest where you can find our sources and also other inspiration for your mountain adventure themed nursery or boys room.

You can find our pinterest boards HERE

Mountain nursery, mountain wall decal

Just FYI .. you can easily create a mountain feature on your wall like we did by using wash tape..or actually I’ve just done another using electricians tape in black..it seems to come off the wall easily without taking the paint off.. great if you are renting.

 

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Boho styling with our Teepee Range

Teepee boho girls bedlinen styling on www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au #bohostyle #teepeestyling #teepee #alphabetmonkeyquilt #patchworkquilt

So I couldn’t wait to share with you some of our styling of the our beautiful girls Teepee range.

It’s such a change to style for a girls look and we went for it with this bohemian garden scene.

Enjoy..

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All items are available in store ( except the crochet items) and if you are interested in a king single patchwork coverlet/quilt pls email us to join the xmas waitlist.

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Nursery Trend .. Tribal Rugs

Nursery Trend - Tribal Rugs www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Have you noticed that the trend for tribal inspired rugs in the home has crept into the nursery?

No ? Well that’s ok because that’s what I am here for…. to bring you the latest insights into nursery and interior trends.

A few years back all the most stylish nurseries were featuring stripes, chevron, quatrefoil, triangles in coloured flat weave rug designs.  But now there has been quite a big shift from the use of geometric style rugs to more heavily patterned styles with a more bohemian or tribal  edge.

This bohemian aesthetic can be done in many ways and in combination with many popular nursery motifs so let’s check out a few.

The first example above is a classic way to use tribal rugs and that is to set it as a contrast against a white wall. In fact you will be hard pressed to really find any that aren’t in neutral environments. This allows you to add in more pattern or interest and it can all pop against the neutral surrounds.  However I really think they would AMAZING against a coloured room or wall that was colour matched from one of the rug colours.  But you would need to be a bit braver.

Nursery Trends- Tribal Rugs www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Moroccan rugs are very popular and traditionally every region was known for its particular colours and patterns.  Now however they are often made to order with current colour trends in mind and have become a real statement piece for the home.  I love the boho vibe in the space above with its cute teepee and the soft natural colours of the rug, don’t you?

Nursery Trend - Tribal Rugs www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

In this example , the rug is called a Boucherouite rug and they are usually one of a kind vintage recycled fabric rugs made by the Berber  women in Morocco. They weave wool and fabric together to get that ribbon look.  You can find so many brightly coloured versions of these and they remind me a bit of those rags rugs I used to see around as doormats when I was younger…but nicer of course!

 

Nursery Trend - Tribal Rugs www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

I do love the dark base of this one which really grounds the room and gives quite a different look.  I guess thats part of the appeal of these rugs, they are usually unique and so it gives the room a touch of difference and the colours tie in with all the coloured items that kids tend to accumulate ..so it can be stylishly messy which as we know kids rooms often are once the actual baby comes along.

Nursery Trends - Tribal Rugs www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Ok so this one has been huge in interiors for a while, due to the blend of its understated look, simple geometric lines, the fact they are black and white and also tribal.  Its called a Beni Ourian and they usually have a bit of a shag like pile.

Their minimalistic look can fit into many nursery styles or themes creating interest with its texture and understated pattern. As shown in the nurseries above and below.

Leos nursery by Nest Design Studio.. www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

I just love the colours in this Aztec rug below. From Mexico they traditionally feature golds, rusts and reds but now makers are adding vibrant modern palettes and its made them irresistible for contemporary homes.  This style with its large geometric patterns is also a great match when decorating in the South Western style as the Americans call it, you know like an American Indian or teepee theme as we in Oz would think of it.

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And last but not least another strong geometric design to ground a South Western desert, Boho kinda vibe.

These rugs are also referred to as Kilim rugs as they are pipeless, flat woven , hand woven traditional rugs..many like this originate in Turkey or in nearby countries.

Nursery Trends - Tribal rugs www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

And looking back over the photographs you may have noticed another 2 trends..

  1. Its been going strong for a while and I see no end in sight as our love of exotic rugs grows… yes it’s the leather Moroccan pouf or footstool.  Perfect for the nursery as you feed baby or really for any room in the house.  I remember haggling to buy one in morocco years ago and our escape from the evil clutches of the rip off merchant is something we still laugh about today..but yes thats another story.
  2. Fiddle leaf figs and cactus..or in fact any plant pictured in interiors.  Indoor plants is a massive trend being revived from the 70’s but well when you see them in kids rooms and nurseries just remember they are really only there as a styling aid..that dash of greenery just lifts the photo. But seriously I don’t think anyone is really keeping these in a kids room. Especially once the baby can crawl.

So in conclusion I think these tribal rugs look awesome .. and they are really the ultimate gender neutral essential.  If you start googling them you will just go crazy at all the choices but I have put a lot together for you to see on a Tribal Rug Trend pinterest board.

Of course they are expensive for the real thing due to the hand woven nature of them but if you happen to collect one on your travels it would be something you would keep for life. It would be able to be used anywhere in your home  and it would be an amazing memento of your travels.

Of course as always happens when something is on trend , a thousand imitations pop up so you can get the look without the price too.

So that wraps it up..I hope you have been inspired by this nursery trend update and you can find more  nursery images and trend boards on my Pinterest page here.

All images and their sources can be found on my Tribal Rug Trend Pinterest board.

 

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In the Wild..Mountain Quilt Range

In the Wild Range featuring Mountain Quilt and Roary the Bear. Limited edition. www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Hot on the heels of our recent look at the Mountain mural trend,  I’m excited to share with you our new range, In the Wild.

Your little wild one will love imagining climbing mountains and chance encounters with roaring bears (well our Roary is more cute than scary but don’t tell him that),  and cuddling up next to pretend campfires with his hand stitched mountain quilt.  Get him a name cushion to finish the look which will grow with him from the cot to the big bed.

In the Wild Range by www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

As you know we produce in super small quantities to keep our quilts special, so we will be offering on a pre-order basis.  Strictly limited edition .

And we will be offering an awesome bonus during the first preorder week available only to our VIPs. So if you aren’t one already better hop onto the mail list now .

In the Wlld; mountain range www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

In signature Alphabet Monkey style we love to create fresh and contemporary looks with our patchwork, we love mixing our arrows with our geometrics and we love to see how you mix it up too.

They are destined to become a keepsake that will always remind you of these baby days.

Our cot quilts are made in an XL size which is 100cm x 130cm.  This will fit any cot you have so don’t worry about the sizing.

In the Wild : Mountain Range by www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

You can create a mountain on your wall too with a roll of masking tape.  I had this blue tape in my cupboard and  did a quick DIY on the wall. So easy yet such an effective look…Why not give it a go?

In the Wild: Roary the Bear Cot quilt cover www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

We know how much you love the Roary Range in black so we are bringing him in grey to complement the blues of the Mountain quilt.  Perfect for gender neutral looks or to add some black if you love monochrome.

 

Roary the Bear cot quilt cover www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

For extra warmth we recommend layering up with our Cotton jersey cot blanket.  Pictured below  our cot blanket is perfect from birth as you can tuck baby in tightly as per SIDS guidelines and it will grow with him.  We also use ours as a travel blanket, play mat, tv watching blankie (for me that it).

Roary the Bear quilt cover and grey grid cot blanket www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Remember this range is strictly limited edition so don’t miss out on this special item for your little boys wild nursery.

Preorders start Sunday 22nd

PS Look out for your special preorder bonus in your email box in the coming days.

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