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Trend- Mountain Murals

About 12 or so months ago I had a sample range made up with some little mountains on it..originally inspired by a quilt I made for my friends’ baby named Everest.

Well time flies by and I was digging around recently and found it and I thought YES LETS DO THIS!! (Watch out for updates on this )….. So then I jumped onto Pinterest and went to my Mountain Nursery board for all things mountain inspired and have discovered that this trend has really started to explode.  Particularly the mountain mural.

So lets check a few out..

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The detail in this intricate layered mountain scene is amazing as is the layering of the cool colours from dark to light. It really gives the wall a fantastic level of depth.

And here is another similar one.

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The blanket, sheepskin rug and the macrame wall decor though all white create interest due to their textural elements.  This is something we will look at again soon as it is important to use pattern and texture in monochromatic (one colour) spaces.

All the pattern in the wall creates enough interest allowing them to keep the rest of the space very simple.

Well, you might be thinking that these two are way out of your league..and I wouldn’t suggest trying them unless you are quite creative or handy with a brush.  But all’s not lost..lets have a look at some simpler options.

Mountain mural trend on the blog www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au #mountainnursery #mountainmural #mountainwall

Isn’t this a sweet picture too, and I do love the mustard yellow of the patterned rug and the sun giving the room some life.  The parents wanted an adventurer / mountaineering theme but have managed to keep it subtle by using  the wall as the main feature.

The more I look I see a real crossover from the teepee trend which is coming more from the Aztec American Indian inspired looks and the camping/ adventurer vibe which I think is relates back to parents wanting their children to experience the outdoors in this increasingly digital age.

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And here is another more simple mountain style.  If you wanted to make an even stronger statement you could do them in black. Really let your imagination go wild and get out that tape and paint away.

I remember when I had Campbell that trees were the thing to have in your nursery and they were a lot harder to do yourself so I really think most of you would be able to give these mountains a go.

If you are still not sure about painting or maybe you are renting,  don’t worry you can use some stickers or create a mountain design from washi tape.

I’ve pinned so many great ideas for you and links to where you can get them as well as some DIY help, all on my Mountain Nursery pinterest board.

 

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In the wild.. nursery board

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Hello friends,

Welcome to spring… or autumn..depending on where you are.

Firstly I have this super cute nursery board to share with you.  A friend alerted me to this the other week because it includes our Roary the Bear cushion so I headed over the Project Nursery to check it out.

Christy from Belle Studio created this board for her little boy whom she is expecting very soon.  She wasn’t sure which way to go with decorating ..loving both the woodland vibe and the monochrome (black and white) trend.  Since she was starting with a blank canvas of white she decided to combine the two and came up with the above board.

The strong prints and the black and white is softened by the introduction of the woodland stump.  I’ve seen a few nurseries doing this woodland trend and it can sometimes go a bit over the top with wood everywhere ..and then some monochrome nurseries look a bit stark and cold..but this is a clever compromise.

I also really love the colour palette which is a little like a combo I’m thinking of for some new designs next year.

So head over to Project Nursery to find out suppliers of the pictured products..well except Roary the Bear..you can get him right here 🙂

 

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Trend Watch- Cactus

cactus trend nursery mood board by www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

You may have noticed the cactus trend growing as you see the motif popping up all over the place.. kids prints, cushions, clothing. Well its just a natural progression from the Mexican trend which is everywhere in fashion, interiors and even food.

I’ve always been a huge fan of cactus..of the living variety, and I actually still have a couple from the last time aztec and mexicana was all the rage..yes showing my age here.

So i thought I would pop together a bit of an inspiration design board that could be used for a nursery or a big boys room..and I thought our Ashkii pattern and colour way went with it just perfectly.

Links below if you want to find some of these products.

1. Declan cot by Incy Interiors

2. Cactus Lamp by Cotton On

3. Grid cushion by Alphabet Monkey

4. Assorted bedlinen and Ashkii Single bed Quilt Cover Set by Alphabet Monkey

5. Cactaceae Print by Amelie Mancini

6. Cactus cushions by XanderLouKids 

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Indian Feather Headdress are Back..

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Hi guys..

Ive had so many people asking over the last few months when we would have the Indian Headdresses back in stock… well I’m giving you the heads up..we have just listed a whole range of them.

We have quite a few colours to choose from but only a few of each right now. You can claim the one you want and they will ship August 24.

So head over and check it out here

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Colour Trend -Green in Children’s Interiors

Ashkii Quilt cover by www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Green Interiors trend

I’ve long been a fan of green in boys rooms and so when emerald was announced as the Pantone colour of the Year two years ago I expected to see more of it around.  Well it has been filtering through interior design and now I’m starting to see more and more accents of green added to the monochromatic spaces of kids that we all seem to love.

And I do love it with the mint…so fresh. Are you a fan of green or not so much?  I think it will continue to grow as I’ve noticed another trend which we talk more about another day..and that is cactus.

Green children's bedding by alphabet monkey

 

So we have taken some fresh new shots of our Ashkii Range..I’ve loved how you guys have mixed and matched it all and I’ve loved seeing your photos in Instagram and when you email or Facebook them through to me. It’s awesome!!

Ashkii geometric quilt cover set, available in single or cot size by www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

Of course there is a lovely dash of the black and white arrow print on the reverse so you can fold it back and change your look.

It’s available in Single and Cot Size as a quilt cover set..so it includes a cover and a pillowcase.  They are quilt covers so you they are great for the warmer weather as you need to put your insert inside.

 

Ashkii quilt cover by www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

We also have more of our Little Teepee and Teepee Triangle (shown below) prints back in store in fitted cot sheets and cushion covers but after this lot I think we will be moving onto some new colour combos.  And we are also making it easier for you to add to your collection by offering $20 off when you buy 2 sheets..Just use code : DOUBLEUP at the checkout.  This will be an ongoing offer.

Teepee triangle cot sheet in green by www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

Its great to have patterned sheets on the bed to catch little moments like these chubby legs or when your bub just wakes up and gives out those big smiles. My daughter does this and my son runs in after each nap time to see it. Just grab your phone and take a pic against your super cool sheet and you have an awesome pic just ready to send to your friends and family..yes baby spam them all I say..hehe

Also in case you didn’t realise, we now offer gift vouchers( as pictured below). We can express post out a physical voucher as its always nice to have something to give..even when you have left it to the last minute.  Or if you prefer we can email a digital version which we will create and send after purchase.

Wishing you all a great weekend whatever you are up to…

Nicolex

 

gift Voucher

 

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How to create a cute Birth announcement

Girl birth announcement by www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

You may have noticed the trend for photographic birth announcements using props and themes to style up a memorable keepsake.

Do you remember when I posted this black and white one a year ago??  It went crazy on Pinterest.    So I’ve set up a new ‘Cute Birth Announcements’ pinterest board to collect ideas for you as well as having created a couple myself using my new baby.

Its quite simple really, you can keep it as simple or as elaborate as you like.  If you don’t have the right props such as blocks or alphabet tiles for the name, or a weight or measuring tape like me,  you can just add them in after with a photo editing program. In fact I was a bit slack..I didn’t even add a calendar..but I’m sure you will be more organised than me.

I use Picmonkey to add words and icons which is free and super easy to use.

Willows birth announcement .. www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

Just choose a nice background pattern of a blanket or sheet or just use white.  You can create a theme based around whatever you like by selecting a toy or shoes or little hats etc. Many people have taken scattered flowers around little girls and added other items like twigs for boys.   Try to place in a place with a lot of natural light .. I actually just stood on a chair and looked down over it and took the pic on my iPhone.  But of course if you have a better camera go for it.  If you have a strong shadow you could place a white board on the shaded side to reflect back the light.

You can then upload your pic and add names or other birth details and then you are done.  You can send out to friends and family via email or get them printed and be sure to add one to your baby box or album.

If you have a go I’d love to see them and add to my pinterest board.

 

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6 Miffy kids spaces I love..

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When it comes to bunnies, my favourite has got to be Miffy.  If you have somehow managed to live life this far and not know who miffy is… she is a little rabbit character created by Dutch artist Dick Bruna to entertain his son in the mid 1950s.  she has grown in popularity around the world ever since.

So I’ve gathered 6 kids spaces I love that use Miffy products.

It appears that any self respecting scandi space really MUST have a Miffy lamp.. they come in two sizes and the larger size is just huge…as seen above.

6 Miffy nurseries i love www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

This simple nursery makes a feature of some Miffy art.

 

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6 miffy kids rooms i love www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

Miffy cushions above add some fun and of course here is another lamp.

And below the colour of the little knitted Miffy sets the tone for the colour scheme of the whole room.

6 miffs rooms that i love www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

For all things Miffy you can check out this site.

Pictures all via my pinterest nursery boards , for sources head here

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Nursery Trend; animal photography

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

If you spend a lot of time looking at nurseries online you quickly become aware of growing trends.  And over the past year or so I have noticed how many nurseries were featuring not just any animal photography but Sharon Montrose animal imagery. Sharon Montrose is a highly sought after animal photography specialist who is lucky enough to combine her love of animals with her love of photography.. surely life doesn’t get better than that.  Prints are available from her specialist online store The Animal Print Shop.

 

Artwork featuring Sharon Montrose photographyHer distinctive style lends it self to many areas of the home, however it is interesting how popular they have become in nurseries.  Animal motifs in the nursery is definitely not a new thing however I think that the interesting part is that as the trend for more sophisticated children’s spaces grows , these photographs allow the animal motif to be introduced in a more subtle , grown up fashion.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrosesm4The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose.

I love how the camel with the choice of light fitting gives a very exotic feel. This is actually part of one of my all time favourite nurseries which I have featured on here before here.  I actually used the feature wall as inspiration for my own daughters nursery and we have also used a SM print..but you will have to wait till we get it photographed properly to see it.

The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose

 

I have also noticed that they are perfect for use in a gender neutral nursery.. look at the nursery above.  This is a very simple and sophisticated space with a tribal/african safari vibe which would be at home in any adult space.

I have added many more images to my unisex pinterest board for you to discover and you will probably uncover a few more gems in my other boards too..or just head over to “The Animal Print Shop‘ to see their full range.

 

This is not a sponsored post..we share trends and products to keep you up to date or just because we love them.

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Nostalgic toys – trend watch

alphabet monkey Arrow bedlinen with Sara Carr toy www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

Ive noticed that crochet and knitted nursery toys has been a growing trend over the last few years and have often seen and admired the work of UK based Sara Carr whose quirky little creations have popped up in a many a nursery online.

I put the growth of this trend and its continued popularity down the notion that in todays digital world we all crave something more simple..from an earlier simpler time. This nostalgia makes us hungry for little reminders from the past.

Alphabet monkey bedlinen with Sara Carr toy www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

So I couldn’t wait to order one of Saras’ creations for my new baby who will be here with us by the end of the month.  My son and I looked over her site and we chose this adorable little wolf.  And when he arrived I can tell you the quality and detail of this little guy was worth it.  So much so that at my sons insistence we ordered the larger orange fox for him which we had passed over earlier.  He loves it and has been sleeping with it ever since..

 

Into the woods nursery board by Alphabet Monkey. www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

 

So I made up an ‘Into the Woods’ nursery board with a black and white scandi edge..a perfect little nursery to add your little wolf or fox to.  It features our Arrow bunting, quilt and teepee cushion which can all be found in our online shop.

Sheepskin from Ikea, Oeuf Sparrow cot in birch from Urbanbaby, Replica Eames Rocker from Matt Blatt.

Linen by alphabet Monkey with crochet bunny by Marigurumi Etsy shop

 

And as I mentioned earlier, crochet is also very big.  I happened to receive this cute bunny all the way from Spain from super cute Marigurumi Shop on Etsy.  I highly recommend you check out her shop if you are looking for a unique baby gift.

 

 

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Pinterest Pick; Herringbone Walls

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After much procrastination I think I have finalised my own nursery design and I’ve decided to do a wall similar to this.  I did have visions on creating a geometric colour block wall (I’ll have to show you this trend in another post) but I have decided on creating this herringbone feature wall.

I have loved this look since I pinned the image below which is where I first saw this done and I think it is very striking. This would have to be one of my favourite nurseries.. I think the herringbone pattern is a good alternative to a straight chevron which although we may be tiring of, still seems to continue in popularity.

You can find these images and their sources on my girls nursery pinterest board here.

Pinterest pick..herringbone walls www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

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