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A Mountain Adventure nursery..

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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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Nursery Trend .. Tribal Rugs

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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?

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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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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..

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

 

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.

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

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.

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

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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Alphabet Monkey Birthday Sale

Our Ashkii range by Alphabet Monkey www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

 

Good morning everyone….. hows the weather hey?? We have gone from a glorious summer like spring to winter today..brr.

But in better news…did you know that this weekend marks Alphabet Monkey turning 4?? Yes it was four years ago when I first set up my Etsy shop. Wow I couldn’t hardly even upload a photo back then and Campbell was only about 9 months old.  Wow how much has changed in that time.

Well to celebrate we will be having a 4 day SALE in our online store.

Alphabet Monkey birthday sale

We will be offering 25% off our entire Ashkii/Brave and Storm Range from 9am Thursday 16 (yes tomorrow) until midnight on Sunday 19 Aust EST. So if you haven’t had a chance to grab any yet or want to add to what you have now is the time.

Other items ( like our elephants) that are not included in the sale will still be available in our Etsy store.

Ashkii/Brave range SS14/15 by Alphabet Monkey. www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au.  Cool boys

All our prints are available as quilts , cushions and fitted sheets.

Ashkii /Brave SS14/15 by Alphabet Monkey  www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Ashkii range SS14/15 by Alphabet Monkey. www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au #teepee #b

Ashkii Range SS14/15 by Alphabet Monkey

Ashkii Single bed quilt cover has black arrows on the back..mix and match with our pillowcases and cushions

Stormy cot collection by alphabet monkey..the ABC of cool boys spaces. www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.au

Our Storm range is also available as an XL boori size patchwork quilt as well as the modern quilt style pictured.

Stormy Quilt cover by alphabet monkey.. the ABC of cool boys spaces.

Our Storm single bed quilt is reversible with for a monochromatic raindrop look on the back.

Stormy collection by alphabet monkey..the ABC of cool boys spaces. www.blog.alphabetmonkey.com.auAnd we also have soft organic cotton newborn swaddles available in all our cool patterns.

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Nursery Board Inspiration

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I’ve been a bit quiet this week as I have dealt with the flu. Cam, mum and I were all struck down so all operations here at Alphabet Monkey came to a standstill. But we are all back in action, Cam is back to preschool today and I don’t think I am too behind on orders so it’s all good.

Before this wave of germs hit, I received an email from Belinda at Petite Vintage Interiors. She had included some of our products in a clients mood board and had sent it for me to see. I’m so glad she did.

It is totally gorgeous, both right on trend, modern but with also a vintage touch…clever girl.

I knew you would love to see it too.

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Rocket Boy Nursery

As you know I will be keeping my etsy shop open over my break to allow purchases of the ready to ship items I have listed.  Its fully stocked of items ready to go including surf designs, geometrics, clouds and elephants.

One such item which I think I have failed to share with you previously are the two rocket quilts I have recently made featuring the cool prints from Birch organic fabrics.  One has the felt rocket appliqué and the other is plain patchwork with a vibrant yellow back. The little print has planets, rocket ships and robots on it which I know a lot of you are interested in.  And i do love the aqua, grey and yellow colour combination.

rocket and robot nursery quilt by alphabet monkey

Here is a small nursery mood board to get you inspired for rocket themed decorating…

You can check out the rocket quilts in my etsy shop
That super cool cot is the caravan cot in yellow
The gorgeous rocket ship print is from Minnimecca

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