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Designs for cool kids

P1100539Our little ones are heading back to school and it might just be the perfect time to redecorate their room. Some of you might have already done just that but for those that are still contemplating different options, here are three rooms I designed this summer to help trigger your inspiration.

 

TITRES-09The first one is my son’s Aydan’s. He is five years old. The background was made with paint and masking tape. It is geometrical and so quite easy to draw and replicate. The stickers are from our dinosaures collection available in our e-shop right here.

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The two following rooms were designed based on existing models. It is an ideal option for those wishing to do something special, yet tailor-made for their space and budget! It usually takes us no more than 7 to 10 days to come up with a design plan, which can later be followed by the installation (but not necessarily). We start by discussing the spirit of the room before deciding on the color of the background and selecting the theme of the room. So don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a house visit, designing kids’ rooms is one of my favorite parts of my job!

 

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A background in light gray, pink and a touch of bronze for Alicia. A bold and original choice for this five years-old girl.
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TITRES-11For her big brother Aaron, we went with a combination of grey, peacock blue and orange. We added a touch of fun and color to the gray wall using a 2.5 meters long sticker from the “Plain is boring” collection. Different lengths (up to 3 meters) are now available in our boutique to better fit your spaces and furniture.
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You can find below the links to our products featured in these rooms:

- La fée à l’oiseau
- 75 stars
- Stripes
- Home visit & Study


DIY – Fabric basket

Hello everyone,

Today I am very happy to share with you a different kind of DIY activity, focusing on patterns rather than murals. This post was inspired by our range of stencils which we will be using to customize fabrics. Launching my very own line of fabrics is on my hope to do list but in the meantime here is a fun and practical DIY to make fabric baskets. I promise it only requires basic sewing skills, the trickiest part being the assembly of the bottom and the body of the basket. I use these baskets all over my house to hold towels, make-up, toys, etc. They come in handy when it is time to tidy up our home.

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To realize one bascket (18cm diam x 15cm height), you will need:

- 3 pieces of fabric:
2 rectangles 62×29 cm and a circle of 22 cm diameter
- fabric paint & stencil brushes – ironing board & a flatiron
- sewing material
- M&G stencils

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STEP 1,

Use the M&G stencils and apply paint on the chosen pieces of fabric. Once the paint dries completely, iron the pieces of fabric painted side down with a hot iron (no steam) in order to lock in the colors.
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STEP 2,

Place the two rectangles on top of each other, back sides against each others, pin them together and stitch them using a sewing machine. Leave a small opening to be able to turn it inside out.

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STEP 3,

Place the two end sides of the fabric on top of each other and stitch the sides up in order to make the main cylinder.
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STEP 4,

Assemble the bottom part to the cylinder using pins, then stitch them together using your sewing machine. Fold down the excess fabric and sew it by hand.
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Turn around the basket and…there you go!

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DIY – green wall

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Today I will show you how to do a green wall in a couple of hours! This tutorial is  great for those who don’t have a green thumb but who nonetheless would like to enjoy a bit of greenery in their homes.
First and foremost, you need to let go of your preconceptions about artificial plants. If they are well chosen, they can make out a very satisfying visual. Using artificial plants allows us to avoid many hassles: no creepy bugs, no need for sunlight or water. And you can go on vacation with peace of mind: your plants will look the same when you come back!

What you will need for this project:
- wire mesh (as much as needed to cover your wall – leaving a 15 cm space on each side)
- Brackets/wooden planks (not larger than a baseboard)
- Staple gun
- Silicone gun and white color silicone
- Double-sided tape
- Several batches of artificial plants, for a 40x40cm square foresee 8 pieces of plants
- Wire and wire cutters

STEP1, Mounting the wire mesh panel
Begin by gluing two wooden planks to the wall, 15cm from the ceiling and 15 cm from the bottom of the wall.
- Apply the double-sided tape and the silicone all over the upper plank then place it on the wall (remember to place it 15cm away from the ceiling)
- Do the same for the lower plank (again placing it 15cm away from the base of the wall)
- Allow 45min for the silicone to dry, then you can staple the wire mesh to the wooden planks (If you don’t want to use silicone, you could simply drill holes and screw the planks to the wall).

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STEP 2, Arranging the plants
- For better results, try to find at least seven kinds of artificial plants (different sizes, colors and textures), which you will place following an irregular pattern as you can see on the sketch below.
- I suggest using plants with large leafs at the bottom of the panel and the ones with longer and more narrow leafs at the top.
- Place the plants on the panel and tie them with wire if needed.
- Open up the leaves of your plants to cover all  the wire mesh.

And there you go!

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The green wall you can see in the pictures below is located in our bathroom, which is like a corridor. It’s a long and narrow space.
In order to bring life to the back wall, I had designed a “planter closet” with storage in the bottom and a box for plants in the upper part. I did not want to use the whole wall to put my plants because I still needed storage space in the bathroom. half a wall was more than enough for my indoor fake garden. Plus, all the plants reflect on the mirror facing them which makes the space seem deeper and the plants more abundant.

My dream would be to have one day a bathroom that opens up on a garden. In the meantime, I really enjoy this little wall which I can even see it from my bedroom.
Nature (even fake!) can really upgrade a space. Use it without moderation!

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Here an other realisation using the same process (office in Chai Wan) :
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DIY – Birdhouse

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Here is a DIY project with recycled material!
Last month, we celebrated my son’s 4th birthday. As kids start to enjoy crafting at this age, each kid received a birdhouse to decorate and bring home as a gift.
I’ve always enjoyed decorating children’s rooms with birdhouses; if you have a closer look at my projects, you will often see a small birdhouse somewhere. It gives the wall more life and volume.  Also, I find them much more joyful than birdcages, which always sadden me a little.

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The birdhouses are super easy to do; all you need is:
- cardboard boxes (not too thick)
– some nice paper sheets (you can use Japanese origami paper or any paper not to thick that you like and want to recycle; sometimes I simply print patterns on my laser printer on a 80gr paper)
– some white glue and pencils
– scissors, a cutter, a ruler, set square, strong glue
– ideally a circular cutter for the house door, or a compass + cutter if you don’t have one

STEP 1, traces
Here is the pattern to draw on your cardboard

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>> Tips:
– Once you have drawn and cut the first house, just use the outline of the pattern to cut the other houses , it will save you a lot of time
– This version is without bottom, but if you add one, you can use the cage as a goody bag.

STEP 2, cutting:
-  Cut the outline of the base and the roof,
- And  then cut the circular opening with your circular compass .

STEP 3, folding and assembly

- To have a clean folding, run the box cutter on the folding lines (green lines in the figure) . Be careful not to cut through the cardboard, just cut the upper layer.
- Assemble the house, roof and base with the glue .

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STEP 4, decoration:
This is where your little ones get involved !
- Apply white glue on the surface you are decorating, stick the piece of decorative paper and apply more glue on top to both fix and polish it.
- Repeat this step to cover the whole house with different decorative papers
- Apply a final layer of glue to secure the assembly.

>> Tips:
- I noticed that it was easier for children to have small pieces of pre-cut decorative papers.
- You can of course change the dimensions and proportions of the cabin, but always make sure the roof is 1 to 2 cm wider than the walls of the birdhouse for a nicer effect.
- To hang it on the wall,  do a small hole on the back to insert a screw or simply use double-faced adhesive tape/velcro.

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STEP 5, the perch
- Make a hole (size of a straw) under the opening with a sharp knife or cutter
- Cut a piece of straw and insert it in the hole.
Have fun!

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A piece of my home, the entrance

If you live in Hong Kong you will have, in the coming weeks, plenty of time to take care of your indoors. You know it! Rainy season has definitely started.

I took advantage of the bad weather this week-end to redecorate our entrance, a project that has been on the back burner for over two years. In this space, we have been using a set from Ikea’s BESTA collection, which is conveniently modular.  I like the pure lines and the glossy finish of the furniture, which gives it a very smooth look.

With that being said, I still wanted to add to it my own personal touch. And so all of a sudden this long overdue project became in the morning a matter of emergency that had to be finished before the end of the day!

And so a few brush strokes and hammer blows later, we were able to enjoy our new entrance.

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Redecorating the space meant adding a splash of color to the walls and the furniture. We first started by painting a large streak on the main wall, a quick and easy task my little assistant helped with.

Then, instead of using regular frames, I attached family photos to a rope and taped some directly to the wall using washi tape. I also hung a large world map canvas from the M&G collection (available here). I like the playfulness this canvas brings to the space.

To add a touch of color both to the walls and the furniture, I used the Gros pois stickers (girl palette). And I customized the furniture doors with stickers from the Plain is boring collection, which will be available soon in our e-shop,  so stay tuned!

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