25/07
2014

Guest post: DIY wallpaper bag

I’m taking a few weeks of to enjoy the company of my newborn baby girl. In the mean time some very talented ladies will take over here on the blog. Enjoy!

Hi, I’m Eline from Roomblush. Today I’ll show you a simple tutorial that shows that you can be very creative with the rest of your wallpaper. Just as this nice little bag we created with the Roomblush Triangles Pink wallpaper. Follow the steps and create your own unique bag. Ideal for a gift or for yourself.

To create a bag in this size (7.1×9.4 inch), you take the size of an A3 from your leftover wallpaper.

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1. Fold the wallpaper double in a horizontal way.
2. Tape the open side with masking tape.
3. Fold the bottom of your bag upwards. The higher you fold up, the wider your bag.
4. Open one side of the folded bottom and flatten so you get the shape of a triangle.
5. Fold the base inwards, as shown on the photo. Tape it with masking tape.

Handles: Create the handles by first cutting a long, wide strip. The length of this strip is the double size of the width of the bag. Next you cut thin strips for the handles and tape them to the strip. Glue the strip with handles to the inside of the bag.

++ HAVE FUN ++

18/07
2014

Guest post: Tea towel as finishing touch

I’m taking a few weeks of to enjoy the company of my newborn baby girl. In the mean time some very talented ladies will take over here on the blog. Enjoy!

Hello you all, I’m Ruth from Georgette! When Caroline asked me to provide a guest post on the Carrie Can blog I just could not refuse. :-) She just had to say the words ‘interior’ and ‘textile’ and my mind exploded. As a textile designer it’s hard to resist anything made out of threads. I always had a strong weakness for interior textiles and I strongly believe that a room becomes more powerful and cozy when you put some textile objects in it. And I don’t mean the regular things like carpets and curtains.

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Today I would like to talk about one of my favorite pieces of fabric: the tea towel. I just love tea towels because of their weaving structure combined with the thickness of the cotton used. Sounds really nerdy, I know, but this is what blows my mind. These day’s you also find a lot of tea towels with beautiful prints etc.

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But what I even like more about them is that they can lighten up your kitchen in no time! You don’t always have to use them: just hang them on a nice spot, like you would hang a frame. You can match it with the colors of your kitchen, use an accent color or even go for something completely different. I myself have a crush on black and white with soft pastel and a graphic print. They fit with anything.

Enjoy these nice pictures!

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11/07
2014

Guest post: Dress up your room

I’m taking a few weeks of to enjoy the company of my newborn baby girl. In the mean time some very talented ladies will take over here on the blog. Enjoy!

Hello, I’m Katrien from Grafisch Werk(t). When I received a mail from Caroline where she asked me to write a guest blog, I did not think twice. I really love her style and the way she blogs, with lots of enthusiasm. As the main topics of her blog are about interior & paper, it definitely felt right for me to do this. When I would describe myself I’d say I’m a graphic designer with a huge love for interior design!

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About 5 years ago we have had the luck to buy a house. Not just any house, but one that needed some serious work. So we had the luck to design the house however we wanted it to be. As we did almost everything ourselves, it was – and still is – a work of many years. Right now we have finished the kitchen and 3 bedrooms, the rest is still in progress …

Sure, you get used to living in an unfinished “house” but suddenly (read: after 5 long years) you get the feeling it isn’t your “home”. So, in order to dress up our house to feel a little more like home, I first started to buy plants & flowers. Cute, but they don’t last forever! A search through the internet (thank you, Pinterest) & some masking tape, gave me many possibilities to give every room it’s very own personal touch. Some are free, but all in all, a poster isn’t that pricy so you can change them from time to time. Here are some of my favorites!

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The last one is framed in our kitchen and looks really pretty! What’s your favorite poster?

04/07
2014

Guest post: Decorating with paper in the nursery

I’m taking a few weeks of to enjoy the company of my newborn baby girl. In the mean time some very talented ladies will take over here on the blog. Enjoy!

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Hello everyone, I’m Inge from Simply Fabulous Chic and today I’m a guest blogger here. Before I start my guest post, I want to thank Caroline for having me here! I hope she’s enjoying the quality time with her new baby girl and family. Congratulations Caroline!!

Today I’m sharing a few tips on how to decorate a nursery with paper, stickers & books. It really doesn’t have to be expensive to be fun. This idea found at 101Woonideeën is so original. You can use leftovers from wallpaper to create a huge paper city and create interesting wall art in the kids room. Beautiful to look at and for kids with loads of imagination, perfect to play in!

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Or create a cool background on the wall with paint and use your all time favourite postcards to give the room more personality. Throw in a few pillows on the bed et voila… you just created a kids room where they won’t come out of for a long time.

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Framing posters, quotes and other pieces of paper to create a cosy atmosphere in the baby’s room is always a winner. Personally I’m a fan of the yellow apple poster (it would fit in perfectly in my youngest son’s bedroom)!

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Even books can make a kids’ room interesting and beautiful. For a book worm like myself books couldn’t be left out of my list of fun decorating tips. Just look at this lovely shared girl’s room! And the paper pom poms at the ceiling make it even more romantic.

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Or what do you think of creating your own paper garland with the name of your baby? This idea, found at the Project Nursery, is especially great when having a girl. Loads of glitters on the letters, a beautiful piece of string and you’re done!

I hope these tips inspired you to start decorating your own nursery. And please let Caroline and me know if any of you have other great ideas to decorate the nursery with paper, it’s always great to hear from our readers!

Love, Inge x

27/06
2014

Guest Post: Top Ten DIY Mobiles

I’m taking a few weeks of to enjoy the company of my newborn baby girl. In the mean time some very talented ladies will take over here on the blog. Enjoy!

Hi lovelies! My name is Rachel Follett and I blog over at Lovely Clusters. I like to post DIY, Photography and other pretty things that inspire me. I am also a pinterest addict and one of my favorite boards is my “Handmade Lovelies” board. I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite DIY mobiles since they are having a baby girl. So exciting! I hope you find these inspirational! :)

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1. leptitpapillon // 2. cladandcloth // 3. LilSproutCreations // 4. TheGlitteredBarn // 5. LoveBugLullabies // 6. byAllySen // 7. craigandwhitney // 8. fineandfeathered // 9. tinkerwiththis // 10. creaturecomfortsblog

13/06
2014

Nursery Essentials: Stroller wishlist

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When you have a baby there is off course no need to be restricted to the nursery. From time to time you will want to take your baby out for a nice stroll if only to check that indeed there are still other grown-ups inhabiting this planet.

We all now that if you’re out on the town you need a trendy ride to cruise around with. Not only does it need to look good, a stroller also needs to be practical. My sister told me that she never knew how many pavement obstructions there were until she became a mummy. And let’s not forget that the last thing you want to do in an underground parking is struggle with an unyielding stroller.

So let me introduce you to my favorite strollers that not only look good but scored high on my test drive (although I have to confess I never made it out of the showroom).

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1. Bugaboo Cameleon // 2. Joolz day // 3. Stokke Xplory // 4. Binque daily

So is one of these strollers your babies ride? And more importantly do you recommend it to other mummies? Let me know!

08/06
2014

King for a day: happy fathers day

My husband still has to wait a bit longer to celebrate his first fathers day but to all daddies (especially my own): happy fathers day!

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I thought I scavenge some dream interiors for all you men out there. Bold dark colors, artistic cheeky prints en lots of leather, isn’t this what you all secretly dream off? Or is that just a cliche? To all my male readers, be free to let me know!

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25/05
2014

Nursery essentials: Changing table wishlist

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One of the things you be doing multiple times a day as a new parent (as we will soon experience) is diaper changing. So, apart from your crib, the most essential piece of furniture in the nursery is a changing table. Off course you can opt for just putting a changing pad onto an existing chests of drawers but there are also some wonderful designed changing tables out there.

My selection contains the more traditional changing table set up, one that is perfect for small spaces and a very versatile changing trunk. So which one is perfect for your baby’s nursery?

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1. Kili changing table from Sebra // 2. Nifty change table from Ubabub // 3. Nathi from ByBo Design// 4. Changing trunk from Kalon Studios

PS: Be sure to also read the nursery crib and wallpaper wishlist. And you can find even more baby inspiration on my pinterest board!

14/05
2014

Paper Trail: DIY washi tape wall art

There is something truly magical about paper. As a graphic designer with a love for paper I’m always keeping an eye out for interesting tutorials and products. In Paper Trail I share some of my favorite projects that I find on my daily browses on the net.

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Last week I caught the washi tape bug, this new addiction means that I got quite a few rolls of this Japanese paper tape sitting on my desk. And although they’re pretty enough on display, it’s much more fun to actually put them to use.

I consulted my good friend Google on how to proceed and was simply overwhelmed by the quantity of washi tape tutorials. So I decided to narrow down my search and looked how I could spice up my interior. And here is my selection of the the coolest wall art DIY’s using masking tape.

Bedhead decoration
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This is a quick and simple way to add some color to your bedroom. Just tape off your bedhead with a brightly colored masking tape and add a favorite artwork or illustration as an extra touch.

Photo frames
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Instead of framing your photos the old fashioned way, just stick them up on your wall and frame them with washi tape. Works best if you make a nice composition and combine simple with a bit more complicated frames.

Wall decal
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Make your own wall decall with washi tape. When using masking tape to put illustrations on your wall it’s best to keep it simple and geometric. That’s why I love the window outlines used here.

Well, I hope you enjoy my selection of DIY washi tape wall art. Now it’s your turn to get crafty and do please share the efforts of your work with me!

PS: Check out the previous Papertrail: Paper garland tutorials
PS 2: Do you know of any other great paper products or tutorials? Then please do support my paper addiction and leave a comment!

04/05
2014

Nursery Essentials: Wallpaper wishlist

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Ok, so maybe wallpaper isn’t necessarily a nursery essential but I really need to decide on this so I can set the color scheme for the rest of the decoration. Although looking at the four wallpaper designs that made the shortlist, I do seem a reoccurring tint. And I guess it won’t be hard for you to guess what we’re having ;-)

Me and my husband don’t really want a kids only wallpaper since we think we might grow bored quite quickly with a more illustrative wallpaper. So the selection is more graphic and abstract. Please help a stressed mummy-to-be make up her mind and let me know which one is your favorite!

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1. Harlequin from Ferm Living // 2. Ibiza from Eijjfinger // 3. Squarestripe from Roomblush// 4. Charm from Eijffinger

PS: you can read the crib wishlist over here or find more baby inspiration on my pinterest board