Decorating a little human's bedroom can be a daunting task... There is SO MUCH stuff to fit in one room, you often get overwhelmed and have no idea where to start, there is generally a limited budget to play with, and as a result finishing touches like sourcing kids-friendly art end up at the bottom of the priority list... It's a shame because 1. having cool art in a kid's room is an easy way to add a little bit of personality to the space and avoid it looking like a Mamas & Papas catalogue page and 2. it's potentially the cheapest item on your list, if you know where to look. Rather than spending a fortune on original art, buying prints and posters is a much more budget friendly way to approach the dilemma.
My daughter Stella's room is full of prints, posters, art work - all displayed on the walls, shelves, ledges, or anywhere I can find space, really. I picked stuff that reflects her personality (she's obsessed with animals) and obviously, there are a lot of stars in there too. She also has a few frames displayed on a set of Ikea ledges just above her cot.
The Vegas lights sign with stars and the zebra prints are both from John Lewis - ALL UNDER £10, no I am not kidding. The colourful circus canvas 'Hugs & Kisses' was a bargain from TK Maxx. She also has this fun French bulldog monochrome print by Stephen Davids I found at John Lewis. Their range of prints is fantastic and cheap as chips. Really worth checking if you don't really know where to start.
One of Stella's favourite animals is Sammy the Squirrel (every animal in our life has a name, I know, ridiculous but I am embracing it). Sammy shows up every morning in our garden to find a little snack we put out for him and it's just become one of these silly rituals that we perform every day, to Stella's delight. Friends of ours gave her the fabulous limited edition print below for Christmas and I found the perspex frame at Oliver Bonas which adds a nice bit of neon cool to the whole thing, which is never a bad thing.
If you prefer avoiding the high street and go for more independent interiors shops, one of my favourite place to find quirky and affordable accessories for Stella's room is Cissy Wears. If you haven't heard of this magical place yet, please just drop whatever you're doing right now and head to their website. Set up and run by an uber cool mama of three, it's probably my favourite kids shop in London. Everything is available online as well. She stocks all the Seventy Tree prints and the fabulous Swedish brand Miniwilla. Their 'The Kids Are All Right' (see what they've done there?!) and 'Hello' posters (see below) are both must haves for any cool kids' room...
Another go to place for modern and funky accessories is This Modern Life. Their collection of prints and posters is really varied in terms of style and it's rare that I don't find something I am instantly desperate to add to my shopping cart. I particularly like their alphabet posters, great for a gender neutral nursery and available from This Modern Life for £19.
Speaking of alphabet posters, I recently found out about Nursery Names, a customisable alphabet print project founded by London-based graphic artist & art director Emily Forgot. There is a little bit of French connection going on here which I always like and her designs are just really gorgeous. You can choose between individual letter prints, or have a posted customised with your little one's name. There is also a collection of ABCs which is lovely. And what I like the most is the totally bespoke available if you want to create something completely unique, using the colours of your nursery decor for example or your kid's favourite toy. Everything is possible and you get a quote on request. Customised posters with names start at £45, while individual letter prints start at £25.