Welcome to my little hands

A place to find all things beautiful for your little one’s including bedding for babies and children, clothing, floor rugs and room décor including wall art, garlands and wallpaper. We are adding new products all the time and look forward to bringing you only the most delightful and design inspired products, which you can shop for from the comfort of your home. Alternatively if you live locally Bunbury, Western Australia, you can drop into our home based studio during our open hours or by private appointment.

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Aug 20

Our Reno

Where do I start!!  We bought our dream home about 4 years ago, all be it a house that is over 65 years old, full of character and a lot of potential.  It has been a HUGE roller coaster ride, with three kiddies, the middle one only a few months old when we started and the arrival of a third in the heart of it.

I must say it has nearly broken us.  We have achieved so much and my poor hubby has worked tirelessly and at times to the point of breaking I think.  However, we have become stronger and closer because of it.  It is amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it.

I wont lie, it has come at a cost, to our bodies, our bank account and family holidays.  We have had to put a lot on hold to do what we have and I hope that maybe, just maybe that might be about to change.

I thought I would start a little series of the journey.  These are just a few photos I dug up early on in the piece.  I was a little shocked we look a lot younger then when I was flicking through them all!!

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I cant believe that this is where we started!!  I think this could be a really good thing for me going over this and actually seeing what we have done, sometimes I think I can be a little hard on myself, and yes I know all my family and friends reading this are nodding your heads and saying “you think??”  Well, you love me for it so what can I say.

I think that’s enough to digest for one night!!  Will bring you more soon.  If you are renovating and would like any ideas or inspiration feel free to comment or share your experiences, I would love to hear from you.

Night Night!

Em x

 

Paparazzi eat your heart out!!  My goodness my little girl is just like her father, LOVES being in the spotlight!

I had the lovely and very talented Bree from Carter & Rose Photography come do a photo shoot for our new sleeping bags.  Well Miss Mila thought she was famous!!   She gooed and gaad for Bree, but that is what I love about Bree’s style, relaxed, fun, natural shots and it shows in her work.

I first met Bree through a friend, I was then lucky enough to book her in for a family portrait session when I was in the early stages of pregnancy with Mila.  I have photos from this shoot up on our lounge room wall.  They are devine!!  Actually it’s an entire wall of photos, a Carter & Rose tribute really!!  Everybody that comes to our home comments on them and with very good reason, this is just one of the photos as I am sure by know you are thinking, well show us then!!!

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Photo courtesy of Carter and Rose Photography

And a couple more for you…

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Photo courtesy of Carter and Rose Photography

In know time at all, Bree had captured exactly what I was after and with some amazing results, here are a couple of the photos from the shoot including some behind the scenes with me looking all glamorous NOT!!!

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You can find more info and some more photos of our baby sleeping bags here

 

 

40 weeks is a long time to be pregnant.  Yes it is a beautiful thing and yes it is an honour, a gift, something amazing!

BUT… enough is enough, my poor gorgeous sister in law is overdue with bub number two.  She is going stir crazy with anticipation and perhaps a little bit of dread knowing all too well that to have a baby she first has to do exactly that, get it out, OUCH!

So while she waits I have asked for some funny quotes and inspiration from friends.

So far this is what we have come up with…

And a few funny quotes:baby 1

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and this one.

Floss we love you and can’t wait to meet your little squish!! Hang in there
Em xx

Black and white.

Simple…

Elegant…

Creative…

For kids?  I here you ask, in my opinion? Yes. I think if done well it looks gorgeous!!

When contemplating a monochromatic scheme for any room, think about textures, shades and a feature piece.  Something that stands out and brings it all together, it might be a bed, chair or fabulous rug.  Make that your one splash out piece so to speak and create your room around it.

Over the next few weeks I will be finally working on my sons room and this is the look Im going for.  Just with a slight difference, I have a soft blue on his walls and I dont want o repaint so I will be working splashes of blue and yellow (his fav colour) into the room to make it work.

For me My feature piece would be will paper or wall art something like this.  These are actually wall stickers I think you can find them all over the place from ebay, to etsy, online shops like zanui or downthatlittlelane.

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Or this devine wallpaper by Fine Little Day again scandinavian design, I am somewhat obsessed!!

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I am in the middle of making his bedding and I promise to do another follow up blog when it is all finished, but its white and black with the swiss first aid cross inspired print that seems to be going crazy everywhere!!  Simple yet effective,  I am going to team it with some woollens and a little blue and yellow. That’s the plan anyway.

As we have gorgeous wooden floor board I don’t want to cover them up too much but do want something to add texture and to keep his little feet warm during these cold months, haven’t decided exactly which rug but like the idea of this one, found at ikea.

virring-rug-low-pile__0172388_PE326436_S4Combined with a locker style cabinet and mocka bed side for some storage.

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In the middle of sourcing curtains and we are going to paint the wooden ventians white as a little DIY project.  the curtains I am tempted to make as we have really high ceilings and finding it hard to find what I want and the look, so it might end up being a black and white gingham hand made special I think!

And just to keep my hubby busy a handmade little study nook with floating white wall shelves or maybe incorporating some black brackets to add to the look.  I cant wait to get stuck into this project, I have been mulling over it in my head and couldn’t quite come up with the right combo, but I have a clear plan in my head know and promise to share once it’s complete!  SO stay tuned.

Just to leave with you a little more pretty inspiration, some other gorgeous pics sourced from our pinterets pins.

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Take Care

Em x

Wow just one sleep until our little home studio opening!!  We cant wait to share with you what we have been upto over the past month, with so many gorgeous brands joining our studio.

We look forward to meeting some new customers and seeing some of our gorgeous regulars that have been with us from the start.

Thank you everyone for making this possible and a special mention to my mum, mum in law  and sister and my aunty, you have all helped in so many ways so thank you xx

Here is a little sneek peak of some goodies we will have :

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sapling – cross my heart dress

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WE will have light refreshments available and look forward to a  chat and a chance to get to know some locals.  See you there, if you would like more info head to our fb page event here

have a wonderful night

Em x

 

 

 

I have been going out to people’s homes and chatting with them about their design ideas for their little one’s rooms and I get asked a lot about window coverings.

Ultimately it comes down to the following factors:

  • budget
  • personal style and taste
  • the overall look you are after
  • functionality
  • and importantly safety

I LOVE the combination of the two actually, it adds functionality ie) darkening the room, keeping the warmth in during winter or heat out during blazing hot summer days and soft curtains to frame the window, purely for look a lot of the time!!

Here are a few pics from our pinterest page.curtains 1technically these are shutters and curtains, but I think you get the general idea :)

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Of course, it can also look gorgeous with out like these examples, I think its just a case of getting the look right either way.

Gorgeous stripey curtains

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Would love to hear what you like, feel free to share..

Happy curtain shopping!

Emx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So you have a sister or, sister in law or gorgeous friend who is expecting a very special gift, maybe one that has been longed for, for many years or an unexpected surprise!  Perhaps she is the kind of person that is just born to be a mum, or maybe someone that will learn as she goes along.    Whichever the case, a baby shower is traditionally about sharing stories with wise women and being the centre or attention, if even only for a short while, as we all know that once that baby arrives it is incredibly hard to focus on anyone or anything else.

It truly is  a magical gift, a newborn baby, one that is even more special shared with your close family members.

I Guess in  a way a baby shower is a first glimpse of this connection between a baby and his or hers extended family, so it is only fitting it is a special occasion.

With that in mind here are some of our top tips:

1. think about the mum to be, what does she like, does she have  a sense of humour, or is she shy?  Does she like big crowds or small gatherings, this gives you a basis for guest list.

2. Think about the overall style/theme, some ideas might be:

  • high tea – a bit more formal and stylish
  • games inspired – for relaxed fun loving guests
  • brunch at a local café – relaxed and great alternative for busy families
  • pamper parties – so think home day spa, foot rubs, back massage nail painting for the guest of honour

3. do you think games will work well with the guests?  just because it is like  small party doesn’t mean it has to have games, but if you think its fitting, make them short, light hearted and easy for everyone to take part in if they wish.  Remember the idea is for everyone to enjoy themselves, especially the mum to be.

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4. It can still look amazing and doesn’t have to cost a fortune.  I know in this day and age there does seem to be a bit more expectation ( I think a lot of which we put on ourselves) to be the hostess with the mostess!!  Or maybe you are like me and are hopelessly obsessed with design and a aspiring event planner in the making.  So if you are the host, scour op shops, ask friends for crockery, cutlery, decorations.  Pick a theme, write a list and run with it.   Create a budget and stick to it.  Remember that it is the thought that counts!!

5.  Damage control, now this is THE most important element.  I will write it in red to convey my point strongly ;)  AVOID ALL HORROR LABOUR STORIES!!  This is an absolute must, so arm yourself with a few witty one liners that change the direction of the conversation should it look like the conversations heading that way.  Especially is she is a first time mumma, its not needed, nor helpful.  You could try having a little glass jar on the table, with a big sign that says “horror story kitty”  And make a little game of it, anyone that starts a story has to pop a gold coin in the jar that will then go into a baby bank account for the new bub.

And finally some inspiration from pinterest, cause you all know I am obsessed with pinterest!!

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Jun 03

Baby wearing

I am new to baby wearing, have only really taken to it with bub number three.  I currently have a caboo which I have loved and am so grateful to the lovely bec from Bean Sprout Bubba for coming to my home and showing me how to use it and pick a carrier that was for me.

But since she is now 6 months and quite heavy I have found that the caboo is a bit too stretchy so want to venture into the world of woven carriers!

OH MY GOSH!!! let me just say this is a bit overwhelming to say the least there are soooooo many choices and so many gorgeous fabrics.  I do not know a lot about them all so I am going to ask someone to write a post for us on which types suit what and so forth.  But in the meantime, I am borrowing a size 3 wrap from a friend and ventured out into the wild today and it was fun!!

I will make sure to get a picture and pop it up here shortly.  In the meantime I am sure you can survive with this one;)

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I also went onto you tube and found this really gorgeous candid clip on how to use a size three wrap, loved watching it, made me smile, something so simple, but something about it, you watch it and see if you feel the same.

Well I will keep trying out this wrap and let you know how I get on!

Em x

 

 

So as you may have noticed we are obsessed with design and all things gorgeous for our little one’s. We thought we would put together a list of our fav rugs for either nursery, kids rooms or playroom.

So starting with number 5….

I love the colours and element of fun with this rug from The land of Nod.  With prices starting from $299.

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Number 4….

Sometimes you just cant go past handmade, etsy is a smorgesboard for handmade items and that is where I found this one.  Around $250 and various designs and colours, great to add some pop of colour to them room.

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Number 3….

I am loving black and white at the moment which you can then add your own splash of colour too for any room, so couldn’t go past an ikea Stockholm rug, at around $300

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ooh nearly at the top of the selection, in at second place is Armadillo & co, I love this company and their junior collection is magnificent.  Check this one out for $485, there are other styles that are less expensive I just like the pattern in this one:)

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Number 1….

Well it probably comes as no surprise our number one pick is happy as larry designs, yes we stock them in store, but I have always loved these rugs and Amy the lady behind the company is as lovely as she is talented.  You can shop the designs here.  Prices start from $279.  well actually this one pictured the lady bug is $180!!  Its THE last one in captivity;) it can be your by following this link

LadybugrugSo there you have it some gorgeous rugs and all different styles!

Happy dreaming!

Em x

 

 

I had the pleasure of meeting a mum to be this week and discuss Nursery Design.  As bubs sex wont be known until he/she arrives the brief was to be light, colourful and functional.

We have decided to go with a colour palette inspired from some of the wall art mum had already started to collect.  Its a mixture of blues, greens yellow and coral.  A great base to start from.

There will be built in storage so no need to for a dresser, leaving the cot, change table and feeding/snuggle chair to take pride of place.  A gorgeous art work piece will be taking pride on the wall and a set of three wall art to be hung above the cot, all of which my client already has.

We have discussed ideas of wallpaper and here are a couple of my picks for the room.  If you are interested in wallpaper like this please contact us to order;

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We then decided on a little feeding corner with a feature chair and little night light to aid night time feeds.  Below is our mood board and we will update before and  after photos as it is completed.

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I look forward to bringing you an update as this progresses.

If you would like help to design a nursery or play room contact us for more information.

Until next time, this is me signing off!!

Emma Colombera xx

Homemaker and style creator