Ever since I first set eyes on Swedish designer Gunila Axén’s frankly amazing Clouds pattern I’ve been smitten with the idea of a weather-themed room. In all honesty, you could kit out a nursery solely in Axén’s icon design – find bedlinen, curtains, lampshades, cushions and storage in a variety of colours at Little Baby Company – but I thought I’d look into the other options. The ever wonderful Little Baby Company also stocks Australian brand Kideko and it’s their ‘Action’ bedlinen I’ve chosen with its crazy lightning bolts in navy, teal and white. And it’s currently 40% off at £39 for a single duvet cover and pillowcase.
For the floor, I love, love, love this Piece of Sky rug from Rug Labs. Yes, it’s pricey (from $775) but it is completely divine and, as it’s hand-tufted wool, will last for generations and become an heirloom piece.
There’s a host of wall covering options with a weather motif, but I like the subtlety of Domestic’s rainbow panorama, a 3 x 4m limited-edition landscape, signed by the artist. I’m less keen on the price – €480 from Kids Love Design – but I guess you are getting an artwork.
A less expensive artistic option would be one of Wall Envy Art’s weather pictures, overprinted on vintage text. I’ve taken a liking to the snow version, but they all have a little je ne sais quoi. £20.03 from Etsy.
The Great Green Trading Company’s rainbow and cloud shelves would complement the paper perfectly as well as providing much-needed storage for all those little bits and pieces children accumulate at a rate of knots. Made from recycled strawboard and painted with eco-friendly paint, so free of all nasties. £60, Not on the High Street.
I can’t get enough of Love Mae’s gorgeous fabric wall decals and these Rainclouds are no exception – and they wouldn’t look out of place in a kitchen or hallway. About £50, including p&p from the Australian company’s Etsy store.
Swedish (again) designers Little Red Stuga create the most incredibly innovative products for children – in an ideal world I’d own all of them – but for this post the Buclo play cloud is the one to watch. The cotton-covered foam shape comes in a few sizes and colours, but Little Fashion Gallery has Bright Blue and denim in stock, from £108.
We’re big fans of Alexander Girard here, so I was super-excited to find this smiley sun cushion by Vitra – suns are all too often too cutesy or too hippie. £86 from Ivor Innes.
Staying on the sunny side of the street, Suck UK’s Sun Jar offers a fun, educational and environmentally friendly lighting option. Just keep on the windowsill by day, then switch on for a pleasantly ambient light at night. I have the originals of these and they are lovely and they now come in pink and blue as well. £19.99 from Nigel’s Eco Store.
As a finishing touch, I know they’ve been featured everywhere, but The Butter Flying’s felt cloud mobiles are stunning. They come in a rainbow of colours, but my favourite is this grey, blue and white version. €35 (plus €8 p&p) from Dawanda.
This is such a great theme for a unisex room or nursery, there are loads of items out there and a few outstanding items that didn’t make the final cut, but I have to mention anyway: Shak-Shuka at Shak Shuka, Donna Wilson‘s cloud and lightning cushion, NooDoll‘s giant cloud cushion, Binary Box‘s weather symbols wall stickers and Dig the Earth‘s umbrella giclee print which expresses an extremely British sentiment (and a phrase we’ll no doubt all be uttering over the summer) – see above. And that concludes the weather forecast.