18 February 2014

Sydney Kids InStyle and Life InStyle 2014 - my picks

I had a great time zooming through the Kids InStyle and Life InStyle trade show on Saturday - scoping the new trends in kids' interiors for 2014, making new friends and chatting to some favourite designers too. Here's a run-down of some of my picks from the show. I'll be showcasing a few of these in more detail over the next few weeks as their websites go live and products are available online.

The overall visual merchandising at the show just keeps getting better each year. Colour was huge again at this show; as were wool pompoms, tissue paper poms, pinatas and garlands.

The children's bed linen and kantha quilts from brand new Melbourne label Scout were stylish and serene. I'll be sharing more from Scout in the next few weeks when they launch officially:

New for Aura by Tracie Ellis - kids' bed linen! This combo of yellow, black and white with a touch of grey is fresh and unexpected. Looks great on these simple black bunk beds:
Uimi's knitwear and knitted cushion and blankets were delicious. I particularly liked the triangle and chevron designs. Australian-designed and Australian-made:
Beautiful knitted blankets by Luna Gallery in collaboration with one of my favourite Melbourne artists, Jane Reiseger:
There were some amazing kids' wall art prints on display including these beautiful limited edition prints from Ella Leach Designs:

And these fun playing card wall art for kids prints from Sydney-based I Ended Up Here:

These chic wall art prints from Me + Amber were stunning, especially framed in the light beech timber frames with colour insets in each corner. You could create a similar look with skinny pieces of washi tape on frame corners:

Megan Park Girl had a beautiful collection of children's clothes on display. I was also impressed with the matching rashies and swim suits for boys and girls in great new colourways from Mini Sandcrabs. This collection will be available in August 2014 when I will share more - you're going to love the royal blue and yellow for girls and teal green, orange and navy for boys. I already have them on my wish list for next season.
I'm dying for these super-cool cloud and rain print linen-blend dresses and tops, and cotton-stretch tights from Polli. How gorgeous do Tess and Anna look in their creations!

Bonnie + Neil can do no wrong with their collection of homewares and bed linen. They nailed the watercolour trend this past year and put on a show-stopping display in fuchsia pink and yellow this year. The cat cushion is super-sweet and Bonnie mentioned to me that they would be creating single-sized bed linen this year. Hooray!
Other hot exhibitors making a splash:
There's never enough time to see it all! But it was so great to see so many Australian designers showcasing their products and making a huge mark on the retail landscape. Can't wait to show you more.

Images: Steph Bond-Hutkin | Bondville


  1. Wow - these were some of my favourites too! I hadn't planned to place any orders on the day... BUT the Ella Leach Sleepy Giants prints - I had to!!! Very pleased too about Dan Adams (I Ended Up Here) adding a selection of the playing card designs to his art print range - we already have the owl and the fox hanging up at home (from his first range), but I adore the Pink Seal Queen of Diamonds. I'm such an animal person :P Planning on stocking the Scout range too... and love Polli's new dresses. Such great photos, Steph! Wish I'd bumped into you to say hello...

  2. Hi Carolyn - Great minds! Good taste :) Wish I had bumped into you too!

  3. Stop it! I need new bedding all of a sudden! Thanks for sharing darling. xoxoxo

  4. So great to have finally met you Steph! Thanks for featuring The Dharma Door in your Life Instyle write-up : )


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