Wonderful walls and more at the Vinyl Factory
A Sunday morning in London and it’s snowing, I make my way through Carnaby Street to the funky Vinyl Factory which looks closed, but I walk through the huge white doors into a world of colour, fashion and fun for Dot-To-Dot London A/W18. In amongst it all are two wonderful kids’ interiors brands.
I had the pleasure of meeting Esme of Anamoly last summer. Her illustrations for wallpaper and fabric look simple from afar which is great for a child’s space. However, up close the detail it takes to give a little polar bear a personality is incredible.
Esme’s range of characters include penguins, geese and whales and come in an array of colour ways, from pastel shades to bright taupe and cherry. Plus now she is launching her mono range. I know some die hard monochrome fans out there who will be very excited to see this.
Since we last met up she has also introduced bedding to her collection, wonderful for your kids to snuggle up under. Just look at some of these samples, aren't they gorgeous?!
It would be rude not to mention that Esme also designs homewares, aprons and lots more for your smalls to enjoy.
I am excited to introduce you all to Katie from Wales. If you have seen the first issue of Rooomy magazine, you’ll have already seen one of her creations on the front cover. Katie has designed three incredible wall decals for kids’ rooms, like none you have ever seen before, no really, I mean it. Not just a single image or lots of little stickers for you to make up your own scene with. Katie has created decals that can tell more than one story. Stand your child in front of one and hear them tell you a tale from what they see, each child will tell a different story, what a truly unique and wonderful way to ignite their imaginations.
On social media we hear about a lot of women who are inspired by their kids and becoming a mum, wanting to fill a gap they see in the market (just like Rooomy). However, Katie’s inspiration runs further back than the beginning of motherhood, to her own childhood and her grandfather, Bumpa. He was an expert on penguins, lived in Penguin Cottage and was the story teller of the family. “Why have I mentioned the penguins?” you ask. See if you can spot them in each of Katie’s designs. Bumpa has handed down his passion for storytelling, making it a most important tradition and Katie has done him proud by creating a way to encourage this not just in her children but for all of ours too.
I don’t know about you, but I always feel stumped when my kids ask me to make up a story on the spot. My husband is very adept at this and I listen in awe as he makes up his own tales of Goldilocks featuring a crocodile and a swarm of bees, lol! However, give me the inspiration through some graphics and my imagination starts to wake up more. A Mini Wallers mural would absolutely help me along the way, I know my girls would love to meet Val the flamingo and Derek the octopus.
These inspired creations will be great for all the family, bring a wonderful burst of whatever you need to the room be it monochrome or bright - and coming soon a pastel shade beauty.
I look forward to seeing what Katie will be creating next, the wallpaper will be fantastic if the decals are anything to go by. By the way the decals are really easy to put up and take down too!
Thanks for having me Dot-To-Dot London, see you again in the summer.
Next week see how I got on at Maison Objet, Paris.
Love Rachel x