Leo & Grace Introduces: Toddlekind - Prettier Playmats

As parents we make a lot of compromises, but I believe we shouldn´t compromise on the stylish interiors of our homes. After being disappointed with the choice available on the market, I sought to create a range of playmats that would exceed in safety and quality for baby, but also appeal to stylish parents. Our playmats deliver on practicality, beauty and safety.
— Samantha Brueckner, Toddlekind
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I could not agree more with the words of Toddlekind founder and mum of two Samantha Brueckner. I have always loved interiors, and when I found out I was pregnant with my first child, I was so excited at the prospect of decorating his nursery, only to be brought back down to the ground with a bump when I saw the appalling choice of decor available on the high street. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that my own home is decorated in shades of grey and inky blues, with pale natural woods and scandi-boho details. The last thing I wanted was to fill it with clashing primary colours and plastic toys.

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After many months of research, I discovered lots of small independent brands, who were filling this gap in the market. Many of these were mums and dads looking to carve out a more flexible way of working for their families. This inspired me to start my own children’s interior design business, and one of the areas of my business I am most passionate about is introducing my clients to small independent brands they wouldn’t necessarily find themselves.

I was therefore thrilled to discover Samantha Brueckner’s new baby interiors brand Toddlekind. Samantha is a British mum of two living in Germany who decided to address a gap in the market for stylish playmats and developed their Prettier Playmats - a range of playmats that fit into the beautiful design of your home.

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Samantha has poured so much of herself into her brand, from the name itself which reflects her family’s dual nationality (‘kind’ is German for child) to the style of her playmats which are inspired by both her Persian heritage and the Nordic interiors that are so popular in her home in Northern Europe.

Toddlekind playmats are made up of 60x60cm foam puzzle pieces which can be interlinked seamlessly to create exactly the right sized mat for your space. They are available in three sizes- standard 120x180cm (6 piece mat), large 180x240cm(12 piece mat) and playroom size 240x360cm (24 piece mat).

The brand launched in November 2018 with two collections: the contemporary Nordic Collection is inspired by the clean geometric lines so often seen in Scandinavian interiors, and is available in four colours: pebble, petroleum, vintage nude and neo matcha.

In contrast the Persian Collection is reminiscent of a faded shabby chic Persian rug, also available in four colours: smoke, sand, blossom and sea-spray.

Aesthetically, Toddlekind playmats will work beautifully in any family space in lieu of a rug and the beauty is that you won’t want to hide it away once your child goes to bed.

But it’s not just about style, the mats are also incredibly practical. Toddlekind have sourced non-toxic, odourless foam which has been rigorously tested by an independent laboratory in Germany to exceed EU and US safety standards. The mats provide a safe, soft and padded surface for babies learning to explore, are easy to wipe down and keep clean, and equally suitable as a softer surface for older ones to play on.

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My 2 year old daughter has balance and coordination difficulties and it gives me great peace of mind knowing that if she falls we have a soft surface to protect her. By contrast my 4 year old loves to use the mat for gymnastics practice and again it gives me comfort knowing he is doing this safely. Even I can use it for my pilates, on the rare occasion I get some precious time to myself!

I hope you all love Samantha’s designs as much as I do. You can read lots more over at www.toddlekind.com

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This blog post is a paid partnership with Toddlekind, but all words and opinions shared are very much my own.

Room Reveal: Thomas' Room

I'm a little nervous about this one as Georgia's Room Reveal had such an amazing response, but still I'm excited to finally show you around Thomas' room in our new house.  If you've read my previous blog posts, you'll already know that we recently moved to Reigate, Surrey and bought our forever home, a 5-bedroom semi-detached Victorian property.  Whilst it had recently been refurbished before we moved in it wasn't done to a particularly high standard, so we have been busy making improvements and adding our own personal style throughout.

Here's the all important BEFORE photo:

The room itself is large and South facing with views of the garden and it's next door to Georgia's room.  First things first, we replaced the original draughty sash window with new double glazed sashes, removed those ghastly curtains and pole and also took out 2 very cheaply made fitted wardrobes.  We also intend to replace the carpet at some point but we're going to do that throughout the house so that will need to wait for now.

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Thomas is our eldest and a very typical cheeky 3 year old, he loves animals, cars, trains, fire engines, motorbikes, dinosaurs, superheroes, but like most 3 year olds his tastes change from week to week and it's impossible to keep up.  He was adamant on one thing though, he really wanted a blue bedroom.

He's very lucky to have such a large room but as he's still only 3, I wanted the room to feel cosier and more inviting.  To do this, I used a half wall paint effect in one of my all time favourite colours Little Greene Hicks Blue to bring the room in at his height level and make it feel much more snug.  This has allowed me to use the white walls to display lots of colourful artwork and wall decor, the idea being that we can switch these out as and when his tastes change.  We've currently gone for lots of animals and a little touch of the circus, but I've kept these to a limited colour palette of pale blues, browns and mustard yellows.   I've also used lots of birch ply around the room to tie it all together.  

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The bed is the Oeuf NYC River bed and incorporates a little bench at the end where Thomas keeps his cuddly toys.  It's also really handy place for me to perch whilst I wait for him to go to sleep before I creep downstairs each night

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At the foot of the bed, I've created a small play area.  We're lucky enough to have a separate playroom, but I still wanted to incorporate some toy storage.  The drawers conceal his train sets, cars and ever growing Paw Patrol collection and he can use the top of the drawers as a play surface.

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As for clothes storage, I often find wardrobes to be wasted on boys so I chose this Flexa system which has 2 deep drawers where we currently keep most of his clothes so he can access his own clothes and dress himself.  One half of the wardrobe is shelving where we can keep bedding, blankets and out of season clothes, and the other half is a hanging rail.  The height chart fills an otherwise unused space and the beanbag is another space for lounging but currently both kids prefer climbing on it and jumping off.  

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The Made.com love seat came with us from the last house and there's plenty of space for snuggling up and reading bedtime stories.  We use the Ooh Noo toy chest for book storage, and I use baskets to hide away even more toys (one has all the lego, the other has dinosaurs!)  The Rafa Kids shelf is perfect for displaying his favourite toys and trinkets and I'll let you into a secret but it's usually covered in those awful plastic toys that come free with magazines so doesn't always look quite like this but you get the idea! 

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Thomas is over the moon with his new room, he loves showing it off to all his friends and I hope you've all enjoyed seeing it too.

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Room Design:  Leo & Grace

Photography:  Siobhan H Photography

Source List:

Paint - Little Greene Hicks Blue

Bed - Oeuf NYC River Bed

Bedding - Habitat Skye Blue Duvet Cover & Pillowcase 

Bedside Table - Plyconic Plyve Stool

Rug - Love Frankie

Lamp - IKEA Fubbla Wall Lamp  

Chair - Made.com Leon Loveseat

Shelf - Rafa Kids

Wardrobe - Flexa Cabby

Chest of Drawers - IKEA Nordli

Height Chart - Liewood

Beanbag - Pom Pom Pouf

Lion Cushion - OYOY

Zorro Cat Cushion - OYOY

Cool Kids Cushion - This Modern Life

Toy Chest - Ooh Noo Toy Chest

Seagrass Baskets - Also Home

Read and Play Wall Signs - Lala Loves Decor

Circus Prints - Michelle Carlslund

Dancing Leopards Print - Eleanor Bowmer

Original Dog Illustration - Ronnie Taylor

Heart & Alphabet Prints - Wonder & Rah

Frames - IKEA Hovsta

Jumping Jack Monkey Wall Decor - OYOY

Tiger Trophy Head - Teddykompaniet

Dolls House - Olli Ella Holdie House

Wooden Toy Cars - Sarah and Bendrix

Wooden Animals - Bloomingville

Wooden Bear - OYOY