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Fashion Meet Kids Interior Styled by Sanne van Gestel with Saskia
Saskia de Zoeten is responsible for the Marketing and PR of different maternity- and baby/kids fashion brands such as Noppies, Supermom and Queen Mum. Living in Amsterdam together with Maarten and their sweet daughters Annabel and Fiene. Saskia is loving the good things in life: wining and dining, shopping, cheese, Netflix and strolling through the city with husband and daughters. Today she opens the doors to her girls’ rooms. Get inspired!
Can you describe your style?
My style varies heavily depending on season, mood and who I love to follow on IG for inspiration at any given point of time. I usually start with a neutral base and add something fun or a pop of color to make it stand out a bit. The older I become the more classic my style seems to get but I always have a weak spot for unique prints, bohemian looks and feminine fabrics like silk and lace.
How did you decorate the rooms of your girls?
For Annabel, the oldest, the main themes where pastels, ice cream and clouds. Really girly, fun and sweet. I got almost all the furniture from Ikea and painted it with my mother and best friend in the desired colors with the chalk paint from Annie Sloan. I got most of the accessories, wallpaper, stickers and other decorations online and from favorite stores like Big & Belg, the Archives Store and H&M home.
For Fiene, the youngest, I chose a calmer color pallet consisting of grey and white combined with watercolor green and pink. I loved the “little dream’ print with grey hummingbirds from baby lifestyle brand Mies & Co so much that I had a wallpaper made out of it. The posters from Mrs. Mighetto are real eye catchers and have this sweet dreamy feel to them which I love in this room. I reused a lot of furniture from Annabel’s baby room and repainted it so it looked like new.
Are their significant influences of your style in their rooms?
I am a girly girl so I think you can see this in the use of colors and accessories in the rooms of the girls. I also love to display their cutest dresses and shoes in their room and I think that is a result of my own shoe and dress addiction.
What are the most precious items in your girls’ rooms?
Annabel has my old silver teether in her room and a small antique cabinet which belonged to my grandmother. We painted it from cherry wood into turquoise. One of Fiene’s precious items is a soft pink musical teddy bear which she got from our best friends when she was in the hospital for a few days when she was three weeks old.
What are your favorite kids interior brands?
Ikea for basic furniture which you can hack into great eye catchers, The Archives Store for fabulous accessories and bedlinens, Mies & Co, H&M home, Smallable.
Can you share your best interior styling tip?
Stay away from the “ready steady” rooms you can find in the big baby warehouses if you want to create something that reflects your personality and matches the style of the house. With a little help from Pinterest, chalk paint and decoration stickers you can create the most fabulous furniture from thrift shop or Ikea finds.
The wallpaper in Fiene’s room was inspired by the ‘sweet dreams’ print from fabulous kids lifestyle brand Mies & Co. I loved this print so much that I asked Esther (founder of Mies & Co) if I could use it in the baby room that way. She was so kind to even help me find a good printer for it. The sheets from Mies & Co are in the same hummingbird print. The bed is Annabel’s old bedstead from Ikea which we transformed from pink to gray for Fiene. Annabel got herself a toddler bed. The accessories are from The Archives Store and Jan (Utrechtsestraat). The soft pink blanket is from the Noppies Homewear collection.
This wall in Fiene’s room is painted with Annie Sloan wall chalk paint in Duck egg blue. I love chalk paint; it is so easy to handle, safe when you are pregnant and gives a nice vintage feeling. The elephant was a beautiful birth gift from a good friend. Stylist and friend Sanne found this Mr Self Portrait dress in my closet which matches the wall.
Fiene’s closet is a white one from Ikea turned grey with Paris Grey chalk paint. The Miffy lamp is a well-known classic and my husband’s favorite item in her room. I am crazy about the Mrs Mighetto posters in dreamy prints and colors. I am that kind of mother who love to dress her girls in matching outfits. In a few years they don’t want to look the same anymore so I only have a short period to get away with twinning. These swan outfits are from Stella Kids.
Annabel’s room is a bit brighter and bolder than Fiene’s. It’s also a real girls room with a lot of pink, mint green and happy characters which fits her sweet personality. The wallpaper is from Ferm Living. The cabinet was my grandmother’s and I already used to love it when I was a child. We painted it completely turquoise and I think my grandmother would be very proud if she knew it was a eye catcher in Annabel’s room. The pink house from H&M home displays my old silver teether and a silver box for her first teeth in a few years. The dress is from &Otherstories.
Annabel loves her dolls and stuffed animals so they have their own bed in which they live cozy together. The Eames DAW chair perfect is for reading bedtime stories. The first shoes I bought for Annabel where the pink mouse ballerina s from Marc Jacobs. I got these from the Marc Jacobs Kids store in New York when I was 16 weeks pregnant with her…I was so nauseous at the time that I threw up around the corner of the store in beautiful Bleeker street.
The clouds on another wall in Annabel’s room are stickers which I saw on Pinterest and had to ship from Australia. My husband thought I was completely crazy. My BFF is great with interior decorating and she helped me put these on the wall sticker by sticker in a very neat pattern. The cool pink scooter was a birth present for Annabel from the same friend and her family. Annabel loves to ride it before she has to sleep. The purple pumps are from Uterque.
Styling: Sanne van Gestel
Fotografie: Lesli Taihuttu