Creating a Playful but Grown Up Family Home + the Smallable Spring Catalogue


Last week I worked on styling a house shoot for the first time since I had Aarya. It was a beautiful family home in Shepherds Bush – a townhouse with stunning original Victorian features and striking modern updates by architects McLaren Excell. The style was bright, cosy and artistic and enhanced by the colourful toys, artwork and furnishings of the owner’s young children.

It was the first time I had really paid attention to how children’s spaces and belongings worked within an interior and made me look at a family home from a completely new perspective to before. The children’s areas coupled elegant wall colours with vintage furniture and eclectic vignettes of the toys, books and trinkets which tied all the many many things that kids accumulate together.

Because the homeowners gravitated towards vintage objects and wooden toys for the children, it created a cohesive aesthetic that worked beautifully even when kids items trickled over into adult spaces. It gave me a lot to think about and showed me that you could be playful but also grown up.


Tying in with this new found longing for creating warm family spaces with longevity [shockingly I never really thought further than the nursery when I was pregnant] was the super exciting Smallable Spring Summer 2015 press release pinging dangerously into my inbox.


Smallable is a French founded online kids ‘department store’ offering a selection of over 350 covetable designer fashion and homeware brands sourced from across the world like kitschy-cool Japanese American clothing label Atsuyo Akiko, lovely Nepalese home decor brand Mushkane and super pretty Danish tableware company Rice… and with an achingly styled online monthly magazine to accompany them all… I think I may have just crossed over to the dark side.

Consider this my very first foray into kids design blogging… watch this space, whilst I watch my bank balance!






Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

8 Comments on Creating a Playful but Grown Up Family Home + the Smallable Spring Catalogue

  1. Vallari
    Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 12:43 at 12:43 pm (7 years ago)

    drool drool drool all the way.

  2. jcks
    Monday, February 23rd, 2015 16:24 at 4:24 pm (7 years ago)

    nice 🙂

  3. becky hutner
    Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 15:58 at 3:58 pm (7 years ago)

    i never thought i’d utter these words but…i really want that fox mask. also, the children’s drawing wallpaper is outrageously adorable. and i think we have that teal mod lawn chair at my yoga studio.

  4. Paula
    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015 12:21 at 12:21 pm (7 years ago)

    Love these ideas!

  5. Alice Styles
    Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 17:17 at 5:17 pm (6 years ago)

    Love, love, love it. Looks fabulous

  6. Caroline Juskus
    Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 11:43 at 11:43 am (6 years ago)

    i love the kids drawing wallpaper!

  7. sarah_writes
    Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 09:47 at 9:47 am (6 years ago)

    The way everything has been set up is simply awesome. Loved your work.
    There is one more site where i found such intresting blogs related to home decor. If intrested please visit once atleast.

  8. Vania
    Sunday, January 29th, 2017 17:55 at 5:55 pm (5 years ago)

    The kids on the pictures looks like happiest children in the world

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