This week we have a very special guest on our Newbie blog. Having recently celebrated the new launch of Newbie Home we asked @thislittlehouse’s Claire Stewart some questions about her favourite pieces from the collection and what her experience was like redecorating her son’s bedroom with the Newbie Room collection.
“When Caleb asked if we could decorate his room this new year, my answer was a big YES. You see when we moved into our new build home four years ago, my first thought was we needed to make Caleb's room as homely as possible.
I feel like Caleb is at a slightly tricky age when it comes to designing his room. At nearly 8 years old, I didn't want anything too young that would only last him a few years, nor did I want anything too old. I wanted his room to reflect him, playful and relaxed. So, we started looking with the idea of maps, travel and animals in mind, just a few of his favourite things.
That's when I had a very exciting email land in my inbox, one of those rare golden nuggets that couldn't have been better timed if it tried. It was Newbie announcing the UK launch of the homeware range, Newbie Room. Not only that but to celebrate their 10th anniversary they are also collaborating with the very prestigious Swedish Wallpaper house, Borastapeter, with the launch of 32 hand-drawn designed, non-toxic wallpapers. At this point I hadn't seen any of the designs but being huge fans of their aesthetic and brand ethos, I was excited to see what their homeware offerings would be.”
Newbie: Claire, what’s your favourite piece from the Newbie home collection
My favourite piece in the collection is without doubt the array of stunning wallpapers to choose from. I love how there is a design for every child and their imagination. The designs are classic and timeless which will last for years to come.
Newbie: Tell us about your experience in redecorating the room?
Caleb will be 8 in April, so it was really important when redecorating to have a space that reflected him and his passions. I also wanted it to be a room that will grow with him and not date quickly, so it’s exciting to find a range like Newbie’s homeware which ticks that box with their classic and timeless designs.
Newbie: Which is yours and your son’s favourite print, why?
Favourite print of Caleb’s is the Adventure Wallpaper; he adores travel and maps. We also love the Treasure Island and Whale design too.
As I imagined, I was not disappointed when I finally got to see the whole range, and more importantly nor was Caleb, who instantly set his heart on the Adventures blue wallpaper. This stunning wallpaper is not only beautiful in its detailing but in its colour tone too. The paper is high quality and easy to paste to the wall, making it fairly straightforward to hang.
Designing a new room from scratch can feel pretty overwhelming, that's why I always focus on one element and build the room around that, and this wallpaper was definitely that item for Caleb's room. In the flesh the wallpaper (as does the whole range) has such a beautiful, timeless quality to it, lending itself perfectly to the vintage school desk and chair I scoured high and low for, after Caleb said he would love a desk in his room for writing and drawing.
Newbie, are known for being affordable and sustainable, so to see them expand into homeware is such good news. Their soft toys, fabric storage baskets, bunting and bedding range is all 100% organic cotton with so many lovely designs. For the bedding Caleb chose the Whale design and Whale soft toy, making a lovely new addition to his beloved penguin collection.
Caleb and Archie wear the Island Adventure pyjamas
We are so glad Claire enjoyed decorating Caleb’s room using all the new wonderful products from the Newbie Home collection, if you have recently redecorated using any or all items from the collection please share and tag @newbielovers so we can see all of your wonderful creative creations.