• DIY Ideas,  General,  Nursery,  Things I love,  Wellness

    DIY with me – KidScents & Gentle Baby

    I love a good DIY and I could not wait to get my hands on the new KidScents range from Young Living to do a few DIY’s for my kids. Although my kiddos are a little bigger now, I find that these gentle oils are perfect for them too. I am able to use it undiluted and just pop roller bottle tops on the bottles and I have an oily arsenal to take with us wherever we go. *correct dilution ratio’s for babies under 2 is advised. Here are some handy DIY’s to make for your little one. No Nasty’s and all natural. **Get all your carrier oils from Living…

  • Events,  General,  Party Ideas,  Product Reviews

    Celebrating friendship with My Little Pony

    In My Little Pony – Friendship is Magic, every pony represents an element of harmony to help teach children important friendship values. Each pony has a trait that is key in building strong, caring and empathetic young people – and boy do we need some more people like that in this world. See all the characters here. My daughter, Alexia turned 6 in June and all she wanted to do is have a tea party with her besties, and what better way to do it than with My Little Pony. I had loads of fun planning the snacks and the decor with the Friendship Is Magic party pack that we received.…

  • Brand Rep,  Decor News,  General,  Kids Interiors,  Trends

    What brand reps mean for South African small businesses

    “Brand repping” is a reinvented way of advertising. It has been around forever and has recently been a growing marketing tool in South Africa for small businesses using people with a good eye, trendy style and growing online following. You can get high quality photo’s of your products in real life settings and you get to reach a far bigger audience. For any small business with a low marketing budget this is ideal. You do however get different types of brand representatives and it is important to know what will be a better fit for your business. Bloggers have been around for ages and would generally do paid posts or reviews on…

  • Baby Proofing
    General,  Safety,  Things I love

    Tips on baby proofing your home!

    Have you done baby proofing yet? In the last couple of weeks I have personally been touched by horrible accidents that happened to toddlers in their own homes. It made me check my own house again for items that could possible hurt or even worse, kill my toddler and child. To fully understand what you need to look for, you need to crawl on your hands and knees, look at the house like an inquisitive baby/toddler/child. If this is too much for you, or you are worried that you will miss something then get a company like BabyProofesionals to asses your home. The general rule is to have your house baby proof by the time…

  • Decor News,  DIY Ideas,  General,  Kids Educational Toys,  Media,  Pasella

    Pasella Interview

    For those who missed the Pasella interview, here is the clip.   The room featured on this episode is my daughters Disney inspired room. You can see the full post here. This was my first tv interview ever and hopefully the first of many. Enjoy watching. {Mariette} Mariette SakelliouI am extremely passionate about creating stylish spaces that not only promote growing and learning but spaces that grow with your child. Apart from creating gorgeous, functional spaces I love doing DIY projects and I am devoted to share tips and tricks to create a happy and healthy home for the whole family.

  • Baby Interiors,  DIY Ideas,  General,  Kids Interiors,  Product Reviews,  Things I love

    Decorex 2014: My favourites

    Decorex 2014 did not disappoint; amazing designs & services offered as always. I generally look for more kid/nursery products to tell you about, but the odd “grown-up kid” item catches my eye, ok loads of them… but I try. Here are some of my highlights, finds and lust-haves: (I tried to supply all the supplier details but I did miss some of them) Lighting Furniture Decor Art  There are so much more to see , can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store. Happy Decorating {Mariette} Mariette SakelliouI am extremely passionate about creating stylish spaces that not only promote growing and learning but spaces that grow with your child. Apart from creating…

  • Craft,  DIY Ideas,  General,  Shop @ Little Interiors,  Things I love

    Felt Busy Books

    As seen on Pasella on SABC 2 on 9 April 2014.   On the show I created a busy book that anybody can create with or without a sewing machine.  Here are the steps to create your own busy books for your toddlers to enjoy and learn. 1. Cut the size of your pages from a piece of felt bought at a craft or fabric store. You can get pre-cut sizes from most craft stores. 2. Do your planning of each page. There are so many ideas on the internet you can use as inspiration. 3. Cut out all the pieces that you want to use on each page. 4.…

  • Baby Interiors,  General,  Shop @ Little Interiors

    What do your really need in a nursery?

    You’re pregnant and a you just can’t wait to start the nursery for your little bundle of joy arriving shortly. When do you start? What do you need? It can all become a little bit overwhelming at some point. I’ve done this already but early on in my new pregnancy I am also a bit flustered about the task ahead. Here are some my guidelines for the basic necessities in a baby’s nursery. A baby has very basic needs; Sleep, eat, bath & play; so as long as you tend to those needs they will be happy in their nursery. SLEEP For the first couple of weeks you will probably have…

  • DIY Ideas,  General,  Kids Interiors,  Play Rooms,  Things I love,  Uncategorized

    Washi Tape

    I have recently been asked to consult on a room that was already done beautifully, but the designer aka mom felt like the walls did not look finished as she wanted it. Because of the roughness of the wall the border still looked unfinished. The most common solution would be to put a wooden half-round dado rail but because of the amount of wood already in the room it would have been to much. I opted to go for a washi tape that resembles a road as it compliments the motorbike design. It was a first time experiment with washi tape and I was really impressed. It is super easy…

  • General,  Gifting Ideas,  Product Reviews,  Things I love

    Is it a book? Is it a toy? – Convertibles Books

      I was recently looking for a gift for a one year old. I did not just want to buy a random toy, i wanted to get something meaningful that won’t just be chucked into a cupboard and forgotten about, I know what your thinking…. For a one year old…?! My daughter loves books so that is my top suggestion for somebody asking what to buy… So I also tend to look in the book isles rather than toys. I found the perfect gift; it’s not only a book, but also a car, pirate ship or train (there are more options abroad), and also folds out into a track to…

  • DIY Ideas,  General,  Product Reviews,  Things I love

    Decorex Johannesburg 2013

    I must admit, I do not frequent the Decorex expo as much as I used to. I became a bit bored with what was on offer, and seeing the same people year after year. I was pleasantly surprised this year. So many new designers, products and ideas…it was really a breath of fresh air. I always go on the trade days or during the week as I just can’t stand the crowds over weekends, and you do get to see a bit more if you don’t have to peek over people’s shoulders. The expo mainly targets “grown-up” décor and design, but the little ones were represented by amazing companies. My favourite stand was the MNet Cares &…

  • General,  Play Rooms,  Product Reviews,  Things I love

    MamaMagic Product Innovation Awards

    I was able to help out with some other mom’s to judge the finalist for the product innovation awards for MamaMagic, The Baby Expo. There were SOO many great products. Here are some of MY favourite finalists: (not in any particular order, preference or any indications of who’s winning). I have tried to supply links and prices as far as I could. The Baby Bottle Buddy TM R175 (     I love this because although it’s main purpose is to hold the bottle in place it has teethers at the ends of the ears and arms and it becomes a security toy for babies and toddlers.      …

  • General

    Hello world!

    This is the official first post for the Little Interiors Blog. My main goal with this blog is to share my ideas on baby and kids interiors. I would mainly focus on products and services in South Africa but will also share some from abroad.   Mariette SakelliouI am extremely passionate about creating stylish spaces that not only promote growing and learning but spaces that grow with your child. Apart from creating gorgeous, functional spaces I love doing DIY projects and I am devoted to share tips and tricks to create a happy and healthy home for the whole family.