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Setting up your Nursery – Part 2. Magic!!

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( Continuing on from our article Part 1, last month … )

Exciting! The magical time is nearing for Baby to arrive & you are getting nesty, wanting the room all prepared for you little ones arrival home.  By now, you may have set your nursery budget, possibly found out what sex your baby is & chosen wall colours, you probably bought Girl Clothes already.

  • Tip : A baby won’t need a pillow – they need to lie flat. But an empty pillowcase under Baby’s head is a good option for catching Baby’s spills & are much easier to wash than changing the whole bed every time Baby dribbles.
  • You may not have decided if you will sleep your baby in a sleep sack yet, so we recommend purchasing a few cot fitted sheets, rather than full sheet sets, to begin with. Don’t forget, baby can mess sheeting at anytime of day & night so having spare sheeting can reduce stress in the middle of the night.
  • Don’t go overboard with theme as your newborn baby’s becomes a toddler very quickly & theme preferences change just as quickly. Bring in theme with cost effective items that are affordable & easy to change – ie a bunting, wall decal ( we love lots of the kids decals from The Vinyl Room) & wall art & cushions.
  • Select your key pieces of furniture (check the Club Furniture for leather pieces). There are great options for drawers, a bed-sider & storage units from Kidzspace, Auckland & the metal beds from Incy Interiors.
  • Once you have the key elements installed, pause. Stand & look at the room. Does it need a rug to add some softness or colour? Or a canvas for the wall to break the space or create & add theme? Is there somewhere for you to sit to feed baby at night? Is there a softer night light & somewhere to dispose of dirty nappies?
  • Complete these last few tasks & voila!  You have a divine special room for your new wee person.

Now enjoy some sleep & rest before baby comes & all the new delights of a newborn & new life begins.

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Setting up your Nursery – part 1

What fun!! You are going to have a new member of your family arrive soon & it is such an exciting time setting up a welcoming special room for them. Boy or girl ? or you don’t know yet?

Setting up a nursery can seem to be daunting, but it shouldn’t be. There are lots of great websites which provide key products that you will need.

From our perspective, we suggest the following simple guidelines :

  • Set a budget – that you are comfortable with. Then stick to this!!! Be realistic – if this is your last planned baby, don’t go over the top – if it is your first, you may have some big purchases to invest in – bassinets, a cot, changing table.
  • If you know boy or girl, you may which to direct your colour flavour to suit this. Or remain more gender neutral if the baby’s sex is unknown, but this doesn’t have to mean beige or creams – there are lots of lovely blues & greens that can suit both girls & boys. From PR, your gender neutral options include Evie, Molly sheeting, Tom sheeting, Storm sheeting, Bell blue & Raspberry red.
  • Once a colour palette has been selected, as ALWAYS suggest selecting your linen first. There are zillions of paint options but only a handful of linen options that are available in cot size & there will be fewer you actually like. So hunt out your comforter & sheeting then charge forth with the rest of the room as this will also determine your rooms key colour.

Stay tuned as we complete our nursery tips for you in a few weeks ….

Wills Star quilt cover, sheeting, cushions & bunting

Wills Star quilt cover, sheeting, cushions & bunting

Product Pin Up – Throws

Throws

We get so much feedback on how soft & lovely our throws are, especially from people convinced they didn’t want fleece at all ……. until they feel our coral fleece throws!!! Our fleece throws really have the ‘Mmmmm…mmmmm’ of softness, the ‘must have’ feel for wrapping up on the sofa or bean bag, the ‘I must take to bed’ coziness for night time snuggling. Plus they are a wonderful colour pop!! Match them with other colours you have happening or let them BE the colour.

From a practical aspect ( & we do love to be a little practical as well as pretty ), they wash up like new, staying super soft & no pilling!!! All ages adore our throws – from toddlers to teens to Grans. Two darling ladies in their 60 years + from the Hawkes Bay brought the pink throws for themselves so their husbands wouldn’t use them, only to return to buy 2 more, as the pink colour simply didn’t deter the husbands!! Softness & warmth won over!!

We remain totally besotted with our heavenly fleece throws!

Pick ‘n Mix – Mid Blue Hues of Wills Star

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Wills Star bedding continues to be our #1 selling collection for young boys. This design spans ages, time, & cultures with so many delightfully classic elements but has the added advantage of having a large number of fun accessories to match & mould into each & every home. Like any PR linen collection, start with the quilt cover / doona, add a comforter & the pieces you love as you can, to create a super cool & fun boys bedroom.

Traditionally Wills Star tends to soft blues, so we love this brighter combination, for rooms wanting a mid blue, slightly bolder palette.

Let us show you how ….

From top left, clockwise … Rocket ‘star’ flag bunting, blue fleece throw, wills star ‘spot’ lampshade, wills star comforter. up up cushion, wills star quilt cover / doona, vintage blue circular shaggy rug, union jack cushion, wills star 100% cotton sheeting & pillowcase, Wills star flag bunting.

Photo Competition; Our 2nd place winners are….

With great pleasure, we present the rooms awarded 2nd place in our ‘Show us your Room’ photo competition. These rooms were selected for their use of colour, some creative license, a dash of design flair & fab presentation, all creating delightful bedroom spaces. Inspirational. Congratulations!

Kate Harper : This is Hannah Harper’s bedroom aged 6. Hannah loves the pink & flowers in her room. The storage bag is the best for her to hide in but also to take all her soft toys around in. She also loves the teal stripes with flowers on her bed of Patersonrose.

Jenny Pollard : This is Lauren’s room, she has almost every Lou Lou item available.  She loves her new Lucy stripe rug which arrived last week the most.

Maree McNally :  This is my son James’ room. He loves his Will’s Star duvet, Mariner rug and the cushions! We have the Will’s Star spot top sheet on at the moment with the cobalt blue fitted sheet. The room is still a bit of a work in progress as need to get a few more pictures on the walls!

Sarah Delaney : My son’s bedroom, featuring ‘Tom‘.

Mandy Butler : I just have got a lovely headboard and gorgeous ‘ Lou Lou‘ bedding from Patersonrose.

Alice Oswald : We have a few items from you but as he is still only 3 weeks old he is still in his bassinet but we are using the duvet cover on his cot. We designed around the colors that were in the duvet which we think looks pretty cool.

Thank you again to all of you who sent us your pics.

Winners of the ‘Show us your Room’ photo competition

Firstly – we were blown away with the number & calibre of entries!!  Thank you, thank you, thank you to all of you who entered our ‘Show us your Room’ Competition.

Our 2 overall winners rooms were selected for their attention to detail, which can sometimes be the simple things.  Congratulations to Megan Pope with Coopers room & Charolette Carroll with Paris’s room, featuring LOL collection.
Our other 5 6 winners ( we had to award an extra winner ) were Maree McNally, Jenny Pollard, Kate Harper, Mandy Butler, Alice Oswald & Sarah Delaney. Congratulations to all of our winners & thank you to everyone else who entered. Stay posted for further comps & offers ….

1ST :

Megan Popes winning entry, with Coopers room featuring Hugos Herd linen

Megan Popes winning entry, with Coopers room featuring Hugos Herd linen

Megan said…..
“This is a photo of my son Coopers bedroom. We purchased the Hugo’s Herd range as we wanted something bright that could be gender neutral as we didn’t know the sex of Cooper until he was born and as there is pink included if we had a girl we could throw more pink around. We also purchased a double duvet and sheet to make curtains to match and we also use a quilted pillow case on his change table as a cover. We even colour matched the letter blocks on his duchess.  We have our fingers and toes crossed (as we would love a rug in orange lol)”

1ST :

Charolette Carrols winning entry, with Paris’s room featuring LOL linen

Charolette said …
Paris (11 1/2 years) from Christchurch, chose her duvet from your collection when the time came to update her bedroom.  She fell in love with the turquoise, so we went with the LOL collection!! Mum loved the silver in the striped cushions with the silver circle, so we were stoked to come across the “Silver Bling Cushion” at the end of last year – it was a MUST HAVE to add to her Paterson Rose bed!  Asking Paris what she loves most about her bedroom, she replied “MY bed, I loooove my cushions”!!! Pictured is Paris reading on her bed! ”

Stay posted, as we will show you the other winning room photos later in the month.

Word from the Workshop ….. The Molly Collection

Inspiration behind Molly

Many hours go on behind the scenes, compiling the ‘story’ of each design we lovingly produce.  Retailers have been consulted, customers queried, staff members contributed. Each design starts with a brief, sketches for design outlay then layer by layer, the fabric is pieced together, adding colours, pattern & size, all to meet our overall brief. Ultimately, we are hoping you, our fabulous PR fans, with be gob-smacked with joy & love of our latest & greatest PR linen.

So this was how the Molly collection evolved. Retailers & customers alike where asking for blue, a design that appealed to older girls & teens, which had a modern look & was very fashion focused. Our inspiration was fresh seablues, aqua, edgy geometric but nothing too harsh or blocky. The design must still be feminine. We also wanted a unique aspect – something different from other linen houses. Silver!! Months of months of draft designs, colour testing, silver foil laying, Molly was completed.

And boy! have we put the cat among the pigeons as Molly certainly isn’t your usual PR design.  That’s great!! it wasn’t intended to be, with it’s fashionable blues, aqua & hexagon modern look. With her beautiful silver foil adding real wow!!! She still ticks the box of being timeless, have wide age appeal & unthemed, but brings PR into 2016 with a real bang!

We hope you love Molly as much as we have loved the journey of creating the Molly bedlinen for you.

Hot News …. 2016 Fashion Colour Announced

& the latest #1 fashion colour for 2016 is ….. drum roll …… PINK.

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Victoria duvet / doona cover, comforter & matching pillowsham, pink heart, yeah rite & pink velvet cushions, sea blue shaggy rug

Yes, its official. Pink is one of the hot fashion colours for 2016. And we love that!!! Not just because it is a colour we adore & include in a lot to our fabric & designs, but because it is such a happy, fun colour that celebrates girls and represents ‘sugar and spice and everything nice’.

By definition, pink is … ‘a colour which represents nurturing and love, is feminine and affectionate. It is associated with bubble gum, flowers, little girls, cotton candy, and sweetness.” Jolly good, we say!

Occasionally, & only occasionally, we have a mother setting up her daughter’s 1st bed & the mother simply refuses pink. WHY???? This totally baffles us, as pink should be celebrated; it’s so feminine & pretty & has boundless interior opportunities . Pink should be 100% embraced. Let it go!!!

More often than not, when a young girl is allowed to participate in her linen selection, she undoubtedly always selects a pink design without any hesitation what-so-ever. Bravo!! Emma with pink & white spots & a splosh of green, Victoria with fresh Pink & white with a sublime comforter ( as shown above ), Charlotte with a combo of colours, including pink or Milly with heavenly pink flowers. Whatever your selection, go wild with pink!!

Bella on Emma bed

Emma quilt cover / doona, comforter & pink spot sheeting, Emma circle cushion, lampshade & pinboard; fushia pink rug

Hoorah for Harry – PR’s latest edition for Boys

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It’s all about the fashion & what’s hot for boys rooms in 2016. Being a pioneer of kids bedroom fashion, Patersonrose introduced the Harry Collection to meet customers requests for black & white. Simple, timeless, appealing to boys ( & girls ) of all ages, Harry linen has the extreme versatility of fitting into any room, with boundless colour combo’s.

Harry encompasses a big white print of crosses & blocks ( or pluses & minuses ) on a dark charcoal background. One very handsome design!! Team this duvet cover / doona with Storm grey or Tom grey & white sheeting & you have created a stunning boys room.

The ‘Look’ can easily be transformed by adding orange, yellow or silver with our NEW cushions, a rug or graphic pillowcases. Be brave & add colour; or stay fashionably black, white & grey. The choice is totally yours!

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Countless Combinations

4 Designs - Victoria, Tom, Nautical, Zoe

At Patersonrose, we love that we cross the boundaries of classic design ( that will sit in any bedroom & remain timeless ) to full on fashion ( where the bedlinen is a modern statement ), whilst we remain true to our philosophy that ‘there are NO rules’. We love it when our customers mix classic with fashion to create their own ‘look’ & we celebrate all of you who do this. We know it is often a step out of your comfort zone & a stretch of design, colour & theme imagination to do this.  And the thing is, there is no right or wrong combos, it’s all about bed setting & room that you love!!

Above, we show you some classics: Victoria duvet cover/doona ( top left ) & Nautical ( bottom left ) but edged with red.  For more of a contemporary look, we show you Tom quilt cover / doona ( top right ) with the cobalt blue sheeting & gunpowder grey rug for boys; Zoe ( bottom right ) for girls, intermixing aqua pink & red.

Follow your heart with your colour choices. If you have any queries of with what you are wanting to try, do feel free to contact us to help.

Bring on the Stars

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It’s one thing to theme a room, another to do it tastefully that will also have some longevity.  At PR, we are not big on cartons, dinosaurs, trucks or horses, but we are 100% focused on making bedrooms super fun & age appropriate.  Hence, the addition of our wall art, our huge cushion range ( something for everyone & every age ) & our decorative rugs.

With the divine Lucy range, look how adding the above accessories to the Lucy quilt cover & Lucy comforter, the design pops with pink & red, while adding an element of a star theme & the cosiness of our super soft throws.  Viola, a transformed Lucy look, making an impressive girls bedroom.

Do contact us any time if you would like us to assist you with combination or accessory ideas for you child’s bedroom.

Pictured from top left: Lucy quilt cover, Twinkle star canvas, Lucy sheets, Pink fleece throw, Twinkle star cushion, pink & red floor cushion, Lucy comforter, Twinkle star rug.

The Changing Looks of Charlotte

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Scrumptious girls designs are hard to find at the moment, with many linen houses opting for total monochrome & total geo designs. But ALL young girls should be only surround in all things pretty, & that starts with their bedroom, their quilt cover & the fun cushions for the bed.

We love how the Charlotte girls linen can be teamed with beautiful duck blue by adding a PR sea blue shaggy rug ( as above ) or resplendent with pink & a dash of red ( as below ) by adding a fuschia pink shaggy rug & twinkle star canvas.  Oh know!  which sublime option to choose??? Either way, you can’t go wrong, as any girl with the Charlotte linen is going to have the best-ever bedroom!

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Terrific Tom

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We often get disgruntled Mothers who finally find Patersonrose linen & get so excited to discover some linen options for boys. Linen that is not for adults, is not too tizzy, is edgy & un-themed ( no dinosaur or car prints ) & can be accessorized to suit a boys latest craze & passion. A firm PR motto has always been … ‘BOYS NEED LINEN TOO!!”

Tom : This is classic PR design for boys, with strong geometric blocks of blues, greys & green for the quilt cover, sheeting of grey & white stripes & so many gallant accessories to create the age & colours you require. We love the Tom collections versatility & the un-restrictive colour palette. Go bananas with the fab range of cushions we offer, complete with a rug & fun piece of wall art & you have a room any boy will keep tidy … yeah rite :) !

Moving Your Child From Cot to Bed? Some tips

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Moving out of a cot to a big bed

Moving your little princess or prince into a ‘big bed’?

Congratulations!
That decision may have come about because your child has started to climb out of their cot? Perhaps their feet now reach the end? Or you simply feel it is time for them to have a bed!
Key things to decide upon;
What size bed ? Single, king single or even queen. Perhaps you are considering bunks?
You may be limited by bedroom space, in which case a single bed may best suit. If not, a king single bed is a great option, giving longevity as your child grows, it allows room on the bed for mum or dad to snuggle up for night-time stories & is currently the most popular bed size.
Next linen!
If you are reading this BLOG, you are not likely to have a mickey mouse or Dora the Explorer preference.
Our PR philosophy has always been to provide you with un-themed linen options which will suit your 2 year & will grow with them as they move from dora to fairies to princess to pop stars. Don’t be scared to introduce theme but do this with accessories as these are more affordable & easy to change with your child’s latest craze!
Colour – Choose a colour palette for your child’s room, then select bedding that will tone with this colour. Of course 100% cotton bedding is the preference. Our kids spend such a long time in beds & deserve to sleep in natural cotton bedding; especially if your child has skin allergies or sensitive skin. If you plan on traveling or your worried about bed bugs in your home get a mattress bed bug protector.
Accessories – this is the fun part!
Now you have ticked off colour & selected a linen design ( which of course we hope is from Patersonrose ), then have a ball selecting accessories. These may vary depending on bedroom space & your child’s age;  storage bags are a great option for keeping toys, shoes etc, helping to keep the room tidy. Add a pin board for notes & certificates. Perhaps include a rug for a pop of colour & to keep little toes warm. Cushions are a fab way to add theme & introduce some other colours. A fleece floor cushion is a perfect alternative to a bean bag & can be accompanied with a matching fleece throw for coziness.

Viola! You now have the ingredients for a fun, practical room for your wee one. Feel free to contact us for some mix & match ideas or accessory suggestions.

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