Little hands

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There are so many choices for decorating nursery walls that it’s hard to know where to begin. I’ll be upfront; I’m not into ‘cutesy’ designs. Rows of teddies, puppies playing in mud or kittens tangling a ball of wool aren’t really what I want to look at. However, the quirky little characters from Portuguese illustrators Little Hands immediately caught my eye.

At first glance, their work appears to be lots of cute animals but look a little closer and you will see exquisite, humorous and appealing details that hold your attention. Perhaps it’s because Little Hands’ illustrators, Marta Belo and Leonor Feijó, draw animals doing the most unlikely things – hippos on stilts, monkeys in striped bathers chatting with squirrels, ice-skating penguins and hedgehogs eating breakfast cereal are among the subjects of these fine, delicately coloured illustrations.

Little Hands can apply their designs to almost anything, from canvas and lampshades to linen and wallpaper (see the divine ‘Under the Sea’ mural and ballerina patterned wallpaper below). The wallpaper designs are so lovely that no plain painted wall will be safe! Contact Little Hands directly to discuss your nursery decor dreams.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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