Jannicke Ramsø began her Interior Design career in Norway, where she was born and raised, but later left her native country to pursue a degree in Interior Design in Las Vegas. After graduation, she spent several years with a renowned Design Studio surrounded by some of the best Interior Designers and Architects in Hospitality & Gaming Design.
In 2014 Jannicke decided to step away from it all to focus on her family and start her own firm. Today she is the Owner & Founder of Tiny Little Pads, an interior design studio for Children located in Downtown Las Vegas. Tiny Little Pads focuses solely on designing high end baby nurseries, children's rooms, playrooms, and playhouses. Each space is carefully created to be as unique as the child it is designed for. Most recently, Jannicke’s first playhouse design landed a spot on Daily Mail UK’s list of “Ten of the world’s most breathtaking playhouses.”
If you are anything like me, or even remotely interested in Interior Design and Décor, Las Vegas Market is literally a five million+ square foot candy store! I have been coming to the Market for two years now, twice a year, and I am equally excited every time. There are always new products & lines to see, old friends to meet up with, new connections to be made, and so much to learn. But words of advice:
Make sure you have a PLAN, otherwise you will find yourself overwhelmed. Period. The same goes whether you are a seasoned veteran or new to the Market. Do some research in advance. Know what you are looking for and make a list of all the showrooms you'd like to visit. I would also highly recommend setting aside plenty of time to ATTEND some of the seminars and panel discussions that are hosted throughout the week. These events feature "The Best of The Best" when it comes to influential & successful people in our industry, and they are all so incredibly humble and willing to share their greatest advice, lessons learned and their inspiring journeys to where they are today.
With my list, notepad & camera in hand – and a pair of comfortable shoes (a must for a successful day by the way), I walked the Market. Building by building, floor by floor. Assignment: Find the best lines and products in the Juvenile Category from a Children's Interior Designer's perspective. The hardest part? Narrowing them down to seven....
But here they are, Vegas Style. My (Lucky) 7, in random order:
This family-owned and operated company based out of Chicago knows how to put upholstered children's furniture on the map. They are known for their handcrafted quality at a reasonable price. And when you are able to convince Cloth & Company and the one-and-only Joy Cho with Oh Joy to do a collaboration with you, you have a winning children's brand. This showroom is a must see.
Stop here if you are looking for: Headboards, beds, chairs, and settees.
Who doesn't love Meri Meri, a company that started with a pair of scissors and a big pot of glitter at a kitchen table in California. Today their brand is sold all over the world. For a reason. Meri Meri makes everybody happy. I was starring at their neon colored cacti pillow and bedding displayed in this adorable woven basket for at least ten minutes before I let my eyes wander over to the bed filled with more adorable deco pillows and plush friends. I wanted to stuff them all in my bag and take them home to my daughters.
Stop here if you are looking for: Bed Linen, decorative pillows, plush friends, holiday décor, hair accessories, jewelry and backpacks/bags.
If you are looking for curated toys or quality décor for your shop or your next children's project, you simply got to stop by this showroom. Make sure you ask for Kathleen herself, because most likely she will be right there to walk you through her wonderland of products in person. She has a rare eye for sourcing beautiful things for children. My favorite line? ALL her lines, but to name a few; Moulin Roty (The most beautiful plush friends from France), Uncle Goose (Carved Wooden Specialty Blocks from USA), A Little Lovely Company (A whimsical collection of lights and décor from Netherlands) and Modern Moose (Handcrafted natural wood clocks and wall decor made in the US).
Stop here if you are looking for: Unique international toys that stand out from the crowd.
Petit Collage is all about good children design in my eyes. They have found a successful recipe where they combine a modern aesthetic with a sustainable approach and the end result is their signature bold designs. Their products are designed in San Francisco, CA, and every piece is truly made to encourage creativity, play and discovery. I have "tested" many of them on my own children, and they do what they are told to do.
Shop here if you are looking for: Unique colorful games, puzzles, activity sets, books, toys, décor.
This is the showroom for Children's Book enthusiasts. But be aware, if you love books as much as I do, be prepared to stay for a few hours, as there are thousands of books from all kinds of publishers displayed here. I suggest you stop by their complementary Candy Bar on the way in, dig in and find a table. Oh, and don't be surprised if you find yourself side tracked with all the fun, colorful décor, pool floats and accessories that you will also find in here.
Stop here if you are looking for: A one-stop-shop for anything children's books. You will find everything from the classic stories and characters, to bold, cute and tough, new or seasoned authors in here. And if you are just looking for beautiful covers for your next project or photo shoot, you will have a hard time narrowing down your options.
I know a lot of you are fans of this showroom, but you might not think of them in regards to children's products? They now feature beautiful children's décor, blankets, pillows, garlands, mobiles and more, so make sure you add this showroom to your list next time.
Cilek was founded in Turkey and is known for their imaginary furniture with an immaculate attention to details. I bet you saw the red sports car displayed in the courtyard between the buildings. This is actually a high-tech bed with all the bells and whistles of a real car. You've got to see one to understand what I am talking about. But what caught my attention this time, was their newest collection, Trio. Clean lines and simple use of materials. Perfection.
There you have it: my (lucky) 7 from the Main Buildings at Las Vegas Summer Market 2017.
But don't forget to hop on the courtesy express shuttle to visit Pavilion One next time for more children products and lines. Pavilion One is filled with smaller, not quite as established brands (typically), and newly launched businesses. I love the energy there. It's a fun place to explore!