ESTHER VAN DE PAAL IN AMSTERDAM
After living in New York City (where she got engaged), Brussels (where she got married) and London (where she got a couple of children and met the co-writers of this blog), Esther moved back to her home country to live in the real sin-city: Amsterdam. Trained as an architect, she likes things to be organized, functional and good-looking. As a mother of four, that seems hard to achieve, but at least her husband makes an effort. She is fond of little creative projects (cooking, drawing, sewing, and baking) and loves homemaking as much as she likes to travel.
COURTNEY ADAMO IN LONDON
Courtney was raised on a tulip farm just north of Seattle. She studied journalism in Chicago then moved to LA where she developed a fondness for year-round sunshine and sandal wearing. In 2003 she followed her heart (and future husband) to London – they were meant to stay for one year, but 10 years and 4 children later I guess it’s safe to call them Londoners. They live in leafy north London and can often be found trekking through Hampstead Heath on the weekends. Courtney still misses sunny California and can often be heard complaining about the weather… but she couldn’t call herself a Londoner if she didn’t complain a little. : ) She loves dark chocolate, her husband’s homemade pizza, Scandinavian design… and, of course, summertime!
EMILIE WALMSLEY IN PARIS
Emilie is a freelance animation producer in proud possession of a French and an Irish passport… but it’s actually not that simple. She grew up in Germany and in the States, and then finally landed in London. Having lived there for 10 years, she moved over to Paris four years ago, where she lives with her two daughters. Paris has not been without its trials, but the whole family has gotten used to fresh croissants in the morning and dog poop on the pavement all day long!
CELINA BAILEY IN MONTREAL
Celina was born in England, then moved to Morocco and has now been in living in Montreal, Quebec since the age of 5. This might explain her eclectic tastes, from vintage to modern, from quirky to classic. Her particular passion for children’s design dates from when she first studied fashion design, almost 12 years ago. Since then, she has worked in the fashion industry, started her own kid’s label and has had a children’s boutique. Now, she is a working mom of 2, wife to an amazing husband who goes along with all of her crazy projects, and in her spare time she loves to makes things for her kids or blogs. She also contributes to La Petite Magazine and is seriously addicted to Pinterest!!! Read more from Celina on her awesome blog Petit à Petit and Family.
ELIZABETH IN LOS ANGELES
Elizabeth Antonia was born and raised in a small Southern California beach town and spent every summer in Seattle. After living in the South of France for two years and Brooklyn, NY for five, she relocated with her husband to sunny Los Angeles to start a family. In 2008, their daughter Elodie was born and the fun really began. Elizabeth has worked as an art director in the fashion industry for many years and is always on the hunt for beautiful design whether in a vintage children’s book, a café in Nicaragua or a seaside town in Sardinia. Having her daughter has left her determined to start a commune filled with daydreamers, artists, musicians, and things that make the world magical for both children and adults. Until then, you will find Elizabeth with a camera around her neck looking for everyday adventures. Read more from Elizabeth on her very stylish blog The Littlest Blog!
MARIA IN OVIEDO, SPAIN
Maria was born in Oviedo, a city on the north coast of Spain. After studying in Oregon and London for a few years, she moved back to her home city where her son Nicolas was born. And that was the start of everything!! Maria has a beautiful blog called escarabajos bichos y mariposas where she writes about interesting happenings and beautiful finds. As an interior designer she’s very fond of nice houses (with a special interest for white houses), and her love for design and decor later led to a particular talent for children’s parties which she loves to organise. She adores doing craft projects with her son, traveling, learning new things… and the sun!!!
META IN UTAH
Meta was raised in Utah and spent her childhood summers with family in Germany. This sparked her love for travel, and possibly mushrooms, which seem to pop-up involuntarily in her design work. Meta has her BFA in photography from Brigham Young University. For five years she curated items for a local boutique and loved coming up with innovative shop displays—especially when it came to the children’s section. Since the birth of her two children, Henrik and Maja, Meta has finally had an excuse to buy all the kid’s clothes and accessories she spent years coveting. She spends a lot of time with her children and works as a freelance interior designer. She tries to inspire people to have fun with their spaces at her blog: One More Mushroom.