The String Shelf

I completely adore the String Shelf. The String system was design in 1949 and over the last years has become one of the most popular pieces of classic scandinavian design. We got one for Nico’s room —  we call it “the treasure shelf”, because this is where he keeps his most valuable toys at the moment.

Robots, dinos, rockets. But the most important toys are the Star Wars ones, because they were a present from Uncle Javi. The toys belonged to him since he was little, and now they belong to Nico, 30 years later! Such a lovely present.

We are very happy with our String ! Hope you like it!

- Maria

Decorating a baby’s nursery, wallpaper on the ceiling

A few weeks ago I told you about the nursery I had the pleasure to decorate. Today I would like to share the lovely wallpaper we used — instead of putting it on the wall I put it on the ceiling! It looks different, don’t  you think?

The paper is one of my favorite nowadays. The Ferm Living, Harlequin. I am completely madly in love with it! Hope you like it!

- Maria

Beautiful illustrations by Liekeland

How beautiful are these works by Dutch illustrator Lieke van der Vorst? They have something so innocent about them, and at the same time they are so incredibly wise. They would be perfect for a nursery, a kids’ room, any room in the house, really. The third picture above is an illustration Lieke designed for a birth announcement last year. So, so sweet!
If you’re interested in Lieke’s work, you can her purchase postcards and prints via her webshop, or the bear postcards are available through BijzonderMooi as well.

xxx Esther

A tree coat rack

Today I would like to share the tree hanger I made for my son’s room. I did it myself a few years ago and I remember it was much easier than I had expected! I made it with palet wood and it looks great in Nico’s room!

We decorate it acording to the time of the year and the season! It is fun! (Inspired by the great great Camille Soulayrol.)

Hope you like it and hope you give it a go. It looks good in many parts of the house, as long as you have a free wall!! ;-)

- Maria

KEK wall stickers


Have a look at these awesome real life animal wall stickers by Amsterdam company KEK — how cool are they? I love the giant bear and the XL owl, but also adore the tiny hummingbird (which is flying around in Sara and Pim’s room) and this cute hedgehog. Wall stickers are such a quick and easy way to spice up a room, aren’t they? I also have been eyeing these fabulous tree trunks (I unfortunately don’t have any wall space left in our tiny house!).

xxx Esther

I love you more than…

We don’t have a Valentines Day tradition here in the Netherlands, and part of the idea I think is majorly over-commercialised, but the main thought — expressing and celebrating our love for our best friends and family — I think is important to emphasise. On Valentines day; every day!

These prints by This Many Design are so sweet. They are made by Kari Lazenby, who plays a game with her son every day where they say what they love the other more than — which gave her the idea for the I Love You More Than print (which you can personalise). Kari screen-prints the works by hand on beautiful French company paper, so each one is different, making them more unique than they already are.

xxx Esther

Wool Fabrique

Toward the very end of our day at Playtime, as we were frantically running out of the building to catch our taxi (late, as usual!), we stumbled upon the Wool Fabrique stand… and we literally stopped in our tracks! The taxi could wait — these gorgeous goodies were too good not to check out.

Wool Fabrique was started by artist/designer Maya Bekto, a mum of two. Her designs come to life on wool carpets, baskets, and cushions using the traditional techniques of the loom. I love the bold colours and the colour combinations she uses. Everything was really SO so cool. She doesn’t yet have an online shop, but if you’re interested in purchasing something she said she’s happy to take personal orders if you get in touch with her (contact details here). I think I might just order everything… (I wish!)

x Courtney

Beat the January (and February) blues!

Last Monday was apparently ‘Blue Monday’ — the most depressing day of the whole year! Courtney and I are always complaining about January and February months here in Northern Europe — it’s dark, cold, wet, the kids are sick and there is not a lot to look out to. Well, on Blue Monday, I put up a few pompoms in front of our living room window to brighten things up a bit, and it had an instant happyfying result. The pompoms are available from Visje bij de Thee — along with many more gorgeous products that would make my January/February blues melt in an instant. I also made this quick Lemon Poppyseed Drizzle cake, and treated myself to some some new Marimekko coffee cups. We’ve got to do what we can, don’t we?!
What’s the weather like where you are??

xxx Esther

Paper Friends from Blanca Helga

A few weeks ago I visited the combined Christmas sale of two great shops, Visje bij de Thee and MondaysMilk, where I discovered in the midst of the wonderful merchandise these ‘Paper Friends‘. They are made by Spanish artist Blanca Helga, from bits of collected cardboard and each one is completely unique and signed by the artist. Don’t you agree they make great decoration for the childrens’ room? Or any room, really!

xxx Esther

Madrid in Love

Last weekend Nico and I went to Madrid for a long weekend. It was so nice and one of the things we loved most was a pop-up store happening right now in Madrid (only december!). Madrid in Love.

A very special place, full of lovely things and lovely atmosphere. And really nice to visit with your kids!

After Madrid in Love, we went to a very nice place in Madrid. If you are looking for something sweet and tasty, Mama Framboise is the place. Amazing and super nice desserts.

If you happen to be in Madrid, I think they are a couple of lovely places to visit.

- Maria

Nobodinoz in Barcelona

Today I would like to introduce a store I just adore. Nobodinoz in Barcelona. It’s been 5 years since Nobodinoz made its grand opening. They were the first ones that introduced the kid’s design world in Spain, and we were so grateful for that.

They brought  the best design furniture, clothing, equipment… You will find brands like Oeuf NYC, ByBo Design, Kast Van Een Huiss, Talc, Bobo Choses, Veja, LuckyBoysunday… Amazing!

It is for me obligatory when I go to Barcelona, to stop in either of their two shops, and I always enjoy the time spent there. But in addition to the shops they have a webshop connected to the whole world.

- Maria

Pi’lo

I am sure that with time you will discover I have somewhat of a dual personality! As much as I love vintage and colorful design items, I also have a love for all things white and natural. So it will come to no surprise when I tell you I loved Pi’lo’s collection as soon as I saw it, about a month ago at the NYC gift fair. To top it off, Pi’lo is a Canadian company from Toronto and so I felt even more compelled to share my discovery with you. Everything is handmade with natural fibers such as cotton, linens and felt by the lovely Heather Shaw herself and practically from her home — her studio happens to be just behind her house. There are lots of great items to choose from for your home and not only for the kids — I particularly love the lined paper collection as well as all the pillows, although I think my favorite has to be the tic tac toe game. You can discover lot’s more on the website and Heather even has an Etsy shop.

-Celina

Landmade, for simple household items from France


One of the many advantages of living in a relatively small flat in Paris is that my storage space is limited, which in turn means that I  don’t accumulate a lot of useless stuff. (BTW, this actually goes completely against my nature, so it has been an ‘interesting’ learning curve — to learn to think hard before buying!). Basically I have been trying to stick to quality rather than quantity.

I love, love, love this French website I discovered recently as it sells simple household items that have been around for generations and have one thing in common: quality. Most of the items are French-made or from neighbouring countries. Every single thing on the website has a story and is guaranteed to be useful for a very long time. Here are some of my favourites: the great Duralex glasses I wrote about a while ago, the cast iron “cocotte“, the swipping pan that actually looks nice just hanging in the kitchen.

My other favourite is the chestnut chair which is made in my region, the Limousin, so I have a little sentimental attachement to it! Unfortunately the website is only in French at the moment, but it is pretty easy to navigate, especially with google translator.

- Emilie

Pop and Lolli

Wall stickers are a fun way to decorate a child’s bedroom.  I am a big fan of the colorful, fun, and oversized fabric wall stickers from Pop and Lolli.  The wall stickers are easy to install and 100% safe for your child.  What I think sets Pop and Lolli wall stickers apart from the others is the size –the large size makes a statement and looks like a painted mural.

Here are a couple of tips on how I would decorate with the stickers:  keep the walls and furniture neutral so that the colors in the stickers can pop, and display the wall stickers like a mural or headboard and hang them higher in the room.

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- Meta

Blanca Gomez, a lovely illustrator

I really adore the work of the tallented illustrator and designer Blanca Gomez of cosas minimas. Her illustrations are clean, colorful and elegant and lovely for a child’s room. And her city illustrations are just amazing!

Blanca lives and works in Madrid and today we are invited to take a little look at her lovely apartment, full of illustrations and artwork in the walls.

As we went to London last spring, I am thinking of getting the London person. I think it will add a very personal touch for our home!

- Maria Cañal

Paumes books: color inspiration

Last month I wrote about the Japanese Paumes books.  These books are so inspiring — every page is full of great ideas.  I decided to start a series where I pick an image or room in one of the books and do a project or design a space based on the inspiration.

The inspiration for this month is the awe inspiring home of stylist Susanna Vento featured in Finland children’s spaces.  I love the peachy/pink color scattered in parts of her daughter’s room so much I decided to paint something in my house that color.

I found this great set of wooden mushrooms (I collect mushrooms), primed them, and then mixed two paint colors together; acrylic white and craftsmart’s Neon Orange.  This was such an easy and fun project.  I hope you enjoy!

- Meta

xo-in my room: furniture for kids

I really love finding great furniture for kids, just like the charming furniture made by xo-in my room. And I also love finding out that the people behind the brand are from Barcelona – Spain. This is a three  brother adventure: one is a photographer, the one in the middle is in charge of publicity and logistics and the youngest brother is a craftsman. With this unique combination they decided to get together and build up xo-in my room.

They design, produce and sell all the furniture which is made with recycled wood and sometimes they add a vintage touch which makes them unique. Beautiful handmade, very clever and really creative.

I am big fan of them and of their blog, full of nice things! Congratulations xo-in my room!

- Maria

Boskke

How cool are these?  I am proud to say that my friend Patrick designed these hanging pot plants to allow anyone to have plants in their home no matter how small that house is.  Growing up in New Zealand we never knew the concept of limited space but after moving to London it became apparent that not everyone is so lucky.  Patrick designed these while studying ceramic design at Central St. Martin’s and living on the 12th floor of a tower block.

There are so many great reasons to have plants in your home including purifying the air you breathe. I really want some for my kitchen so I can hang my herbs!  Check out the Boskke story here.

Stephxo

Hanging rattan chair

I have always loved the idea of having a swing or hanging chair inside the home and have wanted to install one in my own home (I just have to convince my husband that it’s a good idea).  I think my kids would love reading and giving each other rides in it, and I would love how fun and relaxed it looks in my home.

Serena and Lily have designed a lovely hanging chair inspired by this chair.  The rattan hanging chair would add a little 70’s Scandinavian style to your home and could go in any room; the living room, a child’s bedroom, or even your bedroom.

Here’s some tips on how I’d style the chair:

First I’d lay a sheepskin on the base of the chair and have it drape over the bottom slightly, like the picture above. Second, I’d add a comfy, round seat cushion made with the star fabric, and last I’d add some extra pillows for back support and color.

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-Meta

Bobo Choses Tapestry Rugs

I recently spotted this beautiful image on the Bleubird blog and fell instantly in love with that Bobo Choses tapestry rug hanging on the wall. I love the colours and the texture that the tapestry brings to the wall, and love the idea of hanging it behind a baby’s cot. In fact, I ordered one for our new babe… and think I might swipe the idea and do the same thing. (I’m already dreaming up the baby’s bed/nursery!)

The rugs are on sale now… so if you’re tempted by these beauties, scoop them up quickly.

xx Courtney

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