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Pim's bed, and wonderful Jim Flora wallpaper
January 22, 2015
Last weekend, my husband and I did something new for both of us: we wallpapered a wall. We learned a lot about measuring, cutting, and patience, and got to deeply respect the skills of professional wallpaperers. But after hard labour I'm proud to present the results: the wall behind Pim's bed is covered in gorgeous blue wallpaper! Pim picked this ...
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Happy New Year! (And let's get organised!)
January 1, 2015
Happy New Year everyone! Here's to a splendid, happy and healthy 2015 for all of you! Only a few more days of vacation for us, and then, on Monday, the children will be back in school and we will be back behind our computers -- and behind tons of laundry to catch up with, fridges to clean ...
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BABY
LileSADi, cool products with attitude
December 2, 2014
I recently discover Lile SADi, a Dutch (Rotterdam based) label with super cool and contemporary products. Founded by Dinah and Sarah a few years ago, Lile SADi's collections cover graphic wallpapers and prints and wonderful kitchen and home accessories.  All products are manufactured here in Europe to keep craftsmanship and individuality alive. Dinah and Sarah recently came out with a children's ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Last minute advent activity calendar
November 30, 2014
Tomorrow is the start of advent -- only 25 days to go 'til Christmas! We do have an advent tradition in our family -- my mum always had an advent wreath on the table with 4 candles in a circle, and one candle was lit on every Sunday in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and ...
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New house storage boxes from Famille Summerbelle
November 18, 2014
Famille Summerbelle just came out with these adorable house storage boxes. I just love how clever and decorative they are. Yes please for my office, which is in need of organisation! Plus -- a perfect present for the holidays, don't you think? xxx Esther
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CELEBRATIONS
Advent Calendars. Time to start planning!
October 17, 2014
December is still six weeks away, and I'm refusing to start thinking about Christmas just yet (I saw the Christmas decorations up on Oxford street earlier this week and it didn't seem possible! Can it really be that time of year already?!). But... I do love Advent calendars -- it's one of my favourite Christmas traditions. ...
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The Little Square Gallery -- sweet snapshots in a cool frame
October 7, 2014
I'm not very organised when it comes to using my digital photos -- I just take a photo, post it to Instagram, and then it disappears in a virtual cloud somewhere. Actually, it wasn't very different back when I took analog photos -- instead of a virtual cloud, photos would disappear in a dusty box, waiting to be organised ...
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An easy way to transform a room
August 12, 2014
We're back from France, and we found our house renovation next door in full swing. Once again, I'm thinking of tiles patterns, paint colours, concrete floors and curtains. I even wake up in the middle of the night, trying to solve the most unimportant little design questions imaginable. Crazy! (And annoying!) One of the things that came to mind in my nightly ...
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Home & Kids (and a house renovation!)
July 4, 2014
When we moved to Amsterdam 6 years ago, we thought we would leave after a few years, so we never ended up buying a place for ourselves. We found a nice little house for rent, in a nice little neighbourhood, with a nice little backyard which is connected to other nice little backyards by way of a ...
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Perludi furniture: a cot, junior bed & ottoman (all in one)
June 17, 2014
We were given a hand-me-down cot from friends when our first baby was born and it's the cot we still use for Marlow. I think it must be at least 15 years old now, and it's one of those cots that is ONLY a cot, and nothing else.  If I were to buy a cot ...
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Jim Flora wonderful wallpaper
June 13, 2014
Jim Flora  (1914-1998) was a mid-century artist known for his album covers and some fabulous children's books (The Day the Cow Sneezed, for example), and his illustrations are truly wonderful. Recently, a series of wallpaper was brought out in cooperation with Flora's estate, all using the original art and illustrations from his archival music images, paintings and abstract ...
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Armadillo & Co handmade rugs
June 11, 2014
Our friend, Jodie Fried, who longtime readers might remember from the Angawandi Charity Project or even before that, from the Bholu brand of quirky soft toys, is a woman of many talents (and apparently many successful business ideas!). She recently started a new company called Armadillo & Co which offers a stylish selection of handmade, natural ...
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Upside down plants!
May 19, 2014
Plants in your interior must be back in fashion! I see them everywhere (we've been pinning plants on our Pinterest board too if you're interested). I'm really enjoying the greens that I've been collecting in our home -- it just makes things look so nice and 'fresh'. One of the new additions I got for ...
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Beautifully designed Little Quote Jars, by Make History!
May 12, 2014
Ava will be four in less than two weeks! I can't believe my baby girl is getting so big so fast... She went through a huge growth spurt the last half year, both physically and intellectually, and she's rapidly developing into a little school girl. Sweet! I love having conversations with her. She's talking so ...
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Louis le Sec, adorable and waterproof bed sheets
April 24, 2014
Sophie Remy, a mother of 3 children, developed Louis Le Sec -- a classy range of bed linen that doesn't only look adorable, but is also very functional. All children (and some longer than others), go through phases where nightly disasters are more likely to occur. During potty training, or when suffering from childhood illnesses, ...
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Darling, luxurious blankets from Sture & Folke
April 18, 2014
Karin Stenmarck is a Swedish designer living in Switzerland, who makes her collection of Sture & Folke blankets entirely by hand, using only the most high quality materials like Liberty fabrics, cotton velvet and natural linen. Her blankets are really beautiful; they are the kind of baby product that you just love to keep around ...
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Sweet wall hooks from Luez Design and Play
April 11, 2014
Luez Design and Play is a small New York-based design agency which is all about fun and simple design. The designer, Laura Rodriguez, creates products that appeal to both children and adults, and that will continue to add character to your home as your family grows. I love this little House Wall Hook, an adorable ...
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CELEBRATIONS
Easter decorations from Little Lulubel
March 26, 2014
We're coming up on 'birthday season' in our house, where 5 out of the 6 of us have springtime birthdays! It's always a busy time in our family, and this year I have vowed to be a bit more organised than I was last year. (Last year all of my children's birthday parties were planned ...
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Sur ton Mur -- affordable art prints
March 25, 2014
Montreal based company Sur Ton Mur offers a lovely collection of affordable art prints by some of Quebec's best children's books illustrators. The selection is carefully curated, of high quality, and very diverse thanks to the different techniques and styles of the illustrators. All Sur Ton Mur artwork is signed (and, if applicable, numbered) by the artist. ...
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CRAFTS AND DIY
Spring is here! Say it with pillows.
March 21, 2014
Because yesterday was the (official) first day of spring, I finally finished a little project I have been working on... Pillows! I used mixed techniques to put words on them -- embroidery, appliqué, and painting with textile paint. I especially enjoyed the embroidery work -- it's been a long time since I did embroidery, and ...
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New notebooks from Famille Summerbelle
March 17, 2014
We are big fans of the beautiful paper-cut maps of Famille Summerbelle, so we can only love this new line of notebooks that were released today. Featuring the famous World Map and the cities of London, Paris, New York City and San Francisco, they are just perfect to plan your next city trip, or use as a stylish destination for your daily ...
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Bring spring inside!
March 10, 2014
Spring is around the corner! And very literally so -- my neighbours pruned their trees last week and I brought some of the branches in. And look! The forsythia, cherry blossom and magnolia are so pretty. (And Ava also pruned the neighbours' flowers, oops!) xxx Esther
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Ivy and Marlow's bedroom on Apartment Therapy
February 5, 2014
I was recently asked to share some photos and answer some design questions for a nursery tour over on Apartment Therapy. If you're interested, you can see some photos of Ivy and Marlow's shared bedroom here. Their room has such a random collection of odds and ends: an old dresser, a hand-me-down cot, a vintage ...
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Playtime Paris standout: April Eleven
February 3, 2014
Every gorgeous object in the stand of April Eleven is not only designed, but also entirely handmade by the sweet owner and designer Charline herself. We loved the no-nonsense design, the usability of the objects, the beautiful fabrics, and above all, that gorgeous little baby swing. xxx Esther
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