These beautiful Palomita rag dolls are handmade from organic, tea-stained muslin fabric and dressed in vintage, new and recycled textiles. Each doll is completely unique, has it’s own special character, and is made with a lot of care. The doll’s faces are embroidered and look so, so sweet. Really the kind of doll that would look adorable in the arms of a little girl, but would also make a lovely decoration piece. Such a gorgeous gift!
The Kid Who is a freshly launched online store with a great collection of the coolest contemporary children’s products. Simply everything is want-able in this shop, for kids and for their parents alike. I love how fresh and fun the products are.
Besides the superb collection of gifts, the collection of wrapping paper, gift-tags and cards is also really great. So fun and so original. At The Kid Who, the whole act of shopping, wrapping and giving becomes a party by itself. I will definitely be shopping by this season!
They are announcing rain for the entire week here in Montreal and maybe even a little snow. I thought if I told the rain to go away, it might just come another day! Here are a few of my favorite cloud shaped pillows, which would brighten up any kids room even on the greyest day. How about that print, it is so sweet it makes wish it was raining!
Rain, rain go away, come again another day!!!
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.
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.
The bed for baby is ready! Set up in our bedroom, waiting, waiting… The one very special thing about this little bed is the sheet that was embroidered by my late grandmother in the 1940s of last century, for the birth of my mother (her oldest daughter). It’s 70 years old! I love that little sheet.
I also like Pablo, the Oeuf pigeon on the nightstand, guarding the crib. Now that everything is ready, I’m starting to wonder — when is this little baby going to announce himself?
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.
I just discovered this new nursery line from Joules, called Baby Joule, and it’s so cute! The prints are just adorable, with a Mad Hatter theme for girls and an ‘On The Farm’ theme for boys, and I love how easy is it to combine it all. There’s a moses basket, a cot bedding set, sleeping bags, towels, toys — you name it. All equally tasteful, and so cute with the little pockets for little dolls or dummies. Decorating your nursery just became a whole lot easier! (Find stockists here.)
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.
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!
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.
What a crush I have on this lovely brand!. Moskidoos is based in San Francisco where all their collections are made. The owner Noemí was born in San Sebastian (Spain). She makes beautiful accesories for the home and for children’s rooms.
Super cute cushions, garlands, vynils, bags, and even the lovely paper circus in the picture, all made with great love and care for the world around us. They work with illsutrators and other artist to complete the amazing and fun look of it all.
They will soon have a clothes collection, so I will stay tuned, because I am sure they will have the same special feeling of all the things they already have on their website!!
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.
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After a busy weekend in Paris last week for Playtime, I went to the Kleine Fabriek (the Amsterdam children’s trade fair) the day after — and one of the discoveries I definitely wanted to share with you are these super sweet characters made from recycled denim by Maison Indigo. This fox, anteater and elephant are handmade by disabled people in a small ’social atelier’ here in the Netherlands and I think they are just so perfectly adorable! Maison Indigo doesn’t have a functioning webshop just yet but to order you can just email Myriam here.
I am having a second wind of decorating my flat. I did some work about 6 months ago getting the whole place repainted, exposing the original floorboards and re-plastering. At the end of it I was so tired that I never wanted to see an interior decorating magazine again! Now after a good pause, I am ready to tackle the finishing touches, especially for the girls’ room. This one has been quite a challenge as we need to find the delicate balance between what they want and what I want. Pink they say. Muted grey I say, and the negotiations are hard and lengthy.
We have now agreed on some décor items that we are all happy with, one of which is a lampion by Petit Pan in the form of a cloud. The girls think it is pretty enough for a princess and personally it reminds me of those crazy TV show from the ’80s like ‘Monkey Goes West’… so everyone is a winner!
I am in the market for some new toddler bedding and found these at colette bream. I had bookmarked her etsy site ages ago and fell in love all over again with her whimsical assortment of children’s pretend play items and lovely bedding. My daughter has been dragging around a favorite silk scarf of mine, using it as a dinosaur tail, and I think I might just have to reclaim it and replace it with one of these!
I’m loving the new collection of limited edition art prints at Minted. Such a sweet and fresh and happy collection. And I love that you can order each print in so many different sizes… from small (5″ x 7″) to enormous (44″ x 60″). There are also prints you can customise by adding your child’s initials, names or birth dates. And a whole non-kiddie selection too! I like this pretty Highway Wildflowers print, and I would love to stare at this Rooftops of Paris print all day and pretend it was really the view out my window!
None of the rooms in our house have any built-in storage, so I have had to be creative in the way I store the kids’ toys and clothes. I have spent the past few years collecting cute baskets and crates to use as storage, and I actually think I prefer the baskets over proper storage cabinets — they add warmth and detail to children’s rooms and are an easy way for kids to access their toys. Anyway, I thought I would share some of my favourite basket finds with you.
- I bought a few of these felt wool baskets (pictured above) from Bobo Kids years ago, and I love how pretty they are. I use them for everything — storing hair accessories, socks, little toys, etc.
- I love these traditional Spanish woven baskets from Hedgehog Shop — I bought all the sizes and have them scattered around our house.
- We use this big double-handled basket for storing all the train tracks and train accessories. I like how big it is.
- I love these striped canvas baskets by Marie Michielssen — I have some plain white ones and they’re perfect for storing anything, or you can fold them up when not in use.
- I really like the shape of these rice baskets from Lantern Moon in the US.
- I love all the baskets at this Australian website. Wish they were in the UK!
- I bought some old apple crates from Ebay and use them to store books (see below) — they’re the perfect size!
I found other baskets at the Conran Shop here in London, but can’t seem to find any in their online shop. I’ve also found some good ones on Portobello Market, but you have to get lucky! What about you? Do you have a good place to buy baskets?
Warm Pixie is a new UK-based company specialising in luxurious lambswool baby blankets and cushions. We loved the look of their shop (I especially love the bold stripy blankets!) and recently added it to our shopping portal… but I must say that feeling is believing when it comes to their products. The blankets are so, so soft! Soft enough for a tiny little baby to enjoy… which is why I’ve tucked mine away until the Autumn when our little baby arrives!
I love the playfulness of the Moroccan line Zid Zid. It is a complete line of children’s accessories, toys, and items for the home, each handmade in Marrakech. The animals on the cushions and clutches remind me of characters from a Roald Dahl or Rudyard Kipling story and will transport your child right into the exotic world of play. The cushions you can color would make a great birthday gift!