Entries from January 2012

"hand painted wooden alphabet blocks"

I was searching for wooden alphabet blocks on etsy when one particular set caught my eye.  I clicked and was taken to a shop filled with beautiful illustrations not just on blocks but on wall prints and little books too.  I loved what I saw so ditched my previous post idea and decided to make today all about the British illustrator Julia Staite.  I do love etsy for the unique talent it’s filled with and Julia’s work is the perfect example.  Her illustrations are so pretty!  There’s lots of colour, some whimsical characters, quirky drawings and above all it’s fun.  The blocks are great for play but they’d also make lovely decorations for a nursery and Julia also offers personalised wooden alphabet blocks so you can have your babies name spelled out.  I’m very keen on the circus themed prints too which would work equally well in a toddler, kiddy or nursery space.  You can find all this and more over at Julia Staite’s shop.

"European newborn baby clothes"

I visited Playtime Paris on the weekend.  Playtime is a trade show packed with beautiful kiddy designers mostly from Europe and some from the US.  What a feast for the eyes Playtime was.  One of my favourite finds for newborn babies was Pequeno Tocon from Spain.  They make clothes for ‘the smallest ones in the house’… clothes for 0 to 3 months old.  The offerings are to die for.  When I spotted them I couldn’t take my eyes off them and I inspected each item they had on display.  Really simple but stunning and elegant little pieces in whites, sands, soft greys and some dusty pinks too.  They look beautifully made and if you give it as a gift to a new mama, she’s sure to love you forever.  There are a few outfits by Pequeno Tocon available over at Orfeo Design otherwise head to their own site and drop them a line.

P.S. Have you seen Mi.le bebe… another fabulous Spanish baby collection?

"red bowl for kids"

Yesterday I came across Hoto, a small pottery studio in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  They’re only a few months old and so far they make just one thing… this lovely soup bowl, but it’s not just about the bowl.  It’s called Little Red Cap and it’s a bowl with a story.  There are 4 different illustrations within the bowl that tell a visual Little Red Riding Hood type story but there’s more.  The artist has brought the tale to life by creating a background of trees and wolves that come with the bowl.  So while your little one is eating, you can set up the background and tell the story with the lovely props.  I think the idea is so creative, so unusual, so lovely and I hope Hoto make more such themed plates and bowls.  The packaging too deserves a mention… the round box with the hanging wolves is simple but very stylish.  You can find out more at Hoto’s site where you can buy the bowl too and they ship internationally. What a fantatsic idea!

P.S. Have you entered our giveaway yet? $100 voucher to be won!

*Via Imaginative Bloom

"cushions and pillows for kids"

I’m a big fan of having lots and lots of cushions strewn around the living room and bedroom.  I’ve been looking to do the same for the bambino’s bedroom and have been on the hunt for some cool kids cushions.  I haven’t decided on my favourite yet but I’ve found 5 that I love:

1.  Donna Wilson is pure British and pure cool.  I love this tree cushion for it’s quirkiness and unique style.

2.  This can only be described as the ‘apple’ of my eye (sorry)!!  By Oeuf NYC, this apple cushion looks good enough to eat.

3.  French and fabulous is this sweet bow cushion by Le Petite Luce and it’s from Little Fashion Gallery

4.  There are loads of lovely cloud cushions around but this one by Blabla Kids tops my list.  I just adore the cute little bird detail.

5.  Ever since I discovered Colette Bream I was smitten by her goodies and this house shaped cushion is a part of her wonderful collection.

P.S. Have you entered our giveaway where you can win $100 voucher?

"spanish baby clothes"

I love to bring you goodies from France as the French really do get style and create some of the loveliest kiddy products I’ve ever seen.  But there is another European country that has become a hot bed for design and that’s Spain.  So, I’ve been seeking out some Spanish design to share with you and one of my favourite finds is mi.le bebe.  They make clothes for 0-2 year olds that have been inspired by the soft Mediterranean breeze and the glorious beaches of the Med.  On offer are onesies and cardi’s in fine knits and cottons, all beautifully co-ordinated in subtle colours and made with the greatest attention to detail.  I’m loving the belt/ribbon feature that looks so adorable on many of the baby outfits.  I just wish I’d discovered them when my bambino was a little baby… maybe it’s time for baby no.2?!  Visit mi.le bebe to see all their beautiful offerings.  The site looks like it’s not yet complete as they have yet to update their stockists page but you can always drop them a line or visit their showroom if you happen to be in Barcelona.

P.S. Have you entered our fab giveaway where you can win $100 voucher?

"nursery fabric wall stickers"

I do love wall stickers for kiddy spaces but recently I’d been coming across ones that all seemed a bit samey.  Then I got an email from 41 Orchard and when I checked them out, I began to feel the love again.  41 Orchard are from Australia and create wonderful kids wall stickers that are simple but ever so beautiful.  And in even better news, they have generously offered one of my readers the chance to win a $100 (AUD) voucher to spend at their store.  To enter all you have to do is leave a comment below with an answer to the question “What is your favourite colour scheme for the modern kids room?” and I’ll pick a winner at random.  You’ll find the full details of entry at the bottom of this post.

Back to 41 Orchard and their lovely offerings.  They bring you fabric wall stickers that will add a touch of fun and charm to a nursery or a kids room.  There are animals, trees, cars, hot air balloons, chalkboard stickers and much more on offer.  All the colours are soft yet bold with lots of reds, greens, blues and lots of yellow which is my favourite colour for a modern nursery.  Speaking of favourites, I’m definitely loving the elephant stickers as I’m a huge fan of elephants anyway but the giraffes and turtle family are the other ones I’m lusting after.  If you’re the lucky winner you can of course choose the ones you love best.  To check out their lovely and ever so sweet collection, head to 41 Orchard and start picking your favourites… that’s not going to be easy!

GIVEAWAY ENTRY DETAILS:  For your chance to win the $100 voucher to spend at 41 Orchard, leave a comment below with an answer to the question “What is your favourite colour scheme for the modern kids room?” One comment per person.  Entry is open to all my readers no matter where you live.  The competition closes at midnight (UK time) on Sunday 29th January.  Any entries after this time will not be counted.  The winner will be picked at random and announced on Tuesday 31st January on our facebook page and on here.  Good luck!

Jan 31st 2011: This giveaway is now closed.  The winner {picked at random.org} is Alison… congrats!  Thanks all for entering.

"atsuyo et akiko babies and kids"I’ve known about Atsuyo et Akiko for ages and have been meaning to share for a while so here it is today.  It’s a wonderful New York boutique where you can find a little bit of magic.  Magic for babies and a bit for boys but mostly for the girls.  On offer are fabulously girly necklaces, hair pins and tutu’s, shiny sparkly shoes and cute bracelets.  But the other thing that really caught my eye were the tee’s and onesies they have.  I’m not a fan of cartoon character adorned clothes but these one’s with mickey mouse and winnie the pooh just work.  I absolutely love the charcoal tee with the gold mickey silhouette.  There are also other very cool tee’s like the strawberry one and more. 

The collection of goodies at Atsuyo et Akiko is fresh, it’s different and even a bit ecclectic.  The boutique is owned by two ladies, one with a fashion background and the other with a fine arts one.  The marriage of these two backgrounds shines through in their creations and their take on turning everyday fashion in to something a bit more special.  To feel the magic, head to Atsuyo et Akiko and and check out all their wonderful goodies.

A boat mobile so lovely!

January 19, 2012

"fabric boat mobile for babies"

I love mobiles.  I’m almost tempted to have another baby just so I can buy more mobiles (almost!).  When I discovered this new one from the fabulous little boutique called Petits Parisiens I couldn’t wait to share.  I love the boutique and everything in it and this boat mobile is their latest gorgeous addition.  The little boats are made of bright printed fabrics that come in 2 colour schemes – one for the boys and one for the girls.  But I think either can work for boy or girl.  To check out this boat mobile and all the other goodies on offer, head to Petits Parisiens.  If you’re as mobile mad as me, don’t miss these whimiscal mice mobiles and these seriously stunning bird mobiles.

"cashmere dress for girls on sale"

"scandinavian kids clothes"

"scandinavian dresses for girls"

Yesterday I went to a Scandinavian kids clothes shopping event hosted by Scandinavian Minimall.  What can I say except ooh la, la!  The threads on offer were just delectable and needless to say I got a bit carried away with the shopping.  One of the brands that really stood out for me was Pale Cloud.  I’d heard of them but hadn’t touched, seen, felt their clothes and when I did it was instant love.  The fabrics are so soft, so lovely, the styles simple and elegant.  There’s lots of gorgeous cashmere, some scrumptious silk and cottons on offer for babies and girls.  Pale cloud was started by a Norwegian mama called Marion and this Autumn/Winter 2011 collection is her first and what a collection it is.   To be honest, the pictures don’t do it the justice it deserves… you really need to see the pieces to fully appreciate their beauty.  And in even better news, Scandinavian Minimall is having a fantastic sale so you can pick up these pieces at massive discounts… but there’s not much left so you’ve got to be quick.

Hand made dolls so cute!

January 16, 2012

"handmade fabric dolls"

"hand made fabric doll"

"hand made dolls with vintage fabrics"

I was never very in to dolls when I was growing up.  I had a big brother and I guess I wanted to be like him so I played with his boy toys.  Fast forward several years (I won’t say how many!) and I’m now obsessed with dolls especially since I keep finding gorgeous ones like these.  How sweet are they?!  These handmade dolls by Warm Sugar are crafted in Illinois and dressed in the cutest clothes made out of a mix of vintage and designer fabrics.  I love their whole hat and scarf ensemble and I just love their adorable expressions.  Shannon, the designer also offers custom dolls where you can choose hair and eye colours, skin tone and colour of clothes so your bambino can choose exactly what she wants.  To check out these dolls head to Warm Sugar on etsy.

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