Entries from May 2012

mama & baby…

May 31, 2012

"bunny pencil case"

Today’s picks for ‘mama and baby‘… this hot pink iPad leather case for mama and this super sweet leather bunny pencil case for baby.

*Asuka Weaves wallpaper by Osbourne & Little

"european nursery bedding sets"

Hand made in Italy, this kids bedding by Numero 74 is just exquisite.  In the collection there are blankets, quilts and duvet sets for babies and children.   With a strong vintage vibe, the bedding is made in limited editions so you know you’re getting something unique.  But Numero 74 is about more than bedding as they also sell very desirable vintage toys and furniture which I have featured before.

"Italian kids bedding sets"

There is an understated elegance to all the bedding that comes in a range of colours from brights to muted tones.  The fabrics have pretty floral prints or polka dots but there’s also lots in plain colours too.  Started by 2 friends who couldn’t find what they wanted to decorate their kids room, they decided to make or source their own and Numero 74 was born.  I’ve completely fallen for their entire collection especially those quilts pictured at the top.  Visit Numero 74 or for a different range try smallable.com

Vintage nurseries really float my boat like no other style of nursery decor.  I’m not sure why but I think it may have something to do with the freedom to mix and match as you please.  There is no right or wrong, there are no rules, no colour restrictions; it’s just about you and your creativity.  And besides, no two rooms will ever look the same.  I often seek out vintage baby rooms to share with you and today I’ve found 3 that are un-missable:

"vintage nursery room for girls"

I love everything about this room… the colours, the eclectic wall pictures, the gorgeous pom poms and the DIY feel.  The pallet bed is in fact made by the parents of the lucky baby girl whose room it is.  I found this room over at Apartment Therapy.


"yellow vintage baby nursery room"

A completely different look for this nursery but still very much vintage inspired.  Created by a Dutch mama called Nina Invorm, this room is full of vintage treasures from toys to clothes to wallpaper.  It’s a happy, bright, cheerful room that looks beautiful too.

"vintage nursery ideas"

Much more muted with an almost minimalistic vibe, this vintage nursery is another beauty.  I love the exposed brick and the completely unexpected black leather chair.  This nursery is by Oeuf NYC, the makers of beautiful nursery furniture and more. 

"bright summer sandals for girls"

We’re still happily enjoying some scorchio weather here in London and for me one of the biggest benefits of summer is wearing sandals.  Open-toed shoes are so much better for your feet and I love, love wearing all manner of sandals and flip flops.  Of course, I also love putting my daughter in teeny-tiny kids sandals too.  With such gorgeous ones out there, it would be a shame not to.  Today I’ve picked out 4 bold, bright and beautiful sandals for little girls and I’m feeling the love for each one of them:

1.  Brilliant orange patent leather sandals by chic Italian kids brand Pepe {from elias & grace}

2.  Sunny banana yellow ‘Linda’ sandals with a cork sole by Stella McCartney Kids

3.  Another dose of Italian kids style but in luscious red by Gallucci {from smallable.com

4.  French and fabulous Pom D’Api bring us these hot pink flip flops {from elias & grace}

*And last but definitely not least is the wonderful paisley wallpaper by Mini Moderns – my latest wallpaper obsession.  I love all the colours but I can’t take my eyes off the turquoise blue one. 

"kids party supplies"

Earlier in the week I was on the hunt for some washi tape.  You know, the Japanese stuff that’s like masking tape but comes in the most wonderful colours and patterns imaginable and can be used for endless decorating purposes.  I found my washi tape and I also found Papermash…  a little London boutique full of wonderful, colourful, bright and happy paper goodies. 

"washi tape and party supllies kids"

Their collection is small but everything in it is gorgeous.  There are cards and posters from the Rifle Paper Co, there’s lots of washi tape in solid colours or patterned (I went for the neon ones in coral and turquoise and I love them), then you’ve got party supplies including pretty floral paper cups, stripey straws and gorgeous honeycomb balls.  Papermash also have a few crafts that you can download for free and make yourself.  I’ve got my eye on the super pretty doily wraps which I’m picturing as party favour holders for my daughter’s next birthday bash.  Visit Papermash to see all their goodies.

mama & baby…

May 24, 2012

"aqua ballet pumps,knit sweater"

I’ve been ignoring the mama’s of late so I wanted to do something to fix this and I also wanted to mix it up a bit.  This is a new series I’ve started where there’s something for mama and something matching, contrasting, complimentary, clashing (you get the idea) for baby or young kid.  Today it’s these summery ballet pumps with tiny little tennis racquet charms for mama and a beautiful cashmere sweater vest for baby.  Leave a comment and let me know if you like the ‘mama & baby…’ series.

I got the inspiration for this idea from the wonderful Oh joy blog who does a series called ‘this & that’.  Theirs is a bit different but it was the foundation for this idea. 

"girly art for girls room"

I’m on the hunt for some cool art prints and posters for my daughters room.  Her walls are bare (apart from a feature wall with the gorgeous pip early bird wallapaper) so I have a blank canvas.  I’m loving the idea of putting up lots of different prints, posters and postcards in close proximity to each other.  When I’m looking for unusual, off the beaten-track art for kids rooms, I often head to etsy because I know I’ll find something and sure enough this time I found Lily Moon from Cyprus.  I loved it!  Lily Moon is unashamedly girly but not cutesy and that works for me.  The art is inspired by imaginary stories and there is something about each one that draws you in and allows you to make up your own story.  I also love the old fashioned feel of the drawings and the soft colour palette.  One of my favourites is the little girl with the rabbit called ‘Alice’.  But they’re all magical and I think I might just have to get some for my daughters wall collage.

"vintage inspired playroom"

"bohemian style kids playroom"

"vintage kids bedroom"

Born in Marrakech in 2003, Zid Zid Kids is a brand of kids homewares, toys and accessories that really stand out from the crowd.  With strong Moroccan design influences their collections are rich and playful.  The other day while browsing Milk Magazine I stumbled across their home… their riad in Marrakech and it was love.  I’m especially crazy for their kiddy spaces which are oozing bohemian charm.  There’s nothing staged about these spaces; I can only really describe it as effortless style, the only kind of style to have.  There are many of their own products scattered around the home which only adds to the incredible charm of the place.  I love the colours chosen for each room, I love the ceiling lights and I love their almost random and ecclectic choice of wall hangings.  In fact, I love it all. 

"kids dinner plate set"

My little 3 year old is a hugely fussy eater so I’m always looking for ways to make food more fun and more appealing.  Short of standing on my head, I think I’ve tried everything to make her eat.  Not much has worked but I have found that making the food look good and giving it to her on a colourful, attractive plate helps a bit (that’s what I like to believe anyway!).  So I’m always on the lookout for cool plates in the hope that it’ll make her eat more and my latest find is this 3 piece dinner set by Darling Clementine.  I love the bold, bright orange complimented beautifully by aqua blue and pink.  The little mouse is such a cutie too.  If I was served dinner on this plate, I think I’d eat every last crumb.

"colourful placemats for kids'

Darling Clementine is a Norwegian design house that create the most wonderful stationery and goodies for the home.  They combine fun illustrations with lots of bold colour and their unique style to make stuff that appeals to both kids and adults.  This 3 piece kids dinner set is their latest creation called ‘Little wonders’ and it should be available to buy very soon.  Also coming soon are 2 wonderful placemats that are part of the same series.  If not for your own kids, this set would make a great gift.  I know I’m seriously tempted. 




"scandinavian kids clothes"

If you drop by often, you’ll know I have a huge amount of love in my heart for Scandinavian kids fashion.  Sometimes it’s understated,  sometimes a bit edgy or quirky but always seriously stylish.  My sponsor Scandinavian Minimall has the best of bunch at her online boutique where she brings us hugely covetable brands like Pale Cloud, Livly, Monamici, Norlie, Shirin Kids and so much more.  The thinking behind Scandinavian Minimall is to bring us the best of Scandinavian style but that doesn’t mean just Scandi brands… it’s any brand that represents the whole Scandi style ethos.

"scandinavian fashion for kids"

Gabrielle, the mama behind the boutique has recently introduced a small toys and decor collection which includes Lucky Boy Sunday and Blafre, two brands that I adore.  But this boutique is mostly about the delicious clothes it offers and their latest Spring Summer 2012 collection lives up to the high standards I’ve come to expect.  I’ve visited a pop-up sale that Scandinavian Minimall had in London and I felt like a kid in a candy store.  The clothes were just stunning and I couldn’t resist indulging!  To check out the entire collection visit Scandinavian Minimall.

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