17.09.19

The kids brands collabs of the moment!

rylee cru and mon petit shoes

When two cool kids brands collaborate it usually results into something fabulous. Putting creative minds together can make for a powerful product.

Some will sound like a match made in heaven, other might take you by surprise. Similar styles evolve into something wonderful, and very opposite brand identities are innovative and surprising.

Whatever it is, these matches are more and more important in the fashion world. Reach new customers, staying relevant, and especially being able to offer products out of your ‘normal collections’ in a fast paced world.

Personally, I love them too. Because they often bring some fresh air, a new point of view and something fun!

Therefore, I am sharing the coolest kids brands collaborations in the shops right now:

AIGLE x MATHILDE CABANAS

AIGLE x MATHILDE CABANAS

This collab makes happy, even in the rain! The comfortable rain boots from Aigle with a little sweetness of everyday life. Mathilde Cabanas revisited the famous Lolly Pop Boot* for the pleasure of the little ones. (and of course their mums too!)

 

Harry Potter x Boden

HARRY POTTER X BODEN

My children are obsessed with Harry Potter and this collab definitely did not go unnoticed. The collection* puts Mini Boden’s playful, heritage spin on Harry Potter’s characters and locations. You will find 3D embroidery, colour-change sequins, fluffy owl romper, an embellished bomber jacket, and much more.

 

reebok-tao

REEBOK X THE ANIMALS OBSERVATORY

The Animals Observatory have collaborated* with global sportswear brand Reebok in order to bring their most iconic shapes to life. A unique and fashionable approach to children’s sneakers. These iconic Reebok styles pay homage to the vintage look and bold designs that both brands are known for.

 

POUDRE ORGANIC x CHARLOTTE PRIOU

POUDRE ORGANIC x CHARLOTTE PRIOU

The softest pieces, as we know them, in subtle colours from Poudre Organic. And this season with a sweet peacock print designed by Charlotte Priou.

 

veja x bonton

VEJA X BONTON

Two hot French brands joined forces. The collaboration* mixes the minimalist aesthetics of Veja and Bonton’s timeless touch. Together they designed a line of 4 sneakers in a retro colour scheme. Available in two designs, two exclusive colours, and with laces in organic cotton or velcro.

 

Bonjour George x Jojo Factory

BONJOUR GEORGE x JOJO FACTORY

Backpacks, lunch bags and other important accessories for school and/or nursery just got a cool look. The collab* between bag designer Jojo and pattern master George is divine.

 

rylee cru and mon petit shoes

RYLEE AND CRU X MON PETIT SHOES

A lovely collection of hard and soft-soled shoes to complement your child’s autumn wardrobe! With 2 prints designed by the incredible rylee + cru for mon petit shoes. All shoes in the collection are handmade in the USA!

 

organic-zoo james wilson

ORGANIC ZOO X JAMES WILSON

Organic Zoo has just announced a collaboration with local Brighton artist, James Wilson. This is an exciting and exclusive collection of limited edition art inspired sweaters, comprising of 4 unique, abstract designs. The concept behind the collection plays on the desire to be in harmony with the universe and to live a natural, simple life.

 

Looking for more Autumn styles – how about lovely knitwear for kids or rainbow styles!
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13.09.19

Are those the cutest kids room lamps ever?

luna lana kids room lamps
Before I start today’s post I want to apologise. Because I promised you another Genuine Friday story and I failed. I was sitting behind my desk yesterday trying to write something but I just could not find the words. The irony is that I wanted to write about ‘working from home’. And clearly there is much to write about because as much as it fits with our big family life perfectly it can be really hard too. And days like yesterday just happen. I get distracted all the time, cannot really motivate myself and everything but my writing looks at me…

So, there you go. And instead of reading about the good and bad of working from home, I am showing you the cutest kids room lamps ever. I hope they make up for it a little bit…

Because seriously – how adorable are these handcrafted pendant lights?

 

luna lana kids room lamps
Luna Lana is based in the colourful and vibrant city of Melbourne, Australia and the brainchild of Stephanie Ng. And every lamp is handcrafted and made with 100% natural Merino Wool.  A sustainable design concept that is such a sweet addition to any room.

The kids room lamp collection is called fairy tales. But fear not, there are some really cool designs for the grown up rooms your house as well. we set out to create for this product. How about the winter collection to help the atmosphere once the cold season starts?

 

luna lana kids room lamps
I think that these kids room lamps make perfect gifts  – for small and big – and definitely put a smile on everyone’s face.

L o v e!

More children’s room accessories? How about these beautifully embroidered hoops or these colourful bedding sets?

Have a lovely Friday everyone!

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10.09.19

Stylish and cosy nursery in subtle shades of grey

grey nursery

Hello! Bonjour! Ciao! I think this week has me back in my routine and back with an Interior Tuesday and I am planning very much to do another article for the Genuine Friday series.

And for today’s pretty apartment we are traveling to Gothenburg in Sweden and have a peek in the area of Linnéstaden. The neighbourhood is very central and yet known for its small shops, galleries, cafes, and restaurants.

So, in the middle of Linnéstaden you can find this beautiful, completely renovated apartment that is definitely not just an ordinary place. All details from the past were preserved in the form of stucco, wooden floors, cast iron elements, and stunning doors for example.

And it includes a lovely grey nursery that makes you swoon as well!

Therefore, we will have a look around, especially at the nursery, and you will understand what I am talking about:

 

grey nursery
This is a very bright room with lovely high ceilings and the clean Scandinavian look we love so much.

Get the look: The grey canopy* matches perfectly with the walls. And the crib bumper* enhances the whole look too.  A cool ride-on car* to race around the house, a stylish rug * (this one is washable!).

 

grey nursery

grey nursery
Sofa in the kids room? Perfect for feeding, story time and for the child to relax. And what those snuggly blankets and cushions, it looks all very cosy to me!

Get the look: Dusty pink muslin blanket* (various sizes available), white cotton ball lights*, and of course a natural storage basket* for all the tiny bits.

 

grey nursery
Get the look: Red play kitchen* and black pushcart*.

 

scandinavian bedroom

scandinavian interior

string shelves ideas
A few images from the rest of this stunning family space and I am sure you agree. The colour in the bedroom is a stunner. And of course, no Swedish home without a String shelf system.

If you would like to see more interior inspiration, how about these kids room ideas and these 5 magical rooms.

Happy Tuesday!

Via Alvhem
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09.09.19

Magical wooden toys that combine science and art

wooden rainbow - sorting tray 2

Hello Monday! A new week and the first day after many weeks where I am sitting behind my desk again. Not in the kitchen and not trying to find a toy, giving out food, and answering 10 questions from little people at the same time.

Love it. The back to school craziness is a challenge itself with the over-excitement (and I do not only mean the kids, grown-ups on the school playground count in here too!) and information flood. But I do love to have a good amount of time where I can actually focus 100%.

Therefore I have a goodie for you today. To share my joy so to speak. You know that I love wooden toys. However, very often wooden toy brands cater for babies and very small children. But I found a very great lovely shop* on Etsy that makes beautiful and educational wooden toys that incorporate the Montessori method, art, and science. Some toys are very useful for older children and so inspiring too!

Suba from Mirus Toys creates toys that combine science and art, toys that are inspired by nature and nurture the natural curiosity of a child. Wonderful wooden toys that grow with them, are educational but are beautiful, beautifully designed and crafted with attention to detail. And that can be passed on to generations.

‘My daughter is my inspiration, and when I design toys I consider her curiosity and enjoyment. I want all children to laugh and play the way my daughter does when she discovers a new set of toys. As she grows and discovers the wonder that is our world, my line of toys keeps expanding too.’

Before I am showing some of my favourites, here is some more info about these marvelous educational wooden toys:

Everything is tested and CPSC approved and compliant. Made from the highest quality maple wood and coloured with non-toxic paints and food safe-sealants. And even more important, you will fall in love with them instantly. Just as I did…

 

cursive writing wooden board

The ABC board

Practice handwriting and perfect it with the help of this all-natural wooden teaching board*. This beautiful alphabet board in cursive writing is made from maple, and the grooved contrasting letters provide the perfect tactile input for the child.

And did you notice that the vowels and consonants are coloured differently? This will help your child to understand that they are, indeed, different. So when they are ready to learn about vowels, the blue letters will be fresh in their memories.

 

wooden educational toys

The number counting board

This counting board* teaches the value of numbers intuitively and lets your little one learn how to write the numbers too. The beautiful board comes with a wooden “pencil” to trace and practice writing the numbers.

The math wheel

Choose a number with one of the bigger coins and keep that in the middle. Now you can either practice addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. Choose your method and find the correspondent wooden coin and place it next to your big number. Now you cans tart your math fun with this great math wheel*! (for some extra help you can use the 100 board*) The wooden coins come in a little cloth bag to keep them together.

The periodic table

I love this one so much. It is perfect to get your children interested in chemistry, especially when they start learning about it in school and might have a teacher that is, unfortunately, not very engaging. This wooden periodic table* depicts where each element is found/used in our everyday life! (It comes with a pdf download of cards giving more details about each element.)

The leaf puzzle

The leaves are made of their respective woods (oak leaf in oak, Ash made of ash…)! Therefore you can see how the wood looks like – for example, the grain, the colour, the hardness…
On top, the front of each leaf is its natural wood color. And the back of the leaves is coloured in their beautiful autumn colours. Altogether, this leaf puzzle* is such a beautiful, clever and educational wooden toy. (Suba is open to personalise the board with trees of your region if you like!)

 

wooden educational toys

Perpetual calendar

With this calendar, your child can visually describe how the day will unfold every morning. Making for a fun start and simultaneously learning why the day is the way it is!  You will find a temperature, date, weather, days of the week, moon phase, seasons, and months section. Altogether, this perpetual calendar* would be such a great and special gift as well! Probably as good as educational wooden toys can get.

Moon Phases

This is such a creative, beautiful way to keep track of the moon. The top section has the phases of the moon, replicated from a beautifully illustrated watercolor painting. And the bottom section has the full moons as described in the Farmer’s Almanac. Moreover, the moon is a fascinating ‘thing’ and often generates a lot of questions. This toy* is perfect for curious children.

 

Personalized wooden name tracing board with photo

Personalised name tracing board

The picture encourages them to trace and practice their own name over and over. And after they know how to write their name, this will become a name sign for their room. Such a great heirloom gift*!

 

wooden rainbow - sorting tray

Colour sorting rainbow

This big wooden rainbow* helps with fine motor skills, colour matching and sequencing, colour identification, counting, and of course, learning the colours of the rainbow. And it is big, made of buttery white maple hardwood with bright colors and the balls are made of 100% wool felt.

What do you say? Are you in love yet? I am so happy I found this shop* and I am sure you will find the perfect present for your little ones here as well…

By the way, these educational wooden toys are made to order in the city of Vancouver, Washington. And every delivery is packed using recyclable materials.

More wooden toys? How about these or those?

 

PS: Mirus means marvel in Latin. Toys for a world full of marvels.

PPS: Christmas is not that far away…

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Educational Wooden Toys

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06.09.19

Heart to Wear

Heart Wear

One of the things that I keep remembering from my trade show visits this summer is listening to a shop owner saying: ‘I will get heart prints in the shop, because all we need is love at the moment’.

Her shop is based in the US and she was mostly referring to the political situation.
Well, here in the UK we can report the same political mess right now and when we look around. Things are not that easy when it comes to the economy, environment, and, yes, politics.

Wearing hearts may not resolve much (but please do keep on with the little things we can all do to help!) but they surely lift our mood. And they show love.

So, love it is, lots of love:

 

1. Walking on love should be a good way to start your first steps

2. A heart here, and a heart there. Or just all of them on one wall. Your decision with these cute wall decals*.

3. Adorable linen dress* with a heart shaped back.

4. Quilted heart pillow and blanket. Love the simplicity.

5. That is a lot of love on one jumper.

6. One you grew out of your baby moccs, you can exchange them for these cool sneakers*.

7. An icon for a t-shirt. Minimalist share of love with the play shirt*. (various colours available)

8. For mums – this handy and cute pochette.

9. Happy hearts grey sweater*.

10. Forever love in your countertop with this tray*. A classic.

11. Perfect pair of pyjamas*. Dream in love…

12. Absolute darling mobile.

13. Loving hearts brooch* to jazz up any outfit.

14. Building set of ten heart shaped blocks.

15. Beautiful t-shirt* with a heart going around.

 

Heart to wear!

Happy weekend…. and take a look at our rainbow round up before you leave!

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