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Paul & Paula shares their favourite books for kids. We cover books for all ages – from baby till teenager!

We love books and enjoy sharing what we read at home. With so many languages around us our personal library is big. The kids love to read and we all love to spend time in book stores. Enjoy our selection and have a look at our book store.

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31.10.18

14 joyful things for your November!

14 joyful things for your November!

Sending you into the new months with some really cool stuff. Reads, finds and interiors. November is (nearly) here and I know… it is not everyone’s favourite month of the year.

So let’s just believe that the golden autumn weather will stay and in case of grey skies and rainy days… you can just enjoy this list.
By the way – are you all set for Halloween today?

I am so curious on what will happen here in London. Because in Sweden Halloween was not (yet) a big deal. Some parties, mostly at school, and maybe a bit of decoration at home. But not much trick or treating…
The kids are super excited, of course!
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wooden-toy-cooker flexa
Beautiful wooden toy kitchen from Flexa.

What does life look like for girls turning 18 in 2018? NY Times.

 

paperless card
We used these pretty e-cards from Paperless to share our new address with friends and family. Everyone loved them and lots followed our invitation to send a little card for our arrival at the new house. The children were so happy to find some snail mail when we arrived.
And the designs are so cute, that we will use them for holiday cards again! You can find designs from Rifle Paper, Marimekko, Kate Spade and many more…

Home inspiration!

 

WeeHeeHee book
Wee Hee Hee! So funny! My kids love it…

Not even two months left until Christmas! Time to check the decoration boxes…

 

scandinavian home amazing inspiring boho
If this house does not inspire you… well, then I do not know!

What do you know about breast health?

 

muima pom pom blanket
Loving the pom pom blankets from Muima.

Boho wall decorations!

 

meme kidswear
Meme – winning the black & white game every season!

Shower mat – the pretty version.

 

romey loves lulu
Hugo loves Tiki got a sister. Romey loves lulu!

As a big Studio Ghibli fan, I am especially excited to see their latest collaboration with Petit Bateau!

 

Enjoy your November!

 

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18.01.18

ZebraBook – personalised books

ZebraBook - personalised books
Now this was and is quite a funny thing. Antoine in a book! How did that happen? And why? And who?
So many questions arose when Antoine discovered how very own book during the Winter break that it was truly to cute to watch.

And the mystery behind this really great surprise is called ZebraBook publications.
They create personalised books for each of their little customers, containing their name and surname.

‘All of our beautiful books are hand finished, educational, solid, attractive and ethical but most importantly they are lots of fun! Each book is lovingly made and hand finished at our workshop in Belgium, where we offset the CO2 emissions of our activity and transport. Our stories are written to help children to grow up, to teach them the alphabet and help them to discover our incredible world without any stereotypes.’

And we love books in our house and this is really such a great idea. I especially love that these are ‘real’ books. Not just a little hardcover with lots of images and a name on the cover. These are super stories, beautiful illustrations and the child will find himself in the text on various occasions.

 

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ZebraBook - personalised books

ZebraBook - personalised books

ZebraBook - personalised books
Antoine has ‘The European Tour‘, perfect fit for us because you discover and explore Europe throughout the book. And he could find a lot of places that he already visited.

It was especially fun to read about The Netherlands – the country where he was born!

‘YOUR child will be the heroine or hero of a great search across our continent for the 26 letters of the alphabet. During their quest they have to pick tulips in the Netherlands, put Swiss cuckoo clocks back together, save a young stork in Poland, learn the art of drinking tea properly with the Queen of England, console a little Romanian vampire and so on.This unique, enthralling tale will help them discover more about Europe as they complete this journey full of fun tasks and challenges.’

You can see the other books here.

And the best: The books are available in English, French, Dutch, Spanish & German.

 

All images: Paul & Paula

 
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30.11.17

Konfetti Kids – new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona
Barcelona is THE city at the moment and if you happen to live there {lucky you!} or planning a trip, then take note now: there is a new kids shop called KONFETTI KIDS that opened just recently in the Barrio Gotico disctrict. And it looks really super inviting and fun.

And so does the online shop by the way, I love the illustrations.

Claudia is originally from Bergamo, Italy.
After her studies she collected some professional experiences in women’s wear, where she had the chance to travel and fall in love with Berlin.
Five years ago Claudia decided to move to Berlin, met her husband Michael and in March 2015  their daughter Lilien was born.

Since Lilien Claudia’s interest in the world of kids wear started to grow. Thinking about quality and good design and how to combine both. The starting point for her ‘project’.

In 2016, the family decided to move to Barcelona and in May this year Claudia found the perfect location for KONFETTI KIDS in a beautiful street of the Barrio Gotico and her project became finally real!

So, yes, the concept was conceived in Berlin and is now based in Barcelona. A concept store for the whole family with a hand-picked selection of international brands for children that reflects her passion for good quality and design.
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Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona
And doesn’t look fun?! I love how sweet everything is.

 

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Konfetti Kids - new kids store in Barcelona

Besides kids wear, you can find original accessories, toys, books and some traditional Italian candies. YUM!
Find Noe & Zoe, Wolf & Rita for example and lots of cute little gifts and toys.

 

Practical Info:

Find KONFETTI kids in a charming street of the Gothic area, right behind the post office of Via Laietana.
The closest metro stations are Jaume I or Liceu.

KONFETTI kids
Baixada de Viladecols 2
08002
Barcelona

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday 11:00-14:00 / 15:00-19:00
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29.11.17

Gift Guides 2017 – grand parents

Gift Guides 2017 - grand parents

 

 

Another request and researched with lots of pleasure!
Grand parents!

What to gift your parents aka grand parents.

They have everything, usually do not want anything and you wonder what is a good and lovely gift. One that is will be used and cherished too.

Here are some ideas:
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1. Design classic – the Stelton vacuum jug, designed in 1977. Functional and a minimalism beauty. The tilting top lets you serve with just one hand and it also has a handy screw cap, making it ideal for use on the move.

2. Grandpa mug.

3. The Porthole is a simple and beautiful infuser that can be used to create cocktails, infused oils, dressings, lemonade and more. Stylish look, easy to use and it includes four delicious recipes.

4. Gloria candlestick. Creating a nice gentle luster with its beautiful halo. The candlestick is made of brass and is available in two sizes.

5. Garden Kit – great kit in a handmade pinewood crate that is perfect for transporting the tools out to the garden or that can be reused as a planter.

6. During the dark season more people than you think suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Struggling to get going in the mornings, difficulties to concentrate, as well as suffering from lower energy, self-esteem and confidence. Light therapy can help. This one is medically certified to treat SAD. {and it feels good even when not affected by SAD and helps to get over the short days quicker}

7. New baking and desserts cookbook SWEET by Yotam Ottolenghi with over 110 innovative recipes. From Persian Love Cakes, Middle Eastern Millionaire’s Shortbread to Flour-less Chocolate Layer Cake with Coffee, Walnut and Rosewater. Yum!

8. Exclusive backgammon set – classic wood or cork, luxury or leather. Endless combination of colors, materials, and styles to choose from and perfect to start playing right under the tree.

9. One-of-a-kind custom heirloom wooden Victorian jigsaw puzzle. The centerpiece is centered on your chosen address and is shaped like a house. The map slowly reveals itself piece by piece as you assemble your neighborhood, starting with familiar areas and discovering new ones along the way.
More jigsaw options here.

10. Fine porcelain plates.

 

 

Gift Guides 2017 overview:

* Stocking Fillers

* Small Children

* Children

* Teens

* Adults

* Teachers

* Grand Parents

* Best Friend

 

 

 

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24.11.17

Gift Guides 2017 – teens

Gift Guides 2017 – teens

I guess when thinking about a good gift for teens it has to tick quite a few boxes. Trendy, personal, useful for their daily life, stylish and, of course, something they really want.

Here are some really cool ideas that I think a teen would love to find under the tree:

 

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1. Lomo’Instant Camera in White.

2. 26 inch Dutch bike.

3. A comic subscription.

4. Long bean bag in various colors. The cover can be removed and makes a great comfy spot in any room.

5. Some cool sneakers.

6. DIY Knitting Kit for a white beanie.

7. LAMZAC – you just swing the lightweight bag to fill it with air and create a life size lounge seat. Fun! And you can take it everywhere.

8. DREAM BIG – wall hanging with Led lights.

9. Watermelon Tape Dispenser.

10. Kanken – the must-have backpack that comes in more or less any color you could ask for.

 

 

Gift Guides 2017 overview:

* Stocking Fillers

* Small Children

* Children

* Teens

* Adults

* Teachers

* Grand Parents

* Best Friend

 

 

 

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