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28.09.15

COOLEST SHELVES FOR KIDS SPACES

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Today it is my friend Nomita from ebabee sharing a cool guest post with us so I can sit back and cuddle my baby:

Can you ever have enough shelves in a kids room? They’re great for easily getting to all those little toys and books that kids collect and shelves also make tidying up so easy. With so many cool shelves out there, there’s no need to stick to boring white shelves when you can go for fun shapes, colours and designs. I’ve picked out 6 of the coolest kids shelves for you:

Rafa-kids-shelf

Above: Brand new, this shelf not only looks cool and contemporary but it allows you to store tall and short things. It comes in four sizes so you can go as large or small as you need. Shelf by Rafa Kids.

 

Chiaozza shelves
For a playful and personal look, I love these alphabet shelves.  They’re small enough to have several so you can even spell out your kid’s name.  They’re perfect for storing all those little toys that you always end up stepping on. Shelves by Chiaozza.

 

bloomingville-house-shelves
House shelves are really popular for a kids room because they look so charming.  I’ve picked this one because besides being a handy shelf, I love the imaginative play opportunities they offer – fire station, dolls house, farm house?  House shelves by bloomingville.

Bride and Wolf
These circular shelves are possibly one of my absolute favourites for a kids room and also for a nursery.  There are always so many little things to store so how sweet would they look on this natural wood circle?  These shelves are by Bride and Wolfe.

 

tresxics shelves
Aren’t these the cutest shelves?  I love both the mountain and the cloud one and think they would look great together in a nursery or a kids room.  They come in a range of colours and they come with the matching wall stickers too. These shelves are by tresxics.

muuto shelves
How gorgeous are these coloured shelves?  They’re not just for kids but I love them for a child’s room.  You can create a fun cluster of shelves in different colours or for a more toned down look just use one or two colours. I love the idea of hanging several of these together at a low height to store books for easy access.  These shelves are by muuto.

 

Thank you Nomita, very inspiring!

 

 

 

21.09.15

Raising bilingual kids

Raising bilingual kids
Raising bilingual kids

As I am busy having a baby I asked a few dear blog friends to help me out with some interesting posts for you… today Sophie will share her experience and wisdom about – Raising bilingual kids:

I’ve never imagined marrying a foreigner, especially not an Anglo-saxon man. My English wasn’t very good 12 years ago. My accent was quite bad and I was just very uncomfortable speaking English. Despite all of that, I married an British guy exactly 10 years ago this year and with him we have 3 kids. At home, we mainly speak English, even if we live in France. Television is English, stories are read in both languages, we swapped between the two languages. We also have au pairs coming for few months each to help out and they all speak 2 or 3 languages. Our house, even the cooking part, is rather international without having to travel the world.

We do visit my husband’s family in England very often. In fact, we go there for each school holiday. This way, the kids can spend some time with their grand-parents and their cousins but also learn about their second country and their second culture. Different food, different games, different habits, different shops or clothes. Everything is quite different there and makes them see how life is not just about their home country. Most of the time, I go there on my own with the kids, my husband can’t take that many holidays so I end up spending quite some time in a country that is not my own, driving on the left and eating jam on toast. I learned to like the UK and enjoy going there with the kids.

People here and there find the all bilingual thing absolutely great : “what a great luck for your kids to be able to speak two languages so young !”. I don’t think I’ve actually heard someone telling me how bad it could be for them. And of course, it can’t be bad. They can speak 2 languages fluently before even learning it at school. They get to travel. They discover games and songs we don’t have here. They actually learn that there is not only one way to do something but there are alternative ways to live. They are basically becoming open minded and curious about life. Well it might be a bit early to say for my boys (6 and 3) but I can definitely see this happening for my daughter (8).

But, and there is a but, growing up with 2 languages seems to come with a price. Despite what you can read or hear everywhere such as kids being able to learn everything naturally but it is not always that simple and that easy. There are confusion in vocabulary, in pronunciation, in building sentences… nothing major in our case, but it does demand some time, patience and efforts to make it work. My kids do need the help of a speech therapist. They get a bit lost sometimes when we go to England, understanding what is told but not being able yet to answer the way they want. I actually don’t know what they going through as I didn’t experience it myself, neither their dad. I got the chance to exchange on the subject with one of our au pair who was raised by her Serbian parents living in Canada and could explain to me how she felt. The subject is quite fascinating for those, who like us, live it on a daily basis. A good thing is that more and more researches are done and papers written on the subject. One of the latest interesting articles could interest you :

Bilingual children ‘show advantage’ in noisy classrooms.
Bilingual children ‘lag behind in English‘, research shows.

 

Of course, I am a very proud mummy and I just can’t wait to see how all those efforts they are making to fit in both countries will benefit them in 10, 20, 30 years time. I would love to hear your story, if you are also raising kids in 2 (or more !) languages !

Thank you Sophie! Always a super interesting topic… curious to see and hear your comments.

 

Please visit Sophie’s blog & shop.

 

 

14.04.15

Playtime Tokyo

Playtime Tokyo February 201
A cardboard dinosaur by Flatout Frankie – via CAST Japan

I absolutely love attending Playtime, an international children and maternity show that takes place twice a year in Paris, Tokyo and NYC. I am happy to report once more about the last Tokyo edition which happened last February at Belle Salle Garden Shibuya. No matter how much time I spend at the show, I always miss out on so many things, and I always wish I could talk to each exhibitor and listen to what they have to share. I wonder if I will ever be able to make this happen!

I have made friends over the years, and of course I will always visit them in priority on the first day. Last week I discovered new labels with fresh collections and exciting concepts. I also managed to attend the cocktail party (with my kids!) and listened to the “Kodomo Jazz” singer Roco who was animating the evening.

Let’s find out in pictures what Playtime Tokyo had to unveil!

*Illustration: Ever since its creation in 2007, each year Playtime selects a new artist to illustrate its fairs – from the trade show invitation, to the booklet, website, murals etc… This year it was Italian illustrator Philip Giordano who shared his vision of the three capitals in his signature animals, geometric shapes with quirky details. His work for Playtime won silver medal in the advertising category at the Society of Illustrators NY.

‘Le Club Lounge’ by Abi Loves with Mika Posa: a space where small visitors can play, create and relax. The wall paper  seemed to be an awesome outlet for the little ones to express their creativity. My children surely enjoyed the space while I was happily catching up with friends!

Playtime Tokyo February 201

  • Trend space 1 // ‘Welcome to the Club‘ by Kim Songhe

Kim Songhe was born in Tokyo in 1982 and graduated from Oda Design College, after which she started her design activity. In 2005, she got noticed with her chandeliers displayed at the Loveless store in Aoyama (Tokyo). She has then produced many shop displays in Japan and showcased her work at museums in San Francisco and Seoul (2009). The chandeliers are made of products pasted to each other and can be described as “junk collage”. Kim Songhe created a disco/pop chandelier for the trend Space of Playtime Tokyo.

Playtime Tokyo February 201

To celebrate the opening of the 12th edition of Playtime Tokyo, Japanese singer Roco and her musicians animated the cocktail party on the 24th of February. Her playful music entertained visitors and exhibitors as well as the children who attended.

Playtime Tokyo February 201

Let’s start with a short introduction to the brands I was able to visit and what I liked:

Toi-Même: cute, classy designs in pastel colours. Made in France. I ♥︎ the musical stars and their bright lights.

  • Que Sera Sera: an Osaka-based shop presenting labels such as The Great Lakes Goods, SugarBoo designs, Hartland Brooklyn, Gold Teeth Brooklyn etc… I ♥︎ the laser-cut wooden decoration items by The Great Lakes Goods.
  • La Lovie: eco-friendly accessories and dolls in cashmere and organic cotton for environmentally conscious parents. I ♥︎ the cashmere plaids and their original designs!

Playtime Tokyo February 201

Toi Même (top & left) // The Great Lakes Goods via Que Sera Sera SEED
Playtime Tokyo February 201
Playtime Tokyo February 201
Cashmere and cuties by La Lovie

 

I have been a fan of these brands for a while now:

  • Sophia 203: the most delightful embroidered accessories. Every season a new enchanted theme, for the little and not so little ones.
  • Les Enfantines: chic and timeless clothes for children – I ♥︎ the peacock liberty print collar for baby.
  • Bonheur du Jour: poetic, sweet and girly, the collection was stunning – I ♥︎ everything!

Camphor: superb knitwear and a minimalistic/ eco-friendly feel. I ♥︎ the sweaters which are also water-repellent (!).

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Playtime Tokyo February 201
A Curious Circus by Sophia 203

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Les Enfantines

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Playtime Tokyo February 201
Playtime Tokyo February 201
Bonheur du Jour Paris (all of the above)

 

  • Trend space 2 // ‘Cultivating a Team Spirit‘ by Masayuqi Yoshida

The artist is using the technique of knitting with different materials to create infinite shapes such as feathers, wings or elytrons (a harden forewing of some insects such as beetles). He has participated in collective and individual exhibits in museums and galleries across Japan since 1991. For Playtime Tokyo he created a giant knitted tree, a unique symbol and a space where people would gather, communicate and exchange.

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Playtime Tokyo February 201
Trend space by Masayuqi Yoshida // knitwear by Camphor

 

Born in 1977 in Tokyo, Daisuke Takahashi launched his first ready-to-wear collection for women (Disk1) in 2005 in Paris. He moved back to Tokyo in 2006 and has expanded his work to men and kids collection as well as art installation made of fabrics or cardboard that are presented in cafés and shops. For Playtime Tokyo he created cardboard-framed objects to illustrate the happy mix between handmade and digital.
Playtime Tokyo February 201
Trend space by Daisuke Takahashi // Embroidery by Holmgren

 

  • Folk Made: a beautiful winter collection, made complete with the gorgeous knitted stools. The wooden furnitures were also handmade – by Mr. Folk Made. Pretty awesome!
  • Pilkku: the concept -> comfortable, simple pieces that can be worn by girls and boys ♥︎
  • Holmgren: the last booth I visited, and one of my favorite. A collection of hooded sweatshirts resulting from a collaboration between Camilla Holmgren, a photographer, and her son Emile. The embroidery designs were taken straight from Emile’s sketchbook and are poetic, full of imaginative creatures and stories. The booth concept was a street in Hong Kong were the look book photos were taken.  ♥︎♥︎♥︎
  • Tiny Bitz: a boutique baby gifting brand with the focus on bringing thoughtful gifts for growing kids. I ♥︎ the beautiful quality and super soft cotton of their onesies.

CAST Japan: a distributor of some of my favorite products, such as Stocs, the Time Capsules by Make History, the Loog guitar etc… They recently added a new label to

  • their line of products, the Flatout Frankie cardboard toys (from New Zealand). I ♥︎ the alphabet!

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Holmgren

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Pilkku

Playtime Tokyo February 201
Folk Made

Playtime Tokyo February 201

Playtime Tokyo February 201

Stocs and Flatout Frankie by CAST Japan (above and left) // Tiny Bitz (right)

Playtime Tokyo February 201

2015 ©All photographs by Marie Maglaque

 

Thank you Marie for this first awesome guest post!

I so want to go and see this fair one day. Seeing Japan & Tokyo in general…. dreams!!!

 

24.07.14

Hsiao Ron on the Moon

Paul&Paula blog: Hsiao Ron on the Moon
Paul&Paula blog: Hsiao Ron on the Moon
Paul&Paula blog: Hsiao Ron on the Moon
Paul&Paula blog: Hsiao Ron on the Moon
Paul&Paula blog: Hsiao Ron on the Moon
Hsiao Ron Cheng is a Taiwanese graphic designer. She is 27 years old and her adventure with illustration started only two years ago though, of course, she has drawn forever. Success came very quickly. Her works combine delicacy and pastel colours with oneiric and disturbing atmosphere. They talk lyrically about fears or a felling of being a misfit.

It amazed people around the world. Today, Ron creates illustrations for articles, designs covers and murals on the walls of cafes. Among the fans of her work there was also polish fashion brand Kids On The Moon. And because girls from the Moon do not know the strength of limitations and gravity, they immediately suggested Ron a cooperation. And the results are here: limited minicolletion, which was created as part of the Moonsafari collection.

It is all about feathers, feathers and feathers… because they are beautiful.

To Ron, feathers represent the wildness but also gentleness because their function is to protect the body from severe weather, which is a beautiful combination.

Photos credits: kaszkazmlekiem.com

Gosia

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19.09.13

Playtime Tokyo {part two}

1 Arch&Line 2_Playtime Tokyo
Here is Marie from Etincelle Creative STUDIO again with the 2nd report from Playtime Tokyo.

So what did I discover at Playtime Tokyo? I got very enthusiastic talking with designers and people representing the brands. They were willing to share the stories and concept or how they came up with a new print or a color palette. Here below are my top finds, I guess some if not many of them will be new to you…

1. {photo above} – Arch & Line – initially a menswear label. You can tell from the great designs of each and every piece of their kids collection. From the quality of the fabrics to the finishing details (think of buttons, pockets, collars…), everything was PERFECT. Loved it!

2 Les Enfantines_Safari 3
2. Les Enfantines – a delicate and fresh collection with a distinctive French flair and gorgeous materials such as cashmere for the knitwear (cotton is also available) and a different Liberty print emblematic for each line. I particularly loved the wild Safari line pictured above.

3 Petit Lucas du Tertre_Playtime Tokyo
3. Le Petit Lucas du Tertre – A French label with playful prints in a lovely color palette. Their 2014 summer collection included a fun giraffe print (pictured above) and really cute embroidery details – mainly printed on light cotton voile. Parfait!

4 Enn Hut 1_Playtime Tokyo
4. Enn Hüt – Very interesting and graphic collection by Japanese designer Etsuko Tahara. The patterns are her own original designs and the whole collection is handmade by herself in her studio in Osaka. Bold color palette + innovative designs/ shapes representative of what kids would wear here in Japan.

5 Cotona_Playtime Tokyo
5. Cotona Mama & Me – A Japanese label mainly creating handmade leather goods. They started a kids line and propose accessories that both Mama and kids can use. Beautiful details and in a soft color palette of navy blue, gold, cream and powder pink.

6 Cochae_Playtime Tokyo
6. Cochae – Behind the conception& realization of the trend space Supergraphic at Playtime Tokyo, Cochae develop toys, workshops and exhibitions and aim at making origami more pop. They came up with an origami ring (ORING) that would make a lovely party favor…

7 Little Goodall_Playtime Tokyo
7. little goodall – you may have heard of this American label before. It was the first time for me to check out the collection, very cute indeed. Designed by Molly Goodall and produced in Texas, it brings a playful touch to any kids wardrobe.

Ready to dig further into Japanese fashion? Check out the knitwear collection of Ami Amie, new label nunu and last fafa, which is currently presenting its collection at Maison & Objet in Paris.

{Thank you so much Marie!} 

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