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Paul & Paula private is the place where we share a little bit about our international life.

Four kids, many languages, regular moves and travels. A little peak behind the scenes…

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02.10.17

Leonor’s & Josephine’s birthdays

Leonor's & Josephine's birthdays

September is a very busy month in our house {not that the others are boring …ha…}.  Back to the routine after the summer break, the husband always very charged with work and two birthdays to celebrate.

Leonor and Joséphine are exactly one week apart with their special day. Leonor turned 5 this year which meant that she threw her very first party with friends. A small, cosy and very selected party because for a long time she was not sure if she actually wanted one. My girl gets easily overwhelmed with too many people around.

And the little munchkin turned 2. Unbelievable.

We celebrated. Baked lots of cakes. Sang birthday songs. Decorated the house and saw happy eyes and lots of laughter.

 

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Funny enough one brand – House of Jamie – that I got to know and followed since their first steps, celebrated a big anniversary two. They also turned 5 and launched a special Party Collection!

I still remember when I first met Barbara in Amsterdam and her then headquarter – her living room. With baby Leonor in tow. 5 years on, we celebrate and I can see my girls in these adorable tulle dresses and see why I love my job so much. Congratulations House of Jamie, it is so exciting seeing your journey.

 

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October started. Autumn is here and when we need a little mood lift we take those happy dresses out and dance! It helps, promise!

 

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11.08.17

Castellabate with kids

Castellabate with kids
Before we are boarding our plane tonight for our second trip of this summer, I really wanted to share some moments from our family vacation in Italy.

This time we went South. To Castellabate. Castellabate is a town in the province of Salerno in the Campania region of south-western Italy.

It was perfect even so {or maybe just because} we ended up here by accident. Our holiday plans were made really late this year and one day we were just sitting around the kitchen table and decided for Italy. And then I booked flights to Napoli. We did Tuscany a couple of times and wanted to discover the South.

It took us some more weeks to finally find time to book a place. And this is how we found Castellabate. Looking at the map and what was around Napoli and {very important} a spot we could do without a car. We just did not feel like driving around.

We found a cute little apartment in the village of Castellabate. Upon a mountain which means: amazing view! The town is all about alleys full of corners, arcades, labyrinth stairways that lead through the intact ancient town center. Castellabate was declared UNESCO world cultural heritage.

From here we could take a little bus to either:

Santa Maria di Castellabate – sandy beaches and a fun Italian pedestrian zone. A large park surrounds Villa Matarazzo, which is the venue for various kinds of cultural events and a big playground.

or

The fishing village of San Marco di Castellabate. San Marco still has an active fishing fleet and traditional wooden ships are built here.

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Castellabate with kids

Castellabate with kids

Castellabate with kids

Castellabate with kids

Castellabate with kids

Castellabate with kids
But the best thing – no mass tourism. No big hotels. No queues. Just Italy.
And we did really slow here.
Lots of beach time for the first days and then even the kids announced that they would like to do something different. So we discovered the cities, the castle, the playground, played lots of games and had long lazy lunches in one of the lovely restaurants. A few ice creams too.

And enjoyed the view. Again and again. The water and sky so blue!

Castellabate with kids

Castellabate with kids

Castellabate with kids

Castellabate with kids

Castellabate with kids

Castellabate with kids
The coast is lined up with sandy beaches and we tried a few over the two weeks.
The water temperature was perfect and the sun was shining every day.
BLISS!

Now we are off to Iceland and I will write about it here too. Stay tuned and follow us on Instagram until then.

BACI!

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17.05.17

Romy’s Room {update}

romys room

The last time I shared pictures from Romy’s room was in November 2013. 3 1/2 years ago. And just as my girl {who will turn 10 next month!} the room changed and grew. And I thought it is time to show you a little update!

What do you think?

I shared some peeks through Instagram like here or here  and when I finally found a little cupboard not so long ago the room got a real little {does that make sense – real & little together?} make over and this is how it looks today.

I love it. I like the little Vintage pieces we found here in Sweden over the last years.

It is the smallest room in the house and actually a bit tricky to photograph. You come in and have a big built in cupboard – very practical , just not for pictures.

Let’s see if you can spot the things that changed.

 

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This is the cupboard I talked about! There is a little shop called Glimma here in Malmö – run by a lovely lady and her son. Next to lots of gorgeous things from Maileg, Africa Safari and the likes they also sell little Vintage furniture that they give a fresh look. The beautiful wallpaper on the drawers was already done by them for example.

And the linen bedding from minimuhuu – isn’t the colour just gorgeous? It makes such a difference in a room I think. The pink colour really brightens the space and it is so soft!

The old drawer on the wall was another lucky find here in Malmö and something I was looking for for a long time. So practical to keep all the little nibs in one place.

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The tassel garland is from Josephine’s first birthday and found a pretty good spot here now.

There is always a pile of books next to her bed and of course some little friends here and there for the company. A little girly, not too much… just as Romy!

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romys room
romys room

You would like to know where things are from? Here is a list, if I missed something, just leave a comment:

Bed – Flexa

Bedding – minimuhuu

Cupboard, wall drawer & little chair – vintage

desk – hand made by papa

copper rabbit lamp – lapin&me via fourmonkeys.com

cloud pillow – kokoko

3 friends on the books – Rabbit from Maileg / Fawn / deer with baby

octopus – hand made by mama

white house shelf – Cyrillus

peacock wall sticker – Love Mae

pink chair – IKEA

bear with cupcake print – lecanotrouge

frame with pink lining – Ramn

lamp shades – Rie Elise Larssen
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23.02.17

lecanotrouge

lecanotrouge
I was so excited to share this post for you. Wanted to prepare it yesterday morning. Just that I spent all my yesterday with doctors.

I broke my ankle on Tuesday afternoon and got a cast yesterday. For the next six weeks.So instead of introducing you to the poetic universe of lecanotrouge, I was looking at neon lights.

But lets just talk about Laura and her friends. The moment I looked at lecanotrouge for the first time I thought: wow, such precious characters. So alive, full of stories and details.

And that’s what it is. Every character comes with a story. A beautiful story written by Laura herself. {you can read the stories in the shop with each product as well}

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On the pictures you can see how we incorporated some of the characters in our home. The kids could choose who they wanted in their rooms. One of my favourites is the Fancy Balloon. So simple yet so stunning. You have the feeling a real balloon is floating around. And who does not like a perfectly beautiful bright balloon?

 

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Romy absolutely wanted the “Cupcake Bear” – the giant polar bear with the sweet little cupcake. So adorable.

Getting a few cards is a good way for a quick change of decoration. Tape them to your wall, or even frame them – I love this for an easy and quick update.

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Lecanotrouge offers postcards, greeting cards, prints and dangler cards. All I can say is – everything looks even more adorable when you see it in front of you. The details, the colours, the high quality paper…

10% of gross sales are donated to animal welfare – you can see a few friends who benefited here.

lecanotrouge creates original hand-drawn images featuring charming creatures from around the world and from our imagination.And, while our products specifically focus on our hinterland friends, it is with a larger intention: we hope the lecanotrouge collection, in a quirky, disarming sort of way, encourages awareness; compassion; and action toward the care and protection of animals and their habitat. Our art. Your message. It’s that simple.

 

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30.12.16

The best of Paul & Paula 2016

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Two more days and 2016 is over. Already!

During our flight to Athens (where we arrived this Wednesday) I was thinking that it could be really fun to do a little round up here on the blog.

Feature the best/ most read posts for example. I mean, I was really curious to investigate as well. Which topics do you guys love? What are you interested in etc…

And it is a lovely way to finish the year and take a little break from the blog and social media. Refreshing actually.
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Let’s start:

 

The TOP FIVE posts on Paul & Paula in 2016, in order:

1. Willieandmillie. These fun kids room accessories from Sweden!

2. The Animals Observatory. In January I introduced you to this new brand and their very first collection.

Briar Handmade

3. Briar. The cutest baby&toddler bonnets around.

4. The 2016 round up of Advent Calendars. You probably do not need one right now, but maybe want to bookmark this post for future references.

5. Bloomingville Mini – the kids collection from one of our favourite interior brands.

 

The TOP FIVE Instagram pictures in 2016:

1. Camping! In our bedroom. I nearly did not post this. I nearly did not even take this picture. It was fun to see all the like and comments.

2. The world’s smallest restaurant.

3. Not the kids room. Not the playroom. But our kitchen received many likes.

4. Antoine portrayed by Romy.

5. Our Christmas tree on the way home.

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Our weekly series of family breakfasts is very popular as well. Every Saturday.

And we started something new. Every Monday I will take a picture of all four (YES a challenge) kids. For fun and to see them grow and change… I am sure it will be cool to compare the first picture with the last of the year 2017. Please join – they grow up so quickly!

 

EMP museum

And our road trip of course. Oh man… the best thing ever and we still feel the energy and sunshine!

 

And personal in 2016?

*I quit sugar! (big step and good step, Christmas time saw some exceptions… but good ones)

*I started to run! (still not the biggest fan buuuuuut I feel that I need it. This is good and does good.)

*Both things make me proud. Proud that I am able to stay strong. And I feel great. Best base for a mum and business owner.

*I decided to go for it. To grow Paul & Paula. Something I wanted to do for a long time and always hesitated. During our big trip I decided to just go for it. (you see what such a break can do to you)

 

And what is in it for 2017?

I will share a few little things that will make you want more:

*Our newsletter will get an exciting and exclusive feature. As of 2017 every newsletter will come with an inspiring interview. Small business owners will share their best tips, tricks and some -new – private stuff.

*Make sure you are on the list because you do not want to miss out!

*To celebrate the New Year we will host a fantastic give away in partnership with STOKKE! Oh yes… you must, again, make sure to follow us on this one.

*I also mentioned that Paul & Paula will see some changes. And that is still true. I am working on it. For some time and things take different directions sometimes. Need a little more time. But: The consulting part that I already offer will grow. Will be more professional and will take more of my time. I love it. I love to work with brands, shops and other people from the kids industry and help them grow.

 

What was your most memorable moment in 2016?

 

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