04.12.18

Cute ideas for a kids room under the roof

attic room for kids

Ola! Wow. I know… I am not very good with updating this blog super regularly at the moment. Sorry. I would love to, but life tells me different…

I also want to update you really urgently about the whole move and how things are going (not that great) but I just cannot really find a good moment to sit down and write. We are moving forwards but also backwards so it is hard to keep up. And to stay ‘cool’ to be honest… but really, more on that soon.

Right now we are talking attics, because I felt an interior post is a great thing to come back here and also because I am all attic at the moment.

Why you wonder?

The house we rent at the moment, here in London, has an attic that is basically our life saver. It is a huge storage area and makes it possible for us to live in a smaller space without feeling ‘stuffed’. And since the moment I put my feet in there I am making imaginative plans (when I am bored which I am not so basically it is when I try to feel asleep at night) on how to turn that storage into another living area.

And isn’t an attic a really cool place for a kids room? Maybe not a nursery, unless you have more rooms under that roof but I am more thinking about tweens and teens. It has a super cosy feel and also makes it a bit like a universe just for yourself?!
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romantic attic room kids
Romantic vibes under those beams. And beautiful light which is often the case with these spaces…

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teenage girl attic bedroom ideas Awesome Love in the form of our new Hanging Chair e day
Woah! Who would not like to call this place home?

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attic room kids
Beams and pitched roof areas give a very characteristic feeling for rooms sitting under the roof. Cosy and quiet!

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attic-room-for-kids
Sky lights are fantastic for letting in as much light as possible.

Photo: Karel Balas

attic room teen
Loving a bench under the window for reading and quiet moments.

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attic room for kids
Beautiful wall colour and making us all curious what we may find up those steep stairs… another kids room under the attic maybe?

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attic kids room pink
Girly and cute!

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What do you think? Attic envy right now…?

 

I think I will keep on dream designing ours and will try very hard to be here more often again… it feels good! And I miss it…

xoxo

PS: How about this lovely kids room for some more inspiration?
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26.11.18

Timeless and practical clothing for little ones

sunna studios
Hello Monday! I hope you all had a great week end. Here, in London, it is really chilly in the mornings now and we got our winter accessories out.
And one really important thing that we learned during our time in Scandinavia: Layer and invest in good quality basics that you can wear every day. I am talking about merino or silk layers. Thin, adjusting to body temperature and soft on the skin.

Some time ago (too long) I stumbled upon Sunna Studios and they do just that. A wonderful collection of naturally dyed, organic and ethically made basic childrens wear.

‘Our design ethos is based on thoughtful simplicity, with an emphasis on texture and earthy tones. Pieces are designed to be well worn and well loved, basics that can mix and match seamlessly into the wardrobe helping to encourage better fashion habits.’

All collections are imagined in a small town in New Zealand by Elise and Brooke. And every piece naturally dyed using plant based materials at the same spot as well. Can you see the warmth of the earth in the clothes?
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sunna studios

sunna studios

sunna studios

sunna studios

sunna studios

sunna studios

sunna studios

I definitely love looking at these images and there is so much beauty in natural products that are sustainably and ethically made. And one thing that is great to know and important for us parents: Merino wool is machine washable!

Altogether, Sunna makes thoughtful organic basics that are ethically made, timeless, practical as well as stylish and comfortable.

‘Inspired by the sun (sunna) our goods are 100% natural, made with quality fabrics that are good for our children and our future. We stand proudly in the slow lane – something we think is worth appreciating.’

And never forget: Buy less and buy well.
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23.11.18

What if kids clothes would last forever?

Jackalo

Would that not be the best thing ever?

This is what Marianna thought and hence started Jackalo. Just recently launched in June this year, after a successful crowdfunding campaign and already winning over the crowd.

Why do the clothes last so much longer than the ‘normal’ stuff you can buy?

All of the knees of the Jackalo garments are reinforced with either a half-panama or canvas. Both are very durable fabrics. And on top, the team uses extra durable stitches along the seams. And since there will always be kids that can tear apart even the most durable construction, you can get garments repaired during the first 6 months after purchase.

‘At Jackalo we believe in making clothes last, so through beautiful and functional repairs we make garments feel even more special.’

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Jackalo

Jackalo

Jackalo

Marianna is an old-fashioned paper and pen person and loves to sit down and draw her ideas by hand. A lot of inspiration is coming from vintage styles with an aim to create clothes that are timeless. Beautiful and functional items that you can hand down to your next kid without feeling like the style has already passed.

‘Currently I take a lot of inspiration from vintage work wear and 1970s surf culture. My aim is to not be driven by the fashion seasons, but by the need for new items. My first collection is for autumn, and we’ll be adding styles for spring. I really want to be purposeful about what we add and when.’

And what is the Trade Up program?

When kids outgrow their Jackalo items, the shop will take them back in exchange for a 20% discount on future purchases. Jackalo will then wash, repair, and resell the garment. As well as upcycle or responsibly recycle anything that can’t be resold.

Personally I think this kind of ‘garment circle’ should be offered much more. It is a very smart idea that is gentle to the environment. On top, Jackalo makes sure that your children can truly live, play and have tons of fun in their clothes without being afraid to break them.

PS: I love that boiler suit! So cool! Available in adult size too…
In collaboration with Jackalo, who wants to change the kids fashion environment and has our full support!
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22.11.18

Fun and enchanting craft kits for teenagers

djeco7

My 11 year old loves crafting! She loves to make, cut, sew, glue, design, colour or draw. And even so she is big enough now to do most by herself, I do enjoy helping her here and there. And I love that she makes little hand made gifts for her siblings birthdays or for Christmas.

Every project is teaching her some new skills or makes her improve the one’s already learned.

So when we received a box of fun creative kits for tweens and teens from French brand Djeco I had one happy camper at home. Carefully checking out each kit and discovering her new creative sessions.

What did we get?

We got a cute gift wrapping kit that includes all kinds of little bits and bobs for beautiful packages and decoration. She made some jewelry, got a sewing kit that she is using at the moment to make little bunnies for her sisters for Christmas.
And more… let’s have a look at the pictures:

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craft kits for teenagers

craft kits for teenagers

craft kits for teenagers

craft kits for teenagers
She made garlands, really lovely garlands and a few already found a spot in her new room as well.

craft kits for teenagers

craft kits for teenagers

And next to the great projects, I personally love the design of all Djeco products. The boxes are always so pretty and the end results really can be put up and be enjoyed by the whole family.

Sensitive choices of colours, papers and prints. Delicate details that are not too tricky to assemble and always some surprising and new ideas…

Fun and enchanting craft kits for teenagers

Birdkids have one of the biggest online selections with lots of craft kits and more in stock!

Psssst… these kits are great gifts!

 

We received the craft kits as samples in order to write this review. Djeco is a brand we have in our house for a long time and that we truly like.

 

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20.11.18

Let’s have a look into some English family homes

farmhouse english family home

… and change a bit from the Scandinavian style I have shared so often.

What? Already? You may think… she just moved and is already put the switch. Ha, no I did not but I thought it would be fun to show you something else. And you will see the difference immediately. I find that very interesting.

Of course, we are aware of the monochrome and very simple approach on the Nordic Countries, so for me seeing colours and homes filled with bits and treasures is so enchanting.

You know that I like it ‘clean’ but you also know that I found the Scandinavian homes often a little too impersonal and especially too similar. They all look the same. Grey! Mostly… and then you can add the latest details (blankets, table ware and shelves) and voila… your Scandi Castle :)

I am exaggerating. Of course!

But lets have a look into these colourful spaces based in Kent and Sussex:

 
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english family home

english family home

So much love for books, music and art in this house. Amazing, inspiring and you will probably never stop exploring once you opened the door.

Full home here.
Pictures: David Merewether
Styling: Lucy Fleming

 

english family homes

english family homes

Beams, light and character. Such a cool house!

Full home here.
Pictures: David Merewether
Styling: Helen Barton

 

farmhouse english family home

farmhouse english family home

More beams!

Full home here.
Pictures: David Merewether
Styling: Helen Barton

What do you think? Not as uber-stylish and sleek, that is for sure. But more cosy, warm and relaxed… no? An eclectic mix and I will make sure to show you some more in the future…

Give me some time, because there is one thing the Scandinavians are really strong at as well: Taking amazing images for their real estate websites!

All homes found: Wealden Times

 
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