21 terrific things for your April

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Sooo, we are heading into April and will most likely be the strangest month ever. But because we are reading and hearing about Corona everywhere, I will not make this the C-list.

I will make it, more or less, the opposite. Giving you some visual as well as practical inspiration. Adding some useful things that may cheer up your indoor time…
Talking about indoor, have you seen these gorgeous rainbow wall hangings ? Or these alphabet blocks that will make for great play fun?

Enjoy these 21 terrific things for your April:

 

straw baskets

paris family apartment
I am taking all the baskets. And the rest of this place too. Via VTWonen.

Add some colour and sunshine into your house with these block print* quilts, pillows, and more.

 

muslin top bow
Cute muslin top* with a lovely bow.

Mother’s Day started to go around the world. It was last Sunday here in the UK. When is it in your country?
To treat yourself have a look at the cute handmade jewelry* that will be perfect for this Spring.

 

rainbow cabinet kitchen
Staying in with this rainbow kitchen is definitely pretty. Not to forget the view too…

This is a great gift idea – a custom family portrait* – to send to loved ones that you cannot visit at the moment.

 

Louisiella
This Korean children’s fashion brand* is beautiful, nostalgic and whimsical! Look at the delicate details like lace, embroidery and pretty prints.

The B I G recycling myth.

 

alphabet-spaghetti-poster
ABC Spaghetti*!

This will cheer you up: Nia Dennis’ incredible floor exercise!

 

petal dress
The original Petal Dress*! Delicate, girly and simple.

The 50 most innovative companies of 2020.

 

pixie hat baby
How could you ever resist a pixie bonnet*?

Dark humor aka higher IQ. I like….

 

natural childrens wear
Natural children’s wear* in the best summer colours!

Totally boring but… useful… especially now we have more dishes to get cleaned too. How to load a dishwasher properly. Ha!

 

hana karim
I want A L L the plates! A dream!

Working for free?

 

scandinavian kitchen
More kitchen love.

And smile*… such a lovely print and stationary shop.

 

Have a splendid weekend and do not forget: We all do our best, and that is the best we can do!

 

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Beautiful and sustainable tableware for children

Nuukk

Today I am sharing something beautiful coming right out of the heart of my home town, Berlin, and on top it is something you find probably very handy right now.

Beautiful and sustainable tableware for children*! Decorated with the sweetest drawings and prints.

nuukk is run by illustrator and artist Andrea and was founded in 2010. Her beautiful illustrations adorn the products and make them real eye catchers on your table. Andrea works together with a workshop in Berlin who provides work and education for those with disabilities. On top she takes the sustainable aspect very serious and uses materials  like biodegradable bamboo, recycled paper, and organic cotton.

Bamboo is made from plant fibers, and is biodegradable, and BPA-free. You can pop it into the dishwasher and it is perfect for everyday-use for kids or a lightweight alternative on a picnic.

Have a look at the lovely collection of tableware for children:

Nuukk

Nuukk

Nuukk

Nuukk

Next to the bamboo tableware for little people, you can also find products for adults. Sweet porcelain stickers, postcards, light bags, various stamps, cutting boards and much more.

Right now, the bunny* products are very popular with Easter coming up.

Psssst… great gift idea…

Nuukk

And I am loving the ABC print*, which is available in German, French, and English.

I hope that everyone of you is doing well and that you have enough inspiration and ideas for the ‘stay at home’ weeks. Otherwise, how about these craft ideas ?

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Incredibly charming family apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden

Incredibly charming family apartment

Here in London things got more serious yesterday evening and measures to stop the virus to spread are strict. No total lock-down yet but I guess if people still do not follow the government’s advice we will get there sooner than later.

And since the weather is gorgeous and I find it important to get a dose of fresh air with the children between home schooling and feeding them all day long I hope we can prevent it.

But enough with the covid-19 talk. Let’s visit a very charming and unconventional family home in Gothenburg, Sweden. Just to change our mind a little and to get inspired. I totally love the exciting floor plan,  the arched original windows, and white wooden floors. And that open kitchen!

Gorgeous original details, 3m high ceilings, and lots of daylight turn this place into a  calm, unpretentious and relaxed atmosphere.

And as usual, I will start with showing you the kids room:

Incredibly charming family apartment

Incredibly charming family apartment

Incredibly charming family apartment

Incredibly charming family apartment

Incredibly charming family apartment

Elephant wallpaper anyone?

And that little nook turned into a cute desk. Very neutral colour combination and all the cushions make it very cosy.

 

Incredibly charming family apartment

Incredibly charming family apartment
Ahhhh, I so love that big table. This is totally up my street and that (I guess) DIY lamp is so cool. And of course that bench along the wall which makes everything so much more cool.

 

Incredibly charming family apartment

3 big windows to let in that special Scandinavian light!

 

Incredibly charming family apartment

Incredibly charming family apartment
That display wall is definitely worth to remember and to take away inspiration for our own homes. Loving the mix of prints, illustrations, as well as the different styles of frames.

Coupled with the pillows – an equal mix of fun colours, design, and a mix of modern and more traditional.

More stunning places in Gothenburg? How about this lush place or this very cosy family apartment?

 

via Alvhem
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The 10 best ‘stuck at home’ craft ideas with the kids!

The 10 best 'stuck at home' craft ideas with the kids:

Yesterday we announced to the children that tomorrow school will be open for the last time. Until further notice.
We had very mixed reactions over the news.

Leonor started crying and when I told her that we will do school work at home she came up with a waterfall of ideas and did not stop talking for a while. Romy, my little super brain, is concerned on how to keep up with the curriculum. Whilst Antoine started to make ‘reward cards’ for everyone. Now, this shall be fun.

And, yes I did start a schedule that we will try to follow. But realistically will be more a guideline seeing that we have to guide, help, and stay cool with 4 children of different ages next to our own workload.

Next to some math and science I also put things like music and art on our schedule. And that is why I thought it would be good to share some great ideas to inspire and help you as well. And of course, schools closed or not, having some craft ideas handy is never a bad idea.

The 10 best ‘stuck at home’ craft ideas with the kids:

shoebox-houses-diy

The Shoe Box Mansion
This idea is fantastic and would allow to keep on going over a few days or as long as you want it really. Starting with the structure and adding details. Of course you can add boxes and make it bigger with time. Plus, it is great to do with your siblings. Team building activity :)

 

magna tiles window

Magna Tiles Window

So easy and great when you need to entertain a younger sibling whilst the older children need to finish their school work. I love the idea of placing the magna tiles on the window, but there are even more fun ways and ideas for them!

 

salt dough rainbow diy

Salt Dough

To make salt dough you need: 2 cups of plain flour, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of salt. Mix, mould, and shape into anything you like. And once you are done you bake it in the oven (180C) until hard. fantastic to make ornaments, tiny bowls, or rainbows… rainbows are great these days to lift the mood.
For the rainbow DIY please follow this link.

 

eggbox-art-diy

Egg Carton Art
Super easy to set up and everyone can join! You only need egg cartons and paint. The rest your child’s imagination will come up with…

 

paint-branches-diy

Painted Branches
Another great one and you could pick up branches during a walk outside. Paint them and even adorn them with anything you have in the house. They will make great decoration as well.

 

XOXO_painting-teen-diy

XOXO Painting
At first sight this might be more for teenagers but I think everyone can have a go. Show them the images and the idea of the project and let them go about. I find this a great activity for a soothing moment. Just concentrating on your painting.

 

paper-robot-template-diy

Paper Robot
Your kids could come up with their own robot or use the template provided by La Maison de Loulou.

 

bubble-wrap-paper-plate-snake-diy

Paper Plate Snake
I ordered a big pack of white paper plates yesterday because they are so versatile when it comes to kids crafts. One idea is this fun paper snake that involves bubble wrap paper too.

 

cardboard rainbow mobile

Rainbow Mobile
More rainbows and more decoration. Our house will probably look like a museum and we can open for an arts tour when things go back to normal again. But this rainbow mobile is really so easy to make. And lovely as well!
And we definitely need lots of rainbows these days.

 

cupcake_liner_flowers

Cupcake Liner Flowers
Another simple craft idea that involves things you most likely have in the house already. Simple white cupcake/muffin liners, pens, paper straws, and imagination. That’s it. Some sustainable flowers for your kitchen table coming up!

Altogether some wonderful DIY ideas. But I have a few more if you like: Wooden Bead Necklace  / DIY kite / Dotty Tshirt / Button Heart

 

PS: We will sit over the plan all together this weekend and I am happy to share it once ready and approved. Let me know if that interests you.
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A colourful and welcoming home for a large family

A colourful and welcoming home for a large family

Kristian’s and Mariah’s apartment in Copenhagen, Denmark is a colourful and welcoming home for a large family.

Kristian Lillelund works as an interior designer and loves practical and modern solutions. So when the apartment transformed into a home for a four-child family, he came up with some very clever solutions.

No space is unused, lots of storage compartments, space saving ideas, and cool DIY projects. Kristian built the cool kitchen, a sofa that is also a bookcases, and multifunctional plywood furniture. The main colours are pink and grey and the result is a fun and vibrant family home.

Welcome in:

A colourful and welcoming home for a large family

A colourful and welcoming home for a large family

A colourful and welcoming home for a large family

A colourful and welcoming home for a large family
The kids rooms are all about  compact living. Loft beds, wall desks that integrate into the interior, and lots of custom-made furniture for optimal function.
Smart and cool!

 

A colourful and welcoming home for a large family

A colourful and welcoming home for a large family

A colourful and welcoming home for a large family

A colourful and welcoming home for a large family
The kitchen is definitely my favourite space in this apartment and I love the grey walls. Before the renovation, it was much smaller and the small bedroom next to it was compromised for a lovely spacious family kitchen.

Again, everything is smart and flexible in terms of storage. And it really looks like a great place to hang out, draw pictures, have a glass of wine with a friend, and lots of afternoon snacks.

 

A colourful and welcoming home for a large family

A colourful and welcoming home for a large family

A colourful and welcoming home for a large family
Sofa is shelf. Two-in-one, but very sleek and fun. And again, the grey and pink colour scheme…

More Copenhagen? How about these fun kids room ideas?

 

Via: hemtrevligt
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