23 merry things for your December!

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This time I am sending you into the last month of the year. 2020 is close of being over and even so we have no idea what 2021 will bring, I am assuming everyone’s expectations are rather low. Therefore, it will be good! It has to be!

Over here, I did not manage to get this list out on the last Friday of the month as I am usually aiming for. But… just in time to start December – tomorrow- all merry, jolly and inspired.

Below, my finds, bookmarks and everything `I want to share with you. Full of gift ideas, beautiful things… and more.

Enjoy, have a wonderful festive time and remember: Love is the answer.

 

chunky knit blanket
Cosy Christmas Days with these chunky blankets in various sizes and colours!

Part puzzle, part immersive diorama construction kit

 

oyoyoyoy
OYOY has some lovely new items in their collection. Sweet tapestry, rugs, table ware…

THAT colour. I am in love. And so perfect for a cool festive outfit and that you will wear many times in 2021. Guaranteed!

 

wooden beads garland
A different, and oh so pretty, kind of garland. Love it! Very Scandinavian Christmas!

Fabulabox concept allows children to create their own streetscapes and cities from panels that can be easily assembled and disassembled.

 

simple folk 2

simple folk
The Simple Folk.

For my teenage daughter I got a few cute beauty products for Christmas, like this amazing body butter.

 

wooden christmas baubles
Wooden baubles* beautifully hand painted.

Goorin Bros!

 

vintage kids room
Cool vintage kids room.

Treat yourself mamas!

 

BATMM+Cover
Reading in December: Bartholomew and the Morning Monsters

Handmade robe bowls* for fruits, accessories, toys…

 

rainbow crochet baby blanket pattern
How about taking up crochet over the holidays? And make this gorgeous rainbow baby blanket*?

Three great baby fashion brands!

 

modern kids roommodern kids room
Sculptural shifts in ceiling heights with clever spatial proportions!
The absolute best workout leggings, especially for running are these. I love them and never wear anything else when doing my laps.

 

bunk bed self made
Loving the colourful stairs going up to the uber cool bunk bed. Family home in Denmark.

And another very cool family space in Paris.

 

linen dress girl
Handmade, sustainable children’s clothing*. Lovely linen dresses, rompers and accessories.

Fantastic prints, posters, postcards and more from various London neighbourhoods. Gorgeous illustrations* that make wonderful gifts!

 

book filled living room

scandi kids room
A room filled with books and a kids room with a view. I am moving in!

 

Sweet wishes from London to wherever you are…

 

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Three precious and long lasting baby clothing brands

Quincy Mae

We want baby clothing to be super soft, practical and easy to put on. Another big pro are neutral and subtle colours, because it will make it easier to pass the lovely pieces on to siblings later.

My youngest turned 5 not that long ago but I still remember the baby years of each of my children like it was yesterday. And how I loved to see them in clothes that were worn by their sibling (s) before. Because if you go for timeless, good quality clothing it will truly come to life again and again.

Cute little knitted jumpers for winter, comfortable rompers, muslin tops, and soft pyjamas for sweet dreams. Some of the most precious pieces are kept in a box now and may be worn by my children’s children one day.

When it comes to baby clothes my main concern was always the material. How soft and stretchy the garment is and that I can dress my little one without too much of a fuss. Personally I have never been a fan of big prints and ‘loud’ colours. Beautiful children, as they all are, are perfect in subtle colours which highlight that. (Of course, the truth is… the older your children are the more you will need to compromise and go with their wishes, taste and personality… and that is totally fine!)

And even so I am a little out of the baby years myself I still love to have a look what is in stores. Therefore I would like to share the following brands that have truly lovely collections.

Now let’s have a look at these three adorable baby clothing brands that put baby’s comfort on top of their list:

 

repose ams baby

repose ams baby

repose ams baby

Repose Ams

Yes, this fantastic brand from Amsterdam added a baby line to their repertoire. Simple, poetic, tasteful and comfortable. You can find soft leggings, muslin rompers, cardigans and bloomers. The colour range goes from camel, gray, to soft orange and a lovely shade of blue. Repose AMS crafts clothes for both boys and girls that are imaginative and modern, all while staying timeless. Everything is so well-made, relaxed and bound to appeal to both parents and children.

Paul & Paula loves: This muslin cotton romper* which is comfortably cool and perfect. Perfect for layering and available in a beautiful and subtle colour range.

 

Oeuf NYC baby

Oeuf NYC baby

Oeuf NYC baby

Oeuf NYC

Oeuf NYC is a long time favourite and a brand I have had and have for my own for many years. The designs are just adorable, the alpaca so soft and lovely to wear. And your baby will just like delicious! The collections of children’s and babies’ clothing and accessories are made fair-trade in Bolivia. The brand continuous to focus on high-quality, beautiful products and their commitment to environmental and social causes.

Paul & Paula loves: Really hard to choose but I would absolutely go for this Mushroom Alpaca Jumper* and the LOVE shirt*.

 

Quincy Mae

Quincy Mae

Quincy Mae

Quincy Mae

Quincy Mae is embellished with delicate prints taken from the designer’s beautiful illustrations. The line is a collection of basics for little ones made from organic materials. Feather-soft and extra-comfy, the collections of poetic and timeless wardrobe staples for the tiniest of tots are gorgeous. And the price point is very good as well.

Paul & Paula loves: The knitted bonnet* (great colours) as well as the ensemble* with the wrap cardigan. I love wrap cardigans on babies.

 

More baby clothing:

 

 

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An airy and light filled Family Home with lots of natural ingredients

Alexandrena Parker home

I am a big fan of Alexandrena’s work and so happy to get a peek into her stunning home.It is so bright and airy and yet looks so inviting and comfortable.

Alexandrena lives here together with her husband Michael and daughter Ruby. A house that used to be a post office and a house that at the time of purchasing had no kitchen or bathroom.

Luckily Michael is a carpenter and was able to undertake the renovations himself. Including adding a 30 sqm extension, building extra walls, and little Ruby’s bedroom. The couple managed to keep elements of the original property, such as the hallway, flooring and windows.

Let’s go on a tour and start with the children’s room, that has a little romantic touch:

 

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home
Vintage furniture, cute wallpaper, beautiful bedding and net curtains to add some softness. A magical and playful universe!

 

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home
Ruby even has a little ‘villa’ in the garden. I am sure it made the last months of lockdown in Australia a little easier.

 

 

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home

Alexandrena Parker home
So crisp and clean. A very Scandinavian inspired interior design but with its own charm and atmosphere. Beautiful!

I am still hoping to have a project like this one day. Maybe not a complete makeover with extensions and building bathrooms. But a place that we can just make our very own. Dream!

 

More inspiration from Down Under:

 

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Where to score the coolest kids fashion this week?

kids fashion

Good Morning and welcome into the new week. Here in London we start the 2nd week of isolation for Antoine. And probably the more challenging of the two. Fingers crossed that all children will stay in school until we break up for the holidays once he goes back.

Talking about the holidays! I know it is difficult to get in the mood with the current situation but since we also have a few birthdays to celebrate during the same period, I feel we need to cheer up, dress up, and celebrate. A lot!

Staying positive is still the number one priority. And staying healthy of course. That is why we will focus on cooking new recipes, chosen by all family members, do some lots of baking and prepare a nice table setting. I can confirm that it shifts the atmosphere and it is so easy.

And for the ‘special days’ we will also make an effort with our outfits! And no, I am not talking ultra glam, but something nice.

Now, if you appreciate the idea but the kids have outgrown their clothes or the wardrobe needs a little boost. Well, this may be your week, because there are some deals to be had. And one place that has a topnotch selection of kids wear is definitely Farfetch. And you will be able to access their Black Friday Kidswear Deals. Which brands and items will be in the sale is a surprise but very likely a very good one. So stay tuned!

However, to inspire you I selected the pieces that I would love to find in their sale. Fingers crossed!

1. Gorgeous velvet dress with ruffles!

2. I love to mix a sweet dress with sneakers to make the look more fun.

3. Limited Edition! Stripes! Love that sweater!

4. Festive outfit in cool? These sparkling culottes in green are perfect.

5. These dungarees are the cutest. I love the colourblocks.

6. Fun fleece tote, perfect for all the ‘mum stuff’ we carry around.

7. A classic by now – this long sleeve in the panther print.

8. The softest of puffer coats to keep your little one cosy and warm!

9. That blouse! I am sure we can all agree that a woman size would be a bestseller as well.

10. L’amour coat in a lovely autumn colour.

11. Docs made a big comeback some years again, and I totally love them on children too.

 

More fun kids fashion:

In collaboration with Farfetch!

 

 

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Baby’s first Christmas!

Baby's first christmas

Will you spend this years Christmas with a baby? And it will be baby’s first Christmas? That is definitely an “aww” moment that you will cherish and that you will never forget.

Commemorate this magical moment with an ornament for the tree you can bring out year after year. And some heirloom gifts that will accompany your child for many years to come. Or how about something personalised that will start a tradition like a stocking or gift sack?

Plus I really have the feeling that Christmas this year will be very heavy on the ‘let’s forget about everything else for a moment’ side of things. And rightly so. I heard that some Christmas Trees are already up to bring some cheer into people’s houses. And since there is nothing more magical for a child than Christmas time, why not make your baby’s first Christmas the most special of all?

Here is my take on some lovely keepsakes, baubles and presents for Baby’s First Christmas:

 

1. Baby’s First Christmas Bauble! Personalised with a cute rabbit in various colours.

2. Christmas Keepsake Advent Calendar – perfect for a baby’s first Christmas, to note down all of your Christmas activities and one to keep to look back on in years to come!

3. This is just the best thing I have seen for a while! Give your little one their first car! Made of wood, this beautiful toy offers many very realistic features: steering wheel, gearshift, horn, brake pedals and accelerator, air conditioning, radio and side-view mirrors. Your child will be able to play the mechanic, change a wheel or even lift the hood to see what’s underneath!

4. Organic cotton world Explorer Play Mat. Soft colour scheme suitable for either gender and can be used interactively for toddlers/preschoolers as they learn about places in the world and features. The mat can be machine washed easily and the base fabric is a thick GOTS organic cotton canvas in grey.

5. So cute. A stacking flower! Transform this flower according to your desires to invent and reinvent itself. Your child will be able to match colours and shapes with this toy.

6. Again, a wooden toy. But this stimulates endless play and has so many possibilities – wooden figurines! These charming wooden toys are made in Europe, designed to encourage and adapt to children’s development. Made of maple wood and hand-painted with a unique formula of non-toxic watercoulours.

7. And this cute wooden pram comes with its own mattress and pillow.

8.This growth chart features animal faces that smile as your little one grows up.

9. Baby cardigan in Christmas red with a beautiful Scandinavian pattern!

10. Again, this wooden building set, with its refined colour palette, is the ideal tool for building a world of many possibilities.

11. Personalised Christmas Stocking with Starry Night Stars.

 

And before you do, don’t forget to check out The best Advent Calendars !

 

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