Dutch style wall decals by Zuuz
June 19, 2008, 8:23 pm
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When I was preparing my post about Eliza Gran’s kids fashion I was browsing Bloesem Kids to give you the link of her Eliza Gran interview. And while doing that, I came across these superb wall decals that Irene was blogging about, and which so perfectly complement the Kast van een Huis furniture reviewed above. Finally, I took the time to write a feature on them, and here you are:

Zuuz is a Dutch company that produces a range of beautiful wall stickers in all sorts of styles. In my opinion, what really makes them special out of the huge mass of wall decal designers are their Amsterdam designs. Frankly, I have never seen a similar decal design before, and it looks just oh so pretty, whether on walls, furniture or any other smooth surface (perhaps even in an nostalgic kitchen)!

But you have to see these decals in a real setting, Irene has the most beautiful pictures of them in her B:Kids Zuuz post, and I just thought I’d borrow them to display here. Aren’t these decals amazing? And by the way, so is her blog, in case you haven’t checked it out yet. The design harmonizes perfectly with the white furniture and gives the room a chic, classy appeal. Simply beautiful, whether for boys or girls (in this case, these photos are from a baby boy’s nursery).

Ordering via their website. Amsterdam chalkboard and wall decals € 46 each. The decals are available in a range of colors and both come in sets of four (2×2 houses).



Lief! modern Dutch design with a traditional twist

Lief! (Dutch for sweet) is a relatively new Dutch brand that is becoming increasingly popular. Considering their clean modern designs, which are inspired by traditional symbols such as clogs or windmills, this is really not surprising. The combination is simply great, as all Lief! designs are simply beautiful. They offer a wide variety of products, for example clothes, nursery decor and toys. All items are made in a wonderful style, unique to Lief! Here is a small selection:


Fortunately, even if you are nowhere near the Netherlands to visit one of their stores, they also have a webshop , which also accepts credit cards, something quite unusual I have come to notice, as most Dutch shops I have surfed so far only accept payment via the Dutch iDeal platform. Unfortunately though, I cannot find an Engish version of the site. But as there is not much text to read, I assume you will do just fine,and otherwise you can always access Lief! via the google translator. E.g. quilt € 99.95, coat hanger € 17.95, night light € 5.95. Currently, they also have several nice items on sale, up to 70% off!



Colorful retro: Petits démons music boxes, bumper pads and more
June 18, 2008, 5:44 pm
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In case you look for some funky, colorful 60s and 70s inspired design for the nursery, I have just the perfect company for you.  Petits démons, which by the way means ‘little demons’, so they surely have some charming kids in mind :P, produces unique pieces in vibrant prints, but also has delicate pastels in store, should you be less daring.  Among this French company’s collection, you can find tetrahedron shaped music boxes, baby bunting, crib bumper pads, festoons, bibs.. you name it.


If you are as much a fan of the movie Amélie with Audrey Tautou, or Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, as it is called in the original, then you really have to get one of these lovely music boxes. So far, I’ve never come across one that played part of Amélie’s score. I just love this movie’s soundtrack, it is so beautiful and playful, and so utterly French, I could listen to it almost every day (little hint, if you don’t know it yet, check it out at Amazon e.g.), and La valse d’Amélie is one of my favorite pieces of the album. I can’t possibly express in words how delighted I am that this piece is available on Petits démons music boxes (along with a few other ones). Now this is really a melody that I don’t mind being played over and over. After all, the sound of the music box should not only be pleasing to baby’s ears, right? Anyway, I was digressing, so here are some more pictures:

Unfortunately though, Petits démons being a small company, it is actually not that easy to find any online stores that stock their items.  On the other hand, that is exactly what increases their products’ charms to me even more, because you can be almost certain nobody you know will have the same items in their nursery, so it’s not like buying from Ikea and everybody who comes over knows the name and price of your furniture! However, enjoying a quiet Tuesday evening and eating tiny spoonfuls of chocolate cake batter (yummy), I decided to check out all the retailer information Petit démons provides on its website to see if there is also an English speaking webshop available.  Luckily, French store Pop-line is just what I was looking for, since I don’t like to present products without giving information about how to obtain them. Music box 42.00€, bumper pad 76.00€, small bunting 72.00€.



Petit Pan: Amazing animal kites and mobiles from France

For today’s theme, I have settled on animals, and I have just the perfect pick to start of the day!  Petit Pan is a French company that is famous for its kites, but also produces a range of other items, such as mobiles, clothes and quilts.  Now what makes their kites so special is that they are not so much for the competitive kind who wants functional stunt kites, but rather that they have incredibly beautiful design.  I don’t know any other company that makes flying butterflies, dragonflies or fish so realistic or decorative. That being said, these beauties are not only great for a sunny day in fall, when the wind is right to fly a kite, they also look amazing in any nursery or playroom. Personally, I find them way too precious to really use them outdoors, however if you do want to use them outside and not just hang them up as decoration, go ahead, they are fully functional after all.  Take a look at these beauties made of silk and bamboo, each available in many different colors:


And look, they even have amazing fish and seahorse lampions for your sealife inspired nursery (and of course they are MUCH bigger than they seem here, not to say these fish are huge):

Available in the Petit Pan online shop, e.g. insect mobile 65.00 €, fish lampion 75.00 €, dragonfly kite 25.00 €.



All things Danish: Cool Viking shirts from Danefae
June 12, 2008, 2:53 pm
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Denmark is not only a country, it’s also the theme for today’s posts, well not so much the country, rather Danish children’s design, and there are quit a few nice companies!  I start the day with the really cool and also slightly retro clothes manufacturer Danefae.  And yes, again retro, but all Skandinavian children’s apparel has a nice dose of retro blended in.

They have some awesome designs and are especially known for their Viking themed prints, which is also their logo.  But they do have some other great designs, such as an apple tree and a mermaid, though my absolute favorite is their Viking head.  Plus, they don’t only have cool Viking shirts, and not only for kids, they have everything, the whole range, and for everyone.  So from onesies to coats, from baby to adult, everything is available in their webshop (yes, they even have a webshop, with international delivery, too)!  So go and rock some Viking fashion!


Check out their webshop, e.g. long sleeve shirt for kids or onesie €30.75 each.



Cuteness packed into crochet and polka dots: Franck & Fischer

We continue our Danish tour by moving further along to Franck & Fischer‘s adorable creations.  The company was founded in 2004 by fashion designer Annemarie Franck and businesswoman Charlotte Fischer.  Due to their wonderful child-friendly designs, inspired by vintage images and childhood-memories, in addition to the fair-trade production Franck and Fischer uses, the company has been able to estalish a wide reputation in such a short period of time.  Among others, the product range includes soft toys, bags and pillows.

And now, before I rattle on even further, just take a look, because you really have to see these charming faces.  They do create vintage and child-hood souvenir items to perfection, don’t they?  Just so precious and absolutely adorable, each and every one of them!

Available at Scandezign, e.g. crochet rattle$23.00.



It’s all about the patterns: Eliza Gran’s vintage fashion
June 11, 2008, 12:30 pm
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…and of course about the timeless vintage cuts as well, and the gorgeous vintage fabrics, and overall, do I have to mention that vintage is written all over these clothes? 😉
OK, I suppose I’ve let the cat out of the bag again! It’s vintage day! 🙂 I’ve come up with some pretty sweet things again, and I just had to start the day with Eliza Gran. Funny enough, some time ago I read this great interview of Eliza Gran on B:Kids, Irene Hoofs’ children’s design blog (check it out for yourselves, it’s really great, a lot of Dutch and vintage inspired design), and at about the same time, there was also a post on the Celebrity Baby Blog about a sighting of Cindy Crawford and her daughter Kaia, and the whole blog went crazy about Kaia’s dress. To make it short, I really knew I had found something great, something that had to be shared with you.  So voilà, here are some pictures of the current collection:

Available in the Eliza Gran online store, e.g. Kaia’s dress (1st picture) for $76.00, however only infant sizes 3 and 6 months still available.  But check out the fall 2007 collection, there are some great discounts available, and Eliza’s designs are truly timeless, so you can well buy your winter collection ahead of time and let the kids wear them later.



From Ligne Noire to Wee Gallery: Black&White for little ones
June 10, 2008, 2:01 pm
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Initially, I had planned on writing this post about Italian Ligne Noire’s range of children’s and baby clothes, they are just so unique looking with their black and white designs, and perfectly embody that elegant chic which I chose as today’s topic.  Of course, I also had Wee Gallery’s items on my mind, when thinking about black and white items, but I thought their products are already quite known, and I should rather focus on a more rare pick.  Well, turns out that Ligne Noire is in fact so rare, I could not find a single online store that sells their clothes.  Which, sadly enough, crushed my plans to introduce their great designs to you.  But their website is still worth checking out, here are some pictures:

Anyway, so I decided to turn my attention to Wee Gallery’s products instead, and I have to admit, it’s not a bad choice or even trade of at all!  First of all, their designs are gorgeous, and secondly, having posted some items for older ones today, these items are especially made for babies and toddlers.  Their range encompasses flashcards, flashcard mobiles, canvas prints and wall decals in different themes, such as garden or jungle.  All styles depict black and white animals  with interesting patterns and shapes, in order to stimulate the visual development of your littlest one, while also teaching the older ones animal shapes.  Now this is a room decoration that excels at combining beauty and educative value, something quite rare, I find!  So take a look at their gorgeous designs:

Available on their website, flashcards £10.00, wall decals £30.00



Owls from down under: Cocoon Couture’s enchanted forest

Cocoon Couture is another company I really love, and their enchanted forest wooden tree is just perfect for today’s owl theme.  And not having visited their website since january or February, I was pleasantly surprised they have enlarged their product range, so now I will not only show you photos of their wooden range, but also of their new sleepy owl bean bags.  Also I was happy to notice that they have gained a bit of publicity by being featured in a couple of blogs and magazines, as they state.  So hopefully, this should improve their retailer situation, because unfortunately, for people living outside kangaroo country, this information is still sparse.  But perhaps contacting them for retailer information helps.  After all, their products are so beautiful, I think it will only be a matter of time until they are widely available internationally.  Ok, enough talk, here are some pictures:

The tree (100cmx110cm), made of plywood and non-toxic varnish, would convert any room into an enchanted forest, especially if combined with the Cocoon Couture accessories (shelf stands, bookends, bean bags, hight charts & bags).  And I can already see the little ones having a picknick with the dolls or playing Robin Hood in their “forest”.

The big enchanted forest tree is sold for AUS$490.00, small shelf stand tree for AUS$89.00, bean bags for AUS$129.95.  By the way, it is customary in Australia to buy the beans separately, so you will only get the bean bag cover.  This is nice for shipping, as you don’t have to pay for a bulky parcel, but you do need to figure out where to buy some replacement beans to fill up the bag.  

The entire Cocoon Couture collection can be bought at US online storeCute-Ture, too. They also sell bean bag fillers for $30.00. Prices are pretty much the same as the ones above, just in US$: bean bags $130.00, shelf stand tree and book ends $89.00, big enchanted tree $490.00, bag packs $59.00.



Snoffs Nattugla: Swedish night owls for little night owls
June 9, 2008, 1:13 pm
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For today’s last owl inspired pick, I am moving back to Sweden, to clothes-maker Snoffs, to be precise.  Their night owl pajamas have a childlike design, which resembles kids’ artwork, in a beautiful color combination of orange, brown and green.  Again, the Swedes have managed to create a great unisex design equally suitable for boys and girls alike, great if you are thinking about adding to your brood and don’t want to get too frilly or masculine in fear that the new baby won’t be able to wear the hand-me-downs.  And is there anything more fitting than a night owl pajama (or pyjama as the Brits call it) for your hyper night owl children, who just won’t stay in bed and fall asleep, no matter how hard you try?

Available at Baby Goes Retro for AU$44.00