Beds, dolls and more from Mies en Moos
June 20, 2008, 9:52 pm
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OK, I guess I am sort of stuck on Dutch design right now, so here comes another one! Actually, I do feel a little bad providing you that link, as the Mies en Moos website is only available in Dutch and oh so ‘smartly’ designed that their webpresence merely consists of screen-size jpgs, so the google translator won’t work. But their products are beautiful, so I just could not keep them to myself.


Aren’t these dolls called Lijsje (Caucasian girl), Gijs (boy) and Lin (Asian girl) adorable? Lijsje is available in several haircolors and hairstyles, and always wears a unique dress. All dolls are 73cm tall. Custom-made dolls are also available, e.g. to resemble your child; it is even possible to ask for a handicapped doll.


There are even two doll beds available for Lijsje and her friends. What’s even better, the beautiful bedding can be bought, too.


The beautiful wooden bed you see is called Ella’s bed and is available in toddler and twin size. Custom-made cribs and cradles are also available in the Ella design.


I think this girls closet called Ella’s kast (kast=closet) is simply beautiful and works very well in a country style interior, and of course in combination with the matching bed. Standard closet: 200cmx100cmx60cm, one side clothes rail, other side shelves, but it can also be custom-made, and there’s also a Chinese style closet available.

Mies and Moos do not offer a real webshop, but you can order via email (info@miesenmoos.com). Ella’s kast starting from € 595.00, Ella’s bed: toddler size € 299.00, twin size € 349.00, dolls €34.95 each, cast-iron doll bed € 74.95, wooden doll bed € 49.95, doll bedding € 19.95. Unfortunately though, I have to curb your enthusiasm, because they say furniture can only be picked up and will not be delivered by mail (this of course does not include the doll beds).



Create an Old Amsterdam nursery, with Kast van een Huis furniture
June 19, 2008, 8:23 pm
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Today’s feature is on nursery decoration, and not in just any style, but Dutch style, and that all over. From furniture to decals or toys, all my picks are based on typical Dutch architecture.

Just take a look at this lovely furniture range from Dutch company Kast van een Huis, this design perfectly represents what is essential about old Dutch houses that it catapults you right into the Netherlands, and gives kids many inspirations for imaginative play. The closets were created having old canalhouses of the 17th and 18th century in mind, which are common for many parts of the Netherlands, Amsterdam in particular. After all, which one of us would not have liked to have city of our own as a kid, to play all sorts of fascinating things, from mimicking mom’s shopping spree to extinguishing imaginative fires? The product range includes beds and closets in various sizes, colors and gable styles. For those who want to combine their Holland interior with modern times, they also have a range of skyscraper closets.

The closets of Kast van een Huis (which quite fittingly means closet of a house, by the way) are stable and designed for multipurpose use, so whether you use them for heavy books or leightweight toys, they will work just fine. Moreover, whether you just use a single one as centerpiece, or create a whole cityscape, either way they will look beautiful. And not just in your child’s room, they would make an original addition to your study as well! Additionally, they are spraypainted from all sides, so they also make excellent room dividers!

Kast van een Huis’ quality products are produced in the Netherlands, made of MDF and have an environment friendly coating, and can even be custom painted. Of course these unique products are a little more expensive than standard furniture, a standard closet will cost you € 615.00, a standard toddler bed € 715.00. However their products are also available unfinished, so you can custom paint them yourself, and that of course makes for a nice price cut, of about € 200 per item. Ordering via email from their website, payment either cash or via bank transfer.



Modern baby gear: The coco bloom baby lounger
June 17, 2008, 7:04 pm
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This baby lounger truly is the most beautiful out there, isn’t it? So stylish in fact, it fits right into any contemporary home and wouldn’t you just love to use it yourself if it were of appropriate size? The coco lounger by bloom, one of the greatest companies if you are looking for modern children’s design, is available in two versions, coco plexistyle and coco stylewood. Both variants are produced in a multitude of color combinations, from clear with orange to brown with white. All models look equally great, so it will be a tough decision, which one to get! The coco lounger is made of a single piece frame, which increases durability and provides pleasing aesthetics, and it features a self-rocking function, soothing for baby. Furthermore, the seatpad is made of microsuede or leatherette, wipes clean easily, is of course cozy and comfortably padded and adapts to a growing baby with the adjustable, integrated 5-point harness. Don’t you just love all these wonderful items that can combine great functionality with superb style? To make things even better, the single piece frame also means no assembly is required, and new padding can be bought separately.

Available at a lot of modern baby gear stores, such as Spunkysprout, where the coco plexistyle retails for $350 and the coco stylewood for $200.



Sleeping like a Dane, in a Leander crib or bed

After so much beautiful Danish design, the last pick for today is just as wonderful.  I am introducing you to the Leander crib and the Leander bed by Danish company Leanderform.  The design is very simple, but oh so classy looking!  So yes, their products perfectly excel at representing the company’s  motto of creating furniture that combines beauty, functionality and esthetics.

The hanging cradle has an amazingly calming effect on babies, because baby can set in motion by himself, and thus mimick the movement in the uterus that it is already used to.  This means more sleep for parents and infants, as you probably won’t be woken up in the middle of the night by a crying baby that wants to be rocked and held all night long.  Now that is beauty and functionality in perfection!

Unfortunately though, these beautiful products do not seem to have reached the US yet, at least there is no retailer information on the Leander website and when doing research, I could not find any, either.  But UK seller Big Imagination has the whole product range, from cribs to bedding.  Though I could not find any information whether international delivery is available. In any case, EU-wide delivery is possible for sure. Leander cradle complete set with wooden stand £248.99, Leander crib £498.00.



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.



Colorful, patterned cuteness with a retro feel: Pakhuis Oost

For a while now I’ve been thinking about a fitting daily topic that I can introduce Pakhuis Oost to you.  The difficult thing is, ALL their stuff is gorgeous, which makes it really hard to decide under which heading to put them.  But I guess i’ll be blogging about some other of their products sometime soon.  Anyway, I thought today was the perfect day to talk about Pakhuis after I’ve been focusing on a more clean, modern appearance, rather suitable for boys or teens in the last two days.  So finally, I decided it’s time again to add some playful cuteness, mixed with bold colors and great style, just anything a typical girly-girl or just any kid in general, can relate to.

A little background info: Pakhuis Oost is a Dutch company founded in 1995, whose motto is joyful living and creating happiness with its  children’s products.   And it really shows!  They have a wide product range franging from toys to lighting, coathangers, tableware and beyond.  Take a look:

Unfortunately, Pakhuis Oost does not have an online store on its website, and searching for non-Dutch retailers was a bit difficult.  However, I have found two webstores that have quite a nice collection of their items.  Check out Rose and Radish and The Cherry On The Cake



French colorful, patterned cuteness: L’oiseau bateau
June 8, 2008, 5:08 pm
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When I saw the hippo and frog designs by French company L’Oiseau Bateau, I knew I had to share them with you, they are just too adorable! Also, they look great together with the Pakhuis Oost items reviewed below, and I think about any kid will love their designs, especially girls.

I think this comination of patterned prints, great color assortment and the sweetest little animal faces is just a killer, I’m especially smitten with this frog pouf:  Not only can you sit on these poufs, but you can also unfold them to reveal a lounge chair that can already be used by the smallest children.  And which little girl wouldn’t fall for this shade of pink?  But L’Oiseau’s pouf isn’t the only multi-functional item, their baby prop-up baby cushions also function as breast-feeding pillows and can be used either double folded, taken apart to have two pillows, or put together to create a ring-pillow.  And their sleeping bags are so colorful and unique, any child will be begging to spend the night at granny’s or go to a pajama party.

A huge variety of L’Oiseau Bateau items available at Moolka, poufs e.g. for $104.99,