Animal Alphabet Poster by Petit Collage
June 21, 2008, 9:58 pm
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I decided to focus on animal alphabets today, there is such a nice variety available. Just take a look at this fabulous silk-screened poster from Petit Collage. The animal illustrations in their green, brown and orange shades and differing patterns have such a sweet retro vibe, they remind me of old children’s books from the 70s. This print is equally suited for boys and girls and is the perfect room decoration to make learning ABCs fun. What I also like about this artwork is that there is actually a key at the bottom which says which animals the letters stand for, in case you don’t recognize one of them. A little background information: The designer behind Petit Collage is Buenos Aires born Lorena Siminovich, a graphic designer who started Petit Collage in October 2006 with the aim of creating modern, affordable art for children. The Animal Alphabet is printed on uncoated paper, 18×24”.

But Petit Collage also has a few other items, such as these miniture screenprints on curly maple microveneer or paper collages on maple plywood:

Animal Alphabet print vailable on the Petit Collage website for $50.00, miniature prints $28.00 unframed, $48.00 framed, wooden collages $140.00. Click on the image to view a large photo and get the possibility to add the item to your cart.



Animal Alphabet Poster by Decoylab
June 21, 2008, 9:57 pm
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The next alphabet print by Decoylab is a sleek and modern version for the nursery and available in two different color combinations, a soft pastel pink and blue illustration on the one hand and more spicy orange and green one on the other. Both are equally beautiful though, and with the two different shades, you can find just the perfect color to match your nursery decor. 3 color silkscreen print, 18×24”.

Decoylab also has many other beautiful posters, notecards and also plates, check out these for example:


Both alphabet posters can be bought at Decoylab for $40.00.



Nostalgic alphabet poster by Binth

My last alphabet pick comes from design studio Binth. It’s alphabet poster is inspired by mid-century Danish animal toys and will look great in any modern nursery with its simple design and muted colors. What makes this artwork so great is that even though the vintage toy designs are very much suited for little children, it is not childish and in fact so classy and modern at the same time, that it will be a beautiful decoration for many years to come. The beautiful letters are also available individually, so you can also spell out your child’s name, e.g. The poster is screen-printed, 24×40” and can be bought either framed or unframed:


Binth also has several other great children’s items in classical modern style worth taking a look, e.g a precious babybook, a colorful number print and a gorgeous memory game:


Check out their website for more great designs, they have gorgeous prints for adults as well!
Available at Binth , unframed $85.00, framed $375.00, babybook $110.00, number print unframed $55.00, framed $225.00, memory game $44.00.



Inke wallpaper tree and animals
June 20, 2008, 9:53 pm
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Today, I will be talking about nature inspired design, a little bit of a sharp contrast after yesterday’s feature on Dutch canal houses. However, I am not totally changing course, since today’s first pick also comes from the Netherlands.

Who would have thought that not decorating a whole wall with wallpaper, but only using wallpaper silhouettes in the shape of animals or trees would be so much more appealing? The idea had never occured to me, until I was totally smitten with this ingenious idea when I first saw it a few months ago. Not only is this a great idea for those of us, who want to beef up the interior without being overwhelmed by too many textures and patterns, but it also gives a bit of retro charm, while still being cool and not too kitschy. Last but not least, Dutch designer Inke Heiland’s creations are simply beautiful, and you can choose among a huge variety of prints in all sorts of colors. Among her collection are gorgeous wildlife animals, such ans elephants, monkeys and ostriches, but also wall-high trees. Though let me warn you, all wallpapers used are original vintage items. While that makes them even more beautiful, stocks are limited and color ranges change constantly. So if you see a design you really like, don’t hesitate too long with ordering. Even if you don’t care for animals, there are also wallpaper chairs, lamps and plants available, for a more ‘grown-up’ appeal!

Besides the wallpaper designs, Inke also offers a birdhouse lamp, a really awesome idea, and it looks simply stunning in combination with the tree wallpaper. And of course it perfectly complements today’s nature theme!

And wouldn’t these trees look amazing together with the Cocoon Couture enchanted forest tree I reviewed earlier? Colors and style are so much alike, just add a few little Inke birdies to surround the tree and your enchanted forest nursery is all set! And while I’m at it, the Ige owl mobile that I reviewed here would look nice with either item as well. By the way, I have just updated my retailer information for the Cocoon Couture items, as i have finally found a US online store that stocks the whole range 🙂

Inke’s creations can be ordered on her website, but you can also buy them in several stores around the globe, if you prefer to see how the prints turn out for real, just check the retailer information on her site, also if you are searching for an online retailer closer to you. Trees € 195.00 each, lamp € 149.95, animals: 2 little birds € 16.40, all big animals between € 39.60 and € 58.50. Prices are for a complete kit including instructions, wallpaper paste and brush, so you can get started immediately.



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 €.



Wonderful animal wall decals from Anna Wand

Wow, these are one of the most beautiful wall decorations I have found so far, and I am even so much in love with German company Anna Wand’s products that I think tomorrow I will feature some more on a different topic!  Now for the linguistic brainiacs among you, though the company name sounds like the name of its founder, Anna Wand is actually a funny wordplay, because it reflects the phonetics of sloppily saying “on the wall”, which is “an der Wand” in German.  Anyway, lets move on to their products, here are some pictures:


I really like how the fish and dragonflies bring the pink water lily scene to life, and all designs would work amazingly well with the Petit Pan kites reviewed above. The next stickers would match as well, or even better.  They give the room a bit of Asian flair and have a really unique design for wall decals.  Besides, wouldn’t the pink lampion look gorgeous in combination with the water liliy decals?  It is just the right amount of pink to add to a girl’s room, without making it too girly.  And they are equally suitable for all age groups, from baby to adult, which is a good thing if you don’t feel like redecorating every year or two in order to keep up with your constantly growing and developing children.  In fact the design is so great, it would work anywhere in the house.


Available at Design3000, dragonfly lampion 49.00€, butterlflies size m 59.00€, available in a multitude of colors.



Imagiplay’s imaginative animal puzzles, beauty in wood
June 13, 2008, 3:11 pm
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Today’s last items are Imagiplay‘s wooden puzzles.  I have to say, these are not the ordinary wooden toddler puzzles you see so many times.  Not only are their designs amazingly detailed and creative, but most are actually made for kindergarten or preschool children.  Some of their animal puzzles are composed of complete animal puzzle pieces so they can be used not only for puzzling, but for playing farm or jungle as well.  Imagiplay’s product range is so huge, kids will surely find their favorite animal.  From safari to sealife, or from farm to nativity scene, it’s all available!


To make things even better, these puzzles are handcrafted and handpainted from plantation wood, so they are eco-friendly as well! Plus, Imagiplay’s products are so beautiful, you want to display them on the shelves for everybody to see, and they look just perfect together in combination with the other animal objects presented today.  Here are two of my favorites (though I’m not really sure I do have a favorite, I just love them all!) aren’t the animal shaped pieces awesome:

Available in the Imagiplay online store. Animal alphabet $49.99, dinosaur puzzle $19.99,