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.



Colorful, funky tableware by French Bull
June 18, 2008, 5:45 pm
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Today is all about color, lots of color, and some groovy design, that catapults you right back into the 60s and 70s. Here they are, the colorful mugs, plates and the whole shebang of Jackie Shapiro’s French Bull tableware:

All items are made of high quality melamine that is dishwasher and heat safe and will neither fade, chip nor discolor. So you can be sure these items will continue to look brandnew, so you can enjoy the great designs for a long time. And of course that makes sense, because not only are their designs so much more appealing than the standard Disney character tableware, of which you grow tired aleady right after purchasing, but you can even get your own set of French Bull wares, too! Now that promises to be a great, colorful picknick and barbecue season!


Check out Cocoa Crayon for the collection, e.g. printed bowl $7, kids set $22, Cup $6, discontinued items are 20% off.



Colorful, hippie wall decals by Anna Wand
June 18, 2008, 5:43 pm
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I said last week I would probably feature some more of Anna Wand’s products (click here for my last feature on their products). Well, these hippie-style stickers are just perfect for today’s feature with all their vibrant colors, flower themes and peace symbols.


Available at Design 3000 , and hopefully soon, the Anna Wand website will also be available in English (at least they say so), as you can also order directly from there.



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,



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