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.



Nature inspired decor by Roost, not just for the nursery
June 20, 2008, 9:52 pm
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Actually Roost is not a company for children’s items, but their whole range of nature inspred lamps, vases, stools and what not is just too gorgeous to be left out. Besides, they do have a couple of really nice items that would fit perfectly into a nature inspired nursery, or one with classy chic, because even though the designs are nature inspired, they are anything but rough and country style. Quite on the contrary, Roost’s whole collection has a very unique and elegant look to it. Take a look at these lamps and you will immediately know what I’m talking about:


Made of matte porcelain, the owl lamp emits a warm, soft light. The birdcage lamp made of the center stalks of palm fronds has a white light diffusor inside with a bird stenciled on it and a cage door. As usual with fragile items that are not designed for tiny hands, you will have to keep them out of your child’s reach until they are old enough to handle them. But of course that is really not a problem for these items, as the owl lamp would look amazing on a shelf and the birdcage lamp being a pendant will be out of reach, but still visible to be admired, anyway.


Each bird from the flock of swallows mobile is handcarved from basswood and hung on a debarked, natural branch. The barnyard animals actually are an item for children, for those older than five years at least. They are made from wood, filt and natural fibres and come in a set of goat, sheep, pig and donkey.

Available at Velocity Art and Design, porcelain owl lamp $121.00, birdcage lamps $230.00-270.00, flock of swallows mobile $140.00, brushy barnyard animals $36.00.



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!



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.



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.



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,



Sunny design: Alexander Girard’s La Fonda Del Sol Carpet Tiles

Today it’s gray and rainy outside, so what options do you have, but to take the sun inside, if it doesn’t want to shine for you outside?  And who would be more apt to do just that than Alexander Girard?  If you have never heard of him, you may switch to my post above, where I’ve given a very brief introduction, or you may just contine reading and check out his increadible work by looking at these photos.

The La Fonda del Sol line by Girard was created for the, surprise surprise, La Fonda del Sol restaurant in 1960.  Though this restaurant has long disappeared from New York, his designs remain and are just as stunning and happyiness inducing as always, with their vibrant colors and folk-inspired sun-prints.  The whole La Fonda collection actually comprised a whole lot range of interior design, from wall-decor and table-ware to pillows and carpets.  Unfortunately, the other items are not available at the moment, I would have loved to introduce you to the La Fonda pillows.

But luckily, FLOR has introduced a carpet tile collection based on his sunny design 🙂 And though it is not specifically designed for a children’s room, and will certainly look great anywhere, with its warm colors and friendly faces, the La Fonda del Sol prints are surely perfect for a nursery or playroom.  Not to mention the tiles are made of soft velours and easy to clean, should a mess occur, and can even be pulled up and cleaned in a sink, if disaster strikes.  The pull-up feature is also great, if you want to rearrange the tiles, to give the room a new look, which is a truly great feature for children whose tastes will change many times.  Now you can have a carpet that develops with your  children, and introduces them to some great, timeless mid-century art as well!

The FLOR tiles come in packs of six, with large suns (one sun per tile) in the variants Azul (blue), Mandarina (orange) and Verde (green) and with small suns (nine suns per tile) in the multicolored Piqueño.

Available at FLOR, $159.99 for a six tile rug.