Mini labo: adorable soft toys, decals and more
June 25, 2008, 10:31 pm
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Bonjour tout le monde 🙂 I decided that I will be dedicating today’s posts to beautiful French products and will kick right of with Mini Labo‘s fabulous items. They produce beautifully printed pillows, cuddly soft toys (or doudous, as the French call them), screenprinted posters, wall decals and even bags, badges and notebooks! The wonderful Mini Labo style includes ornate flower and bird prints with a vintage feel, but they also have signature fawn and dog designs among others.

Take a look at their notebooks and bags, so many beautiful designs to choose from.

Aren’t Mini Labo’s soft toys just beautiful? So colorful and cute, they include a whole range, whose creation was partly inspired by Alice in Wonderland (from top left to bottom right): le lapin d’Avril (the April rabbit), le chat sourit (the smiling cat), love cat, Simon and le nouveau lapin d’Avril (the new April rabbit)
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But Mini Labo also has beautiful pillows, the ‘il y a un arbre’ (there’s a tree) cushion is my favorite:

And last but not least, Mini Labo’s beautiful wall stickers,wouldn’t they look great in combination with the Roost birdcage lamp I blogged about earlier?

The whole collection is available at Mes habits chéris, one of the few French onlineshops with an English website. All of the doudous, except for the Simon the bear, can also be bought at Ahbookids.



Sweet vintage: Zoé de las Cases let’s you travel back in time

The essence of a beautiful childhood and past, happy memories are bottled up in French designer Zoé de las Cases‘ beautiful products. This French brand combines vintage photos with colorful drawing and children’s handwriting, and the result is extremely adorable and extremely French! Check out these cardboard gift boxes, postcards, paper dolls, adhesive cardboard characters and magnets:


Available at Mes habits chéris. Magnets €25.00, cardboard characters €10.00, paper dolls €13.00, cardboard boxes €8.75.



Vintage book bags by Miniséri
June 25, 2008, 10:30 pm
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I know it’s only summer now, but back to school sales start much earlier than fall. So if you want to spice up your kids’ school supplies and are looking for some really out of the ordinary bags with a French vintage feel to them, I have the perfect items for you here. And even better: there are also great totes, satchels and other items for adults, not just for kids! I bet the bigger ones would make great diaper bags, too!


Miniséri is a very young company, whose first collection was only presented in January 2007. They produce a range of children’s accessories, mainly bags of all kinds and sizes, from book bags to lunch bags, handbags, shoulder bags… They are all beautifully crafted, most are in leather, and many also have French prints on the top flap.


Available at Mes habits chéris. Big bookbag (grand cartable) €90.00, small bookbag (petit cartable) €65.00, mini bookbag/purse (mini cartable) €80.00 (leather) €49.00 (fabric)



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 €.



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,