Inke wallpaper tree and animals
June 20, 2008, 9:53 pm
Filed under: Decor | Tags: , , , , , ,

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.

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All things Danish: Cool Viking shirts from Danefae
June 12, 2008, 2:53 pm
Filed under: Fashion | Tags: , , , ,

Denmark is not only a country, it’s also the theme for today’s posts, well not so much the country, rather Danish children’s design, and there are quit a few nice companies!  I start the day with the really cool and also slightly retro clothes manufacturer Danefae.  And yes, again retro, but all Skandinavian children’s apparel has a nice dose of retro blended in.

They have some awesome designs and are especially known for their Viking themed prints, which is also their logo.  But they do have some other great designs, such as an apple tree and a mermaid, though my absolute favorite is their Viking head.  Plus, they don’t only have cool Viking shirts, and not only for kids, they have everything, the whole range, and for everyone.  So from onesies to coats, from baby to adult, everything is available in their webshop (yes, they even have a webshop, with international delivery, too)!  So go and rock some Viking fashion!


Check out their webshop, e.g. long sleeve shirt for kids or onesie €30.75 each.



Owlicious tableware from Sweden: More of Scandinavia

New week, new topic: owls.  There is such a nice variety of children’s design depicting owls.  I really don’t know why there is this focus, and why we don’t see more children’s items with, flamingos or lynxes, they are pretty, too.  But in any case, there is some really adorable owl design available.  And moving back to Scandinavia, in fact to be more specific, to a company named More of Scandinavia (now that’s telling isn’t it?), I want to present you some great looking tableware and anything else, a toddler needs to learn how to feed himself.  As usual, the Swede’s got it right again, creating a design that is childfriendly, but not cheesy, and still classy and timeless.

Also, More of Scandinavia has a nice collection in general, not just for kids.  So if you are looking to spice up the dining room with a bit of new crockery, check out their entire collection of modern flatware.

Available at Scandinavian Design Center, if you can only find the mug, select the other items out of the drop-down “choose between” menu.  Mug and plate available in black, bib and place mat in each red and green.



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



After vintage Wednesday comes retro Thursday: A balance scooter from skippertoys
June 5, 2008, 6:20 pm
Filed under: Toys and games | Tags: , , , , ,

I liked the idea of having a historical theme, so I varied it a bit for today and voilà, there it was, today’s retro Thursday, with a bit of mod appeal blended in.  So of course, thinking about mod style, my first item for today had to be this übercool balance scooter by Skippertoys, which is designed with the classical appearance of an italian Vespa in mind.  So now your tots can really play in style! Look at these pictures, isn’t it just such a great, stylish variation of the classical balance bike?

Of course there is nothing wrong with a traditional balance bike, in fact it is an absolutely ingenious product, giving your child the freedom to move, and join you on even long strolls to the park, hikes or wherever, without whining.  But more than that, they effortlessly exercise their sense of balance and their motor skills, so when it is time to step up to a real bike, this won’t take any effort at all, and your child won’t even need any stabilizers.  So just a great product that takes away parents’ worries from teaching their children how to ride a bike, because they learn it intuitively with the balance bike, without the fear of falling, because the feet can always be used to prevent the bike from tipping.  And above all, kids love it because of the huge fun factor involved: moving around at higher speed, going down sloped terrain, once they master the balance bike a bit better, or simply the proud feeling of being able to be ‘biking’ already.

But then, the traditional models just look somewhat dull in my opinion, with their unvarnished plywood look.  To me, they always look a bit like a dad’s DIY project.  Fortunately, style has moved into the balance bike department with these Vespa inspired scooters.  The name of the iconic Vespa already sais it all: These things look cool!  They are made of 12mm plywood with hardwearing lacquer and rubber wheels, suitable for ages 2-5, and come in red, black and two shades of pastel (blue and pink).

Available with a 22% discount, for £77.00 from Fatbananafeet, including seatcover.  They have all colors except blue.  If you desperately want a blue one, check out Objects of Design, available for £95.00, also including seat cover.



Retro inspired t-shirts by Dandystar

Moving further along with today’s retro theme towards apparel.  I came across these great t-shirts by Dandystar, and I just had to share them with you.  They have a great retro feel about them, color- and print wise, and look just gorgeous, with their mostly happy themes, such as ‘smile’ or ‘fun’, packed into some 70’s inspired design and with the charm of iron-on applications, which used to be included in some children’s magazines back then.  Dandystar has styles available for babies, kids and even adults, so everyone can wear his favorite dandy shirt!  Basically, the creators’ motto is ‘to create timeless, fresh optimistic pieces’, and that really shows.  Look at these great designs:

Dandystar has its own onlineshop, children’s t-shirts available for £20.



Retro baby shoes from Australia: Cheeky Little Soles
June 5, 2008, 1:45 pm
Filed under: Accessories, Fashion | Tags: , , , , ,

Now that I am already in the apparel section, I cannot hold back from presenting you these super-retro baby shoes from Australia’s Cheeky Little Soles.  They have some really great designs that blend in just perfectly with today’s theme, especially this one pair:

I can’t speak for your childhood, but for my brother and me, Herbie was just the greatest, and boy was he disappointed when he watched Knightrider for the same time, because it was just this super-computer and totally lacked Herbie’s charm.  But these shoe’s bring it all back!

They have the common features of quality, leather baby shoes: soft, non-slippery sole, washable, safe for ‘toe suckers’, easy slip-on-stay-on design.

Cheeky Little Soles also have some other great styles, here are some examples:

Check them out in their online shop, AUS$31.95 (that is approximately US$30.63).