Tuesday 31 January 2012

Cool Birds


White skies, white flakes, white roofs,
all white now.
It is snowing all over France today
and our garden is slowly changing colour.
It's freezing cold outside and suddenly, all I can hear is birds,
so many of them,
looking for food.

Birdhouses - Koolbird
Vintage bird prints - Hindsvik
Fabric birds - Abigail Brown

P for ...


Love, love, love!
P for Passionate, Professional People at Playtime.

Monday 30 January 2012

Playtime Paris Picks: Scalaë

Scalaë's beautiful, colourful stand was definitely one of the highlights for me at the current Playtime Paris tradefair.

I picked one of Laetitia's pretty soft pillows for one of my first contributions to Babiekins Magazine (watch out for the new issue coming soon!) when she'd just started out and was genuinely surprised and pleased to see how she'd expanded her collection of handmade accessories and decorative objects for kids and mums in such a short space of time.

Watch out for her soft pink flamingoes, fish mobiles and incredibly cute magic dolls (see 1st photo above). I loved absolutely everything and am not surprised that this prolific designer / maker has already notched up a long list of stockists in France and abroad.

Inspiration: Orange & Blue

Happy Colour My Monday!

The sun is shining brightly here but it's nippy outside to say the least.
I love this kind of invigorating weather.

I'd like to start the week with three beautiful animal links.

It's a shame I couldn't find a fable to match. Anyone interested in writing one???

 I bought Miles a copy of the bilingual Conte pour oreiller / Ask the Stars by Ludmilla & Sylvain Favardin from Lidu at Christmas, and definitely recommend both the book and the publishing house.

 You'll find more picture of the Ada Perry Collection here.

Sunday 29 January 2012

Playtime Paris - First Impressions

I had a fun day in Paris yesterday at Playtime.

The tradefair was full of surprises and above all, a great opportunity to meet blogging friends such as Peggy, Michelle, Linda, Justine, Françoise and Paola, who made me a super cute Kickcan & Conkers biscuit on the Vogue Bambini Stand.

I discovered some new artists, photographers, designers and brands and I'm looking forward to sharing my favourite finds this week.


Folded faces by Yves Koerkel

Vogue Bambini 's Environment & Eating Design Space
(a joint collaboration between Paola Noe - Unduetrestellababy, Peridea and Le Macchinine)

Bonne Dimanche !

Friday 27 January 2012


Early to bed, early to rise.

I'm off to Paris tomorrow to meet a few of my blogging pals at

Bon Week-end !

High Five

I'd like to kick off my new Hive Five feature with a selection of trees,
all equally beautiful.

Tree Cheeks - Smallest Stories
Puff Bosque - Miga de Pan
Tree & Flower Pillows - Colette Bream


#FF- Fun Find

We're hopping over to the Czech Republic for this week's #FF post. It could have been a Fler Find actually since this is where I first came across TojaToys' bright and cheerful building blocks.

Made from rubber foam and covered in multicoloured fabric (velvet terry-cloth and another soft material), these soft cubes fix together with velcro and can be used to invent chairs, beds, shops, castles, whatever you want in fact. The sets come in big and small sizes (carpet included in some options) and although they're not cheap, would certainly make a fun, good-looking play area somewhere public or at home, if you have the space.