Friday 31 August 2012

#FF - Feel-Good Friday

What can I say?
Sharma hats, earwarmers and headbands - you're bound to get a few stares wearing one of these amazing handmade creations by Irata Too, but what a fantastic way to stand out from the crowd!

Dare I don those pom-poms for the school run? Not sure about that, but I can easily imagine a colourful headdress hanging on a wall somewhere in our home.

Tribal fun for play & display

Happy Feel-Good Friday!

Thursday 30 August 2012

High Five #39

 Back to school next week!
My three children are well past the kindergarten stage and certainly never had access to good-looking furniture like this!

Simple, smart, and colourful, I love this nursery school furniture by

Chain Reaction

 Inevitably, one good thing leads to another...

How can I talk about Freida Mellama without mentioning FreidaMaria, her collaborative concept / styling /photography project with Margo Weijer?

Many of you will already be familiar with the creative duo's feel-good "vive la fête"  book and will have admired their styling work in magazines.

Frieda and Margo now have separate websites and today I would like to share some of the latter's beautiful textile designs for children and the home.

You can buy these handembroidered cushions from Margo's webshop and perhaps send her an email if anything else catches your eye. I love her necklaces and tees too, so take your time, and have a good look round - a hidden gem for sure!

Wednesday 29 August 2012

Inspiration: Lab 71

I fell into the creative world of Frieda Mellama yesterday

and was happy to sit there, quietly, for a while,

or longer,

admiring all the beauty,

 the styling,

the product design,

 the photography...

Yes, it's hard to pull yourself away.


If you are looking for help in any of these areas

could be the one for you.

all images: Frieda Mellama / Lab 71

Tuesday 28 August 2012

Inspiration: Cahier de l'Articho #4

 Book cover by Chamo

 One hundred and sixteen pages of colourful fun!

 I've just ordered the latest Cahier de l'Articho for a friend, and I'm sure she's going to love it!

 Delphine Durand


 Antonio Ladrillo

 A collaborative piece, this 4th triangular artists' book has a geometric theme and includes work by 36 well-known & much-loved illustrators in France and beyond*.

You can buy a copy for yourself  - or for a friend - from the association's website 



Ludovic Boulard Lefur (Fr), Paul Cabon (Fr), Gwénola Carrère (Be), Chamo (Fr), Jay Cover (Uk), Delphine Durand (Fr), Estocafich (Fr), Espen Friberg (Norway), Guillaumit (Fr), Candice Hayat (Fr), Bettina Henni (Fr), Mari Kanstad Johnson (Sweden), Kerozen (Fr), Jan Kruse (Ger), Antonio Ladrillo (Spain), Ginette Lapalme (Ca), Paul Loubet (Fr), Antoine Marchalot (Fr), Vincent Mathy (Be), Aino-Maija Metsola, Séverin Millet (Fr), Mogu (Jp), Moolinex (Fr), Morgan Navarro (Fr), Marcus Oakley (UK), Parrondo (Be), Vincent Pianina (Fr), Plancton 9 (Fr), Lili Scratchy (Fr), Sammy Stein (Fr), Àl Tàmas (Hungary), Brecht Vandenbroucke (Be), Baptiste Virot (Fr), Yassine (Fr), Zeloot (NL).


Sunday 26 August 2012

High Five #38

High Five for these quirky, colourful wooden toys designed by Juan Alonso and Susana Aparicio, the creative duo behind the Watermeloncat company.

For play and display, I do love a nice balancing toy!

Saturday 25 August 2012

Shop Update

Please bear with me.
I am working on a big shop update.
Slowly but surely I am filling those virtual shelves.
The colour-in-house posters and baby books will be back in stock shortly, please send me an email if you would like to pre-order (they sell out very quickly).

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday 22 August 2012

High Five #37


I have already featured Czech eco-toy maker Unlimited Design this year, in fact their flat-pack tents are a personal fave. I like to keep an eye on small up-and-coming brands like this, and have to say, I'm rarely disappointed.

Made from sturdy, corrugated, recyclable cardboard Unlimited Design's new products are both ecological and pleasing to the eye. The white paper surfaces can be painted and decorated to match your child's bedroom / play space, and the toys also double up as a fun craft activity, particularly in the case of the dolls
I'm sure many a little boy, and mum, would love to play with then display their car collection on a wall like that too...

I like them white with just a touch of colour, but that's me in my mid-life, minimalist home phase...

The Czech handmade market FLER is full of wonderful finds but I've had trouble signing up for membership in the past. Anyone else had this problem?