there is so much fun in preparing for a new baby in your life – but i gotta admit i spend at least as much time worrying about it, too. those first few months with juliet were a challenge, to say the least, and in some ways it now feels like we are preparing for battle or something. i am especially wary of the sleepless nights that are undoubtedly in our future, so i am not just preparing our little girls’ room (for when they can start sharing it after the first few months), but i am also giving our parental bedroom a bit of a makeover.

we’ll put the baby in a cradle in our room for those first few months, so that means we’ll be spending lots of night time moments feeding, burping, changing and soothing her right there. we have already put the changing table back into the corner where it used to be when juliet first arrived, and i am planning on adding a cosy chair somewhere, too. but something that i wanted to get done much faster, was the addition of a little lamp on my side of the bed.

in our previous apartement we used to have an ARTEMIDE tolomeo micro table lamp on either side of the bed, but when we moved into this place, i hung up that black metal bedside table on my side and the table lamp didn’t quite fit on there anymore. for some reason, i stopped looking for a decent replacement, and we got in the habit of using just one beside lamp for the both of us. needless to say, it’s not very convenient whenever i want to get out of bed earlier or want to read a little longer… i can’t count the times i’ve hit my toe against the wall, stumbling around in the dark.

i figured i needed to do something before the new baby arrived and i would trip straight into her crib in the middle of the night, so i started scrolling through endless options online. i knew i wanted something timeless and that would fit with the tolomeo micro on the other side. in the end i opted for the TOLOMEO PINZA, that i can simply ‘pinch’ onto my bedside table (which conveniently has a hidden compartment that hides most of the lamp’s cable from view).

i am trying to approach the prospect of sleepless nights as positively as possible, by adding cute and nice items here and there and focusing on the nice moments we’ll share with the new baby. a good night serum and body oil on the night stand to take good care of myself, a deliciously scented lavender bag (thanks MINIMALISMA) next to my pillow to fall back asleep more easily, tiny cute clothes and beautiful muslin cloths for those midnight changes…

i’m curious to hear – what are some ways in which you prepare(d) for the many, many (AND MANY MORE) sleepless nights that come with new parenthood?

photos by stephanie duval • bedside DESIGN LAMPS by MICHELE DE LUCCHI for artemide • post in collaboration with MISTERDESIGN.BE

Magic At Het Land Van Ooit

February 16, 2018 • Home DecorKids

my relationship with HET LAND VAN OOIT started many, many years ago, when my sister had her first baby and put up her gift registry there. then my belgian friends started having babies and registering there, too. and even for the ones who didn’t, i often found myself stopping by the shop for gifts for their little ones. i didn’t know any place that had such a huge selection of beautiful brands and products, and of course it helped that the shop is right around the corner of where my parents live. but that’s not the only reason why het land van ooit earned a spot in my heart. the shop has grown so much over the past decade, but it’s still foremost a warm family business with the most passionate team.

three years ago, this shop is where we went to get most of the practical stuff we needed with juliet on the way. today, i find myself rediscovering the shop all over again, looking for the nicest things to add to our home for the arrival of juliet’s baby sister. there are even more brands to choose from now, and more lovely corners to get inspired by in the physical shop. when i went there a few weeks ago to start the registry (more on that later) i took a quick tour to take some pictures and show you around.

what you see in the photos are little peeks into the light and bright gift registry room, where the parents of newborn babies fill cupboards full of goodies. i especially love the slightly closed off zone where parents get some one on one time with het land van ooit’s super experienced staff, who guide them through tough decisions to be made. thought the shop has become positively gigantic over the years, it never feels like you’re strolling through a supermarket for kids stuff – lots of beautifully decorated nooks and corners make sure that you feel inspired all around. also, and i speak from personal experience, if you walk in here once every week, there’s something new to discover every. single. time!

i also wanted to show you the biggest decision we’ve made so far in terms of baby prep – the new baby bed! if you’ve been following along my baby prep adventure on INSTAGRAM, you may have seen some stories from my visit and already know i fell head over heels in love with the crib from OLIVER FURNITURE. their new mini wood+ is pictured on the 7th photo above, and though obviously i think it’s reall really pretty, let me tell you about its genius, too… like many other baby cots, it transforms to adapt to different stages in your kid’s life. so it start out as a small, cozy baby crib, that you can expand to junior size and open up on the side to let your kid get in and out by themself.

but what i love most about it, is that after that stage (where most other beds stop) you can buy a kit to convert the bed into a junio-sized and junior-height highsleeper! there wasn’t an example of that in het land van ooit (which showcases only oliver furniture’s full-size highsleeper), but i got a good look at it while i was at maison&objet last september, and you can discover it on oliver furniture’s WEBSITE, too. it’s so beautiful, and so good that it’s not full-blown single person size… it feels like a much cozier space for kids to make their own when they’re not quite babies anymore, but not quite teenagers either.

the plan that immediately formed in my head is this – juliet’s baby sister will sleep in her brand new cot until juliet is old enough to enjoy (and be safe on) a highsleeper and then i’ll switch baby sister to juliet’s junior sized bed. we’ll go through the different conversions of the mini wood+ much faster than if we would use it for just one kid, and i think this way we’ll get the most out of the bed we already have and the new one. you guys – i never thought i’d be able to get so excited about a BED, but there you go.

in the meantime, the bed is making its way over here so i can start planning where everyone is going to sleep (in my denial-heavy ideal world, everyone is going to SLEEP. A LOT.) so now the only thing left for me to do is choose the bedding and decorations to make it a beautiful and personal little space for the baby. i have no doubt in my mind i’ll find what i’m looking for at het land van ooit, which stocks (among MANY other brands) my absolute favorite CAMOMILE LONDON and gorgeous belgian brands LES RÊVES D’ANAÏS and COCO&PINE… the only difficulty i imagine having is narrowing down the thousands of options!

photos by stephanie duval • post in collaboration with HET LAND VAN OOIT


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