after heading to ibiza in october two years in a row, we decided to change things up a little bit this year. we booked a family holiday with my parents on the island of mallorca for the end of may. we found the perfect house via BALEARIC VILLAS. it is spacious but cozy, modern but charming, and drop-dead-gorgeous from every little nook to every little cranny.

i fell deeply in love with this house, its gorgeous garden and swimming pool and its outdoor kitchen and dinner area. i’ll be sharing some more photos from the inside of the house in another post, but for now i already wanted to share some of my favorite snapshots from our family trip.

a week was too short, but otherwise this vacation came pretty close to being absolutely perfect. i started my mornings taking my coffee by the pool, we ate grilled vegetables from the bbq every day, juliet rarely came out of the swimming pool and we barely left the property except to go buy fresh food. i read two whole books (shanthi sekaran’s LUCKY BOY and emma cline’s THE GIRLS), took naps in the shade of those beautiful sun umbrellas and had more aperitivos than is probably healthy or normal for any human being.

mallorca has really great weather in may and june, so it’s the perfect destination if you want to get a head start on summer. i also found the few places where we went outside of our house so charming and beautiful… i’ll share some photos from our trip to palma and pollença later, too. i did regret not exploring more of the island on our first visit there, but that’s a good reason to return soon. i hear there are so many cute little mountain villages that are worth visiting, if only for the many places producing and selling gorgeous ceramics.

it felt good to travel to a place that is not as hyped or buzzing as ibiza, though we did miss those typical ibizean vibes that make you feel so welcome and relaxed from the minute you step off the plane. our flight to mallorca was a lot busier, as were the airport and mallorca’s bigger towns and roads. it’s a much bigger island and you can feel that. it’s a bit harder to find the places where you can feel like a local. i also think may is a busier month than october (when we used to go to ibiza) so we definitely were not the only ones there. if you like that kind of peace and quiet, it’s probably a good idea to go either a bit earlier or a lot later in the year.

in any case i can’t wait to start planning our next trip there, so i’m calling on all mallorca connoisseurs and lovers. what are your favorite places on the island? we really needed some down time during this trip, so we barely did any research beforehand, but for our next adventure i’d love to make a loooooong to-do list.

we stayed at the CAN PELUT property available for rent via BALEARIC VILLAS • juliet is wearing MINIMALISMA in all the photos • my aztec-inspired top and dress are from PLUTO ON THE MOON • all photos by stephanie duval and matthias rabaey

guys, do you still remember what juliet’s room looked like when she wasn’t born yet and we had just moved into our apartment? whenever i look at THOSE PICTURES right now, i can’t believe how clean and uncosy the space was before she arrived. as you can see in THIS POST i started adding some colorful touches little by little, until end of last year her room evolved into THIS WARMER AND COZIER PLACE for her to feel good and safe. but it wasn’t until i hit the playful-warmth-and-coziness motherload a few weeks ago, that her room really came together…

browsing the new arrivals on the new KIDS LOVE DESIGN webshop, i stumbled upon this gorgeous beauty of a rug by lorena canals. it is obviously inspired by the traditional and colorful beni ouarain moroccan rugs, but it’s quite a bit less expensive and when it gets dirty you can just throw this version in the washer. needless to say – i was sold the minute i first spotted it, and was convinced this was exactly what juliet’s room needed to become the playful paradise i had in mind for her.

perhaps it’s because i introduced it so enthusiastically to her, but juliet was a fan right away, too. lately she’s become obsessed with baby yoga (did i mention we have the most amazing daycare here in switzerland? i love that they introduced my kid to this – she might even encourage me to finally take up yoga with her!), and the giant rug gives her ample space to practice her downward dog and her favorite pose, the butterfly (‘when your feet give each other kisses’, are her instructions.) it’s also her favorite place to play hide and seek with whatever throw or blanket is closest to her, to grab a book from the new book racks i improvised with spice racks from ikea and read it stretched out on the floor… we don’t have a rug that is as fluffy and cozy as this one in our living room, so her own room is fast becoming her favorite place to hang out.

to be honest, i hadn’t anticipated the rug would fit in so well as it does. i feel like all the little things i’ve bought or found and started throwing together now finally start making sense. from the soft pinks to the golden mustard tones that started accumulating, it all needed just a little more color to tie it all together. and it turns out a tiny bit of boho charm, too. i found those cute tassel key chains in a souvenir shop on mallorca, and i love how the colors seem to fit exactly with the ones in the rug. i couldn’t have planned it any better, but i feel like it’s even more meaningful because it was all spur of the moment.

i’m curious – what is your approach to designing your home, or your kids’ room? do you plan it all out, do you seek help from a professional, or do you do as i do – search, gather, collect and pray that it all works out in the end?

so many things in juliet’s room came from (or can be found at) my favorite kids design store in divonne (and online shop, too) KIDS LOVE DESIGN – that gorgeous lorena canals rug, her oeuf nyc bed, the budtzbendix changing table • juliet’s bed is made with CAMOMILE LONDON, KONGESSLOEJD and KIDWILD linens. the numero74 flag line, canopy and bed bumper i found at LIDOR (which has an amazing selection of that brand). the mustard throw is from belgian brand POMAX, and the cute baby blankets, bear lovey and pink knit pillow are also belgian-made, from HVID • juliet is wearing an outfit by GRO COMPANY, slippers from EASYPEASY and sandals from LIMONSODA • the wooden toy camera is from ZOEN VOOR GUST and the crocodile pillow is from GRAMPA PARIS. please leave a comment if you’d like to know the origins of anything else in the photos • all photos by stephanie duval

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my name is stephanie duval, and i am a storyteller. this blog is where i share my favorite stories about design, travel, fashion and the nice things in life.

 

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