Juliet’s Little Room

November 27, 2016 • BabyInterior

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it’s still very much a work in progress, but i wanted to share a glimpse into juliet’s room as i am changing it to become a warmer and more colorful place. it’s been a year since i last showed SOME SNAPS FROM HER NURSERY and a lot has changed since then, but i do see it as a kind of natural development – not a complete overhaul. having started from a completely monochrome room, i gradually started adding more color (gimme all the pink) and started gravitating towards a mixture of textile accessories and fun, soft details.

earlier this year, i started putting together a moodboard to change up the vibe a little bit. you can see it HERE, but i think the pictures above are obvious enough! ever since i laid eyes on that golden canopy, i knew that was the key piece i wanted. i also wanted a new bed bumper as the one she had was pretty, but didn’t quite fit her toddler size crib (70x140cm instead of 60x120cm – seriously, it is SO hard to find a good bed bumper for that size). then i stumbled upon the beautiful webshop of LIDOR, and with a little help from lovely owner margriet, i started making some choices.

the golden, almost caramel-like, color helped blend the black-and-white base of her room with the pink details i already added. it somehow makes the pink look warmer, less girly and more earthy. jules the crocodile from GRAMPA also made its way from the living room into juliet’s room, and i added that lovely golden flower print from CAMOMILE LONDON in the black lounge chair to soften it up. that was probably the best advice margriet could have given me – try to repeat colors throughout the room, so that you don’t create an ‘island of color’ in one nook. i admit i strategically chose those two sweaters hanging on the ladder because their colors fit her room decor so well…

suddenly everything started coming together – i changed the white metal cabinet for an untreated wooden one, added some of my books, made a wreath with eucalyptus and decided to keep a bunch of fresh branches near her door to keep that amazing scent around and add an extra touch of green. i still need to hang a beautiful poster and frame some pictures, add a little table and chair, and i want to create a library nook somewhere to keep her favorite books within reach. all in due time… some of the things in the photos have been around since juliet was born, some are new additions. with the holidays in my mind, i decided to create a little guide to juliet’s style and i’ve added the links to my favorite shops below. let me know if i forgot to include anything!

colorful flags, golden canopy and bed bumper from numero 74 SHOP IT AT LIDOR.NL • lounge chair from hay SHOP IT AT MASTER MEUBEL • pink waffle blanket from ELODIE DETAILS • mustard crocodile pillow from GRAMPA • house pillow and floral print pillow in lounge chair and salmon pink pillow in bed from CAMOMILE LONDON • rocking horse from OOH NOO • pink pine cone print from PAPER COLLECTIVE • bed from oeuf nyc and rug from pile poil SHOP THEM AT KIDS LOVE DESIGN • net bag via COMPTOIR DES OBJETS • bunny cuddles from jellycat, gold sneakers from veja, deep pink cardigan from aymara, changing table from budtzbendix, giraffe soft toy from done by deer SHOP IT ALL AT HET LAND VAN OOIT • golden cardigan from MARMAR • juliet’s outfit from GRO • bordeaux storytelling blanket rolled up in basket and ghost rattle on shelves from FABELAB • pink polka dot bed bumper rolled up in basket from april showers • cat print mattress sheet from KIDWILD • duvet cover from konges sløjd SHOP IT AT KLEINES KARUSSELL • black polka dot shoes from MARUTI • white shelves from VIPP • custom made lightbox from jvbdesign • black and white type posters from PLAYTYPE • be your own kind of beautiful poster from I LOVE MY TYPE • camera soft toy from RICE BABY SHOP

photos by stephanie duval

Framily Holiday

July 13, 2016 • BabyIbizaLife

well it only took me nine months to edit the photos of our framily trip to ibiza last october, but i still feel like sharing them, even though juliet has grown half a person since then. i’ve been thinking a lot about this trip for a lot of reasons. one of them is we just attended the wedding of very dear friends on ibiza a few weeks ago, and another is that i am craving a holiday like i have never craved a holiday before. when i look back on these past nine months, it’s no wonder i didn’t find the time to poke around lightroom (let alone make a selection of the nicest shots and have them printed and framed – some day though). that week spent with our framily – friends we definitely consider family – was about sharing our experiences as new parents as much as sharing our hopes and dreams for the future.

as i explained in the previous post, nele – who i hope won’t shoot me in the morning when she sees i’ve included pictures of her and her little family in this post – and i have started a business together last year. we did that right before both giving birth to our first baby daughters an hour and a half apart. i swear we didn’t plan it that way, and it sure posed some scheduling and timing and other challenges in running our fresh new business together while rocking our fresh new babies to sleep behind the computer basically all day every day of our maternity leave. but it’s also the reason why we need half a word to understand each other today – having gone through the exact same thing at the exact same time.

nele’s husband and mine have been friends for a really really long time, and i have know him for what seems like forever, too, so it was such a good time spent with our two families in the same house on our favorite island. disclaimer – we got an ah-ma-zing deal on that crazy villa, which could have been situated in beverly hills for the looks of it. we loved its laid-back vibe, huge pool, outdoor kitchen and weird old-fashioned marble bathrooms with giant jacuzzis. i kid you not. but i digress! one of my favorite moments has to have been when we opened up one bottle of cava after the other by the pool, little juliet and elle both blisfully asleep at the same time (literally the ONLY time that happened), brainstorming about our business. we’ve grown so much since then. we’ve made mistakes, we screwed some things up, but we also learned valuable life lessons and continued to refine our vision until we felt like we’d created a razorsharp picture of what we’d like the future to look like. we’ve also met many amazing people in the process, and we’ve created things that we are extremely proud of. i think back of that holiday and can’t believe it’s only been nine months – not even enough time to create a new baby, but it was enough for us to create our dream jobs.

speaking of dreaming… i can’t wait to pack up those lovely MARA MEA dresses again to hit the beach this summer. we’re leaving for belgium in a few days, and we’ll spend some time at the belgian coast, in our home town antwerp and in our beloved amsterdam. i can’t wait to explore new and old places with my favorite two-some again. juliet is growing so fast, and she’s currently hit the ‘extremely-early-extremely-annoying-terrible-two-toddler-wannabe’ phase and whew, it’s a doozy. i’m trying to keep my expectations low so i won’t be disappointed if she doesn’t behave like i want her to all the time. what a difference with nine months ago, when she was just starting to feel better after having been sick for most of the first six months of her life. honestly though, even though parenting is proving to be much more of a challenge than i had ever expected, it’s still such an awesome experience.

it helps to have multiple people in your life to share a bottle of vino and have a bitch fest with though, so cheers to that! and cheers to a few more ibiza posts coming your way – hopefully still in time to inspire those who are headed to the balearics, not just create FOMO in everyone else.

photos by STEPHANIE DUVAL • sun dresses by maternity label (not just for pregnant ladies, obviously!) MARA MEA • giant outdoor pillow INTO THE FOLD • céline sunglasses DE WOLF OPTICIENS (who just launched their webshop, yay!) • mint diaper changing mat CAM CAM • best (dutch) guide to ibiza ever written, by anne poelmans I NEVER BELIEVED IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT UNTIL I SAW IBIZA (you gotta love that title) • juliet’s sun hat NOE & ZOE and navy body MARMAR • play mat slash storage bag (also known as best invention ever for parents and kids on the go) KAOS


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