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Life In Miniature Size

February 25, 2019 • DesignKids

when juliet had to give up her pacifiers to santa last year, we knew santa had to offer something rrrrreally good in return. her fourth birthday already in sight, it was high time to get rid of her paci’s, but we were all dreading the actual moment. we had been playing around with the idea of building a doll house ourselves, but when i came across this extra large version online, it was like they had seen our sketches and done the work for us, so we quickly decided this was what santa was going to give juliet in exchange for her equally large dummy collection. i want to say i’ll never forget the look on her face when she saw it on christmas morning, but she was just utterly and completely confused! to be fair, the house is so big we didn’t wrap it, and it seemed like we just added a piece of furniture to our living room to hold the little gifts for our kids… but ever since she figured out the house was the actual gift, she hasn’t stopped playing with it. and neither have i.

i have to admit – i was probably more excited about the doll house than juliet initially was. i spent an hour putting all of her maileg mice and bunnies on display to surprise her on christmas, but it has become one of my habits to regularly redecorate her house and create all kinds of ‘situations’ with her little dolls. she’s received so many cute things for the house already, but i am constantly on the lookout for original, cool things to add, and am always so excited when i see her incorporate them in her playing routines. the maileg furniture is super cute and fun, but i like to mix it up with other things and see her get creative with them.

i had always loved the VITRA miniatures collection – those cute 1:16 scale versions of the furniture we so admire or love in our own home. i just never really saw them ending up in our home as decoration, until now, obviously. i waited a little while to get juliet her very first piece until i knew for sure she wasn’t throwing the doll house furniture around and breaking things, but when i witnessed her playing for hours on end, so careful to put everything just right, to seat the bunnies in the chairs and put the mice to sleep underneath their blankets… it was just too cute to handle. i decided the dolls needed their own EAMES RAR CHAIR, so now the larger bunnies can rock the baby bunnies to sleep in style.

juliet’s first reaction when she opened up the wooden box the chair comes in, was to use the wooden box as a mouse hideaway, which is the most adorable thing, of course. but she then recognized the design of the rocking chair to be similar to our own VITRA CHAIRS and she was so excited to see a piece of her own world represented in miniature size. i guess getting excited about smaller versions of large objects is pretty much a universal thing. i know i have more fun tidying up this little house than our actual home…

photos by stephanie duval • post in collaboration with MISTER DESIGN

we live in a pretty spacious apartment here in switzerland – we’re lucky enough to have a large guest room and separate guest bathroom, so that friends and family who visit us can enjoy some privacy during their stay (and us, too, of course). it might not be a must in ever house hold, but if you live 700km away from your closest circle, it’s not a luxury. so when i got pregnant with eloise, we started imagining different scenarios as to where she would sleep. obviously she’d stay in our room for the first few weeks or months – as long as wakes up in the middle of the night to be fed. but when she starts sleeping through the night, what’s next?

we deliberated putting her crib in the guest bedroom, but even though i like the room, it’s nowhere near as cozy and warm and welcoming for a baby as juliet’s room or ours. then we considered putting juliet in the guest bedroom, but it just feels so sad to move her from the room she loves so much, only to share one with a giant bed and two huge cupboards filled with our office supplies, paper work, sports clothes, suitcases and whatnot. getting rid of that stuff is not an option, and we really don’t have anywhere else to put it all. getting rid of the king size guest bed is not an attractive thought either, since we love having our friends and family over and would hate to put them in the living room on some air mattress.

and honestly, i have always loved the idea of having the two girls share a room. i’m probably romanticizing the entire idea – imagining them getting in to each other’s beds to share secrets and plot against #teamparents, going to sleep singing each other songs or throwing their favorite stuffed animals around… i suppose i am hoping it will strengthen their bond and force them into a kind of camaraderie. i know, i know, i’m aware you can’t force that kind of stuff – but one can hope, right? anyway, long story short, we have set up eloise’s beautiful WOOD MINI+ crib from OLIVER FURNITURE in juliet’s room, and we’re hoping to start calling it the girls’ room soon.

first, let me tell you about this crib, because it is all sorts of amazing. firstly, obviously, i think it’s crazy beautiful. it has a typical scandinavian design – classic, iconic, stylish and understated. but secondly and more importantly, it is the mother of all convertible beds. when you buy the bed, the package includes everything you need for five different settings. right now our crib is set up for the first stage, with the mattress fairly high so it’s easy to reach for eloise, which is still safe since she’s not able to sit up yet. you can then lower the mattress until it’s way down, for when baby starts to sit and stand up. three bars at one side of the bed can be removed for when your kid starts climbing out of bed and you’d like them to be around for a little while longer so you can give them a safer way out. then the bed converts to a small and cozy toddler bed with a rail to keep them from falling out, and finally you can extend the bed for when they grow. if you’d like to find out more about this bed, you can check out the website of OLIVER FURNITURE, or you could swing by HET LAND VAN OOIT, where i found it, and where it’s set up in their BEAUTIFUL SHOWROOM.

but the best part is this – you can get an extra set to transform the bed into a low loft bed – which is a lot lower (thus safer and less scary for littles) than a high sleeper, but still offers the cool playroom underneath. words can’t describe how much i love this feature, and honestly i can’t wait to transform the bed to this setting in a few years. we figure we might let eloise sleep in the crib/toddler bed until juliet is old enough for the low loft set-up, and then switch eloise to juliet’s old bed and juliet to the loft bed. that way they get to enjoy the playroom much earlier together – one more way for them to band up and plot world domination.

for now, i am trying to prepare juliet for the moment when eloise joins her in her room by matching their beds. she is over the moon whenever i put on the duvet cover that matches her sister’s bed bumper, and she often steals eloise’s cuddles or replaces them with her own when she feels like a change. she frequently asks when eloise will start sleeping next to her, and seems excited about the prospect of not being alone at night. but tell me – am i setting myself up for disaster here? do you have any golden tips that might help us with the transition? what were your experiences if your kids share a room? help a mama out here!

P.S. funny story about eloise’s crib – when it arrived during my pregnancy, we were going through a tough phase with juliet where she only wanted to sleep on a mattress in our bedroom. separation anxiety and all that. but when the crib arrived and we set it up in her room, she seemed super curious and excited, so we set up the crib with the mattress lowered all the way down and without the three bars on the side. juliet loved it and wanted to sleep in it – so that’s actually how we got her to return to her own room! you can see some of the story’s highlights on my INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT RIGHT HERE. it was quite the saga. i eventually convinced her to go back to her own bed when i used some of the things i had originally bought for eloise’s crib on juliet’s bed. that’s how she got the bed bumper and new duvet covers. when she saw how pretty and cozy it all was, she was more than happy to reclaim her own bed and she’s been sleeping soundly in it ever since. can i get a high five? also, she’s clearly my daughter, caring about decoration so much.

photos by stephanie duval • thanks to the brands and shops that allow me to experiment, discover and only share what i genuinely love with you • most of what you see can be found at my all time favorite children’s shop HET LAND VAN OOIT • wood mini+ crib from OLIVER FURNITURE • crib bumper from GARBO & FRIENDS • house cushion from CAMOMILE LONDON • pink polka dot cushion and duvet cover from LIEWOOD • pear soft toys from MIKANU • brown bunny and peach octopus from JELLYCAT • juliet’s outfit from BONTON • star hair clip and rainbow purse from MIMI & LULA • musical mobile from POUCE ET LINA • gold speckled sleeping bag from LES REVES D’ANAIS • custom name pacifier from MIJNFOPSPEEN.BE • cushion and duvet cover in green fauna print from GARBO & FRIENDS • pink bed bumper from KONGES SLOJD • pink canopy from NUMERO74 • washable rug from LORENA CANALS • tassel basket from LORENA CANALS • pink dress on hanger from MINIMALISMA • flower tunic on hanger via FLORENCE AND THE BOYS • long-sleeved pink dress on hanger from LITTLE FOREST • woodland print duvet cover from GARBO & FRIENDS • mustard blanket from PETIT STELLOU • mêlée mustard knit blanket from HVID

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