Kids Love Design

living with a toddler goes a little something like this.

• it’s jumping out of the shower naked, soaking wet and in a blind panic to rescue your kid in the bath tub who just started screaming like she cut off a finger, only to find out she got a little soap in her eye and after two splashes of water in her face she happily resumes singing ‘itsy bitsy spider’ and rubbing more soap in her eyes.

• it’s calculating an extra 23 minutes to get ANYTHING done because the toddler wants to do everything on her own, including dressing and undressing herself even though it takes her five minutes to find both armholes of a t-shirt.

• it’s dealing with the irrational and often random wishes of a toddler – who knew there was an exact, scientific and mandatory order to the ritual of going to bed?

• it’s realizing that after 475 times it takes a lot of effort to read the same bed time story without your voice betraying the lack of will to live through it for the 476th time.

• it’s understanding that carrots cut into tiny pieces and put into a pasta sauce are decidedly NOT the same as the little carrots that come with the peas in a tin, and that a toddler could not reasonably be expected to treat both the same.

• it’s running to your favorite children’s store for help because your toddler doesn’t stop climbing out of her crib by herself (and falling on her head in the process) despite your insistent requests to please stay a baby and SLEEP IN THE FRIGGING CUTE CRIB. thanks KIDS LOVE DESIGN for letting us have it both ways – with a small adjustment juliet can now safely get in and out of bed by herself, and i still get to suffocate her with blankets and bunnies, i mean love and affection, in her trusted baby crib.

photos by stephanie duval // baby crib that evolves with your toddler-going-on-teenager from oeuf nyc and washable carpet from lorena canals, both via KIDS LOVE DESIGN // juliet is wearing grey t-shirt from LITTLE FOREST, striped leggings from MINIMALISMA, underwear from PETIT BATEAU and pink pj’s from GAP // golden bed bumper and canopy are from numero 74 via LIDOR // house pillow, flower print pillow case and blanket are from CAMOMILE LONDON // knit pillow and blankets are from HVID // crocodile pillow is from GRAMPA // pink duvet cover is from konges slojd via KLEINES KARUSSELL // basket with tassels from LORENA CANALS // juliet’s favorite book at the moment (and it was fun for me too, for the first 100 times) is from ZEBRA BOOK

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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