kids room

as summer is winding down (i know, i know, i can hardly believe it either) i keep scrolling through the many photos of our different trips, and i have to admit our family holiday on mallorca is one of my absolute favorites of the past few years. the weather was perfect (sunny but not too hot); the food we cooked and grilled each night was so fresh and delicious; and the time we spent with our family was priceless. but i have to say – if the house we rented hadn’t been so utterly beautiful, it wouldn’t have been the same.

we rented can pelut in pollença via BALEARIC VILLAS, and believe me when i say it is even more gorgeous in real life than in the photos. it is the perfect combination of local natural materials and a sleek contemporary style, and everything is perfect down to the tiniest little detail. the swimming pool is something out of a hollywood movie, while the patio with its pretty lights is like an outdoor living room – warm and cozy.

i also loved the kitchen, which is spacious and holds everything you need to cook up lunch and dinner every day, and the bathrooms, which are utterly gorgeous. i devoted a little blog post over on ROOMIN.BE about including a bit of me-time even when on family holiday and spoiler alert – it involves a lot of hiding out in the bathroom. though i gotta say i also spent some lovely moments with juliet in there – who is getting more and more interested in the ways i take care of her and myself. she loves to use all the same tools as mom and also wants to apply all my kiehl’s goodies on her skin – luckily a lot of them are without parabens or other nasties, so they’re entirely safe for her to dab onto her knees (her favorite place to apply eye cream… go figure.)

looking back at these photos i miss it all so much – so is it too early to start planning next spring’s holiday?

juliet is wearing MINIMALISMA in all the photos • my white knitted poncho is from PLUTO ON THE MOON • hair brush from DELPHIN & EMERENCE, wood tooth brushes from HUMBLEBRUSH • most of the beauty products seen are from KIEHL’S, but do check out PHYTOSUN‘s essential oils and easyplug diffuser (it’s really so easy) and WATER WIPES (so handy – not just for your little one, but because it only holds water it’s also perfect to use on your own face or hands when you need to refresh them) • 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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