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

Gender Neutral Nursery

March 18, 2015 • Home DecorKids

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while i’m waiting for the last baby essentials to arrive here in switzerland, i’ve been using every free minute i have to arrange and re-arrange our little one’s nursery. it’s fairly gender neutral so far – not only because we’re keeping the sex of the baby a surprise, but also because i wanted to create a clean canvas to start from. i’m not a big fan of color (big surprise, eh?) but i do realize i can’t – and shouldn’t – raise this child in grey, black and white. it’s just that i want to add color little by little, and only the ones that i really like.

we’ve been adding some little details to the room lately, and i thought i’d share some of my favorites. in addition to the lovely IKEA SPRUTT items, we’ve put together the OEUF NYC SPARROW crib and i made the bed with MIKMAX bedding. after deliberating about different lighting options for way too long, i finally bumped into the perfect ceiling lights at IKEA. i love the black-and-white striped textile cords and the paper pendants, especially when put up this nonchalantly.

in the corner where i want to create a little seating area, we’ve put up the superb SHY SERIES BY PLAYTYPE. i love the interplay between the dreamy graphics and the delicate word, and in my opinion it’s the perfect fit for a nursery. we got the black aluminum frames at INTERIO. on top of the SPRUTT CABINET i’ve found a new place for my LUCK BY MONOMINIPRINTS poster, and we’ve put up the small VIPP SHELF to display some knick-knacks.

the nursery sort of feels more like a storage room right now, as we’re keeping all our baby essentials in here, too. just because i know i’d be curious, i snapped some pics of those as well. i’ve always loved this BABYBJÖRN BOUNCER but i especially love it in this perforated version and silver colorway. for the MAXI-COSI CAR SEAT we bought a cover and sleeping bag from FUNDAS BCN, and my husband keeps joking it looks so comfortable he’d like to sleep in it himself. and you’ve already met our gorgeous BUGABOO STROLLER, right? i don’t even mind one bit that we’ll have it around inside of the apartment – it looks amazing in every corner i put it. lastly, i’m also crazy about our ANGELCARE BABY MONITOR – now there’s a sentence i never thought i’d speak. but the angel shape looks so cute, right? and it does give me a sense of calm to know that we’ll be able to monitor baby’s movements thanks to angelcare’s sensors.

for my belgian readers out there, i also wanted to share which places i shopped at for most of these baby essentials. first of all, i was invited to go and discover the refurbished location of ORCHESTRA in zaventem – 5000 square meters of everything you can image you might ever need for the arrival of your little. i’d have to say skip the clothing, but take your time to investigate the rest. they carry each major baby brand under the sun and often have the entire range in stock. check out THIS REPORT about the opening of the shop if you’re curious. they even have a coffee bar in the front, so that’s pretty much a win in my book.

secondly i visited HET LAND VAN OOIT, which is close to where my parents live and thus very convenient, but also one of the most beautiful baby shops in belgium that i know of. they carry the major brands but often also have unexpected smaller labels, like the aforementioned fundas bcn, for example. i found walking around their showroom very inspiring, and all of the ladies there are super helpful and friendly.

for some items, i wanted to stay closer to home, and i looked for a shop in or near to switzerland. i found everything i wished for when i came across KIDS LOVE DESIGN. it’s an online shop with a tiny little showroom about 15 minutes from where i live, and they carry some of my favorite brands for nursery furniture and interior decoration. our oeuf nyc crib and LEANDER CRADLE are both from here, and i’m pretty sure i’ll be returning there soon to add more cute accessories by scandinavian brands like muuto and ferm living. they deliver worldwide, so make sure you check out their recently renewed webshop!

last but not least, i’d love to introduce you to a brand new belgian webshop called STUDIO AIMEE. we’ve decided to register here because i simply love everything owner marissa has selected to sell. it’s a mix of clothes, toys, decoration and necessities, and the focus is on smaller niche brands and unique products. can’t wait to show you what we decided to register for!

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