Oliver Furniture

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

Magic At Het Land Van Ooit

February 16, 2018 • Home DecorKids

my relationship with HET LAND VAN OOIT started many, many years ago, when my sister had her first baby and put up her gift registry there. then my belgian friends started having babies and registering there, too. and even for the ones who didn’t, i often found myself stopping by the shop for gifts for their little ones. i didn’t know any place that had such a huge selection of beautiful brands and products, and of course it helped that the shop is right around the corner of where my parents live. but that’s not the only reason why het land van ooit earned a spot in my heart. the shop has grown so much over the past decade, but it’s still foremost a warm family business with the most passionate team.

three years ago, this shop is where we went to get most of the practical stuff we needed with juliet on the way. today, i find myself rediscovering the shop all over again, looking for the nicest things to add to our home for the arrival of juliet’s baby sister. there are even more brands to choose from now, and more lovely corners to get inspired by in the physical shop. when i went there a few weeks ago to start the registry (more on that later) i took a quick tour to take some pictures and show you around.

what you see in the photos are little peeks into the light and bright gift registry room, where the parents of newborn babies fill cupboards full of goodies. i especially love the slightly closed off zone where parents get some one on one time with het land van ooit’s super experienced staff, who guide them through tough decisions to be made. thought the shop has become positively gigantic over the years, it never feels like you’re strolling through a supermarket for kids stuff – lots of beautifully decorated nooks and corners make sure that you feel inspired all around. also, and i speak from personal experience, if you walk in here once every week, there’s something new to discover every. single. time!

i also wanted to show you the biggest decision we’ve made so far in terms of baby prep – the new baby bed! if you’ve been following along my baby prep adventure on INSTAGRAM, you may have seen some stories from my visit and already know i fell head over heels in love with the crib from OLIVER FURNITURE. their new mini wood+ is pictured on the 7th photo above, and though obviously i think it’s reall really pretty, let me tell you about its genius, too… like many other baby cots, it transforms to adapt to different stages in your kid’s life. so it start out as a small, cozy baby crib, that you can expand to junior size and open up on the side to let your kid get in and out by themself.

but what i love most about it, is that after that stage (where most other beds stop) you can buy a kit to convert the bed into a junio-sized and junior-height highsleeper! there wasn’t an example of that in het land van ooit (which showcases only oliver furniture’s full-size highsleeper), but i got a good look at it while i was at maison&objet last september, and you can discover it on oliver furniture’s WEBSITE, too. it’s so beautiful, and so good that it’s not full-blown single person size… it feels like a much cozier space for kids to make their own when they’re not quite babies anymore, but not quite teenagers either.

the plan that immediately formed in my head is this – juliet’s baby sister will sleep in her brand new cot until juliet is old enough to enjoy (and be safe on) a highsleeper and then i’ll switch baby sister to juliet’s junior sized bed. we’ll go through the different conversions of the mini wood+ much faster than if we would use it for just one kid, and i think this way we’ll get the most out of the bed we already have and the new one. you guys – i never thought i’d be able to get so excited about a BED, but there you go.

in the meantime, the bed is making its way over here so i can start planning where everyone is going to sleep (in my denial-heavy ideal world, everyone is going to SLEEP. A LOT.) so now the only thing left for me to do is choose the bedding and decorations to make it a beautiful and personal little space for the baby. i have no doubt in my mind i’ll find what i’m looking for at het land van ooit, which stocks (among MANY other brands) my absolute favorite CAMOMILE LONDON and gorgeous belgian brands LES RÊVES D’ANAÏS and COCO&PINE… the only difficulty i imagine having is narrowing down the thousands of options!

photos by stephanie duval • post in collaboration with HET LAND VAN OOIT

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