Holiday Gift Inspiration

December 10, 2015 • Home DecorKids

’tis the season for making lists and shopping gifts, and i want to start this post by telling you about this little life hack that i found online. it’s called CHECKED TWICE and it’s basically a platform where you can create an account for a family and all members can share wish lists with each other. you can ‘pin’ anything from any web shop on there, or create a gift idea without a link to a shop. but the true genius of it is that everyone can ‘claim’ gifts for everyone, so that no one ends up with a double. every family member can see which gifts are taken, except for the owner of the list – so the surprise isn’t spoiled for them. personally, i am all for lists. i figure that either we don’t do gifts at all, or we get each other things that we know we’ll actually like and use. it’s a wonderful idea to want to do something thoughtful for one another, but i feel bad about wasting money on stuff you’ll never use. so, if you’re like me and you have a large family spread out all over, perhaps you’ll like checked twice. (not a sponsored post y’all, i really just friggin’ love this little discovery!)

last year i put together a few collages with gift ideas from brands that i loved, but this year i decided i wanted to take a look around our apartment and share some of my current favorite things, so that they might end up inspiring those looking for ideas. there’s something for everyone in there…

TIVOLI gives the gift of great music, anywhere you want it. we’ve had the MODEL THREE in our living room for years, but until recently were missing an audio unit in our bedroom. the MUSIC SYSTEM THREE streams music from your smartphone, has a radio and an alarm clock, and works on batteries so you can put it anywhere you like. i like to take it into the bathroom while i take a shower. // TYPE HYPE has the best gift ideas for those who have weak spot for good design or type. i love these bottles – they are great to look at, but they’re actually very decent wines, too. the BARBERA D’ALBA is my favorite. // other gift ideas from our bedroom – letter cups from TYPE HYPE to form their name. // a poster from PLAYTYPE with their favorite letter. // that lamp from SERAX for night time reading in bed.

if you’re looking for a small gift that feels personal, i think these letter notebooks from TYPE HYPE are the best. they exist in several different colors and sizes, and they are great to encourage that friend to write down their witty quips, awesome ideas or emotional life story. to be honest, i feel like you can never have too many notebooks, so this kind of gift would always make me happy. // check out the cute notebooks from SERAX, too. // another brand that is so, so good at creating perfect gifts is EMOI EMOI. especially if you want to spoil a mom or dad! i love their scented candles that spell ‘we are family’, their coffee mugs that say ‘maman poule’ or ‘papa cool’, and perhaps you’ve noticed how much I LOVE THEIR SWEATERS. but this scarf honestly takes the cake. it’s a collab with mapoésie, has the most beautiful colors and comes in a cute little box.

if you’re looking to surprise a design fan in your life, why not surprise them with a subscription to DESIGNER BOX? it truly is a gift that keeps on giving… and it’s how i got these cute WOODEN ANIMALS that brighten up my desk space. // i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again – one of the most important elements in anyone’s interior, is the lighting. it’s the first thing we saved up and shelled out for when decorating our first apartment together, and the lamps we bought then are still some of our favorite items today. the lamp on my desk is the luceplan costanzina we got at MASTER MEUBEL a few years ago. the one next to our tivoli in the living room is by FOSCARINI. it’s their iconic lumiere table lamp, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. the way to a design lover’s heart, if there ever was one.

photos by stephanie duval

Gender Neutral Nursery

March 18, 2015 • Home DecorKids

our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery our little one's gender neutral nursery

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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