Eloise’s Cozy Corners

September 29, 2019 • DesignHome Decor

the frames and photos i showed in my previous post aren’t the only recent additions to eloise’s room to make it feel cozier. last month i also finally got my hands on the FERM LIVING ROUND DORM SHELF and after briefly contemplating putting it up in our living room, i decided on eloise’s room instead. i’ve liked this design by TRINE ANDERSEN ever since it was first introduced, but once it was hanging on the wall in our own home, i fell in love with it even more. it’s just the perfect way to showcase little trinkets and objects that hold a special meaning and add a layer to the room’s story.

for eloise i really welcomed the opportunity to gather some of her things that we love, and i added in some souvenirs and objects. the oyster shell is from our visit to an oyster bar last spring. it was the first time we took eloise to this place that was already so special to us, because we discovered it on a trip with juliet while i was pregnant with eloise. the fabric crown is from eloise’s first birthday, the knitted pears and rubber duckie were little gifts for eloise before she was even born, while the maileg mouse and main sauvage doudou were some of her first christmas gifts. we also made that little hand print in salt dough around christmas time – it’s one of my favorite ever souvenirs of a tiny baby eloise. the wool paci holder and pacifier were gifts, too, and i love how well they fit the color scheme.

you might also notice another of FERM LIVING’S ACCESSORIES in the photos – eloise’s memory box. i couldn’t be a bigger fan of the brand right now, they make so many beautiful things that appeal to kids and parents alike. and you know that’s my number one requirement for any kids’ toy or piece of decoration that enters our home, right? both generations have to love it, because in my opinion that’s the only way we’ll be able to create a home together where everyone feels good.

what’s your golden advice for decorating/making a home with kids? do you sacrifice your own tastes to please the kids? do you educate them about the choices you make or do you involve the kids in making these decisions? for now, we’ve got a really good give-and-take approach going on, but i wonder how long it will last with our two extremely strong-willed girls!

photos by stephanie duval • FERM LIVING shelf kindly gifted by MISTER DESIGN

have you heard of the white-wall-phenomenon? you know, where you move house and decide this time you’ll decorate every room and actually hang things on the wall, but then five years later most of your walls are still pristine and white and 90s-era-minimalist? when we moved into our apartment five years ago, i swore it wouldn’t happen to me, but of course it did. i kept pinning interesting wall decoration ideas to endless pinboards. i kept seeing really cool gallery walls in other people’s homes, but never got around to it in my own. until eloise moved out of our bedroom into the former guest room, and i realized i needed to add some warm, cozy vibes. it still took me a year to figure out what kind of vibes they needed to be – but when i stumbled upon DESENIO’S STUDIO SERENITY collection, i knew i’d found it.

i had seen desenio posters on multiple instagram posts and pinterest pins, so i knew they had amazing photography of botanics, interesting building facades and cool places around the world. they regularly commission photographers to create specific collections of images exclusively for them, just like they did for the serenity collection. the photos i selected from this series were taken in the south-west of the united states. it’s an area really close to my heart, as it’s where i was asked to marry my husband and where we honeymooned, too. the DESERT LANDSCAPE i picked out reminds me of joshua tree park, which we discovered the day after he proposed. we haven’t been to the HORSESHOE BEND, or any of the canyons actually, but it is definitely in the top three of my travel wish list.

the photos on the smaller posters (SHAPE OF LIGHT and IN STILLNESS) i’m pretty sure were taken at the amangiri resort in canyon point. it’s one of those ultimate travel destinations if you’re sensitive to man-made architectural design blending into nature’s own greatest design. the roughness of the canyons against the sleek concrete structures of the building, the way the water of the pool reflects the sunlight and the surrounding structures – i imagine it would be impossible for me to visit this place and not take photos all day long. though i doubt they’d be better than these ones, so putting them up on the wall is the next best thing to traveling there, i guess? (jk, i still totally need to go there at one point in my life!)

i like that these posters together help create a sense of stillness and calm in eloise’s room, that they simultaneously refer to one of the places that has been so important in her parents’ relationship and they hopefully instill (the beginning of) a love for amazing design – natural or otherwise. if you’re feeling inspired to create your own story, head over to DESENIO and enjoy a 25% discount on their posters with the code STEPHANIEDUVAL (not valid on personalized or handpicked posters) until september 26. and please please please definitely send me a photo of the result – there are plenty more white walls in our home that i need the inspiration for!


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