Eloise’s Room

March 4, 2019 • Home DecorKids

juliet only slept in our room for a month before we moved her into her own room, and though it was good and necessary at the time, i knew i wanted to keep eloise in our room for much longer if possible. luckily eloise had none of the troubles juliet had – she was a good and peaceful sleeper right from the beginning. her bed was in our room for eight months, but after the christmas holidays we realized something had to change. we weren’t sleeping very well, eloise no longer needing to be fed during the night, but still waking up a couple of times a night to sing to herself, or to cough when she was sick. she didn’t need us anymore, but she was still waking us up. so with a very heavy heart i decided it was time to find another solution.

i had actually been hoping that eloise would be a super silent sleeper and that i would be able to move her into juliet’s room right away, but we felt like that was probably not going to help anyone sleep more or better in the end. we didn’t have a spare room for eloise, so i needed to make it work with our guest bedroom. we really need that room for overnight guests, as we like to have friends and family over from belgium all the time. but i also didn’t want to squeeze eloise’s bed in between the guest bed and our little desk, making it seem like she would be a transitional addition to the room instead of the room being hers. so we moved the desk and clothing rack that was in the guest room into our own room, and i got rid of all the stuff that somehow ended up in that room over the past few years. we put in the changing table and a lounge chair for late night feedings, and i feel like the room really came together and is now cozier than it has ever been. whenever we have guests over, eloise sleeps in her travel cot in juliet’s room or ours, and guests are still comfortable in the double bed. but the rest of the time the place really feels like it belongs to eloise, and that was exactly what i was hoping for.

i am still so, so, so in love with the OLIVER FURNITURE mini wood+ bed we got. it fits into the mainly white room so beautifully, and the oak details match perfectly with some of the wooden accessories that we’ve put up. i framed one of juliet’s paintings and put some dried hydrengea in my new favorite vase (more on that one later) to add a bit of color, and they go so well with the GARBO & FRIENDS bedding that i chose for eloise’s bed. i am really into these green-greyish hues for her, perhaps because we already go overboard with the pink so often for juliet. i use the dresser next to her bed to showcase some of my favorites from her toys, clothes and cuddles, which helps to make the space feel warm and personal.

photos by stephanie duval • post in collaboration with HET LAND VAN OOIT • all of these items can be found at het land van ooit – bed from OLIVER FURNITURE, bedding from GARBO & FRIENDS, box with bunny ears from FERM LIVING, changing table from BUDTZBENDIX, cuddles from JELLYCAT, NIJNTJE cuddle, nijntje lamp from MR MARIA, slippers from BOBUX, toiletry bags from ELODIE DETAILS

Life In Miniature Size

February 25, 2019 • DesignKids

when juliet had to give up her pacifiers to santa last year, we knew santa had to offer something rrrrreally good in return. her fourth birthday already in sight, it was high time to get rid of her paci’s, but we were all dreading the actual moment. we had been playing around with the idea of building a doll house ourselves, but when i came across this extra large version online, it was like they had seen our sketches and done the work for us, so we quickly decided this was what santa was going to give juliet in exchange for her equally large dummy collection. i want to say i’ll never forget the look on her face when she saw it on christmas morning, but she was just utterly and completely confused! to be fair, the house is so big we didn’t wrap it, and it seemed like we just added a piece of furniture to our living room to hold the little gifts for our kids… but ever since she figured out the house was the actual gift, she hasn’t stopped playing with it. and neither have i.

i have to admit – i was probably more excited about the doll house than juliet initially was. i spent an hour putting all of her maileg mice and bunnies on display to surprise her on christmas, but it has become one of my habits to regularly redecorate her house and create all kinds of ‘situations’ with her little dolls. she’s received so many cute things for the house already, but i am constantly on the lookout for original, cool things to add, and am always so excited when i see her incorporate them in her playing routines. the maileg furniture is super cute and fun, but i like to mix it up with other things and see her get creative with them.

i had always loved the VITRA miniatures collection – those cute 1:16 scale versions of the furniture we so admire or love in our own home. i just never really saw them ending up in our home as decoration, until now, obviously. i waited a little while to get juliet her very first piece until i knew for sure she wasn’t throwing the doll house furniture around and breaking things, but when i witnessed her playing for hours on end, so careful to put everything just right, to seat the bunnies in the chairs and put the mice to sleep underneath their blankets… it was just too cute to handle. i decided the dolls needed their own EAMES RAR CHAIR, so now the larger bunnies can rock the baby bunnies to sleep in style.

juliet’s first reaction when she opened up the wooden box the chair comes in, was to use the wooden box as a mouse hideaway, which is the most adorable thing, of course. but she then recognized the design of the rocking chair to be similar to our own VITRA CHAIRS and she was so excited to see a piece of her own world represented in miniature size. i guess getting excited about smaller versions of large objects is pretty much a universal thing. i know i have more fun tidying up this little house than our actual home…

photos by stephanie duval • post in collaboration with MISTER DESIGN


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