Minakani Wallpaper from Paris

August 1st, 2017

 

I’m crazy about Minakani Wallpaper from Paris! I love every single one of their designs and could see myself putting their art all over our apartment. The black and white animal print above is one of my faves.

Minakani has been around since 2005, and has been designing knockout wall designs that are fresh and unique with a focus on strong and simple designs.

Minakani creates several collections a year and takes part in many international fairs.
They’ve partnered over the last 10 years with leading fashion companies, luxury and sports labels.

They have personalized service and encourage a bespoke approach and commission projects.  You can contact them if you would like to work with Minakani or if you want to see their latest collection.

Check out their beautiful little shop below at 28 rue Etienne Dolet 75020 Paris. Also a video of their best work!

 

 

 

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Awesome Zhongshuge Bookstore, Chengdu, China

July 12th, 2017

The Zhongshuge Bookstore, Chengdu, China is nothing short of awesome.

Bookstore owner and book publisher Jin Hao in Shanghai has been passionate about bookstores for more than two decades since he quit his teaching job and opened his very first bookstore.

By 2010, his chain had grown to 21 stores but had major challenges with the fierce competition from online stores and digital publishing.

So he realized he had to reimagine and reinvent the concept of what a bookstore can be and how it can be innovative. And he enlisted Shanghai-based designer Li Xiang of XL-Muse to help him recreate the book buying experience and environment.   

 As a result, Jin Hao opened his first three Zhongshuge bookstores in Shanghai, each with its own style, them and character.

The next step was the 10,000 square-foot (930 Square metres) store in a busy shopping mall in Hangzhou which featured vast spaces, mirrored ceilings, whimsical shelving, nature-inspired quirkiness. 

And the results are amazing.

In this store, both the lecture hall and the children’s area have mirrored ceilings which make the spaces look much larger and also create a slightly mad upside-down experience.

The kids are treated to whimsical, massive mushrooms, shelving in the shape of pandas and bamboo forests they can imagine all sorts of adventures happening in. This  jungle feel creates an expression of the magic of books and of their power to change our lives for the better. 

We can only hope that the demise of incredible bookstores is going to be just a hiccup and that more inspired spaces like this start to pop up everywhere!

And just in case you are going to be in Chengdu, the Zhongshuge Bookstore is located at Jinhui E Street, Quhou Qu, Chengdu.

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These Awesome LEGO Cat Sculptures are Perfect for Cat Lovers

June 20th, 2017

 

I got a real kick out of these Awesome LEGO Cat Sculptures. Not only are these great for cat lovers but also for people who can’t have pets in their apartment building. And also of course, for kids who want a cat, but for whatever reason, can’t have one. Obviously, these won’t be cuddly because they are well…plastic, but on the other hand, there will be no litter box, no cat hair all over the house and no cans of cat food!

 

 

These LEGO-inspired figurines that look like cats,  come from Hong Kong-based company JEKCA.  The pixelated sculptures are the same size as the average cat, measuring 1.6-feet high and come in different breeds and poses.

 

 

The toy kittens come in a kit that you put together, not unlike IKEA furniture! And then the kids or you can position them as a single sculpture or have kitty theatre productions and such. We are fans!

 

And if kitties aren’t your thing – yes, they have dogs too and believe it or not, parrots and fast food!

The cats sell for about $80US. Check out their whole collection right here at JEKCA.

 

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Breathtaking Enchanted Forest Birthday Party

May 12th, 2017

 

Just found an amazing site that shares your parties and have been feasting my eyes on all sorts of lovely themed parties like this breathtaking Enchanted Forest Birthday Party. The backdrop is amazing the way is been painted to look like a forest and really pulls this all together. And the details with the butterflies, branches, toadstools and details are charming. The detailed cupcakes that have a forest scene all of their own are works of art.

Take a look at Catch My Party to see so many other lovely themes. There are free printables, recipes, day’s. You can also add your wonderful party and well, join in the party! Definitely a great resource when you are pondering what to do for you little darling’s big day!

 

 

 

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Fashion and Art – Rylee and Cru Spring/Summer 2017

May 8th, 2017

 

We have fashion and art from Rylee and Cru, a children’s line founded by illustrator Kelli Murray and inspired by her own little kids. Rylee and Cru merges art and imagination, offering unique and artistic clothing. She concentrates on quality basics that are hand dyed, which gives them a vintage feel.

The clothes are mainly for very young kids and babies and I have to say, that these are some of the cutest rompers ever with a light circus theme going on.

Kelli also sells prints of her lovely kid-friendly illustrations which would go well in the rooms of children wearing these clothes. Definitely, a whole approach to fashion and style.

Check out the Ryan and Cru Lookbook here. And the original art prints here.

 

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Unique Vintage Camper Bird House Scale model Playset

April 11th, 2017

This is so wonderful. I found these Unique Vintage Camper Bird House Scale model Playsets on Etsy! The finished camper should actually be a great home for a small bird family.

Spring time is a perfect time for crafts like this. The retro design is brought to us by the people at 1Man1Garage in Nashville. They took ideas from old photographs from a trailer they had to create this charming birdhouse kit. The construction of the birdhouse is fairly simple, but the details leave endless possibilities for customizing this to suit you.

I love that you can paint it and decorate it for your own bird family. And you can get a few and paint them different colors. The kit includes over 40 parts to build the miniature camper with awnings on 3 sides, plus flowers for the 2 window boxes, curtains, a spare tire, leveling jack, a Welcome mat, 2 flamingos, even a classic Weber style grill we all had as a kid. Most of the details are individual pieces to make painting a breeze.

The finished size is roughly: 9 inches long, 6 inches wide (with awnings), and almost 5 inches tall. This is perfect for kids to make. You can purchase it right here.

 

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Design Expo for Kids by Afilii – Milan

April 7th, 2017

Chantal Bavaud

An amazing design expo for kids is taking place right now (April 4th – 9th, 2017) at Ventura Lambrate in Milan. The show is brought to you by afilii – platform for design + architecture for kidsThey are introducing 14 young designers and up-and-coming brands from seven different countries. They have an incredible lineup and I’m just sharing a few of the brands and designers with you.

Noook 

afilii is known for their passion for finding the most stimulating and creative toys, accessories and furniture for children, always with a story behind them. They prioritise unique pieces and forward-thinking designers who understand the way in which these objects will impact child development in an engaging manner.

Korxx

Phim

Trigonos

So, if you are in Milan or going there, this is well worth the trip to Ventura Lambrate and is part of the Milan Design Week!

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Whimsical Modern Wood Taxidermy Inspired Heads

April 4th, 2017

I’m so enchanted by the Whimsical Wood Taxidermy Inspired Heads created by Tzachi Nevo, the designer and creator of the unique modern decorative wall decor brand Urban Masquerade. 

Each piece is different; inspired by a different theme, it can be a funny characters he met, books, drawings, cartoons, or anything that sparks Tzachi’s imagination. He creates these by laser cutting pieces of wood, painting and then assembling them in layers and glueing them together to make a unique, artistic and really beautiful wooden wall decor.

The particular collection includes a diverse collection of animals from all around the world like a panda, bear, zebra, bull and a deer. Shop it here.

Tzachi has a vast range of other charming and highly modern and artistic pieces, some of them quite pricey but some sweet little deals like this bird for only $39!

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Cool Kids Rooms That Will Blow You Away

January 27th, 2017

via Decoist

Every now and then, I get the urge to completely transform the girls’ rooms and go on a hunt for really wonderful decor. And this time I came up with these Cool Kids Rooms That Will Blow You Away. Well, they blew me away! Especially because I can’t imagine kids’ rooms being quite so orderly. But the touches and colors are so inventive and there seems to always be some new idea that I’ve not seen before. It’s always the matter of deciding which way to go in style, whether it be monochrome, rustic, highly modern or artsy…

Here are some Bright and Beautiful Kids Rooms that I blogged about previously, Some Funky Kids Rooms. And some Awesome Arts and Crafts Rooms. If you are redecorating, there are some wonderful ideas in there!

 

via Boston Globe 

via Living Locurto

via  Houzzz

via Home Bunch

via Ikea Hackers 

via House Beautiful

via NooshKids 

via Momtastic

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