I am constantly on the lookout for beautiful toys that both look amazing and are fun to play with. Wooden toys are often well made and they look good even if they lie scattered around your living room floor. Of course we have some plastic, colorful toys too but I try to keep it in balance. Today’s gift guide features toys that are all made of wood. The beautiful kids bike in the image above is from Taiwanese design company Rüskasa
I have always admired the beautiful designed beds by Rafa Kids but I just love their new blankets. The woolen blankets are made by a Finish family business which stretches back from their first textile factory in 1917. The weaving mill in Lapula and skilled crafters take care of the best quality. This product tells a story of true values and respect for craft and nature. I have my eye on the gorgeous sheep print blanket but I can’t decide which color to choose. I have to make up my mind soon as the first batch of blankets were sold out in no-time. By the way, I love the idea to use the blanket as a sort of tapestry (as shown in the 3rd image), don’t you?
Having a white interior while living with children is perhaps not the smartest or easiest choice. But this Dutch family with three kids doesn’t have any problem with keeping their home white. “It is fresh and sunny”, say the owners. “Even the children’s toys look good in the white environment”. Colorful accessories give a warm touch. And I like how the kids’ drawings have been used as art. It makes the place more lively and cozy.
Est Magazine’s new issue is out! And again it is packed with stunning houses. For example this bright home owned by photographer Dana van Leeuwen and her husband Dick and their two kids. They bought a old house with a large yard surrounded by nature, just outside Amsterdam in The Netherlands. This made me curious as it could be very near where I live as we also live in the country side very near to Amsterdam. But unfortunately the article doesn’t mention the exact location. Anyway, Dana and Dick demolished the old house and as they had little time they picked a prefab home from a catalog and hired a builder to build their home. The result is a beautiful spacious and bright family home.
Fatti and Pierre have transformed an old industrial building that used to be a hat factory to a beautiful loft in the centre of Brussels, Belgium. The decor is a mix of their two styles: Pierre is an amateur architect and Fatti is responsible for the feminine touch. The result is a beautiful airy home with vintage furniture as well as modern pieces. I personally love the combination of the wood and white.
With seven weeks to go to Christmas it is time to start covering holiday seasons related topics. The first post in this series is about Advent calendars. For those not familiar with these calendars: an Advent calendar is a special calendar used to count or celebrate the days in anticipation of Christmas, beginning at 1st December. I have selected 10 beautiful advent calendars that either can be made yourself or can be purchased on Etsy. You can find the links to the instructions or shops at the end of the post. Enjoy!
This beautiful renovated farmhouse is located in an area in The Netherlands that we call ‘Land van Maas en Waal’ (the land between two rivers named Maas and Waal). As soon as the potential buyers opened the century old farmhouse door they knew that they had found their dream home. The modern, natural coloured Scandinavian style really works in this old building. And I love the use of wood. Aren’t those thick, rustic wooden beams gorgeous?!