Danish interior design company OYOY has just launched their new Autmn/Winter collection. New is MINI OYOY, a collection beautiful items for children and playful souls. Inspiration for the new OYOY collection was found within the Hopi people and their fabulous patterns which gives the new designs a beautiful ethnic touch. OYOY’s vision is to design functional products in high quality materials with beautiful colours and shapes. They are inspired by the classic, Scandinavian style, adding undertones of simple, Japanese design and a passion for combining colour and materials. The result is a unique blend of simplicity and colourful design.
Today some fun diy summer projects that I found on various blogs. You can do them indoors on a rainy summer day or outdoors in your garden when the sun is out. Take you scissors, glue, some cookies and lemonade + anything else that you need and have some fun. You can find links to instructions and templates at the end of this post. Enjoy!
This paper fruit garland is perfect for a summer party. The good news is that it is easy to make yourself. A great diy project to do with the littles ones! You can find instructions and downloadable templates on Babiekins.
How cool is this rocking boat from Hungarian label Kattuska?! The boat, available in white or natural, arrives in flat packs and it is very easy to assemble. It has a silicone strap at the bottom to prevent it from slipping. Kattuska has more beautiful stuff for kids in their collection. I am also loving their castle playhouse.
Last month we spent a wonderful vacation on Crete in Greece. Crete is the largest and most populous of the Greek islands, and it is the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Today I would like to share our experiences and some photos. We stayed at Villa Ippocampi which is a small, family-friendly hotel near Crete’s north coast. The hotel, situated in the hillside village of Koutouloufari, is family owned and operated. The hospitality and familial atmosphere created by Greek/Dutch couple Nikos & Lydia and their wonderful staff, plus the lovely pool and garden make it the perfect place for a laid back family holiday. The white Cycladic-style building offers 13 simple but stylish suites of various sizes, each with a small kitchen. We stayed in a three room apartment (there are only two of these available) and we were very happy with our choice. We especially enjoyed the ground floor patio with sea view where we had breakfast every morning.
After falling in love with the Cobble Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn (New York), Jenni Li and her husband Hans Gissinger decided to purchase a three-story home in this area. A four month renovation turned the house into a modern home suitable for a family with three kids. The once-closed-off kitchen and storage rooms were converted into an open living, dining, and kitchen area. With French doors leading out to the home’s roomy backyard—featuring a custom wood-fired oven — the ground floor is now the center of family life. To cultivate a creative, artistic atmosphere for her children throughout their home, Jenni paired colorful keepsakes scored on trips back to her native Peru with her husband’s artworks. And she gave her kids the freedom to decorate their own bedrooms. I love how the children’s drawing give a personal touch. Jenni: “The kids’ art pieces are especially meaningful. Children’s eyes are always so pure.”
Kids furniture label RaFa-kids has just released a new design: the playful K desk. This stable and functional desk has been designed without compromising its beauty. The K desk, which is made from Finnish birch wood, can be set in two different positions: an open and close one. When closed the furniture is clean and elegant. Once the lid is lifted you discover another layer of the desk with rounded corners and hidden organizer. A perfect place to put notebooks, iPad or little toys and treasures. The vertical part can serve as an exposition space for drawings, photos or important messages. Great attention to detailing has been put in the design: here are no screws or connectors outside. RaFa-kids originated from the shared dream of two married architects, based in The Netherlands. Two people, who in whatever they do, put all their soul and energy into it. Agata takes care of the esthetic side of the designs. Arek is the technical brain of the duo. You can see more of their beautiful designs on their website.