This cozy family home in the southern part of The Netherlands has not only ample space, it also has a in house spa, a swimming pool and a 3 storey garden play house for the kids. And did I mention the beautiful veranda (last image)? My favorite space is this house is the living room with high ceiling and stunning beams.
‘Travel the world’ is the theme of today’s gift guide. Most of the items featured are fun as well as educational as you can teach you kids about the world’s landmarks based on puzzles, games, prints or toys. My son’s favorite book is Busy, busy world by Richard Scarry and he loves the page with the Eiffel Tower. He (3 years old) now impresses people when he points out the Eiffel Tower when seeing images of Paris. It will be fun for him that he already knows the iconic buildings when we will be visiting Paris and other cities in the coming years.
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.
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!