HAND ILLUSTRATED PRINT ‘OUR WORLD’ MAT / WALL DISPLAY

I prefer to buy from small shops, labels and companies to support artists, designers and (small) shop owners. Often these businesses are run by women who work hard to combine motherhood with entrepreneurship. Which is not always easy I know from experience! Today I like to feature a wonderful collaboration between artist & designer Merrilee Liddiard and Gathre. This US based label, run by women, turned Merrilee’s hand illustrated print into a beautiful mat. The large version of the Our World mat can also be used as a wall display. I think this looks fantastic in a kids room! Designer Merrilee: “In recreating this map I felt impressed to call it ” Our World Map” instead of just “World Map”. I really came to love – even more – all the corners of this world we call home. We’re all in this together. It’s our world – the only one we’ve got, and we have a responsibility to her. To learn about her peoples, landscapes and stories. To respect her. To love her. And this mat collab is a perfect way to share all of that with our children – our worlds future.”

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10 OF THE BEST BABY (SHOWER) GIFTS

Finding the right baby (shower) gift can be difficult but look no further as here is a list with 10 of the best baby gifts!

1. Hanging mobile or music box mobile for the nursery. Above: sheep mobile.

Swan mobile | Peacock music mobile | Counting sheep mobile | Swan music mobile

2. Newborn keepsake set. Above: welcome home baby set (swaddling blanket, gown and hat presented in a beautiful box). I also love this keepsake set available in blue and pink.

3. Baby boots. Above: Crocheted booties (available in Unicorn, Swan, Koala and Flamingo).

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DIY KNITTING PROJECT: JUMBO GARTER SCARF

This easy to knit Jumbo Garter Scarf will definitely keep you warm! You can find instructions and a list of materials that is needed for this scarf here on Purl Soho.

COLORFUL CUSHION COVERS FOR A BOHO CHIC LOOK

With some colorful kilim cushions you can easily turn a corner in your home or garden into a boho chic space. Most of the cushion covers (which are handmade in Turkey) featured below are now on sale. These colors will lift your spirits and get you in a summer mood!

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THE GJØVIK HOUSE IN OSLO (NORWAY) BY NORM ARCHITECTS

An hour north of Oslo, located on a majestic hill side facing the Norwegian woods and Mjøsa lake, lies the Gjøvik house; a modern and minimal cluster house created by Norm Architects. “The Gjøvik house, consisting of overlapping cubes of different sizes, makes for an intimate and dynamic family home with materials, levels and inbuilt, tailor-made furniture creating a minimal yet warm and secluded feeling. The house gracefully embraces the hill side terrain, merging with its surroundings in a humble and natural manner. Having thoroughly considered the climate in the process of designing the house, the idea behind the cluster style house was to give the home a cosy and inviting feel, where you can truly hibernate while taking shelter from the frigid days of Nordic winter. ”

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SANTA CLARA 1728 BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN LISBON, PORTUGAL

Santa Clara 1728 is a beautiful 18th-century palace that has been transformed into a romantic boutique hotel. Perched atop one of the city’s seven hills, overlooking the Pantheon and the Tagus River, the hotel has been designed by local architect Manuel Aires Mateus. The modern, clean design contrasts beautifully with the ancient walls and limestone stairs. The six spacious suites are suited with minimalist wooden furniture by designer Antonio Citterio and linnen bed textiles, all in a neutral color palette.

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HANDMADE KIDS DECOR ITEMS FROM SPAIN

Ila y Ela is a Spanish design company for the littles ones. Their handmade products are created in a traditional way. A mediterranean style with a nordic touch, simplicity, high-quality materials, trendy soft tones….all to create special items for special children´s rooms. I especially love the lion head featured above!

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