Monday, 29 September 2014

High Five: Owl Song Vintage



Bonjour !

It's raining cats and dogs outside, l'horreur ! ...

After a weekend pottering at home, making plans for our new bathroom,  I am in the mood for some serious sorting out and re-arranging (that includes my laptop and facebook "friends"). I guess it's something to do with the lousy weather and the need to create a cosy nest for the coming autumn and winter months.

Although we have boxes of French flea market treasures in our garage waiting for the "right place" in our interior, I can never resist looking for more. 

 


 

I came across an interesting etsy store this morning selling exactly the kind of vintage finds that I love:




has sourced an unusual selection of antique toys, Midcentury design, folk art, industrial objects and homeware. I would love to be able to afford the French laboratory set dated 1868 and complete with apothecary bottles or the antique drafting table for my eldest's room...

 



Oh, la, là, I'm dreaming again...
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Friday, 26 September 2014

Inspiration: Play Is Work



Kaija Vogel takes playing very seriously. 
And kids and parents the world over will be thankful for that I'm sure.





Growing up in Finland in the 1970's, Kaija was given the freedom to explore the outside world through play. Her mother made her a pair of leather overalls that she wore for years whilst enjoying and discovering nature and learning how to ride a bike, run and climb, carefree. Naturally, when Kaija's daughter was born, her mother made a new pair of overalls in the softest leather, and in turn, these were handed down to her son.





 Play is Work is a new brand offering simple, functional and hard-wearing clothing for young children, inspired, amongst other things, by tradesman's work wear and folk garments.




 Kaija Vogel and her team have re-engineered the original playsuit, sourcing the softest, most hard-wearing leather from farms practicing repectful animal husbandry as well as treating the hide in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. The playsuits are modern yet timeless, sporting a signature Swiss zip, and have also given birth to tops and bottoms, all available in the brand new online shop.



 And that's not all. While Kaija clearly believes in and loves leather, she has been working on a range of brightly coloured linen, wool and denim clothing, so do keep your eyes peeled for that!



I love this brand, and wish Kaija and her team every success in their new venture.
I can't wait to see what they have up their sleeve next!


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Inspiration: My Muse Comes and Goes








I spend a lot of time on etsy now, and love checking my feed every morning.
You know I'm a fan of vintage things, for little and big ones alike, so more than anything, I enjoy a good rummage on this huge digital marketplace. I always seem to find something original or interesting, and yesterday I came across a very sweet French shop called


Desi creates and sells a wonderful selection of prints, gift tags, postcards,  totes and even downloadable wrapping paper, all perfect for decorating a nursery or child's room.
I am smitten with her paper doll garlands in particular, and am delighted to have discovered her delicate, whimsical world of children's illustration.

 Desi is active on facebook, and has a lovely website.


Happy Browsing Mes Amis !






Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Mercredi Moodboard - Just Something About The Light



ça y'est - I'm wearing a long baggy jumper and skinny jeans today.
It's raining, softly, again.
Wet leaves underfoot, the smell of soaked soil and a carpet of pine needles outside.
Time for bonfires soon.

And have you noticed?
There's just something about the light...


all images taken from my tumblr


 (top left to bottom right)
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 


Happy Wednesday!


Monday, 22 September 2014

What's New?




Hey, I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

It's been quiet around here again, don't you think? 
Well, I'm busy, busy, busy, I promise!

I know some of you will already know if you follow me on facebook and pinterest, but for those that don't, I am delighted to announce that I will be guest blogging on the newly founded international kids' design blog Petit & Small from time to time. 
You can catch my first post about wirework for children here.

Petit & Small and I have also created a new joint pinterest board focusing on teenagers. As a mum of an eighteen year old and a pre-teen, I'm always looking for interesting décor tips to inspire me at home, and I thought it would be a good idea to share some online. 
I do hope you'll follow us!

Elsewhere, I've been guest blogging over at Decopeques and of course, contributing bi-weekily to Handmade Charlotte.

Oh, and I just hit 145,000 followers on pinterest - thank you!

Busy as a bee, that's me!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Shop Watch: Désuet









Delightfully distressed and bien sûr, the styling is divine.

Eh Oui ... French newcomer Désuet opened its doors this week, and as you can see, promises to offer a very special selection of poetical, time-worn treasures for you and your family.

If you're looking for original vintage objects, furniture and one-off handmade items to decorate your interior (those of you in the know will recognise Désaccord's designs), this brand new online shop is definitely one to watch.
Old-fashioned finds for a creative, contemporary home, that's exactly the kind of style I love.

Bonne chance à toute l'équipe !



Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Mercredi Moodboard - Feels Like Fall


Suddenly,

 It's raining outside, the skies are dark and a storm is a-brewing.

It feels like fall

déjà ...


All images taken from my Tumblr -


(from top left to bottom right)
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6


Enjoy!