Thanks to David Torrents, I’ve finally realized that wall stickers can be fun! I’ve never really been a huge fan of decals, despite my love of art, but even I would love to play around with this set of stickers inspired by the work of Dutch graphic designer and teacher Karel Martens (pictured above).
As you can see, the Karel Kit is made up of numerous, colorful meccano-like parts that children can stick together to create their own shapes, scenes and stories. The decals are semi-transparent so they’re particularly effective on glass, as shown above, but will adhere to almost any surface.
I’m smitten, and my enthusiasm has prompted me to share a small selection of original decal finds – enjoy!
I have two special birthdays coming up in April (Miles turns 8, and Dylan turns 17), so I’ve done a lot of virtual window shopping lately. It’s no secret I love one-off vintage finds, and I always enjoy looking for the perfect gift, but this year I’m finding myself short on inspiration. I guess these guys really do want for nothing!
However, the other day I was browsing Present & Correct (a personal fave), and it struck me that you simply can’t go wrong with basic letters and numbers at any age. Modern or old school, colorful or black and white, there’s no shortage of cool kids’ alphabet and number-themed products, and many will appeal to their design-loving parents as well.
Here are some of the things I found…
Organized streamers in the Los Angeles studio of balloon girl Jihan Zencirli of Geronimo. (via glitter and pearls)
A drawer of carefully organized glitter and pastels in Darcy Miler’s craft room. Would you expect anything less from the editorial director of Martha Stewart Weddings? (via martha stewart)
A clever way to organize swatches and a magnetic strip for keeping craft tools close at hand. (via pinterest)
Colorful & organized craft supplies in bookmaker Angela Liguori’s Boston studio. (via martha stewart)
Mount a rail underneath a picture ledge to hold ribbons and string. (via ikea family live)
I’m totally in love with this cabin bed created by French blogger Justine of Pepito mi Corazon for her son Ito. Be sure to check out her online shop Gaupito as well, it’s filled with wonderful & magical things for children.
via french by design
This Oslo home designed by Architect Espen Surnevik for his family of five is filled with innovative ideas for keeping the family organized. How cool is that play table?
Designers Johanne & Palle Bruun Rasmussen made this fabulous loft bed for their son Sigge using legs made from a tree in the garden, giving it a magical forest hut feel. The hand-painted sky motif is a perfect finishing touch :)
This fabulous bedroom belongs to Ulysses, shot by mother and photographer Ganaëlle Glume of Petit Monde. Love the wooden loft bed & corner bookshelves!
via studio toutpetit
I went on a whirlwind trip to Playtime Paris last weekend and just had to share my ‘coup du coeur’ with all of you. There’s always so much to see at these events that it’s difficult to do justice to every designer, product, or booth. I tend to run the aisles quickly, trusting my instincts and hoping to find something that will make me stop in my tracks. And I did.
Sunnyside Egg Shaper
available here for $12
Having a hard time getting your kids to eat their breakfast? This super fun egg shaper may provide just the encouragement they need. Who wouldn’t love to start their day this way! (via kid crave)
Home Cooking Steamer
available here for $10
We all know that the quickest way to bring water to a boil is to put a lid on the pot, but how can you tell when it starts to boil? Just wait until smoke starts coming out of the chimney! Fun :) (via notcot)
available here for $12
The black belt lettuce knife! Your kids will be begging to help in the kitchen when you pull this one out.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful – William Morris.
Where do you go when you’re looking for a really special gift for a friend or a member of your family? We all have our favorite addresses, places where we know we’ll find something a little out-of-the-ordinary, tailor-made for a loved one. As the international design and home decor trade fair Maison & Objet kicks off in Paris this week, I thought I’d do something different today and share a snapshot of the work by French studio that focuses on design for kids and the young at heart.
Let’s have a closer look!
Let me give you a little background… My studio is above our garage. The craft supplies were getting out of hand so I decided to store them in the garage below the studio. The only problem was the stained concrete and stud walls (no sheetrock). I wanted to dress up the space and make the garage more of an extension of my workspace. Basically, I needed tile, shelving, and walls.
Simple is best when it comes to design, and it doesn’t get much simpler than these DIY bookshelves. All you need are a few empty wine boxes and some binder clips. How cool is that?
via so leb’ ich