Friday, 12 September 2014

Inspiration: State of Space

The stuff my dreams are made of...

The kind of things I scour our local flea markets for almost every weekend.

The distressed, time-worn, utilitarian finds I love to fill our home with.

Visual poetry

Forget the price tags and enjoy!

Bon week end !

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Shop Watch: Wooden Story


Wooden toys are timeless. They're natural, soft to touch and smell so good.
Mmm, that smell... my father was a carpenter. I love the smell of wood, the sound of a plane, the sight of fresh shavings falling to the floor.

Polish brand Wooden Story have been working with my favourite material for three generations in the beautiful Beskidy Mountains. They believe in the power of natural play and the importance of freedom to create.

Browse their online shop and you will discover an inspiring collection of building blocks, stacking games, teethers, prams, cars and crates for toy storage, all made from carefully-selected FSC-certified wood from their forests. Eco-friendly, completely free from harmful paints or varnishes, and polished with beeswax and botanical oils, these are the kind of toys I believe our children should be playing with, for years and years to come.

I think they deserve some attention, don't you?

Monday, 8 September 2014

Etsy Crush: KukloFerma

I have discovered some truly amazing soft toys and dolls over the past five years of blogging, and every time I come across a new maker I am always amazed by their ability to create something different with so much personality.

Ukranian etsy seller Oksana Shpilka has a beautiful little shop full of delicate and strangely endearing handmade soft toy designs, all styled so sweetly with great attention to detail.

 KukloFerma is a shop to bookmark, or pin, if you love ooak toys for play or display.

I think I would be tempted to frame some of those mini dolls if they were mine!

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Inspiration: Colour For Kids

 Time for Five Faves, don't you think?

I'm feeling inspired by so much colour in the kids' design world right now, in total contrast to my personal taste for minimal, neutral home interiors.

A bit of brightness makes a refreshing change, and is hopefully still in keeping with my Kickcan & Conkers blog. I've been thinking a lot about my presence on the web lately, wondering whether I should create a new site for all my home/art/fashion/art finds and keep this one solely for kid-centric stuff.

What do you think? All suggestions welcome!

Thanks for the inspiration:

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Mercredi Moodboard - Say It With Flowers

Good Morning!

Let's kick off with some floral inspiration from my tumblr

I am enjoying curating this new blog tremendously and wanted to say thank you for all the new follows over there these past couple of weeks.

Un grand merci !

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Inspiration: Hanging Around

Bonjour September!

We've spent the last few days getting ready for the kids to go back to school.
Trying to make the most of those final precious moments outside in the garden, enjoying the pool and sunshine too. I have mixed feelings about my two youngest going back today but it's time to start blogging again. J'ai hâte !

Enough of this hanging around!

Bonne rentrée tout le monde !

Thanks for the 'hanging' inspiration:
 1) DIY clothes rack - Northern Delight
2) Love all the botanical prints we're seeing right now - Time of Aquarius
3) Moodboard and mobile in Maartje van den Noort's studio by Hannah Nunn
5) Hang a huge wall mural by Ane Wall Decor

Friday, 29 August 2014

Inspiration: EFVVA AW14/15


EFVVA has done it again!

If you've been following me for a couple of years or more you'll know that I have loved Ewa Wrobel-Hultqvist's work from the outset. I am always drawn to strong patterns (although I rarely wear them myself), and Ewa manages to surprise and delight me every time.

Water is the theme of EFVVA's new children'swear collection. Inspired, amongst other things, by the golden carp, a legendary symbol of courage and good fortune, and Japanese woodblock prints from the EDO period, Ewa's striking handpainted designs take us high sea, amidst dramatic white sea foam and crashing waves.

Tutus, dresses, sweatjackets, kimono tunics, and beautiful, beautiful handmade turquoise ballerinas, boots and desert shoes (I speak for experience, Miles' goat skin shoes have lasted so well!), - all very original and eco-friendly.

Take your time browsing EFVVA's shop and keep an eye on her Facebook page for all her new additions.