Olive Etsy lovelies

I'm having a real olive fetish at the moment (not the ones you eat, the nice colours). Here are a few bit and pieces I found on Etsy that satisfy my colour crush.


One for the grown ups...

Today I just needed a little break from all things kiddo, so I've been swooning over pretty vintage adult spaces for inspiration...




Manland: A shopping haven for bored husbands

This is great. Only at Ikea of course... Anyone who knows Ikea and has wee ones, will know about Smalland, a kids play area where you can leave your kiddos and shop in peace. Well, our local Ikea tested a new idea a few weeks ago called ManLand - a dedicated area for bored hubbies to hang out, fully equipped with boy toys like pinball machines, foosball, old school video games, car magazines etc... Even my hubbie was excited by the idea when I showed it to him. Now that's my idea of heaven. Drop the kids over here, drop the husband over there and shop to your hearts delight for hours on end in the market hall! Everyone's happy! No "hurry-up"'s, no "are we going soon?'s .... just uninterrupted shopping bliss. Please Ikea! Do it again! Only tell me about it before it happens this time...

The house you HAVE to see/Hommage to a craft maniac

Here's a funny story for you - last night while I was trawling (read: wasting time on) Pinterest, I stumbled across this gorgeous room. Naturally, being such a sweet rainbow space I pinned it immediately to show it to you... The funny part is coming... 
When I went to the source to check it out (because it's a really groovy little NZ blog called Mousehouse - you should have a look at it!). To my surprise, what I found was that this stunning room isn't a room at all - it's a dollhouse! Not any dollhouse I've ever seen I'll tell you that much! Take a look...

Details in this place are paramount. The roof and exterior walls are painted in the exact same shades as the actual house the family live in... 

Here's the master bedroom (it's nicer than my bedroom people!)

The bathroom... (Note the stunning papered feature wall! I think I want to live here...)

Oh my giddy aunt - there's a craft room...

Orla Kiely in the kitchen! (This woman is a crafting maniac! I think I love her!)

AND it even has electricity!!!! (That's it - I'm moving in - Megan, I'll be needing your address please!)
Now let me tell you, there are many more rooms! You haven't seen the pink bedroom! The living room! And you need to witness the entrance hall! Megan has even posted comparison shots to their corresponding "real" rooms. This is one of my favourite blog post finds of all time. You must have a look here to get the whole story. Megan, I am in awe of you. You've done the most incredible job and Amelie is one lucky little lady. 

Saturday Site Crush

Naturally, this site is from the Netherlands. You'll see why I say naturally as soon as you scroll down. Is it just me with a crush on the Scandinavian sense of style? No, I don't think so either. Divine isn't it?



Check out the rest of the Room7 site here.

Lovely little Euro designs...

Loving this one. It's a stunning little space I found over at DecoPeques. How much do you wish we had all this beautiful European designed kids furniture here in Australia? Maybe Noosh needs to get to work designing huh?


Totally turquoise

They say keep the walls neutral and add colour with accessories. 
But the opposite works well too....

Patch me pretty...

Normally not much into the patchwork thing myself. I guess I prefer to let a fabric I love "speak" for itself rather than being crowded out by a gazillion other busy patterns all butted up against eachother - but hey, that's a personal thing. But this project - well, I'm swaying....

Check out this and every other amazing project this talented little lady whips up over here.

Perfect pink playhouse

Every once in a while I see something that makes me wish I had an excuse (read: girl) to paint the walls in pink. This is one of those times. Even I'd get excited about having this cubby kitchen in my room. Just how fabulous can a child's cubby be? And the rest of the room isn't bad either. That shade of pink is divine.

Babes in the blue forest

Always fond of a mural as I am, this blue forest feature wall really tickles my fancy. Particularly loving the waving squirrel... Hello!

Tuesday Tour: The room and the rest

This week's tour is a little bit different. Instead of "The room" being a kids space, it's a studio space I showed you a few weeks ago. I still adore that industrial light fitting....

The room.

The home. 





Favourite words...

"Love" this. A word on the wall isn't a new idea, but it's one that still works. But how to choose just one word? Have you got a favourite word that you'd love to see on the kiddos wall?

Au naturale

Naked timber in the kidlets room. Thumbs up? Thumbs down? 
For me, it's a double thumbs up. 
A child's space should be pure. 
And what's more pure than natural materials in all of their raw natural beauty?  
Via 


What do you think? Is it too sophisticated? Are we design conscious parents just thinking about ourselves? Or is it really a nice thing for the kids to surround them with natural materials, colours and grains?
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