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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?