Hive are the designers between this realistic cloud lamp: imagine a few of them hung from a pale blue ceiling. Blissful.
Available in small, medium and large from Switch Modern, they come in at a not inconsiderable $560 - 650. Worth it for that perfect summer sky effect?
This jolly pouf reminds me of summer. Perhaps that's because the blue and white stripes have a nautical appeal. But it also looks like a notebook so it reminds me of going back to school. Whatever the season, this over-sized cushion by veteran Dutch toy maker Anne Claire Petit would be a great seat or accent in any child's room. I guess that makes it the perfect any time pouf!
Looking for a great afternoon project with the pre-schooler in your life? Or an inexpensive party favor? Or are you just obsessed with toy animals? (I am!) Then you might want to check out these charmingly original designs by Madeleine Rogers of Mibo Studio. For under $10 this UK-based company will email you the pdf for multiple animals, which you and your little one can cut and fold into these lovable critters. Choose from safari, woodland, farm, chicks, owls or bunnies sets. Or better yet, don't choose. Order them all for a complete menagerie!
It was the sight of Cyril the squirrel-fox (below, right) in a local boutique window that reminded me to take a look at what Donna Wilson has been up to lately.
Since we last mentioned her, it seems she's gone from quirky designer with an edgy following, to having goods in all the high-end interiors stores. I guess that's what they call success - and good on her.
So, apologies that this catch-up post is a rather long and image-heavy one...but really, it's Wilson's fault for being so darn prolific. There really is such an enormous selection on her website now, it's hard to know just what to pick out, even just focusing on the kids' stuff.
The soft toys (above, as well as Cyril, we see Monocat and Peanut - "he takes a while to come out of his shell") are a little pricey, but still one of the cuter ways to buy a little DW for yourself.
It's often the facial expressions that make a Donna Wilson creature complete, and that's also true of the enigmatic cat cushion, above right. My favourite is...no, not the cloud pattern, much as I've written about my love of the form - but the house, which strikes me as one of those childhood items that is somehow comforting and familiar, and perfect, therefore, for cushionhood.
If I had to pick out one item to feature on Babygadget, the oversize house blanket would be the one. It's beautiful in its own right, but as you can see, it also doubles up as perfect den-making material.
This swish (and expensive) black blanket named "Up the Garden Path" is not what you'd normally pick out for a kid's bedroom (remember the black beanbag we featured a while back?) but any child would love to trace the way up the path and between those mysterious trees.
And finally - phew! - another blanket, this time with a soft rain motif. It comes in a surprisingly traditional pink or blue. Plus, the answer for you if you can't afford all of the above: Wilson's own knitting book with patterns for a whole menagerie of your own - 35 of them to be precise.
So there you have it. Hmm.. I guess we'd better not leave it so long next time before we check up on Donna Wilson's activities.
Visual timetables are big these days, it seems. Certainly they have them at my daughter's primary school, and I understand they can be particularly useful for autistic kids who find comfort in predictability.
Well, the Chocovenyl "Time 2" clock might not be suitable for either of those scenarios, but it's certainly the most stylish of the genre I've seen.
Position the numbers around the clock mechanism, and then place the visual cues according to the day's timetable - these can be stuck down and repositioned multiple times without damage to your wall.
With all the ingredients for a wholesome life, from 'wash' to 'create', this is also a clock that could help your kid learn to tell the time. And if it doesn't, hey, at least it looks good.
With the peeping bunnies and the on-trend tree designs, this is a gorgeous magnetic board in its own right, but if, like me, you've embarked on the school years, it might also earn its keep.
Gym bag on one hook? Check. Book bag on another? Check. Signed note for that school trip? Check.
Get the picture? This single purchase is going to turn you from the parent who is always two homeworks behind, to the parent who remembers everything, ever. And that, my friend, is worth £75.00 (approx US $120) of anyone's money.
Ever accuse your kid of bare-faced cheek? Well now they can get a taste of what 'bear-faced' means with this simple but very cute mirror, from Gretel Home.
Hi BabyG Fans!
If you’ve enjoyed exploring children’s design with me over the past few years, you may be interested to know that I have recently started an interior design blog for grownups! Designskool.net is devoted to individual style and the eclectic home. It’s a slightly different format than BabyG, but hopefully just as fun. Please check it out.
And don’t worry, I still love kids’ design so I wont be leaving BabyG, just concentrating a little more on mom’s and dad’s space!
OK, I admit that might be a bit heavy-handed, as well as looking rather, er, loud, which is no doubt why this wallpaper is sold in single strips. That and the price.
And as it goes, I do think this would make a rather classy accent for a kid's room, or indeed elsewhere in the house. Plus, it never hurts to have a few subliminal teaching aids around the house, does it now.
From Famille Summerbelle, creators of the adorable cut out dolls wallpaper comes this equally jaunty Kissing Birds design. In light blue or mushroom, it pulls off the tricky task of looking quite conventional from a distance, but showing its unusual theme once you're close up.
Owls, peacocks, pelicans and chickens all feature, and a black line of crows make for a very effective darker accent. Of course, the owls are far too sensible to kiss, but the rest are certainly beak to beak.
I think any kid would love this in their room; it's likely to be quite a financial commitment (hand-printed to order; price on application) - but worth it.