Monday, October 26, 2009

sweet French little shops, sweet atmospheres

It is not only in interior design magazines that you can find beautiful interiors and sources of inspiration but also in the staging of shops ... and children ones in particular. A new one opens everyday in France and it's hard to choose!

But here are two to which I return often.: Charivari Workshop in Rouen and Loulou addict in Paris.
At Loulou addict, the little children's corner is full of wonders: cushions and linens fron April showers, les petites emplettes... and many small objects from European brands such as the Danish Rice or the French designer Mariette Jonbaz ...

  In l'atelier Charivari
in Normandy, vintage furniture and furnishing are beautifully restored with charming small fairies from Des pieds des Ailes, to the knitted animals from Anne-Claire Petit (available in the USA at Anthropologie) and the linens from April showers... a small and beautiful world !

pictures: loulou addict, atelier Charivari
atelier Charivari 27 rue des bonnetiers, 76 000 Rouen
loulou addict, 25 rue Keller, 75011 Paris

Monday, October 19, 2009

Family home atmosphere

A young couple has chosen to expand his Paris apartment by adding the one upstairs. Their new interior, which can be visited on French magazine Marie-claire Maison, website, has become like a family home. The industrial tones of the decoration mix with the soft tones of the paintings. 
For the girl of the house, the pink wall is highlighted by a silver branch sticker. The bed from Ikea has been repainted in chocolate to match with the color palette. The soft shades of pink of the night table and the purple of the silk cover by Serendipity, offer a poetic and elegant atmosphere.

In the boy's room, the desk designed by an architect runs along the wall. It has been painted in the same chocolate color like the wall for a brown harmony. The wall has been prepared with a magnetic paint so that the magnetic letters can be fixed on it. Toy fish by Alexander Calder .

In the parents' room, the concrete floor lightly shaded in gray, brings a modern touch to the walls and the old chimney. The quilt on the bed is from Caravane chambre 19 ..

Upstairs the universe is totally dedicated to children with a family room in which a XL sofa takes place in the heart of the room. In front of the sofa, a glass table by Conran shop around which children play and draw. The  family atmosphere upstairs fits perfectly with the loft-like industrial atmosphere of the ground-floor . 

Pictures : Marie-Claire maison

Sunday, October 11, 2009

the 2 Z bedroom

Zephir and Zadig, both Z, are two happy boys in this fun  bedroom and vitamin designed by their mother.
I have been able to discover on her blog Cardamone this vintage and colorful atmosphere.
A wardrobe, a magazine rack and shelves found on flea markets set the tone.

The beds were found at our favorite Swedish shop as the duvet cover. They were painted with a grey painting from Farrow & Ball. The antique bed offers a peaceful seating for a reading corner.

On the shelf a globe to travel and a book that belonged to their grandmother when she was little and that inspired her daughter to the choice of her children names,

The kite from  Petit Pan flies above the fish garland in wool made by their aunt and installed in their bowl designed by their mother on the wall.

When the kids shut the door of their room, it becomes a hanging place to expose their drawings, maps, memories with clothespins!

When fun and practical mix up so nicely I just love it!

Photo Credit: Cardamon blog

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

SF girl bay

SFgirl bay, is a "san francisco based blogger, hopeful photographer, design junkie and bonafide flea market queen"as Victoria her editor/writer defines herself.
Everyday she writes new product reviews, shopping tips, including art, photography and design resources, as well as home entertaining and lifestyle stories. Her ‘Bohemian Modern Style’ provides 6 – 8,000+ daily readers. A great new way to visit the city!

You can also visit Victoria interior. Part of her goal was to create a cozier corner for the sofa, near the fireplace since winter is coming, and to provide a view of the bay from where you’re sitting on the sofa.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Papillon et Bonton

Irene Cohen (step-daughter of Bernard and Marie-France Cohen who founded Bonpoint in the 70s) had already delighted fashionistas moms by launching Bonton in 2001, a leading Parisian concept store for children.

She repeated this year with the opening of a new shop to introduce her new brand Butterfly and Bonton.

This time she has teamed up with Eve Cazzani (stylist for Bonton) to launch this new collection more classic, signing a come back to fundamentals and basics such as tweed, Scottish, cashmere ...
It is also an opportunity for us to admire a new parisian boutique with a magical design.  Moms will dream with their children. Try a princess dress under a majestic chandelier or a small trousers next to a trophy deer ... what else!
84 bis rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris
Tél : 01 42 84 42 43
Lundi au samedi de 10 h à 19 h
Credit photos: Paillon et Bonton

Friday, October 2, 2009

Get ready !

Hallowween is already there!
Here few ideas found on the web to get ready with your kids.
Main inspiration: Martha Stewart website of course!.I like above these simple ideas such as clothespins bats on a light garland, paper mice silhouettes ( to buy at Michael's), folded paper hang-ups, tree decorations...

ideas also for your Halloween table with many ideas in orange and black...

To complete your table I like this spider web by Crate and Barrel,

and these haunted house placemats by Poterry barn kids,

and these pumpkin sets to transform your pumpkin in a pirate or a cat, still at Poterry barn kids
Enjoy !
Photos credits : Martha Stewart, Crate and Barrel, Pottery barn kids