Design Expo for Kids by Afilii – Milan

April 7th, 2017

Chantal Bavaud

An amazing design expo for kids is taking place right now (April 4th – 9th, 2017) at Ventura Lambrate in Milan. The show is brought to you by afilii – platform for design + architecture for kidsThey are introducing 14 young designers and up-and-coming brands from seven different countries. They have an incredible lineup and I’m just sharing a few of the brands and designers with you.


afilii is known for their passion for finding the most stimulating and creative toys, accessories and furniture for children, always with a story behind them. They prioritise unique pieces and forward-thinking designers who understand the way in which these objects will impact child development in an engaging manner.




So, if you are in Milan or going there, this is well worth the trip to Ventura Lambrate and is part of the Milan Design Week!

Whimsical Modern Wood Taxidermy Inspired Heads

April 4th, 2017

I’m so enchanted by the Whimsical Wood Taxidermy Inspired Heads created by Tzachi Nevo, the designer and creator of the unique modern decorative wall decor brand Urban Masquerade. 

Each piece is different; inspired by a different theme, it can be a funny characters he met, books, drawings, cartoons, or anything that sparks Tzachi’s imagination. He creates these by laser cutting pieces of wood, painting and then assembling them in layers and glueing them together to make a unique, artistic and really beautiful wooden wall decor.

The particular collection includes a diverse collection of animals from all around the world like a panda, bear, zebra, bull and a deer. Shop it here.

Tzachi has a vast range of other charming and highly modern and artistic pieces, some of them quite pricey but some sweet little deals like this bird for only $39!

Les Coyotes de Paris Spring/Summer 2017

March 31st, 2017

Well, the classic timelessness of this French brand, and their Les Coyotes Spring/Summer 2017 collection is wonderful. The collection and the whole feeling of this label is a nostalgic take on iconic & classic shapes and nautical details and 60’s & 70’s silhouettes that  are updated to modern lines.

The brand has a lovely creative story behind it. Les Coyotes de Paris tells the imaginary story about the 4th arrondissement in Paris, where girls are running through the streets as fast as ”Coyotes”, the Parisian prairie wolves. Such imagination and grace!


The pieces will not age and are mostly in white and black with touches of toned down blues and grays. Simple, elegant, and easy to mix and match. I love the beautiful tucking and details in the delicate blouses and bodices of the dresses.

The brand caters to little girls all the way up to the teens and is launching a women’s collection in the Fall. This is only their second season and they already have a very strong identity and direction. Can hardly wit to see what they have in store for us in the seasons to come!

And they have a romantic and feminine capsule collection called The White Coyotes for special occasions. You can shop that here.

Bobo Choses Spring/Summer 2017, A Legend Collection

March 28th, 2017


Each season BOBO CHOSES publishes a little book telling the story behind the collection. And this coming season, they launched the BOBO CHOSES Spring/Summer 2017 , A LEGEND Collection and petit book, or course!


This season, Bobo Choses charms us with the stories of famous sportsmen, like John McEnroe, one of the greatest tennis players ever, Dick Fosbury, an American retired high jumper who is considered one of the most influential athletes in the history of track and field; Gino Bartali, a champion road cyclist who was recognised as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem for his efforts to aid Jews during World War II; Moses Tanui, a former Kenyan long-distance runner, who won the gold medal over 10.000 meters in Tokyo, he was the first athlete to run a half marathon in less than one hour; the Jamaican national bobsleigh team, who debut in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, where they were seen as underdogs as they represented a tropical nation in a winter sport.

The theme is great sportspeople who shined with a different and special light of their own.


This inspiring and visual Bobo Choses Spring/Summer 2017, A Legend Collection features sportswear inspired silhouettes, in organic cotton, including vest tops, t-shirts, sweatshirts, dresses, midi length skirts and running shorts. And they include the quirky screen printed motifs, with flamingos and tennis racquets playing a starring role!


I’m enchanted at the way in which this label consistently weaves art, poetry and human achievement into childrenswear, elevating it to art.

Take a look at the very wearable art right here on the Bobo Choses website.



Photos by Bobo Choses – all rights reserved

Original Zebra Rocker by Dinara Mirtalipova

March 20th, 2017


This is just such a sweet and original Zebra Rocker by Dinara MirtalipovaA lifelong doodler, Dinara Mirtalipova left her hometown of Tashkent, Uzbekistan to start a creative new life in Cleveland as an artist and designer. She’s developed an incredibly recognizable style of art and illustration that’s inspired by her family life, folk tales and her native Uzbek art and culture.

For a long time Dinara has been among illustrators and designers at American Greetings. She left her creative role at AG in February 2014  to pursue her ever growing freelance career and to start a new chapter as an independent designer.

Currently Dinara works from her home studio in Sagamore Hills, OH. She uses a wide range of materials and tools, like carving lino blocks, gouache, acrylics and many others. She has been working with many great brands, publishing companies and ad agencies and she is continuously looking forward to making new friends.

Take a look at her other wonderful work right here. She also has an online shop right here!



Adorable Paper Plate Sewing Easter Chick Craft

March 13th, 2017


Okay, so it’s snowing outside and hard…so a bit difficult to imagine that Spring and Easter are just around the corner but they are! So, I am sharing this Adorable Paper Plate Sewing Easter Chick Craft from over at Red Ted Art!

The girls have been doing a lot of this kind of stitching lately from this Stitchables book that I blogged about earlier, so it’s a great idea to expand on this and make their own! They seem to not lose interest easily as the results are immediate and it’s not a longer term project like some of their knitting endeavors. And you can also do whatever you want with this. Maybe some smaller plates to make Easter Eggs as well as the chicks. Let us know if you make these with the kids. I always love to see the results on our Twitter or Facebook page!


Cool Looks from Guess Kids Spring Summer 2017

March 10th, 2017

 Cool looks from Guess Kids Spring Summer 2017 kids line are in stores already. This is the brand’s first ever line to be launched globally and is quite vast with something for everyone.

 With a strong nautical theme, the first part of the collection features t-shirts and dresses in pop colors and graphics inspired by the 90’s fashion.

 The beachy, summer feeling continues with the Coachella Festival. Here the sources of inspiration are the boho-chic looks, as well as cactus flower prints and sun-infused colours. For the boys, classic, laid back denim and masculine floral prints. And there are some adorable Lord Fauntleroy inspired numbers there for the younger boys.

 The last part of the collection has a Cuban flavor, full of fun and playful pieces. Tropical fruits and flowers bloom in multi-coloured prints, with stripes, chequers and geometric patterns.


3 Free, Top things to do with Kids in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

March 6th, 2017

State Capitol of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg

We are currently visiting our friends in Harrisburg Pennsylvania so have another of our 3, Free things to do with Kids posts in our series!

And so here is my 3 Free, Top things to do with Kids in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania installment.

So, here we go

First of all, the State Capitol in Harrisburg is unexpected and magnificent. It’s of course, free to visit and the kids have fun walking and running around in this large and European style complex even if they don’t completely appreciate the splendor. Designed by architect Joseph Huston, built and furnished at a cost of $13 million, the Capitol features paintings, stained glass and furnishings by some of the best artisans of the day. The building incorporates various Renaissance designs in some of its largest rooms: Italian in the House Chamber, French in the Senate Chamber, and English in the Governor’s Reception Room. It also reflects Greek, Roman and Victorian influences in its art and ornamentation. And there are free tours every half hour!



Wildwood Park and Nature Centre. This is another gem on the outskirts of Harrisburg. A great place to bring the family for some quality time or a location for you to commune with nature. There are wonderful rambling trails around the lake that abounds with wildlife in a truly natural setting. There’s a nice library for the kids with activities like a costume bin full of animal costumes so they can dress up as their fave animal and imagine what it would be like. And if you are into birdwatching, this is the place!



 National Civil War Museum. Okay, so I cheated for this. This is not free but I really wanted to sneak it in as it’s amazing and not expensive at all! This one was more for me than the kids but I think it was good for them, as the Civil War  is such an important part of American History. This museum is Smithsonian affiliated and does a very good job of helping us gain an understanding of the Civil War, its effect on the nation, and on the people.

Their emphasis is on “the human side” of the conflict.  There are over 24,000 items on  the common soldiers, men and women on the home front, and the experiences of African Americans.  The military artifacts encompass all aspects of soldiers’ experiences: from the personal equipage and weaponry of the War, to wounds, disease, prisoner-of-war experiences, and the emotional drain of the conflict. And most importantly, there is no bias towards either the Union or Confederate causes. The grounds and building are modern and well laid out. If you want the kids to understand the Civil War, this is a really good place to go!




Amazing Stained Glass Craft

March 1st, 2017


Well, you might have noticed I’ve not been posting that much lately, because we are moving house! We are up to our ears in boxes but thought I would sneak a quick post in before I put my scissors and packing tape away for the day.

And I will be getting back to the usual number of posts very soon. In the meantime, I am dying to try this Amazing Stained Glass Craft with the girls as soon as we are all unpacked and back to normal. What’s so amazing about this is that the effect is from mere school glue and watercolors. It does take some patience for the drying time but totally worth it.

I found it on Mum in the Madhouse. Where you will find all the detailed instructions. Let me know how it turns out if you make this by commenting below!


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