Animal Hooks




Ever since we got Sharon Montrose animal photography hung up above our daughters bed there is a new bedtime ritual saying goodbye to each and every one of them. She adores animals. So that’s why I fell in love with these little guys and who can’t use hooks, right? Ferm Living is behind those adorable hooks. Ferm is Danish and means "clever." Their kids & home decor collection is clever in both form and function. Those hooks come in 4 different animal faces: Panda Hook, Rabbit Hook, Dog Hook and Sea Lion Hook. They are made of beech wood and hand painted.

Pay their website a visit as Ferm Living, has quiet some other goodies to decorate your little ones room with.* I can also imagine Mr. Snake here covering any draft coming in underneath a door. Or how adorable are those mini baskets or stuffed cushions to light up any doll corner. If your child is into arrows, Mayas & Incas: there are wall stickers, with matching wall flags, pillows & even wallpaper.

* If you are outside of Europe, visit Clever Spaces, as they are Ferm Living's official retail partner for the US and Canada.

Advents Calendar




Today in one week my daughter will open her first “door” of her new advents calendar. Of course, with 19 months she won’t be fully understanding the concept of this long tradition (at least in Germany, where I am from) but it will be exciting for her and set the start of a new tradition in her life. I do love advent calendars — it’s one of my favorite Christmas traditions and I can’t wait to share it with her.

So an advents calendar has 24 “doors/ pockets” and you start to open door 1 on December 1st and so on - such a fun run-up to Christmas. Each door hides a little present, treat or note. You don’t believe the excitement in kids eyes, every morning, every year again, to open the daily door and to find out which little present is waiting for them today.

On my recent trip to Germany I was lucky enough that retailers start early on with all things holiday related. In Germany, basically your parents keep refilling those calendars each year, till you move out. I know, what a treat, right? So I picked an advents calendar with this in mind, hoping it will last all those years to come. Ours is from Kaethe Kruse, a German toy manufacturer going back to 1911 following their principle “Only the hand can make what, through the hand, goes back to the heart.” This pretty much sums it up what the brand stands for and why I chose one of their calendars. Another great brand is Maileg.

If you are more the DIY person – check out those neat ideas:

ADVENT CALENDER TREE idea by a beautiful mess

ADVENT CALENDER TREE idea by a beautiful mess

ADVENT COLORS by you are my fave

ADVENT COLORS by you are my fave

Have you made an advent calender before?

TIED UP ADVENT CALENDER idea by a merry mishap

TIED UP ADVENT CALENDER idea by a merry mishap

ADVENT STAIRS by babyccino kids

ADVENT STAIRS by babyccino kids

Paperless Post

beautiful design meets seamless technology



The holidays are around the corner…. Time to get those holiday cards ready and off that ever growing to-do-list. Head over to Paperless Post for some serious beautiful design custom cards [ and invitations and stationary and … ]. And you have the choice: Send it ONLINE or on PAPER. I am more the online type (maybe due to the fact we live in Panama and there is no “real” postal service anywhere, let alone street addresses). But if you are more the paper type, they offer that too.

This hybrid online-offline stationery makes the ordering process easy & smooth. If you get stuck with your design, or wanna take it up a notch with custom monograms there is help – they have a personal design service team which will be in touch with you within 2 days.

To get inspired check out their online catalogue. Good to know… they collaborate with fashion and lifestyle designers, including Kate Spade, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler & more.

Oh, and they have a sweet deal right now till November 21st with free ground shipping on holiday orders.

Run your own little town

WOOD TOWNS created by little people



I recently discovered little wood towns made by kiki+. This cool town set comes with buildings, trees, mountains and a car. Kids, big and small, can draw their own roads, erase them, move them…. Position cars, traffic signals, trees, hills and homes. Kids can play, invent, or use their own amazing imaginations to create and express themselves. All is made of eco-sound beech wood and safely embedded with tiny magnets—on two magnetized chalk boards. It’s kind of like SIMS [ the computer game ] but it gets your kids away from another piece of electronics!

Kids are like tiny artists… and with this town set the possibilities are endless! They also came out with a PARIS and a LONDON set.

Oh, and for all foodies, they also have a Hamburger and a funky Sushi set. So, looking for more beautiful engaging objects – shop here.

Artsy time capsule




When going through my childhood boxes in the cellar and finding my old art pieces I am so grateful to my mom to have kept at least a few of them. Now you have the opportunity to preserve your child’s art in a “time capsule like collage” – made by designer Jan Eleni. She is the women behind this beautiful idea, a self taught designer who started her own design business focused on innovation & décor of children’s rooms after working for ABC Carpet and Home and having her own small shop in downtown NYC. You might know the proud feeling when your child comes home with a beautiful drawing, but months and years go by and you might have collected a big pile of drawings and only a limited amount of wall space. So, an easier way of displaying them is by making a personal collection of your kids art – with Jan Elenis help. Send your child’s’ masterpieces her way and – after a careful review - she will create a modern grid of their work that looks great in any room. To commission a collage piece from Jan Eleni comes with a price tag. Its not cheap, starting @ $950. If this is not an option, you can also get your own hands “dirty”, grab a scanner and start your collage.

My daughter is not quiet there yet and need a few more years to collect enough art to create such a unique piece but I can’t wait to hang it up one day.

Ready to turn your kids masterpieces into a time capsule like collage? Contact the designer.

Handcrafted artisian sandals




We recently travelled to Mallorca, the biggest of the Balearic Islands in Spain and I knew I can’t leave the island without some Avarca sandals. Avarca sandals are from the neighboring island, Menorca, where they started making them over a hundred years ago. Those sandals are packed with tradition and are also super comfortable, durable and stylish. Their roots are in the countryside where it is hot and dry during the summertime and farmers used them while working their land. They were made with leather (still to this day) and recycled tires where used as soles to keep the farmers feet cool - handcrafted from top quality according to traditional methods. Nowadays they are mostly made with flexible rubber mold soles as it is much lighter in weight. But to this day they have the same characteristics as a century ago, just now reinvented with colors ranging from traditional black & brown to bright colors and even metallic finishes.

We discovered a tiny store up a windy street off one of the main shopping avenues and as inconspicuous as it looks from the outside, the inside is packed with hundreds of shoes for women, kids and even for men. Of course the kids Avarcas are so adorable, they are just a tiny copy of the adult one. Too many colors to chose from. Once you put them on, they will quickly become a go to shoe in your daily life. They can even withstand the rain. I wanted a pair of gold Avarcas for my daughter and myself but her size was sold out so she got a more traditional color – brown.

So how do you get one of those eco-friendly slip on sandals without traveling to an island in the Mediterranean? It’s easy and you even have options as most of the following online retailers ship around the globe:

Online Shops for Avarcas: