beautiful things

Beautiful things #3

I am crazy about paper goods. Typography, paper, print, book binding, all these things…Since I am a teenager I like writing my thoughts down and I am always looking for interesting and special notebooks.

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When I discovered that I was pregnant, I decided to keep a logbook of the events and the feelings all along the way of the 9 month. I dedicated all the entries to my son. I wanted him to have this notebook later and to be able to read his own story.

I bought a notebook from pulp, a paper good brand that was founded by an acquaintance of mine. I love their notebooks from the Pulp 6! series and their wonderful limted edition typeface notebooks. So since january 2013 I am writing down all the milestones and the small details about Alva in the notebook that I hope he will love as much as I do.

Are you writing down your thoughts? What kind of notebook are you using?

Beautiful things #2

We have been spending the last two weeks renovating Alva’s room.

The only space in the house that could potentially work as a children’s room was our storage. A small crammed little thing, with an exit door to the backyard balcony (unfortunately there is no picture of the room in its initial state). Everyone we asked said that this room would never be a place for a child to grow in. But we stayed convinced that the space had a lot of potential. Crammed and small yes but with a very high ceiling and quite a nice view.

Ohad’s father helped us so much, we couldn’t have done it without him. He first moved the washing machine to the kitchen then Ohad and me took some time to go over everything there was in the room and throwing stuff (pic. 1). I feel that this was probably the biggest obstacle in the process: sorting out past memories, choosing whether they are worth keeping or not. Once the room was completely empty (pic. 2), we build in the gallery (pic. 3), fixed the door and took of the ugly iron bars from the window, filled the cracks in the walls with plaster, painted everything (pic. 4) and put the stuff we chose to keep on the gallery.

The room has a beautiful chessboard-tile floor but unfortunately nobody ever took care of it and despite all my efforts in scrubbing it with all sorts of tile-cleaning agents, I had to admit defeat. It just didn’t look good. So we got a wall to wall felt carpet as a first layer (pic. 5) and a very cosy darker carpet for the front part of the room.

We got a matress from Ohads sister and decided we didn’t want a crib with bars for Alva. We put the matress directly on the floor and will secure it with pillows on each side once he will spend the nights in his room (since I am still nursing him at night, this will take some more time. In the meanwhile he spends his afternoon nap there. pic. 6).

Ohad put some shelves up and I took some beautiful postcards from Jeanette Besmer to be the colorinspiration for the room. I bought two little boxes with acrylic glass cover and two boxes with a regular wooden cover and painted the backwalls in one of the colors featured in the postcards. Then I changed the unused covers into picture frames for the cards. (pic. 7 and 8)

I wanted the light in the room to be warm, so we transformed a simple basket from the market to be a ceiling lamp and once the lights turned on, there was this beautiful unplanned shadow play on the wall. (pic. 9)

The last touches were a fresh light blue curtain and a red paper guirland.

And there it is: Alvas beautiful cosy new room.

He loves to play on the carpet and to look out at the trees in the garden.

Beautiful things #1

Since Alva’s birth we are getting a big amount of presents for him. To be honest, it is something I was nervous about even before he was born, to the point of having bad dreams about it. I felt we have to tell everyone that we are kind of special regarding presents for kids. Both Ohad and me are no fans of plastic toys and are favoring pale pastel and natural beige tones to the shrieking colors that are so common to toys designed for children. So we told everyone that we would be happy about toys made of wood or fabric and in general things in neutral colors. I felt kind of strange to give friends and family instructions about what presents to buy, but everyone was very understanding and took up the challenge. We got some really beautifully designed and/or very educational presents. Here are 5 items out of our favorites:

1. Bunny lamp (the porcelaine gives the entire room a beautiful very dimmed light. We usually leave it on at night.) available here: www.whiterabbitengland.com

2. Rattle (made of cornstarch) available here: www.iplaybabywear.com

3. Storage bin (100% cotton, really cool to store toys, laundry ect.) available here: www.3sprouts.com

4. Swaddles (made from muslin, they get softer with every wash) available here: www.adenandanais.com

5. Wooden animals (every one of them is a little hand crafted jewel) available here: www.t-lab-japan.com

How about you? Are you having trouble finding nicely designed and educational toys for your kids? What are your favorites? I am looking forward to read your suggestions and comments about this.