As mentioned here, I’m in Paris for the week to attend various trade shows. Yesterday, I went to Playtime which is mostly about kids fashion (sadly decoration is very limited, you have to go to M&O for that) but I love going because it’s a playful, feel-good show.
There is a lot of creativity in kids fashion, bright, daring colours and often a lot of very good, funky ideas on stands that you can apply to interior design when you decorate a kids bedroom.
This year was also very special because my friend Michelle Marshall was one of the four artists invited by Playtime to create an art installation and Mila was one of her models (more of this later).
So here is my round-up of my favourite kids brands this year:
A gorgeous, Spanish brand launched 3-years ago, Tocoto Vintage draws its inspiration from vintage things sourced by the designer on the island of Formentera* They had gorgeous things that made me wish I had a baby or toddler to dress up.
Decoration tip: Paint a wall in light grey (Farrow & Ball’s Pavillion grey is quite similar) and paint the name of your child on the one to add a touch of softness, like they’ve done with their handwriting brand name.
*Talking of which, have you ever seen the Spanish movie Lucia y El Sexo??
From Japan*, the Franky Grow stand was an explosion of colours and fun. They sell their collection at Le Bon Marché in Paris and in various other European countries but sadly they don’t have any stockist in the UK (hint hint!)
Decoration tip: if you have a very small budget/no budget at all to revamp the kids bedroom, tear pages from your favourite kids magazines (Milk, Doolittle) and make a cool montage out of them on a painted wall. Cardboard letters like the ones used to write the word Japon, can be found in craft shops at £3 each approx.
//Tree House by Anja Schwerbrock
Anja is a German designer who graduated from Antwerp Fashion Academy and has already an established line for women. I’m a big fan of her baby clothing collection Tree House, which is beautiful, simple and soothing. Using fine natural fabrics such as cotton, linen and wool, most of the collection is either organic or fair trade.
Decoration tip: I put an option on my dad’s work bench in France 18 months ago to use it in the entrance of our holiday home in France but I really like the idea to take into a nursery to bring a more organic, vintage feel to the room. Mix with light, white cotton curtains and beautiful light with a airy feel like the Z5 pendant light, this would be just a room made in heaven.
//Photography: Karine Köng | All Rights Reserved
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