Autumn Evenings With Petit Collage

by Waltrui

When Lore from Atelier BéBé asked me to blog about their new toy brand Petit Collage, it felt like she had read my mind. As days are getting shorter and rainier, it's becoming more and more of a challenge to busy Mon after school, while I'm changing Daan's diaper and Marijn is working late. Although I'm multitasking like a pro by now, I welcome every plaything that keeps a toddler's interest for more than five minutes – because without getting too Mary Poppins about it, I still prefer 'real' entertainment over TV.

Petit Collage is the kind of label you immediately associate with hot chocolate, marshmallows and fire places. The pop-outs and other cardboard goodies are made to inspire kids and their grateful parents. Petit Collage also stands for sustainability: from the smallest puzzle piece to the packaging, the company uses nothing but eco-friendly materials. And when Mon's done playing one day, these little animals will look great on a bookshelf in his room (I mean, even the crocodile is adorable). You were asking for ideas, Santa?

Atelier BéBé sells a nice selection of the Petit Collage products, both online and in the brick store in Mechelen.

All pictures are taken by me.

Under The Roof

by Waltrui

This year has hardly come to an end, but I've already started on our biggest project of 2018: creating two boy's rooms in the attic. And instead of randomly pinning away, I thought I might share the prettiest ideas with you here.

We first considered making one large open space, but quickly decided to give Mon and Daan each their own spot. Our sons will surely fall asleep easier this way, and as they grow up, they'll probably want some privacy now and then. The rooms should be their safe havens, where they can study and read a book before bedtime. Or in a less perfect world, get caught with the iPad.

The photos belong to Oh Eight Oh NineCoosje, Cox & Cox, Decordots, 70percentpure, Etsy and Stadshem. If you're looking for more inspiration, check my Pinterest board!

Color The World With PlanToys

by Waltrui

When you scroll through this blog, it might become clear I've got a monochrome addiction going on. Nothing against a yellow detail, but neutrals tend to make my hectic life that tiny bit more harmonious. However, I've been forced into rehab lately. You wouldn't believe the giant rainbow that enters your carefully curated interior once you have children. I keep putting colored plastic in pretty boxes, but it's like trying to empty the ocean with a thimble. Help.

They do exist though: toys that please both minimalistic mommies and their not so minimalistic kids. I found the ultimate compromise in the PlanToys products. Yes, they're bright and colorful, but the paint is water-based and balanced with just enough natural wood and white. I picked out a key rattle for Daan: the design fits his baby hands perfectly and he loves investigating his new plaything. Besides contributing to child development, PlanToys makes the world a better place by radically opting for sustainable material and manufacturing. Toys with a plan, quoi.

I got to know this smart brand at Atelier BéBé, which started as the place-to-go for kids rooms and decoration, but quickly grew into an allround shop for your little ones – online and offline. Lady of the house Lore searches for brands with a story and turns to moms (and dads) with an eye for beauty and quality. She pulled me to the colored side, who knows what else she can do?

Save the date: Atelier BéBé organizes a SINT & SANTA shopping night in Mechelen on November 8, from 06.00 to 09.00 pm – including nice discounts!

Daan is wearing a ZARA outfit.

All pictures are taken by me.

Somewhere In-between

by Waltrui

With the leaves crunching under our feet, it seems like a million years ago, but somewhere between having a baby brother and going to nursery school, Mon wanted to test his new green spade. So there we went, in our fully packed oldtimer, to the Belgian coast. We walked along the dike, we bought some ice-cream and Mon had the time of his life. Is it summer yet again?

Mon's clothes are from ZARA. In the photos, he's proudly wearing his Havaianas flip flops.

All pictures are taken by me.