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Bloom – Baby products that are both functional and stylish!


A recent study in the Netherlands shows that 82% of parents are annoyed by the sheer inexhaustible amount of necessary baby-products that fill the house with the arrival of a baby. Most of the time these products are made of sensible plastics that are produced to last forever, but not to look pretty. Especially those parents who spent a lot of time decorating their home to a certain standard.

Funny enough, especially the dads out there would like to see products that are both functional and appealing. 50% of them say they think there is room for improvement there. Bloom, a company founded by 4 fathers, agrees. They design baby products that target trend- and style-conscious parents with a range of furniture that adheres to both quality and an attractive package. The products have been very popular in the USA and Canada for quite some time now. Many Hollywood stars like Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, the Kardashians and Orlando Bloom (what’s in a name) are fans. But the products are taking other parts of the world by storm too.

Bloom fresco chrome high chair

Bloom otto table and chairs

Bloom coco lounger

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Riviera Maison Spring Collection


Recently I visited the Riviera Maison showroom in Aalsmeer, the Netherlands, for the presentation of their 2011 Spring Collection.

Sofa Je ne sais Quoi

The new collection is based on different themes such as Yacht Club and Fairfield Stables; without fail, all of them immediately bringing to mind images of the playgrounds of the well to do in either old or new England. Riviera Maison’s signature is writing on items what they are to be used for. From simple words like ‘books’ or ‘tea’ to more elaborate texts like “Martha’s Vineyard Recipe’s” or “Je ne Sais Quoi” in the back seat of a sofa. One might find it a bit annoying that the basket they bought for toys, has ‘bread’  or ‘laundry’ written on it in elegant and contrasting handwritten letters. However, over all, the collection succeeds in making you believe that with the right furniture and accessories, you too can live the dream. And I can only admire the brand for their sheer persistence and coherence in what they believe works. And it does. Most recently they opened a 700m2 flagship store in Düsseldorf.

Clinton Hill Cabinet

The brand is a hit with consumers willing to splash out a bit, and magazines and websites all over the world have long ago picked up on this.

Club 67 Lounge love seat linen

Wallpaper, the ever lasting trend


Trends come and go, but some things just remain in vogue no matter what. Wallpaper might be one of them. Sure, we had a brief stint of minimalist metals and plastics in the eighties where everything just had to be white white white, but shortly after that we revived all the decades of years of yore and not so yore and somehow wallpaper outlived these revivals and is still in fashion in trends today. 

Funny that. Wallpaper is a nightmare to put on our wall, especially if the decor needs to fit precisely with the slap next to it . But to get it off is even more of a dread. Try steaming off jute! (I predict jute wallpaper will be the rigueur of interior trends in the very near future by the way)

But wallpaper does provide instant and very dramatic results and can change any blend and dull room into a stunning and richly decorated boudoir, something paint can not always provide for. But wallpaper can also give your home a more personal signature. So if you are willing to spend time and a few years of your life on a ladder holding a 3 meter long roll of sticky paper, then these sites might inspire you.

Bold and big patterns are still, or is it again, part of most collections of most wallpaper designers. A significant trend is the bohemian or eclectic pattern. Patterns as if created in a drug induced trance or doodling while on the phone such as the Topo Azul wallpaper in the Allang the Gallant collection below.

Topo Azul, part of the Allang The Gallant collection. Design: Ana Montiel

Topo Azul, part of the Allang The Gallant collection. Design: Ana Montiel

Further to the doodling trend, there are wallpapers actually designed to be drawn or painted on. One example is the Tick-Tock wallpaper for sale at Minimoderns.com. Great for in kids rooms or for the wall next to where you call your mom. 

Tick-Tock

Tick-Tock

To make sure you don’t miss a single appoinment ever again Dutch designer Christiaan Postma designed this wall sized diary. 

Christiaan Postma

Christiaan Postma

 Swedish designer Lisa Bengtsson designed a wallpaper pattern that has been around for a while but still deserves a spot in this line-up. It is drenched in nostalgia and might turn out to be a bit too much if you do your entire room with it, but it’s fantastic.

'The Family' by Lisa Bengtsson

'The Family' by Lisa Bengtsson

 You can see more of Lisa’s work here

A fun, yet very 2002, way to spice up a wall is to create your own wallpaper with your favorite photographs. Most online photo development and gift shops offer the possibility to upload a photograph and have it turned into wallpaper to fit on a specific wall.

Wallpaper of your favourite picture

Wallpaper of your favourite picture

 

This does however mean that you can also have wallpaper made from pictures or drawings you or your kids made. Endless possibilities therefore. Just make sure to scan the design in high resolution and upload it into any online tool that creates wallpaper. Examples of such tools are to be found here, here and here. The last one actually does not allow you to upload the photograph of your choice but asks you to forward it to them. In general this trend has not reached the US as much as it has Europe, the Netherlands in particular.

More classic and traditional wallpaper can be found in the collection of Eijffinger, the Dutch importer and distributor of interior fabrics and wallpapers. Also

Eijffinger

Eijffinger

 

Dutch speaking interior buffs might like the online wallpaper shop Behangwereld. Literally a world of wallpapers. From understated stripes, to baroque patterns and decorative wall stickers. They also carry many big names like Eijffinger, Esprit, Voca and AS

Esprit home collection

Esprit home collection

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AS; Creation Chateau

AS; Creation Chateau