Hey all, sorry for the long absence. We were away for a few weeks, and life got busy, as it always does. We are working hard on the downstairs bedrooms right now, and actually have put our order in for new carpets. Hopefully I'll be posting more on that soon!
In the meantime, check out these coat racks that hang from the ceiling. They add function and interest! Definitely a great way to greet people in the front entrance way. Lots more neat ideas at Contemporist.
How much fun would this rocker be as a kid!? It's a great design and would look so good sitting in a nursery. Plus, it looks like a lot of fun to ride. This rocker was designed by Nikolay Avakov of DZZZ from Armenia. It was constructed with plywood, and has a minimal aesthetic. Love it! See more pictures at Contemporist.
These shelves are like a neat piece of art on the wall, yet are completely functional. And don't take up floor space! This is the Frame Collection from by Lassen, and can be customized to meet your look. Check out more at Contemporist.
This bench is so neat! It is made of individual slats so that is conforms to your body. It's definitely not your normal hard wooden bench. It was created by design studio Sitskie Furniture in Los Angeles. Check out more photos at Contemporist.
The objective of the Block collection, is to give users a soft comfortable experience, as well as keeping the benefits of a solid surface, like durability and cleanliness.
How neat is this!? A floating bonsai! Now this would be a conversation starter. Check out a video on the Floating Bonsai here. I think I need one of these in our house!
A child sized chair for hiding away from the noise of the house. It looks so comfy and cozy to curl up in and ponder a book. New Zealand based designers, Think & Shift, created the Hideaway Chair for a daycare centre. Lots more photos and information here. What a great place for kids to get away from the outside world, and take a quiet moment for themselves.
From the designers:
Design led childcare company New Shoots, approached Think & Shift to design a product that provides children a comforting sense of enclosure in their childcare centres; a chair that serves as a space for children to get away from the noise and busyness of their surrounding environment.
The chair was required to be aesthetically on brand, safe, comfortable, user friendly for children and carers alike, extremely hard wearing and be produced in New Zealand with natural materials and a sustainable approach.
We have been cloth diapering full time for about 6 months now. This has been a pretty good amount of time to find out what I like and don't like, which fit best, and what systems work best for us. Overall, I'm liking it a lot better than using disposables. These are my main reasons why:
Diaper Systems and Brands We Use
Diaper Covers with Inserts: This is what we use the most. We even use a lot of our pockets as covers and simply place the inserts on top of the pocket. This system we find to the easiest, and fastest to use, and also the quickest clean up after use as well.
We are currently using quite a few brands of covers. Some brands I only have one of them, shamefully because I really liked the pattern. Others I have a bunch of because we really like how they perform.
Brands We Use:
Pocket Diapers with Inserts: The pocket ones we still use are ones that agitate out themselves in the wash. Which means less touching of the dirty diaper before throwing it in the laundry pail.
The brands we still use as pockets are:
Nighttime Solutions: We are still trying to work out a good nighttime diaper combo, as she often wakes up wet. One brand we are trying out is Sloomb, they are all organic and make an overnight solution in the form of a fitted diaper. Once the fitted diaper is on, you still need to add a waterproof cover over top. They suggest a wool cover, however I have not yet adventured into using wool, so for now I just use one of my covers. It seem to be working so far but it is just huge! Baby can barely move when she has it on, so we will see how well it works out.
Favourite Inserts: My favourite insert material is hemp as it is the most absorbent. And my favourite brand is Geffen Baby. We use their Quick Absorbers, which contain the highest percentage of hemp in any cloth diaper brand and are super soft. All made in the USA.
I always double my inserts or else I will have wet clothes to change as well. I tend to pair one of the Geffen Baby Quick Absorbers or a Thirsties Hemp insert with an AMP or a Thirsties Fab Doubler. The two inserts together seem to do the trick for us.
We also use:
I'm in love with this take on the grandfather clock. Created by Finnish designer Ari Kanerva, it is called Tiuku Clock. It almost looks like a cartoon or something out of a Salvador Dali painting. This clock would definitely start conversations leaning against the wall in the living room. So much fun!
Check out these fun wooden animals. Funny Farm animals were created by LZF Lab and Isidro Ferrer. They are so cute and whimsical! Lots more pictures at Contemporist.
Funny Farm is a project which arises from our admiration for Isidro Ferrer, a very talented designer who has been awarded with the National Design Award, the most prestigious prize awarded in Spain to a designer for his career achievement.
I love these little nooks for storage and visual aesthetics equally. This shelving system is called SuperMod. So neat how you can stack them up anyway you like. They were designed by Sebastian Misiurek and Arianna Lebed of Simplus Design using 3D printers. Lots more pictures at Contemporist.
SuperMod is a 3D printed modular wall system which creates a versatile aggregation of storage that is equal parts function and beauty. The wall fluctuates between different sized modules to accommodate various types of storage needs, making it an ideal place for your favorite books, plants, spirits and more. The wall makes an excellent partition, that can divide space or stand on it’s own to enhance it.
Images: © Alan Tansey