Hip Homes by Bloomingville

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Jan 172015


Scraps of paper, clothing tags, receipts, ribbons, rocks, beads, leaves, flowers… our 6-year old daughter is a real collector and her collection of small ‘treasures’ is growing every day. At the moment she keeps all those little nic-nacs in a big box but it would be much nicer if she has a special home to show off her precious goods. I have been hunting for a display unit for some time and recently stumbled on these amazing pieces by Bloomingville:

Bloomingville House Display Boxes

Danish designer label Bloomingville has created a range of eye catching storage solutions that will keep your home looking tidy and stylish at the same time.

Bloomingville HouseYou can find these beautiful Bloomingville House Shelf Display Boxes (RRP $69-$79) at Australian web store Leo & Bella, aren’t they just divine? They are available in a range of colours and sizes and would make the perfect home (no pun intended) for all kinds of small items. You can secure these pretty houses to the wall (hooks included) so you or your child can add, remove, change the display as often as you like.

To find out more Leo & Bella, to browse the Bloomingville range and to order online visit www.leoandbella.com.au.

Jul 262014


I can’t believe it is already a year ago that I first introduced you to the awesome Plus-Plus range from the Coccinella store. I was so excited to tell you about these quirky shaped building bricks from Denmark and one year on we still love them, I purchased our kids the big 400 pc box and they regularly tip all the Plus-Plus pieces over on the rug to build, create and play for ages, individually or together.

Plus-Plus 3-in-1 Pastel 220

Shaped like two plus symbols (hence the name) this funky building toy adds a whole new dimension to building fun. You can build upwards, sideways and even completely flat, Plus-Plus will really get those little minds working. Designed with a soft, smooth yet strong and durable material Plus-Plus is a fantastic tactile activity for children that really encourages them to get creative and think about the bigger picture (it does require a bit of patience!).

Plus-Plus 3-in-1 Neon

The new Plus-Plus 3-in-1 Mini building sets are available in two different sizes: 220 pieces ($19.95) and 480 pieces ($29.95). You can choose from three different colour combinations (basic, neon and pastel) to suit both boys and girls. Each Plus-Plus 3-in-1 set includes instructions to make three great models to get you started but obviously you can use your own imagination and building skills to design many more fantastic Plus-Plus creations, the options are endless!

Plus-Plus 3-in-1 Basic 480

To find out more about Down That Little Lane, to browse the Coccinella store and to order your favourite Plus-Plus products online visit www.downthatlittlelane.com.au/coccinella-eco.

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Feb 022014

Bang Bang Copenhagen

If you have a soft spot for all things circus and carnival like me I am convinced you will love today’s hip find. It’s unique, a little quirky, super stylish and you definitely won’t find it at your local shopping mall, I am of course talking about the cool threads from Danish label Bang Bang Copenhagen:

Brand New Bang Bang Cph, on its way to Minibots

Bang Bang Cph SS14, on its way to Minibots

Created by very talented designers Louise and Mia the Bang Bang Cph brand combines a love for contemporary design with the playful nature of children. The result is a stunning collection of children’s clothing for little boy and girl fashionistas aged 1 to 9 years old and the new Summer 2014 range (currently en route to Australia) will arrive at Minibots any day now, so exciting!

Fly Guy Hooded VestFeaturing classic, neutral colours and edgy, playful, comfortable fits the latest Bang Bang delivery is sure to be a winner with those that are looking for something a little different. I just love all the stripes and bows, so cheerful and festive. As the new styles make it into store the last few pieces of previous Bang Bang Cph collections have been reduced by 50%, if your size is there you better be quick and grab it!

To find out more about Minibots, to browse the Bang Bang Cph range and to order online visit www.minibots.com.au.

Jun 072013


Move over Lego, Duplo and MegaBloks, it is time for a refreshing take on the classic building block. All the way from trendy Denmark Plus-Plus has just arrived on Australian stores and you can find it fresh on the shelves at gorgeous online store Coccinella.

Plus-Plus Midi Box

Plus-Plus, the latest building craze from Denmark

Designed and made in Denmark PlusPlus is quickly becoming one of the hippest building toys around. Plus-Plus blocks have the shape of, you guessed it, two plus symbols, sort of like a traditional puzzle piece but with square corners. Made from strong, solid, durable material that is free from Phtalates and PVC the Plus-Plus blocks are perfect for children, they can’t break them or squash them and they are made to last.

Plus-Plus Midi 100The smooth rubbery texture gives them a very pleasant feel which is very important for young children and it makes it easy to slide the pieces into eachother. At the same time the blocks ‘grip together’ well so your child’s artwork doesn’t just fall apart. Whether kids want to recreate or invent a specific shape or image or prefer to just connect the blocks, it is great fun either way.

Plus-Plus House

My 4-year old twins (and of course miss 2) have not yet worked out how to build something that resembles anything but that doesn’t seem to bother them in the slightest. They experiment with balance, colours and patterns and absolutely love it! Plus-Plus is a great tool to help kids to use their imagination and get creative. At night time I found myself playing with Plus-Plus and time just flew by as I tried to build things, an awesome boredom buster (or excuse not to do laundry).

Plus-Plus PastelPlus-Plus is available in two sizes (Midi and Mini) and comes in multiple colours (Pastel, Basic and Neon), so it’s a perfect toy for both boys and girls and it suits different ages too. Prices start at just $9.95 and pack sizes range from 100 pcs all the way up to a huge 3600 pcs. This biggest Plus-Plus kit contains all three colour combinations, it would be an ideal size for eg. schools and kindergartens and is still very well priced.

Plus-Plus Pastel, construction fun for girls

Plus-Plus Pastel, construction fun for girls

To find out more about Coccinella, to browse the Plus-Plus range and to order online visit www.coccinella.com.au.

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