Month: November 2013

New music box for children by Trousselier………………….

We just received a new childrens music box at the boutique this week.  Designed in France by Trousselier, this wooden musical box has a boy and his toy bear as characters.  Turn the key below the box and the tune Piano Sonata K in A Major by Mozart gently plays as the boy and his bear twist and glide across the musical box surface captivating little ones.  .

I love the pastel colours of this specific music box.  The round circles around the base of the box are the same colours as the little boy and his bear.

These same round circles started me thinking about those modern art paintings by Artist Damien Hurst. He and his helpers have painted thousands of pieces called dot paintings so I thought I would have a go at making my own ‘dot pattern’ as the backdrop to this new music box blog post.  – Had fun doing it too !

Have a look at this French toy and others at the french blossom boutique – Musical boxes for children

French Blossom products featured on French Television………………….

We were lucky enough to have two products from the French Blossom boutique featured on television here in France a few days ago.  The television programme is called and follows a designer who carries out complete room makeovers. – We all know these kind of shows, I think they must exist in every country but they are interesting to watch ! – The images from the television show are a little blurry but I thought I would add them just for fun to this blog post.

Our products were featured in a room being transformed into a magical circus theme ! The two products selected (in the images above) were the circus wall sticker from Mimi Lou and the bright Elephant cushion from Mini Majesty that is Exclusive to French Blossom and is Handmade in France.
Have a great weekend !

Janod prize winning French toys

Above is the popular children’s ukulele designed by Janod.
The large wooden xylophone with wooden mallets makes a really great gift idea for budding young musicians !
The new Space and Galaxy puzzle is a real favourite of ours at French Blossom !!

The French toy designer Janod has designed some really fantastic childrens toys, puzzles and games over the years.  Inspiring children and winning many awards along the way for their innovative and original designs.

Janod started making wooden toys for children over 40 years ago in the forests of Jura in the East of France.  The wood from the toys that are still made in Jura comes from sustainably managed forests.

Three French toys that won awards recently for Janod are the childrens xylophone, the Janod Ukulele and the new Space and galaxy puzzle.

Each of these toys won the prestigious ‘Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award’.
This award is given to toys that are seen to be the most innovative and engaging of the year.

Discover lots more French toys for children at our boutique – French Blossom Toys

A technicolour dream room – room decoration ideas

When it comes to children’s bedrooms, colour is key. Pink and blue – although popular choices – aren’t always the answer. Yes, they can look incredibly stylish (think soft mushroom pinks and sophisticated grey-blues), but sometimes it can be fun to go all out and experiment with brights. And by ‘brights’ we mean full-on multi-colour; vivid and vibrant, contrasting tones that will add a playful energy to the room whilst appealing to girls AND boys alike.

It is important to remember not to over-do it – creating this look successfully is all about balance. Keep the walls and furniture clean, simple and plain (white is always good) – and splash out on a handful of contrasting, colourful accessories with a good mix of pattern and solid colour blocks that will really stand out in the room.

When our friends at French Blossom invited us to guest blog recently, we were thrilled. With an inspiring collection of stunning room accessories and toys (in addition to their gorgeous fashion collection), they have everything you need to create this look. So it is with pleasure that we bring you our selection of beautifully bright and vibrant room accessories to help you create that technicolour dream room for your child.

1.‘Super Zéro’ by My Name is Simone (38 EUR)

We adore the quirky dolls by French design company My Name is Simone, and this little guy has to be our favourite. Never fear when Super Zéro is here, for not only will he brighten up the bed, shelf or chair, he’ll keep all those baddies at bay too. Dressed head to toe in smart navy, red, blue and mustard, with an adorable moustache and a very trendy hairstyle, he’s full of character and will bring a smile to the very youngest of faces.

2.‘Twisting Roads’ play mat by Deuz (50 EUR)

Play mats aren’t just for babies. And French designers Deuz have proved this by bringing us ‘Twisting Roads’. Winding roads intermingle with lakes, tunnels, roundabouts, bridges and buildings to create the perfect setting for play – just add toy cars! A great alternative to a rug, the mat is made from 100% organic cotton canvas and is machine-washable, and can be packed away in its tote bag when play is over.

3.‘The Party’ poster by My Name is Simone (17.50 EUR)

This fun, vibrant poster by the same designer starring Super Zéro’s friends will look fabulous as a feature on the wall. Telling a colourful story of a family party, it will occupy little imaginations for hours as they give the friends their very own names and personalities.We’re loving their cool outfits and colourful glasses – even the birds are wearing them! It’s a lovely accessory that will bring a splash of bright and a whole lot of character to the room.

4.‘The Animal Parade’ by Poisson Bulle (26 EUR)

We have fallen in love with these beautiful red and navy animal wall stickers. Featuring five clever creatures, each measuring approximately 17cm tall or long, including a drumming cat, an elephant magician, a balancing ball sausage dog, a winking tiger and an acorn-eating squirrel, children can place them wherever they wish – along the wall, on top of the shelf, over the mantelpiece, in the window (yes, they stick to glass too!) or dotted all over the room… Too cute for words!

5.‘Elmer the Elephant’ by Vilac (19 EUR)

French toy experts Vilac do an amazing job at creating bright and vibrant toys that will appeal to children young and old. And Elmer the Elephant is no exception – in a gorgeous, glossy multi-coloured patchwork of red, green, pink, orange, yellow, purple, black and white, babies and toddlers will adore taking him for walks. And no need to abandon him once they’re older either, for he’ll look stunning as a decorative room accessory on the floor or shelf.

6.‘Super Angel’ rabbit by Trousselier (35 EUR)

Simply adorable – and just like Super Zéro, looking pretty chic in red and navy – Super Angel rabbit is a friend and a hero for life. Suitable from birth (and what a very special gift for a new baby!), he is made from gorgeously soft plush that little hands will love to snuggle. His lovely long ears are perfect for babies to grasp and chew, and his friendly, smiley face will fascinate them. At 26cm tall, he’ll make a beautiful accessory for a cot, bed or chair, and a wonderful alternative to a cushion.

7.‘Harlequin Guitar’ by Vilac (28.50 EUR)

Vilac strike again with this fabulous wooden guitar, decorated with an all-over bright harlequin pattern. At 52cm long, not only will children love playing with it, but just like the other toys we have picked and featured, it will look stunning as a decorative room accessory as well. Together with Elmer the Elephant, The Party poster and Twisting Roads play mat, it will introduce an element of pattern to the room without being too overpowering.

The great thing about creating a bedroom around colour and pattern alone is that you don’t need to be tied to a single theme, nor does everything have to match. Instead you can have so much fun picking out eclectic pieces that contrast with each other but still work together as a whole. So whether your child is a budding rock star, super hero or a circus fanatic (or all of the above), you can pick and choose different elements that they’ll love, and bring them into the room through the accessories.

The result? A playful, vibrant, colourful space full of energy that is also personal to your little one. And when the products come together, they just work.

This is a Guest Blog Post by Nicky King

Bobby Rabbit is a blog ‘for little treasures’, where founder Nicky King brings you her very favourite finds including stylish children’s interiors, beautiful toys and innovative party ideas. Come and have a look at this lovely blog right here – Bobby Rabbit

Look of the week for boys and girls ……………….

This week we have created two looks, one for a girl and one for a boy !  The girls look is especially delicate and sweet while the boys look has a more urban or street edge to it.

All the pieces in these looks are reduced in price at the moment in our Mid Season Sale so dont miss out ! – French Blossom

* Blossom Days * Childrens clothing sale

Today is the start of the Blossom Days !

For 10 days only you will be able to receive up to 40% reductions on French children’s designer fashion and childrens shoes!
This is the perfect time to find some really great deals on children’s clothing from our Autumn / Winter Collections.
So don’t miss out ! Come and discover many lovely pieces at reduced prices