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Lightboxes – A little lovely company

lightbox - a little lovely company - lamps
A5 lightbox - childrens room lighting
lightbox for children - original lighting

The wonderful lightboxes have finally arrived at the boutique !

These fun and original lights will make a talking point in any room of the home.  Slot in the letters to create a personal message or simply spell out a name.  The light box comes in two different sizes, and A4 version that measures 22cm x 30cm and has three lines to write a message.  Alternatively the A5 lightbox measures 20cm x15cm and has two lines to slot in the little letters.
Both lightboxes would make a really original baby gift idea and will look stunning in a nursery or childrens bedroom, with the light on or off !

The lightboxes have been inspired by the old vintage style cinema lights, where the name of the films were simply highlighted by their titles on a well lit background.  The new lights are certain to bring back a bit of nostalgia to older generations.

Each light is either powered by 6 x 1,5V AA batteries or an adapter 9V DC500 mA.  Personally I prefer the battery power option as it allows you to move the lightboxes freely around the room, place on a shelf or even on a table in the middle of the room.  You could also hang the lightbox from a wall as there are two little hooks at the back.  Using the battery power option will give much more freedom to where you position the light.

Designed by A little lovely Light Company in the Netherlands, the company also creates wonderful mini pear lights and cloud lamps too !

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Spring Sale starts today at French Blossom

French baby clothes sale, Spring clothing sale for kids at French blossom

To discover some great reductions on clothing and shoes from the Spring Summer collections, head over to the boutique.  For three days only profit from up to -30% on many of your favourite French brands such as Petit Bateau, Louise Misha, Emile et Ida and shoe brands such as Feiyue , 10IS and Veja.

The Spring sale is now on  – French Blossom Boutique

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Bloomingville Mini

Kids designer cushions, poetic illustrations from Bloomingville
Designer kids dishware - Bloomingville mini
Designer baby cup, pretty and poetic gift idea from Bloomingville
The Danish brand Bloomingville are world renowned for their stylish porcelain and home decoration products !  For many years they have consistently dreamed up new and original collections to tempt us with.

Until this year they had no items just for little ones !  All this changed however during the wonderful Maison et Objet exhibition in Paris where Bloomingville showcased their first ‘mini’ collection just for kids.  Made up of bed linen, melamine plates, bowls and cups plus some beautiful cushions, the series is so poetic and delicate.  Hand drawn illustrations of sleeping mice, foxes, rabbits and curled up hedgehogs are printed on many of the items.

The above photographs show some of our personal favourites from the collection !  The two cushions are really adorable.  On the small round cushion a print of a gently sleeping mouse can be seen, while the larger oval cushion has a curled up fox softly dreaming in the clouds.

The pastel blue melamine cup and bowl are delightful and make a great gift idea for young children.

Have a look at this mini series plus many other products from the designer – Bloomingville



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April Eleven – original room decoration handmade in France

Super hero mirror design -made in France designer room decoration for kids
balloon room decoration - mirror balloon wall decor

super hero coat hook April Eleven

With an astonishing array of room decoration and ideas to choose from today it can sometimes be a real challenge deciding the theme of a babies nursery or the style of  the wall decor in a kids bedroom !  Most room designs have wall posters or wall stickers somewhere, while some choose to have one wall painted a different colour while others use wallpaper to accentuate an area.

As an alternative Charline, the designer behind the brand April Eleven has come up with a range of handmade pieces that are certain to create a very original feel in any babies nursery or childrens room.  Inspired by minimalist, pure designs, Charline hand carves quirky mirrors based on superheros, balloons and even iced lollies.  She cleverly mixes materials and uses a combination of beautifully shaped European oak and mirrors to form her creations !

I love the fact the creation process takes place locally in France ( in here fathers wood work shop) and the way Charline uses European wood from sustainable sources in her designs.

As well as creating fun designer mirrors, April Eleven has also taken her Superhero theme one step further and created wall stylish wall coat hooks based on the super hero masks.

Have a look at all the creations from April Eleven at the boutique – April Eleven




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Handmade in France – beautifully scented candles

Handmade candles from France -Kerzon
candles from France handmade by Kerzon
handmade candles - original gift idea from France

Designed in Paris and handmade in France, the candles from Kerzon are one of our favourite new additions to the French Blossom boutique.

Lovingly made with vegetable and mineral wax and respecting the environment each candle measures 7.5cm in diameter and 9cm in height with a burning life of around 45 hours.

I could write long descriptions about these fantastic candles but unfortunately words simply cannot do justice to how wonderful they smell.  The small family team behind the brand have carefully mixed and blended delicate scents to bring the subtle notes and layers of gentle fragrance.

The Paris parks series of three candles is such a great idea.  Drawing inspiration from the famous Parisian parks such as Tuileries, the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, three candles each with their own distinct and original scent have been created.

The Jardin de Luxembourg candle is lilac and honey, the Parc des Buttes Chamont is a blend of Ceder wood and Sandalwood, while the Tuileries Palais Royal candle smell of soft hyacinth.

Kerzon have cleverly taken the pale green colour reminiscent of the colour used on all the seats and furniture in the french parks and used this colour for the glass container of the candles.

As well as the Parisian parks candle series we have a wonderful musk and Jasmine candle and an amber and Spices candle to choose from.  Both again are very distinctive in their aroma !  The designer believes the musk and jasmine will evoke images of lying in the shade of a pine forest with a gentle stream flowing nearby. The Amber and spices candle  is certain to generate warm and colourful memories of travels to the Mediterranean.

All the candles from Kerzon are packaged in a clear hard container and make a truly wonderful gift idea for candle lovers and also for those who love handmade, quality products that respect the environment.

In each candle box there is a complementary scented sachet.  These sachets will smell the same as each candle and can be placed in a wardrobe, drawer or even suitcase to freshen clothes.
kerzon vegetable wax and mineral wax candle gift ideas handmade

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My name is Simone – glass cups for children

my name is Simone - designer glasses cups for children

We have been waiting for quite some time to receive these wonderful glass cups from our friend Caroline.  The designer behind the French brand ‘My Name is Simone’ has taken her favourite characters and printed them on these colourful glass cups.  Perfect for childrens birthday parties, special events or everyday use.  There are six glasses in the set and they can be bought together or individually.

Each glass measures 8cm in diameter and 8.5cm in height.  They are dishwasher safe and are certain to be popular with little ones.

The cups make a really great gift idea especially when matched with one of My name is Simone’s cushions.  Three of the personalities on the cups can also be found in the form of cushions !  – Jean Louis, Eudes and Suzanne.

We were a bit hesitant to start stacking the glass cups for the little photograph above but I do believe the result was worth it as they look super all together.  They would be a great focal point on a kitchen shelf arranged in a pyramid like this .
To see these and other original gift ideas for children from the designer come and visit My Name is Simone at French Blossom.

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Have you seen the childrens animal sneakers from Feiyue yet ?

Feiyue animal sneakers for kids - zebra
Feiyue animal sneakers - Elephant
This season, Feiyue have once again come up with some truly exciting and original animal design sneakers for children !  The Elephant and zebra sneakers are a must have for any small children – If only they came in adult sizes  !!

The French designer continues to challenge the standard forms and designs of childrens sneakers creating pieces that are so popular and fun.  Tracing their history back to the 1920’s, Feiyue always looks to evolve and reinvent the styles and forms of their shoes while at the same time maintaining the comfy, durable and stylish ethos strongly associated with the brand.

The elephant inspired sneaker (above) has the design an Elephant on the tongue.  The elephants ears stretch out either side of the shoes tongue while the long elephants trunk goes right down the front and over the laces.  Beautifully detailed, the print on the elephant picks up on the patterns in the elephants skin !  This pattern is also printed on the front of the shoe.

Adding colour and a touch of vibrancy to the Elephant sneakers, the designer has used red along the front and around the ankle of each shoe, while the famous Feiyue logo on the side has been printed in a bright blue.

The zebra kids sneakers are even more flashy and stand out than the elephant shoes !  With the zebra head design on the tongue of the shoe, a second, smaller tongue can be tipped down by the children to reveal the zebra laughing !  We love this little detail and we are certain kids will too !  The black and white stripes of the zebra are printed across the front of the shoe and partly down the sides.   The bright neon pink detailing, the orange Feiyue logo and the bright blue interior of the sneakers give them a modern, urban look.

Children can choose whether to hide the tongue of these shoes inside the the trouser leg or push the tongue forward for everyone to see.

Often shoe designers create sneakers for children but without the children in mind  !  This is impossible to say for these irresistible sneakers that are proving unbelievably popular with kids this season.  – Feiyue Sneakers for kids







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Origami light – original childrens room decoration

origami style paper lamp for childrens bedroom
Origami lamp for children and babies nurseries designed by Mimi Lou

For a long time we have looked for an original origami light to showcase in our childrens lighting section at French Blossom !  When French childrens designer Mimi Lou came up with the fun  design we fell for the light straight away and knew it would be the perfect choice for the boutique !

The light is called ‘Mint Bird’ after the soft pastel green colour and the delicate little bird pattern covering the paper of the light.   The origami light arrives flat and is opened up and clipped together with fine magnets to form the pretty folded paper effect.  The light measures 30 cm in diameter and will become a beautiful focal point in any babies nursery or childrens bedroom.

bird bed linen and wall sticker for children

We love original room decoration for babies and children and the bird pattern light would be perfect if you are looking to design a bird themed childrens room or babies nursery.  You can math the bird pattern with the lovely bird wall sticker also from Mimi lou or why not go for a 3D wall sticker designed by Djeco ! – It will certainly help bring to life a plain flat wall !
For the bed linen, the birds on the wire duvet is pretty and poetic.  It will add the perfect finishing touch to any bird room decoration theme. – Bird pattern bed cover




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Spring is here !

Springtime image Petit Jour Paris plates designed in France

Today is the first day of Spring. I will happily wave goodbye to the dark, cold wet days of Winter ! The clocks change this weekend making the mornings lighter and we are excited to welcome in some warmer weather.  No more excuses for not getting the running shoes on and going for an early morning run.   Its funny how peoples moods change with the weather and everything appears a little easier and we all seem to smile more.  Coming into the office earlier and not freezing but instead being able to ride the bicycle is so pleasant and helps me start the day off in the right way!

With it being the first day of Spring today, we were thinking about which pieces from French Blossom we would share with you.  – Items that have a real Spring feel !

Last week we received a wonderful collection of dishware from Petit Jour Paris.  Nathalie Lété has worked in partnership with Petit Jour to create really fabulous plates and cups for children.  Made from Melanime, each light weight piece is a soft pastel colour and has the playful, dreamy illustrations of Nathalie’s work printed all over them.  I think our favourite has to be the robin cup and matching robin plate.  There are also a set of delicate flower plates, a cat cup and plate and a little baby deer plate. – These pieces are the perfect addition to the boutique this Spring and make lvely original gift ideas for young children!

Have a look at all the beautiful childrens mealtime collection here – Petit Jour Paris

Not only were we celebrating the first day of spring today, we also experienced a solar eclipse !!


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Wildlife posters – original and poetic room decoration

bird wall poster for children, original room decoration
butterfly wall poster for children original room deco

These new wall posters for children are really wonderful as original room decoration !  They look great in a frame or simply stuck on the wall with coloured tape.  Each poster measures 60cm x 40cm and has been designed and printed here in France.

We were struck by the beautiful colours and fabulous illustrations that make these detailed childrens wall posters so special !  Although we called the bottom poster a butterfly poster for children, in the design there are also a number of creepy crawlies and insects certain to inspire little ones, while top poster, is full of pretty birds sitting on their branches singing happily.

Not only do these childrens wall posters look delightful , they are also a perfect way to teach kids about the names of common birds and insects they might see in the garden or when on holidays.  The names have been written in French by the artist so children will be able to look learn the names in French and then look up the English.

Dimensions: 60cm x 40cm printed on 200grm paper.