Exactly a year ago (really funny coincidence what I found out while already typing this post) I introduced you Frankie & Frenchie – an Australian based brand designing and selling modern and quirky environmental friendly kids bedding. Longer introduction and interview with lovely ladies behind the shop can be found here and you can see Zero to Hero bedding set from their previous collection in my son’s room here.
Frankie & Frenchie has launched a new range of bedding sets, fitted sheets and cushions which complement their monochrome collection with fun and playful characters. Mischievous Miss Meow and buoyant Bandit Bear will add a sense of playfulness and fun to any kids room or nursery and these fun characters are the perfect companion for little ones to explore new things.
Like the previous collection this one too is screen printed using eco-friendly ink on 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. I have to say that I’m really satisfied with our Zero to Hero bedding we got a year ago – it looks still like new (despite it is used almost constantly as it’s my oldest son’s favorite bedding set) and it feels so soft and silky to the skin. Maybe Bandit Bear should move in with us too? :)
Täpselt aasta tagasi (huvitav kokkusattumus, mille avastasin alles siis kui olin juba seda postitust kirjutamas) tutvustasin siin Frankie & Frenchie‘t. Frankie & Frenchie on Austraalia päritolu veebipood, mis müüb nende enda disainitud väga lahedat ja skandinaavialiku stiiliga lastetuppa sobivat voodipesu. Pikemat tutvustust neist saate lugeda siit ning siin on postitus meie lastetoast, kus on muu hulgas näha ka nende eelnevasse kollektsiooni kuuluv Zero to Hero voodipesu komplekt.
Frankie & Frenchie‘l on just välja tulnud uus kollektsioon voodipesu ja lõbusaid patju, millel figureerivad seiklushimulised tegelased Miss Meow ja Bandit Bear. Eriti tore on see, et nagu ka nende varasem kollektsioon on seegi trükitud kasutades vaid keskkonnasõbralikke riidevärve ning kogu sari on tehtud 100% GOTS sertifitseeritud orgaanilisest puuvillast. Pean mainima, et olen meie Zero to Hero voodipesu komplektiga väga rahul – see näeb hoolimata peaaegu igapäevasest kasutusest (tegemist on Tobiase lemmikuga) välja nagu uus ja tundub väga siidine ja naha vastas mõnusalt jahe. Kuigi Austraaliast ostmine on tolli tõttu veidike keerulisem, hakkasin siiski mõtlema, et äkki peaks Bandiit-Karu Oskarile sõbraks kutsuma :)
If you follow me on Instagram you may already know the news for some time, but for those of you who don’t here it is: we are expecting baby number 2 and he will be here in any time soon :) With only 10 days left to my due date the exciting final countdown has surely begun! Despite feeling little overwhelmed with everything I’d like to do before the baby arrives, we can’t wait to meet him!
As for the things on the photos above, the crocheted bunny I have made myself and the knitted organic cotton baby blanket is from my mother. I like the thought of surrounding our little guy with things that have a story behind them and what would be better than something hand made from his mommy and granny :)
So now you know the reason why it may become a little bit quiet here on the blog for some time soon. I really hope that I can find little time for blogging as well, but I think I have to be realist and prepare myself for some really busy and hectic weeks before we can settle into the rhythm of living with 2-year-old and newborn. That won’t be easy, I know, but sure it will bring so much joy into our lives! :)
Today I want to share with you one of my latest online store finds – Frankie and Frenchie. I was searching for a new bedding for my two year old which would look nice to me and at the same time was fun enough to please my little one and I was lucky enough to stumble across Frankie and Frenchie and their gorgeous range of modern and playful kids bedding. In addition to modern minimalist Scandinavian style that I love so much, it’s also important to me that the textiles hugging my kid during those precious sleep hours wouldn’t contain any harmful substances. Fortunately, the bedding from Frankie and Frenchie fills this criteria as well – they use only GOTS certified organic cotton and water based ink to produce their textiles. Lovely designs combined with kid and eco friendly production – what else to look for? :)
Minnie and Dee, the girls behind Frankie and Frenchie, kindly agreed to answer some questions, so that we can have a peek behind the brand and get inspired by their story.
Tell us a little bit of your background.
We have known each other for more than 10 years and both reside in sunny Queensland, Australia. It was our similar interest in interiors, graphic design, fashion and all things pretty that brought us together to start Frankie and Frenchie. Since the business went online six months ago, it has been a crazy experience for us learning to juggle work, kids and family so it is no surprise when we say we sometimes are sleep deprived!
How you came to the idea to launch Frankie and Frenchie?
We both have allergy boys with eczema and we found it hard to source for organic bedding that was gentle on their skin but also cool enough to fit with our home interiors. A light bulb moment happened and like other businesses that started by identifying a gap in the market, we decided that with our background in interior design and marketing, we could fill that gap.
We sat down and put a few concepts down on paper and communicated what our philosophy was going to be. We both agreed that we wanted to stay ethical and support Australian businesses were we can. Hence Frankie & Frenchie is made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and printed using environmentally friendly water based ink. It is made and printed in Australia to reduce our carbon footprint.
How would you describe your style?
Our style would have to be modern minimalism with a dash of quirkiness. We try to incorporate fun into everything we do, because at the end of the day we are designing for kids.
Where do you find inspiration for your designs?
Anything and everything! We believe that inspiration begins with a space that is filled with the things we love. We love things like interiors, fashion, graphic design and the cityscape. We can find inspiration from tile patterns to colour combinations on the catwalk. The one thing we always ask ourselves when designing is “will this work in the boys room and does it reflect their personality?” So our boys are our biggest inspiration.
How do you balance work and family life?
We make sure that we have days just dedicated to spending time with our family where we do fun stuff like having picnics in the park, going to the museum or just spending quality time at home.
It does get hectic at times but at the end of the day family comes first! So we find ourselves working during odd hours of the night when the kids are in bed. Other working mums with business can empathise with us on that!
We also are constantly messaging each other about ideas when we see something of interest or how we can do something better. Our brains never switch off!
What is your advice to someone thinking about launching an (online) business but still in doubt?
Don’t let fear stop you from doing something that you have been dreaming about. If money is an issue, start small then build it up by connecting with your customers and the online community. So stop dreaming and start doing, sometimes when you think about things for too long it becomes overwhelming. You’ll learn from your mistakes along the way, we sure have!
Thank you Minnie and Dee for your time to share the story behind Frankie and Frenchie. Be sure to check out their stunning bedding collection and follow them on Facebook and Instagram for lovely monochrome kids world inspiration.
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Frankie and Frenchie. All photos used in this post are from their website.
As I wrote a week ago, I’m currently planning my little one’s big boy room and that means I’m especially tuned for kids room decorating ideas and great products for kids room. Some days ago I stumbled across Mrs. Mighetto’s new gorgeous collection Into the Woods, which will be launched on 14th of February, and now I’m so in love with these super-cute mythical characters!
Another news for today is that a great online shop THE POSTER CLUB (you can read more about them here) has launched THE POSTER CLUB Kids, a selection of cool, cute and beautiful kids posters. As with the rest of their selection it will be a mix of some well-know classics, some new stuff and some posters exclusively sold at their webshop. And yes, the new lovely Mrs. Mighetto collection is also available in their shop!
Since our little boy is not so little any more I’m currently in the middle of planning his big boy room and this means my Pinterest board for kids rooms has grown considerably during the last weeks. I’m still deciding the furniture (it’s quite tricky to fit everything in and leave plenty of play room since the room is only 9 square meters!) but soon I’m starting the most interesting part that is decorating and giving the room some personality.
This monochrome Scandi style boy’s room with pops of royal blue and yellow is one of my favorites I have came across lately. Ferm Living half moon wallpaper and storage baskets seem to have become classics for Scandinavian style kids rooms. Lego storage bricks from Room Copenhagen is a really practical and nice way to add some storage space and also pops of color (if you are not aiming for completely monochrome theme).
This space from VT Wonen magazine is styled under the theme “Living with children”. The result is a playful mix of IKEA furniture and vintage finds with graphic and industrial feeling. My favorite is the creative corner with white IKEA KALLAX storage units – as a organizing freak I can imagine how good these would be for keeping everything in order in a craft room!
// styling Cleo Scheulderman, photography Alexander van Berge, photos from VT Wonen //
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