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This month’s serving of “that’s so cool!” from around the internet.

1: Mini magic: 10 IKEA products transformed into dollhouses.

2: It’s winter. It’s dreary. You might need to DIY this Confetti Photobooth Backdrop, just ’cause.

3: What’s the next best thing to having a best friend with all the answers? Snagging a copy of Design Mom’s soon-to-be-released book How to Live With Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide.

4: Once upon a time there was our family… Family portraits done storybook illustration-style.

5: China’s first design museum has opened, and we want to go: read more about the Kids Museum of Glass.

Petit Collage Blog: Vintage Picks: Valentines

Printed Valentine envelope, 1940s. (source)

Is there anything more charming than vintage Valentines? Syrupy sweet messages,  heartfelt (and often humorous) illustrations, perhaps the spidery scrawl of the long-ago sender…it’s a match made in ephemera heaven. We’ve gathered up a handful of mid-century Valentines to share with you: we’re loving the clever details, pops of red, handwritten typography, and unabashed cheesiness!

Petit Collage Blog: Vintage Picks - Valentines

Curt Teich Postcard Archives. (source)

Petit Collage Blog: Vintage Picks - Valentines

1920s. (source)

Petit Collage Blog: Vintag Picks - Valentines

1940s. (source)

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1950s. (source)

Want more vintage design? Check out our past Vintage Picks.

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Click-happy: bits and pieces we’ve been loving around the internet this month.

1: 24 Hours in the City of Design: this guide to Helsinki has us grabbing our passports with one hand and dialing our fairy godmothers with the other. A design lover can dream, right?

2: H-APP-y news from Anorak, one of our favorite kids’ magazines: they’re going digital. Next time you need kids’ travel entertainment, pack that iPad full of Anorak‘s brightly illustrated stories, tasteful games, and more.

3: Instagram crush: 1500 pictures of patterns in nature (and counting).

4: We love us a good behind-the-scenes studio tour. Oh Joy and her daughter visited Zuzzi’s downtown L.A. studio, and it’s the cutest mother-daughter field trip we’ve ever seen.

5: The evolution of Crayola crayon colors, infographic-style.

Vintage Picks: Pavo and the Princess // Petit Collage Blog

How about mixing up the bedtime story routine this year by adding in a sprinkling of vintage children’s books? We’re lucky to have quite a collection on our studio bookshelves, and love flipping through them for inspiration; and we love getting to share some of our favorites with you, too!

Vintage Picks: Pavo and the Princess // Petit Collage Blog

Have you heard of Evaline Ness? We love her rich, bold style; she began her career in commercial illustration in the 1940’s, and illustrated over 30 books for children (some of which she authored as well). She mixed a rich variety of mediums into her work: a distinctive combination of silkscreen and woodcuts, as well as charcoal, ink, crayon, watercolor…

Vintage Picks: Pavo and the Princess // Petit Collage Blog

In “Pavo and the Princess,” published in 1964, Ness tells the story of Phoebe, a princess who has everything a little girl could desire. Phoebe also has a slightly unusual quality: she doesn’t know how to cry. In an attempt to teach Phoebe a lesson in caring, her father gifts her Pavo, a pure white peacock. Many hair ribbons, tied-up feathers, and one lost peacock later, Phoebe does indeed learn an important lesson about compassion.

Vintage Picks: Pavo and the Princess // Petit Collage Blog

 

Want more vintage design? Check out our past Vintage Pick posts.

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Trend alert: recently we’ve noticed chalkboards popping up in kids’ rooms, and we think it’s genius all around. They combine decor with function (a favorite mix of ours), and can take a room in a vintage OR modern direction. Plus you’re guaranteed a constantly evolving, kiddo-operated art gallery: DIY home decorating at its best. Read on for five ways to incorporate chalkboards into kids’ spaces:

chalkboard decor in kids' rooms // Petit Collage Blog This large board looks right at home in a modern, black + white-themed room. (via)

chalkboard decor in kids rooms // Petit Collage Blog

Go vintage by collecting a cluster of old-school chalkboards (any excuse to visit the flea market is a good one). The green variety is a softer alternative to black. (via)

chalkboard decor in kids rooms // Petit Collage Blog

Get creative with chalkboard paint! This painted dresser is a clever addition to an already exuberant space. You might also paint the back of a door, or maybe a grouping of geometrics shapes on the wall… (via)

chalkboard decor for kids rooms // Petit Collage Blog Looking for a smaller way to incorporate space for chalk art? This table is a beauty, and will delight little hands. Plus, it’s a DIY! (via)

chalkboard decor in kids rooms // Petit Collage Blog

This playroom is bursting with creativity, and that giant chalkboard wall is the cherry on top. Can we come play? (via)

 

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Good morning January 2014! It’s been a big year for Petit Collage, and Matilda started it off for us with a nice early morning twirl.

In February, Lorena shared her new picture book “You Know What I Love” with little ones near and far; she even did a few book readings and signings in New York and San Francisco.

March_April // Petit Collage Blog

What a HOOT it was to film the trailer for Petit Collage’s very first Craft Book in March. Who let those wild animals sit on the couch?!

Lorena took off to Paris and Amsterdam in April for a whirlwind, inspiration-gathering adventure (and a spin around the world’s prettiest carousel).

May_June // Petit Collage Blog

Our model taking a moment at our catalog photoshoot in May. We’re so lucky to work with talent as cute as this one!

It’s endlessly fun to see how our products are styled by the all-star team of retailers who carry Petit Collage. We loved Murray + Finn’s display in June.

July_August // Petit Collage Blog

In July we got to see the results of Lorena + Co’s trip to Argentina the previous year; a gorgeous guide in Anthology Magazine to Buenos Aires, Lorena’s hometown.

And speaking of beautiful places: we love getting to call San Francisco home. Lorena snapped this shot while playing tourist on her way to an August meeting.

Sept_Oct // Petit Collage

Lorena headed back to Europe in September, this time to Cologne-via-festive-Barcelona to exhibit at Kind + Jugend, the world’s largest baby and toddler trade show. Growth is exciting!

No school on an October Monday meant a special visitor at the studio. Looks like she went for the pompoms: like mother, like daughter!

November_December // Petit Collage

This picture of our US Map wall decal in action brought big smiles to the studio in November; we love our adorable fans (and looks like this one already loves geography).

To top off a full-to-bursting year, Lorena and her husband bought…a toy store! It took hard work and a touch of magic, but Mapamundi Kids was up and running in time for the December festivities.

 

As for 2015? We’ve got a few surprises up our sleeve for you, and no doubt the year has a few surprises up its sleeve for us: we’re ready! Happy New Year one + all!

Want more behind-the-scenes peeks at 2014? Be sure to follow Lorena on Instagram

 

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Still dusting cookie crumbs from the counter and pine needles from the couch cushions? We feel you. Here are a few tidbits we’ve loved this month: find yourself some time to sit back with your feet up and dig in.

1: From one Australian blogger to the whole world, with love: The Family Home Project. Photo-heavy tours of envy-inducing family abodes. Get ready to go a little Pin-crazy.

2: Field trip to Atlanta, anyone? Herman Miller designer Isamu Noguchi’s  “spectacular and complex” children’s playground has been newly restored.

3: Hygge: a cozy pulling together. Holly of Decor8 translates our new favorite word, and offers ten ways to bring it into your home this winter.

4: Speaking of winter and staying cozy: classic films for children by age.

5: And one more (’cause we’re on a roll): 15 Ways to Reuse Your Holiday Wrapping Paper. And that’s a wrap! 

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From us to you: wishes for bushels of good cheer, moments of quiet (and taking in the fairy lights), and big hugs + squeals on Christmas morning.

Merry Christmas!

(Jolly Bear by Petit Collage for Paperless Post.)

5 Holiday Reads // Petit Collage Blog

Caught in a holiday whirlwind? A friendly suggestion: whisk up some hot chocolate, pull on everyone’s coziest pajamas, snuggle close on the couch, and dive into a stack of holiday picture books. We’ve picked out a few of our favorites.

1: The Story of Holly and Ivy, by Rumor Godden and Barbara Cooney. I wish…I WISH…This is a story about a toyshop at Christmas time, a brave little girl named Ivy, a  doll in a red dress named Holly, an ornery owl, and three wishes straight from the heart. Rich illustrations by Caldecott Medal Winner Barbara Cooney draw young readers into a wintry village glowing with holiday lights and a touch of magic.

2: Dream Snow, by Eric Carle. A solitary farmer settling in for a Christmas Eve nap; five animals sweetly named “One,” “Two,” “Three,” “Four,” and “Five”; an unfortunate lack of snow, until…! Eric Carle’s vibrant, collaged illustrations set this counting Christmas book apart (and little ones will love the musical surprise at the end).

3. The Night Before Christmas, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin. The best of curl-up-by-the-tree family-read-alouds comes alive with masterful illustrations by Swiss-born Caldecott Winner Mr. Duvoisin (a favorite of Lorena’s).  The extra-tall shape of the book reminds us of chimneys and stockings, and perhaps carrots for those reindeer?

4. The Night Before Christmas, with cut-outs by Robert Sabuda. As beautiful as a snowflake, Sabuda’s intricate pop-outs add an extra dash of wonder to the beloved text.

5. The Dreidel That Wouldn’t Spin: A Toyshop Tale of Hanukkah, by Martha Seif Simpson and Durga Yael Berhard. Warmly lit watercolor illustrations and an engaging story gently remind readers of the beauty of small miracles.

Lost + found treasures; designers and illustrators of years past; a mid-century modern aesthetic: welcome to “Vintage Picks”. 

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Christmas is in the air and, feeling festive, we gathered up an assortment of vintage magazine covers from Decembers past. We love seeing how these illustrators all dipped so generously into their red paint, and how they communicate wonder, cheer, and a healthy dose of humor: not a bad recipe for December!

Above is a Norman Rockwell illustration for The Saturday Evening Post from 1922. Scroll on down for more delights.

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The New Yorker, 1939 and 1935.

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Good Housekeeping, 1935.

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Life, 1947.

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Boys’ Life, 1921.

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