Montessori style floor bed designs and our own personal story.

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 Chambre aux colors acidulé by Bonnesoeur(s)

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 Une Maison dans la Chambre by Bonnesoeur(s)

I’m kind of obsessed with Montessori style children’s floor beds. I always recommend them to sleep deprived friends to the point of sounding like a broken record. I’ve collected over 200 images of them on my Pinterest. Yes, I’m a bit obsessed.

While most of these images are from regular parents just sharing their child’s sweet sleep spot, lately I’ve seen a lot of interior designers take inspiration from Montessori concepts as well.

Take for example the above images from sister design team Bonnesoeur(s). Lélia and Thélissa from Bretagne (that’s the region just west of Normandy), do lovely eclectic design work and their Chambre aux colors acidulé (Bedroom with acidic colors) and Une Maison dans la Chambre (A house in the bedroom) both feature Montessori-esque kid-friendly floor beds with creative original frames.

Culla per il co-sleeping and Lettino Futon by Mandori

Furniture designers are taking note as well. Ilaria Vasdeki, an Italian architect, artisan, and designer creates pieces directly inspired by Montessori philosophy for her brand Mandori. Her furniture like the Lettino Futon, a Montessori like sleeper shown above, is made from untreated solid fir from PEFC certfied sustainable forests.

Montessori style floor bed, play gym, table and chairs by HighlandWood
Like Mandori, Highland Wood takes an earth conscious approach to their Montessori inspired custom-made baby and toddler furniture. For each item sold in Henry’s Etsy shop, a tree is planted in the customer’s name through the Create your Forrest initiative by The Carbon Farmer. I love the well crafted soft rounded edges of these designs.
Homemade floor bed frame by Blog à la Cart

One can also make a Montessori floor bed frame at home. James and Ashley made this amazing DIY padded floor bed frame for under $100! Their tutorial is really detailed and the results are superb. Such a lovely bed for a little girl!

Or you can hack your crib like Meryl and her husband did. They transformed the bottom of their old crib into a floor bed frame and created the really beautiful Montessori sleep space shown below.

Transformed floor bed frame by My Bit of Earth

Our personal story:

We moved our daughter to her own room at about 9 months and went through several transformations of the floor bed concept. At first we just put her crib mattress on the floor to see if she liked it. When we saw that she LOVED it, we took a twin sized mattress and placed it directly on the floor. Later we purchased a Tatami mat to slightly raise and ventilate the mattress.



Images from our wedding at Chateau Crosville-sur-Douve.

I’d always dreamed of having a fancy French wedding and several years ago my dream came true. Since we haven’t been able to do much work on our Tour lately, I decided to share some images here with you.

Setting up:

The dining room at Chateau Crosville-sur-Douve is so majestic that we decided to keep things simple. Time and money being short, the decorations were all very easy and DIY. I was blessed to have a great team of friends and family (led by my fearless mother) there to help us out.

We set up and prepped the tables ourselves and then the caterers set them with the rented china, silver, and glass wear. My mom also made an elegant swag with wheat and origami birds to hang over the fireplace.

For the prep we covered each table with a different fabric: Lace, embroidered satin, linen and embellished tulle.

We covered the windows with embellished tulle.

We draped lines of plastic pearls along the candle holders and tables.

The place cards shown above were hand-made tags cut out from the left-over invitations. They were attached to each guests’ dragée bag (a traditional French party favor of hard candy served at weddings, christenings and communions). The bags were just tulle circles tied up with grass twine and various pre-made paper flowers (more…)



Since I had some left over leather from the baby ballerinas I made, I decided to make some mittens. (more…)