I dream of taking the kids to Paris, strolling past little cafes, and gazing at La Tour Eiffel. On this Bastille Day those dreams are still just that–le sigh. But I’ve discovered the cutest handmade play set that will have visions of croissants and crepes dancing in my kids’ heads too.
With incredible handpainted detail on both sides, this three-part French Village playset by Melbourne’s Red Loves Green would be equally at home as room decor or as a toy on the floor. Kids will love opening the “doors” to the two stores and finding a happy mother and child (dressed impeccably, or course) on the other side.
A painter in a children’s boutique, creator Lynda Sterns’ attention to detail is what makes this piece so special. I love the scrolls on the door to the clothing store, the tiny cupcake on the table of Le Bistro, and the pretty red flowers that decorate both sides.
And the Eiffel Tower is particularly stunning, totally unique to any playset my kids have ever seen. Long after they’d grown out of playing with it, I could see this standing on a bookshelf, hopefully next to well-loved copies of Le Petit Prince and Madeline. -Christina
Happy Bastille Day to our French friends–or just those of us who really want an excuse to eat chocolate crepes or wear Chanel No. 5 today. Enjoy all of our French picks today!