Our designer of the week, Sharon from Bubabella, creates a beautiful range of children’s bedding, toys, decor, and accessories in Beit Jan in north Israel. Her range is innovative and modern, and today we’re trying out two of her signature products, the elephant pillow and the rabbit blanket.
The elephant pillow is a long, soft pillow that can be curled up into a range of shapes for cuddles and play, for supporting little heads during breastfeeding, or just about any other purpose you can imagine. Our reviewer this week, local mum Janine, decided to use hers as a nap companion for her 3 year old while she snuggled up with him on the couch watching taped episodes of Offspring and enjoying a cup of tea! They affectionately nicknamed their elephant pillow… Snake-e-phant!
These pillows stretch 2 metres in length and are stuffed with 100% cotton filling. They are available in a range of colours and are suitable for all ages (under supervision for the tiny tots).
Our second review product is the rabbit blanket, which is made from 100% cotton and features a little rabbit head with floppy ears. It’s superbly soft and is large enough for swaddling. The bold stripes (available in blue, red, or grey) are modern, and unisex, making for a charming gift or a loveable transitional object.
The verdict… Cosy, Cute, and Tons of Fun!
Sharon launched the Bubabella Etsy store in 2008, but has always been interested in design. She explains, “Two years after my daughter was born, I decided not to go back to work in architecture. I decided it was time to do what I really love. The world of children and babies really spoke to me. As a mother of three young children, I learned to understand what kids like, and what their parents need. The activity mattress, my first product, was naturally born of my own personal need. However, I quickly realized I wasn’t the only one who needs such a product.”
Sharon chose the name Bubabella in honour of her very first doll, which was given to her by her uncle in Paris. She says, “For me it is a sweet and innocent childhood memory, and it connects me to the world of children, which I find so magical”.
As far as inspiration goes, Sharon gets her ideas from all sorts of situations, such as meeting with children, seeing cool fabrics at the store, hiking, or even just chatting with friends. She prefers to work with natural fabrics, which “feel pleasant on people’s bodies in general and babies in particular”. Sharon combines lots of bright colours and different pattern combinations, aiming to spark interest as well as achieving harmony.
Here’s three fun facts about Sharon (in her own words):
I am a vegetarian;
I used to play the harp when I was a child; and
When I am alone I love singing in the car!