ISSUE 34  |  Children's Summer

Parisian Chic for the Under-Twelve Set

August 24, 2012 1:30 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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Ever secretly wished your child could pass for a Parisian? California-based Poppy Store is your ally.

With two stores on the West coast—one in Marin (shown below) and another in Brentwood Country Mart—owners Heather Whitney Ashforth and Jenny Belushi have managed to source an array of European-styled clothing, much of which is not easily found Stateside. The duo's newest store, located in the Marin Country Mart, is light, airy, and refreshingly child-friendly, with a small table for the artistically inclined toddler, a bird cage where children endlessly coo at the birds, and tables and drawers with clothes and toys on display. For more, to to Poppy Store.

Photography by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista. To see the organic wood sculptures that serve as a children's play area at the Marin Country Mart, go to The Best Play Structure Ever on Gardenista.

Above: The original Brentwood store has a small bird cage; the Marin Country Mart location is anchored by a fanciful cage with five inhabitants.

Above: The interior is painted in 12 different shades of Farrow & Ball paint. Style arbiter Greg Turpan (who along with Wendy Posard helped with the interiors) suggested a medley of shades ranging from Farrow & Ball's All White to Medium Grey.

Above: A fabric mobile by Brooklyn-based Tamar Mogendorff.

Above: Child-height rails with clothing and a small armchair for the fatigued child.

Above: Handmade dolls from Jess Brown.

Above: A large skylight above the entry floods the interior with light throughout the day.

Above: The London print is by Wayne Pate, one of several of his city prints on display.

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