Nappy wallets and travel change mats. We need’em but gawd, they can be sleep-inducingly dull. Not this one, oh no… this one’s gonna make you the envy of the baby changing rooms. Whip it out of your handbag and watch the other mama’s go green. These travel changing sets are by Ruby & Ginger, two creative mama’s hot on style without a massive price tag (we love’m already!). The set includes a nappy wallet, a change mat and a wipes case and all this for £15. Head on over to Ruby and Gingers to get yourself some sizzlin’ style. And keep your eyes peeled for the new stuff they keep adding to their delicious range.
When I spotted this mini vintage play school table and chairs I could’ve cartwheeled my way to New York… I wanted it so bad! It’s made by Restoration Hardware, a hot US store that sadly hasn’t graced our European shores. This vintage kids school table has a strong industrial vibe which only adds to it’s drool factor. I can see it working a treat especially in a large open play space. My lovely US readers can head to Restoration Hardware and get their hands on the table for $449 and the chairs are $189 for a set of 2. My European readers, admire from afar and weep… I weep with you.
I was flitting about Etsy when I spotted these little house hanging decorations. I stopped flitting and had a closer look. I wasn’t disappointed; these little soft house ornaments are just the sweetest things ever! My head started whirring with nursery decoration ideas… the possibilities are many, many, many. You could make your own mobile with these houses, hang them in a frame, hang them from the ceiling, adorn bookshelves or hang from wardrobe handles. I’m sure all you creative mama’s out there can come up with even more exciting ways to use these sweet little houses. These hanging nursery decorations come as a set of 10 from Syko’s Shop on Etsy. The set of 10 costs €65 plus €8 delivery.
The sun has got his hat on, hip-hip-hip-hooray… as the song goes. It’s true, the sun has finally decided to grace our shores. And that can only mean lots of barbecues, picnics and al-fresco eating galore. So, I’ve been on the hunt for some melamine plates. My search ended when I found these Birds of Feather plates. How wonderful are they? They’re almost too good to eat from… almost! The rich colours and the beautiful images inspired by the outdoors combine to create true stunners. These Birds of Feather melamine plates are by Pocketo and cost $40 for a set of 4 and they offer worldwide shipping. Pocketo is a hot US based design shop with the philosophy ‘art for your everyday’, and I for one subscribe whole heartedly to this philosophy.
Pocketo first discovered through Covet Garden
Yellow shoes, not something I’d don myself but for the kiddies they’re the best. Boy or girl, baby or toddler, yellow shoes are pretty darn cool. So when I spotted these ones I had to share. Made by Angulus, these shoes are another fine example of Danish design. You can buy them over at Sparkle & Spin, a cool web store filled with Scandi designed goodies for the kids. The shoes cost £55 and delivery’s £4.95. Just looking at these happy, yellow shoes has brightened my day!
Oooh, I do love my ABC’s. What’s not to love, they look cool, they offer endless design possibilities and the kiddies can learn too. That’s why they adorn all manner of kiddy paraphernalia from baby bedding to building blocks. But the one thing they adorn the most is posters. Alphabet posters are everywhere. Every print designer seems to have at least one ABC poster design in their repertoire. With so many to chose from it can become a tad confusing. So I’ve picked out 7 of the absolute best… no samey boring ones here, just super-duper style for different tastes.
1. Chic: This wooden cut out alphabet wall art is perfect for all you chic mama’s out there. You can hang it or even lean it against a wall – away from little hands of course. This chic number is by Bookhou and costs $50 plus $30 shipping outside the USA.
2. Modern: Fancy a bit of modern alphabet art for your nursery? This colourful print is the one for you then. From LA based Modern Pop on Etsy, it costs $35 with shipping at $12.
3. Vintage: If the vintage-retro vibe is your thing, then this vintage alphabet poster is the coolest I’ve come across. Designed by Agrentinian Sol Linero, the print costs €29 plus €12.80 delivery from L’Affiche Moderne. Tempting!
4. Quirky: Quirky, whacky, call it what you will but this one has bags of fun. Called Burlesque, this ABC poster is a limited edition one and true to American style, it’s a biggie. Designed by Mike Davis it’s available at Richard Goodall Gallery for £50. There’s even a black & white colour your own version for £30.
5. Minimal: Minimalist mama’s rejoice! You can’t get more minimal than this stunning alphabet poster. If you fancy a hint of colour, go for a brightly coloured frame…. your wall may end up looking like it belongs in an art gallery. Wow! This one’s from a shop called Circle Press and costs £54.
6. Scandi style: Leave it to the Scandi’s come up with something so stylish and perfect for kids but without a hint of cutesy. This one’s not a poster though, it’s alphabet wallpaper that’s made to measure. You can go for a feature wall or you can immerse an entire play space in this stylish number. Head to Isak where this costs £38 per square metre. Delivery depends on how much you order.
7. Colourtastic: Neutral tones too dull for you? Is ‘the brighter the better’ your mantra? Then don’t miss this super vibrant ABC poster by Graziela. So bright, you may need to don a pair of sunnies. Drop by Bodie and Fou where this one’s on sale for £22.50 plus £4.95 shipping.
Now I know my A-B-C’s, next time won’t you sing with me… as goes the nursery rhyme. Sorry, can’t get these ABC’s out of my head now.
I am deeply in lust with Wovenplay’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection. Oh my god, what a dramatic, whimsical collection of clothes. Hand made or hand finished in Manhattan, these clothes are way too cool for school. Take the feathered headband or the moth outfit or the tiger cape even… the creativity is just incredible. I love the theatre in the clothing and so will any kiddy that likes dressing up. While inspired by the creativity of the past, Wovenplay are very modern and very today. To get yourself some magic that is Wovenplay head to Orfeo Design who have a good selection and prices range from about £25 – £100.
I have been lusting after Nani Marquina rugs ever since I first laid eyes on one. They are stun-ners of the highest order. Infinite layers of super soft wool felt in colours and shapes inspired by nature, these rugs are fit for the feet of kings. Not to mention the squidy, spongy-soft feet of babies. Imagine your bambino learning to walk on a Little Field of Flowers or a bed of Roses? You guessed it, they’re my favourite 2 rugs. There’s also the Bichos Flores collection of little round rugs with child-like drawings on them which too are pretty nifty. All the designs are offered in scrumptious colours so you can easily find one to fit in with your nursery or play room. But they’re so hot, you might just be tempted to keep them for yourself… I would.
I love that these Nani Marquina rugs aren’t just for kids or adults though, they’re beautiful pieces that will add some va va voom to any room! To get these rugs head to Nest where there’s a big range available in different sizes and colours. Prices for the layered felt ones start from around £850 and go in to the thousands whereas the round kiddy ones are around £600. No, they’re not el cheapo but design this good rarely is. And if you happen to be richie-rich reading this, fancy buying me one?!
Oooh… the colours are so pretty and summery, the skirts so flirty and flowy. By the Frenchies (again!) these little numbers are just the ticket for summer. All you need is a simple vest top or tee, ideally in a contrasting colour and some sandals or flip flops. You’ll end up with picture perfect summer style! These skirts are from Bonton Boutique for 3-4 yr olds and over and are currently on sale for €39.20 reduced from €56. Be warned though, they’re running out fast.
Yes mama’s, you read that right. This is so not a nappy bag but it’s perfect for nipping out in style with a few much needed baby supplies. I don’t believe you have to buy something labeled as a nappy bag or nappy wallet, any bag that’s got style will do. This also means you can buy many more bags ‘cos you can always use them after the nappy days are over (and you’ll be happily feeding that handbag addiction too).
This bag with it’s sunny yellow background and the black and white birds is perfect for nipping out for a few hours. I’d say it’s in between a full on bag and a nappy wallet. Do we need an in between, I hear you ask. The short answer is no, but do we want an in between? Hell, yes! Which woman would say no to owning more bags?! If she exists, I haven’t met her yet. This bag’s by Bantie, a Swedish design company with a penchant for creating unusual and cool textiles. Head to their shop where the Paradis Yellow bag costs €56.