Entries Tagged as 'cot quilts'

Sunday in colour…

December 3, 2012

"colourful toys and nursery decor"

Once in a while a drop of sunshine falls in to my inbox and brightens my day.  This is definitely one of those times.  When I visited Sunday in Colour I felt like someone had just given me the warmest hug ever.  This is a new US store that has the most colourful European brands on offer and sells quilts, soft toys, nursery decorations and more  Started by a French mama now settled in San Francisco, Sonia is addicted to bold prints and patterns for both boys and girls.  You won’t find separate boys and girls sections in this store but instead it’s lashings of colour and vibrant, eye-catching prints for all.  Apart from the wonderful offerings, I also love the way that Sonia has photographed and presented everything.  This is such a charming little store and one that really makes you feel all warm and fuzzy when you visit.  Sunday in Colour only ships to the US at the moment but they plan to start international shipping in the new year.

UPDATE Jan 2013: Sunday in Colour now ships internationally.

"linen baby bibs, blankets and quilts"

Sometimes there are things that land in my inbox that I can’t wait to share.  Tulip + i is just one of those things.  It’s a little Canadian boutique selling baby blankets, bibs, clothes, pillows and more, all made of beautiful washed linen.  The colours are muted with soft greys, purples, pinks and browns complementing each other wonderfully well.  None of the stuff is cutesy in anyway, just simple designs with bags of soft and subtle style.  Many of the cushions have a tiny little animal printed on them in white or yellow, the baby blankets and place mats have some Italian text on them while the bibs have contrasting coloured straps.  It’s these little touches and details that make Tulip + i so special.  Natalie, the mama in question and the designer, definitely has an eye for beauty.  Inspired by life’s little pleasures, her collection evokes a sense of happiness, calm and an overwhelming desire to touch it all!  Head over to Tulip + i to see all the goodies and they’re offering 20% off everything till 19th December 2011. 

"rickshaw design indian fabrics"I’ve long been a fan of Rikshaw Design.  When I re-visited them the other day I found that they now sell their gorgeous Indian fabric by the yard.  From these lovely cotton fabrics they make crib bedding sets and quilts, little kurtas for babies and toddlers and bibs and burp sets.  If sewing isn’t your thing then you could always create a beautiful wall hanging for your nursery.   I love these Indian fabrics and I’ve indulged in a gorgeous elephant quilt for my daughter.  I bought mine in India as I often go there but you can save yourself a trip.  Made in Rajasthan and called block print fabric,  they have a lightness and softness to them that make them perfect for babies and nurseries.  Visit Rikshaw Design where the fabrics cost $44 a yard.  They do ship to Europe but shipping is very steep.  Shipping within the US is free.

"baby quilts with birds"

Officially, we may be past the season of quilts.  But in truth, we always need some warmth to hand as the British weather is famous for it’s non-compliance!  And besides, these baby quilts are just too delicious to pass up on.  Handmade by Got me in Stitches, these quilts are uber-modern with their bold solid colours and large un-fussy graphics.  Many are embellished with a bird or two while all are embellished with heaps of style.  And when you’re done using it as a kiddy quilt, they’re more than stunning enough to become wall hangings to brighten up any space.  To get your hands on these quilts, head to Got Me in Stitches Etsy shop where they cost from $105 plus $15 for shipping.

P.S. We’re running a giveaway. There’s vouchers to be won. Check out and like our Facebook page for all the details.

"serena and lily peacock baby sling"Flicking through Baby London Magazine while waiting at the doctor’s, (that’s where I head when I crave peace… just kidding!) I came across a store called Punkin Patch.  Back at my laptop, I checked it out.  Lo and behold… I found baby slings by Serena & Lily.  Serena and Lily are a US brand that create deliciously sweet baby stuff.  Their creations are utterly softly stylish and beyond beautiful.  Apart from baby slings, they make nappy bags (that are so un-nappy bag like), moses baskets, nursery bedding and more.  For now, I’ve only been able to track down their baby slings in the UK.  On offer are a few different designs of which the Peacock and Prague market slings are the stunners for me. Head over to Punkin Patch where the Serena and Lily market slings cost £120 plus delivery at £8.49.  But for my US readers… well, you lucky lot, you can have anything you like from the Serena & Lily collection.  And here’s a little look at it:

"serena and lily marlo bedset"

"serena and lily dylan collection"
"serena and lily natasha"

It’s a sheep thing…

February 16, 2011

"sheep bedding set"

I am feeling buckets of love and lust for this sheep bedding.  How simple but how stunning!  If you’re getting to know me, you’ll know that minimalism is my thing.  And this sheep bed set just does it for me, big time!  It’s not fussy, it’s not frilly, it’s just uber stylish but still has bags of childish sweetness.  The sheep bedding comes from Les Petites Emplettes who it seems have a penchant for sheep.  And why not when their sheep designs are so yummy!  The sheep bedding set includes a 30 x 20cm pillowcase and a 60 x 60cm duvet cover and costs €110 from Smallable. You can also buy at Les Petites Emplettes where there’s a bit of a sale going on but you’ll have to decipher the French to buy from them. They’ve even got some matching cushions too, which score equally high in the want stakes.

P.S. How stunning is the crate cot too?

Bored of plain white, pink or blue nursery bedding?  We were so we went on a mission to find something more exciting and colourful and here’s what we found:

"Mairo elephant fleece blanket"You may have noticed that we’re quite keen on elephants so naturally we were excited when we found these elephant fleece blankets.  They come from Sweden (the blankets, not the elephants) and the range also includes kids bed sheets and cushions.  The blankets are 100% cotton, measure 70x90cms and cost £18 at www.scandiliving.com.

Quick brown fox of Dulwich – a quirky name for a shop with quirky, fun, bright bedding.   There’s nothing boring and plain here, thats for sure.  They’ve got cot sheets, sheets for popular cots like boori and stokke and even sheets for the bugaboo chameleon.  The sheets start from around £13 and you’ll find them at quickbrownfoxof dulwich.co.uk

I really struggled to find a cot bumper I liked for ebabee no. 1.  I was about to give up when I happened to make a trip to Ikea.   In the mayhem that Ikea is  I somehow spotted these ‘Lusy’ crochet decorative flowers and grabbed them like a woman possessed.  It was suddenly obvious… buy a plain white cot bumper which Ikea do for a tenner, sew these flowers on and voila! I have a cot bumper thats unique, bright and best of all didn’t cost very much at all.  Of course I sewed the flowers on the outside so ebabee no .1 couldn’t tear, chew, pull, bite them off!  For the grand price tag of £2.99 you get 5 flowers and  they even throw in the matching thread. Good ol’ Ikea!

"Dwell Studio Nursery Bedding"Modern, graphic and fresh are the words that best describe the textiles that come out of Dwell Studio.  American born but now widely available here in blighty their baby bed linen will add a dash of modern to any baby’s room.  Pictured here are the ‘Owls’ and ‘Paper Dolls’ ranges which are now available at Mothercare. The flat cot sheets cost £19.99 and measure 120x155cms.  There are also many other pieces including quilts, cot bumpers and more.

If you’re a minimalist at heart and fear losing your white world to a haze of bright colours when your ebabee arrives, fear not.  Keep your cot white with white sheets but team with one of these blankets and cushions from ella & otto.  They’re perfect for adding a splash of colour without taking over.  The blankets cost £25 and the cushions are £9 for the small and £15 for the big, all at ellaandotto.com. (And before you ask, yes we love the elephant!).

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