I’m really pleased that the trend for gender neutral kids’ products has come across from fashion and is catching on in interiors too. It seems really daft to me that decor, accessories, furniture – even toys! – should be seen as only suitable for boys or for girls. Daphne is a real tomboy – she doesn’t suit girly clothes, and I quite often find myself gravitating towards the boys’ sections in Gap Kids, in search of something a little less twee.
Anyway, I’m excited to share this post with you. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed earlier in the week that I was sent the most gorgeous cushion from brand-spanking new fabric designer Helen Baker. Helen kindly sent it to me, along with her press release, but I promise I’d be writing about this lovely new brand even if she hadn’t.
So, why am I banging on about gender-neutral designs? Helen, another mum on a mission, wanted to design a range of fabrics that would work well for any gender and any age, perfect for contemporary family spaces. As she says herself on her blog, in modern times we all live in multifunctional open-plan areas, and we want those living spaces to be aesthetically pleasing to all its occupants, no matter how old. Her first collection aimed to address those needs. Oh, and better still, the designs take their inspiration from Cornwall, where Helen grew up.
So onto the designs. I have to say, I love them. They are right up my street – fresh, bright, cheerful and simple. I’m not a huge fan of fussy pattern and prefer clean lines and muted colours. The designs all feel welcoming and comforting – easy to live with – and also timeless.
There are six designs available in a range of colourways, but my favourites are the Cornish Clouds (on the lampshade above) and the Starfish (top picture). As for the shades available, I love the punchy hue of ‘Lobster’ as well as the soft green of ‘Rockpool’.
Other nice things to know are that the fabrics are printed in the UK on 100% natural cotton, using eco-friendly inks. Oh and there are cushions and lampshades to buy, as well as the fabric. Find out more on the Helen Baker Design website.