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Nidi Design

Something for bigger kids today! Nidi Design by Battistella is an ultra-cool Italian brand that specialises in creating modular and customisable furniture for children. And the designs are beautiful.

Now I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager, my bedroom was 100% Ikea. Apart from my bed, which may have been Argos. Anyway, if I recall correctly there was a LOT of beech chipboard and silver tubular metal (along with my petrol-blue walls and hot-pink stencilled border, but the less said about that the better…). The furniture wasn’t much to write home about. If I could have had even one thing from Nidi Design, I would have been over the moon and the envy of all my mates, I’m sure.

So back to their offering – it is huge. So much so that I’ve just featured a few of my favourites in this post. But you get the idea – modular furniture, plenty of different colour and finish options (more than 15 in fact) and lots of clever storage, which is always a massive bonus, especially when children become teenagers.

The main thing to note is that kids can mix up the pieces to create a bedroom or play space that is completely unique to them – using bold pops of colour combined with more natural wood finishes. There’s also a bespoke service available, so if you’re contending with an awkward-shaped room, you can have furniture custom-made to fit perfectly and make the most of the space available.

Where the brand really stands out from the crowd is with its desks. They’re all gorgeous, and feature clever little additions such as mirrors hidden under the lids, converting them instantly into a dressing table. The wardrobes are also striking – proper statement pieces that could completely lift a room’s design.

As with most Italian design, it’s not cheap. Having said that, I’d expect the resale values on these pieces to stay strong, especially if they’re taken care of. If you’re interested, you can see a huge range of Nidi Design pieces at Nubie.

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Antipodream

Today’s super shop is one I wouldn’t have known about if it wasn’t for my interview with the lovely Lucy last week (if you missed that, btw, check it out here). Something I have noticed since I’ve been researching children’s interiors is that the Australians have so many more original and quirky products for kids on offer than we do here – I think it’s something that’s interestingly a bit lacking in UK designers. So if there are any out there reading this, I reckon there’s a real niche to be filled!

Antipodream, as the name might suggest, specialises in products from Australian and New Zealand. And their collection is full of quirky, colourful designs that are a world away from the Scandi minimalism we see more often.

In their own words: ‘The Antipodream collection focuses on bright colours, bold designs and print layering.  Every item has been carefully selected with an eye for quality, durability and sustainability – allowing you to create colourful, relaxed spaces for your children that suit their tastes as much as yours.’

Sounds good to me. Let’s take a look at some of their star products…

First up is the amazing collection by Electric Confetti. Neon signs have been a ‘thing’ in mainstream interiors for over a year now, but there’s no sign of the trend waning. And these kid-friendly versions are absolutely amazing – I love them and want them all. I think they work just as well in teenager’s rooms as they do in little kids’ rooms too. Or a playroom. If you’re lucky enough to have a playroom in your house, they’re just perfect.

There are eight different designs to choose from, but my favourite is the lollipop above – I love the colours and the ombre effect. Although the unicorn is pretty nifty too.

On to even more kitsch delights – this rainbow mirror is made from shatterproof plexi glass and has more than a nod to the 70s and 80s.

Next up in my top picks is this unusual wall shelf – I love the vibrant colour and the perforated metal – it’s magnetised too, so you can stick things to it easily.

There’s also a range of limited edition prints on offer, and I’m rather taken with this bird by Pete Cromer, and his lovely feathered headdress.

Last but not least, this is my fave from their fab pillowcase range. Dinosaurs in every colour. Love it.

Phew! I think this might be my most colourful blog post to date. Hope you love these picks as much as I do – let me know what you think by leaving a comment below, or chatting to me on Facebook or Instagram!

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Hello! A couple of bits of ‘business’ to discuss with you today!

You may have guessed from the picture and headline, but I wanted to do a little shout out to you all. First of all though, a big thanks is due. I’ve been so chuffed with the response to the blog since launching in March – I’ve had so many more visitors than I could have predicted, which is fantastic and hopefully means I’m filling a bit of gap in the blogging world.

So, I thought today I’d say: please don’t be shy! If you’re an independent children’s designer, get in touch! I don’t charge to feature brands, I genuinely simply feature products that I love and I love hearing from you all. So please do send me your press releases/stories – you can use the form on the Contact page to get in touch.

I really want to build a little resource here for new and existing parents to refer to when they’re doing up their children’s rooms/playrooms, so am constantly on the hunt for the most original and exciting new designs. And on another note, if you’re an inspiring mum or dad with an amazing nursery or children’s room to share, then please do drop me a line too – I’m always on the lookout for real room tours to feature.

Phew! The short version of all that waffle is: got something lovely to share? then get in touch! Please and thank you!

Secondly, we’re on holiday in Devon this week, which means that I’m going to have a week off blogging. I will be back next Tuesday 13th. It’s tempting to work while we’re down here but I think better for all our sanities if I have a proper break from t’internet. Especially with the horrible events occurring at the moment. And on that note, hope you and all your loved ones are safe – I’ll be squeezing Daphne extra hard today.

3 Of The Best

Lightboxes

Now, I’m aware that lightboxes have become a little bit of an interiors cliche, because they’ve been EVERYWHERE for the past couple of years. Particularly the DIY letter types that you can customise with your own thoughts/shopping lists/mantras. They’re cute but they’ve become a little too ubiquitous methinks.

Daphne has four different sources of lighting in her room, plus a Gro Clock, so sadly I’m not sure we can squeeze anything else in. However, I am thinking of swapping her rather boring nightlight for one of these fun designs – if I can decide which…

Despite suffering a little from over-exposure, lightboxes are still a really fun way to add lighting to a kids’ room, and there are some really fab designs out there. As I’ve probably said a thousand times, I’m a sucker for quirky lighting and I love the fact that in a child’s room, you’ve basically got carte blanche to go a bit mad. Lightboxes are a really affordable way of doing this, and in today’s post I wanted to think outside the box (sorry, couldn’t resist) and go for something different. So, here are my top three lightboxes, if you’re looking for something a little more unusual (and can’t think what to spell out yourself!)…

I was sent a press release from Sgt Smith about their quirky personalised dinosaur lightboxes, and couldn’t resist them. There are a choice of colours available, and you can add your child’s ‘dinosaur’ name to the design. Handmade in Huddersfield, each lightbox has a wired electrical connection, and is designed to sit on a flat surface, providing a soft sidelight.

On another scale entirely, how amazing is this lightbox? From Oakdene Designs, it depicts Planet Earth in all its glory, and is probably designed for grown ups, but I think older children would love it. There’s also a moon version available. Very cool for any budding astronauts out there…

Last but not least, another beauty by A Little Lovely Company. The Lightbox Frame from This Modern Life is an interchangeable poster frame with LED lights behind, meaning you can change the look as often as you like. There are lots of sets of posters available – from cute animals like this little panda to inspirational sayings. It’s perfect for little kids who can get involved and choose which poster to display, but there are also some adorable nursery-themed posters available, so it works well as a nightlight too. It’s also currently half price – bonus!

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Panda and Ping

Another amazing independent designer-maker for you guys today! I was very excited to come across Panda & Ping – not least because their name and logo is just the best. Who can fail to love something panda-related? Not me.

This fantastic British brand makes the most beautiful sleepwear and bedding all from 100% cotton jersey. The designs are colourful, playful and gender-neutral. They’ve received a fair bit of attention for their sleepwear (the rompers are adorable!) but that’s not really my remit, so today instead I thought I’d focus on their amazing bedding. I basically want it all.

I think it’s the colours I love the most – a really clever mix, with plenty of mustard thrown in there (my absolute fave colour for children’s rooms) and gorgeous reversible designs so you can mix it up.

The full-size single bedding is really lovely…

But best of all is the cot bedding… just changing a cot sheet to something more fun than the standard white can have a real impact on the whole look of the room. And there are matching blankets available too.

Even more excitingly, they’re having a sale, starting tomorrow (26 May) at 12 noon, with up to 50% off. So get over to the Panda & Ping website before it all disappears!