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Nursery Creatives

Another Etsy discovery for you today. Laura, the lady behind Nursery Creatives got in touch directly to share her designs and they are so adorable I couldn’t resist. I know, I’m a bit obsessed with nursery artwork… I just find there are so many lovely things out there and I can’t stop myself from featuring them. I also really love finding things that have been handmade by mothers.

It’s not obvious to see at first, but after a few minutes you realise what these delicate pictures are created with. Yep, that’s it. Made from intricately laid-out stickers, the designs range from beautiful butterflies to friendly elephants, and are just perfect for gifts.

There’s something about stickers that just gets me excited – like most children, I was quite obsessed with them. Especially the raised ones, or glittery ones… and oh, don’t get me started on scratch and sniff! There was nothing more exciting than a scratch and sniff – the poor things were scratched and sniffed to death, and traded in the playground as though they were tiny slivers of gold! Ahh the simple pleasures of a childhood before iPads and computer games!

Ahem. See more of Laura’s designs on the Nursery Creatives Etsy page.

3 Of The Best

Children’s armchairs

First up – Happy Easter weekend everyone! Hope yours is suitably chocolate-filled. I tried to think of an Easter-themed post to put up today –  I really tried, then wondered why I was wasting three hours of my evening agonising about it when, in general, I hate themed things. So I’ve given up on that idea and am instead doing something more fun.

On another note, when I told Oli I was doing this post, he said ‘Why do you keep doing furniture posts? What about one on picture frames?’ He has a point, I suppose. More cushions and fabrics coming up folks! Not so sure about picture frames… suspect the choice is rather limited, but am happy to be enlightened – do get in touch if you’ve designed some!

This is one of those posts that’s been knocking around in my drafts folder for a while now, but I thought it was time to give it its moment of glory (hark at me, what AM I going on about?). So here we have it – three of the best children’s armchairs.

Now, I’m not an idiot (I promise), I know that kids’ armchairs are very definitely a ‘nice to have’ product, rather than a necessity. Because most of the time our beloved littluns would rather do anything BUT sit down. But still, let’s imagine we have delightful little cherubs who love nothing more than sitting down quietly on their own chair, reading a book and eating an apple (not rolling around on the floor, watching television TOO CLOSE TO THE SCREEN and stuffing their face with chocolate buttons). Ahem. Here we go, deep into our fantasy world…

Oh the ubiquitous Poang from Ikea! Modest of nature, big of performance (oh god, someone please stop me with all the inappropriate unintentional innuendos – gah). We have a grown up version, bought to replace the breastfeeding chair Oli had taken to sitting in when he hurt his back, and it is extremely comfortable. I love the little version, and it’s an absolute steal, but the cover it comes with is a bit meh.

Thankfully the creative crowd on Etsy are happily catering to this gap in the market with their amazing replacement covers. Love the grey/yellow/white combo of this one.

Next up, the Louis Ghost chair by Kartell – I’ll admit that to me this chair has become something of a design cliche, but at the same time I understand why it’s so popular. And I’m not sure many people know you can get miniature versions. They’re practical at least – being wipe clean and stackable (although I have yet to meet anyone who stacks their chairs at home – please do leave me a comment if you do this). And I do like the pleasing rainbow shades that the baby versions come in. If the patterned designs in the picture aren’t your cup of tea, you can also buy plain versions. Available from Amara.

Can you tell this chair was designed by a fashion designer? I’m not usually taken to pop-art inspired things, but I’ve seen some pics of this chair in real life kids’ rooms and it looks absolutely amazing. It’s fun, comfy and the antithesis of twee, and it gets a big thumbs up from me. Available from Made.com.

Furniture GTYR Loves

Apple and Pear Shelves by Red Hand Gang

There are so many wonders to be found if you have time to trawl through Etsy and Folksy. So. Many. These adorable shelves are the most recent treasure to catch my eye during a late night browse.

Children’s shelving is an area that’s quite well catered for, but it’s still a joy to find something new. Shelves are SO useful in a kids’ room, as they provide places not only to display beautiful pieces, but also to hide the things you don’t want your little one getting their mitts on.

We stash all of Daphne’s toiletries (nappy cream etc) in a little basket on the shelf in her room, so she can’t get to them and take all the lids off and then squeeze their contents all over herself (which is her absolute favourite thing to do at the moment).

These adorable shelves are handmade in Oxford, from sustainable birch ply and are simple to fix to the wall with one screw, which comes included in a choice of brass or black, so you can decide how you want it to look. I think the apple and the pear would look amazing next to each other – but if you only have space for one shelf, it’d still be a lovely little addition.

They’re lightweight, so you don’t want to be dumping books on them, but they are absolutely perfect for adding interest to a blank wall and highlighting special pieces.

The designer, Abi Simmons of Red Hand Gang, actually designed them for her own children. ‘My girls have some adorable tiny toys,’ she says. ‘These little shelves were originally designed for them to have next to their beds and they would pop the day’s favourite on it at bedtime, ready for playing in the morning.’

See more of Abi’s great products on the Red Hand Gang website>