Cheap (French) Chic

18 April 2016

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La Redoute Metal Trunk, £35.40 (was £59.00)

You asked for more interiors, so we’re going to give you more interiors. For us, and for our little people. I have to admit, this it not too much of a stretch for me (or Nicky) as I actually love shopping for things for my home as much as I do for clothes (often more so actually – my house doesn’t regularly change size, unlike my bottom.) We weren’t planning an interiors post today (but we are planning an ‘interiors week’ soon, so look out for that one), but I just happened to be on the La Redoute website looking for… I actually genuinely can’t remember now!! But anyway, it really doesn’t matter, as what I did find, I felt I simply couldn’t not share with all our lovely readers! So the fact is, they still have a TON of stuff that has between 25-40% off (in fact, most of my favourite things (most of which are included below) have a whopping 40% off. And I don’t know whether you’re that familiar with the La Redoute Home collection, but they have some really great things (well it is French after all – how wrong can they really go?) that are pretty affordable full-price! The first thing I found was this metal trunk (remember my Instagram snap of the similar ones from Oliver Bonus recently?), then I saw how many fab colours it comes in. A little tip for you – check out all the additional colours available, as many of the pieces come in a ton of optional shades – greys, pastels etc. All those colours that we love and want, and are always hunting for. So here are my favourites (be warned though – you are probably going to want a lot of this stuff…).
School style reading desk and chair, metal armoirvintage style school desk and chairs, metal American style lockerset of three woven baskets (you know how much we love a basket for storing toys), more school style chairslinen cupboard (get that Farrow & Ball paint chart out ladies!), metal bedside table, metal wall cabinet (who says you have to put it in a bathroom?), these metal stackable boxes are perfect for storing all those annoying ‘little’ toys – lego etc etc, this tufted cotton rug, wool rug, and even this pencil storage tin hits the spot. You also definitely need to take a look at the bedlinen whilst you’re there – such great prices for us and our kids. My favourite is this pre-washed linen duvet cover in nude pink (I also like the khaki for a boys’ room). Oh and don’t forget the gorgeous linen tassel pillowcases that we mentioned before. I love mine, and plan to order more… I really like the black trim on these cotton voile pillowcases (very chic), and this children’s Liberty print reversible duvet set was in my and lovely Lisa from Edit.58’s basket a couple of weeks ago – yes we were WhatsApp-ing as we shopped, and comparing what was in our cyber shopping baskets, which was pretty much identical by the way!! Oh and in case you’re wondering (and why wouldn’t you?), this post is not sponsored by La Redoute (we do sometimes do collaborative posts, as you know, and always state that clearly at the end – transparency is really important to us) – sometimes we just love something (and just know that you will too) so much that we feel it’s worthy of it’s own post.
Have a lovely week!

Sarah xx

ps: I don’t, but anyone have a thing about cactus vases?

The Moses Basket Of Dreams

4 February 2016

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Numero 74 Moses Basket, £136.89

First it was their super-soft handmade bedding, then their brilliant dressing-up outfits and now this, the latest addition to the Numero 74 range: the moses basket of dreams! We’re officially obsessed with this brand.

Nicky & Sarah xx

Just because…

10 November 2015

baby

1. Louis Louise Igloo Baby Hat, £45.00
2. Mango Chunky-Knit Sweater, £16.99
3. The Little White Company Cloud paper Mobile, £25.00
4. M&S Owl Plush Toy, £10.00
5. MangoMango Leather Shoes, £19.99

This is just a little collection of gorgeous baby pieces. We saw them, loved them, so decided to share them. For no reason in particular, other than the fact that are all super-cute. Happy Tuesday!

Sarah & Nicky xx

we ‘heart’ camomile london

23 April 2015

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From time to time a collection comes along that we instantly just LOVE. Camomile London is one of these collections. And we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you! It’s the most beautiful collection of bedding and accessories for babies and children. Think of the simplicity of Scandinavian living with the delicate touches of Japaneese block prints, fused with elements of British home-spun and you get an idea of why we’ve fallen so hard. And don’t even get us started on the colours! Oh the colours… Designed for style conscious parents (that’ll be us!) looking to create an individual approach to their child’s nursery/bedroom. The thing we really love about this collection is how versatile it is. It’s cleverly designed to allow endless combinations of effortless ‘mix and match’ styling, using only a few pieces. The aim is to allow parents the freedom to create different looks by simply flipping over a duvet cover, quilt or cushion to reveal a contrast colour, or by mixing print and plain pillow cases (something I do all the time with Tabitha and Marlow’s beds) to add character to a room. As a twins mama with a boy and a girl who share a bedroom, I love the fact that you can have complimentary bedding that still has that layered ‘hotch potch’ feel that I adore. In a nutshell, we love everything about this collection! And we know what you’re probably thinking – will you have to re-mortgage your house to afford it? No! Ok, it’s not cheap, but the prices are really reasonable for such beautiful design and quality. And we really believe it’s worth investing in gorgeous bedlinen, as you can keep it for years. Plus it can totally transform a room without the need for decorating or re-designing. It launches tomorrow (Friday 23rd). We literally cannot wait!!

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Sarah & Nicky xx

mothercare & tusk

31 March 2015

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Mothercare Tusk Branch Shelf, £29.99

Tusk is a charity that we really believe in. All three of our kids LOVE animals, and have a pretty impressive collective knowledge of them (although not necessarily when the cameras are rolling, but more of that later…). Tusk supports the conservation of wildlife, sustainable development and education in Africa. Mothercare is working together with them to help save endangered animals. Which can only be a good thing can’t it? So when we saw the Tusk and Mothercare collaboration at the Mothercare press day back in November, we couldn’t wait to share it with you. The prices, are (as you would imagine from Mothercare) fantastic, and there are some really sweet pieces. And the best bit is that 4% of all the sales goes directly to Tusk. So these are almost guilt-free purchases!
We love this branch shelf! And who says it has to go in a child’s room anyway? It would look great in any room… We also like the teepee; this cushion; these wall stickers; and this duvet set.

Oh yes, and if you fancy a laugh, watch this! Mothercare asked all three of our kids to take part in this little film about conservation. Bailey and Tabitha actually didn’t make the final cut, and Marlow went a little ‘off piste’ (he was talking about the leopard print lining of his favourite Bellerose coat), but it’s pretty sweet. But the little boy who talks about the gorillas is so cute, and totally steals the show as far as we’re concerned. It make us laugh every time!

Sarah & Nicky xx

storage style

17 March 2015

baskets

1. Liv Interior Wicker Stacking Baskets (set of two), £28.00
2. M&S Round Weave Baskets (set of two), £55.00
3. Laura Ashley Oval Kubu Baskets (set of two), £70.00

Toy Storage

1. John Lewis Brooklyn Wheeled Metal Basket, £55.00 (available online from 1st April)
2. Oliver Bonas Decorative Storage Suitcases, from £30.00
3. Les Jouets Libres Wooden Cart, £78.00

We like the same shoes, jackets, old-lady Victorian nightdresses (oversharing??),  but when it comes to storage, Sarah goes basket and I go cart (I already have 1st April circled for this John Lewis one). Don’t get me wrong, I like a basket. In fact I spotted these silver ones (1) at a recent press day, and loved them. So whether you are a basket or a cart these are our current favourites. What we do agree on is that stylish storage solutions are essential to our sanity, as we both have  a need for toy-free adult space at the end of the day. We also (both) like these too: John Lewis felt boxes; La cerise sur la gateau cotton storage basket; and we LOVE these Play And Go drawstring bags (don’t even get us started on the pain of stepping on a rogue piece of Lego that escaped the tidy…).

Nicky x

ps: Gap have extended their 30% (plus free delivery) online VIP discount until midnight tonight. Just enter this code at checkout: VIPGAP.

baby bunting

30 December 2014

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Numero 74 Garland, £11.34

We spent the day with one of my best friends, the lovely Des and her family today. Des is a fellow Fashion Editor, who currently works at Marie Claire (check out her shoots – they are always full of amazing High Street finds). We met when we worked together at Glamour many years ago, and have been firm friends ever since (I will never forget what an amazing support she was to me when the twins were born at just 31 x weeks). Anyway. Des is one of the few people I know who has unquestionable great taste. So when I saw her new (ish) house for the first time today, I was taking in every detail. Des has a gorgeous two year old daughter called Missy (always beautifully dressed, naturally) and I couldn’t wait to see her new little bedroom. It was totally ‘Des’ – simple, stylish, pared-down, with just a few hints of muted colour dotted here and there. This garland/bunting was hanging (diagonally) across the ceiling and secured with cute striped tape at either end. I loved it immediately. I guessed it might be Numero 74 (a brand that we are always fans of at Little Spree), and was straight online when we got home. The only surprise? The price! Have ordered two for Tabarlow’s room (sorry Des!).

Sarah x

ps: this picture does not do it justice at all! You are going to have to take my (and Des’) word for it…

things that make you go aaaaaahhh….

8 December 2014

baby gifts

1. Numero 74 Changing Mat, £28.35
2. Little Cloud Adelajda Liberty Print Cloud Mobile, £26.00
3. M&S Pure Cashmere Cardigan, £35.00
4. Oeuf Grey Rabbit Hat, £40.00
5. Mozartkugel Music Box, £49.99
6. Ugg Sheepskin Booties, £45.00

Things don’t get much cuter than this at Christmas… We’ve rounded up our absolute favourite presents for babies. After all, babies + Christmas = an excuse to buy the most adorable presents ever (like we need an excuse??)! We also love: this Gap striped all-in-one; this Little White Company sheepskin cushion; this Stella McCartney Kids bunny ears hat; this Little White Company cloud mobile; this Time Capsules kit; this Little White Company penguin; this Sebra pull-along elephant; these Samantha Holmes alpaca fur booties; this Little White Company toadstool light; and this Mini Boden knitted jacket (in oatmeal or thistle).

Sarah & Nicky x

m&s baby shop

19 November 2014

M&S

1. 2 Pack Pure Cotton Hats, £5.00
2. Jangle Mouse Soft Toy, £12.00
3. Pure Cashmere All In One, £45.00
4. ‘Forever’ Book, £5.60

M&S Accesories

1. Precious Little One Cloud Framed Picture, £25.00
2. Pom Pom Knitted Throw, £69.00
3. Bunny Wicker Basket, £25.00
4. Elephant Polypropylene Light, £19.50

Have you been into the baby department at M&S recently? It’s had a bit of a makeover (I had a tour of the newly refurbished kids department in the Westfield store, and I have to say, I was pretty impressed). Forget just popping in to grab a pack of white cotton sleepsuits after a mad dash around the food hall – you are going to want everything! The ‘baby shop’ now features everything you could ever need for your baby from stylish clothing (we are obsessed with the cashmere all-in-ones – we challenge anyone not to fall in love with the grey one) to gorgeous, chic nursery furniture (who knew?). We’ve rounded up our favourites (above), but here are some other things that we couldn’t cram into the pictures, but that we’ve also seen and loved:
This two piece cotton knitted star top and joggers; this 5 pack of pure cotton star bodysuits; this 4 piece pure cotton assorted t-shirt and leggings outfit; this fabric giraffe; these knitted poufs; this star print snowsuit; and this knitted elephant soft toy. You can even buy brands such as Baby Bjorn (baby carriers, bouncy chairs, travel coats…); Avent (bottles, breast pumps, thermometers…) and Dr Brown’s (sterilisers, bottles…). And check out this chic high chair (and such a great price)? It really is a one-stop shop.

Sarah x

ps: Nicky popped in to the M&S Spring/Summer 15 press day today. She has posted a few pics on Instagram (@littlespree) if you fancy a sneaky peak of what to expect next year…

Created in collaboration with Marks and Spencer

cheap & chic

17 November 2014

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H&M Home Wooden Storage Box, £14.99

I’m a little obsessed with toy storage, particularly the stylish kind… And this wooden box makes a refreshing change from one of my many baskets. Here are a few other cute storage ideas, also from H&M (I do love a bit of H&M Home): this bunny ears basket; this fabric basket; this monster storage basket; and this wall storage hanger.

Sarah x

L is for…

29 October 2014

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M&S Alphabet Cushion, £8.00 (reduced from £10.00)

I spotted these fab cushions when I was in the Westfield store today, looking at the gorgeous new M&S Baby collection (more of that next week…). They look really expensive!! And as you can see, they are anything but! You can order any letter (or how about having all the letters to make the whole name?), and they even come with the padding in (how irritating is it when you go to pay for a cushion/s and you then have to pay for the padding on top? Or is it just me?). They would make such a great gift for a newborn’s nursery. Who needs Jonathan Adler anyway?

matching set

22 June 2014

1. M&S Cotton Onesie With Hat, £16.00
2. Numero 74 Star Garland, £15.00
3. Numero 74 Round Bib, £8.00

How cute is this Missoni-esque romper and matching hat? Completely adorable. I’m also loving this navy dress; this pleated blouse; this romper; these hareem pants and this cotton cardigan. All from M&S.

ps: sales definitely worth checking out: Elias & Grace; Zara Kids; Bobo ChosesThe Little White Company; Alex And Alexa; ilovegorgeousCaramel; Petit Bateau; Mango; and Stella McCartney Kids.

bedroom chic

22 May 2014

April Showers Baby Quilt
£57.00  SHOP NOW
You think it would be relatively easy to find simple, stylish baby/childrens’ bedlinen? Not so. I get most of Tabitha and Marlow’s from Zara Home (I’m a huge fan of Zara Home Kids), as they have gorgeous prints and colours that work well together in the same room (Tabs and Marlow share), without being too gender defined. I absolutely adore these star print baby quilts from Petit Home. Here is some more bedlinen that I’m liking at the moment… Zara seersucker stripe duvet set (Marlow already has this); Zara star print duvet set; Zara cloud print duvet set; Em & Lu safari print duvet set; The Little White Company moon & star fitted cot sheet; April Showers spot print duvet set; The Little White Company candy stripe duvet set; John Lewis star print cot bed set (I love the mix of different sized stars). I also have my eye on this vintage-inspired floral comforter from The Little White Company, and this bunny bobble cushion from Little Ella James.

house rules

17 May 2014

Lime Lace Personalised Ruler Height Chart
£125.00  SHOP NOW
I came across this when I was searching online for a cool ‘rewards chart’ for the twins (I didn’t find one, so any suggestions gratefully received!). It is such a great idea for a height chart, and can be personalised (which I always love for kids’ things). It is quite pricey (but it is GIANT – over six foot!), but would make a really cool statement in a baby’s nurser/child’s room. It would also make a really fab, original gift (newborn, christening, early birthday). I love it.

bye baby bunting

22 February 2014

Little Cloud Liberty Print Fabric Garland
From £12.00  SHOP NOW
I can never get enough of Liberty print, it’s just such a design classic, and always so pretty, no matter what. I found this name garland when I was cruising for baby gift ideas, and it’s just brilliant. Such an amazing price for such a pretty, personalised (I always love a personalised baby gift – it just shows so much more time and thought, plus your new baby’s name is such a novelly for those first few months…). Love.

ps: if you don’t necessarily want to go down the personalised route, this more traditional bunting from The Little White Company, inspired by a vintage eiderdown, is another sweet option. It would look adorable strung up in a nursery or bedroom. And how cute are these Liberty print Milk Two Bunnies hair clips?

dreamy mobile

13 December 2013

 

Little Cloud Betsy Ann Liberty Moon & Stars Baby Mobile
£35.00  SHOP NOW
This is undoubtedly one of the (if not, the) loveliest mobiles I have seen to date. So, so sweet. This cloud version is equally adorable; as is this one and I also like this one for a toddler’s room.

ps: I bought this coat for Marlow from Zara yesterday, and I’m so pleased with it. It’s fantastic. You can remove the fur trim (I did – much better without, I don’t like the fur), and it has a cool, slightly waxy finish and a sheepskin lining, so really warm and cosy. And I love the colour. It looks super-expensive, but isn’t! Result.

the cute side of the moon

27 November 2013

Martin Krusche Moon Print (50 x 70cm)
I found this adorable print when was looking for bedlinen for the twins’ beds… Their walls are already pretty full now, so sadly no space for this one, but I absolutely love it. And it’s such a great price. Plus the dimensions are perfect for a good old Ikea frame. This is my favourite for prints like these.
£19.00  petithome.co.uk

ps: thought you might be interested in a few recent purchases of mine (some of which you have already seen). I bought these gorgeous cashmere gloves from Cos for Tabs and Marlow, and this velvet dress for Tabs (she loves that it looks just like one of mine) while I was there; this Zara dress for Tabs, and also this one. Anyway, at least you know I definitely practise what I preach…

all good things…

31 August 2013

H&M Home Baby Blanket
I have been wondering (with crossed fingers) whether these blankets were ever going to make another appearance on the H&M website (I have seen them in store a few times since buying mine at the beginning of the year), and sure enough… I have been wanting to post it for months, but they had completely sold out. Ok, so it’s not your luxurious 7 ply cashmere baby blanket (I wouldn’t necessarily go to H&M for one of those…), but it’s a brilliant blanket, and I’ll tell you why. It looks fab – grey, great vintage-y look; is really warm; can be machine washed, and is 50% cotton, 50% wool (so no naff/nasty polyester thank you very much). It’s perfect to layer up over bedlinen on a cot or bed, or to hang decoratively over the end of a bed; makes the perfect ‘buggy/travel blanket’ (I keep two under the buggy at all times, which have proved invaluable on unexpected chilly day trips); and it’s just fifteen pounds!! Have I convinced you yet?
£14.99  hm.com

ps: and the best thing about buying inexpensive blankets is that you’re not precious about them, so you can take them anywhere. Of course, I’ve never lost one yet! As for the cashmere ones…

toadstool cool (part ll)

28 June 2013

Egmont Mushroom Lamp
Marlow and Tabs have the larger version of this lamp (bought when I was pregnant), and they still have it in their room now, and I still love it. They have a lovely, cosy glow – just enough too see, but dark enough to sleep. Perfect. This is the smaller version, and it’s equally cute. I also love them grouped together (different sizes) on the floor if you have the space. They make a great baby present too, because it will be kept and used for years to come. So cute.
£40.00  bodieandfou.com 

cloud busting

7 June 2013

Zü Cloud Cushion (43×23 cm)
Tabitha and Marlow both have variations of this cushion on their beds, and they look so cute. This yellow is a new colour, and I really love it (it’s that perfect yellow that I’m a little obsessed with – called ‘honey’). There are plenty of other colours to choose from, and they come in two different sizes. Such a simple, sweet design. And would make a great pressie too. Super-stylish.
£35.00  petithome.co.uk

bird watching

31 May 2013

Oliver Bonas Set Of Three Mini Birdy Suitcases
Tabitha and Marlow are obsessed with birds, and know all the different types that frequent our garden, so these immediately caught my eye. I love little suitcases (as you already know) for storing small toys (those annoying ones that always get lost…) in a stylish way. And I’ve yet to meet a child who doesn’t love the ritual of putting (then immediately removing) various objects into boxes/containers of any kind. This set of three cases will look so sweet stacked up on a shelf in a nursery or bedroom. I love the muted colours and the charmingly simple illustrations. They would also make a lovely present. Tweet tweet!
£19.50  oliverbonas.com 

my first hangers…

14 May 2013

H&M Baby Hangers (pack of two)
I love a bit of a H&M Home (if you haven’t checked it out, you have to – it’s really fab), and the baby and kids’ collection is growing all the time (just bypass the pink leopard print…). How sweet are these hangers? I also love (and bought) these ones from Cyrillus. And It’s never too early to start hanging up your little one’s favourites pieces (or rather, yours)…
£4.99  hm.com

barefoot in the park

24 April 2013

Vertbaudet Knitted Blanket
Can it be true? Is it actually Spring at last?? Well it seems so (in London at least…). So time to dust off the picnic blanket and get down to your nearest park (Richmond in our case) quick, before it changes its mind! I love this patchwork style. And I love that these kind of blankets are multi-purpose (I always keep at least one under the twins’ pushchair at all times). Perfect for the park, the pram, the cot, the bed… The list is endless. And I love these colours…
£29.00  vertbaudet.co.uk 

metallica

15 April 2013

Butterfly Home By Matthew Williamson Metal Trunk (Large)
I very rarely find myself in a Debenhams store, but when I do, I always manage to find unexpected hidden treasure (perhaps I should go more often?). I found this fab metal trunk in the homeware department, and promptly bought two for Tabarlow’s bedroom, where they now live side by side on the windowsill. I know £50.00 might seem a little pricey for Debenhams, but it is quite large, and really solid and heavy (and definitely looks expensive). I had bought them both small suitcases from the fabulous store, Merci (if you haven’t been, you must) in Paris a few years ago, and this reminds me of something that you mind find there (but with a much heftier price tag!). I haven’t quite decided what I’m going to put in theirs yet, but it could be anything from blankets and bedlinen to toys to books… I also think it would make a great ‘memory box’ to give a baby/child as a gift. And even if you just leave them empty for the time being (as I have), they just look lovely in any room.
£50  debenhams.co.uk 

ribbons & birds

10 April 2013

Tamar Mogendorff Little Bird Wreath
Is this the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen? I love the charming, handmade feel, and the gorgeous soft colours… It would look adorable hanging on the nursery door. And would make the loveliest gift. Sorry to gush, but I just can’t help myself – I love it.
£49.00  orfeodesign.com

hearts & stripes

29 March 2013

The Little White Company Applique Cushion Cover
I spotted that this cute cushion cover was in the sale, and I just couldn’t resist it at this new price. I always love stripes and hearts, and I love the simplicity of this design. It’s sweet, but not too girly if you don’t fancy a nursery/bedroom that’s swamped in pink. I for one, don’t.
£12.50 (was £25.00)  thewhitecompany.com

hide & seek

17 March 2013

Mr Perswall Hide & Seek ABC Wall Mural
I absolutely love this mural. Such a fantastic idea for a baby/child’s bedroom. As you know, I’ve been on the look-out for inspirational ideas for decorating the twins’ bedroom, and I just think this is such a lovely way to cover an entire wall. It’s pretty big (265 x 270cm), but I’m sure you could get it cut down to size to fit a particular wall. I just adore the illustrations – really lovely, old-fashioned drawings. It’s also a great way of getting your kids to learn their letters (seeing them all the time is one of the best ways – they just become familiar in a really natural (non-flash cards) way…). It just has a classic charm, and I love that. And if you are decorating on a budget, this may seem a lot to spend in one hit, but you really wouldn’t need to do that much more – the rest of the room could be pretty simple, and it would look great.
£167.00  johnlewis.com 

double-sided

11 March 2013

Lulu & Nat Floral Heart Cot Quilt
Another question I have been asked a lot recently is where to buy a gorgeous baby quilt (that doesn’t involve extending your overdraft) from? Mydeco.com is quite a recent discovery of mine, but I’m loving it. I found this beautiful double-sided quilt there, and it’s definitely one of the prettiest ones I’ve seen (Zara Home Kids also always do fab ones). I love the combination of the tiny red hearts and the paisley-esque floral print. It feels like a vintage one (minus the moth balls and the hefty price tag). And being reversible is always a bonus (‘two for one’), so you can chop and change. And don’t be put off that it’s officially called a ‘cot quilt’ if you’re not necessarily looking for one for a baby. I use quilts like this all the time to layer over duvet covers/blankets for decoration and extra warmth. They also look lovely draped over the end of a bed. And for babies, they are just so useful to have around the house – for lying/crawling on etc. And they are always great for the pram/puchchair too. It would make the perfect baby gift (start dropping those hints now if you’re expecting…). I have quilts that I bought when Tabarlow were born (I used them to style up their incubators when they were in hospital for a long two months…), and they are having a bit of a renaissance in their newly decorated bedroom now. Oh, and last but not least, they even just look lovely when they’re not doing anything at all – just piled up on a shelf with other blankets (particularly if you have a mix and match of different prints, textures and colours). I might just have to add this one to my ever-growing collection…
£45.00  mydeco.com 

pear shaped

1 March 2013

Fine Little Day ‘Pirum Parum’  Print
I was obsessed with this print. It kept cropping up on Pinterest in gorgeous kids’ rooms that I re-pinned, and I just instantly loved it. It’s so sweet, but also so cool. I wanted it for Tabarlow’s bedroom and was on a one-woman mission to hunt it down. And thanks to one of my ever-resourceful Little Spree readers, I did. I tweeted on the off-chance to see if anyone knew where I might be able to buy it from, and the lovely Victoria (of the suspected bow-eating dog tale a while back…) did! Result. So I ordered it, plus the ‘Apple Papple’ print (I was quite giddy by this point), and they are both currently waiting to be framed and hung in the twins’ newly decorated bedroom (still a work in progress…). So thank you again Victoria! Some might argue that it is perhaps a little babyish for two three year olds, but I disagree. I think it has a stylish charm, and is a really lovely blend of ‘old-fashioned’ and modern. I just hope Tabitha and Marlow love it as much as I do!
£28.00 bodieandfou.com 

ps: ok, it’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for – the results of the Mini Boden giveaway! Thank you all for taking the time to enter. The response was fantastic, and I loved reading all your comments – a great mix of cute, funny, and quirky. As you know there are (sadly) only eight winners though. If you are one of the lucky eight listed below, please email me at the Little Spree address at the top of the website with your full name and address, and I will pass your details on to Boden, who will send your chosen item (in the requested size) out to you directly. Some people haven’t given a surname, but if you entered and requested that particular item, it will be you (if that makes sense?). Congratulations!

1. Pretty woven top: Sarah (you were in labour when you entered!)

2. Leather Sandals: Clare (‘Belfast Mummy’)

3. Alphabet Print T-Shirt: Nicola Reddy

4. Roll-up Trousers: Christina

5. Colour Pop Jumper: Holly Collier

6. Stripey Pocket Tee: Katie Roberts

7. Easy Printed Dress: Samantha Boshoff

8. Towling Top: Lisa

stars!

26 February 2013

Bodie & Fou Gold Star Wall Stickers
If you don’t have a huge budget to decorate your nursery/little one’s bedroom, these are a fantastic (and super-stylish) instant fix. I love a star (as you all know by now!), and these gold ones will add a little star quality to any wall you choose to stick them onto. And they are perfect for a baby’s nursery, or a toddler/older child’s bedroom. I like them arranged in a haphazard way like they are shown here, i.e. not too perfect. And the best part? If you get bored of them, you can just take them down…
£35.00  mydeco.com 

ps: yes, I have wifi! Thank God.

pillows, cushions & more pillows…

19 February 2013

Cyrillus Liberty Print/Linen Cushion Cover
As you know, I am in the throes of ‘styling’ Tabarlow’s bedroom. It’s definitely a work in progress, but I have to confess, I think I may have already gone a little bit crazy on the soft-furnishings… At the last count, Tabs and Marlow each have a sheet, a duvet cover, two pillows (with different pillow cases of course), a little decorative cushion, and a quilt (hanging over the end of the bed). Phew! And guess which idiot has to make the beds each morning? Thank God we’ve done away with the afternoon nap! I had already bought all their bedlinen by the time I found this charming cushion cover, but I really wanted to share it because it’s such a great ‘neutral’ print that would work equally well in a boy’s room as a girl’s (and perfectly where a boy and a girl are sharing of course). For a boy it wouldn’t look too girly mixed with greys and blues. Just really chic and cosy. And it would look so pretty mixed with other floral prints on a girl’s bed. I love the faded green tones. And the back is just plain, neutral linen. So chic. It would also be just perfect for a baby’s nursery. This is definitely one multi-functional cushion!
£22.00  cyrillus.com

ps: I’ve really loved reading all your comments for the Mini Boden giveaway. So many brilliant styling ideas (I’d better watch out!). If you haven’t had a chance to enter yet, don’t worry, there’s still plenty of time. I won’t be announcing the winners until Friday 1st March. And hopefully that will be the first of many Little Spree giveaways (only with items/brands that I truly love though – that goes without saying).

pps: I’m also loving seeing all the pictures of your gorgeous little ones wearing their Little Spree purchases. Please ‘tweet’ them to @littlespree, and I will share my favourites on the Little Spree Facebook page. And tell your friends too! The more the merrier…

bye baby bunting

12 February 2013

Cyrillus Grey Bunting
My latest obsession? Nurseries and bedrooms. Well, nothing new there, but I am in the process of doing up Tabitha and Marlow’s room, so I’m more tuned in than ever to all things stylish for babies’/kids’ rooms. Who doesn’t love a bit of bunting? Well, as long as it’s not too twee or cutesy anyway. How great is this Cyrillus (they do a gorgeous interiors collection – definitely worth checking out) bunting (we could’ve guessed the French would do the chic-est example couldn’t we?) in tones of grey? And it’s currently half price in the sale! Bargain! Get ordering quick before it sells out (but not before I’ve had a chance to put my order in)…
£6.50 (was £13.00)  cyrilliuis.com 

neon numbers

8 February 2013

Zara Home Kids Number Cushion (40 x 40 cm)
To say I am obsessed with Zara Home would be understating the point. I am in that store every chance I get (and it doesn’t help that I have one ten minutes from my house!). I find it virtually impossible to leave empty-handed. I love Zara Home and Zara Home Kids in equal measures. They just have the best things, it’s as simple as that. I buy everything from crockery to kids’ furniture in there. I am currently in the process of decorating Tabitha and Marlow’s room now that they are both in ‘big’ beds, so of course you don’t need me to tell you where I went first. Anyway, I won’t bore you with the intricate details of the exact bedlinen I bought, but it’s basically a layered mish-mash of various gorgeous printed pillow cases, quilts, blankets and cushions. I love this particular cushion because of the mix of neutral and neon, so it’s cool, not gaudy. I particulary love the pink, but they also do a neon yellow number one which is great too. I like numbers in the same way that I like monogramming – I can’t really explain it, but I’m always instinctively drawn to them. They just always look cool, and a bit ‘special’. Anyway, I love this cushion, and although I haven’t bought it (yet), if I did (and you’re interested), I would mix it with mismatched floral printed bed linen, or place it on a great vintage chair in the bedroom. I always think things like this make great birthday gifts too – they feel a bit more personal. I have to stop now, or I could literally go on all day, and I have stuff to do…
£19.99  zarahome.com 

ps: sorry, one last thing that I love about Zara Home Kids is that they do fantastic things for boys as well as girls (because as we all know, it’s a lot easier to find cute things for girls, even when it comes to decorating their bedrooms). If you don’t particularly want cars or trucks on you son’s duvet cover, they have lots of great, stylish alternatives, such as stars, stripes, and cute illustratrations with a hand drawn feel that are adorable and super-stylish.

pps: also something to remember: Zara Home Kids also have a small selection of clothes that you won’t find in a regular Zara Kids. It’s particularly good for gorgeous newborn/baby things (it’s always the first place I go when I need to buy a baby gift), but also beautiful nighties that I buy for Tabitha to wear as dresses in the Summer. That’s it, I promise.

do not disturb…

4 February 2013

H&M Home Baby Door Sign
How sweet is this? And I think it has to be the most ‘stylish inexpensive’ thing I have posted to date. What can you buy for £1.99 these days? Nothing particularly cute or stylish that’s for sure (I think you’d even be hard-pushed to find a hair clip…). If you know anyone who is pregnant/just had a baby, click and buy her one! Such a lovely little pressie. If I still had babies, I would buy one for myself! But then, I would have to customise is to ‘babies are’ (or buy two)…
£1.99  hm.com 

stars & stripes

26 January 2013

M&S 5 x Pack Star & Striped Muslin Cloths
I don’t know whether it’s my imagination, but there just seems a much better (and wider) selection of cute muslins around now compared to when I first had the twins. I just had to make do with a huge stash of plain white ones (which, don’t get me wrong were perfectly acceptable, but they definitely weren’t going to win any style awards…). These days the high street seems to be awash with lovely printed ones. I really like these M&S ones for their simplicity. If I was pregnant now, I would definitely be stocking up on these…
£8.00  marksandspencer.com 

little & large

9 January 2013

H&M Home 2 Pack Fabric Bags
I have these and I love them. I have to confess to having a bit of a thing for little drawstring bags (I have so many, I’ve actually lost count…). I just find them so incredibly useful – keeping snacks/spare pants/medicine in inside my bag when I have the twins with me, so I can lay my hands on things quickly and easily. Also for separating things out when I pack Tabarlow’s bag for a visit to their grandparents… These ones are great sizes, and made from 100% organic cotton. They would make a really sweet present if you’re a bit strapped for cash after Christmas. Have I mentioned how much I love H&M Home??
£6.99  hm.com