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
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…).
ps: Gap have extended their 30% (plus free delivery) online VIP discount until midnight tonight. Just enter this code at checkout: VIPGAP.
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!).
ps: this picture does not do it justice at all! You are going to have to take my (and Des’) word for it…
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
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
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.
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…
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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.
Essent’ial Toys Storage Bags, From £12.15
We just love these super-cool storage bags. Perfect for separating the animals from the train tracks; and the Barbies from the lego…
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?
The Little White Company Cloud Paper Mobile
£25.00 SHOP NOW
One of the sweetest baby mobiles I’ve ever seen (and even lovelier in the flesh)…
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 Choses; The Little White Company; Alex And Alexa; ilovegorgeous; Caramel; Petit Bateau; Mango; and Stella McCartney Kids.
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.
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.
La Cerise Sur Le Gateau Wish Paulette Cushion
£39.00 SHOP NOW
So, so sweet… I am almost as obsessed with pillows and cushions as I am with baskets, and this one really caught me eye. It would make a really lovely gift too.
Little Cloud Liberty Print Fabric Garland
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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?
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.
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.
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…
H&M Home Elephant Print Cushion
So, so sweet…
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?
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…
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.
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.
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!