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?

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.