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News Flash: Stories Stationery
I am keeping this short and simple today so you can be quick-fire with your mouse and hit ‘add to bag’ asap. & Other Stories have released a stationery range. And it is gorgeous. It’s not something I’d have expected from the store but they’ve clearly cottoned on to the fact that many, many of us despite the digital age, harbour an obsession with good old fashioned pens and paper. If you’re going to do a notepad, this is how it’s done.
If I had my time again this is what I would buy for a nursery. With three kids under my belt – they broke said belt actually but let’s not go there 😉 – I feel I can impart a good deal of wisdom on this subject.
Sleeping: You need a moses basket and a cot bed, NOT a cot. Even though you won’t believe that your precious miniature bundle will ever one day get big they grow SO fast. Trust me. If you want a top tip from an old pro save your pennies and invest in a cot bed to see you the distance until they can sleep in a proper grown up bed. A Cot bed is more robust. This is important because once they grow, things get trashed quickly. I’ve looked at hundreds and chosen the Laurette Convertible Cot Bed because I love the shape and the fact that it’s not white, or this on sale with 50% off East Coast Toulouse Convertible Cot. My favourite moses baskets are Numero 74s – a bit more spendy than the usual John Lewis affair but SO good and if you are blessed with more tiny people it will get plenty of use.
Cot bedding: I LOVE these beautiful LAB cot bumpers and am obsessed with mix and matching different patterns and textures in the cot. At first you can also go for a pretty coloured or patterned fitted sheet. There’s not much call for duvet covers for quite a while. This one from Camomile London is gorgeous and I also like this grey mini gingham one from The White Company.
Sleeping Bag: Invest in a nice sleeping bag. You will see it almost everyday and they have the added bonus of being seriously nice to cuddle. This Numero 74 Sleeping Bag comes in so many great sludgey colours or I found this brilliantly priced Verbaudet Baby sleep Bag which I think is a dead ringer for a Caramel baby or Marie Chantal jobbie.
Mobile: Hang a mobile over the changing mat not the cot. You want them to sleep in the cot but you want them to be distracted when you’re changing their nappy so hopefully they don’t **** all over you. I brought this Flensted Circular Bunnies Mobile on a trip to Paris in Saint Germain for Aurelie. It makes me feel all sentimental. I also love the idea of having this Volta Paris mobile in the room. While I’m on the subject you don’t need a changing mat cover or special towel thingy, you need a mat to be wipe down for the reason stated above.
Wallpaper: I’m partial to a statement wallpapered wall in a nursery or child’s bedroom and these are my top picks for such a task. My all time favourites are Cole & Son Hummingbirds and Melville, and a design called Raphael by Sandberg. I got so far as to wallpaper the inside of the girls wardrobe in the Hummingbirds and I’m about to order the Melville for Benjmain’s room. It’s hard to express how much I love it! I would so use any of these in the children’s rooms now and Aurelie is 10. i.e it’s worth the investment.
Above all have nice things for you in the nursery, don’t theme everything around the baby. Frankly it can be lonely and quite hard work in the night feeding so you want things to cheer you up and a lovely environment for you to sit in. Soon it will be full of fluro pink Barbies or Spiderman posters so enjoy a bit of chic styling whilst you can.
P.S I have tried for HOUUUUUURS to find you beautiful and practical pictures of nurseries but it seems there are very few out there! So you have inspiring children’s bedrooms instead to help you along.
Present Drawer Perfection
Yesterday, I did a very spoiling thing. I went to the V&A for no particular reason other than I had a spare hour and I fancied having a mooch around. When I say spare, I mean not so much spare but that I was putting off all the other stuff that I was supposed to be doing. The V&A also has a rather wonderful shop which was, let’s be honest, the reason for my visit.
My top purchase was this wonderous ‘book’ of English Chintz fabric wrapping papers. There are 12 sheets folded into quarters. I got it home and I’m not entirely sure I can bare to part with any of them. It’s an essential for any present drawer in my humble opinion.
P.S I was having a little scroll through the M&S website yesterday and found this Marie Chantal Hat and Glove set on sale for £10. We’re talking cashmere for a tenner! Sizes range from 3-6 months to 3-6 years. Bulk buy I say and hand out to friends at will.
Studio Oliver Gustav
Oliver Gustav is one of those curious people who defies a title. Part designer, part consultant and part collector, equals one brilliant creative that I can’t get enough of.
The interiors the Dane designs play on light and shadow, drama and serenity. Even when his rooms are full of furniture, they’re always calm.
It’s an intoxicating concoction that has made me a long term fan. Imagine my total exasperation (swearing) when I turned up at the shop on a trip to Copenhagen on the day it was closed. Grrr.
In his studio are antiques, work by contemporary designers and pieces he created himself. He groups items and furniture together, creating an interesting tension. And it’s the perfect space to understand and appreciate his aesthetic.
“I would never buy a crazy picture of, I don’t know, Mario Testino with a lot of flowers. That is the opposite of the feeling I like an object to evoke in me, it would rather be pieces that I can reflect on somehow.” Oliver told The Loft.
“It is very important for me that when I step into an environment that it is very calm. There can be plenty of pieces in the space without it disturbing the eye.”
As you’d expect, Oliver’s style isn’t cheap – he picks out $227,000 alabaster beds by fashion designer Rick Owens or a silver plated brass cabinet by Vincenzo de Cotiis for a cool $90,000.
It’s not everyday that one can shell out on those but if you like his vibe there is an online shop where you can buy smaller objects and his wonderful Mad et Len candles. Follow him on insta and prepare to be seriously inspired.
You might have read the title of this post and thought ‘oh please no more marble, that’s so 2015’. But hold off on that eye roll for just a moment because I’ve got a case to make for more of this most fabulous material. We’ve done the platters, the marble chopping boards and salt and pepper pinch pots. We’ve seen a lot of the stuff in the kitchen. What I am interested in is marble around the home as an objet d’art in a room.
I am looking for shapes that can sit alone on a side table or huddled amongst a group of other disperate objects. You’ll notice that I’ve added a napkin holder and utensils pot to my picks – I don’t plan to use them as intended. Place that napkin ring upturned on a mantle piece and it becomes far more interesting.
But this isn’t just about making my home look pretty, they’re also a stylists best friend. Over the next few months I am planning on scouring Ebay and Etsy, flea markets and jumble sales to gather my own collection for shoots. Below are some of the images that a guiding my decisions and generally inspiring my house come art gallery vibes.
- White Marble House
- Rectangular Marble Plate
- Marble Utensil Pot
- AC11 Stop Bookend
- Marble Napkin Ring
- Marble Domino Set
Barbara Hepworth Cone and Sphere