Kids Lifestyle

As well as my love for clothes, I love beautiful, innovative, quirky and thought provoking home decor, lifestyle products, holiday destinations and toys.  One of the most enjoyable aspects of joining twitter has been discovering just how many amazing, talented and hard working independent businesses there are out there. 

My Pinterest Love

Take a peak at the pictures I love for room style for The Twins

I've always been in favour of wooden toys for my children.  For me they say "quality" "durability" "value"  The twins are playing with train sets handed down to them from their big brother and even a few treasured pieces that belonged to daddy.  Whenever there is Christmas or Birthday money, its invariably wooden toys that they want to spend it on.  In these days of computers and electronic games it refreshing indeed to come across a website like The Wooden Toy Shop .  They sell a huge selection of wooden items ranging from baby rattle to outdoor play centres.  Something for every season and to suit every pocket and taste.

Make the most of the Summer with an unbeatable selection of outdoor toys.

Who doesn't love going bug hunting - BigJigs Magnifying Glass - £6.95

Teach them some old style outdoor games - BigJigs Croquet Set - £14.95

Get them started early, help out in the garden with these gorgeous - Garden Tools  £5.79

Anyone for Cricket ?  Great value starter sets £5.25
There are a great selection of Balance Bikes, this one is John Crane Tidlo Red Scooter is  £58.77

The website is lovely and bright.  Easy to navigate with options to search toys by category, age, gender, price and  manufacturer and with free postage on all orders over £50 you could indeed spend hours of fun in the world of wooden toys.


Bloom Otto

WoW!  The Bloom Otto Table and Chair set in Natural.   I could just see the twins sat at this ! I love it, I want it, I need it.  Available from John Lewis its £240 but I think you will agree its a real design classic.                        


Whilst on my weekly meander through the wonderful site of Etsy I came across CreativeNeesh  and her beautiful poster designs for children's rooms.

CSN Stores

Whilst searching for the perfect wardrobes for the twins bedroom I came across some lovely ideas available from the online store CSN, I'll be reviewing some of their products soon.

Funky Petrol Pump

Lettie Belle

The newly launched Lettie Belle website showcases  hand-stitched felt & leather detail pieces on canvas and co-ordinating cushions for children.

Lettie Belle was created by established recycled textiles designer Laura Anne Marsden - BA and MA in Textile Design from Chelsea College of Art & Design.

Pop over and take a look. Laura has some lovely fresh ideas for your childrens rooms.  At prices that won't break the bank.

Felt Bunnies

Beep ! Beep in Blue

Belle & Boo

The beautifully stylish  Belle & Boo have done it again, invoking images of childhood past, this wonderful company has created a new range of stickers for boys!  Yay !   We have almost completed the twins room now, just the sort of thing we have been searching for to complete the look. 

taken from the Belle & Boo Blog Belle and Boo

The White Company

The beautiful White Company has opened its first lifestyle store - yes sadly only in London !  Still I won't hold that against them. 

Early Rider

oh! oh! oh!   have you ever seen more beautiful bikes ? 

Classic Series

Lite Series

Evolution Series

Frazier & Wing

Stunningly beautiful paper/card handmade mobiles "frazier & wing mobiles bring a poetic and modern charm to adult and children’s environments alike". 

Pop over and take a look at this inspiring and beautiful site, the giant bubble mobile is to die for !

Wu & Wu

Lovely Asian vintage style goodies for boys and girls from the gorgeous Wu Wu store.

Get the boys off their computers and outdoors exploring.

Inside this gift-giver's delight of a tin, you will find a carefully chosen vintage-style metal torch, magnifying glass, metal compass, string with knot-guide and notebook and pencil.

Love , Love, Love the Dynasty Dumpling Writing set.

"It comes in a big, crazily beautiful tin (that we designed all by ourselves) and what you get is: the notebook of your dreams, a set of keep-forever Dumpling Dynasty black and coloured pencils, a very-cool-indeed Chinese writing stencil, a perfectly cute self-inking stamp and an eraser that’s so attractive you will wish they were called rubbers again".  

Do pop over and take a look at Fion'as wonderful site.  Wu & Wu


I adore this site! Looking for something different for your child's room .  Take a look at the Maps, banners, Alphabet prints and more.  famillesummerbelle.

Map of London

Family tree - what a wonderful idea

Alphabet print with a difference

If I had a girl ........

She would so have a beautiful bedroom like this.  Pictures from the very beautiful DREAMY WHITES Blog go take a look. It is my absolute most favourite blog EVER !

Vintage Fisher Price

Belle & Boo

If you haven't come across Belle & Boo before you are in for a real treat.  Good old fashioned traditional style and quality.  This wonderful site is a true feast for the eyes. 

Set of seasonal cushions

Poppy's Puddle picture

Upon a Fold

Paper pencils .....

Robin and Mould

We have nearly finished the twins bedroom.  It has been a labour of love indeed.  On limited funds it has taken quiet a while to put everything together, but if I say so myself I am really pleased with how its looking.  Whilst meandering through Etsy I came across the wonderful  RobinandMould  and I am hoping to be able  to splash out on some of these gorgeous cushions to complete the look.

Hand Screen Printed Owl Toy in Yellow

Hand Screen Printed Sleepy Dog in Teal

Hand Screen Printed Dream Big Cushion in Teal

The Magic Tree House

Just imagine ! 

Images from the wonderful Kidtropolis


"Speechless"  came to mind when I first saw this amazing display of pencils.  The Japanese company describe the collection :

"What would one color be without 499 others?

Introducing 500 Colored Pencils: the only set in the world that matches the span and wonder of human creativity.

Express whatever you dream, with beautiful visual precision.
Each pencil is its own story. A unique hue with an inventive name to inspire the far corners of your
creativity ".

With pencil  names like "tea with milk" and "drizzly afternoon" the collection is designed to grow slowly over time.  A wonderful example of simplicity yet stunning design idea for your child's room.

Available to buy in sets of 25 per month over a 20 month period the total cost is £266.40 (price per pencil is approx 53p). felissimo.

 If like me your budget can't stretch to this,  I think the idea is truly spectacular and one that could easily be emulated.


a stunning Australian online shop (perhaps not really for the little ones ) but I couldn't resist featuring it.  Take a look at the  Airvase totally beautiful and it can't be broken by little darlings running around the house.          Their blog is also something to behold !  The great news is they also ship Worldwide.

I love the Monkey Business Hello Sticker Book - Your little ones can create their own Jungle adventure, even personalise each page with speech bubble stickers.

Belle Garland - Great alternative to bunting in a little girls room

Wishboats - Wonderful write your wish on one of these adorable little boats and hope for it to come true! Before you begin folding, give your boat a name and write your wish or personal message on the blank space provided. With their pretty patterns, the wishboats are a great way to personalise kid’s birthdays or other special occasions


Helen Rawlinson - Children's lighting

As you may know we are currently decorating the twins bedroom, so imagine how pleased I was when I popped over to new follower Helen's lovely website and discovered her wonderful children's collection of shades.

A collection of imagery inspired by vintage books, toys and bits and bobs about Helen's home! Alternated with lots of shapes for little ones to identify.

Screen printed by hand and machine stitched for dotted detail.

Comes in a selection of colours for boys and girls.

Great News - Some Ex display shades are currently on sale at great prices

Visit Helen at      HELEN RAWLINSON


The first person I would like to feature on this page is the wonderful @icklebabe_com an amazing mummy, wife and artist.  Helen is also one of the funniest, kindest people I have "met" in twitter land.  Please follow her  icklebabe blog  packed full of great recipes, funny stories about her home life & products she makes.

A snippit of Helen's work available now to buy at

Gorgeous hand painted personalised gift plate.

Hand painted personalised child's canvas on any subject you can imagine.

Hand crafted quilts to suit cots, cotbeds or single bed


  1. icklebabe_com said...
    Thanku SO much for including me here I am really honored :) webby site very nearly ready..**coming soon** but check-out page not quite sorted yet, so if anyone would like me to create something pretty just tweet me.
    thanku :) XXX

  2. Truly fantastic. What an amazing display of pencils. Keep up the great work Karen. I love your blog.

  3. Wow, I LOVE all of this stuff!!!

  4. Aww gotta love icklebabe_com stuff she is super talented. I love the tree house, it's stunning. x

  5. Love the tree house. Invisible Dragon's room currently has a tree in it and he's been told by Loft Monster he can have a den with a platform when we decorate!!!! This one looks lovely, wondering if I've space for my own private one too. And then the wish boats and oh the paper bunting . . . . I can see you could be a bad influence on me.

  6. Hey Powerfairy : )
    Glad you like ! Could see you up on your own little fairy cloud. Thanks for commenting xx

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