Cam Cam Copenhagen

We are huge fans of Cam Cam Copenhagen's incredible range of bedding and homewares. Filled with soft colours and subtle patterns, they can turn any room into a dreamscape...

The brand was founded by architect Sara Giese Camre who personally designs all the gorgeous products. Inspiration is taken from Japanese patterns and French refinement, combined with Scandinavian minimalism.

A blend of the romantic with a graphic simplicity is the recipe for Cam Cam’s intriguing and timeless design.

The range includes bedding in baby, junior and adult sizes, nursing pillows with non-toxic filling produced in Denmark.

They also create muslin cloths, which are GOTS organic-certified, as well as a variety of changing pads, pillows and seat cushions. All products are produced in a 100 % Eco-friendly quality, which follows Oeko-tex 100 standards and therefore free of toxins and are only coloured with natural colouring.

We are proud to stock a range of these timeless designs over at The Gathered Store.

07 Aug 2015

Rafa Kids K Desk

Desks are for dreaming, creating and penning creative tales. Desks are where egg cartons turn into pirate ships and friendship bracelets are carefully woven. Desks are for designing, learning and letting your imagination take tangible form. Desks are all of these things and more... We think are they are the most important part of a child’s bedroom...

One of our most favourite desks is the playful K Desk from Rafa Kids. Stable and functional without compromising on beauty, the K Desk is a great addition to little bedrooms, or even tucked away in a corner nook in the main living area. It can be set in two positions – open and closed. When closed it is clean and elegant, when open it is ready for business with rounded corners and hidden organisers.

The desk goes perfectly with X stool (also from Rafa Kids), and is recommended for children from age 6+. The full specs are available on the Rafa Kids website, along with stockist details.

06 Aug 2015

The World of Donna Wilson

Few creators have managed to become as iconic and passionately adored as the ever amazing Donna Wilson. Her one-of-a-kind style, quirky creations and incredible collection of products are testament to her talent and years of hard work...

Donna tells us a little more about what inspires her wonderful world...
When did you realise you had a passion for design? What made you want to become a designer?
Since quite a young age, I knew I wanted to spend my days doing something in art and design. I was always drawing and making things, and was always most happy with a pencil in my hand. And I was very much influenced by my granny. She was very inspiring and always encouraged me and my sister to look at things really closely. She taught me how to draw and paint, and tried to teach me to knit and crochet when I was really young. In fact, my granny was a bit of an amateur artist herself, so she would get our little doodles and drawings framed and sell them in local art shows in the nearest town. So from quite an early age I realised that you could sell your work and make money from it.

Where do your inspirations come from?
All over the place - the landscape, music, dreams, magazines, ceramics, Scandinavian design, people. Sometimes I just see a tiny snippet of something which triggers an idea, which is then developed into a product. Some time ago I went to a small remote island off the coast of Newfoundland and came back feeling really inspired by its landscape of boats and houses. But normally I find inspiration everywhere; it can be a tiny piece of cloth, a picture in a book, or found object from my travels. Nature is also a big inspiration for me, particularly the plants and animals in the British countryside.

How did you learn to knit? How old were you at the time?
My grandma tried to teach me to knit and crochet when I was really young but I didn’t have the patience. Even now I’m not very patient for hand knitting, I prefer to machine knit. We were taught the basics during my BA, how to cast on and off etc. That was in 1996, and after that I taught myself the rest to get the effect that I was looking for; I always loved the way I can create a fabric from a strand of yarn, in the texture colour and pattern I want.

What were your first knitted creatures? What inspired you to create them?
After the long leggy dolls, I made the weirder creatures, some of which are still in my collection now. I had a small family of them and I can’t remember which one came first, as they were all born around the same time: Edd Red Head, with the giant head and tiny body, Angry Ginger who was ginger with a hairy chest, Bunny Blue who had 4 sets of ears and 4 eyes, and Canibdoll, who was inspired by a story that was in the news at the time- a German cannibal advertised to find a mate to eat and he got a few applicants! I always loved the way children draw and I think a lot of that is expressed in the way my creatures look. A toe can be bigger than a head, limbs are asymmetrical - there are no rules! And the creatures' personalities are often inspired by people in my life. Although the creatures sound a bit weird, they are not scary. They are more like a band of collectable companions that people wanted to look after.

What do you love most about what you do?
Designing, and I have only recently given myself a bit of time to do this. I used to design in my own spare time, and on the back of an envelope on the bus! But I have been spending the last few weeks making mood boards, sketching and trying things out on the machine, and I remember why I love it. Being creative is a fantastic feeling, and I’d recommend anyone to give it a go. I also really enjoy making things that make people smile!

What is your brand ethos?
I'm passionate about creating products that people can connect with and making things that make people smile. And the studio is committed to making things that our customers will treasure. We strive to make products that are equal parts warm, friendly, familiar, cosy, and high quality. We use UK based manufacturers and suppliers wherever possible, doing our bit to keep craftsmanship alive. I think essentially, I like creating products that remind people of their childhood, nature, and the loveable imperfection and quirks of people and the world around us. I think that's something that almost anyone can relate to and find endearing.

What five words would best describe you?
Colourful, smiley (most of the time), messy, bendy, Scottish.

What are 5 things you couldn't live without?
A sketchbook, a stapler, music, colourful paints, the sea.

Do you collect anything?
I have to try very hard not to collect too many things. If I had enough space I would collect everything as I love being surrounded by inspiring objects. I do have a shelf at home that's got a collection of painted wooden dolls in all shapes and sizes. Some are from a trip to India, others are dolls that I've made, and some are lovely antique dolls with round ball heads from Japan. I love how there is a strange variation among them but that they all have nice faces.

What are your passions and how do you aspire to share them with your child?
My love for nature and animals, being creative and pushing things on, making things with my hands, colour and pattern, and working with small factories and manufactures in the UK. My partners and I are always really encouraging him to play and make things, be outside, and the not to watch too much TV! But I guess he will make his own way, and that's fine!

To check out more of Donna's incredible creations, head over to her website.

05 Aug 2015
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Tipi Dreaming

We’ve seen princesses, racing cars and pirate ships. But when it comes to fun beds for little dreamers, they don’t come much cooler than this epic wooden tipi bed from Woood...

Perfect for little cowboys and cowgirls to rest their weary hat-wearing heads in after a hard day’s play, the Tipi Bed is great for any child who loves a mixture of fairytale, southern comfort and some country loving.

Each bed (or should we call it a cabin!) is made with solid pine and finished with a luxe white veneer. Head over to the Woood website to find your nearest stockist. Yeeee haaa.

30 Jul 2015

Young, Wild & Free - Cotton On Kids

Young, wild and free. Remaining young and enjoying the unconstrained workings of your own imaginations, we believe in remaining young at heart for as long as possible. Whether it be watching Disney movies, braiding friend’s hair or eating sprinkles on toast, we try not to take everything in life so seriously. Cotton On Kids seem to agree...

Their fun new Homeware collection is inspired by outdoor adventures and mammoth imaginations. With gorgeous rocket shaped pillows and fun animal prints, the collection includes everything you need to explore and dream big.

True to Cotton On's style, the new range is designed to be mixed and match. Have fun combining spots with triangles and navy blue with neon yellow. Create a space as zany or as conservative if as you want.

We know what we will be doing, going wild of course! We will blend and combine different prints and patterns to create the ultimate snuggle cocoon. Then we will invite over all our friends for a slumber party with ghost stories and midnight snacks. We won't sleep a wink of course.

Click here to shop the range on their website.

25 Jul 2015
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And The Rest

We often find ourselves wishing we were little again to enjoy all of the wonderful wares we find during our internet travels for our blog. But seriously, when it comes to this gorgeous children’s bedding range from And The Rest, we honestly don’t think we even need to be young again. We just need to stitch a few cot-sized quilts together and we will have ourselves a queen-sized duvet all for ourselves!

You may have noticed that we have a severe case of quilt envy for these gorgeous bright, cool and modern designs from And The Rest. We love everything about them, but we think it is the combination of beautiful, earthy tones, oversized prints and simple shapes that really tickles our fancy.

The And The Rest brand was launched in 2015, by Lotte, a mum, wife, designer and lover of bright, modern design, who discovered a gap in the market for fun, contemporary, well priced Cot Quilt Covers. Yay Lotte! We think she has absolutely nailed the market and can't wait to see more of her designs in the future.

See more from this beautiful brand and shop the collection here.

21 Jul 2015

Desk Vs Mask

Masks disguised as desks we hear you say? You better believe it! These cool tribal masks from TOG are not only radical pieces of art for the wall… they also double as a sturdy tables for dinnertime. Genius!

The “Vodo Masko” collection is designed by Ambroise Maggiar and is made of plastic roto-molded polyethylene. Their clever design is also a great space saver. Once dinner is over, just pop them on the wall and clean up is done. Hoorah.

18 Jul 2015

Armadillo & Co

Rugs have the ability to completely transform a space and if you’re looking for serious fashion under foot look no further than the gorgeous designs from Armadillio & Co...

Fair Trade, hand made and 100% natural rugs. The gang from Armadillio & Co aim to lie lightly on this earth. But their pursuit for balance and harmony doesn’t mean they go lightly on design.

Their Junior Collection strikes the perfect balance between colour and fun with an earthy humbleness and we just dig it so much. The range is extensive and a joy to browse.

You can check out the Junior Collection and learn more about this very hands-on company on their website.

17 Jul 2015

Neon Pop with @chloeuberkid

The child of the 80s in me can never resist a little pop of neon when I see it.... Chloe xxxx

Products: T shirts by Nor-folk. Noe & Zoe trousers, Mini Rodini leggings. Heart by Twentyonefifteen. Lampshade by I love Frankie. Print by Kindish at Stadtlandkind. Tent and swing by Peachy Baby. Bedding by Bramwell Designs. Bolt light by Fromage La Rue. Cushions by Hugo Loves Tiki and Into The fold. Blanket by Repose ams. White Mickey from Four Monkeys.

Follow Chloe and her lovely family over on her website and Instagram. You can also read more about her here.

12 Jul 2015

Play Bar

We can't think of a better afternoon hangout than under this beautifully designed and perfectly entertaining Play Bar from Bella Buttercup. After a full year of design and development this gorgeous nursery staple is a long time in the making. And this highly anticipated product has delivered beyond our wildest expectations...

The Scandinavian inspired look is much easier on the eye than the typical activity mat, meaning you don't need to hide it away when your guests arrive. The natural wood elements and soft colour tones look great together, and the sturdy mat means it works just as well outside as inside.

But it's not just about us. Each Play Bar comes with eight toys; four wood and four silicone, which your bebe will love too. Each as been cleverly crafted to amuse, educate and entertain little minds. The textural elements and use of colour will help your baby learn and develop through different senses such as touch and sight.

These bad boys are in HIGH demand, so head over to Bella Buttercup to find out how to get your hands on one.

10 Jul 2015
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