‘We want the look – for less’
Cash starved? Then do as the designers do. ‘Adroitly mix and match,’ says Joanna Simon, ‘and spend where it counts. I like to invest in one statement piece for the room to give it that ‘wow’ factor.’ Start with the basics. Every designer’s favourite Ikea’s Sniglar bed is just £119.
Made from beech, it sings with a coat of colourful paint (try Earthborn or Francesca’s Paints for eco-friendly hues). The Europeans have that style-on-a- budget look nailed, so head to French e-tailer, Les Enfants du Design, where streamlined cots by Quax or Combelle start from around £120. For sturdy furniture, Little Helper has simple Scandi mini tables and chairs from £69.
At Loaf, their Anglepoise lookalike Gaston lamp (£55) will do duty on desks and bedside tables alike.
Create a one-off desk by mixing an Ikea table top with legs from US e-tailer Pretty Pegs (they ship worldwide), where graceful table legs come with copper or chrome detailing.
Then go to town with decorative ourishes. Small brand specialist Tea and Kate excels at timeless Scandi mirrors or try a cuddly deer’s head by Diddywear.
Take a cue from Julie Stott of Rue des Petits: ‘Add a little furry chair from Maison du Monde.
Try stickers instead of paper to add colour (MimiLou designs allow you to attach photos). And our pretty hook and hangers make your little one’s coat or bath towel become part of the décor,’ (or try Chocolate Creative).
For art with a conscience, Mini Maison will be donating a percentage of pro ts from sales of their graphic art prints to Children with Cancer.