Summer is here and you might be feeling the urge to refresh and update your interior style now that the sun is shining and the windows are open!
But stylish interiors aren’t just for the grownups. There is so much choice of on-trend furniture and accessories for your little ones - no-one has to miss out on good design!
This summer brings some fresh new lines and great new suppliers to Castles for Rascals, so here are some ideas for keeping it cool for the kids!
With fingers tightly crossed for no more snow and ice, let’s allow ourselves to finally feel the first stirrings of spring in the air as we reach the end of March and Easter approaches! The saying goes that if March comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb, so maybe we can count on some bright and blowsy spring days over the Easter break.
It’s so exciting when someone we are close to reveals that they are expecting a baby; we can begin to look forward to soft baby cuddles and gummy smiles, and what is more we have a reason to eye up snuggly blankets and cute outfits for the imminent arrival!
How did it get to be this time of year again?! With the nights drawing in and the temperature dropping, our thoughts begin to turn to Christmas. It’s a time for getting together with family, sharing joyful moments and creating happy memories. But it can feel like an increasingly drawn-out sparkle-fest threatening to engulf us all der a tide of plastic and glitter. So this Christmas, we’re going back to nature with our ideas for great earth-friendly crafts and gifts for the little people in your life.
Every year, I look forward to the return of autumn with its soft, gently shifting light and rich, jewel-like colours. British summer weather can often be disappointing, but those crisp, clear autumn days with the first hint of a chill in the air are always welcome. For me, autumn brings back fond memories too; my wedding and the birth of my first child both happened in this glorious season!
Both Fran and I have had great fun making some super easy Easter crafts with our little ones. My 3 year old daughter, Claudia, and I kicked things off by making some Easter inspired yellow chick wrapping paper. She loved making the yellow paint dots and sticking the beaks on - even if they were a little bit fiddly for her little fingers - she was so pleased with the result!
It was so easy too. We used a glass stopper but you could use a pom pom or a cork. We had a little pot of yellow paint left over from a previous craft project but you could use any yellow paint. Dot the paper with yellow and leave to dry. Then either colour in some paper with an orange felt tip or use orange paper and cut out lots of little beaks. Glue these on using a glue stick and draw on eyes and legs.
Use the paper to wrap an Easter gift or make a card ......Happy Easter Everyone!
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Shop our Easter gifts to wrap in the paper SHOP EASTER
We are delighted to be featured in the Decorating Dilemmas section of this months issue of Angels & Urchins, the 'must have' magazine for London parents. They chose to feature our Peekaboo wardrobe by Kutikai in their Decorating Dilemmas section highlighting how great it is to have a multifunctional piece of furniture that not only provides great storage but will take your child from baby to teen - oh and did we mention its super stylish too?!
Spoil the little people you love this Valentines Day with one of our heart, star or angel wings cushions. My daughter, Claudia, thought they were great to play peekaboo with as the centre of the heart makes a great place to rest your chin and peek out!
Made with natural cotton and dyes they are washable too. At £27.50 each they are probably cheaper than a dozen roses!!
We have been thinking a lot about Hygge at Castles for Rascals. And talking about it a lot! So we are particularly delighted to share this piece on Hygge that came out of a conversation with our brilliant friend and talented writer Louise McCourt a few weeks ago.
And we've added some of our favourite super cosy things to inspire you to create your own Hygge atmosphere at home.
Thanks Louise for sharing your fab article and happy Hygge-ing to us all!
The other night over dinner, a friend of mine told me about an interesting concept she was going to try out with her family. ‘It’s called hygge,’ she said (pronounced hue-ga), ‘a Danish approach to enjoying time with your family.’ Now call me cynical, but as soon as she announced this I couldn’t help but think my family would probably have more fun with a box of Toffifee. In my experience, being told about a certain way to do things rarely turns out to be a good thing. So I prepared myself to be told that I needed to stamp on my iphone and set light to the sweetie drawer. But then she explained more about it, and do you know what, I was hooked.
I love Scandinavian design and Scandinavian inspired patterns. I find myself drawn to the simplicity, humour and easy integration into most homes. Their simple stylish storage solutions that can help keep kids' bedrooms from looking like demolition sites!! The use of the unexpected and the quirky. The Scandis have brought us some pretty cool stuff over the years from IKEA to Lego, the Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair to children’s TV classic the Moomins to name but a few - all have been hugely popular and appealed to all ages.