LuckyBoySunday announces more Furry Friends for Fall

by Scandinavian mum

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Little Nulle by LuckyBoySunday is trending on Instagram… And now, a little email just popped in my inbox, sharing the news that’s there’s more furry friends to come. With our love for the Danish design duo’s wonderful soft toys, the news of an extended collection is nothing but music to our ears! Read more

Children’s gifts – toys they will love!

by Scandinavian mum

Here’s our short list, the top kids toys and gifts that we’ve tried and tested -and love!

Soft toys, baby’s first, secret’s friends… Regardless of age, Luckyboysunday have a soft toy ready to be all yours! Only problem is that they are known to be highly addictive! When one quirky little fellow, knitted in soft alpaca wool, has made his way into your home and heart, you will be wanting to get his friends to move in too!
© Luckyboysunday

There’s certain classics that never goes out of date. Brio train sets and Lego is safe buys when buying children’s gift. The Brio Fun on the farm starter set has lasted us a decade, it’s still in pristine condition and nowadays young guest play with it when visiting when it’s not stored practically in its box.

Another classic toy that you will never grow out of is Lego. Must have is the Lego Creative Bucket, where there’s no end to what you can build. For the baby, Lego Duplo Ceative Bucket is a good introduction to the imaginative world of bricks.

Decorative on the shelf and highly entertaining for young and old(er), the russian dolls from Danish company Babushka is made to last. It comes with the advice to always put them all together again after play. Or else the tiniest dolls have their own way on going on adventures!
© Russian dolls by Babushka

And last but not least, a delightful present to give and to receive is your favourite children’s classics books. Search for a nicely illustrated hardcover version at your local bookshop and it’s sure to be treasured for generations.

When buying children’s toys and gifts, what do you recommend?

Ferm Living Children’s soft toys an quirky nursery decor

by Scandinavian mum

There’s a range of new soft animals friends from Danish interior brand Ferm Living. The colourful snake, in honour of the Chinese year of the snake is both decorative and fun. The whale is cute too!

Add removable wallstickers for an instant touch up of any room in the house, from nature and animals to robots and rockets and also a great collection of To Do lists, weekly and monthly calendars. We quite like the world map and the rainy cloyd too! Have a look and let us know what’s your favourite Ferm Living Wallsticker!

I recently came across a fab department store for children’s interior, I had to share as the range of brands they carry is extensive and several of them quite inspirational if you are looking into redecorating your child’s bedroom.

Best of the New Ikea 2012 catalogue

by Scandinavian mum

Foldable, stackable, affordable -beautiful -It’s out! The NEW Ikea catalogue 2012 is out! For fans of the Swedish furniture design house every new catalog is like a proper treat as Ikea’s designs are functional, stylish and most importantly reasonable.

This year the emphasis is on maximising small homes, get more into it and more out of it. It’s all about clever use of space and furniture that multitasks. No need to throw anything away as Ikea has storage systems for the tiniest and most hidden part of your home. It’s 374 pages of sustainable living.
We love visiting our local London store to admire the tastefully put-together set-ups, to visit all the pretend homes and most importantly indulge in the yummy Swedish meatballs. By the way, did you know that in Scandinavia we eat them with steamed potatoes, not french fries? Try it next time! Anyway, we had a look through the catalogue, and this is what caught our eye… The best of Ikea 2012 for the children.

For the nursery we think the handmade Byholma armchair would make the perfect nursing chair with it’s rounded and soft shapes and reasonable price. The adjustable Hensvik cot shows us that you don’t have to rob the bank to get your hands on a Scandinavian Designer cot.

BYHOLMA armchair £79
HENSVIK cot £59.99

Children’s Ikea isn’t only about extendable beds and fun lighting. They also have a great selection of educational toys perfect for role play in addition to more practical things for eating, sleeping, bathing etc. We love the simple stuff, like the three small soft mouses in white, grey and brown. Given to us as a present many years ago they are still with us. The girls plays with them all the time. They are soft to touch and small enough to go in your pocket. So excellent to bring on trips. We also love the Ikea Junior Kitchen unit. We visited some friends in Oslo this summer, and their 2 year old was cooking all day long on hers. Last but not least, the blackboard, the Måla easel. They never grow tired of it! Only remember to take some pictures now and then of their precious artwork before its wiped out.
GOSIG mus soft toy -perfect for role play! In brown/white/grey £0.99 each
DUKTIG Mini-kitchen £89.99
MÅLA easel £15.99

Most children are back to school and homework is back on the agenda. An inviting workspace will probably help getting started on both spelling and maths.
We think the tween and teen girl would love the Isala laptop table and the whole set-up as shown in the left picture. Fabrics, shelving units, pictures and light all create a private and cosy atmosphere for the older girl. We also think that roses are beautiful and that a grown up girl would appreciate the nostalgic romantic style in her room.
New ISALA laptop table £149
EMELINA knopp bedlinen 3 pcs £10.99

For the young man in the house this clean and functional style might be exactly what he wants. The desk is available in three colours; white, white and orange (as seen in picture below) and our favourite white and birch.
Beat the price: Shelf, desk, chair and lamp £116.47 (page 254)

Did you know that the Ikea catalogue is the worlds most read commercial print? Haven’t received a copy in the mailbox yet?
No worries, as you can view the Ikea 2012 catalogue online.

Thilde -the stripy Elephant

by Scandinavian mum

The 41 cm tall Thilde Elephant is an educational soft toy. The exciting shape of the elephant and the unique laundry labels with different colours, numbers and shapes is very popular with babies and toddlers. Made out of high quality woven cotton it’s a safe and reliable toy. The labels are of taffeta and attached with a very durable thread in order to meet the highest safety requirements.
We think Thilde is not only stripy but unbelievable cute in a quirky way. If you’re not into stripes there’s a dark denim option.

Design by Pia Eriksson Textilverkstad in Malmö, Sweden. See more fun and safe children’s products at Thilde’s website