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British Love affair with Scandinavian furniture

British Love affair with Scandinavian furniture

For years we have looked to Scandinavia for latest fashion trends. But we ask why? 

The influence of Scandinavian design on children’s furniture has dated back to the mid 1950-s. A style that has passed through generations, and stood the test of time. Many authors have looked into the recent trends rising from Scandinavian countries, such as Denmark, Sweden and Norway (to name but a few). Is it the use of wood? Is it their brilliant use of the pale pallet which intrigues us? There is a famous quote by author Sara Norrman, who wrote Simply Scandinavian, in which she states “ you can decorate with any colour in a Scandinavian children’s bedroom, as long as its white”. She may have a point, but we believe it is the simple use of unique pale and neutral colours which we Brits have fallen for. Scandinavian children’s furniture is not new in the UK.

 

British Love affair with Scandinavian furniture

Ikea Duktig Hack. Sharing a Living Space with Toys!

Ikea Duktig Hack. Sharing a Living Space with Toys!

Can you share a room with your little ones toys and still have a lovely home where you don't have the urge to scream? Absolutely! 

Ikea Duktig Hack. Sharing a Living Space with Toys!

5 Tips to creating a Designer Nursery

5 Tips to creating a Designer Nursery

There is conflicting advice as to what makes a nursery modern. Is it the furniture, is it the matching interiors, or is it the room itself.

Here we provide you with a 5 point guide to modernise any bog standard nursery, into a designer bedroom for children of all ages.

5 Tips to creating a Designer Nursery

We have some exciting news

We have some exciting news

Its true, as seen on our Diddle Tinkers InstagramFacebook and Linkedin feeds this week, we are expecting baby number 3. We waited until all medical safeguarding tests were concluded before making the news public. But as a parent to 2 beautiful children already, not only did we find this news exciting, like many of our customers (we imagine) it came as a bit of a shock.

We have some exciting news

Fiona Walker Animal Heads - new range

Fiona Walker Animal Heads - new range

Fiona Walker Animal Heads in a modern nursery are just as iconic as Big Ben is to London. 

Well, not quite, but you get the idea. Formidable in their presence, and elegant in their style, the new range of animal heads from Fiona Walker includes a Giraffe, white elephant, coloured lion, and even decorative stylish wall arts like a Felt cactus. 

Fiona Walker Animal Heads - new range

Learn while you Play with OYOY rugs

Learn while you Play with OYOY rugs

Its all about education through play in our household, and at many of the business meetings, and client discussion forums I attend throughout the year, this is a recurring theme during my chats with customers and likeminded clients. We all want the best for our children. Thats why we buy them gifts in the first place. When we discovered the OYOY educational rug collection, which included the OYOY World Rug and the OYOY adventure rug, our brain started to work overtime.

 

Learn while you Play with OYOY rugs

The Children, the Family, the Home and Hygge

The Children, the Family, the Home and Hygge

A step by step guide to "hygge" with kids!

The Children, the Family, the Home and Hygge

Kids Animal Head Craze

Kids Animal Head Craze

Kids Animal Head Craze. How the Hook on the Wall Animal Head turned into a UK craze for children in 2016 and looks set to continue through 2017. 

Kids Animal Head Craze

Handmade or Factory Made

Handmade or Factory Made

Diddle Tinkers England are often asked what makes hand made childrens furniture different from factory made furnsihings, and whether they're better, and if so, how? These are good questions, but complex ones. Handmade baby furniture, including beds, cots, nursing chairs and general childrens interiors are not manufactured goods in the same sense that factory made cots are manufactured goods. Each is made differently, for different purposes and different markets, and with different intent, aim and skills. Factories need to make baby cots which are good enough to sell to a mass market. Diddle Tinkers requre the same quality but from a person who places intense care and precision into the making of the cot or nursing chair, rather than someone who is paid based on output and speed of production. Comparing a handmade childrens animal head to a factory made one is like comparing a toothbrush with a porsche. ie. one really needs to be judged by different standards than the other. I wish to stress that I do not wish to malign factories (if the working conditions are safe and suitable for those in which workers are forced to conduct their day to day routeines), but rather to point out how very different their products are in spite of the fact that they can look almost exactly alike. 


Handmade or Factory Made