Yesterday we bought the house its first present.
On the way back from signing the closing documents with the escrow company, we decided to pop into fab new Seattle children’s furniture store tottini, ostensibly to try and find a beautiful storage unit for the Minx’s new playroom.
They didn’t have a storage unit but they did have the above ‘Storytime’ rocking chair on sale for an excellent price. There’s nothing the Minx and I like more than cuddling up together in an armchair and reading a story and I’ve been looking for a rocking chair for ages. This has been specially designed to be extra wide to accommodate an adult and small child, so I’m hoping we’ve years of snuggling ahead of us. And I have a sneaking suspicion that when she’s a teenager she might still want to have it in her room.
The only slight issue was the colour. The one on sale was upholstered in bright pink felt (see below). I didn’t particularly want the Minx’s room to have too much pink (though some is sadly inevitable). However I think I can just about live with this.
Speaking of furniture for the Minx, the first thing I need to buy as a matter of urgency, given all the cr*p she has managed to accumulate, is a functional but attractive modular storage unit.
But I have no idea where to find such a thing so far. The one I like best online so far is this by John Lewis, though the picture below doesn’t do it much justice. It comes with mix and match cubbies and bins in lime green, lavender. aqua and pink and also with single cubes, so you can create more interesting shapes and add to the structure over time.
I also quite like these from Letterbox, another UK-based company, though they’re more expensive, and I don’t like the colours so much.
So, where can I get something similar in the US? I’d like something functional, funky, and not too expensive (given that it’s for a kid’s playroom), preferably with bins or drawers rather than shelves as they look tidier and in colours which aren’t too hideous (though I will paint as necessary). Oh and I don’t do twee.
After browsing for an hour or two online this afternoon, I can’t find anything and have no idea where to look next. While I was searching though, I did find this cool blog about good design for children – Coochicoos.