Sinnerlig Collection: Ilse Crawford for IKEA AW15

July 31, 2015

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Can you even? Can. You. Even?

This is exactly what I want to be seeing from IKEA. I have sometimes looked at IKEA products and thought, “why didn’t they just make this tiny edit to this and then it would be perfect?!” They make so many lovely things and make good design more accessible for the masses, but sometimes I wish they would take it a little further.

Well, with this upcoming collection, Sinnerlig, by Ilse Crawford, they’ve done just that. It debuts very shortly in August 2015 and is truly stunning. First off, I want that sofa. Do I have anywhere to put a sofa? No. But that weaving is the jam and I would love to have it! I love the cork and the grey/stone tones. I love that they shot this with some many plants around. I love all of it.

I want that wacky stool, too.

And the bottles. I need all of the bottles.

Oh, IKEA.

All photos courtesy of IKEA.

Buy Your Own Finnish Baby Box (Video Review)

July 27, 2015

When I first found out I was pregnant and realised the amount of things we would need to buy, I wished for some sort of easy starter kit that would include the essentials for me. I figured that enough people have had babies by now that someone should have pinned down a list and made such a thing. After some googling, I discovered that the Finnish government provide boxes like this to Finnish parents for free. I tried to see if I could purchase a box for myself and my quest led me to FinnishBabyBox.co. This company allows you to buy a box for yourself no matter where you live in the world! Pretty sweet, right?

I became immediately obsessed with these boxes, and the three lovely dads who run the company were very kind to send me a box to review and share with you. They’ve also been very kind to extend a 10% discount to any of my readers who likewise fall in love. All you have to do is use the code ARTCREAM at checkout.

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One of the most famous features of this kit is that the box is able to be used as a moses basket. Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world and one of the reasons thought to contributing to this are the boxes, which are outfitted with a foam mattress pad at the bottom.

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The box comes with clothing in a range of sizes from newborn to 9 months old. My box came with seven gender-neutral onesies in varying sizes.

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I also received seven pairs of leggings in different sizes that will mix and match well with any onesie. The sizes come in centimeter measurements, so I’ll need to consult a size comparison chart to match the centimeters up to the right size in age.

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These rompers and sleepsuits will layer nicely with onesies to help keep our little one warm. The design of the clothing in the box may vary. On their website they say, “Our products vary a bit depending on what edition you choose. Also, each batch of the box is designed individually, so part of the content changes every few months.”

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They ask for your child’s due date so that you can receive a snowsuit in the appropriate size for when your baby will be dressing for the winter. You’re also able to opt for a milder climate option if it doesn’t get very cold where you live.

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In addition to clothing, the box includes a bathtub thermometer, towel, muslin cloths, teething ring, toothbrush, nail clippers, hair brush, and two bibs for your baby. Those cloths are SUPER soft, and I have to tell you that from hunting around that muslin cloths are a bit pricey– I’m so glad these were included.

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When Prince William and Kate had their first baby, the Finnish government sent them a box as a gift and one of the items the press latched onto the most (outside of the idea of sleeping in a box) was that it included condoms. Yes, the box includes condoms. No big deal.

Also pictured are washable breast pads, sanitary napkins for mum, and a 25-pack of newborn size diapers– all very handy.

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Lastly, there is a duvet and cover included with a waterproof lining and sheet for the box. I’m still trying to decide if I’m going to use the sleeping bag or the duvet in the box. Whichever one I don’t use will be used in the carrycot on the pram.

I can’t tell you how excited and grateful I’ve been to receive this box. I have been obsessively looking at the website every day while I’ve been waiting on it to arrive. I’m so pleased with the contents and I think it’s such a wonderful kit to have as a first-time parent. There are other baby box companies that have emerged, and they are cheaper, but you don’t get nearly as much in your box and you also don’t get the same products that go in the official boxes as you do with Finnish Baby Box. If you went and purchased all of the items in this box individually you would spend well above the price of one of these boxes and you would be thinking 20 times as hard to do it.

Pricing is around €399 / $435 / £280, but don’t forget that you’re able to get 10% off with the code ARTCREAM. These are a fantastic gift to a loved one or yourself.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think of the boxes! Would you let your little one sleep in a box?

Plans for My Poor Cacti

July 20, 2015

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I’m pretty excited because I’ve just thought of a solution to a decor problem that’s been bothering me for a while! Last year I bought a glass bowl and a ton of succulent plants to make a little terrarium. It came out well, but it turns out that it isn’t so conducive to healthy plants because there’s no drainage (duh). On top of that, I could only fit a few of the plants in my bowl, so I had quite a few left over that still have nowhere to live. On an unrelated but equally annoying note, I’ve yet to find a good centerpiece solution for my dining room table.

Today I was clicking around on the interwebs looking for a handsome planter to plant all of my cacti in when I came across this picture. This is crazy cute. Even though I have no pottery experience, I have now decided that I am going to DIY myself something similar to this to hold my plants. I’ll be sure to put little holes in it so that it can drain and be happy. Assuming it doesn’t look horrible, it should function really well as a centrepiece for my table as well. BOOM! Two birds, one stone.

I’ve ordered the requisite craft goodies and will report back with my tutorial if all goes well. Wish me luck!

The Ikea Frosta Stool

July 7, 2015

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There’s a simple little stool that I’ll bet you’ve seen before, but maybe haven’t given much thought to: the Ikea Frosta stool. It’s based on a design by Alvar Alto called the model 60, and it’s so simple that it’s easy to overlook as a design classic. I’m not really posting to go into the history of this stool, however, so much as its great use in your home.

First things first, it’s only £8. For some reason, I’m not seeing the plain wooden version the US site, but the two versions with a orange or yellow top are $20 (saves you having to paint!). That’s a pretty affordable price for a birch stool. The other thing I love about it, which you’ll notice above, is that it’s stackable. That makes these excellent space-savers if you need to have some spare seating for guests without cluttering up your living area. I love the idea of painting these different colours and stacking them to the heavens! It’s a much nicer alternative to folding chairs.

These stools also work well as full-time dining seats, as the seat is as high as a standard dining chair, but they can also be used a little side table. You can leave it plain, paint the top, paint the legs, or paint the whole thing! There’s so many ways to hack these to make them suit your space. As the pink stools above show, one or two of these painted can add a very cool pop of colour to your room as well. I’m a big fan.

What do you think of these £8 wonders?

I Love Howkapow

July 3, 2015

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There’s a shop based in Bristol that’s full of wonder and joy called Howkapow. Very fortunately for those of us that live outside of Bristol, they have an online shop that is full of the very same wonder. Whenever I’m in need of something for my flat, I have a certain list of shops I run through to see what they have on offer, and Howkapow is certainly one of them. They carry homewares, jewellery, and numerous other accessories to help you organise and beautify your life.

I’ve picked out a few of my favourites to give you an idea of their colourful flavour, but there’s a lot to be seen and loved on their website. They also have a fun Pinterest page worth following.

So colour. Much love. Wow.