Despite so many companies and brands realising the potential in having ranges dedicated to decorating nurseries and children's bedrooms, I still struggle to find cool, quirky, quality products that suit my boys' need for fun, colour and texture and my want to rid the world of polyester bedding (it's a real fight, believe me). And the choices are often still so stereotypical ... princesses or superheroes. Now I'm quite fond of pink and glitter, and Batman will always have a special place in my heart, particularly if he looks like Christian Bale, but do I want to see rooms decked from head to toe in those themes? No, I definitely do not. I want to create bedrooms that my children can grow with without having to completely redecorate or redesign them every year save for swapping the odd accessory or two. I want their spaces to be calm, colourful, and creative and with pieces of furniture, storage and bedding that will see them through many years and not just a passing phase.
It was with a happy sigh and a mumble of 'finally!' that I spent a couple of hours browsing the Castles for Rascals website a few weeks ago. Founded by interior designer and mother of two, Naomi Callan, Castles for Rascals was her solution to struggling when it came to sourcing well-made designer products with an individual as opposed to mass-produced feel to them. Spending time buying them from different companies and different brands, Naomi decided to bring them all together in one very stylish and very accessible space ... Castles for Rascals. And what an amazing job she's done!
Choosing a couple of items for the boys' bedrooms was a complete joy and so incredibly difficult at the same time due to the sheer amount of choice. Wallpaper, bedding, the quirkiest bookcases, cushions, lights, clocks, and from some of the coolest brands out there, including my absolute favourite, Ferm Living. In the end, I delegated the decision making to the real boss of our home, my eldest little dude (despite these photos being taken in my littlest's room because we're having a bit of a move-around, at the moment). Without a single hesitation, he picked out a robot bedding set from Ferm Living (chip off the old block), and the matching Mr Small Robot and Mr Large Robot. He chose so well. I love them ... he loves them ... and unfortunately for him, so does his little brother who within an hour of the parcel arriving had claimed Mr Small Robot for himself amidst escalating cries of 'mine' (nope, not from me, in case you were wondering).
The bedding is made from 100 percent organic cotton and the duvet cover is closed with a zipper. The pillow case is square, quite unusual in the UK but common in mainland Europe (Ferm Living is a Danish company). We already had square pillows from years of living in Switzerland but I think you can find them in most shops now if you need one. The set also comes in a matching bag, which my eldest is now using to house his 'treasures', mainly leaves, a conker or two and a couple of straws. The robot cushions are also made from organic cotton and are suitably squidgy without losing their shape. The boys adore them. They're the perfect size to cuddle up to or use as an additional pillow. And look at the expressions on their faces! They really make me smile.
I also have an additional Mr Small Robot to give away to one wonderful reader (UK residents only, sorry). Just imagine his little face peeking out of a stocking on Christmas morning. Wouldn't that be lovely?! All you need to do is follow the instructions in the rafflecopter widget below. There's one mandatory entry ... leave a comment letting me know your favourite TV programme as a child. And also several options for additional entries. The giveaway ends at 12am on November 19, 2015. Terms and conditions apply.
Castles for Rascals kindly asked me to select the above mentioned items free of charge from their website for the purpose of this post. All opinions are 100 percent honest.