I absolutely love being on the Great Little Trading Co. testing team. It's one of the best jobs ever. Sneak peeks behind the scenes, checking out products before they hit the market, getting glimpses at how busy photo shoots result in picture perfect catalogues, and then finally getting my hands on the new range to put it through its paces in my own home. For someone like me who loves all things to do with family-friendly interiors and decorating children's rooms, it's an amazing team to be part of.
The GLTC Autumn/Winter 17 range launched a couple of weeks ago and there are so many gorgeous new things - if you haven't had chance to check them out, all of the new products are here and you can order your very own catalogue here. You can see the testing team's top picks over on the GLTC blog, Make A Happy Home, but my personal favourites are the Dalmatian spot wallpaper, the Potter storage stool, the super cool camper van walker, and what you see in these photos ... the beautiful Bramley bookcase.
Let me tell you a little bit more about it.
The Bramley bookcase ... well, let's call it a bookcase for now ... is such a cute and versatile piece of furniture. Made from sturdy MDF and with a painted white finish, it has a solid and polished look and feel to it. Looking at it on the GLTC website, I initially thought it was quite dinky even though I'd studied the measurements (82cm high x 80cm wide x 40cm deep).
When it arrived, it was a lot more substantial than I anticipated offering a really great amount of storage. It retails at £200 and while this might be at the higher end of the market for a children's bookcase, I personally think that it's a well crafted product that will stand the test of time and which you can use in any room of your home for many years to come.
So, how have we been using it?
I can't tell you how much I wanted this for my bathroom. Like I mentioned earlier, don't limit yourself by thinking of the Bramley solely as a bookcase. With the addition of some gorgeous natural rope baskets, I knew it would be ideal for storing all of my lotions, potions, hairdryer and magazines. BUT, while our bathroom is a nice size with space for storage, the builders put the towel rail smack bang in the middle of the wall which means nothing seems to fit around it. It's so annoying. Hopes and dreams dashed, I tried the Bramley out in two other rooms instead.
First up ...
In the living room
I loved using it as a bookcase come side table in the living room (it would make a great television stand, too). The four compartments offer plenty of room for storage baskets or cubes or you can use the nooks to display favourite plants and books.
Because it's only 40cm deep, it sits neatly against the wall and doesn't take up too much floor space. It blends in seamlessly against my white walls but I think it would also be perfect if you have a bolder colour or wallpaper design as it wouldn't detract from your decor in any way. It's at a good height for a alternative coffee table too ... place it next to or alongside a sofa and it's ideal for resting your cup of tea on.
Next up ...
In the bedroom
Swapping my favourite ivory rope storage baskets for two dinosaur canvas cubes, the Bramley was welcomed in to my youngest son's room as a bedside table offering plentiful storage for his copious amounts of Lego. It's brilliant for him because although the cubes are quite heavy when full, they're at a height where he can easily slide them off and push them back on with little effort.
At night, the top of the bookcase becomes home to his nightlight and glass of water and they're in easy reach of his bed without being too close to knock them off or over. It really does look lovely in his room and is the perfect size for him to manage and keep his toys and accessories tidy (mostly) by himself.
What do you think? Living room bookcase or bedroom bedside table? Or ideal for a bathroom? The Bramley would work really well in a hallway too, don't you think? So many possibilities!
I received the Bramley bookcase free of charge for the purpose of this post and as part of my role on the Great Little Trading Co. testing team.