I'm going to start by coming straight out with it; I love Kirstie Allsopp.
I know she can be a bit Marmite, but I am firmly in Team Kirstie. Maybe it's because, like her, I'm a nice, middle class girl from the home counties. I love crafting, I watch all her shows, I buy her books.
I even copy that thing that she does with her scarves.
So yes, I was pretty excited when I saw she had picked out a collection of her favourites. Unsurprisingly, as one the UK's best know interiors designer she has a home & kitchen collection. Boho and rustic, it heavily features sumptuous textiles.
The Jewellery & Accessories collection has a surprisingly goth/steampunk vibe.
The Baby, Toys & Games selection is just adorable. There were tough decisions to be made, but here are my favourites.
Bibs are usually practical and frankly ugly. How cool is it to put this totally un-bib-like bandana around your kids neck? And there is Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggywinkle and Squirrel Nutkin on it too. Cute overload. And she sneaked a scarf into the collection.
Maybe, as you stumble into baby's room for the third feed/nappy/cuddle of the night, just maybe this cheerful cushion could raise a smile?
My sons had something very similar to this when they were toddlers, and it was one of their favourite toys. These wooden toy cars have a rather sleek, sporty James Bond look about them.
I am terrible at crochet, so I'm in awe and admiration of anyone who can. This mobile is hand crocheted in cotton and huge dollops of adorable. And there is an elephant. I love elephants too.
The range also has a crocheted giraffe and some teeny-tiny crochet bootees, a personalised story book and an indoor teepee all of which are made by artisans from around the world. As ever, Kirstie not only encourages us to make things ourselves, but supports crafts people who also make their products by hand.
About the Author: Jacqui O'Brien is the Editor of eParenting.