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Pottery Barn Kids starts shipping to the UK

Although I like to think I have good taste (everyone thinks they have good taste, just as everyone thinks they have a sense of humour), I’ve a weakness for most things twee. I’m not quite at the ornamental-pebbles-in-a-vase stage, but whether it’s the mock-Provençal kitchenware peddled at Anthropologie or Not On The High Street’s personalised home portraits, I’m all over it.

But as sugary as they are, both Anthropologie and Not On The High Street must bow down before the sovereign ruler of twee, which is Pottery Barn Kids, master of the gingham ruffled crib skirt and faux-Colonial bedroom suite. During those final, lumpen weeks of pregnancy I spent many a happy moment trawling its website and imagining my son would grow up with a wood-panelled ceiling and boat bed, complete with personalised sail headboard.

And now it’s shipping to the UK!

Pottery Barn Kids personalises pretty much everything. It’s a neat trick in a world where so many kids have obscure names, and the British High Street has been surprisingly slow to follow suit.

My personal favourites are the critter towels and Peter Rabbit bibs:

Twee? Why, yes. But admit it – if someone bought them for your baby, you’d be pleased.


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Mother’s Day present idea

I found this in ES magazine’s Christmas gift guide last year. Normally I hate magazine gift guides, because they seem to think an 80-quid pair of socks constitutes a stocking filler and that showing you pictures of three-grand watches is somehow helpful. But this I really liked, and at £37.50 (£57 framed), it’s the kind of thing you might conceivably buy for someone.

It works like this: you email a photo of your recipient’s house (or wedding venue, etc) to illustrator Wendy Harrison, and three weeks later she’ll send you a quirky, hand-drawn picture, based on what you sent. The result is charming, personal and stays just the right side of twee. Order one now and you should receive it in time for Mother’s Day.

This is how my flat turned out:

Personal house portrait by Letterfest, available at Not On The High Street.

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