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.