It’s difficult to believe that this year Cath Kidston celebrates her 20th anniversary. I’ve always been a huge fan and my house is peppered with floral tea towels and bed linen. To celebrate the anniversary she has relaunched some classics designs in her popular antique rose print. I particularly love the special edition Moleskin.
As well as the collection of classic designs you can find out how it all began in Coming Up Roses, Cath’s new book about the brand’s first 20 years.
Despite having little formal business experience, Kidston built her eponymous brand into one now recognised by more than 50% of women between the ages of 16 and 65. Her first shop opened in its doors in west London in 1993 and was caller Cath Kidston Ltd: Household Effects. Due to her low tolerance of risk it took her nine years to open her second London shop, and the third opened only in 2002. Just 11 years later, the company has more than 100 shops and concessions, including stores in Japan, South Korea and China.
The book is beautifully illustrated with lots of Cath Kidston prints, and follows the ups and downs of the last 20 years. It’s a great read for all Cath Kidston fans and full of interesting facts, my favourite was the list of licence opportunities which were turned down, from printed disposable nappies, to an AGA, printer cartridges and kitchen towels!
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One of the things I am most excited about in moving house is the fact both children will have equal-sized bedrooms. That might sound silly but the majority of the houses we saw had two decent sized bedrooms and a box room. Fortunately our new house is quite modern so the rooms are all a good size. We’ve been tripping over ourselves and the children’s toys so I’m looking forward to decorating the children’s rooms and buying new furniture including children’s beds.
I have a very handy Cath Kidston planner and I’ve been using it to keep pictures from magazines and wall paper samples together so I have a great collection of ideas for our new house. The toddler’s room hasn’t really changed from when we made it into a nursery so I’m quite excited about him having a proper bedroom, although we can’t decide between a Thomas & Friends, Cars or Toy Story theme.
someone needs a new bed!
Kids beds are a difficult purchase as there’s just so much choice. Both our children have cot beds to maximise their longevity and cost but I can’t wait to get them something more interesting when they’re a bit older (Bedworld.net have a great selection!).
This weekend my husband has been busy making toy storage for the toddler. I’m lucky that he is really practical. Recently he’s whipped up a little wooden ride on toy for Little Sis so she can zoom around the house like her older brother, thank goodness for wooden floors Now the toddler has a huge selection of trains and cars we thought some kind of wooden tray would be perfect for him. It will be mounted on the wall so will double as storage and display. In an ideal world his room would follow Montessori principles with toys laid out so he can easily pick an activity and have the space to concentrate on it. I’m hoping that toy storage will help this and of course I would love to be able to see the floor more often!
Life’s a bit too manic at the moment. Little Sis started walking on Monday (finally!) so any snatched moments of relaxation I once had are now
non existent even harder to come by. Whilst I like the fact she can now go and get the toys she wants I have to constantly check she’s not causing mischief.
When I returned from the nursery pick up the latest Cath Kidston catalogue was waiting for me. I sneaked 5 minutes to myself to have a look through it whilst enjoying a cup of Galaxy Bubbles hot chocolate – perfect for this bleak day.
There are so many items on my Cath Kidston wish list at the moment. Luckily it’s my birthday soon so hopefully my husband will take the hint and buy me a vintage VW campervan which I can fill with my vintage blankets. If that’s too big then I might just settle for a vintage inspired peg bag or first aid tin in the brilliant vintage inspired luggage tag print.
Galaxy have just released their new Bubbles hot chocolate sachets. The one mug sticks come in chocolate and chocolate orange flavours AND they only have 40 calories a stick! I was sent a few so I could tell you about them