On Sunday Hubbie, Isla and I wrapped up warm and left the house by 9am to catch the train to London. We were on a family day out and I was really looking forward to it!
First there was the train, Isla loves the train ever since we came up to London to visit Tommee Tippee. She was a bit of handful but it's to be expected, kids love trains!! We got to Victoria and then took the bus, where Isla charmed other passengers with smiles and giggles. We were headed for the Sealife centre on the Southbank. We had a lovely time, although Isla wasn't as impressed with the sharks as I thought she'd be. Then we moved on to Pizza Express, because Italian is her favourite cuisine (well pasta is her staple diet!) and she loves Italian coffee culture.....
Isla was clearly unimpressed with the sights of London....
The main purpose of my visit to London was a trip to Harrods, taking up an invite from Maclaren to check out their new nursery range designed by their 'designer-in-chief' David Netto. So we headed over there and while Isla slept in her buggy (Maclaren of course!) I spoke to David and checked out the new designs which are currently exclusive to Harrods. The focus in store was on the Moderne and Cabine collections, and they are both beautiful in their own way.
David is a world renowned interior designer and has lent his love of modern minimalism to the range. He first became interested in nursery furniture when his first child arrived and he realised that there was nothing modern and stylish on offer. He set about designing modern nursery furniture that stood out from the mainly traditional offerings on the market. The Moderne and Cabine collections are both luxurious and but also practical.
Moderne: This was my personal favourite, pieces are made from ebonized ash and white lacquer, it just screams sophistication! The cot bed has a useful sliding shelf underneath and once use as a cot/ cotbed is over it can be converted into a daybed, which really stops this item of furniture becoming throw away that has no use after a couple of years like most cotbeds. It also has a useful sliding out shelf below the mattress.
The matching changer unit also transforms itself from a changing table into a dresser for adult use as the changer on the top can be flipped over when you have no use for that part any longer.
Cabine: This is made from natural oak and white lacquer. It has a hidden draw for storage of bedding underneath and can also be converted into a daybed. Again there is a changer to go with it that the top can also be flipped over so as to convert it to a dresser leaving no inkling that it had a use to change baby!
Finally, one of my personal favourite pieces in the David Netto for Maclaren range is Rufus the Polar Bear Rocker!
Isn't he gorgeous! You could win Rufus by entering the competition that Maclaren are currently running on Facebook - click here
Overall I was very impressed with the nursery furniture and although it's high end prices it's also high in practicality and style, and it fits in with with the trusted Maclaren brand.
On finishing my chat with David I went off to meet Hubbie and a still dozing Isla and we set off on our way back home. All in all a really wonderful Sunday!
We were given travel expenses to attend this event at Harrods, no other payment was made to write this post.