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  • See Tidy Books in kid's interior design expo in Soho townhouse

    Tidy Books has been selected by leading interior designers to showcase the latest trends in home design.  In an exciting pop up expo, Houzz, is taking over a five storey house in London’s Soho for a week-long, interior design installation.

    The Houzz designers have created a beautiful family home from kitchen, home office and a kid’s bedroom, where Tidy Books’ iconic kid’s bookcase is featured. The installation, which is free to the public, will appeal to anyone who loves snooping around other people’s homes.

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    Naturally I'm excited that international interior design platform Houzz has selected Tidy Books' iconic kid's bookcase to be part of the event Houzz of 2018. Everything I make is designed to be fun and enjoyable for children whilst creating a timeless classic design that can be passed down through the generations.

    I made the first Tidy Books kid’s bookcase for my own daughter and went on to found the Tidy Books in 2004.   It's fabulous to see my design in this smart Soho townhouse.

    Parents today  are seeking out designs for their children which are stylish, but also practical and easy for kids to use.  As more of us choose open plan family living spaces, parents are looking for kid's designs which work for the whole family.

    The Tidy Books’ Children’s bookcase was a design first, created to encourage kids’ love of reading by enabling them to explore books by themselves.  It forever changed the concept of what a good children’s bookcase should do.

    Touring the Soho home promises to be fascinating, with workshops and talks from interior designer and brands. You can even relax with a free coffee on the top floor!

    The Houzz of 2018 event can be found at 19 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DT from 26th January until 31st January, and is open from 11am till 6pm. Will you be dropping by to see Tidy Books on tour?

    You can find more information on the Houzz of 2018 site https://www.houzz.co.uk/photo/109674390-houzz-of-2018

  • It’s time to swap quantity for quality

    It always amazes me that just when Christmas is over and you realise how much money you’ve spent on cards, presents, decorations and food the New Year sales come along. It’s hard not to be seduced by all those huge discounts – but, really, do we actually need more stuff?  Is it time to buy less and choose well?

    Don’t get me wrong – I love a bargain as much as the next person. If I spot something I’ve got on my list to buy and it’s reduced in price that’s a real bonus. But I’m not into buying things I don’t really want or need just because they’re on sale.

    I hate that over-buying contributes to so much waste. As you’ll have read in my last blog, I only ever give my children three Christmas presents (it’s sort of a French thing!) and hopefully they like them as much as they tell me they do. But according to one report, around 50% of Christmas gifts get binned within a year. Even more troubling, a survey last year found that one in ten unwanted Christmas presents will probably end up in landfill. That’s really bad news for our planet.

    Like a lot of people, I try to be eco-friendly and it’s certainly a big part of Tidy Books. I’ve never been interested in designing trendy products that quickly go out of fashion and are then disposed of to make room for the newest model. I recently had a customer who told me she’d had her Tidy Books bookcase for 15 years and that made me really happy. I love that my company makes timeless, well-made products that will never look dated or need to be replaced, so that our customers can buy less. Their longevity means they can be passed down to younger siblings, not thrown on the scrap heap.

    tidy books bookcase helping you to buy less The Tidy Books Personalised bookcase. Photo credit Les Enfants a Paris

    “We still have our original Tidy Books - now at least 15 years old and only slightly the worse for wear having survived x 2 owners and x 2 long distance house moves!” Alison, one of the first Tidy Books customers

    I take the same eco approach to manufacturing . Everything in the Tidy Books range is made with sustainable, FSC-certified wood and doesn’t contain any toxic chemicals.

    As a consumer myself, I’m careful about what I buy. It’s not that I forced myself to become a conscious shopper – it’s simply that once I understood how buying too much or buying the wrong things can affect the planet I lost my desire to over-consume. It really wasn’t difficult to shake off that ‘Buy, Buy, buy’ mentality, I just naturally started to shop differently, and I can buy less without worry.

    I think that when I buy less and choose better has made me a calmer, happier consumer. So, if you do spot me in the New Year sales, I’ll be the serene shopper looking for quality, not quantity – but, of course, still holding out for a bargain!

  • When less is more at Christmas

    I remember one of my first Christmas Days in England. We were at my sister-in-law’s house and I couldn’t believe the amount of gifts her young daughter was getting. She’d unwrap a present, throw the paper to one side, open another present, throw the paper... and on and on until she’d got through about a dozen presents.

    Coming from France, this was completely alien to me. When I was growing up, I’d receive one main Christmas present – a doll perhaps – and a couple of little things to go with it. This wasn’t just my experience – other French kids got pretty much the same deal. That’s because in France children only receive gifts from Santa Claus. So there was never any issue with relatives struggling to find bigger, better, pricier presents – it was all down to Father Christmas!

    Unlike France, it seems that families in the UK are under huge pressure to buy kids’ Christmas presents. Recently it was announced that British children under the age of 12 will receive on average 11 toys for Christmas this year. The money saving expert Martin Lewis believes that young children ‘want what they want – whether it costs £2 or £200’ but that many parents can’t stop at one small present because they feel guilty that they’re not spending enough on their kids.

    It’s tough when you’re bombarded with messages about ‘must-have toys’. And it can be particularly difficult for relatives who live far away and want to show their love through a big gift. One solution could be for everyone in the family – parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles – to club together to buy one special present. Something that’s not this year’s fad but a gift that’s thoughtful and memorable – and will last beyond Boxing Day.

    christmas, christmas gifts, bookcase, reading, books Dive into books this Christmas

    Of course here at Tidy Books that’s something we firmly believe in. We make products that your kids can get years of enjoyment out of and that they can continue to use as they grow. And our products don’t need batteries either!

    I absolutely love giving gifts at Christmas – and after all these years I still believe that less is more. Don’t tell my teens, but this year, like every year, they’ll only find three gifts under the Christmas tree!

    What will your children find under the tree this Christmas?

  • Win a prize book bundle with Child's Play International

    Join in our Christmas Advent competition to build your own kid's book bundle, with our friends at Child's Play (International) Ltd You choose the books to go into your prize book bundle.

    Enter the competition here on the Tidy Books Facebook Page

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    Full terms and conditions for Tidy Books competition with Child's Play International

    This giveaway is not associated in any way with Facebook or Instagram.
    Prize is 8 books from Child's Play International
    Winners will be contacted by direct message on Facebook
    Entries will only be deemed valid if a valid Facebook profile is used.
    The winners will be selected at random from all valid entries received by the deadline stated on the competition.
    The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    The winner’s names will be published on the Tidy Books Facebook page
    Data collected will only be shared between Tidy Books and the competition partner. This information will not be shared with any third party.
    Open to to UK residents over 18.The competition will close at midnight on Fri 22nd December at 5pm
    The winner will be announced on Wednesday 3rd January, and delivery of the prize will take place thereafter.
    If the winner cannot be contacted within 48 hours of the closing date, the team reserve the right to re-draw for a winner.
    Delivery to mainland UK only.
    Entry is free and no purchase is necessary.

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