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#RealRedoutables Africa Daley-Clarke: Creating a Child Friendly Space


Africa Daley-Clarke, founder of The Vitamin D Project and London renter with her family:

When choosing toy storage for our rented home, it was important to me that each product complemented the existing aesthetic and actually celebrated rather than hid our toys. For our girls aged 1 and 3, we worked on a room palette of rich natural hues and to utilise the modest space, many of the toys and books are displayed openly rather than tucked away. 

I instantly fell in love with La Redoute’s Hiba Stackable Metal Storage Boxes as they can be used for so much more than just toy storage. On a typical afternoon, you will find my girls engulfed in imaginative play with all of their toys and the best is, the storage options become part of that play! It’s not uncommon to find our Denise Storage trunk draped with a tea cloth, providing the perfect table setting for a teddy’s high tea! Or our stackable boxes transforming into bunk beds for mini sleepover.

With our girls being so young, I’ve found metal to be the perfect material for their storage as it’s super lightweight - enough for them to be able to cart around their room throughout the day, easy to wipe clean from pesky felt tip artistic outbreaks and best of all, it is just so durable. I’m really big on durability of items in their room as it’s not sustainable to continue to “makeover” their space regularly as they grow.

Another two favourite fibres we love for their bedroom are linen and muslin cloth and I was head over heels for the Elina linen bedding range and super soft KUMLA cushions. With two young children, the washing machine is constantly on and I’ve found La Redoute linen to really stand the test of time and get softer with each wash. We chose to mismatch the colours of their linen, all complementary, but unique in their own way and this has really helped to build up rich layers in their room!



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