Revealing the WINNERS of this year's Junior Design Awards...
Junior Design Awards 2017 for Best Lifestyle/Interiors Boutique
There are interiors shops and then there are inspiration stores packed to the rafters with original, eye-catching buys that will transform your kids' rooms into a haven of calm or give you the bright, uplifting space that your heart desires.
Online business or physical store owners, our award winners definitely fall into the latter category. If you haven't visited this shop then we suggest you pop them on your to visit list NOW!
THE PLATINUM AWARD FOR BEST LIFESTYLE/INTERIORS BOUTIQUE... EAT SLEEP LOVE
With a firm understanding of exactly what parents need, as demonstrated by their excellent name (!) Eat Sleep Love is a boutique providing a lovely, calm setting where parents-to-be can browse a hand-picked selection of essential and luxury baby items with expert advice on hand.
The customer journey begins the moment you head in to the store as founder Laura Slater and her team aim to understand your lifestyle, specific needs for your child and then can match products to suit as well as give you an insight into other brands and accessorises that complete your purchase.
The boutique setting is both aspirational and relaxing, stock is regularly updated and adapted to current trends with many organic offerings, British made and designed items and a great mix of small independent labels as well as better known brands this is the place to make a beeline for when you're decking out the nursery.
Junior Editor Bonita says,
"Eat Sleep Love is a unique store that offers a reassuring hug to new mums. Forget buying everything your think you need and head here and get what you really need!
"Beautiful surroundings, a calm atmosphere and the most wonderful handpicked items - there is even handmade baby clothes by Laura's mum. You may never want to leave this cocoon of loveliness."
And fellow judge Lisa Meyhdene from Edit 58 added, "You can just tell what a beautiful store this is from the entry (which was a handmade book describing the store) - so much care and love which you can see is passed down to the clients!"
THE GOLD AWARD FOR BEST LIFESTYLE/INTERIOR BOUTIQUE... SCANDIBORN
If anyone knows Scandi Style it's husband and wife team Grace and James Tindall who founded Scandibørn, the beautifully curated online boutique packed with the best in Nordic nursery decor and gifts.
Scandibørn (which means Scandi Kids in Danish) was established in 2016 with a focus on simple aesthetic, gender neutral designs, high quality craftsmanship and non-disposable, long-lasting, functional pieces all the way from pregnancy to parenthood.
It is impossible not to find something you love in this store: you'll find everything from super stylish and ethically produced cots to gorgeous wooden toys that will make any shelf display sing: as well as a fantastic selection of gorgeous bedlinen and pressies for mums and dads too.
THE JOINT SILVER AWARD FOR BEST LIFESTYLE/INTERIOR BOUTIQUE... ME & BUDDY
Stocking over 80 covetable brands, Me & Buddy is a destination lifestyle store for any parents looking for the most stylish and cutting-edge products in the baby and toddler world.
Launched by mum of 2 Madeline Walsh in 2016, the store has already amassed a loyal following and - with a beautifully designed website and an incredibly well chosen selection of stock - you'll be filling that virtual basket in a flash.
We love the mix of fun and function in this store, especially items like the super cute A Little Lovely Company bath toys and their extensive 'Canteen' section has everything anyone could ever need from breastfeeding to weaning and beyond.
THE JOINT SILVER AWARD FOR BEST LIFESTYLE/INTERIOR BOUTIQUE... THE MODERN NURSERY
With over 40,000 followers on Instagram, The Modern Nursery has a strong and dedicated fan base who love their inspirational interiors shots and the fact that founder Laura Williams shares her own journey through parenthood with her daughter Alba - often trying and testing out their own products - in real time.
Social media aside, this website is extremely well presented and sells only the most beautiful products, clearly working on the premise that functionality and aesthetics should definitely go hand in hand. A fantastic shopping experience.
THE BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST LIFESTYLE/INTERIORS BOUTIQUE... DAISIES AND DINOSAURS
Anyone who wants to give their nursery an update or who is starting from scratch with a brand new room for baby should pay a visit to Daisies & Dinosaurs.
The store was founded in 2016 by Gemma Bradley, a London mum who was a keen small shop campaigner.
She wanted to build a one-stop virtual store so parents were able to buy a variety of products and make the journey of decorating a nursery or playroom an easier experience.
This online boutique is a treasure trove of modern nursery and playroom decor with plenty of coo-out-loud toys and accessories thrown in.
With prices that run from luxe to affordable, this is also a great place to find cute baby shower and newborn gifts. A special mention has to be given to their fantastic selection of contemporary art for little ones.