BY CONTRIBUTOR KIM SAUNDERS (@captainco.tasmania)

Midnight New Years' Eve was extra special for us. We discovered we were pregnant with Mini Two. Excitement and shock quickly turned into "oh dear, where will they fit?" In the house I mean, not in my belly - plenty of space there!

Like many families, we only have a small two-bedroom home. We love it. It is perfect. It is also what we can afford with only one income so I can stay at home and enjoy being a Mum. Thank you, Mr. Perfect.

Mini isn’t a great sleeper. She wakes up all night and can hear a pin drop. Seriously. I have a whole new walk of a night time - part pimpin' gangster, part old lady on an imaginary Zimmer frame walker who needs a hip replacement. And it’s more of a shuffle than a walk. So there's no chance of our children sharing a room once Mini Two is ready to move out of our room.

The only solution is a small space off our bedroom that is currently my studio office. When I say small, I mean small. So I’ve had to think smart when buying pieces for the new space. We also have no idea if we are having a boy or girl. I want to know. Mr. Perfect doesn’t. So we wait. Eep!

I'm totally LOVING everything on Instagram and it's where I get all my inspiration. So, I’ve created a small list of some of my favourites. Most of these items I have already purchased or have on order. Now all I need is for the fabulous Kyree from @misskyreeloves to come and style all the pieces for me!

* Please not this is not a sponsored post. All items have been sourced and purchased by myself.

 

ROXY MARJ - Heirloom Bear Blanket

www.roxymarj.com

Roxy Marj pieces are unique, well made and last a lifetime. With so many gorgeous things to choose from, we had to narrow it down to one. The Heirloom Bear Blanket.

We have been looking at this since before Mini was born and finally grabbed one. Most babes remember their first blanket, and most Mums keep their babes first blanket forever. Beautifully screen-printed onto soft muslin and stuffed with 100% cotton, we hope this will become Mini Two’s best friend.

 

MINIWILLA - Hello Poster

www.shop.miniwilla.se/en/

There's really no need introduction needed here. MiniWilla of Sweden have all sorts of fabulous pieces for your little ones. The best part, they suit most ages and can grow with your babe.

Our pick for this space is a black and white poster of a Rabman Bunny peeking through saying hello. May not make it to the nursery. May stay in my office.

 

HEY THERE HAZEL - Toy Sack

www.heytherehazel.bigcartel.com

Like most of the makers I buy from, Hannah is a mama. She makes the most fabulous one-of-a-kind durable washable toy sacks. All cut and sewn by hand.

We love the Natural Bag personalized with Initial, but have to wait until we have Mini Two to order. So while we wait, we’ve grabbed the black TOYS bag. A perfect storage solution for our small space with no wardrobes.

They look so good and are of washable paper fabric - a rugged paper that looks, feels, and wears like leather, but washes just like fabric.

 

INTO THE FOLD - Big Doug

www.intothefold.com.au

We already have Big Maude but Mini won't share her. Now we have our hearts set on Big Doug. He is the strong sensitive type and is extremely supportive. We think he is super handsome and can't wait to welcome him to the family.

These fabulous floor cushions are made from water resistant outdoor canvas with a hidden zip. Means little spills won't matter and little fingers won’t find the zip. Phew. The designs are minimalistic and monochromatic and fit in perfectly.

We love that Penny of Into The Fold says ‘By purchasing one of our products, you are being welcomed into the family, welcomed "Into the Fold".

 

WHISTLE DIXIE - Photo Hanger

www.whistledixie.com.au

Belinda and Alex make absolutely stunning, simple and stylish wooden garlands and picture hangers. But did you know the idea for Whistle Dixie began with the desire to designing and stylish shoes and accessories for your little ones? Well lucky for us, the ideas didn’t stop there.

We love the simplicity and Scandi influence of these picture hangers and the versatility to continually change photos and prints.

Make sure you check out their range of Cushions, Headwear and Wall art too. I’ve got my eye on some Summer Clouds next.

 

SUGAR LOVE PAPIER - White Felt Ball Garland

www.sugarlovepapier.com.au

Not only can this gorgeous lady cook up a storm, she also makes all sorts of beautiful pieces for your little ones and your home.

We ADORE our custom order White Felt Ball Garland. Even better, the felt balls are 100% sheep wool and fair trade made in Nepal.

Make sure you have a look at her necklaces while you are there. So beautiful. We have a few in our collection already!

 

NAKED LUNGE - Young Double Naked Panda

www.nakedlunge.bigcartel.com

Naked Lunge are a small family-run business of talented makers and traders in the UK. They have a veritable treasure trove of goodies including home wares, stationery, prints, kids clothing and décor.

We have the Young Double Naked Panda. A beautiful hand made, screen printed 100% cotton doll. Also, already eyeing off the Little Bill Doll (My Mr. Perfect's name!)

 

GOOSEBUMPS BEDDING - Dot Cot Sheet Set
www.goosebumps.net.au

Inga designs vibrant, unique bedding using bright, bold colour prints.  We’ve gone for the neutral (well, almost boy, oops!) Dot Cot sheet set. A colourful leopard print for our little cub. Designed in Melbourne and made in India from 100% cotton.

We’ve just ordered the Spot Cot Sheet set for Mini. She was a little jealous so we had to look after our little Lioness too.

XANDER LOU - Xander Bear Cushion

www.xanderloukids.com.au

This brand is designed to capture the spirit of the young and young at heart. Each piece is hand painted in the design process before being lovingly screen printed onto the fabric.

We have our eye on the Xander-Bear cushion. It features a screen printed face with hand sewn little felt ears to finish it off. It is also the first product Michelle created for the range. We love it.

 

ALMA CUSTOM DESIGNS - Cutie Pie Poster

www.almacustomdesigns.com.au

Sisters Alison and Emma are the wonderful ladies behind Alma. For them it's all about being creative, sharing the love and doing something that means they can spend more time with their little ones.

We first discovered the amazing Alma Custom Designs when we saw the Large Initial Poster. It was love. We have a giant M for Mini and can't wait to get another for Mini Two. But in the meantime, we have been lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the new range. Wow. It's love all over again. Our pick is the Cutie Pie Poster.  

 

Part Two of Small Spaces is coming soon, with even more AH-MAZING products to share.

* Please not this is not a sponsored post. All items have been sourced and purchased by myself.

 

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