Revealing the WINNERS of this year's Junior Design Awards...
Junior Design Awards 2017 for Best Interiors Product Design
When decorating a nursery or a kids bedroom it's when all the basics and essentials are ticked off the list that those finishing touches can spread a little magic and really make you smile.
Here are the interiors accessories that we really felt added an extra flourish to a baby or child's room or anywhere else that your little one wants to stamp some of their own personality!
THE PLATINUM AWARD FOR BEST INTERIORS PRODUCT DESIGN... 'LITTLE SQUARES' BY THE LITTLE SQUARE GALLERY
Who doesn't have a digital cloud bursting with gorgeous photographs of treasured family moments or drawers stuffed full of artwork created by your own prolific baby Picasso?
Little Squares is the perfect way to set all these gorgeous images free and give them the display space they deserve in a beautiful and crucially, for most storage starved parents, compact way.
This genius service takes all your precious images and curates them into a balanced, eye-pleasing grid, which is presented in a chic frame ready to hang on the wall.
All images are scanned and printed on fade-resistant fine art archival paper and arranged into a mini art gallery for all to wonder over.
Our judge and all-round interiors goddess Lisa Mehydene of Edit 58 was particularly taken with this service. "I Love this idea. What a great family memento!"
THE GOLD AWARD FOR BEST INTERIORS PRODUCT DESIGN... ROADMAP BAG BY PLAY & GO
This is such a great, simple idea that saves on space, tidying up time and storage! The Play and Go Roadmap is essentially a portable, drawstring cotton bag that fully opens to become and flat, round play mat.
This winning design features a very cool roadmap design that kids can play on with all their tiny, crunchy, foot-endangering toys until it's time to put everything away by simply pulling on those drawstrings creating an instant storage bag with all the toys already safely inside. Genius!
Fashion editor and Junior judge Sarah Clark (from Little Spree) said, "I love these. They are so practical yet look good too - you wouldn't mind them being on the floor."
THE SILVER AWARD FOR BEST INTERIORS PRODUCT DESIGN... THE ORIGINAL FAIRYTALE COLLECTION BY SLEEPYHEAD
Sleepyhead, the creators of the cult portable baby bed, have added to their amazing selection of patterned covers with their new Fairytale collection.
While traditionalists can stick with classic white and pastel shades, this new range of covers taps into the interiors trend for maximalism and striking prints.
Dense foliage, floral prints, palm leaves and marble effects are just a few of the exotic and sumptuous patterns on offer which will make sure your little angel is cocooned in the height of style.
Junior judge Natalie Lee (from Style Me Sunday) added in her judging notes "Loving the design of these Sleepyhead covers - adds great interest for babies." and fellow judge Jenny Scott from Mothers Meeting said "Vey stylish would look so cool in the living room when your baby is napping."
THE JOINT BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST INTERIORS PRODUCT DESIGN... UNICORN CUSHION BY MERI MERI
We're longtime fans of Meri Meri's amazing stationery and party accessories so when they launched their toys and homewares we were very excited indeed.
This gorgeous knitted unicorn is made from organic cotton decorated with metallic gold yarn and stands a handsome 19 inches tall.
Perfect for adding a touch of magic to any child's room and we can well imagine it being dragged to school for toy days and show and tell.
Junior Design Award judge Lisa Mehydene of Edit 58 said, "I'm a massive fan of Meri Meri and thought of them as just a party brand - how did I not know they did cushions too? Adorable colour and would look great on any bed!"
THE JOINT BRONZE AWARD FOR BEST INTERIORS PRODUCT DESIGN... QUIRKY LIME
How many times has your child created a beautiful piece of art only for it to get forgotten in a drawer or worse, torn or walked on by the dog? Well, Quirky Lime is about to change all that.
A fab company set up by Karen Wilcox who specialise in turning kids art into framed prints that will last a lifetime and can sit pride of place in your home or be given to a relative as a gift to treasure.
Family portraits are a popular choice but any piece of work can be given the Quirky Lime treatment with lines being enhanced and coloured backgrounds added for serious wow factor.