1. Boori (above)
At number one had to be the brand I initially went for with my first daughter, Boori. What edged me towards this brand was the spaciousness of their cot beds and the vast range of matching furniture they offer. I wanted longevity in the cot I was going to buy and most, if not all of their cots convert into cot beds so you know they are going to get used for at least 3-4 years. They are durable and long lasting: I have been super happy with mine since I bought it.
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2. Silver Cross
From classic to contemporary Silver Cross has a variety of styles to cater to all nursery styles. Whether you want to opt for a more traditional set or prefer a modern twist Silver Cross has options for all your design needs. I recommend the new ‘Notting Hill’ range that is designed with clean lines and a high gloss finish to cater to a modern look. Before investing you can also order your free wood samples to make sure it is the right colour for your nursery.
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3. Dragons of Walton Street
For cream of the crop of nursery sets head to Dragons of Walton Street (now also housed in Harrods). Its nursery sets are truly bespoke-each piece is hand painted to a specific theme of your choice from ‘Barbara’s bunnies’ to ‘Beatrix Potter’ and ‘Timeless Toys’. The result is exquisite and is not limited to your average furniture set; you can include bespoke tissue boxes, bins, photo frames etc to complete a fully individual set.
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From top of the range, to baby on a budget, you can pick up a cot at IKEA from £50. I would definitely advise to take inspiration from their online nursery galleries. They show how to stylishly put together your nursery with their range of furniture in a variety of different themes from neutral, to Scandi, to colour coordinated, complete with click to buy smaller items such as artwork and toys.
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5. LIL GAEA
I like to bring some up and coming brand onto the radar and Lil Gaea is a new innovative make whose cots really caught my eye. The Collection range of ‘Heroes’ are inspired by the simplicity of a cardboard box and the possibilities of what a child can turn it into in his imaginative world. These are pieces with a really creative spin to them. My favourites include the Fox E cot and the Macaroon stools.
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