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  • Take one book, add grandparents – and relax!

    If you’re a grandparent you’re probably a little bit relieved that the schools have gone back now. Much as you love your grandchildren and you’re happy to help out with childcare, I bet keeping them entertained over the long holiday left you feeling pretty exhausted at times.

    I read one study that said the average grandparent would be looking after their grandchildren for more than 600 hours during the summer recess. That’s a LOT of hours to find ways to occupy them!

     tidy books, grandparents, grandchildren, grandparents reading with grandchildren, grandparents reading Grandparents reading with grandchildren is the ideal way to relax

    Of course, reading to, or with, grandchildren is a lovely way to spend some time together. And it’s a nice, calm activity that doesn’t involve racing around – with grandparents getting out of breath and the grandchildren getting hyperactive!

    I know from grandparents who’ve been in touch with me that once they’ve bought a Tidy Books product for one of their grandchildren, when another one comes along they buy them the same one, too. It’s not just about treating their grandchildren equally – they obviously understand the importance of books in their grandchildren’s life and want to share the enjoyment of reading together.

    I love visualising a child selecting their favourite book from their Tidy Books bookshelf and asking granny or granddad to read it to them. What a wonderful way to connect the generations and to watch your grandchildren learn and grow. When my son, Emile, was growing up he loved his granny Barbara reading to him even more than me or my husband. It was such a special time together, just the two of them.

    I’m a way off from becoming a grandmother just yet, but I’m hoping that one day I’ll get to experience all that for myself. In the meantime, next month it’s National Grandparents Day on October 7th. And what better way to celebrate the occasion than gathering up the grandchildren with a good book and sharing some quality time together. No running around required!

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    Geraldine is Tidy Books’ founder, designer and CEO, as well as mum to Adele and Emile.   She started Tidy Books in her violin workshop because she couldn’t find a good bookcase for her kids.  Now her Tidy Books bookcases and storage designs are encouraging independence and a love of reading in kids all over the world.

  • The accidental trend-setter

    When I founded Tidy Books in 2004 it was never my intention to be a trend-setter. In fact, being trendy was absolutely NOT what I wanted my business to be about. I never wanted to make things that would be here today and gone tomorrow. My ethos was – and still is – to design children’s furniture and storage that stood the test of time. But I’ve always been extremely proud that my bookcase, with its front-facing shelves so kids could see the book covers, was the first of its kind.

    Fast forward to 2018 and it seems Tidy Books is accidentally trending again. According to Houzz nearly 50% of parents are choosing white as the main colour in their child’s bedroom. Which is how, earlier this year, our iconic white bookcase came to be featured in the Houzz of 2018 – a pop-up home exhibition showcasing the latest design trends.  

    tidy books, neutral kids room design, kids rooms, timeless design, kids design Parents are choosing white and natural furniture for kids' interiors

    Using wood as part of a neutral palette is also having a bit of a moment, and we’re getting an increasing number of requests from bloggers and Instagram influencers asking to feature our bookcase. Being on trend has even led to TV stardom. Fans of Homeland will probably have spotted our natural wood bookcase and letters in Series 6 of the show – fitting in beautifully in Carrie’s daughter’s bedroom in their trendy New York apartment.

    A neutral look for kids’ bedrooms definitely seems to be ‘the thing’ this year. It’s all over Pinterest and has even gone global, with Australian-based interior designer Kristy Wither picking it as a 2018 trend. She suggests using natural and whitewash tones as a canvas, then adding splashes of colour with bed linen and throws (in case you’re interested, her other top trend are metallics, velvet... and unicorns!).

    It’s all pointing to a more unisex style for kids’ bedrooms, creating a space that’s suitable for boys or girls. And of course it’s a perfect interior design solution for a bedroom that’s shared by a young brother and sister. Which is probably why grey is another popular choice right now. Well for that we must have had a crystal ball because last year Tidy Books worked with an interior designer to introduce a timeless and harmonious colour palette that included pale and dark grey.

    Honestly, I don’t try to be on trend. I’ve always gone for neutral colours because I love kids’ furniture and storage that looks great wherever you put it in the home. The combination of style and practicality is what Tidy Books is all about. Trends will always come and go, and that’s fine by me. I’ll still be here creating beautifully made, long-lasting designs that can be passed down through the generations.

     

    tidy books, kids bookshelf, kids storage, kids furniture

    Geraldine is Tidy Books’ founder, designer and CEO, as well as mum to Adele and Emile.   She started Tidy Books in her violin workshop because she couldn’t find a good bookcase for her kids.  Now her Tidy Books bookcases and storage designs are encouraging independence and a love of reading in kids all over the world.

  • Step away from the socks this Father’s Day

    I think it’s really sweet that in lots of families on Father's Day the dad gets a present from his children. Of course, many kids are too young to go out and shop themselves so the gift arrives courtesy of mum. Well if you’re looking for present ideas this month, forget socks or aftershave and buy a children’s book instead.

    A children’s book for dad? Am I being serious? Absolutely, yes. According to a study by the Literacy Trust, dads who read to their kids receive a whole host of benefits – including decreased stress, greater confidence and self-esteem as well as an improved father-child relationship. That’s a pretty good Father's Day present, don’t you think?

    Father's Day , tidy books, bedtime stories, children's book, dads reading Bedtime story is the best gift for Dad. Photo credit The Dad Network

    But it’s the gift that dads give to their kids through reading to them that I really love. Research has shown a link between children attaining a positive literacy score at school and the time their dads read to them. Not only that, the Fatherhood Institute found that kids who are read to by their dad regularly display better concentration and behaviour at nursery.

    When our kids were growing up, my husband Matthew and I shared the reading with them. And that’s a good thing because it gives kids a different perspective. Apparently mums often focus on a character’s feelings, while dads are more likely to use the story to talk about something that’s relevant to their life – like the cat they saw in the garden or the bright yellow car that was parked in their street. So kids have to think more, which helps to develop their language.

    It’s also great that Matthew has always been an avid reader because having a good reading role model sends out a positive signal to kids that reading is enjoyable. Ours grew up seeing Matthew glued to a book or newspaper and now, even as teens, reading is still an important part of their life.

    So this Father's Day, step away from the socks and surprise dad with a children’s book.

    tidy books, kids bookshelf, kids storage, kids furniture

    Geraldine is Tidy Books’ founder, designer and CEO, as well as mum to Adele and Emile.   She started Tidy Books in her violin workshop because she couldn’t find a good bookcase for her kids.  Now her Tidy Books bookcases and storage designs are encouraging independence and a love of reading in kids all over the world

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