Stationery love with Hema
My daughterlings have a thing for stationery. Pens, rubbers, notebooks and rulers (how many rulers does one kid really need? Fifteen in the case of Darcey!) You name it – if it’s stationary they love it, so that was the very big hint I should have adhered to and left them at home when I went to buy some from new office stationary from Hema for myself.
Hema – in case you haven’t discovered it yet is the fantastic shop from the Netherlands. It’s packed full of beautiful homewares, kids toys and clothes, crafting accessories and my absolute favourite MARZIPAN! All clean, crisp designs and modern styles. It also has a terrific array of gorgeous stationary – the kind you want to put in your home office and just look at it – not touch! Just look.
They’re on line but there are shops opening up all over the country. At the moment there’s Bromley, Kingston, Victoria, Birmingham and Stanstead airport but watch this space.
You may remember me mentioning that Beau chose the whole scheme for her bedroom based on a Hema notebook, well that seems to have become a whole style ethic. As soon as we walked into Hema she headed right for the stationary. The same notebook is still available so I bought a couple for Darcey and me. I’ve painted diagonal stripes on the chimney breast in Beau’s room and she now has a handy shelf edged with grey ribbon – the perfect place to keep all her pens and pencils. That original notebook takes pride of place.
When I say my girls have a deep love of stationary I know exactly where they get it from. When I get a new notebook, or ream of printer paper I just want to sit it on the desk and leave it there all neat and new. Not touched or used. It’s the same with brand new pencils. When Beau asked for pencils in the shop I thought ‘yeah that’s a good idea’ and then I saw them. A pack of twelve immaculately white pencils all with the longest sharpest tips. I got the grey mug to place them in for her shelf and they look great. Ever the interior Stylist – I didn’t want her to mix those pencils up with anything else. They just look so good on the shelf on their own, don’t you think? And yes we couldn’t resist buying two packs to really fill that mug.
I may or may not have a matching mug full of pencils too!
Hema has a great range of tableware but I don’t think the fab mini bowls are really designed with drawing pin storage in mind, but they look so good in there and it has to be done. Anything mint green is seen as a ‘great accessory for my bedroom’ now including the cute purses.
We loved all the fun paper clips but the speech bubbles won out.
There are two things that I continuously head into Hema for, one is the chocolate covered marzipan and the other is their packs of pens. Their fine nib pens are my absolute favourite to the point that I buy them then hide them, only allowing myself to take one out of the pack at a time. I savour them. No kids allowed!
When I get commissioned to style a press launch or photo shoot I draw out my ideas for the client to visualise. These are the only pens I use. They have just the right thickness of nib and are lightand flow easily. Lately I’ve been adding touches of colour to my drawings to bring out themes more clearly.
What about Darcey?
I hear you cry. Well fear not, she got a fair stash of stationary too – mainly in the form of Washi tapes. Six tapes for £2 and at 8m long I think you’ll struggle to find a better deal. But it was the cute wash bag that really caught her eye. She’s a nine year old who I am so going to have to curb the make up when she’s ….. well I was going to say older but let’s face it, I’m already having to stop her wearing makeup to school! This bag is just the right size to stash a weekend getaway’s worth of beauty treatments.
So after our little sprint to Hema I cam away with a few office supplies and two very happy kids.
Disclaimer: Thanks to Hema for supplying all the stationery and accessories for this post. All thoughts and ramblings are my own.EmmaMT