Home hacks for house proud parents plus Tommee Tippee giveaway!

Home hacks for house proud parents plus Tommee Tippee giveaway!

Seeing as today is my due-date for my second child, I thought it was perfect timing to share some top home hacks for house proud parents! These top tips are from interiors expert and mum Sommer Pyne of House Curious. Originally from the sunny climes of Sydney, Australia, Sommer Payne has been based in London for the last 12 years with daughter Lyla and newborn Indy. Her brainchild House Curious brings together the Australian lifestyle and the rich creative tapestry of London living. I simply love her pared back, modern and eclectic style. Read on for Sommer’s top home hacks for house proud parents plus find out how you can enter our Tommee Tippee perfect prep machine giveaway!

Home hacks for house proud parents 2

Home hacks for house proud parents 2

Home hacks for house proud parents 2

Get organised

As boring as it may sound getting organised and having everything in its place before the baby arrives will help you feel empowered and in control.

• When you have the energy, start sorting through your cupboards and do a big clean out. Get rid of anything that you don’t need to make space for all your new baby supplies!
• Some things you’ll want to store away; like bottles, sterilising equipment and toys, but there may be other things that you need on display for quick and easy access. The Tommee Tippee steriliser from the Complete Starter Set is handy to keep within easy reach because of its compact size and it looks stylish.
• Go through each room and think about how you’ll use the space.
• Make a list of the things you need quick access to or that can be put away.

Feeding

I had such a hard time with breastfeeding the first time around, I was feeding hourly and my daughter never seemed to get enough milk. My saving grace and something I recommend to all my friends is to swap the night feed for formula. It was life changing for me and my daughter slept through and gave my body a much needed break.

With formula feeding you have a lot more equipment so that’s why it’s good to be organised. Make things easy for yourself so when you need to prep the baby’s bottle at 3am you have everything to hand.

The Tommee Tippee Perfect Prep machine is brilliant because it looks cool and matches my black steriliser, so I don’t mind having it on display and it makes prepping a bottle a breeze, even when I’m half asleep. I’ve got the black version and have it on my kitchen counter. It’s quick and easy to use and anything that makes my life easier is welcome to stay!

Storage solutions

Baby station
In the rooms that I spend most of my time like the living room, bedroom and kitchen I’ve set up baby stations that have all my baby essentials neatly packed away and on hand whenever I need them.

Baskets
My daughter has a lot of toys but we cleverly hide them away so our house doesn’t look like a toy shop. Baskets not only look great but can also hide a mountain of things. Buy a decorative basket, put a sheet inside and fill it with all your child’s toys. Tie it up or just twist the top so it keeps everything together. On top place a lovely woollen blanket or throw to hide the sheet and toys. This makes a great decorative piece just like you’ve seen in those stylish boutique hotels.

Chest
If you don’t have money to buy storage units or cupboards, a nice vintage chest is a great way to store games, toys or even blankets. You can also use them as side table for when guests show up.

Built in units
If you’re doing a renovation or redecorating it’s worth investing in good storage. Don’t go to branded cupboard designers, a good carpenter should be able to knock something bespoke up for half the price.

Home hacks for house proud parents1. Abel – green velvet armchair from Habitat £795 | 2. I Carry – art print from House Curious £69 | 3. Kuba – diamond cotton rug from House Curious £220 | 4. Cinders – smoked glass and gold table lamp £65 | 5. Cushions from Oliver Bonas | 6. Blush pink throw from John Lewis from £65

* Prices are correct at the time of writing but please check individual links for changes or further discounts

Practical and fuss-free interiors

I don’t like to compromise on my interior style so I still have velvet and fabric sofas. My house probably doesn’t seem that kid friendly but it is in so many ways.

Sofas
Comfort and style are high up on my list. So, what can you do? The simple answer to this is to have a large throw or sheet to hand that can be easily stored under the sofa or in a cupboard. When you are nursing, or playing with your baby on the sofa cover it with the throw or sheet so that it’s protected. Let’s be honest there are going to be moments of projectile vomit and if you’re already a mum/dad the chances are you have enough poo stories.

Flooring
If you’re redecorating consider the flooring carefully because this not only has a huge impact on the overall style of your home but we also know how messy kids can be… carpet may not be the smartest idea! In our house we have concrete floors and wooden floors. So, no matter how many accidents we have they’re easy to clean.

Clutter free
Get rid of the clutter and simplify your space with just the essentials and decorative pieces you absolutely love. In our family room there is no coffee table in the middle and most of my decorative pieces are up high on the fireplace or on shelves. This way my daughter can run around freely without bumping her head on sharp edges. The other alternative is to have a soft ottoman.

Different zones
We have areas that are no go kid’s zones. We have a great family room and Lyla’s bedroom for her many toys, but there are certain rooms that are out of bounds.

Low cost interiors
It can be expensive prepping for a baby’s arrival but there are so many low cost options. Ikea is brilliant for nursery furniture, Primark Home and the baby section for your essentials and Next is great for affordable clothing.

Decorating your nursery

Decorating the nursery can be a lovely experience but I know for some parents it can be a bit overwhelming. Here are some of my tips to help ease the pain:

• Don’t worry about matching furniture I think it looks more eclectic and fun when you mix it up.
• Don’t be fooled into thinking you must buy nursery furniture. Other than the cot the rest can be furniture that you already own. For example, for my first baby I didn’t buy a changing station I simply used my vintage chest of drawers and placed a changing mat on top with all my essentials on display.
• Be bold and creative; think about what colours appeal to you and how you want the room to feel. The baby won’t notice the décor but you will and you’ll be spending a lot of time in the nursery.
• It’s important to create a relaxing environment so you will want to invest in a comfy chair – you don’t have to buy a nursing chair buy something you like that will outgrow your children. Soft rugs are always a good idea and don’t forget your favourite candle.

Tommee Tippee giveaway

Perfect Prep Machine Cool Blue

We’ve linked up with Tommee Tippee to give away a fantastic Perfect Prep machines to three lucky winners in a colour of your choice! Simply enter the raffelcopter giveaway below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Natalia xo

Legal bit: three lucky winners will be picked at random by rafflecopter and receive the prize mentioned above. The winners will be contacted once picked and no alternative prize is on offer. If the winner doesn’t respond within 7 days then they will forfeit the giveaway and another winner will be chosen at random. Open to UK residents only.

Sommer Pyne is an ambassador for Tommee Tippee.



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56 Comments

  1. Tracy Nixon
    May 8, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    I would love the red please!

  2. Emily Hallett
    May 8, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    I like the cool blue prep machine.

  3. Leanne V McKenna
    May 8, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Red is lovely :)

  4. Stephanie Coals
    May 8, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    I’d love a red one please

  5. Sarah Mackay
    May 8, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    I love the red colour

  6. Chris Bull
    May 8, 2017 / 9:35 pm

    I love the white :-)

  7. Donna Lowe
    May 8, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    I love the blue one ❤️

  8. T Brailey
    May 8, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    I would love the black one.

  9. Lyn Burgess
    May 8, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    The red one would be great

  10. Solange
    May 9, 2017 / 3:11 am

    I like the blue.

  11. Becky Yeomans
    May 9, 2017 / 5:27 am

    Love the blue!

  12. S Edwards
    May 9, 2017 / 6:30 am

    blue please

  13. stuart hargreaves
    May 9, 2017 / 7:06 am

    RED FOR US, ITS BRIGHT

  14. kim jackson
    May 9, 2017 / 8:07 am

    love the cool blue prep machine

  15. Lucy B
    May 9, 2017 / 10:54 am

    The cool blue prep machine

  16. Claire Nutman
    May 9, 2017 / 10:57 am

    Sleek Black many thanks

  17. Jo Carroll
    May 9, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    The cool blue prep please. x

  18. Sarah Ann
    May 9, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    I love the red!

  19. gemma pitt
    May 9, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    These look extreamly useful!! i’d really like a white one

  20. Rich Tyler
    May 9, 2017 / 3:11 pm

    I’d love the BLUE one :)

  21. Alana Walker
    May 9, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    I would love the black one please!

  22. Teresa Lee
    May 9, 2017 / 11:15 pm

    The Red one would be great….Thanks

  23. Rachel Butler
    May 9, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    My favourite colour is black! xo

  24. Sidrah Ahmed
    May 10, 2017 / 12:26 am

    I would love the white one

  25. Tracy Hanley
    May 10, 2017 / 11:38 am

    Love the cool blue colour

  26. Chloe Davies
    May 10, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    I love the cool blue colour x

  27. Jen s morgan
    May 10, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    Love the white one x

  28. Sophie Foulds
    May 10, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    Would love the white one :-) xx

  29. Rebecca
    May 10, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    I like the Midnight Blue!

  30. Laura Brown
    May 11, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    I would love to win a perfect prep machine for my new addition 👶🏻💙 Ideally in white x

  31. Mel Sardi
    May 11, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    HOW gorgeous is the perfect prep in blue?!
    I’ve got a baby pink kitchen with blue and cream accessories and this would look amazing in it! I love that there are choices other than white or black now 💙

  32. Emma Pattrick
    May 14, 2017 / 7:05 am

    Love the cool blue 💙

  33. ADEINNE TONNER
    May 15, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    My personal favourite has to be the black

  34. Jemima Chapman
    May 16, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    Black would go nicely in my kitchen!

  35. Margaret gallagher
    May 17, 2017 / 8:47 am

    Red is my favourite

  36. Chris Hall
    May 18, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    Love the red

  37. Tracey Belcher
    May 19, 2017 / 6:26 am

    I love crisp clean white please

  38. Theresa Alison
    May 19, 2017 / 6:56 am

    red please

  39. Kim Neville
    May 22, 2017 / 9:20 am

    I like the red

  40. Pamela Gossage
    May 22, 2017 / 10:26 am

    I love the Blue one

  41. Katie Skeoch
    May 22, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    I’d choose the black, thanks!

  42. Emma Smith
    May 23, 2017 / 11:49 am

    I like the black

  43. donna l jones
    May 23, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    I love the white

  44. michelle thompson
    May 24, 2017 / 5:26 am

    the black one

  45. Lisa Wilkinson
    May 24, 2017 / 9:50 am

    The blue one please

  46. Diana
    May 24, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    The cool blue :)

  47. Stuart Dunlop
    May 24, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    Wife loves the blue

  48. Mickie Bull
    May 24, 2017 / 8:13 pm

    Red!

  49. pauline black
    May 25, 2017 / 7:08 am

    love the blue one!

  50. Janet Palmer
    May 25, 2017 / 9:50 am

    We don’t know our bambinos gender so would love a white please

  51. Allison Sherwood
    May 25, 2017 / 10:08 am

    I love the Blue x

  52. gemma blake
    May 25, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    I love the black please!

  53. Kelly Hirst
    May 25, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    I love the blue prep machine the most

  54. Danielle Graves
    May 25, 2017 / 9:46 pm

    I really like the blue version