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On Saturday, my three boys and I hotfooted it down to London for a very special housewarming party.

Our friends at the Great Little Trading Company have just created the very first GLTC showroom and we were very privileged to get a sneak preview before the doors open to the public.

It’s in Wandsworth, south London, so was a bit of a trek from the wilds of  Northamptonshire but SO worth the journey.

The outside was humble. No banners, balloons, bells or whistles. Just a couple of signs to let you know it was there. But open the door and it felt like we’d literally set foot inside one of their catalogues.

It made me think of the song from Willy Wonka:

Come with me and you’ll be
In a world of pure imagination

It was such a strange sensation. To be seeing product that you’ve only ever experienced in a 2D format — either in print or online — in the flesh, felt quite surreal.

To be able to reach out and touch things, pick them up and hold them — get a real feel for the scale, quality and finish of things — was fantastic.

And the space that everything was in was incredible.

A huge showroom sectioned into ‘rooms’ showcasing lots — if not all — of their fabulous homewares.

But this was no ordinary showroom. It didn’t feel like a shop. It felt like a home.

And testimony to this was the fact that within minutes of walking through the doors The Twinkles — who are sometimes a little bit shy when they first walk into a new place — made a beeline for a table set up with little trains and buses and began to play.

Totally at ease, totally relaxed totally at home.

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Reading nook

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Blast off for the GLTC Showroom Launch

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Getting up close and personal with a tee-pee

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Getting our craft on with Rosa Maroney

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Bertie and Cosmo getting stuck in

The boys got dressed up for the occasion in their party finest.

Sweet little shirts and trousers from JoJo Maman Bébé topped off with knitted tank tops from Cath Kidston.

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Starry eyed

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This shelf was the perfect resting place for my gin cocktail

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Bertie in the kitchen — just like his daddy! :)

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Me with some of the gorgeous testing team members — Becky (spirited puddle jumper), me, Emily (brickdust & glitter), Rachel (the ordinary lovely).

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Cosmo-Bear in a world of imagination.

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All sorted — more storage solutions than you can shake a stick at.

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No ordinary lovely — one of my blogging besties.

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Lost in his own world.

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These storage boxes make amazing lights!

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Storm in a tea-cup (gin actually)

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Rug-tastic!

We had such an amazing day.

To see all of the lovely product, up close and personal — rather than on a computer screen or paper — was such a treat but best of all was meeting the gorgeous, welcoming Great Little Trading Company family for the first time.

We’ve been conversing on email and social media for a few months now, so to give them all a big hug and chat to them in real life was brilliant.

As was catching up with the other members of the testing team.

We were treated to gin cocktails — and I’ve mentioned before how much I love gin ;) — Champagne, cakes plus the best goodie-bags the boys have ever been lucky enough to receive.

It really was a really special day and we were so, so thrilled to be part of it.

But catching up and gin cocktails aside, I think the very best thing about the day was seeing how animated and engaged all the children were.

Living up to the specially made badges they’d been given, the littlest members of the testing team played, laughed and did an admirable job of roadtesting the new GLTC showroom.

I’ve made a little film to show you a snippet of our day. If you find yourself in south-west London, do go and pop in to check it out. It’s well worth the visit and I promise you,  you won’t want to leave.

It feels just like home.

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I am proud to be a GLTC testing team member this year but all thoughts, words and images, as ever, are entirely my own.

Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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26 Comments

  1. 29th April 2016 / 6:58 am

    Wow. It looks like a slice of heaven, so beautiful! Looks like you had a great day and the boys got stuck in x

    • 29th April 2016 / 10:10 am

      It’s AMAZING Beth. It was a proper wonderland for the littles!! And for the big people, come to think of it ;)

  2. 29th April 2016 / 11:48 am

    Such a good idea of GLTC to do a show room it can be so hard to decide if something is going to be what you want just looking online. This way u can see the size, colours, quality etc up close.

    • 2nd May 2016 / 9:19 am

      Isn’t it? I agree — SO lovely to be able to see the things in real life before you commit to buy! The boys didn’t want to leave! :)

  3. 29th April 2016 / 12:11 pm

    We adore GLTC, their stuff is fantastic quality. I am eyeing up a new rug for the kids room!

    • 2nd May 2016 / 9:17 am

      They have such lovely stuff don’t they? We bought a GLTC rug when the babies were born — really brilliant quality! :)

  4. 29th April 2016 / 12:51 pm

    Ah! Absolutely brilliant! I love the video too (and the jaunty music is perfect – but you know that I’ll have that playing on repeat on my head all day now!)
    Great photos…(Depth of Field…Totally appreciate good pics!) The pictures really capture the day. I love GLTC stuff, so well made. Those TeePees look very high quality too…It makes me sad that the kids are growing out of that phase of life…Mind you, are you ever too old for a TeePee?

    Thanks for sharing…P.S. Major congratulations on being a BiBs finalist! Good Luck!

    P.S. Thanks so much for hosting #HomeEtc too and popping across to see what I have been up to in my very short blogging life!

    • 2nd May 2016 / 9:16 am

      Thanks so much — on all counts!! My boys were bought a tee-pee for their naming day — it’s had 2 very full summers so far and I know it will be enjoyed again this summer too. I’d LOVE a bigger version for myself!! ;)

  5. 29th April 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Wow! My two would love it there (so would I, to be honest!)

    And, Gin in a china cup, Caro! I can imagine you gave a little squeal of delight on the inside when you were offered one! ;-) xxx

    • 1st May 2016 / 5:22 pm

      Hahaha!! You know me too well!!!! ;) Given a choice of Champagne or gin, gin wins hands down!! Especially served in a gorgeous teacup!! :) xx

  6. Alexandra | I'm Every Mum
    29th April 2016 / 2:34 pm

    I love GLTC and their products are always so lovely and great quality. This looks like so much fun and something my little ones would’ve enjoyed for sure. Thanks for sharing. The photos really capture it well too.

    • 1st May 2016 / 5:21 pm

      Aah me too Alexandra! They quality is really fab isn’t it? :)

  7. 29th April 2016 / 5:03 pm

    I really really love this company. When my son was little I used to look forward to their catalogues so much. How exciting that you had a sneak peak!

    • 1st May 2016 / 5:21 pm

      I can totally see why Mellissa! I look forward to the catalogue coming myself! ;)

  8. Yosh
    30th April 2016 / 5:36 am

    What a gorgeous show room!Those setups are my dream rooms for my boys!!
    Also I love your kids’ outfit. I didn’t know Cath Kidston made boys’ sweaters. Too cute!!

    • 1st May 2016 / 5:20 pm

      It’s fab isn’t it? I think the boys could have happily moved in! :)

  9. 30th April 2016 / 9:55 am

    Sounds like you guys had fab day at the launch. I’m loving the storage box lights, very trendy.

    • 1st May 2016 / 5:20 pm

      They’re fab aren’t they? :) You’d have to have very high ceilings to pull that off at home though! :)

  10. amanda
    30th April 2016 / 4:12 pm

    awww this looks famtastic. I love this the GLTC so much and literally want everything xx

  11. 1st May 2016 / 11:14 pm

    Wow it looks amazing. We love the GLTC and this looks like heaven. Love the rugs and those storage boxes as lights are fantastic.

    • 2nd May 2016 / 9:13 am

      It’s such a fab space — lovely to see all their products in one place! x

  12. 2nd May 2016 / 10:07 pm

    Oh Caro, I love this post!! And the video is brilliant. Didn’t we have the best afternoon??!! Such a fantastic company and also fantastic company! I’m actually considering moving in to the showroom :) xx

    • 3rd May 2016 / 9:31 am

      Aaah it was SUCH a fab afternoon wasn’t it? We’re so, so lucky to be part of such an amazing team! Wish I’d taken more film footage — I was too busy chatting to you!! :)

  13. Lilinha
    5th May 2016 / 9:37 pm

    What a beautiful range of gorgeous products. I am looking forward to reading about the GLTC products you will be testing! :)
    http://lilinhaangel.com/

    • 9th May 2016 / 6:22 pm

      They have some really lovely things!! I have spent hours looking at it on their website — it was so lovely to see it in real life! :)

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