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Inspired by... childhood

PUBLISHED: 14:13 25 July 2016 | UPDATED: 14:13 25 July 2016

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From beautiful beds to bespoke boxes, banners and art, Jo Malone picks delightful ways to celebrate all that’s wonderful about childhood

Dreaming by Lucy LoveheartDreaming by Lucy Loveheart

Art from the heart

Capture family memories for eternity with a commissioned artwork by Norfolk artist Lucy Loveheart. She’ll create a simple decorated name or include holidays, pets, parties, favourite flowers or houses in an intricate painting. Price depends on size and complexity;

Letter bannerLetter banner

Get the message

This DIY letter banner can grow with your child or change with your mood, adding a quirky personal touch to your kitchen, office or children’s room. The letters are reusable so you can change your message as often as you like. The package has 138 cardboard letters, numbers and symbols and metal clips, and costs £9.99 from Berrys and Grey, Royal Arcade, Norwich;

Appleby oak storage benchAppleby oak storage bench

All tucked away

This Appleby oak shoe bench and cushion is made from solid white oak and lacquered, with four generous cubby-holes to stow away everything from boots and shoes to games and books. It’s part of the Appleby oak range of furniture, and is priced £249 at Cotswold Company, Riverside Road, Norwich;

Langham oak sleigh cotLangham oak sleigh cot

Off to bed

There’s something magical about sleigh beds. This Langham solid oak cot bed sleigh from East Coast Nursery of North Walsham has a handy drawer and converts from a cot into a toddler bed, for years of great sleep. It has three adjustable base heights and a matching dresser and wardrobe are also available. Priced at £419.99, stockists include Babyland Norwich, St Martins Close, Norwich; Baby Pages, Mill Street, Necton; Youngsters World, Norfolk Street, King’s Lynn; Cribs and Bibs, King Street, Great Yarmouth;

Fabric owlsFabric owls

Wise owls

Handmade by Lynne Henderson in Guist, these quirky owl cotton fabric doorstops are 30cm high, at £10; and

Liberty Poppy and Daisy pinwheelsLiberty Poppy and Daisy pinwheels

Wheel of fashion

They may have swapped those adorable floral dresses for jeans and hoodies, but this Liberty print pinwheel set of six brings echoes of childhood wherever it’s hung. Priced £12.99, from Candle and Cake Ltd, Ashwellthorpe;

Treasure chest

That tiny hospital newborn name tag, the first curl, the first tooth wrestled back from the Tooth Fairy and a favourite drawing - a beautiful decorated box is ideal for those childhood mementoes. Karen Davies of Norwich-based Two Kittys Crafts takes Victorian and Edwardian themes to create one-off pretty accessories, recycling old postcards, fabric and costume jewellery to decorate boxes and bottles. Boxes from £10-£20, plus postage. Find Karen at craft shows around the county or email

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