Too Cool For School

It’s late August, almost back to school! The time has come to get the school gear together, and we’ve browsed around for some cool items your little ones and older kids should not go without this September.

Storage. Lots of serious contenders out there, but we’ve gone for this super-practical plywood modular storage system from


So many pretty desks to choose from out there! Here are our favourites:

1 desk

From top left: fruit-shaped junior desk from | MICKE white & pink desk and LISABO in ash venner, both from | Special needs junior tilt desk from

They’ll also need some pretty and practical desktop storage and accoutrements:


Stationery storage on | Desk tidy on | After school reminder/motivational stickers on

The kids need to look cool in the cafeteria too, so they need just the right lunchbox. The more interesting, the better – this is a humorous and elegant one that suits both boys and girls from Happy Jackson on


And now for the stationery essentials. Want our advice on notebooks? Let them choose the one they like. Everything else is less problematic and thankfully cheap. Except for finding the funkiest pen around – but that too is a job for your little and not so little ones.

stationery essentials

Notebooks from | Maths set from | Pencil Caddy Kit on

Have you got any advice on back-to-school essentials and how not to break the bank come September? Tweet us!

Diana Valentine runs an arts and lifestyle blog sharing interiors inspiration, practical decorating tips, fascinating finds for the creative and the curious, and musings on food, and travel adventures. For more on life and things to do with kids, check out her latest posts here.

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