Great Little Trading Co. (GLTC) Showroom Experience

April 2016

Last afternoon, we were invited to the launch of Great Little Trading Co. Showroom. It happened to be on the day of the London Marathon and roads were blocked in my area. With driving no longer an option, public transport was the way to go. Ryan was happy though. He is always one for the trains.

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While the journey to the showroom was a tad too long for my liking, everything more than makes up for it when we stepped into the magical looking showroom. OMG. The kids were ecstatic! There were these pretty-looking children’s kitchen sets, mock-up bedrooms for boys and girls, great-looking storage furniture for all the books and toys. Whoever who said having children destroys the look of their home can be no further from the truth when you are standing in the showroom of Great Little Trading Co.

My vocabulary is just incapable of expressing how fabulous-looking the showroom is. So just, enjoy the photos below!

TOYS AND GAMES

Kids have are spoilt for choices when they are at the GLTC showroom. There are the play kitchen, the play shop, the trains and tracks, the garage and so many more options. The make of every toy is just beautiful. It is not some toy made to last than one year. The quality of the products definitely can stand time.

I am maybe biased towards wooden toys  but I do believe they are more durable and safer(no batteries, powered by only imagination!) than their plastic or metal counter-parts. When made well like the GLTC toys, these lovely toys are sturdy and strong enough to be an heirloom. I mean, we, mother love to get those Chanels, claiming to pass them down to our daughters. I am sure a GLTC dollhouse would be just as perfect a gift for our daughters and grand-daughters. (*hint hint* to Mister E!)

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CHILDREN’S FURNITURE

You know how children’s furniture can sometimes look a little tacky. However, your opinion will be changed upon seeing any of GLTC’s furniture for the little ones. Even , as an adult is moved. They are so classy, stylish and the colours used are so calming. They don’t just look good, they are made to last.

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ROOM ACCESSORIES

This is the tricky part. It is the small details that ties the entire look of the room together. I think at GLTC showroom, you can see how much they put in thought and effort into designing and conceptualising everything, right down to the finest detail. At GLTC, they make all these little add-ons almost essential. I want them all!

You know how some of us, parents can be design-challenged. I mean, we know what we like….those pretty stuff on Pinterest and yet are unable to do up anything like that. So, you are able to find these exacting, visually-soothing and yet utilitarian accessories at GLTC. These cutesy-whimsical wall-art was designed by the talented Rosalind Maroney, who was also there at the showroom, entertaining the children with art.

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HOME FURNISHINGS

I absolutely love the rug designs! My favourite would be the grey with white stars. Their rugs are made of pure, thick wool, so soft for the little feet.

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BEDROOM

Gillian went wild when she saw the girl’s bedroom. So pink and girly. Seriously speaking, they have a number of space saving sleeper beds. You know in London, space can be an issue. Their storage beds seek to be the solution for tight spaces. They also have top quality mattresses and linens to just make your shopping a whole lot easier. One-stop.

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STORAGE

A family with children would mean that we need lots of storage spaces. For toys. For their swim stuff. For the books. For art materials. There is an endless need for storage. Organisation is essential, especially in the mornings when everyone is rushing off to somewhere, be it work or school. There will be always someone asking me, ‘Mummy, where’s my other sock?’ or ‘Mummy, where’s my jacket? Where my book bag?’

A good storage system will save your mornings from been irritable. I really like how at GLTC, they are very serious about storage as seen from their choices of storage cubes, boxes and baskets. It is a shame that I did not take any pictures of them but you can check them out from the website. My favourite would be their wall shelves and I think we will be getting them for Ryan for his books and toys soon. Time for a second visit!

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THE PARTY and THE SHOWROOM EXPERIENCE!

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Just like the GLTC’s products, the party was meticulously planned with their clients(the children) in mind. It is not just their products, but they set about doing everything really well. There was an art activity with illustrator and designer, Rosalind Maroney. She was so sweet and patient when helping Gillian with her craft work of making a Cat Mask.

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Tamara Macfarlane, best-selling author of two fantastic series of books for children “Amazing Esme” and “Dylan and the Dinosaurs” was also at the event. She was there with Gilbert Giggles who is one of the very best children’s performers and circus entertainers. The children were so entranced by both of then during the story-telling! Ryan even managed to get an autograph from Tamara for his ‘Dylan and the Dinosaur’ post show. He was real chuffed about it!

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The showroom experience is child-friendly and simply wonderful. Like what you saw in the photos above, children are allowed free play in the store. Children were bouncing in beds, playing pretend at the play cafe, play kitchens and so on. It is really rare for any furniture store to allow children to test their furniture this way. This just affirms their trust in the products. The toilet at the GLTC showroom is also just as child-friendly, just check out the photos below! So, don’t you worry about visiting the showroom and haviing to find a toilet for your children. This showroom is made for your kids in mind!

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The CEO of GLTC, Jamie Reeve gave a small speech on his vision for Great Little Trading Company. It is a company with a long history. It is one that believes in making quality furniture for children, lots of storage for the home yet still looking stylish. He shared with us on how he refers back to the GLTC’s promise which is also painted on the wall of his showroom when he is making a product. If you look at the GLTC’s furniture, you can’t help but also note that the promise is encapsulated in every single of it’s item.

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Off my head, I have some reasons on why should you head down to GLTC with your little ones?

  • You are thinking of buying new children’s furniture for your new place. GLTC showroom will be a good place to start to get some good ideas on the design and colour scheme that will coordinate your entire house’s look.
  • You are looking for stylish children’s furniture with smart storage. You need proper and purposeful room accessories.
  • Your child’s birthday is coming and you are intending to get a new toy. Something that will allow them hours of imagination and play. Something will be stimulate their minds yet keep them calm. You definitely will find quality at GLTC.
  • Or just drop by with your little ones. Just to check-out the place. You know how London’s weather can be quite erratic. On a rainy day, I think you can spend part of your weekend just to browse around the shop. At GLTC showroom, what I really liked was that they allow children to test and play with their furniture. The staff is not worried. They trust their products to stand children’s play. That. itself speaks volume. Of their product and how they treat their customers or potential customers.

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