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Friday, 16 December 2011

Beautiful nightlights from the little girls of the 1970s

I was asked if I would like to review the rabbit cottage night light made by White Rabbit England.  On clicking on the link to their website I let out an involuntary squeak/Coo!/Ooo!  These sounds were prompted by it's beauty, and perhaps a dose of nostalgia, and a large pinch of magic. Then I said 'Yes, please, and 'Oh, isn't it beautiful' and 'Aha, do you think it might just convince her to sleep without the light on?'

My daughter lives in a magical world filled with little creatures, miniature people and their little cars, houses and their miscellany of equipment. She spends her days animating them, reorganising their bits and bobs and leaving a trail of little bits in her path. This world is also her bedroom, and so at night she snuggles down, secure in the knowledge she is surrounded by this virtual world of familiar little things. She sleeps with the light on, because she doesn't like shadows, but she is somehow out in seconds, unlike of course, the light.

And so the night light arrived, securely packaged with a spare bulb (really handy) and a beautiful picture book about the rabbits who live in the cottage.  The book is written by Charlotte, one of the sisters behind White Rabbit England, it's a lovely touch which captured my daughter's imagination.

Here is the rabbit cottage nightlight, by my daughter's bed, with some little creatures who are waiting to see if the rabbits are coming out to play, although I suspect that only happens once grown ups have left the room.

My shot doesn't show the little rabbits inside, look:
I love the story behind White Rabbit England: 'As little girls in the Nineteen Seventies, Victoria and her sister Charlotte slept with an enchanting pottery toadstool light beside their beds. Hand painted in earthenware and decorated with dancing elves and fairies, it was the magical centre piece of their bedside table, filling their bedroom with a gentle, reassuring light.'

As well as appealing to the older child I think these night lights would make perfect presents to welcome a new baby. The sort of thing parents might not buy for the baby themselves, and something to treasure. Did I tell you I am going to be an aunty? I also love the classic white rabbit lamp, and the lamps with robots. You can also get cushions, bedding and crockery to match.

We're working on the big light going off, but to be honest that has become secondary to the magic and beauty of this nightlight. We love the way the windows light up and that it casts heart shaped patches of light instead of shadows.

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At 16 December 2011 at 11:25 , Anonymous Lisa | said...

Oh those nightlights are adorable! I want one for myself!

At 17 December 2011 at 07:34 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh I remember those toad stools, I didn't have one *sob* but always thought how cosy they looked.

I think the White Rabbit Company have improved on the toad stool, the cottage looks even cosier and the book with it what a perfect idea.

I love your photo that is got to be set for a relax night x :-)

At 18 December 2011 at 07:35 , Blogger BavarianSojourn said...

That white rabbit one at the end is my favourite! I remember my youngest sister having the toadstool one though! All would make lovely gifts! Emma :)

At 19 December 2011 at 22:19 , Anonymous HonestMum said...

Where can I find the last glowing rabbit nightlight? Can you tweet me the link please lovely? Think O would adore it!


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