It's no secret that kid-friendly art is a point of contention for me.
Branching out from the usual suspects yet staying within the innocent confines of childhood whimsy can present quite a conundrum, especially since storybook characters and gaudy, candy-colored motifs featuring the same old princess crowns, hearts, baseball caps and dump trucks can only go so far in my decor book.
Belle & Boo, founded by two tea-loving British illustrators and best gal pals, Mandy and Kate, presents a perfect balance between the sweet but not overly saccharine styles I crave, coming up with an engaging mix of age appropriate prints that delight kids and their parental kids-at-heart alike.
English charm abounds in their added bonuses: a collection of kitschy yet contemporary magnets, wrapping paper, gift tags, dresses, roomy canvas tote bags, greeting cards and vintagey pins that offer plenty of opportunities to bring art to life.
Maria Pilar Clark is a mom times two and Windy City-based writer.
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