A classic story from Hans Christian Andersen the Princess and the Pea is a trend on the rise. Something about the oh-so-delicate princess and her sleeping arrangements has captured the collective consciousness and she is everywhere.There are countless books telling the original story but for a stylish modern reworking Lauren Child is your woman. In a collaboration with photographer Polly Borland the scenes were reportedly staged inside a dolls house. RRP Â£6.99 Amazon Â£4.99
If you are feeling crafty then you can incorporate this theme easily. This Princess and the Pea embroidery pattern (above left) is a sampler meaning you are encouraged to try lots of different stitches. It costs just $5 and arrives in your inbox as a PDF file.Heather Ross’s latest fabric collection, Far, Far Away is a collaboration with Japanese designers Kokka. One of the designs is the Princess and the Pea (above right) which comes in several colourways. I don’t know of a UK supplier (leave a comment if you do) but I have always had great service from Fabric Worm where you will find it on the Kokka page for $8.50 per half yard. This fabric would make so many projects extra special.
Decorating is made easy with gorgeous fabric wall stickers by Helen Dardik from Chocovenyl from Â£24.99 (above left).If you want to cover an entire wall then this Princess and the Pea Wallpaper Panel by Sarah Hardaker (above right) is just the job. Behind the picture is a wall sized handwritten version of the tale. It measures 130cm wide and can be sized to fit walls from 190 – 250cm in height. This ready made mural costs Â£125 from Not on The High Street.
Haba make excellent toys and this Sleepy Princess and the Pea (above left) game is multi-award winning. It is a balancing game for 1 – 4 players aged 3+. Â£18.75 from Tickety Boo!
My final and absolute favourite selection is Maileg’s Princess and the Pea (above right) a beautiful solid wood bed, selection of mattresses, quilt, pillow, princess, pea and story book. The bed is 30 x 30 x 12 cm making it a substantial size to play with. I’ve had my hands on one of these and can vouch for it as a superior product which is just as well because at Â£57.50 you’ll want it to be. Available at The Chic Country Home.
Image at top from Lauren Child’s Green Drops and Moonsquirters exhibition via The Guardian.