I have a daughter named Lily, so maybe I’m partial to a company that calls itself Lilipad Studios, but I love their handpainted table and chair sets for children. This is the Mandarin Butterfly table and chair set. Lily would love this, but she has had to make do with a tough-as-nails plastic table and chair set that my brother rescued off a curb for us years ago. Until I saw these, I didn’t realize how deprived she was!
To see more photos of Lilipad’s handpainted children’s furniture, click “more” below:
Get a load of the description they give of the “Mandarin Butterfly” set. It’s like poetry:
This gorgeously bold, Asian-inspired set was created for a dear friend . . . reflecting the essence of the home and property where these pieces now live, surrounded by deep blue ponds and meandering gardens, beautifully carved relics adorned with organic patterns & textures sit scattered throughout. Talent, beauty and integrity – our soul finds resonance in spaces and things that hold the amazing qualities of nature.
After reading that, I feel like it should be in an art museum, not in my kids’ playroom. And you know it’s not cheap, right? The table and four chairs retail for $795, which is almost as much as we spent on our kitchen table. (Additional chairs are $249 each.) But just think of all the time and talent that went into these!
They have several sets to choose from. Here’s one called “Bohemian Garden:”
“Crosby’s Friends Table and Chair Set” is for the dog lover in your family (Lily got very excited when she saw this one):
And here’s the “Butterfly Rhapsody Table and Chair Set”:
Go to the Lilipad Studio website for more information and photos.
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