Welcome to halfpinthome......cute things for kids!
Here you will find uniquely designed and handmade products, inspired by fun and functionality for children and parents. Each item is carefully created by me, Frances Chalet, in my York based studio, and it's no secret I love my job!
I fell in love with graphic illustration, surface pattern design, and being a designer-maker after having three children and endlessly searching for what I considered the perfect things for their rooms and environment. What started as a little dream is now something that I can watch grow with my children.
With each product there are three key factors: as a mum I want it to be functional, as an illustrator I want it to look the best it can, and as a designer/maker I want it to be robust enough for it's intended use!
There's something magical about creating a new piece of work, whether it comes to life as a product or a pattern. I especially enjoy thinking up new characters and a favourite challenge is a limited colour palette. And just so you know, these are the illustration and print/pattern heroes I admire and follow, Maurice Sadleck, Dr Suess, Lauren Child, Kate Larsen, Kate Hindley, Holly Swain, Amy Husband, Darling Clementine, Orla Kiely, Marimekko, Cath Kidston and Katvig.......I could go on, but really there's no better inspiration for halfpinthome than being a parent!
I hope you find what you are looking for but if you don't then you can always get in touch for a custom made creation or bespoke design!