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tottini storefront on Yale Avenue
KATHY SCHULTZ
Gen X parents and grandparents tired of all the cutesy baby accoutrements out there should take a trip to tottini, a shop that carries "furnishings for offspring." This is not to say that you won't use the word cute when in this shop. I did about 52 times. It simply has a lively and colorful aesthetic with modern design in mind, where pink and baby blue take a backseat to fashionable colors....  (read more)

Red Tricycle

Your heart may pick up its pace and your face may flush once you glimpse the well-edited tottini boutique stocked with of-the-moment furniture, accessories and garb for wee ones. Will it be love at first sight? tottini carries WallCandy peel-and-stick wall art, modular bedroom furniture by true modern and Netto (including cribs, dressers, armoires and changing tables), diaper bags by Haiku, bedding by Pixel.... (read more)

Seattle PI Business Section
Bret Ashlee Watson was pulling into traffic recently when she looked up and noticed a catchy little retail sign, with sherbet-bright letters that spelled "tottini." "I was coming out of REI but had two kids, so I couldn't stop," Watson said. "I definitely made an effort to come back."  And here she was a few days later, already running up a bill at the bright, loft-like boutique, which carries high-style, urban "furnishings for offspring" in Seattle.  "I love it," said Watson, a designer who bonded immediately with the sleek and imaginative furniture, toys and accessories. "There are so many things I could buy. I would say this is fun for parents and kids alike."... (read more)

Seattle Times
 tottini founders Melissa Maffei and Melissa Van Flandern
JOHN LOK / THE SEATTLE TIMES
Melissa Maffei, left, and Melissa Van
Flandern at tottini, their new modern baby-furnishings store in Seattle.
Chic design comes to the nursery — and to local shops
The light pastels and traditional look of most nursery décor didn't appeal to Melissa Van Flandern when she was pregnant. She yearned for modern colors and contemporary nursery design but compensated by painting the walls a vivid lime green and covering the floors with red, fuchsia and orange carpet. Her friends teased, "Is (the baby) going to be able to sleep in this room?"
But now, more than two years later, walk into tottini, the children's store Van Flandern and business partner Melissa Maffei opened this month, and you'll see brushstrokes of vibrant colors contrasting sharply with the modern space, and brands like ducduc, the Netto Collection and Argington.
At their store in the South Lake Union district, a back wall boasts a saturated orange color; a sleek crib features bedding in deep browns, reds and greens normally reserved for adults; and bold, graphic Angela Adams rugs dot the concrete floor.... (read more)
CitySearch
tottini showroom
Best of Citysearch 2006 Editorial Winner - Baby Store
A partitioned series of displayed "rooms" highlights specific designers in this bright children's shop, where urban, modern designs are de rigueur and many goods are made from organic, recycled and sustainably produced materials.... (read more)
Seattle Magazine
The Best of 2006:  tottini - Best New Kids' Store
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