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24 Jun, 2011

Ottawa Giveaway alert: summertime picnic fun from Red Chair Kids

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Fishbowl patrons|Giveaways and product reviews

Happy Friday! This giveaway is brought to you by my newest blog patron, Red Chair Kids, a lovely children’s boutique in West Wellington village right here in Ottawa.

If you know me at all you will know that I live and breathe that famous quote from William Morris:

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”

It’s had an impact on a lot of our home-related purchases, and it is always in the back of my mind when I think about our reno. It makes me happy to have beautiful things! But that is neither here nor there. I only wanted to mention it because I am pretty certain that Monica and Sarah, the owners of Red Chair Kids, think about that William Morris quote a lot too, because so much of their store is overwhelmingly beautiful AND useful.

This giveaway consists of three items to go to one family…  all useful and beautiful things for a summertime picnic. Picnics are a summertime MUST DO in my opinion. Not only does food taste better when you’re eating outdoors, but the kids absolutely love picnics. (Sidebar: here are some good Ottawa-area picnic places from SavvyMom!)


Here’s the what’s what!

Central Park Outdoor Blanket + Cooler Bag ($55.00)
Wherever you roam, the Central Park Outdoor Blanket is ready for the beach, park or playtime at home. Once you reach your destination, it unfolds into a spacious 5′ x 5′ water-resistant blanket, keeping everyone’s picnic clean and dry. (YES!) This versatile blanket features an insulated cooler bag to chill snacks and drinks; there’s even room for mom and dad’s essentials. Detach the cooler bag and it’s a compact messenger for quick trips to the ice cream stand!

Janod Butterfly Net ($19.99)
Every picnic needs one of these.

Plan Toys Caterpillar Telescope
Darn tootin’ cute for grassy adventures and exploration.

The total retail value of this giveaway is $92.00.


Behold the fine print.

  • This giveaway is open to anyone residing in the Ottawa area, but it is void where prohibited in Quebec. (Sorry mes amis, here’s why.)
  • The winner will have to pick up their prize from Red Chair Kids in a timely manner. They’re located at 1318 Wellington Street West here in Ottawa.
  • In order for your entry to qualify you must leave your name in the comments below and tell us, what beautiful thing caught your eye in the Red Chair kids store? Have you been there before? I would love to hear about it if you have.
  • One entry per person please. We want lots of people to have the opportunity to win.
  • If you can’t post your comment here because you’re behind a firewall at work or whatever, you can email it to me for posting: andrea at quietfish dot com (however I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder!!)
  • Good karma goes to those who tweet or post about this on their Facebook profiles. I bet you didn’t know this but it actually increases your odds of winning. ;)
  • I will do a random draw of all qualifying entries using Random.org at noon EST on July 2, 2011.

This is not a requirement of this giveaway, but did you know that Red Chair is on Facebook? And if you like their store, you should like their page, because that’s where you get all the best insider scoop… which is important if you like beautiful things like me and like to get advance notice. :)

That’s it! Over to you. Thank you Red Chair, for hosting this generous (and beautiful!) giveaway!

57 Responses to "Ottawa Giveaway alert: summertime picnic fun from Red Chair Kids"

1 | Ingrid

June 24th, 2011 at 9:52 am


I wandered into Red Chair Kids on a whim not too long ago…I liked most things in the shop but the absolute best items that caught my eye were the mobiles! They are all fantastic and hands down my favourite.

2 | Miss Vicky

June 24th, 2011 at 9:56 am


They have a lovely display right now of colourful tutus. We’ve been regulars at Red Chair for a while – our favourite purchase has been the Plan Toys kitchen.

3 | Vivian

June 24th, 2011 at 10:11 am


I love Red Chair Kids! Honestly, the first thing that caught my eye about their store is the sign. I love the red chair silhouette :) Once inside, it was the Automoblox that caught my eye for my son.

4 | Melanie Spiteri

June 24th, 2011 at 10:25 am


I have been to Red Chair only once, but think it is fabulous. I decided to head down to wellington one day when i had just had my first babe, and since we live south of the city, it is a trip :) Anyways I love the butterfly mobile! I may have to head there once again!

5 | Sarah Lamoureux

June 24th, 2011 at 10:31 am


While pregnant for my first son Luka 4 years ago, I heard about this beautiful store that carried an amazing array of specialty baby/children’s items. I decided to take a trek to the store to hear what all the fuss was about.

The store is absolutely beautiful. Its a high-end nursery with all the “fixing’s”. From the beautiful Rocking Chairs, gorgeous Oeuf infant furniture with elegant bedding or just let your eyes wander and you will be taken away by the incredible pieces of artwork on the walls.

I now have a 23 month old son Maxime as well and love visiting the store. Always something unique and beautiful to find for ourselves or as a gift for a new special bundle of joy.

Looking forward to many more visits ;)


6 | Joy

June 24th, 2011 at 10:41 am


I have never been in to Red Chair Kids – i know, i know – shame on me! But i just browsed their website. Very cool stuff. I liked the Skip Hop backpacks. They are REALLY cute.
Thanks for the opportunity.

7 | Wendy

June 24th, 2011 at 10:51 am


This is such a great little shop….where to start with all the lovely items they have. I have to agree that all the baby furnishings are gorgeous. I haven’t been in a while but must head up to grab a butterfly net even if I don’t win….have been looking for one for my son he loves to catch butterflies and other insects!

8 | Andie

June 24th, 2011 at 11:24 am


I love Red Chair Kids! It is the best spot to pick up a “special” gift for mom to be or little one! My favorite purchase for myself/children from there was this diaper purse that was so luxurious and help enough wipes and diapers to keep us stocked for short outings! i still have it and now it contains wipes and tissues and other child friendly necessities for a day out of the house and keeps it all together!

9 | Debbie

June 24th, 2011 at 12:50 pm


Love the P’kolino Little Reader chairs – I’d pick the purple one!

10 | Tiana

June 24th, 2011 at 12:50 pm


I’ve never been in unfortunately but have looked online several times. We already have the Stokke crib and high chair that they carry!

11 | Sarah

June 24th, 2011 at 12:56 pm


Red Chair is a lovely store and we’ve bought quite a few things from there over the years. My son always beelines it to the Plan Toys section when we go there. His favourite is the tractor.

12 | Anu

June 24th, 2011 at 1:28 pm


Lovely give away!
My daughter and I did a special trip to Red Chair Kids last fall when she started at her new daycare to pick up a backpack – she picked the penguin skip hop – and it has been great, well loved and oft used!
I love the quality of the dress-up clothes they have, actually I love the quality of the things they offer in the store overall.

13 | Nichole

June 24th, 2011 at 1:58 pm


I’ve frequented the website a few times, but haven’t yet ventured into the store…this may have to change as my son would love the Djeco Traffic Mobile. As well I really like the recycled tea set, it is pinks, blues and greens without being overly girly. Thanks for the opportunity and a reminder to check out this store!

14 | Darcy

June 24th, 2011 at 2:19 pm


I love the ever-changing window displays. They are fantastic and make our walk to school much more interesting.

15 | Lisa

June 24th, 2011 at 2:25 pm


Red Chair is one of our favorite shops for gifts, for others and for us! I haven’t been there in a while, so I am overdue for a visit.

On our watch list from previous visits: A gorgeous canvas laundry hamper, the Plan Toys tree house, a backpack for JK, and that picnic blanket.

16 | Tobi

June 24th, 2011 at 2:35 pm


The uppababy strollers! On my wishlist!

17 | Irene

June 24th, 2011 at 2:52 pm


I love the Haba toys and accessories – it is such a great brand of products…. I had one of their mobiles for my daughter and it was lovely :)

18 | Lynn

June 24th, 2011 at 3:16 pm


Here’s a secret of mine: even though we have so many stuffed animals that my husband has issued a house-wide ban, I love them and wish we had more. So my favourite thing is this stuffed kitty:

My daughter who is turning 4 next week would love it. Think I can sneak it in somehow?

19 | coffee with julie

June 24th, 2011 at 6:27 pm


I really like Red Chair … it is such a lovely boutique experience in there. I bought my DS’s lunch bag and a book the last time I was in. But I admired so much more! Most recently, I was checking their website because they carry some interesting mobiles and I am looking to re-do both of the kids’ bedrooms after the move.

20 | Melissa

June 24th, 2011 at 7:24 pm


I was in there a few weeks ago and thought the sun hats were absolutely sweet. :) Such fun prints! I also liked the wooden Plan Toy construction trucks. :)

21 | EmmyB

June 24th, 2011 at 7:27 pm


I’ve been there lots – most recently to buy some plan toys – love the fire engine. I’m awfully tempted by the tutus now in the window (for my 3 year old, not me).

22 | Jen

June 24th, 2011 at 7:32 pm


What a great shop! We’ve purchased several EBOO products from them – at least I think that’s the brand name – some great memory games for kids with faces from all around the world… and some Plan Toys too. And a non toxic kids’ apron too! This is a great giveaway – thanks for the chance.

23 | Capital Mom

June 24th, 2011 at 7:56 pm


I love the Lollacup in green. So cute.

24 | Lori Goodyear

June 24th, 2011 at 9:04 pm


I love Red Chair Kids! I’ve been there many times to buy things for my children, and gifts for my friends. Red Chair is filled with beautiful things, but one of the most beautiful things about this store and its owners is the significant contribution they have made to our community, particularly in support of children’s activities. My daughter proudly wears her Fisher Park Soccer Shirt with Red Chair Kids on the back every week. Bravo Red Chair and thank you! :)

25 | Natalie

June 24th, 2011 at 9:09 pm


I love Red Chair Kids! We recently purchased the table and chair set for our two year old. The set is solid wood and red! It’s beautiful and functional. I expect it to be in our family for a very long time!

26 | Carla

June 24th, 2011 at 10:24 pm


I’ve been to Red Chair and it is a lovely store, full of wonderful toys, and great furniture for kids. I love the natural baby toys they have, like the wood rattle and wood teether which I would love to get for our newest babe now that we de-plastic-ified our lives quite a bit. And wonderful window displays

27 | Carolyn

June 24th, 2011 at 11:15 pm


I love Red Chair’s mobiles but spying the tutus might force me to change my number one pick – with 3 girls in the family, tutus win hands down all the time.

28 | Valerie

June 24th, 2011 at 11:28 pm


ooh, what neat stuff and what a great giveaway! I really like the Diana chairs – how classy looking. And I’ve always wanted one of those twilight turtle nightlights that throw stars on the ceiling.

29 | HollyStar

June 25th, 2011 at 7:42 am


Red Chair is SUCH a beautiful store! Their staff are so knowledgeable too – I always get great assistance with picking out gifts even though I’m often on a tight budget. I covet the amazing dress-up clothes for our tickle trunk and the Stokke high chairs/seats are amazing. We used them for a few weeks at a friend’s place in Vancouver and I really, really, really want one. The oeuf furniture is so beautiful too.

30 | Brian

June 25th, 2011 at 8:19 am


I keep hearing about this store and now I’m gonna have to get my three kids on the bus and go. Just… Because my kids’ favourite word is ‘adventure’ and now you’ve made this store irresistible.

31 | angela

June 25th, 2011 at 8:19 am


i drive and hour and a bit to go to red chair specifically;).
it is a lovely store with lovelier people in it ( just in case anyone has not been yet ).
i love the original artwork that they have but it is always the wooden toys and blankets that get me in the end. my little one’s lamp is from there as were his coolest tees.
oh! and the wall stickie things! we have chalkboards in all my kids rooms ( even the teen ) from there:).
yep. just cool. the whole store.

32 | redRosa

June 25th, 2011 at 8:23 am


Definitely the off-road Like-A-Bike they once had in their window display many moons ago…

33 | Heather

June 25th, 2011 at 8:47 am


Red Chair kids is a fab store! I just bought a baby first journal there as I am expecting twins and am told you never remember who fed last or pooped first!

The wall art at Red Chair Kids is great!

34 | Rebecca

June 25th, 2011 at 9:03 am


Great shop! I love the Plan Toys stuff – the pirate ship and doll houses are adorable!

35 | Kaitlin

June 25th, 2011 at 12:11 pm


I pine after the things at Red Chair Kids. Their cribs are beautiful and their collection of tutus and dresses make me wish for a little girl. My husband’s godson has a birthday next week, and we occasionally picnic with his sister. Regardless, the giveaway is delightful :)

36 | Teresa

June 25th, 2011 at 2:26 pm


We have spent many, many dollars on many, many beautiful things from Red Chair Kids. My favourite is a nightlight – bright aqua background, purple octopus front and centre. Love it!


37 | anna

June 25th, 2011 at 3:19 pm


Have been looking for a nice picnic blanket for a while and this one just fits the bill! Perfect for the picnics down by the river, concerts and especially the beach!

38 | Sonya

June 25th, 2011 at 5:44 pm


I love Red Chair Kids! We’ve been regulars of the store
for a couple of years now. My favourite item is their Red Chair Kids table and chairs set. We also have a beautiful organic bassinet that I absolutely love -even though we’re no longer using it.

39 | Michelle

June 26th, 2011 at 9:39 am


This is one of those unique stores that is such a refreshing change to those bulk kids stores… :-)

40 | Jen_nifer

June 26th, 2011 at 10:28 am


I am always tempted by the wooden toys and quilts at Red Chair Kids.

41 | Shawna

June 26th, 2011 at 11:38 am


Love the bumblebee backpack, the tangerine bubble bath, and pretty much all the boon products. Great store – we bought our twilight turtle there!

42 | Bill wilson

June 26th, 2011 at 12:18 pm


My wife and I were recently in Red Chair Kids and the owners were very helpful. They provided us with a wealth of information about buying cribs and what to look for. The knowledge and customer service was amazing. Thanks

43 | Josh

June 26th, 2011 at 1:17 pm


Love Red Chair Kids… Purchased accessories for my bugaboo stroller at the store. Great staff, beautifully decorated and especially love the furniture in the store. Kids would love the Butterfly net giveaway and my wife would love the picnic bag!

Thank you for such a great giveaway!

44 | Laura

June 26th, 2011 at 3:18 pm


I adore Red Chair Kids! the first thing that caught my eye was all the beautiful bedding! such lovely prints and fabrics!

what a fabulous giveaway!

good luck everyone :)

45 | karen

June 26th, 2011 at 9:24 pm


While the tutus are my most recent new loves, I think the actual red chair and table caught my eye. I love how small and functional it is for little ones. I have also been really happy with my recent purchases of sleep sacks and Mally bibs as they are so hard to find. Love this store!

46 | Kat

June 26th, 2011 at 10:10 pm


I always look “up” at Red Chair Kids…the lovliest mobiles.

47 | Alex

June 26th, 2011 at 11:03 pm


The most beautiful thing at Red Chair Kids at this moment is their wonderful window display of gorgeous “makes you want to have girls” petticoats in many lovely girlie colours. I love their bedding, their Jellycats, the art work, the Little Twig bath line (esp the bubble bath), their small but cool collection of books and games for toddlers & preschoolers. There is always something great to buy at any price range! Monica and Sarah put a lot of thought into everything they carry in the store and it shows. They are also so welcoming and helpful if advice or suggestions are needed. I’m a really big fan of them and their store!

48 | Kristin

June 26th, 2011 at 11:23 pm


I have been in love with Red Chair Kids from the moment it turned up in the neighbourhood. I think the thing that I love best about the store would have to be all of the lovely mobiles in the store. My ten month old daughter loves them too – her eyes are automatically drawn upwards despite all of the other lovely toys and colours! Thanks Monica and Sarah!

49 | Amy

June 27th, 2011 at 7:24 am


We love our fire engine red bunkbed that we bought two years ago for our son! Its beautiful and you can’t find anything like it in Ottawa.
Oh – and all 3 of my kids love their Blah-Blah dolls :)

50 | Seánine Ridgway-Linnenbruegger

June 27th, 2011 at 10:00 pm


We are hUGE fans of Red Chair Kids & are regular shoppers there! We had the chance to furnish our baby’s nursery with beautiful pieces from RCK this past January and are so thrilled with everything that we chose!
If I had to do the impossible and chose only one beautiful thing I would have to say that it’s the gorgeous Bloom Fresco Highchair that they sell.
By the same token, if I could chose anything beautiful at RCK then I would definitely say that what’s most beautiful is the customer service & amazing personalities of both Sarah & Monica as well as their entire team of incredible associates!
Thank you for recognizing RCK – they make navigating the world of baby that much less scary :)

51 | conchita

June 27th, 2011 at 10:32 pm


The sweetest store ever.
I love love love the beautiful mobiles locally made with coloured felt balls hanging off a dried branch picked up around the ottawa river…

52 | Mel

June 29th, 2011 at 9:47 pm


It’s a fantastic shop. I’ve only been there once and was overwhelmed with all the lovelieness. Thanks for the chance!

53 | Georgina

June 30th, 2011 at 7:58 am


I’ve been to Red chair kids and absolutely love the unique items that they have. I’ve bought the most plushest baby blankets and wall stickers for both my two boys. Thanks!

54 | DA

July 1st, 2011 at 10:42 am


Red Chair kids is one of our go to spots for kids birthday gifts. Lots of beautiful high quality items.

55 | andrea

July 2nd, 2011 at 5:53 pm


Entries are closed! Names of the winners are coming up ASAP!

56 | andrea

July 2nd, 2011 at 5:58 pm


The winner is commenter #46 -| Kat – who wrote: “I always look “up” at Red Chair Kids…the lovliest mobiles.”

I have to agree with you on this one! :)

Congratulations Kat! I will be contacting you via email. And thank you Red Chair Kids for hosting this lovely giveaway!

57 | Kat

July 3rd, 2011 at 11:10 am


I won!!! I’m sooooooo excited!! Thank-you. Thank-you. Thank-you.

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