Category: Art + Decor

Alexander Girard Underfoot

The modular carpet tiles from FLOR are taking the design world by storm with their new offerings by the renown mid-century textile designer, Alexander Girard. But eh, who cares about the design world when there are regular old parents out there who just need smart, cool floor covering ideas for their nurseries and playrooms. Obviously the whole La Fonda del Sol collection looks amazing – especially our fave, the Pequino. But we really love how practical they are for families; the prices are great (just $159 for the set of six tiles), you can double it for larger spaces,...

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Time Keeps On Tickin’ Tickin’ Tickin’

So you think decorating your baby’s room is hard, right? Just wait until they get older and have opinions, none of which match anything you suggest. We’re betting that any cool parent and any music obsessed tween will equally go ga-ga (or whatever it is they do these days) over these vinyl wall clocks from etsy shop The Grateful Thread. Handmade using recycled vinyl and 7-inch albums, these functioning timepieces feature custom hands that actually look like a record needle. If you want to add a special twist, they’ll even design custom labels just for you or your kid – whose...

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Give Hippos a Chance

I like the concept of animal decor for the baby nursery but circus animals? No. Noah’s ark? Not so much. Parade of cutesy farm animals? Pass. The Delicate Hippo might just be the key to my heart. This hilarious vinyl wall sticker set from Toronto-based So-deco made me giggle. It’s a fantastic way to incorporate a little humor into your nursery without subjecting your child to goofy cross-eyed elephants or swinging monkeys. If you end up with a kid who’s infatuated with hedgehogs – or farm animals –  fear not.  You can easily remove the hippo if the need...

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What Do May Flowers Bring? Around My Place, Broken Vases

I love fresh-cut flowers as much as the next person, but what I don’t love is putting a tippy glass container in the middle of my kitchen table. Maybe I could just add a sign: "Hey, kids! I’m breakable! Please knock me over so that Mom can pick broken glass out of her roses!" My kids are old enough now that I can set out a vase without too much worry, but if you have little ones, check out the brilliance that is the Jill-able Fill Me Up Vase. It’s a plastic bag! Made from recycled materials, each vase...

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Putting Art in Children’s Hands.

When we got our first look at the Mummysam Shop, we knew right away to file this selection of softies under decor as well as playthings. Why? Well just look at them. Artist and former painter Samantha Cotterill turned her talents towards softies after having children and we’re just flipping over the artfulness. The felt and lambswool-stuffed townhouse shown here is wonderful for urban kids who don’t know from the likes of farmhouses (or McMansions). And the bakery trucks and soft pastry shop would look wonderful along a bookshelf if you can manage to keep it out of your...

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Oh Deer

Every time I see a friend’s nursery with decals on the wall, I think rats, that’s what I should have done. Especially since at not quite three, my oldest daughter is already expressing rather strong preferences about what may and may not be displayed in her room. Wall Candy Arts by all accounts is the design leader in removable wall decals for kids rooms, and their new Deerly Beloved set, besides being our kinda pun, is super cute. Add it to a wishlist at the shop and get yours in a few weeks when it ships. I could see...

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Go Ask Alice When She’s 10 Feet Tall

I’ve always had a thing for Lewis Carrol but most of the Alice prints that would be cute for a little girl’s room have a 19th century feel that doesn’t jibe with my modern decor. Then I came across the Tea With White Rabbits print from artist (and mom of two) Lindsay Bracken and I thought ooooooh. Now the girls she features aren’t Alice per se – Alice never had the hipster bangs that I know of – but they do have that storybook heroine feel about each of them. Prints like Come a Little Closer and Candlelight look...

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Today’s Nursery Decor is Brought to You by the Letter J

Personalized gifts are always a huge hit at baby showers but the problem is, so many of them are kinda lame. (Sorry, fans of personalized picture frames with little dots at the end of every curliecue letter in the name. But lame.) Not so the sweet handmade letter cushions from Netherlands shop Yvestown.  While G, S, Q, U, W and X are notably absent (better luck next time, Quinlan)  you can custom design every other letter with the colorful patterns and contrasting side fabrics. Or if you’re more open, check the sample sale section for 20% off ready made...

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The Rorshack Mobile

I have a soft spot for felt crafts, pun only intended a little. So of course when I discovered UK etsy shop Lupin from brilliant felt crafter Laura Howard, of course I got click happy. The brooches are darling of course, but I really swooned over this abstract felt mobile made of 160 individually hand cut pieces of the fuzzy fabric. Well, they’re supposed to be abstract; but I see peacock features or mod olives or crazy pink eggs, sunny side up. Each disc is two-sided, so each strand looks consistently beautiful as it dangles and sways in the...

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Childrens Art Meets Night Light

I’m the first to espouse the powers of the night light in helping make bedtime (and those nighttime wakings) easier. But then there’s the ones you have to remember to turn off so they don’t burn out. Oh, and the ones that are more like a spotlight than a soft dim glow. And the ones that are just plain fugly. And then I got to thinking, maybe I’m not such a night light fan after all. Enter Luminous Art from one of our favorite artists, Kerri Lee. These adorable pieces feature creatures who actually glow in the dark, so you...

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Not Your Average Nursery Decor

My six-year-old and I are at odds when it comes to decorating her room. She wants to paint it bubblegum pink, while I’m fearful of being reminded of Pepto (shudder). Fortunately, a compromise is on the horizon — in the form of the creative new Blik wall decals. Newest on tap is the collaboration with cmp fave Wee Gallery that turns their whimsical illustrations into peel-off wall art. The garden set is girlie without getting cloying. But it’s fun poking around the whole Blik site, especially to see what’s new in their collaboration with Threadless, the artsy t-shirt people....

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Alphabet Circus

I’ve always thought that the best ABC posters for kids aren’t the ones that simply familiarize them with the letters, but inspire imagination around the images themselves. We’ve found that very thing in Paula Prass’s lovely Alphabet Girl artwork. Found at her shop Mimi’s Collection, which she runs with her daughter (cool!), this gallery wrapped canvas reproductions of Paula’s original artwork  is just plain cheery and fun to look at. And it’s available in a primary-colored Alphabet Boy version. I’m not entirely certain that the letters have much to do with the accompanying imagery – unless the elephant carrying...

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Flying the Friendly Bookshelves

It’s hard not to be slightly obsessed with planes when you’re married to a pilot. But I learned very quickly that not just any plane will do – it’s got to get the family pilot approval, which is sometimes hard to come by. The bi-plane bookends from toy shop Giggle Fliggle passed with flying (heh) colors. Created from natural maple right here in the USA, these clever, brightly painted bookends are a great detail for any little aviator’s room and make a better gift than some stupid airplane knickknack. Trust me, we’ve seen our share.-Kristen...

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You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Wallhanging

Looking out on the morning rain, I used to feel uninspired. But then I found wooden wall art. And super cuteness transpired. What? You were going to hang paper prints on your wall? Weird. Because wood is the new, um, paper. And to celebrate the closer-to-nature format, Pop Ink’s cool, hip, organic Décor-a-Board art works (like this here Woodsy Robin) are printed directly on unfinished birch veneer of recycled wood scraps and unused parts of lumbered trees. Timbertastic!...

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A Long Way From Dumbo

I’m not always enamored of animal artwork for the kid’s room because much of the time, you end up with baby-ish images longer than you have actual babies. But in the case of the elephant canvases at Modern Dose, heck, I could live with them in my own bedroom. Artist (and interior designer, and design mag junkie, and Modern Dose owner) Estela Luego personally signs each hand-stretched canvas which is ready to brighten up any wall, no framing necessary. The fun calico style prints in lime, orange or pink are possibly the long awaited cure for Seasonal Affective Disorder....

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Art for All My Sisters and Me

I don’t have a little girl, but if I did, I’d definitely want to decorate her room with positive, joyful, encouraging, you-can-do-it-girlfriend types of things. Things a little less princess and a little more like the mixed-media artwork of Kelly Rae Roberts. A former medial social worker turned full-time artist, Kelly creates vivid collages with a feminine flair that incorporate girl-power positive affirmations – in a cool way, not a Stuart Smalley way. You’ll have fun perusing her etsy shop for titles like Standing Tall, Leap Fearlessly, and Believe. Awesome. Pieces like Side by Side and Grow would be...

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The Cow Says Moooo. Also: Carry Me, Mama!

I love to browse the CMP archives for children’s artwork, because thanks to Liz and Kristen’s discerning taste, it’s all worth exploring. But I have to admit that I get an even bigger thrill out of bringing a new artist to their attention – and getting a nod of approval. My latest find is the stick-leg art from BeesKneesStudio. Artist Erica Vess creates original acrylic paintings of farm animals which are simple, colorful, and cheerfully unique. Treat your child’s bedroom to an original painting for just $65, or group a few digital prints together (available at her etsy shop)...

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The Alphabet Spells Her Name

It was quite a big deal around here when my daughter learned how to spell her name. And now when we’re out, she points out every Q, the first letter of her name, anywhere we go–which, really, is almost not annoying after the 134th time. So when I saw this custom ABC name poster at Madebygirl, I knew I had found the perfect birthday present for my little speller. Just send in your kid’s name and color scheme, and you’ll get a fantastic personalized twist on the traditional alphabet. Besides, kids are narcissists. If they’re going to be the center of the...

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Lucy’s Name in the Sky, Without the Diamonds

Thanks to my husband the pilot, I’m definitely into planes as children’s room decor; but that doesn’t mean I’ll just grab any old picture of an aircraft and slap it up on my son’s wall. So when I saw artist Bret Herbert’s Skywriter series, I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Using a series of backgrounds, like a farm field, beach, or my favorite, the New York City skyline, Bret creates an original piece of art with your child’s name as if it was written in the sky by a bi-plane. The canvases look amazing unframed, and make a...

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Art That Sparks Imagination

When you’re looking for figurative art for a nursery, the selection is often limited to happy kids playing with happy animals under a happy sun. But I’m intrigued with taking a more Waldorf approach to the art, in which the kids’ expressions leave room for interpretation – and story telling. This is just the thing that drew me to the work of Philly-area painter and mom Lisa Hurwitz. I will admit that on first glance I believed her style a bit moody for kids. But the more I stared at individual pieces like her Girl With Bird and Red...

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Going Nocturnal

Now that I know there are more mobile options than some ugly plush "registry essential" that plays a robotic rendition of Twinkle Twinkle, I’m determined to spread the word to all the new moms out there. Take this artful Wise Ol’ Owl mobile by IGE, beautifully carved out of plexiglass and found at my new favorite boutique Cape Weekend. It’s artful, simple, and can snazz up any nursery before transitioning to the big boy or girl room. The way I see it, if your baby is going to be awake at night anyway like mine was, might as well offer him...

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Keeping Clips From Getting Clipped

No one tells you when you start buying cute hair clips for your daughter–probably long before she’ll even keep them in her hair for more than two seconds–that you might want to consider some way to put them away properly each night. As in, not a pile on the changing table, and not a green melamine cup on her bookshelf that the baby can get to. Ahem. Designer Kim Marable of Ribbies Clippies has such an awesome solution in her clever Clippie Holders. Maybe this is like some old skool barette storage trick or something, but basically two parallel...

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A New Take on the Good Old A to Z

I had the great fortune of receiving a lovely personalized Ida Pearle print from my gorgeous and brilliant CMP co-editor upon the birth of my son. [Co-editor’s Note: I’m funny, too.] So when I learned that Ida had recently released a set of alphabet cards, I couldn’t wait to check them out. These 6.5" square cards are more like mini art prints on heavy card stock, featuring Ida’s signature illustrations. Each letter brings to life the joyous events of childhood, wordlessly – F is for friends, J is for jumping. Hang the cards decoratively using the twine and mini...

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Take-Me-To-Your-Nursery

While I love having two daughters to shop for in the wardrobe department, I absolutely love picking out nursery art for little guys. I suppose my tastes run a bit darker than the average girl’s – more demented space aliens, fewer happy ballerinas. Needless to say, I am totally loving the original kids artwork from the Baltimore mom/pop run PrestoBingo Studio. Joyce Hesselberth and Dave Plunkert create just amazing robots and Martians. Or maybe Venutians. I never quite get that straight. If their work seems familiar, you’re probably a New Yorker subscriber or an MTV watcher. (But you can...

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Watch the Birdie

Piggy banks? Isn’t that like sooooo every year since 1582? For a fresher take on money management I’m loving the idea of trading piggies for birdies with this modern silver and pewter helicopter bank found at CMP fave boutique, Flying Peas. The propellers even spin. For just 25 bucks, it’s such a cool addition to a modern nursery or kid’s room, whether or not your kid is old enough to know to save his pennies instead of eating them. The eating pennies thing? Been there. Don’t recommend it. –Liz  Save 10% off any order at Flying Peas with code...

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The Name’s Superoboturbo (Shortened From Superoboturbostein)

My son is currently more into electronics than art, preferring robots to Rothko. Go figure. So when it comes to the pictures that we’d all like on his walls, I never thought I’d find what I found from the artist Superoboturbo at Kindergallery. He’s introduced us to a world of robot friends, fantastical menagerie, and world peace. What more could I want? Superoboturbo is actually Netherlands master artist Jordy van den Nieuwendijk who has produced five different limited-edition ink print dreamscape illustrations on archival paper that you can only find at Kindergallery. Of course, original art is more expensive...

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Getting your fixx of indie

Just in time for the holidays, our blogging friends at Indie Fixx have come along with their very own online boutique, appropriately named the Indie Fixx Shop. Perfect! You’ll have fun browsing the beautiful site for all kinds of very reasonable jewelry, yummy bath products, and fun stuff for the home including the great block print dishtowels from Artgoodies, previously featured here. All of it is, natch, from independent artists. But what really caught my eye for kids was Shira Sela’s lovely Kite Print. Just grab the frame with that old nursery print you’re tired of, replace it with...

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Murals You Can Move

As a first-time homeowner, I’m faced with the new and daunting challenge of decorating my kids’ rooms. I’ve weighed all my options: Wallpaper? Heck no. Murals? You obviously haven’t seen me draw. Decals it is! And so when the new wall images from one of our favorite designers, Mel Lim, popped into my inbox, I was ever so grateful. Known for exquisite stationery, Mel Lim has created an equally sophisticated series of six wall art designs for Blik, the chic parent’s go-to spot for wall graphics. Some, like hare hopping take more design know-how than others (with results to...

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Illustrating Childhood

I wish I could afford original Maurice Sendak or A.A. Milne prints for my kids’ rooms, but with #3 on the way, that’s not going to happen any time soon. So instead I’m turning to artist Sarah Jane of Sarah Jane Studios for more affordable but still endearing illustrated options. I love the soothing colors and simple lines of prints like Curl in the Middle of Her Forehead (above) or Danse Avec Moi (below). And the fanciful designs are all printed on beautiful paper, ready for framing. It’s the kind of timeless work that could have hung in our parents’...

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Circle Gets The Square

I always admire parents with a great eye – you know, the ones who enter the "my nursery is awesome and yours isn’t" type of contests on AT: Nursery, and actually win. I think their kids are so lucky to get to grow up in such beautiful, artful spaces where not every inch of wall is claimed by ducks or rabbits. For those of you that fit this description (or those who wish they did), I present the striking geometric mobiles from mom of two and prolific California designer, Vilija Marshall of Oras. High density foam squares or ovals...

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