Category: Art + Decor

Rocket Dog, Burning Out His Fuse Out Here Alone

It might be harder to find cute boys clothes than cute girls clothes, but one place boys have it good is with room decor. J Austin Ryan is an online gallery featuring all kinds of original work from artist Marnie Vollenhals but it’s her boys art that really makes an impression. Standouts: Her whimsical monkeys skateboarding, a richly colored train car canvas for traditionalists, and the limited edition Rocket Dog painting. Everything is hand-painted (not printed) and most fall into the very reasonable $100 range. If you can manage to stay clear of fluffy bunnies and duckies in those...

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From Rock to Rattle

So what do you do when you’re a cool, happening, Brooklyn gig poster designer and you find yourself about to have your first kid? Well you don’t hit the mall for nursery posters, that’s for sure; you make your own. Then you print some more so other people can buy them. Then you tell Cool Mom Picks about it. Introducing Jon Setzen, the talent behind Standard Motion design studio, and now one of the freshest alphabet posters we’ve seen lately. Jon took a break from creating work for the likes of Frank Black and Built to Spill to focus...

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Block-Heads

I’m loving linoleum block prints lately. There’s something about this ye olde time-y way of putting image to paper that actually feels really fresh amongst today’s sea of clean-lined computer generated design.

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Aesop 2007

The artistic potential of fables and fairy tales is often obscured by the pedestrian illustrations that accompany them. Those classic stories are so full of vivid characters, I’m actually surprised that more artists aren’t inspired by them.

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Inexpensive Art. Come Again?

If you accidentally spent all your money on that fantastic-gotta-have-it bedding, your poor little baby might be left to stare at boring blank walls. And as we all know, that’s just not good for brain development and preverbal aptitude tests, now is it.

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Flights of Fancy

Sometimes I come across one-of-a-kind artwork that’s just so wow, I’m almost tempted not to share it here. Because if you like it before I get around to clicking "add to my cart," I lose.

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A is for Anhui, B is for Beijing

As a writer I’ve always subscribed to the adage, "write what you know." And I assume the same goes for other art forms as well. (Paper maché what you know!) So it’s not surprising that prolific illustrator and photographer Stephanie Wise began creating a spectacular series of modern adoption art in 2005 after setting off on her own adoption journey.

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You Light Up My Life

While I would like to think a picture of my children makes a wonderfulpresent anytime of year, I suppose there’s a limit to how often you can hastily drop a snapshot into a frame and send it off to the in-laws.

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The Walls They Are A-Changin’

It seems to me that what I’m looking for in kids’ room decor has transitioned almost as fast as my son has moved from the infant to the toddler to the kid section. Change is happening and it’s taking my soft, cuddly nursery fabric with it.

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Finding Your Child Through Art

My five year old is on a mission to find herself–not through junior self-help seminars, but in every movie poster, magazine ad, or book cover she sees. Mimi will exclaim, "I’ll pretend to be that little girl in the picture, Momma. You can be the cow." (I don’t love being the cow.)

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Arts and Science

As part of my ongoing crusade as a lover of science, my girls are exploring the natural world through trips to planetariums or even just finding ladybugs in the backyard. B

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Kids Art With a Longer Shelf Life

As I’ve learned rather quickly–too quickly–the artwork you buy for your baby’s nursery might seem…well, babyish in a very short matter of time. Those sweet little Peter Rabbit prints that made you teary when your boy was just a babe in arms aren’t cutting it now that he’s three and answers to the name Mr. Destructo.

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For the Birds

Artwork depicting the ABC’s or 1-2-3’s usually has a fairly short shelf-life (or wall-life, more accurately). Pastels and teddy bears are often deemed "babyish" around the same time that the diapers disappear.

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Art by Actual Artists: What a Concept

I’ve always liked the idea of turning a favorite photo of my child into a piece of artwork. But a lot of those Warhol-eque services just look like a computer novice took a Photoshop 101 class, and went nutty with the filters. What ever happened to art made by actual artists?

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We Can’t All Be Arists – Or Maybe We Can

Admittedly I’m a little opinionated when it comes to art. Sometimes I come across a piece I’m considering buying but then I think "hm, if only they’d have done this one little thing…" Apparently I’m not alone here, which is where designer/art director/mom Jeannie Richardson’s studio, Me Art comes in. You send them a photo of your child and her team will spend hours working with you to turn it into exactly the piece of artwork you have in mind. The way they see it, you’re the artist and they’re just there to provide expert creative guidance. So you...

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White Walls No More

I admire parents who have the talent and motivation to paint murals for their kids’ bedrooms. My own kids’ rooms remain stark white, because I haven’t had the free weekend to devote to acquiring supplies, emptying rooms, designing murals, and then painting the walls. And honestly, visions of toddler-sized hand prints made of paint around the house are enough to keep me from tackling that particular decorating challenge. I think I’ve found the perfect solution for adding some life to those blank walls: the vinyl Mimi’lou wall art decals available at Zoe B online boutique. Pretty up the nursery...

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Just Stick It

I have loved the clever, collagey, distinctive tee designs from Vancouver-based Dirty Laundry ever since we featured them last year. But the only problem with wearable art for kids – they most certainly can’t wear it forever.

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Your Greatest Work of Art: Your Child

I’m always tempted to get one of those caricatures of my daughter at local art fairs. While I love the concept of my progeny immortalized at the skilled hand of an artist, something tells me that that’s not exactly what I’m going to end up with for my 20 bucks.

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