Category: Art + Decor

Forget grungy: upcycled gets downright gorgeous

Creating art, decor and furniture with upcycled materials is not just a fleeting design fad. It’s a way of living for many artists who want to create items that are sustainable and friendly to our earth. Fortunately, a lot of upcycled pieces are on the forefront of design as well. Meet Swedish Guy Design. “Swedish Guy” grew up on a farm in Minnesota with his Swedish/ Norwegian family, then became certified as a Green Builder in San Francisco. What’s really interesting is that the source of material for all of his gorgeous pieces–from a modern lamp to a magazine rack...

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Bowled over: vintage bowling lanes get new life as kids’ furniture

Every now and then I spot kids’ furniture that makes me wish I had a little expendable income, and that’s exactly how I feel about these amazing pieces from CounterEvolution.  Table Tots are quite possibly the coolest kids’ table sets I’ve ever seen. And “cool” doesn’t even cover it. This is heirloom-quality furniture with an amazing story worth telling for generations to come. Each set is completely handcrafted from recycled wood and steel rescued from closed-down bowling lanes and other buildings scheduled to be demolished, then finished using green-friendly practices. Fab.  And if the artistry looks familiar, it’s because designer Jim...

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A stylish solution for storage needs

Finding storage solutions is one of our obsessions. I love buckets and bins, but I need them to be on budget and, just as important for me, not boring to look at. Chewing The Cud has solved both of those problems by creating these adorable fabric storage buckets that are modern, whimsical and easy on the wallet. You can choose from a variety of colors and patterns as well as different sizes. These buckets are perfect for for display, gift presentation and storage. I can already think of so many ways to use them around my house!                                   Use them...

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Reach for the stars: galactic growth charts track rocketing kiddos

When I was a kid, instead of a growth chart, my parents measured us old-school style on the doorframe between the kitchen and the dining room. Quaint they were, but old-school doorway measurements had their drawbacks. Before my folks eventually painted over our milestones, they transferred the data to a wooden stick, but who knows where that ended up in the Land of the Lost Basement.  This is one of the reasons I love the new trend of growth charts that you can hang up anywhere. A perfect example: this space-themed children’s growth chart at Milk Moon Kids is a total winner. First, it’s...

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Decorate with a name

Celebrating a baby’s name is part of having a child. That’s why it is so refreshing to see modern, stylish name decals for nursery and kids’ room decor that feel personal yet up-to-date.  41 Orchard has created these adorable name and personal wall stickers.  You can choose from a variety of colors and design options, and I love that you can choose to display either an initial or an entire name.                                   Clean, simple and refreshing–what a lovely way to bring that new nursery to life. – Kirsten Shop personalized wall decals and more at 41 Orchard. [via a...

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Motherhood = coffeehood

I am still the world’s worst Starbucks orderer. I can’t remember whether I order the size before the “iced” and I still get the name of the coffee I love wrong. So of course I’m giggling at this adorable poster that breaks down the basic coffee types with charming graphics. The Know Your Coffees print from Kate Moore at Missouri’s Blimpcat Studios would look so cute in a kitchen (by the French Press perhaps?) or even above a desk where you might occssionally burn the midnight oil with a cup of java. Or half-caf. Or Irish. There are some hours at...

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Characters with character: alphabet prints for superhero fans

In this fontastic alphabet, J stands for James…James Bond? I’m in. Especially since I is for Iron Man. I just love the way Helvetica is used to depict some of my favorite superheroes and famous characters, and wow, how great would they be in a cool kid’s room? Helvetica, My Hero is a typography project by French design student Rene Mambembe. Each letter of the alphabet is depicted as a famous character from comics or film using what’s essentially the most simplistic and well-known of fonts: Helvetica. And yet each character has such…character. As they’re superheroes or movie villains, a disproportionate...

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Oh my oh my oh dinosaur

If there’s one awesome baby gift for any kid at all anywhere, it’s a bunch of books to start his library. Which means if there’s one more awesome baby gift, it’s going to be a sturdy bookend that does more than just sit there and look pretty on the shelf. Or in this case, look fierce. The weighted faux leather animal bookends at Serena + Lily come in all sorts of fun animals, but I think the dinosaur bookend is my favorite. At his height he’d be perfect for holding up all those palm-sized board books the new mom...

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Grow baby, grow.

Despite having found so many cool kids’ growth charts here on Cool Mom Picks, I confess I still use a pencil on the side of our kitchen wall. It’s not that I haven’t loved every single one of them, but they’re either too pretty or too big or just too…something for us. But that all ended with this Etsy find from Studio 1am. Sure, at a quick glance it looks like a gigantic yard stick, but upon closer examination the Measure Me Stick is a little bit of genius. Handmade in Chicago from solid wood that’s certified by the Forest Stewardship...

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Let’s hear it for the boys

Moms of boys, rejoice! One of our favorite artists for fierce girl-power art is now tackling the sweet but manly side of our sons.  We fell in love with Amanda Visell’s quartet of strong girl posters. Then we cheered for her second take on girls who aren’t afraid of a little mud. Now we’re nodding along and dashing away tears to see her tender take on the sweet side of our boys. In a world where boy decor is dominated by Thor, full contact sports, and a talking hot-rod that seems like a subconscious symbol of midlife crises to...

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