Category: Art + Decor

It’s map time

My 5-year-old showed almost zero percent interest in maps until we went on vacation to a beach town. Suddenly, it was very important that she be the holder of the map at all times. It was ultimately a good thing, even if said map ended up covered in melted chocolate ice cream and ripped in random places. Her newfound awareness about the world around her made me appreciate the genius behind Soft Cities even more. Soft Cities are exactly what they sound like: maps of your favorite places printed onto soft blankets and napkins (“mapkins”!). You simply write in the...

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Mobiles for when babies outgrow the black and white

While I will always have a soft spot in my heart for those high-contrast, abstract-shaped, infant mobiles, admittedly they don’t age well as your child gets older. The folks at CMP favorite Petit Collage have the perfect solution for that quiet corner of your kiddo’s room, or the bland area above your landing, or any place that needs a pop of color and little bit of movement. Their gorgeous cut paper mobiles are made with thick cardstock, stitched with cotton thread, and printed in delicious colors. And there’s not a zig-zaggy test pattern among them. All mobiles come fully-assembled and ready...

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Quilts go cosmopolitan

Ever look down from an airplane at the panorama below and consider how very much the ground looks like a crazy quilt? Us, too. That’s just one reason we’re smitten with how these stylish quilts that gorgeous capture the cities and places we love. Haptic Lab designs handmade luxury quilts that represent someone’s unique place in the world through the sense of touch. Each quilt is made of handstitched 100% natural cotton in a cooperative effort between designers in Brooklyn and certified fair trade labor partners in India. White quilts like the one above are so subtle–at first they look...

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A Brooklyn home without the Brooklyn prices

There’s a saying in real estate: location, location, location. But after that’s out of the way, in New York we tend to put a premium on character. You know, exposed brick, tin ceilings, original wood floors. (Don’t ever expect to find wall-to-wall carpeting here. If you do; wonder what it’s hiding underneath.) But now,  if you didn’t find the character you’re craving, now you can fake it with this unbelievable wallpaper series. The trompe l’oeil Brooklyn wallpaper series by Merci, at one of my long-time favorite shops, Rockett St George, is mindblowingly cool. The papers look like the turn-of-the-century...

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A taste of summer, indoors

Sometimes art just speaks to you, and that’s how I felt gazing at the beautiful original artwork from artist Rachel Austin. I was poking around the Poppytalk Marketplace and discovered Rachel’s wonderful mixed media map paintings. Clearly bitten by the travel bug, her work evokes lovely images across the country, from a lakeside campground to midwestern birds on a wire in Long Island City, all created over original maps. Some are mounted on a boxy, appropriately unfussy wooden frame, and then there’s also a series of archival prints you can have framed yourself.                           I can imagine that...

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Cool movie posters for fans of film and great design

Okay so I guess it’s cool modern poster day today at Cool Mom Picks, because aside from the adorable city posters that Kirstin raved about, I just fell in love with a series of classic movie posters, reinterpreted by a modern graphic artist and now on sale. The Joseph Chiang movie posters are down to just $28 today on Fab.com, so snatch one up if it’s calling your name. From Reservoir Dogs and I Shot Andy Warhol, to Amelie and a whole lot of Wes Anderson, it’s like an indie lover’s dream collection. Although if you’re more of a...

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Turning the cities you love into amazing works of art

When traveling, I find myself falling in love with places I go. I usually try and find something to take home with me that will always remind me of it, which is probably why I love when artists create that same feeling with their artwork. Susan Taylor of Taylors Type has created these eye-catching typographical city prints.  Each print is colorful and complete with iconic image that will look familiar to fans of Berlin, Chicago, Rome and more.  There are 11 cities to choose from in this collection, all beautifully captured. All you need to do is frame them....

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A coat rack almost too cute to hang your coats on

My favorite pastime is visiting flea markets and discovering items that will bring character to my child’s space and my own space.  And finding great deals adds to the excitement. But now there’s an adorable shop online that’s giving me the same thrills. All Lovely Stuff carries a collection of, well, lovely items that are sure to bring a smile to your home and space.  My favorite item, Animals of Whittling Wood, is a beautiful natural coat rack with fox, rabbit and cat profiles.  I think that I need this.                                 This moose rack would work great in an...

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Personalized baby gifts without the big prices

Some of my most favorite baby gifts to give and receive are personalized, but they can often be a little tough on the budget. That’s why I’m so thrilled that one of our favorite Etsy artisans has started making personalized baby name gifts that are easy on the eyes and your wallet.  Last year, we were all instantly smitten with the affordable embroidered initial necklaces from Merriweather Council–so much so that Liz featured them on the TODAY Show. So I’m not surprised that her new custom baby name wall art caught my eye. I just love the combination of whimsical fabric...

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If you believe they put an owl on the moon

When I find myself with a little square of wall space to fill, I’ve found that ornaments can add nice texture and dimension, instead of another poster or print. And this Etsy shop makes ones that are so cute, I might just clear some space. The little red moon with owl ornaments from the Intres shop look adorably cute for a nursery that needs some brightening up. Considering you get two for just $15, it’s even worth the international shipping from Vigo, Spain. Although having been there last summer, I’m thinking maybe I’ll just fly back there again and...

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