Category: Art + Decor

Trend alert: Balloon dogs!

Jeff Koons may have popularized the balloon dog as pop art icon, but as a figure in so many of our own childhoods, its no wonder we’re starting to see all kinds of artists and brands finding inspiration in them. Here are a few super cute balloon dogs that are finding their way into home decor and modern design. Balloon dog wall decals? Magical! These, from CMP fave Wall Candy Arts, look like they’re floating around the room. The set comes with all five colors that you can reuse and reposition. And the best part–no long line of other...

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The new, non-committal family tree.

Once your little one starts growing up and you realize just how temporary each stage is, the hammer and nail type of wall decor can seem a too permanent. So naturally we love the wonderfully easy changeable trend of wall decals.  Moms Carin and Maria of Wall Stories have created some delightful designs to brighten our walls like blossoms, birds, trees, and dinosaurs. But if you are anything like this sentimental mama, you might want a more personal touch in the art that surrounds your little one. (I still have my ultrasound printout framed in her room). That’s why I particularly...

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Somewhere over the rainbow

Rainbows are a classic design staple.  When I was a little girl, my entire room was decorated in rainbows, which might have been a little too much, come to think of it.  But one here and there adds color and whimsy. This hand painted rainbow wall shelf is a not-so-distant cousin of the handmade cloud shelf from the same artist, and it’s simply adorable! More than just decor, it offers storage and a place to display your child’s favorite books and knicknacks–up to 75 pounds of them.                                   The cloud detail on each side of the shelf isn’t just...

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Light the way for someone you love

When is a candle not a candle? When it becomes a vessel for love, hope, and even water. That’s when. If you love gifts that keep on giving, gives that give back, and gifts that are made by hand with love, then we’d like to introduce you to glassybaby. glassybaby is the brainchild of Lee Rhodes, mother of three and survivor of a rare type of cancer who discovered glass and glassblowing while trying to find a few moments of serenity during her fight with cancer. After learning that the warm light emanating from hand-blown glass helped lift the...

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Wooden pull toys – Remember those?

7Long ago, before everything had a battery, lights, and played annoying music of some kind, kids actually had to power their own toys. And as much as I have an appreciation for power toys in my arsenal of parenting tricks, I just love a simple wooden toy with a string. The vintage pink elephant wooden pull toy at New Arrivals Inc. would make such a lovely baby shower or new baby gift. Until the little one’s old enough to play with it, I’d pop it on a shelf as a decoration. Then if your kids are anything like mine,...

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Some alphabet art is more equal than other alphabet art

Alphabet art is everywhere, as Cool Mom Picks readers surely know. We’ve covered dozens of interpretations of the alphabet from all kinds of artists, but there’s always room for another. Especially when it’s this cool. Boo and You is a brand new children’s wall art website based in Sydney Australia.  The website features personalized and non-personalized prints of all kinds, but I was completely taken with their alphabet prints.  They each have a cute theme created by whimsical images and soft colors.  You can select your own color scheme and each print is hand signed by the artist.                                 ...

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Keep time in a fashionable manner

As a mom, I am on a constant schedule of life.  If I lose track of time, I am in deep deep trouble. So of course clocks are an important accessories in my house. (No, I have not yet given them all up in favor of smart phone clocks.) These modern minimalist clocks from Whitevan come in a variety of colors and shapes, so they’re perfect for the kitchen, living room, bedroom or even in the nursery. They’re made in a collaboration between painter/sculptor Dennis Beach and designer/engineer Greg Wolos. The result is high quality art and beautiful design,and...

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Heartstrings, redefined

It’s hard, hugging Grandma from a thousand miles away, but here’s a way to remind her how very far those heartstrings stretch. And just in time for Mother’s Day– if you hurry! With the Personalized Heart Strings Map Pillow from Felix Street Studio on Etsy, you can visualize those tendrils of love connecting you and family members from LA to NY or Piscataway to Pasadena. (Or Stockbridge to Boston, as James Taylor might have said.) Just select up to four points in the US and how they connect– a wheel, a triangle?– and Felix Street will put little hearts...

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Preserving kids’ artwork has never been so pretty (or organized)

You should see my car–or actually, you shouldn’t. It’s filled to the brim with my daughter’s preschool artwork, which gets hastily shoved onto the passenger seat during the always-harried pickup time. It’s a mountain of artwork, really, but I believe I’ve found the perfect way to conquer it–without transferring the mountain to an already-overflowing-with-art house. Plum Print will take your kids’ paintings, doodles, and construction paper creations and turn it all into an absolutely gorgeous coffee table book from children’s artwork. The company professionally digitizes as few as 20 pieces of art–or as many as 220–and arranges them onto high-quality...

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A Calder mobile? No, more like a Mahler.

I still remember what it was like picking out the perfect mobile for my children’s nurseries. I wanted something modern and chic but that still felt whimsical and child-like. I also wanted something unique and original that every other nursery on my street did not have. Marco Mahler, a sculptor specializing in modern art mobiles and hanging kinetic art commissions, has created 32 airy mobile creations that seem like they are floating in space.  Some are colorful and bold while others are more simple and elegant. Marco uses a variety of materials including acrylic glass, foam and metal.  ...

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