Category: Art + Decor

Personalized picture frames with extra pop (and pow and kaboom)

Whether you need an awesome sibling gift, something bright for the grandparents, or just the perfect picture frame to go with that superhero bedroom, we think this one brings a lot of POW-BANG-ZOOM for the buck. We love Psychobaby because it’s a small, hip, mom-run business that doesn’t dabble so much in cutesy stuff. And their personalized picture frames rock the house just like we’d expect. This sturdy, wooden Pop Art Picture Frame has got a bit of a glossy shine to the front, plus an easel back for easy propping up on shelves or window ledges.P ersonalize it...

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Awesome Doctor Who posters, for awesome Doctor Whovian homes

We love it when geek goes chic. These gorgeous posters are a great way to bring your obsession with Doctor Who to the walls with style. Whichever Doctor is your favorite–I’m a David Tennant girl myself–it can be hard to find geeky posters that still have major style and work with your decor. Thankfully, those talented Etsy artisans are here for you with a rainbow of Gallifreyan goodies. The adorable Dalek & Tardis poster, for example, is available in almost any color you like, printed on nice, heavy satin paper. Pop that baby in an IKEA frame, and you’ve...

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Decorating a child’s room with totally free vintage posters

When I first decorated my baby girl’s room years ago, I designed it around a giant, kitschy vintage poster that I had owned for years. It was a surprising, fun focal point–and it sure made it easier to narrow down the six zillion options for crib sheets. So I nearly flipped when I found this site which features printable vintage posters–all free! Aptly named Free Vintage Posters, the selection is pretty amazing, to the tune of more than 500 free printables. I especially love the foreign language ones, but they’re all so wonderfully fun. How cool would a vintage...

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Party on and on with this reusable birthday banner

Does anyone get as grumpy as I do about spending money on birthday party decorations that you use once before they become landfill?  Well thanks to this new, affordable reusable banner from CMP favorite Butch and Harold, I’m feeling much happier. We’ve seen a lot of cool eco-friendly party banners, but none like Butch & Harold’s adorable Birthday Stickr banner, which is actually a set of wall decals with sticker letters that spell out “Happy Birthday!” To use it, just stick this birthday sign to your wall and move it with ease. And when the party’s over, you pull...

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The most gorgeous nursery artwork that looks nothing of the sort

There are so many options for decorating your new baby’s nursery walls with gorgeous artwork, from custom posters to colorful growth charts to giant wall decals. And now I’ve just found another amazingly creative option that you have to see to believe. Marcelle Crosby’s Folded Paper Dresses look like large-scale origami pieces made of folded maps and other cool-looking printed paper. Measuring about 17 inches in length, I would’ve loved to hang the Miss Paris Pink dress in my daughter’s nursery. It would have had me dreaming of crepes and the Louvre during those 3AM nursing sessions. If you’re...

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Dino-mite dinosaur decals for your wall

Dinosaurs: they’re timeless, they’re great for both boys and girls, and now they can liven up a child’s room without ruining the walls. We’re digging these three new sets of decals that can turn any kid’s cave into a strange new world. Oh, and one includes Godzilla. We’re big fans of the mod, hip collaboration between Blik wall decals and Babybot design, which is why we just had to show you their three newest dinosaur creations. There’s the straight-up dino collection of Strange New World. And then you can add the slightlier wackier (and more purple!) creatures of Crash...

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Home is where you hang your hat on a bunny

Need to get those coats off the floor? The bunny can help! In fact, there’s an entire menagerie ready to help keep things tidy. The source for these adorable coat hooks is Pomme, the superhip kids’ outpost in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Whether you go with the rabbit, cat, frog, or cow, each coathanger is about eight inches tall and four inches wide and made of enamel-coated metal with four round hooks. And each one looks just as trustworthy and earnest as the last. We adore these fine fellows, but keep in mind that while each coat hook is only $12,...

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Shopping Etsy with Jonathan Adler. Dream? Not exactly…

One of our great honors in the years of running Cool Mom Picks was the opportunity to appear on Etsy’s blog, curating some of our favorite handmade Mother’s Day Gifts. So I always love peeking in to see what other designers, bloggers, and tastemakers like themselves. And how fun to see a few fun picks from none other than Jonathan Adler this week–plus one heck of a giveaway from Etsy. Check out the Jonathan Adler curation on Etsy this week and find just a few picks like these that I’m loving, all with his trademark combo of whimsy, color...

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It all adds up to one very adorable personalized pillow

We’re entering the gift-giving season around my house, with a series of family members’ birthdays evenly spread out of the next few months. And as many personalized gift ideas I’ve got in my arsenal, I’ve found one that I think will be perfect for a couple of lucky people on my list.   I’ve found all sorts of lovely gift ideas at Wicked Stitches, and the Family Math pillow is no exception. It’s such a sweet, simple gift for mothers or grandmothers in particular, with up to six names embroidered in black and red, or the colors of your choice, and something...

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The coolest kids’ bedding: guaranteed to get them into bed the first time you ask

We’re always asked where to find cool bedding for kids, especially once they’ve advanced out of that toddler bed and outgrown the cutesie sheets of preschool and early grades. Well, whoa, I’ve found some that might even redefine the idea of cool bedding for kids. The duvet sets from the Netherlands’ Snurk Bedding are mindblowingly clever. Behold, as the combo of duvet and pillow case suddenly transform your kid’s bed into a life-size astronaut, princess, or even a trampoline. But what’s even cooler is how it looks when your kid is actually under those sheets. The prices are in...

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A is for Anakin: the coolest Star Wars alphabet in the galaxy

Just try to resist this super cool Star Wars print. Or as Yoda would say, Do or do not; there is no try. So just give in to the awesomeness and find a spot on the wall for this galaxy of alphabet cool. This Star Wars alphabet print from Concepcion Studios on Etsy is the most sophisticated piece of Star Wars art I may have seen yet. Screenprinted by hand on thick, rich stock, each letter is represented by an elegant silhouette of a character, weapon, or vehicle from the Star Wars universe–all of which are listed at the...

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15 of the absolute cutest hedgehog gifts, all handmade

When we first started this site it was birds. Then owls. Then foxes. Now, neck-in-neck with the fox, the cutest animal trend to emerge is definitely hedgehogs. (Not that owls show any sign of going anywhere.) If you think the spiny mammal of the subfamily Erinaceinae is cuter than its Latin name might suggest, well I do too! So I’ve combed the web to share 15 of the cutest handmade hedgehog gifts, toys, tees, artwork and more, all at great prices. After all, they’re too adorable just to come out at night. –Liz Wooden Hedgehog Pendant by decoylab ($16)...

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Sometimes the princess saves the prince quite prettily

We love it when princesses don’t need saving. But we’re also big on seeing what happens when the genders are reversed in classic fairy tales, turning princesses into dames in shining armor. So if you love empowered women, we think you’ll fall for these gorgeous illustrations, too. I discovered the work of Yudi Chen on tumblr and had to find out more. As it turns out, she’s an illustration student at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her Gender-Reversed Fairy Tales series is available on Society 6 in the form of prints, framed prints, or stretched canvas. I...

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Adler-awesome: stuffed toys with big, bold style

I suppose it’s just my luck that now that my youngest has outgrown her nursery, I’m finding all sorts of cool nursery decor and accessories. But that’s why I love Jonathan Adler’s Junior collection so much, because it works as well for babies as it does for older kids–especially his new line of stuffed toys that I can’t stop looking at.  {Don’t miss your chance to bring home an adorable Adler owl, just after the jump!} The new Jonathan Adler Junior stuffed toys are what you might expect from one of my favorite designers: bold, bright, and quirky.  Since...

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Handmade crib mobiles for those looking for something a little…different

What does it take to get a jaded mother of two excited about baby mobiles? Ninjas, circus animals with mustaches, and angelic pigs, apparently. All handmade, and all so very different. Not to mention customizable. That small, squishy boom? Eh, just my ovaries exploding. Carry on. (But not until you take a peek at these gorgeous squee-worthy works of art.) Pink Cheeks Studio on Etsy is a treasure chest of beautiful, bright, handmade-by-a-mom goodies that add color, cheer and outrageous charm to almost any decor. As I may have mentioned (ha) we’re especially smitten with the utterly adorable handmade...

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Turn your kids’ drawings into figurines

I’ve seen no shortage of brilliant ideas for showcasing kids’ artwork not to mention ideas for turning kids art into gifts–which by the way are always a hit with anyone who receives them.  So when I saw these adorable figurines created from kids’ drawings, I immediately started mining our artwork storage boxes in preparation for Mother’s Day gift awesomeness.  Meet Crayon Creatures, a company based out of Barcelona, Spain that turns your kids’ drawings into adorable sandstone figurines. Once they receive your kids’ artwork, a 3D artist uses specialized technology to translate your little one’s 2D drawing into a...

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Saying I love you en citron

It’s been a long time since I checked in with the Paris Print Shop (formerly known as Little Brown Pen), and with Valentine’s Day coming up, it reminded me to stop by their Etsy Shop and see what they’re up to. I’m so glad I did. I think this yellow heart photograph is just so lovely. Taken from graffiti on a Paris wall–the fact it’s Paris just makes it more romantic, right?–it’s the kind of thing I could convince my sigOth to mayyyybe hang on the wall, when red or pink would never fly. If you really love it,...

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A bird in this tree? Worth years of fun for little hands

Puzzles really need to pop to stand out amongst the competition these days. When you give a puzzle, it can sometimes go unnoticed in a sea of blinking lights or licensed Harry Potter allure. I am absolutely in love with this handmade Bird Tree Puzzle that your child can use for creative play or as a good old fashioned manipulative. Plus it’s so beautiful it could serve as a dinner centerpiece at a funky shabby chic affair. (Maybe?) The birds are simple and sweet thanks to the gentle colors and nontoxic dyes. But don’t get me wrong, this will be...

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Sleeping on a cloud: heavenly handmade pillows

My girls have a weird obsession with pillows. While they won’t seem to sleep with the proper fluffy kinds, anything that’s an animal, a shape or a giant stuffed doll will do. So add these pretty ones to the list. The handmade cloud pillows hail (ha) from Etsy’s Oh No Rachio, which we’ve already admired for their great stationery and handlettered cards and notebooks. The pillows, however, will make you happy to look at them on a couch or against the back of a rocker. They would make my girls happy to sleep on. And hopefully, I can convince them that...

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Decorating with winter whites

When the tree is down, the tinsel away, and everything glitzy and shiny and blinky put safely back in the closet, I always have this need to surround myself with the serenity of white in my home.  I collect white mid-century ceramic vases in various shapes–along with a few modern ones– and l would love to add any one of these from Frances Palmer Pottery to the collection. You kind of can’t go wrong with a white vase–just look at how artfully they display everything from Sweet Pea to Ranunculus to those gorgeous striped Parrot Tulips. And really, they...

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Give old books new life while giving yourself more storage

Fabric bins are fine for the kids, but this gorgeous storage solution is just for you. If you love books, you’ll be glad to know you’re giving a new home to abandoned tomes, all while enlivening your bookshelf with the prettiest box on the block. And, yes, they’ll fit perfectly on that Expedit shelf from Ikea. The Original Modern Library Storage Bin from Able and Baker on Etsy is an elegant new solution for maximizing storage space on your bookshelves. Each 12″ by 12″ by 8″ box is handmade in Southern California of furniture quality 9-ply maple and completed...

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Nursery art for Maurice Sendak Fans. Is that all of us?

We’re all big Maurice Sendak fans around here, and his passing in 2012 was one of the toughest for a lot of us. So it’s wonderful to see his amazing vision live on through his books that fill my kids’ room. If I had found this adorable print when they were babies, it just might have hung over the crib. I love this printable Where the Wild Things Are artwork featuring a silhouette of one of the esteemed Wild Rumpus guests, filled with the words I’ll eat you up, I love you so. Now that I’m a mother, that line has new...

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The prettiest 2013 calendars for the prettiest walls

If you’re like me, you tend to get your brand-new 2013 calendar sometime…say, in March, when it’s on sale. Or you can be smart (like I’m trying to be this year) and get ready for January by starting now, with one of these gorgeous 2013 calendars. –Liz I am so taken with this beautiful modern 2013 wall calendar by Wendy Chung of Etsy’s Dozi. Printed on cover weight paper, just hang the binder clip on your wall or bulletin board for a quick glance at the days and weeks. ($22) Ana Bond’s handpainted designs for Rifle Paper Co. are...

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Winter white: decorate the French way with these fab wall decals

We’re dreaming of white…walls, that is. A white wall in a child’s room just begs to be noticed. You can go crazy expensive and find a muralist (we can dream!), or make a statement in a much less pricey way, like with these cool, quirky, totally new designs from a mom-run business in France. I am smitten with this group of wall decals featuring little illustrated birds from the new shop, Bumoon. I even clicked on the French version (there are English, Spanish, French and Italian vinyl applications) and am quite tempted to go that route. In France, birds...

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A very Pantone holiday

If you’re a design fan, or just like a lot of color besides red and green in your hoildays, then these ornaments from Pantone might be the ten most perfect ornaments for your Christmas tree. I am having trouble picking a favorite from among the Pantone Christmas Ornaments, but then again, Pantone has that effect on me. They all look so lustrous and they’re beautifully packaged for giving. My solution? Get the enitire gift set which comes with all 10. Just order soon to make sure that they make it on time. You can find them at A +...

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Wallpaper that’s easy on the eyes and easier to install

When decorating a new baby’s room, most people don’t think, wallpaper. Even if you do decide to entertain the thought, how many of us these days have the slightest clue how to hang it? I’m not saying that this wallpaper hangs itself, but I am saying that it’s beautiful, it will change the look of any room and that it is easier to install than most. Plus, it comes from one of our very favorite companies to turn to for all things cool for babies. Wee Gallery, makers of the most beautiful baby soft books, inspired activity books for...

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Not in the mood for a nutmeg-scented house? Jonathan Adler’s got your back.

I kind of love everything from Jonathan Adler. Especially the scents of his new candles, which are sure to make your home smell greenmarket-fresh, even if you’re just cracking open canned…whatever. Don’t expect the traditional nutmeg, peppermint or mulled apple cider scents in the Jonathan Adler Pop candles. Instead, you’ll find clean scents like tomato, watercress, earl grey, fig, and my own favorite, grapefruit. Earl grey and fig might be a little more fitting as holiday scents for this time of year, although tomato and fig together give you that red/green holiday pop for a great hostess gift–without the...

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Irresistible nursery decor that has us swooning (and snuggling)

With winter upon us and a chill in the air, warm, snuggly blankets, soft pillows and cuddly toys are officially a hot commodity in our house–the cuter, the better. Betcha you and yours will be smitten with this adorable, sunny-bright nursery collection as much as we are. Snuggle up. Introducing Sunday In Color, a brand new online store dedicated to colorful children’s decor and toys. They carry the sweetest selection of baby blankets and cushions. I’m in love with the bold, fun colors and patterns in each blanket and pillow from Petit Pan sold here–can you think of a better...

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N is for nitrogen (and nifty nursery prints)

N is for…nitrogen? And: nerdy niftiness. We’re not about to quibble when N stands for something far more unusual than nest. We brought you the Periodic Table Blocks, and now we’ve got something to hang on the wall over Little Miss Curie’s crib: the Nn is for Nitrogen print from ModernPOP on Etsy. Printed in stunning red and navy archival inks against radiant white watercolor paper, this 8″ x 8″ marriage of science and art has the contrast that attracts baby attention–for serious babies who dig mostly inert gases. And don’t all babies love gas? –Delilah Find the Nn...

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The purple map

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen enough red state outlines and blue state outlines to last me a lifetime. Today, I wanted to feature a message of unity–if there’s any to be found today–in this purple US map.   Maybe hanging one of these is on the walls is just wishful thinking for more conciliation, compromise, and just plain getting along to move the country forward for the next four years. We try not to get political on this site, and to respect the various views of a very wide readership. But I hope we can agree...

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