Category: Around the House

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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International Mat of Mystery

Merely a place mat for children? Perish the thought. It can be a hat, a brooch, or a pterodactyl. Or just a handy color-your-own disguise kit for a messy kid who needs a mustache. The Paper Disguises Place Mat at My Sweet Muffin is a fantastic addition to any meal or party. Not only does it keep your table tidy, but it also keeps little hands busy and on the right track, if that compass is as accurate as it looks.  Each pad includes twenty-five big mats printed in the USA on thick, high-quality paper. The disguises can be popped...

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Needs more bluebell.

You know how sometimes, when you’re walking down the sidewalk, you can smell someone’s laundry in the dryer? I’ll admit it–I love that smell. And I’ve missed having it at my own home, since I gave up the high-chemical detergents and started making my own. Good news: one of our favorite brands, Mrs. Meyer’s, has melded the natural with the deliciously-scented, and it smells like bluebells. I’ve been to the Mrs. Meyer’s headquarters, so I’ve seen firsthand how hard they strive to make their products biodegradable and as natural as possible, without phosphates or other harmful chemicals. Having participated...

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Hey Girl, You should totally buy this Ryan Gosling tea towel

I make it no secret that I have a huge crush on the Canadian Ryans: Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling. But since I’m not 15 anymore, I’m pretty sure the glossy posters on my ceiling or calendars on my wall are out of the question. But a tea towel? Oh that’s more than fair game. You better hurry and snatch up the Hey Girl I’d Rather Be Doing Dishes tea towel before I buy it. Artist Colleen Pugh has translated the hugely popular Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” Internet meme into a must-have kitchen accessory for R-Go fan. (I just made that...

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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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Tree swings like they used to make them

One of my children’s very favorite thing about Grandma’s house is the the swing in the backyard. We are city-dwellers after all, and swings are generally something you have to wait in line for. This one started as a little baby swing hanging from a sturdy tree branch, evolved to a tire swing, and who knows what it will become after that. Maybe even this beautiful, totally handmade swing. The handmade tree swing from Philly woodworkers Margaux and Walter Kent is totally made of reclaimed wood and each one is made to order. The one in the photo is...

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Mod kids furniture that looks just like the grownup stuff

Adding to the growing list of things I know now, that I didn’t when I had my first kid: I would have skipped the cheap stuff, and invested in a solid kids’ table and set of chairs. We’ve gone through far too many to count. If you’re a mid-century fan on the lookout for cool kids’ chairs at a fantastic price, you’ll want to snatch these up while they’re on sale.  Reminiscent of the Arne Jacobson chairs, the bentwood Kids’ Scoop-Back chairs at West Elm are a beautiful addition to any kids’ table. They’re available in either ash or white...

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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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Fun with moose and squirrel

Let’s not limit it to moose and squirrel shall we? We’ve also got racooons and badger and that popular fox, plus skunk and one very smug wolf. What can we say? We’re smitten with the critters in this whimsical woodland creature print that’s been turned into artwork, stationery and more.  Artist and illustrator Dale Keys makes us want to kiss moose and squirrel in this sweet Woodland Critter print, which is available in several sizes and forms at Society 6. It’s a note card (shown), a framed archival quality print, or or even a very cute a smartphone case. Check...

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