Category: Around the House

Are foxes the new owls?

Last year, owls were the hot animal motif of the season. While they’re not going anywhere, I do think that the cool cute animal du jour is now the fox. Which is replacing the dragonfly, butterfly, and octopus trends I’ve noticed over the years. If it were up to Delilah, narwhals would be huge, but until then, here are some of the coolest of the fox art and decor we’ve seen around lately. This fox print from Gingiber for children is beautifully done. It might even be my favorite of the set of animal prints she’s created, and is...

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3 cheers for the Pantone 186, Pantone 12-4302 and Pantone 286!

I’ve always been a sucker for the Pantone licensed products, which let you show your allegiance to lavender or mimosa through desktop goodies. Now, they’re available in folding chairs which are pretty darn great for outdoor lounging season or when you need to pull up a few extras to the picnic table for the kids. While I’ve got red and blue featured right now, on Fab.com today you’ll find 11 gorgeous colors from neutrals to a gorgeous turquoise my kids would beg for if I showed it to them. Though sadly? There is an orange, but no tangerine tango....

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Play with blocks, learn Korean. It’s child’s play!

We admit it: we’re blockheads. We love blocks. Old fashioned blocks. Presidential blocks. Chemistry blocks. Alternative blocks. So when we find beautiful blocks that look like a designer’s dream and can teach over 100 words in Korean? Our happiness isn’t just squared– it’s cubed. Korable Blocks are really kind of brilliant. Designed by a Korean dad in New York and handmade in Michigan by one of our favorite little companies, Father Goose, each set includes four beautiful, handprinted wooden blocks that can be combined to make over 120 Korean words. The enclosed booklet shows you how. So not only...

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Adorable kids placemats that put the newt in nutrition

If you love animals, alphabets, good deals, and clean tables, we have the deal for you. But you have to hurry. These adorable silicone ABC Placemats from Brinware are on sale at Fab.com through Wednesday only (or until they run out) and they’re 43% off the regular price. We fell in love immediately. They wipe clean, look great, and they even stick to the table to keep your little monkey from tossing them to the ground. You get two in a pack and can choose green/blue or orange/pink, all with the same charming alphabet of creatures. Including a quail...

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Summer sights from your child’s room, even with the blinds down.

Every summer for the past few years, my entire family makes a pilgrimage to the Jersey shore for a week of pure old fashioned beach and boardwalk fun. I spend the other 51 weeks of the year making solo trips to the beach… in my head. But thanks to Meg Venter and her SUN-drenched photography series, I now have a little help getting there. A short pass through the September Wren Etsy gallery and you’ll be wishing you had a brand new beach house to adorn the walls with the entire collection. In reality, I am thinking a few...

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Animal art prints that don’t feel babyish – no pastels, no hair bows.

One of my favorite pieces to the puzzle of decorating a child’s space is art. It not only brings in personality and color, but great art can also can be used to stimulate your child’s imagination.  That is why I love these illustrations that perfectly balance artfulness and playfulness. Gingiber animal prints tell a story without being aggressive in their message–or their color-schemes. With all sorts of cute animals to choose from, several together on a wall would make a fantastic statement.                                                                Gingiber also carries adorable cushions, wall decals, paper goods and chalkboards.  If you decorate in themes, try...

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A clever alternative to the round kids art table

When my kids have their friends over, they end up taking rule over my entire house. Every room becomes their room and every chair becomes their chair. Not that I mind but I can see why decorating experts recommend having a designated area for the kids, with their own designated kid-friendly table and chairs. This stylish children’s table and bench set from Jennifer Delonge is child-sized and perfect for your little ones to have dominion over. It will look good in any modern home, in any room that has the space for it. It comes in 5 different beautiful...

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Wondering how to get your baby to sleep? Dr. Harvey Karp has a few things to say about that.

Raise your hand if you’ve ever struggled with a baby and sleep. Okay, so 99% of you. (The rest of you…don’t rub it in.) Then, just when we think we have mastered techniques to help our babies sleep longer and more peacefully, new issues arise. In fact, it’s hard to get a handle on what to do as our infants turn into toddlers and beyond. Most baby sleep books are just that, for babies. Thankfully, Dr. Harvey Karp, a big Cool Mom Picks favorite, and author of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the...

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Minimalist posters from our favorite children’s stories

Love fairy tales and classic family movies but not interested in the commercial studio posters for your kids’ rooms? We’ve found just the answer. These gorgeously atmospheric and evocative posters from artist Christian Jackson are a beautiful way to decorate with the fairy tales you love and the sophisticated colors you might prefer. Each image perfectly condenses an entire story, like Mary Poppins above, into one iconic design that really opens up imagination options for kids of all ages. Your daughter loves Rapunzel, but good gravy, that’s a lot of lavender and pink. Instead of decals and licensed characters,...

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Vintage paper dolls that feel right at home on your couch

When I was a young girl, my favorite pastime was playing with paper dolls. I loved dressing them up and creating stories with each of them. I think it’s great that they have made such a comeback into toys and decor because my own daughter loves them as much as I did. These vintage paper doll pillows hail from one of Cool Mom Picks’ favorite little shops, Baby Gardner, and are the perfect accent for accessorizing a little girls bedroom or play space.  Betty and Sally originate from an authentic 1940s paper doll set and are now dressed up in...

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