Category: Around the House

Tips for reorganizing your closets with a pro – everything you’ve ever wanted to know

I know I am not the only one who has looked at those photos of professionally reorganized closets and wept with envy. I am pathetic in the organization department, and my closets are the worst example of it all. In fact, they’re less closets and more like black holes. It’s always been a dream for some professional closet organizer to swoop in and organize the mayhem. Dream! (above) Reality! (Includes bent clothing rod and recently discovered squash racket that doubles as handy child-sized air guitar) So when the kind folks at Closet Factory offered to help me customize my...

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Turn your child’s favorite toy into amazing artwork

I’ve always liked the idea of decorating a child’s room with fine art photographs. If the colors are great and the subject is cool, it can make a room feel so fresh and modern. So I’d say bright, colorful photos of classic children’s toys fit that bill perfectly. Especially when they’re your own children’s toys. And these come from the brand new, just opened Etsy shop of a super talented, award-winning photographer. I’m totally in love with these fine art photographs of classic toys from photographer Jamie Horton that she originally made for her own sons, from their own...

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Bedrails for kids that are so much cooler than bedrails.

My kids graduated to a big-kid bed in need of a bedrail, right around the same time that they discovered the joys of sneaking book under the covers to “read” past their bedtime. I love their thirst for books but don’t enjoy finding books twisted into bedsheets or flung on the floor in the morning. If you too have a bedtime bookworm in a new big kid bed, take a look at this smart combo bookshelf and bedrail that keeps your sleeping child, and their books, safely in place.   Tambino’s Alpha Bookshelf Bedrail is a smart-looking way to keep...

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Stork calling, special delivery

The only way the stork is getting back into my life might be on the wall and with a top hat. And that is not nearly as perverse as it might sound, when you look at these fabulous posters. This fantastically vintage-looking stork and baby poster from Nashville-based Anderson Design Group is big, easy on the eyes, and not accompanied by soiled diapers and crying. It’s available in blue or pink and printed on 80# archival paper for 18×24 inches of retro-hip goodness–and it’s nearly 1/3 off for the next two days if you’re a member at Fab.com. It’s one of...

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In the year you were born… your parents were actually cool.

Let’s face it, by the time our kids are old enough to ask what the world was like when they were born, they are going to consider us tragically unhip. Luckily, this charming (and affordable!) baby gift will help recall fond memories of hipster TV hits or the price of a microbrew where Mom and Dad lived. Every baby book has a couple of pages devoted to recording the price of a gallon of milk or that year’s president. But these Year You Were Born cards take a different spin, with place-specific memory prompts like “The Price of the Sunday...

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Girls that aren’t afraid to get muddy, we salute you!

Forget sugar and spice and everything nice; more and more parents are looking for art that depicts heir daughters the way they are, and not the way they were in Victorian times.  You may remember our post on the princess who saves herself. In artist Amanda Visell’s newest print series, she takes on girls who are completely unafraid to: get dirty, explore, dream big, and be themselves. I really appreciate how Amanda Visell breaks out of the defined gender molds–not that there’s anything wrong with rainbows and glitter, but you won’t find them here. Every time I look at...

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Origami has never looked better

When I was a little girl, my dad would create the most beautiful origami creatures for my brothers and I. Of course they only lasted a few hours before we demolished them with one good move. I’m sure my dad really appreciated our care and concern for them. I can’t tell you how excited I was when I first discovered design studio Dottir & Sonur, because now you can decorate with these modern and cool shapes–without worrying about them being pummeled. Dottir & Sonur have created a product line that is whimsical and colorful, leaving lots of room for...

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Motivational posters that don’t suck

Thank you, internets, for sometimes making us feel less than fabulous. When your friends and family use the Facebook to share only their children’s premature accomplishments, their own wildly Photoshopped portraits, and pictures of themselves with your imaginary boyfriend, John Krasinski (ahem, editor Liz!), it’s easy to feel jealous. But you know what? You’re awesome. And these fantastic prints will remind you exactly how awesome you are. Seriously, I can’t stop loving the BettyTurbo shop on Etsy. First, there’s the colorful series of Motivational Speakers prints that use old-fashioned boomboxes to tell you how hard you rock. Then there’s...

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Build your own adorable robot army without a single wrench

It’s never been so easy to build your own robot army. All you need is a wall and some imagination. Oh, and these amazing decals. Our friends at Pop & Lolli have struck wall decal design gold again with the Build-A-Bot set of fabric wall decals. The kit includes everything you need to build a variety of mechanical people, with 47 pieces including heads, glasses, bodies, appendages, and limbs. And they’re big, too, with each robot character topping out at 18 inches to 30 inches. This a company who won our love not only because of their unique and...

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Here’s to us, framed.

While we may not be the kind of family to have our last name on a welcome mat outside our front door, it doesn’t mean we aren’t super proud of our clan. So, when my anniversary came around this past year I thought, sure, a traditional romantic tribute for my husband would be nice, but in the end I went another direction entirely. I decided to pay tribute to us, our lives, choices and our creations together with a custom family print. I have seen a few different artists doing this now but I really love the simple and...

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