Tag: art

An alphabet with attitude, dude

Frankly, I’m not certain I’m actually cool enough for this Alphabet Learning Poster, but let’s just say I desperately want to be. What’s not to like about an alphabet where L is for Love, X is for Malcolm, and Z is for Zeitgeist? Oh, and don’t forget my personal favorite: Q is for Question, and the illustration is a thought bubble reading What would JOE STRUMMER do? Ha. These posters are being offered as limited edition prints, and there are just 200 available. Get to ordering if you must have it. And because this is Learning Poster No. 1,...

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Collages have just been elevated to a whole new level

As the veteran of countless “fancy collages” made for me by my children out of magazine pages and Elmer’s glue, I’ll confess that I never knew something as delicate and lovely as Linda Solovic‘s creations were possible under the “collage” moniker. Yet her Etsy shop is filled with high-quality prints of her paper collages, each one more darling than the next. Each series of prints is a limited edition, so don’t waste any time figuring out which ones are your must-haves. Of course you might want to display this collage art separately from the kids’ own work. You understand...

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Hugs make the world go round

Call me a total dork, but I get all teary and melty every time my three year-old hugs one of her friends goodbye. There’s is something beyond adorable about two little girls squeezing each other tight– and anyone who disagrees has a heart of coal and dryer lint. So of course I fell in love with the pair of Lost and Found prints from UK artist Mandy Sutcliffe, the second of which features two reunited friends hugging in a forest. Perfect for a kids’ room, these mounted giclee prints are available at her shop Belle and Boo along with...

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Animal house

Just when I think there can’t possibly be any more ways to make animals into wall art that make me want another baby purely for the decorative accessories, someone goes and proves me wrong. This time it’s Milk Moon Kids, purveyors of limited edition hand-pulled screen prints of critters being awesome. Bedtime Rituals (shown) features one animal for every letter of the alphabet– educational, and therefore totally justifiable. Really. I’m not just saying that because the elephant’s trunk cracks me up every single time I look at it. -Mir Visit Milk Moon Kids to shop for your own must-have...

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Love is all you need

Hearts, schmearts. Not every printed proclamation of love needs to involve pink or red or lacy frilly things. Me, I’m digging the screenprinted love poster from Jennifer Ramos of Made by Girl that simply says love. What more do you need? The poster does come in more traditional colors, but there’s something about the steely gray that may be just the thing for sentimentalists who don’t want to get all that sentimental. In other words, the husband might not be like, get that thing off our wall. Ah, romance.  –Liz Happy Valentine’s Day, cool...

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“Helvetica” – It made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me spell

We love helping our readers discover cool and unusual kid stuff, but we love it even more when they return the favor. Especially when it’s something as cool as the ABC Helvetica Film Poster. Many parents put up sweet ABC art in a nursery. This bold and graphic homage to one of the world’s most popular typefaces is great alternative to the traditional kids’ ABC poster for modernists and design geeks like myself. You may also want to check out the actual documentary. I hear the movie is so much better than the book. -Betsy The Helvetica Film Poster...

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Nonstop to Spain

I love peeking across the ocean via the www to see what our European friends are doing as far as kids and design. Occasionally there’s some wacky baby tee featuring a wolf riding a unicycle with a pig on his head or something, but generally we’re in love with what we find. Like the baby and children’s gifts from the brand new Haciendo el Indio Spanish design studio. The most charming characters adorn everything from dolls and decor to kids wall art to “maxi bibs” which are one part giant napkin, one part craft apron, one part superhero cape....

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Childrens art that tells a story. A good story, too.

I love children’s art that seems ripped out of the pages of a classic storybook. So when I discovered that very thing at the newly opened Tutti Studio…instant swoonage. Tel Aviv artist Tutti Shafir’s imaginative children’s giclee prints can only be described as lovely. The elegant portraits of children examining ladybugs or gazing at the ocean will set little minds in motion to create their own story around the imagery. Plus it’s nice to find so many options for boys that don’t involve a baseball bat. Even the small postcards are printed on such nice paper, several would look...

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Bringing new meaning to the term “animal print”

So you want a canvas or two for baby’s room, and you’re trying to figure out something bright and colorful, with animals, that doesn’t look like the circus threw up on your walls. Leave it to Tiny Decor to find just the right mix of mod and whimsical; their new line of Animal Prints offers three different animals in your choice of five colors, with each animal having its very own pattern. And it’s all hand screenprinted on stretched organic canvases. Of course the elephant is polka-dotted, and the lion is herringbone, but I’m particularly taken with the houndstooth...

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Revved up like a deuce

An occupational hazard of writing for Cool Mom Picks is spending waaaay too much money buying all the cool stuff you’re writing about. One glance at this original 1970s Olds print and my 8-year-old was declaring he had to have it. It’s not surprising considering these retro photos of classic die-cast toy cars would be perfect in any boy’s room. Okay, that’s sexist– girls will like them too, especially the ones photographed on mod floral patterns. They’re really affordable at $27 a print, and come signed and dated by photographer Anna Dykema of Daydreamers Studios. Because he couldn’t choose...

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One more incentive for taking on those blank walls this year

We’ve been raving about graphic artist Lisa Masterson’s various works at Avalisa for… well, a long time, and Liz recently marveled over her stunning stretched wall art. So you can probably only imagine my glee at learning that more than 500 different Avalisa designs are now available as Giclee poster prints. What is Giclee? It’s a printing process that makes gallery-quality prints, and it means you end up with a very affordable poster that still reflects the detail and beauty of the original canvas. I just hope you have some spare time, because this is the kind of art...

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So that’s what all those blank walls in the nursery are for

If you’re a sleek-lines-and-minimal-fluff sort of a mom, you’ll want to check out Nashville artist Michalle Sessions’ gorgeously simplistic prints for your progeny’s room via her shop, LJ Ink.  From the red-sock-wearing giraffe and monkey in the “Sock It to Me” series to the stick girl and her mommy in matching striped tights in the “Love Me” series, I want it all. Enough so that the the little girl print is now gracing the wall in my daughter’s newly remodeled bathroom. Michalle can also do some really cool personalized pieces with an initial under a set of  old-school knicker...

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Deck your halls all year long

Talk about getting a bang for your nursery decor buck: The whimsical set of mini hand-painted artwork is not just wall art, it’s a whole set of ornaments. Personally, I’d hang them in the baby’s room, but sneak them out to the tree every December so that the whole house can enjoy them. This whimsical critters are hand painted on eco-friendly wood from artist Marnie Vollenhals of  J. Austin Ryan. I love her existing motley assortment of characters and colors, but she’ll customize them for you for a small additional fee. If you don’t want the whole set, you...

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Quilted, collaged, and just plain cool

Chicago artist Kelly Ventura is making beautiful original art with fabric, paper, buttons and adorable stitching that you’ll want to leave on the wall well past the disassembling of the crib. Her Etsy shop, The Urban Thimble, has wearables, as well, but once outgrown they won’t look nearly as nice framed. Individual pieces like the flower field and the octopus (shown) are very clever, and the bright British transportation trio would look amazing as a set on your little boy’s wall. This is the sort of thing that makes me wish I could do something with a thimble other...

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Your Kid’s Name Up in Lights (Sort of).

In further developments regarding the quest to free my daughter’s room from licensed characters, I’ve discovered custom name wall art from City Art Photography. Each letter is a unique original photograph taken of individual letters for a mix-and-match, urban-cool look–a step above a lot of similar services that we’ve come across. Artist/photographer Mindy will work with you to get the color palette right, then assemble the piece, frame it, and back it with a soda tab photo hangers in the back give it a totally recycled and one-of-a-kind feel. They also happen to be very affordable at $15 a letter,...

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Editors’ Best of 2007: Art & Decor

Art Kristen: My son’s walls are decked out in Avalisa art (at top) and we both couldn’t be happier. Her modern designs and custom color combos were a no-brainer. Liz: Ida Pearle’s custom alphabet prints are so charming, they’re fast becoming my go-to new baby gift. (Just ask Kristen’s son.) Plus, you’ve got 26 to choose from. Honorable mention: Robin Rosenthal’s counting birds poster which brightens up any nursery. Nursery decor Kristen: Our toys are happily stored with love in our ModMom Mid-Century toy box. Mom and designer Kiersten Hathcock knows what she is doing. Damn lucky toys. Liz:...

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