Tag: design

5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are five pins we’re really digging this week. 1. Could this cool gadget be the key to us finally getting in shape? 2. Design inspiration: Nice color scheme for a girls’ room. 3. Words to live by. 4. A wonderful app for preschoolers that could be a road trip lifesaver. 5. The drool-worthy Halloween treat recipe we want to keep all for ourselves. Sorry,...

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Virtuoso! Handmade handbag masterpieces

It’s no secret that I have a handbag obsession. That’s pretty clear the second you walk into my closet.  But these handcrafted beauties I found on Etsy are on a whole other level. And if you think this violin bag is amazing, just wait until you see the other ones. Each amazing krukrustudio bag is designed by two Russian artisans and created completely by hand out of wool felt. And, wow, I’m pretty sure I’ve never seen anything like them.  While they certainly look like works of art, these beautiful felt handbags are all completely functional. Talk about a...

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Forget grungy: upcycled gets downright gorgeous

Creating art, decor and furniture with upcycled materials is not just a fleeting design fad. It’s a way of living for many artists who want to create items that are sustainable and friendly to our earth. Fortunately, a lot of upcycled pieces are on the forefront of design as well. Meet Swedish Guy Design. “Swedish Guy” grew up on a farm in Minnesota with his Swedish/ Norwegian family, then became certified as a Green Builder in San Francisco. What’s really interesting is that the source of material for all of his gorgeous pieces–from a modern lamp to a magazine rack...

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The Home by Novogratz book helps you make your home more yours

A few months back, I had the pleasure of meeting TV’s increasingly notorious design mavens, the Novogratz family, and drooling over their unbelievable Manhattan apartment firsthand. While I keep inviting them to break into my home and have their way with it when I’m away, they have yet to take me up on it. (Odd, right?) So for me–and the rest of us–it’s great to get a peek at their new design book. [Don’t miss the drool-worthy photos after the jump!] Home by Novogratz takes Courtney and Robert’s “there are no rules” style of eclectic decorating made famous on...

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Aubrey Anderson-Emmon’s Emmy dress: will it be your daughter’s dress next?

Anyone who caught the Emmys last night probably oohed and ahhed over Modern Family’s adorable Aubrey Anderson-Emmons. In case you’re wondering where she got that awesome little purple dress, it’s none other than Tea Collection, believe it or not. And we’ve got a first-hand look at how it came together (zomg, the picture of Aubrey with her dad is killing us) and…an exclusive chance to win one of your own. [don’t miss a chance to win your own dress after the jump!] Knowing my own girls, I can only imagine that it’s every 5 year-old’s dream to have a...

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The Fresco Chrome from Bloom is one hot high chair

Until now, I’d never realized that a highchair could be a style statement. I’ve always steered toward simplicity when it comes to kids’ furniture, but the dazzling new highchair from Bloom has me positively wowed. The Fresco Chrome Special Edition highchair from Bloom is an even cooler version of their already amazingly fancy Fresco highchair. The Fresco, if you hadn’t heard, is every design-centric parent’s dream highchair. The Fresco Chrome offers a metallic seat and some pretty rad updates to the original. It’s stylish, slick and futuristic–but trust us, this highchair does a lot more than just look cool....

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Romero Britto, come to baby

Back when I was shopping for baby gear for my now-tween, my choices for stroller and car seat covers were pretty blah: Solid navy, neutral plaids, and teddy bear. You new mamas have it so good, especially those of you with a penchant for the modern pop-art of artist Romero Britto which is coming soon to two of our favorite brands: Quinny strollers and Maxi-Cosi infant car seats. The bright colors and graphic designs of Romero Britto’s work give such a big visual punch to the red/black combo on both the Quinny Moodd single stroller and the Maxi-Cosi Mico...

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Pop goes the cocktail ring

After my TODAY show appearance last week, I think the number one question I was asked was” “who made your ring?” (A far better question than, “did you know you had spinach in your teeth the whole time?”) I was fortunate to find my lavender k2o by Karen Ko POP ring at a very sweet discount earlier this year, and boy do I love it. Should you love it too–enough to pay full price (and I wouldn’t blame you)–you can find them at Modern Mix Shop right now. The rings are handwoven out of Swarovski crystals and mounted on...

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The ottoman fit for your child’s adorable little butt

I am one of those moms who totally wants my house to look as good as it did pre-kids, but also recognizes that that is ridiculously impractical and it will never happen and no, it’s okay, I have my own Kleenex. So when I find furniture that both looks great and won’t get ruined easily, I’m all over it. The Quinze + Milan Jelly Fish Ottomans are bigger than they look – and that’s a good thing. Two of them in the living room makes for great emergency seating around the coffee table–two small kids can fit on one,...

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Baby gift sets from the land of driving on the wrong side of the road

While we’re all still on this post-Olympic London kick (man, aren’t you dying to go right now?) it was great timing that we discovered this brand new children’s line straight out of London. [don’t miss a fantastic limited time discount for CMP readers after the jump!] Designed by new mum and former architect Jen Taylor, Hokolo (an amalgam of Hong Kong and London) has just introduced its very first line showcasing adorable baby clothes and toys based on the Crown Jewels. These are super special baby gifts,  especially if you’ve got friends in Britain. Although certainly we ‘Merikins will...

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Orla Kiely + method = Cool Mom Picks dream collaboration

We’re already huge fans of method. And we’re huge fans of designer Orla Kiely. Put them together and suddenly I’m the most excited I’ve been to wash up since the old days of Mr. Bubble. The limited edition Orla Kieley for method hand wash offers four scents we want in every room with a sink. Bay leaf is perfect for the kitchen; primrose or vanilla chai would be lovely in the bath; and pear ginger I think I’d like just about anywhere. There’s also a foaming hand wash, a dish soap pump, and an all-purpose cleanser which makes me...

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One Jackson – like Threadless for indie kids clothing

When I go shopping for three kids’ clothes for Back to School—or “fall” as we homeschoolers call it—I am always on the lookout for cool, unique styles that my kids won’t see on all of their peers but that won’t also blow my entire budget on an outfit.    So along with shopping some of our favorite sites for kids’ clothes, I am so excited a site that launched yesterday which lets me (and you!) vote for the designs we most want to see our kids wearing. One Jackson operates a lot like CMP favorite Threadless where designs are submitted for...

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Plush and pillows with the perfect sense of humor

As a professional decorator, one of my favorite spaces to take on is a kid’s room. You can go as creative and whimsical as you want; where else could I use every color in the rainbow and indulge in prints that are easily deemed “funny?” Now there’s an Etsy shop I’m so happy to have discovered for those very reasons. When I first saw these pillows from Coucou Salut, I immediately thought of several places that I would use them in my own home.  Everything  at the shop is 100% illustrated, designed, printed and sewn by one talented pair...

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The modern family room, redesigned by the Novogratz family

Last week I got a sneak peek at a cool new collaboration between design gurus and parents (of seven!) Bob and Courtney Novogratz and CB2. When I did, all I could do is smile. The colorful wool Family Rug charmed me right off the bat; and I have to say, I’m not always open to peppering my home with “sayings” or words. But in this case, I think it would be so perfect in…well, a family room. But I could also see it in a playroom or a modern entrance way.  Should yours be a little bigger than mine. It comes...

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Cool movie posters for fans of film and great design

Okay so I guess it’s cool modern poster day today at Cool Mom Picks, because aside from the adorable city posters that Kirstin raved about, I just fell in love with a series of classic movie posters, reinterpreted by a modern graphic artist and now on sale. The Joseph Chiang movie posters are down to just $28 today on Fab.com, so snatch one up if it’s calling your name. From Reservoir Dogs and I Shot Andy Warhol, to Amelie and a whole lot of Wes Anderson, it’s like an indie lover’s dream collection. Although if you’re more of a...

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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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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

The summer’s getting hotter, and so is tech! In case you missed them, here are a few of our favorite picks from Cool Mom Tech the last week. 1. We love this adorable gift for babies of tech fans. 2. This super gorgeous lomo camera will wow everyone at the cocktail party. (Pinterest is going nuts for it!) 3. One of our favorite productivity apps finally comes to Android. And it’s free. 4. Our inner crafting are squealing over Martha Stewart’s new crafting app— hurry and grab it while it’s still free for a very limited time!. 5. Spruce...

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Web Coolness – Superhero silhouettes, Fourth of July, and great summertime learning ideas

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. The striking Superhero Silhouettes by Andy Fairhurst brilliantly capture a child’s dreams of grandeur. And of leaping tall buildings in a single bound. (via Comics Alliance) Independence Day is right around the corner, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Patriotic Picks for the Fourth of July to make sure your holiday sparkles. Do you take care of the kids before you take care of yourself? In this article, our own Kristen looks at why it’s so hard to put...

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Dress your baby in Marimekko

How merry does Marimekko make us? When it’s in the form of this vibrant bodysuit, it makes us very, very merry indeed. These sweet Marimekko onesies at Always Mod feature original Finnish Marimekko designs. And that’s Marimekko with a capital M– the real, original deal designed by artist Maija Isola in the 1960s. They’re bright, hip, mod, and available in three color schemes, all in a cozy and stretchy cotton blend. Do note that they’re all long sleeved– but maybe they’ll come up with some short sleeved or sleeveless ones, if we beg a little? They’re a little pricey,...

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Shoes of Prey – Shoegasm, defined

Four words: design your own shoes. No, really. Choose the shape, the toe, the leather, the cloth, the bow. Everything. Just don’t blame us if you get addicted. Shoes of Prey is possibly the most magical shopping site I’ve visited in a while– because I design the shoes. For example, how cute would this be with a little black dress? And, yes, my taste is a little eccentric. But I absolutely love that luscious plum hair with the pop of kimono fabric on red rosettes. As for our Editor Liz, she designed the tan/black pumps at the very top....

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