Tag: design

Crushing on Pantone’s color of the year: Tangerine Tango

Pantone has decreed that 2012 is the year of Tangerine Tango, which they describe as “a spirited reddish orange that continues to provide the energy boost we need to recharge and move forward.” I couldn’t agree more. It doesn’t hurt that I’ve been nurturing an orange obsession for years. It’s a bright look-at-me neutral. Yes, a neutral. That may sound like a contradiction, but it’s a color that amazingly goes with everything. Plus you don’t have to wear it head to toe in order to feel its power. A little pop of orange goes a long way.  If you’re...

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The coolest modern menorahs

The countdown is on–you’ve now got one month until Haunukkah! Do you know where your menorah is? While I love the idea of using a menorah at Hanukkah that’s passed down through the generations, I think there’s also something great about finding one that suits your modern decor. That’s not as easy as a task as it sounds. Here, I’ve found 5 beautiful, funky, and sometimes a little avant garde menorahs for a modern MOT. It’s not surprising that Jonathan Adler brings his trademark sense of humor and design to a collection of Menorahs that includes the Peacock Menorah...

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Muslin swaddlers get as pretty as they are practical

If there’s one baby product that’s made a name for itself in the last few years, it’s the cotton muslin swaddling blanket. Yes, we’ve been tracking down the best ones for quite a few years now, but they’ve never been as beautiful and adorable as they are now. The gorgeous new muslin swaddlers from Little Giraffe are so pretty, they’re kind of making me want another baby to swaddle. (Let’s keep that under wraps, though. Pun intended.) They’re the same big swaddling blanket size we’re used to, but I’m really in love with some of the prints. Particularly the...

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Clothes that are easy to get baby in and out of–and now easy on the eyes, too.

I’m all about finding ways to make life easier, especially when there’s a newborn at home. To that end, we raved about the clever designs from Magnificent Baby when it first launched. The magnetic closure baby clothes make getting baby dressed a zillion times easier than snaps or buttons. And now they’ve teamed up with one of our favorite mom websites (no, not us!) for a brand new design that’s just too cute. Magnificent Baby and A-List Mom founder Elina Furman put their minds together and designed the adorable Elephants on Parade fall collection. It’s the same thoughtful sleepwear...

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Magnetic wall paint: Redefining the term babe magnet

Am I the only one running out of space on the fridge due to a cheesy collection of state capital and alphabet magnets? It seems like my attempt at uncluttered living is in constant jeopardy… so what’s an OCD mama to do? Thanks to the brilliant minds at Kling Magnetics there may hope for us yet. These folks have cleverly developed a simple magnetic paint primer that can actually transform any wall in your home into a giant magnet friendly space. If you were amazed by the genius of chalkboard paint then this will be right up your alley. I think...

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Get pinned

The new jewelry designs from CMP fave Polli just went live this week and uh, hang onto your credit cards, mamas. The laser-etched, lightweight metal jewelry is back with some lovely choices–check out the way cool Captain Cook pendant, part of a collection from Melbourne cut paper artist Emma van Leest; and the woven doily necklace that beautifully combines ribbon with annodized steel for a modern, romantic effect. If Queen Victoria were around today, she’d be so into this. But what’s really catching my eye is the new collection of colorful wooden brooches inspired by things like colorful vintage...

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Announcing your excellent taste. Oh, and a baby, too.

We found (and squealed about) the delicious, inventive cards and invitations from Bird and Banner years ago, but it’s been a while since I stopped by to see what’s new. Let’s just say the selection hasn’t quite made me want to have another baby just for the shower invitations, but if I were to be asked to pick them out for you, I would jump at the chance. While Erin and Nicole made a name for themselves working with fabrics (check out the imaginative wedding invitations for Grace Bonney of design*sponge, printed on vintage handkerchiefs!) I love seeing what...

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Monkey business

As far as licensed characters go, I am admittedly partial to Julius, the cartoon monkey from Paul Frank. My kids are partial to him too, but they call him Paul. So how could we resist a chance to get up close with him at a traveling party that’s touring the country right now? The Paul Frank Academy of Awesome Tour is, pretty much, awesome. If you’re in one of the cities on the tour it has yet to hit, pencil in an hour max, and bring the kids. Upcoming cities include Minneapolis, Denver, the Kidzapalooza concert in Chicago this...

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Kids’ furniture that’s more than just kids’ furniture

Every city parent knows that if you going to commit to bringing a new piece of furniture into your precious and very limited home space it better be something useful and pleasant to look at. So kudos to the brilliant minds of Chadwick and Joe, the imaginative team at Klinko Kids Furniture. They’ve developed 3-in-1 Little Frog, a handy little piece for toddlers that can be a pint-sized reading chair, lounge chair and play table all in one convertible piece of furniture. And dig this, there is also an inexpensive accessory that can turn it into a rocking chair...

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A spot of Tea for your wall in the form of eco-friendly decals

In the little pile of clothes that we’re saving for when our kids are grown and we’re wanting to look back and remember how tiny they were, I can guarantee you there will be many, many things from Tea Collection. I’ve been a big fan of the line since my first son was a baby. Now there’s a way to bring the pretty Tea designs into your house too. It comes in the form of Tea Collection wall decals from Wee Decor and I’m already plotting which rooms in my house could use a little facelift. Only available for...

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Web Coolness – Found hearts, cooler strollers, and a truck with a huge nipple on the top

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too.  Boy Sees Hearts: Such a simple idea with results we love. (via Design Mom)   Waitstaff tells you to nurse your baby in the bathroom?! Who you gonna call? The Milk Truck! (via @royhandy) The simple joys of a tire swing, with a few tips for getting it just right. Muppets invade Manhattan? Actually, it’s the new Jim Henson’s Fantastic World exhibit at the Museum of Moving Image. If you feel like freshening up the kids’ bedrooms, we love these three DIY...

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Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones and Piperlime partner up for charity

I have always loved wearing jewelry with a story behind it, and I’ve never really been a fan of the mass produced status pieces that everyone else and her mother is sporting too. So naturally I was thrilled to hear about Piperlime’s new partnership with Project Runway season 8 winner, jewelry designer Gretchen Jones, that just launched today. For a limited time, the popular shopping destination and the now Brooklyn-based artist are offering an exclusive line of jewelry with 100% of profits going to Aid to Artisans, a wonderful and necessary charity devoted to providing economic opportunities to help artisans worldwide....

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Jeffrey Sebelia serves up rockin threads for our little dudes

Dressing our little dudes up is no easy task. While it may be fairly easy to go preppy and sport the oxford shirt and khaki pants route, sometimes social events beckon for more rock and roll than country club. A new kids label from a Project Runway favorite has answered our call.  La Miniatura is the label of Jeffrey Sebelia, the designer with the rock band and the awesome neck tattoo who won Bravo’s Project Runway Season Three. Jeffrey’s also unforgettable for his style and wit, and now, his line of rad threads for boys, all throwbacks to the...

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Paperflavor – delicious!

What’s that delightful flavor? I mean, I know it’s paper. But there are essences of ballerina, candy, fruit, robot, and… do I detect the delightful aroma of ninja? It must be Paperflavor, the brand new site offering a truly creative range of invitations, stationery, and other beautiful paper goods that are just my cup of (flavored) tea. The stationery sets are unusually adorable–a great choice for a tween girl who likes that cute anim√© illustration style. And there’s a nice selection of baby shower invitations and photo baby announcements that are bright, colorful and modern. It’s a refreshing change...

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Stencils that help draw out the creativity in anyone

I bum out watching my daughter draw a self-portrait, or even a dog, stop midway, then scribble all over the entire thing in frustration because her picture doesn’t look “perfect.” Maybe that’s why I am particularly fond of these new artist-created stencil kits that are more about being creative, and not so much about what the piece is “supposed to” look like. Although the end results are pretty cool too. {don’t miss a great art supply giveaway after the jump!} After running a bunch of popular creative workshops featuring nature-inspired stencils, LA artist Karen Kimmel decided to make them...

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Geometry never looked this good

Six years ago I was introduced to modern jewelry designer Marjorie Victor and instantly fell for her sophisticated geometric designs. This NYC based artist launched her collection in 2003 and ever since, her name keeps popping up in places like Elle and Lucky. Marjorie claims it’s the frenetic energy of the big city that inspire her explorations in sculpted metal. The results? Beautiful and delicate organic pieces you will reach for over and over again. At least I do. The subtle variations from hand forming and hammering by Marjorie herself make each piece of her jewelry one of a...

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Hello, gorgeous

I am always amazed at how quickly bloggers–and especially mom bloggers–rally to support their fellow parents in need. One of those compassionate moms is CMP friend Christine Koh of Boston Mamas and the design firm Posh Peacock. Today, she took time away from her newborn to launch an exquisite set of greeting cards in memory of a friend. The Hello Gorgeous cards are, as I always say of my daughters, beautiful on the outside, but even more beautiful on the “inside” — 100% of the profits support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in memory of fellow blogger and mom...

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Babyccino – Now Your one-stop shop to the best kid boutiques

One of our favorite curators of cool is stepping up their game. We have long relied on Babyccino’s blog to find us the best, cutest, most unique goods in Europe, and now these clever ladies have taken their passion one step further. The popular site has just become the Babyccino Kids shop, an online shopping portal featuring handpicked items from over 100 of the boutiques we love–and some that are new to us. Regulars should check out the pick of the day, weekly top ten selections and the special deals pages, while newbies can start off with the “my...

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Turn up the design factor at home with Fab

As a design junkie, imagine my delight at learning that Fab.com, a new flash-sale site featuring daily design deals, just launched today. Fab is a carefully curated collection of all the coolest stuff, for your home and your life, all at seriously great discounts. [don’t miss an invitation link after the jump!] I’ve been getting rid of things around my house this summer, which means that suddenly I have no lamps in the guest room and no coffee table in the game room. I’m tired of the cluttered, hand-me-down look of our space. What I really want is to...

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Muppets + Threadless = Awesome

I grew up watching The Muppet Show, but like many of us, didn’t completely get all the awesome humor until I was an adult watching it again with my kids. So when I heard that there’s a new Muppets movie on the way come November, I may have squealed louder than my kids. And, as it turns out, in honor of this new release, Threadless is teaming up to host one heckuva cool contest. It’s pretty simple. The cool site Threadless is in search of a uber cool Muppet shirt created by, well, you. They’re hosting a Muppets T-shirt...

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