If you were following the Cool Mom Picks Twitter stream this past week, you might have caught some of the wit and wisdom we were reaping from the Altitude Design Summit, an amazingly inspirational weekend with more than 300 bloggers and small biz owners in the worlds of design, photography, crafting, printing, party planning and more. While I could pretty much gush all day long about the incredible women (and a few men) that I met, instead, I thought I’d point you to a few new favorite websites and blogs that you’ll want to add to your feed reader,...Read More
One of my most tedious nursery purchases nearly six years ago, was our glider. I went with that ubiquitous glider brand, whose styles were just…not me. It did the job of course, but it never made me happy to look at and it didn’t feel right when the nursery was no longer nursery. If you’re looking for a beautiful modern glider, and you’re willing to invest in something that will be part of your decor longer than that baby will be a baby, there are a few really beautiful options out there now. Dwell Studio’s Savoy Glider (at Arte...Read More
I am so excited about heading to Salt Lake City in two weeks for the Altitude Design Summit, I’m already stressing about which boots to pack. (The really warm fashionable ones? Or the super waterproof Hunter boots? Or wait, what if I go skiing with Julie…does that change everything?) I’ll be speaking on a panel with the wonderful Maggie Mason of Mighty Girl and Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind, and other inspiring design folks I can’t wait to see include bloggers from CMP favorites like Swiss Miss, Dooce, Design*Sponge, Oh Happy Day, Oh Joy!, Design Mom, Boston Mamas,...Read More
I love making quilts. Well… quilt. I made one quilt. The job, the kids, life in general, and time in particular have since conspired against me. So Quilt Creator is a dream realized. It’s the chance to be a quilter extraordinaire–without having to sew a stitch. Essentially you can design your own baby quilt or full-size bedspread at Quilt Creator in a variety of fabulous layouts and beautiful colors. The fabrics–there are more than 150 of them, each 100% natural cotton–are gorgeous vintage-inspired prints and patterns, grouped together in themes like Noir or Spring Bouquet. You simply drag the...Read More
This might be the most exciting thing for my son’s wardrobe since Stella McCartney’s first collection for BabyGap: Splendid Littles, the brand known for comfy chic clothes for babies and toddlers is hopping on the Target train and I couldn’t be happier. The adorable becomes the affordable on December 26th, when the first Splendid Littles limited edition collection arrives in Target stores and on Target.com. I, for one, will have my plastic at the ready to get in on the sporty striped hoodies, slouchy cargo pants and layered polo shirts in cool shades like heather gray, tomato red and...Read More
I have nothing against backpack diaper bags. In fact, with four kids in tow, I completely understand their usefulness. I just haven’t yet found one that fits my style. And while I can’t say I’ll be trading in my beloved leather bag anytime soon, I’m definitely digging the new 2 in 1 backpack diaper bag from CMP fave Timi & Leslie. If you are an avid backpack diaper bag fan, then you’ll probably love this bag. And if you haven’t yet jumped on board yet, you’ll find it pretty intriguing. The Timi & Leslie 2 in 1 convertible backpack...Read More
There’s something to be said for well-made kids’ accessories, right? Something else to be said for well-made kids’ accessories that sport some of the most adorable designs around. But it’s something else entirely when we’re talking well-made, adorable kids’ accessories that are handmade with the softest wool by a forward-thinking graphic designer in England. That’s exactly the story with Ann Moore’s beautiful knitwear. Inspired by bold and graphic patterns that are cute but not cutesy, Moore meticulously creates knitted pieces for kids using her trusty Brother knitting machine and heard-wearing wool that’s made to last. The care she puts into...Read More
If eBay, Net-a-Porter, Rent the Runway and Gilt Groupe (all of my favorite shopping websites) had a baby, their progeny would look like I-ELLA.com. Launched by a fashion-obsessed entrepreneur in New York, I-ELLA weaves enough elements into the shopping experience to make my head spin (in a really good way). Here’s the gist. I-ELLA translates the social aspect of shopping with friends to the online setting by letting you “share” your closet with the rest of the invitation-only community, which includes celebs, models and assorted fashionistas. Once you post your new or gently worn goods on the site for...Read More
Okay, what do you get when you cross a container junkie and an ex-Art Director? Someone who is madly in love these Pantone tin storage boxes, that’s what. In other words, me. These boxes are ample in size so they’re great for storing everything from art supplies (naturally), to the masterpieces that come home from school, or even a big batch of cookies for your kid’s art teacher. In fact, even if you left them empty (which would be a waste) you could collect several of them and display them to show everyone your artsy side. Get them in...Read More
If you’re an artist, a wannabe artist, or even an artist-in-training, we sure hope you’ll enter our Color Your Own paper holiday ornament design contest that we’re putting on with the fine folks at Etsy. All it takes is your design for a festive, seasonal paper ornament that kids can cut, color, and hang on their tree. And tomorrow is the deadline! You can find all the details here. (And peek at some of the awesome entries already!) What’s in it for you? The winning designs will be sold in Etsy’s own shop to raise money for Housing Works,...Read More
We went crazy for the hand-sewn, graphic cut-paper mobiles by Frazier+Wing earlier this year, and it’s not hard to see why. Now Heather Frazier, the artist behind the art, has just upped the ante on the crazy-for-it-o-meter with a very cool new collaboration. Frazier+Wing has teamed up with Dwell Studio–the same design company behind the charmingly modern baby layette goodies at Target–to make awe-inspiring mobiles and garlands in Dwell’s own signature patterns: pretty birds, trains and cars, big round dots, and fluttery flowers. Strung on strong, clear thread and made with die-cut cardstock, the colorful mobiles hang from a...Read More
My son just got his first booster seat for the car. Long after many of his friends. Not because he’s small. Just because I haven’t been rushing to get him out of the old car seat. It’s safe, it’s functional and we like it. But there comes a time when every little boy says, “Mama, I’m the only kid in a baby car seat” and, well, a mama’s got to do what a mama’s got to do. (Particularly when said mama soon needs to figure out a way to fit three car seats into her not-quite-a-minivan car.) So he’s...Read More
Since having kids, my insatiable hunger for all things art, fashion, and design has been unsatisfied. And rightfully so. I barely have time to eat an actual breakfast, let alone devour the piles of magazines I once looked to for inspiration for my spending habits. But then I discovered the gorgeous offerings at AHAlife, and I felt a little bit of the old me was awakened The site features one amazing product that’s up for purchase for just 24 hours – all lifestyle goodies, all united in being exceptionally cool. Think meticulously curated boutique where you might not necessarily...Read More
So, I’ve got a few very stylish friends who I like to use –unbeknownst to them– as my personal fashion litmus tests. If they admire a new article of clothing or a new accessory that I’m wearing without me asking them about it, then I know it’s a keeper. So I decided to test some of the beyond gorgeous pieces of Yara Jewelry on my pals and, without fail, they passed with flying colours. Designed by Paula Lapkin –obviously a very cool mom, herself– and made in the USA, this jewelry line is created from leather and imported Greek...Read More
I’ve long been obsessed with vintage jewelry, but with four kids in tow these days, it’s nearly impossible for me to peruse the local boutiques and flea markets. But then I discovered Charm and Chain, and my credit card hasn’t gotten a rest in days. This online jewelry shop stocks its virtual glass cases with gorgeous modern pieces from a huge array of hot designers like Alexis Bittar, Badgley Mischka and FALLON, right along with the beautiful vintage and one-of-a-kind jewelry too. The well-edited selection and easy navigation makes finding must-have (or must-covet) pieces a breeze–perhaps too easy actually–from...Read More
What is it about vintage prints that I am so drawn to? Maybe it’s that the quirky quality, mixed with a nostalgic feel just make happy when I see them. Now there’s an online shop that taps directly into that feeling an an extensive collection of vintage and retro-inspired imported Japanese fabrics. [don’t miss a great offer after the jump] Girl Charlee was actually a child’s clothing boutique we adored, and mourned when it closed, but now owner Heather Peterson has reopened its doors just for you crafters and stitchers out there. I say “you,” as, sadly, I am...Read More
Well what a nice surprise to discover that the November 2010 issue of InStyle includes Cool Mom Picks in their big Best of the Web feature! We are so beyond thrilled that one of our all-time favorite magazines mentions us us as one of four favorite blogs in the kids category. (Psst…page 256. The one with the adorable Rachel McAdams cover.) It’s a great honor considering we’re in the company of sites Planet Awesome Kid, Mamaista, and EcoChildsPlay. Plus we loved seeing the inclusion of CMP favorites like Rikshaw Design, Polarn O Pyret, Little Lunalu, TadaShop and more. As...Read More
Searching for just the right children’s furniture always seems a challenge. You don’t want anything too adult, or too baby-ish either. You want something as beautiful as the rest of your decor, and if you’re going to invest in quality children’s furniture, you don’t want it outgrown before the kid’s fourth birthday either. Well feast your eyes on the exquisite kids’ table and chairs by Brooklyn designer and clever mom, April Hannah. Not only is this children’s furniture made from sustainable and safe materials like soy glue and non-toxic water-based finish, it’s a modern marvel of cool, inspired by...Read More
I am a fan of Polli‘s Australian-made, laser-cut jewelry ever since we first discovered them at the Gift Fair a few years back. They never cease to surprise me with their clever new ideas, and I think the new collection of city-inspired jewelry is just super cool. As in, I totally am getting myself one. [don’t miss an exclusive offer after the jump!] This Brooklyn mama would be thrilled to wear the kohl gold Brooklyn brownstone pendant around her neck, complete with details like air conditioners in the windows and a bicycle chained out front. (No broken trash bags...Read More
Looks like it’s the time of year for another cool line at Target to make me –a Canadian– feel a little jealous. This time, it’s the DwellStudio for Target Fall 2010 collection – a whole bunch of gorgeous baby layette items that I’m already drooling over. In keeping with the bold and colorful DwellStudio prints and patterns we’ve all come to love, these new designs are fun and, of course, beautiful. And they’re affordable enough that you’ll be able to outfit your newborn in the snazziest of clothes with change to spare for a sweet blanket or two. I...Read More
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