Tag: design

Brooklyn in da house. And da jewelry box.

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...

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Drooling over DwellStudio for Target

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...

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Web coolness – Pumpkin decorating, mobile making, Barbie zombifying

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. No-carve pumpkin decorating ideas from Amy Atlas. Sign us up! On momformation, Kristen shares an awesome coloring book that doubles as a babysitter. Download this adorable free template to make your own owl mobile, perfect for fall. In time for Halloween – a Barbie Zombie garden! (Only a little bit passive aggressive). Via Karianna. Homemade lunch flash cards at Parenthacks help your kid make better lunch choices, especially during candy month. At Rookie Moms, 4 useful baby feeding tools we love. How...

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Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids – Who said there’s no pain in fashion?

Got a blister from your Louboutins? Catch your finger on your Dolce & Gabbana trench zipper? Well, you can now tend to your designer inflicted wounds with fashion designer and mom Cynthia Rowley’s new designer Band-Aids. Yes, yes, they’re a little over the top, but c’mon – I actually they’re pretty cute (love the sequins!), and a fun change from plain bandages. Or worse, the Dora ones that I grab for myself in a pinch and make me feel like I’m a walking advertisement for Nick Jr. Not surprisingly, designer Band-Aids aren’t cheap, but on the bright side, $1...

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Boys get grubbie, in a good way

The concept of cool boys clothes shifts as kids get older. At first cool is defined by his mom, but mark my words, at some point — for me it was around 7 — your son will start to have very definite ideas on what constitutes cool and what is horrifyingly babyish. Grubbie Style, started by a style-conscious mom, pairs wickedly cool graphics with super soft t-shirts. And the best part is that your kid can mix and match designs with shirts to create a one-of-a-kind, certifiably, ultra cool tee. Customization is a snap, and graphics are very basic...

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Web Coolness – A rainbow cake, a free museum day, and thinking Halloween already

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. If you’re one of those smart, prepared moms (darn you!), check out Parents Magazine’s huge category for Halloween costume ideas. Seriously, they have tons. On our Babycenter column this week, Kristen shares some new loveys for baby that you’ll love too. At Boston Mamas, a wonderful tutorial on making a rainbow cake your kids will die for. We always look forward to the weekly design roundups at Bloesem. Fabulous pencil-inspired art and design in time for back-to-school at Junior Society. The only...

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The wit, wisdom, and expensive stationery of Simon Doonan

Dempsey & Carroll makes the kind of fancypants stationery that you drool over in high end department stores — that is, if you’re the type who drools over fancypants stationery at all. Yes, I am that type. It’s the kind of stuff you want on hand should you ever need to send a handwritten note card to Martha Stewart or Michelle Obama for some reason, what with the heavy-duty 3-ply cards, wedding-quality engraving, and gorgeously lined envelopes. But that doesn’t mean the designs are stuffy; on the contrary, they’ve collaborated with lots of interesting artists and designers. And they...

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Home decor for a steel

At the NY Gift Show last week, there were so many fabulous things I couldn’t wait to run back and tell you all about. (These blisters? All for you, dahlings.) One of the very first booths I stumbled into featured the simply wonderful home and garden decor from These Creatures and I’ve been virtually decorating my kids’ room with them ever since. This bicoastal brother-sister shop (Andrew Fink is a Seattle metal worker, Amy is a Brooklyn graphic artist) makes such lovely items out of powder coated steel, I kind of want all of them. From the bright, modern...

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A match made in baby nursery decor heaven. (Is there such a thing?)

If I could, I’d spend all day shopping for home decor. But with a gaggle of kids, that whole bull in a china shop analogy springs to mind. Thankfully, I an lean on the membership sales sites like One Kings Lane and their crazy mad discounted prices. And this week they’ve got a super cool sale just for the design snob parents of the world. This weekend’s doozy of a Toastmaster Tag Sale features uber cool kid’s furniture designer and rock star wife Jennifer Delonge. Head there for access to some of her fave handpicked one-of-a-kind vintage pieces, plus–bonus–you’ll...

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Wallpaper gets unbelievably cool. No really. Why are you laughing?

In the ’70’s my mom went absolutely berserk with wallpaper. It was everywhere; the walls, the ceilings, even the inside of our kitchen cabinets. Then, for a long time, wallpaper was considered very dated. Well guess what, baby, it’s back with a vengeance! And it’s cool. I swear.  The Mini Moderns wallpaper collection features vintage meets modern graphics that are a completely hip and simple way to turn your kid’s room into a space with atmosphere. The collection features really lovely color combinations like Battery Square (shown) that’s powder blue and light gray. The graphics are dynamic without being...

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On my Target shopping list: Milk. Apples. Awesome art from Poketo.

Cool Mom Picks favorite Poketo has a very simple philosophy: Make real art available to everyday people. Which is good, because I’m at my local SuperTarget pretty much every day, and that’s where their latest collection will land on August 10. From water bottles to umbrellas to totes, this 52-piece limited edition collection brings together 21 international artists and a whole lot of pretty. The art covers all the high points of design for the season, including birds, birches, abstracts, and… um… monsters? I especially love the ethereal art on the Oksana bag shown above, which was previously available...

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Web coolness – growth charts, stick horses, and interior design to die for.

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Have you visited the new Momformation blogs at Babycenter yet? This week, we cover one of the coolest growth charts for kids. Promise. While her baby Mila sleeps, Adele Enersen captures her in the most incredible photos. Check it out at Mila’s Daydreams (seen at left). Fun tutorial for DIY stick horses at Babyccino that little cowboys and cowgirls will love riding. At EcoChildsplay,  iPhone apps for eating healthy, all approved by Healthy Child Heathy World. We’re thinking of Care Bears differently...

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Behold the mysterious STEPONBOX

Talk about truth in advertising: The STEPONBOX is a storage box that also functions as a stool. That you can step on. And a ton more. Available in four Jetsons-esque color combinations, the STEPONBOX is crafted of Polypropylene and Thermoplastic Elastomeric, which in non-sciency terms, means it’s free of PVC, phthalates and heavy metals, and also that it’s possibly from Superman’s home planet. It can withstand up to 100 kilos of pressure, so almost your entire family can stand on it… or try to. And it has so many uses. Stand on it. Sit on it. Store toys in...

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It’s not junk if you display it with love

When I look around my house I find strange groupings of stuff everywhere. A bin of outgrown Crocs. A shoebox packed with old family pictures. Some coffee table books that never quite made it to the coffee table. Little did I know that these were all just charming, whimsical and revealing design elements in the making. Something I learned from the book Living With What You Love, by Monica Rich Kosann. It is a gorgeous interior design book filled with inspirational and attainable ideas on how dust off family heirlooms and show them in a whole new light. My...

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I’m Stokke-ed about this new Stokke Xplory Stroller

So, let’s say you have a thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket (humor me) and you need to get a new stroller. Are you going to want the same stroller that everyone else will be parking outside your Mommy and Me class? Or are you going to go for the one that will stand out in the pack? Me? I’d be choosing a fancy-schmancy new Stokke Xplory. Yes, after five years, Stokke has just released a brand new model. And it’s cool. Very cool. Though you may think you don’t know the Stokke stroller, I’m¬†willing to bet...

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Random acts of stainless steel bottle beauty from Earthlust

Sure, my husband is happy with his solid blue, no-name water bottle. But he also eats the exact same ham sandwich every day and owns an endless army of white socks. Me, I want my environmentally conscious, BPA-free water bottle to be as colorful and artistic as the rest of my life. Bonus points if it matches my argyle sock collection. Cool Mom Picks mentioned Earthlust back when BPA first became a more widely recognized no-no, and even then their artwork stood out from the safe water bottle pack. The latest collection of limited edition stainless steel water bottles...

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Kids name labels go designer

If you’re like me, then you probably try to have a nice stack of name labels on hand for all those things your kids have to take to camp, school, daycare and everywhere else their busy little social calendars may take them. But when kids start to outgrow those ubiquitous frog and heart design options, what do you do? I’m delighted to see the new fashion print label offerings from Oliver’s Labels. How could I resist the London Bouquet–you know, as in, Liberty of… Or the Burberry Inspired plaid? There’s also a swirly, Pucci Inspired print that girls will...

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Modern children’s furniture for modern tight budgets

There’s a lot of adorable children’s furniture out there, but the big problem is the cost. At least for the stuff I tend to like, which is vibrant and modern and doesn’t have the word Shaker anywhere near it. Then I discovered the affordable custom children’s furniture from Jesse Dirk and wish I had found her sooner. This Illinois woodworker makes beautiful modern children’s furniture to order, at truly great prices. You can have the wood grain stained to your specs, or even go with a blackboard top shown here plus two chairs, all for $195, which is amazing....

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These t-shirts put your kid in the director’s chair

If your morning routine is anything like ours is, then there’s probably a lot of hemming and hawing (that’s putting it very politely) about what the kids are willing to wear. Well, I have a sneaking suspicion that we could eliminate all the hassles with the brand new interactive t-shirts I just discovered. Yes, interactive t-shirts. These kids’ tees from Creative Director Clothing are designed by a Toronto-based artist, and I just happen to have one of his incredible pieces hanging in my living room – the curious among you can catch a glimpse of it behind me on...

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A crib with a view

Back about six years ago when I was shopping for our first crib, they were still made only for sleeping babies and not for their style-conscious parents. But these days, moms have a whole array of amazing, inspired options, and one of the most incredible we’ve ever seen are the super cool new Ubabub cots. Most of the newer, modern designer cribs at baby furniture stores still give some sort of nod to the old classic bar sided cribs, but not Ubabub, which really has reinvented crib design. The versatile Pod (pictured) as well as the mid-century inspired Nifty...

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