Of course today isn’t just about barbecues, sparklers, and if you’re lucky, a big fireworks display that kicks off a four-day weekend. It’s about those awesome forefathers (and foremothers, ahem) of ours who transformed the original 13 colonies into the beginnings of our beloved US of A. In their honor–and in honor of independence–we present 13 outstanding indie, new-to-us Etsy shops that we’re happy to support, one from each of the original 13. –Liz [After the jump, check out 13 can’t-miss Etsy artists from up and down the East Coast] New Jersey: BubbledogThis shop is like kawaii central, with...Read More
From the day we discovered Kirsten Hathcock’s beautifully handmade storage pieces at Mod Mom Furniture, we fell in love. A Mod Mom toy box looks as beautiful as any other furniture in the house, even if it is made to hide decapitated Barbies and wayward LEGO pieces. And now, there are not only some gorgeous new styles, but some of the classics are on sale at great prices. Check out the toy box sample sale and while supplies last, you can score some great deals on the Gracie toy box–of which Kristen and I each own one–along with the...Read More
The prolific designers and TV faves Bob and Courtney Novogratz are taking their small CB2 home collection to new places. Specifically Brazil. And I want to go. The new Novogratz Brasil collection for CB2, just launched this month, is such a funy, cheery way to brighten up your/my decidedly North American pad, at the decent prices and quality CB2 is known for. I’m loving pieces like a duo-toned credenza, a swing chair that makes me pine for a deck, and a bright fuschia punched-metal coffee table that might not be so great for homework, but is perfect for a...Read More
With patio season finally here, my thoughts turn to warm summer days lounging in the backyard, sipping margaritas while the kids play cooperatively in the sandbox. Sure, the last part is but an impossible dream, but there’s nothing to stop me from making the lounging and the margaritas happen. And I think I know the perfect deck chair in which to lounge quite stylishly. The beautiful chairs and stools from Gallant & Jones are nothing if not drool-worthy. They are handmade in western Canada from North American White Oak, which, I have now learned, is both water- and rot-resistant....Read More
You know what’s always a major disappointment? When an amazing company like Phil & Ted’s releases a great new baby item after my babies are already too grown up to need it. And now they’ve gone and created a high chair that almost makes me want to have more babies. Almost. The new Poppy high chair is a very nearly birth-control-defying product. The sleek new chair is such a perfect design meant to grow with your child, that I totally wish I had one in my kitchen right now. For everyone with a baby: you will want to take...Read More
Welcome to our home full of teeny kids’ chairs that are good for one thing. Or two if you count tripping over them. But these cool handmade chairs from CMP-fave Paloma’s Nest are good for three, or more. Just when I thought we were done with kids’ furniture, I spy the amazing Children’s Chair from Paloma’s Nest that actually doubles as a doll house. Or “colonial house” to be specific. Unless you prefer the Victorian House chair. So genius, right? They can sit and then play underneath, or play while someone else is sitting, or… you get the idea....Read More
If you’ve got spring cleaning your desk or home office on the brain, I’m so happy to have this fabulous new website that’s all about desk organization with colors and styles that will just make you happy. Poppin feels like the IKEA of office supplies with a little DWR and Muji thrown in. You can shop by item or by color–should you need an entire aqua desk set. Or hey, just shop by item. You’ll have fun discovering modern tape dispensers, rulers in 18 different colors, colorful pushpins (just $5 for 100!) scissors, notebooks, file folders, and pretty much...Read More
I thought long and hard about our crib purchase back when my oldest was a baby, and I still remember wanting to find something that I could still use after she had outgrown it. Back then, that meant it could be used as a toddler bed–which I thought was pretty awesome. But these days, I’m blown away by how creative designers have become in making a simple crib something parents will be able to use even when their kids are in high school. Seriously. The GRO convertible crib is like nothing I’ve ever seen. Not only is it...Read More
Finding modern kids’ furniture has gotten so much easier in recent years (hooray!) that the only downside is having to choose what you want. And what you have room for. And what’s worth the investment. Hopefully these picks of 2012 will help. Kristen: A desk that’s also a playhouse? That’s exactly what the Deskhouse from Cool Kids’ Company is (at top). There’s just too much awesome about this concept. Plus, it’s perfect for families with lots of kids like mine. They’re tables! or ottomans! or both! Either way, the Quinze and Milan Jellyfish Ottomans are brilliant, and remind me...Read More
When I started searching for furniture to fill my kids’ bedrooms, I was on the lookout for pieces that were kid-friendly yet well designed. I wanted something that didn’t feel predictable. And above all, I wanted something that didn’t look like it was rescued from a daycare. (You know what I’m talking about.) We have featured a lot of great furniture pieces here on CMP and now one more can be added to that list. Tot Republic offers unique designs along with a truly sustainable and Earth-friendly approach to construction and materials. You can tell that through their designs,...Read More
Every now and then I spot kids’ furniture that makes me wish I had a little expendable income, and that’s exactly how I feel about these amazing pieces from CounterEvolution. Table Tots are quite possibly the coolest kids’ table sets I’ve ever seen. And “cool” doesn’t even cover it. This is heirloom-quality furniture with an amazing story worth telling for generations to come. Each set is completely handcrafted from recycled wood and steel rescued from closed-down bowling lanes and other buildings scheduled to be demolished, then finished using green-friendly practices. Fab. And if the artistry looks familiar, it’s because designer Jim...Read More
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,...Read More
Adding to the growing list of things I know now, that I didn’t when I had my first kid: I would have skipped the cheap stuff, and invested in a solid kids’ table and set of chairs. We’ve gone through far too many to count. If you’re a mid-century fan on the lookout for cool kids’ chairs at a fantastic price, you’ll want to snatch these up while they’re on sale. Reminiscent of the Arne Jacobson chairs, the bentwood Kids’ Scoop-Back chairs at West Elm are a beautiful addition to any kids’ table. They’re available in either ash or white...Read More
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....Read More
When my kids have their friends over, they end up taking rule over my entire house. Every room becomes their room and every chair becomes their chair. Not that I mind but I can see why decorating experts recommend having a designated area for the kids, with their own designated kid-friendly table and chairs. This stylish children’s table and bench set from Jennifer Delonge is child-sized and perfect for your little ones to have dominion over. It will look good in any modern home, in any room that has the space for it. It comes in 5 different beautiful...Read More
When looking for decor and something lovely for my home, one of my first stops is Design Public. If you love modern, contemporary design, this is the site for you to find a wide variety of home accessories, furniture, art and much more. Well lucky for us, Design Public has an outlet. It turns out that if you hit the Design Public Outlet online at their web shop, you can save anywhere from 40-80% off regularly priced items. They list new inventory daily which includes open box items still in new condition. At the time of posting, you’ll find lots...Read More
My apartment has been taken over by art supplies! I want to hold on to many of the supplies and keep them in an organized manner…if this this possible with a 3 year and 5 year old. –Holly Hi Holly, With three of my own little artists, I can empathize! It’s easy for a small space to be quickly overrun byall those supplies–not to mention the results of your kids’ artistic labor. Here are some of my favorite ideas for storing art supplies and projects. Ikea’s Expedit bookcase (at top) is my hands-down favorite for art-supply storage, holding...Read More
My kids graduated to a big-kid bed in need of a bedrail, right around the same time that they discovered the joys of sneaking book under the covers to “read” past their bedtime. I love their thirst for books but don’t enjoy finding books twisted into bedsheets or flung on the floor in the morning. If you too have a bedtime bookworm in a new big kid bed, take a look at this smart combo bookshelf and bedrail that keeps your sleeping child, and their books, safely in place. Tambino’s Alpha Bookshelf Bedrail is a smart-looking way to keep...Read More
I love family projects that are truly intended for the whole family. You know, instead the kind where on parent works (and gets frustrated), the other parent helps (and offers constructive advice), and the kids sit waiting impatiently. Sprout, a US based modern furniture company now offers families the opportunity to do just, that with a crafty new line of convertible kids furniture. The concept is simple–great accent or playroom pieces made from recycled wood that your child can actually help put together with (ta-da!) not a single tool. Watch their video tutorials and you’ll see, it’s almost like putting...Read More
I love that furniture designers have stopped looking at cribs as a utilitarian object, and started embracing their artistic nature. GroFurniture is a stunning new eco-friendly furniture line, all made in the USA by real furniture artisans. It was started by a husband and wife who created these cribs for their own children. And now make them for everyone. Each crib is made to order and from what I can see, the assembly is easy. Of course, this all comes at a price. But fortunately, it’s meant to grow with your baby; you can purchase the bundle set which...Read More
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