Tag: home accessories

There’s a whale in the tub!

Having just returned from a week at SeaWorld–during which we were splashed by sea critters no fewer than five times–I can attest to the fact that, to kids, whales rule.  This whale may not be doing twists and turns in the air, but it might do something that’s just a little bit cooler: it makes bathtime enticing. There are few parents that will say that’s not a good thing. While so many non-slip bath mats look like something Great Grandma Ruth might use, this Whale Rubber Bath Mat from Urban Outfitters takes it six steps cuter. The rubber mat has traction...

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Hey Girl, You should totally buy this Ryan Gosling tea towel

I make it no secret that I have a huge crush on the Canadian Ryans: Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling. But since I’m not 15 anymore, I’m pretty sure the glossy posters on my ceiling or calendars on my wall are out of the question. But a tea towel? Oh that’s more than fair game. You better hurry and snatch up the Hey Girl I’d Rather Be Doing Dishes tea towel before I buy it. Artist Colleen Pugh has translated the hugely popular Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” Internet meme into a must-have kitchen accessory for R-Go fan. (I just made that...

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Are foxes the new owls?

Last year, owls were the hot animal motif of the season. While they’re not going anywhere, I do think that the cool cute animal du jour is now the fox. Which is replacing the dragonfly, butterfly, and octopus trends I’ve noticed over the years. If it were up to Delilah, narwhals would be huge, but until then, here are some of the coolest of the fox art and decor we’ve seen around lately. This fox print from Gingiber for children is beautifully done. It might even be my favorite of the set of animal prints she’s created, and is...

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7 of the prettiest paper napkins

As it turns out, a stash of pretty paper napkins are always good to have around for unexpected company or impromptu picnics. This is a lesson I learned last week when we had to pull out the polka dot “happy birthday!” napkins over cocktails. Oy. Here are a few luncheon-sized napkins I would love to have stashed away because they can double as cocktail napkins in a pinch. They’re not too cutesie, nor do they look like they’re leftover from Grandma’s house. Or (eep) from Halloween. Best, almost all of them are on sale right now. –Liz This set...

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Web Coolness – Amazing mocktail recipes, the baby products you can live without, and internet love for a bullied grandma

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Two yummy mocktail recipes for summer, from our own Stacie Billis. (We’ve got you covered in this heatwave, pregnant mamas!) Rootbeer float popsicles? Save one for us! Is Sesame Street coming to the big screen? Great decorating ideas at Apartment Therapy for your next summer party without spending a fortune or tons of hours of prep time. Design fans will be blown away by these ceramic dishes. So cool. Loving this gorgeous boy’s nursery which blends modern with vintage. What baby products...

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Vintage paper dolls that feel right at home on your couch

When I was a young girl, my favorite pastime was playing with paper dolls. I loved dressing them up and creating stories with each of them. I think it’s great that they have made such a comeback into toys and decor because my own daughter loves them as much as I did. These vintage paper doll pillows hail from one of Cool Mom Picks’ favorite little shops, Baby Gardner, and are the perfect accent for accessorizing a little girls bedroom or play space.  Betty and Sally originate from an authentic 1940s paper doll set and are now dressed up in...

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A valet tray – cool Father’s day gift idea

At least once a day (sometimes more), my husband is searching for his keys and wallet. And don’t even get me started about the piles of change all over my house. So that’s why I think this new Etsy find might be a cool, surprising Father’s Day gift for the sometimes-scattered dad in our lives. Or maybe just for the really organized ones. This locally salvaged Maple Key tray might just be the answer to all our woes, with a special cut-out that’s big enough for what my husband needs to keep track of — nothing more, nothing less. Handcarved with...

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Thank you Design Public, we’ll take that discount!

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...

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Dan Zanes in a most unexpected place: your own kitchen

Dan Zanes is happiness squared. His music puts me in a great mood each and every time I give it a spin–even without the kids, when I’m alone in the minivan. So I’m excited to see his new project that didn’t come out of a sound studio, but a ceramics studio. [after the jump, learn more about a special Dan Zanes event for families this week!] The new new Dan Zanes pairing with one of my fave shops, Fishs Eddy, the quintessential funky New York restaurant-quality tableware shop, makes so much sense. One look at the quirky tubas, cellos,...

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Trend alert: Balloon dogs!

Jeff Koons may have popularized the balloon dog as pop art icon, but as a figure in so many of our own childhoods, its no wonder we’re starting to see all kinds of artists and brands finding inspiration in them. Here are a few super cute balloon dogs that are finding their way into home decor and modern design. Balloon dog wall decals? Magical! These, from CMP fave Wall Candy Arts, look like they’re floating around the room. The set comes with all five colors that you can reuse and reposition. And the best part–no long line of other...

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A cute talking elephant helps the medicine go down

In our household, dealing with kids’ flus and colds is a sticky process. I mean this literally: we are usually well-doused in prescribed medicine before any of it actually ends up inside the child. It’s not necessarily that the kids don’t want the medicine itself–the stuff tastes like Kool Aid these days–it’s more that the actual procedure is kind of scary for them.  To Tiffany Krumins, the solution was perfectly clear: make medicine-giving fun. She even went on ABC’s “Shark Tank” to debut her idea: AVA the Elephant, a cute, talking medicine dispenser. You just remove the dropper from AVA’s trunk...

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Keep time in a fashionable manner

As a mom, I am on a constant schedule of life.  If I lose track of time, I am in deep deep trouble. So of course clocks are an important accessories in my house. (No, I have not yet given them all up in favor of smart phone clocks.) These modern minimalist clocks from Whitevan come in a variety of colors and shapes, so they’re perfect for the kitchen, living room, bedroom or even in the nursery. They’re made in a collaboration between painter/sculptor Dennis Beach and designer/engineer Greg Wolos. The result is high quality art and beautiful design,and...

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Heartstrings, redefined

It’s hard, hugging Grandma from a thousand miles away, but here’s a way to remind her how very far those heartstrings stretch. And just in time for Mother’s Day– if you hurry! With the Personalized Heart Strings Map Pillow from Felix Street Studio on Etsy, you can visualize those tendrils of love connecting you and family members from LA to NY or Piscataway to Pasadena. (Or Stockbridge to Boston, as James Taylor might have said.) Just select up to four points in the US and how they connect– a wheel, a triangle?– and Felix Street will put little hearts...

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Organize your books from A to Zombie

Run, don’t walk, to get your hands on this sharp set of bookends. From Boneshaker to World War Z, you’ve finally got a place to keep your favorite books about how to survive the coming zombiepocalypse.  Not into zombies? That’s okay, too. This awesome Etsy shop offers cool bookends for book lovers of all stripes. Handmade and designed from solid steel by Knob Creek Metal Arts, these Zombie Bookends in hammered black cut steel would even be helpful in case of zombie attack. I mean, can you imagine facing the undead with those adorable balloon dog bookends we covered?...

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You don’t have to love fairies to love this tooth fairy pillow

When a child loses the first tooth, it’s one of the greatest “becoming a big kid” moments we parents get to witness. I love how special that very first one is. So when things get wiggly, it’s fun to get prepared with something like a cool tooth fairy pillow. Sparkle Power has created these adorable Tooth Fairy pillows that will add to the tooth celebration. This pillow measures 6 x 6 inches with a small blue pocket on the front, which is the perfect size for holding a lost tooth and the money that the tooth fairy wishes to...

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A mug of one’s own

As my kids get older we are (gasp) transitioning away from the non-breakable plastic wear and gingerly setting down proper plates and drinkware at their table settings. They still have their personalized placemats so it’s not like I’m turning them into little adults, and in fact we’re not quite out of the HOW COME SHE GOT THE BLUE PRINCESS CUP? I WANT THE BLUE PRINCESS CUP! stage. So what a genius solution these tumblers are. The espresso mugs from Pigeon Toe Ceramics all look beautifully uniform on the outside–but turn over the bottom and a colorful painted bottom reveals...

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5 beautiful cake stands that take the cake.

If you have your cake and eat it too, what are you left with? A whole lot of pretty is what, so long as you own a fab cake stand. You bakers may already have cake stands, but we promise that thse picks are worthy of a spot (or two!) in your collection. You don’t even need to be a serious baker to treat yourself to one of these.  They make pretty displays out of anything from fruit to kiddo’s art supplies, can be used as a pedestal for centerpieces, help set the mood with pillar candles, and can...

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Making your own bouquets look like those pricy ones. You can do it!

Artfully arranged flowers are one of life’s most fleeting luxuries. Since I’m not an heiress, I pick up flowers at Trader Joe’s or the grocery store when I do my weekly shopping — the flowers are inexpensive, and a flower’s a flower right? The only problem is that when I get home with a bunch of flowers I have no idea what to do with them. So I plop them in a vase (as artfully as possible of course) and wonder why they never look as nice as professionally arranged flowers. Now they do. When I learned about the Flower...

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The best arts and crafts storage solutions – Reader Q&A

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...

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Tips for reorganizing your closets with a pro – everything you’ve ever wanted to know

I know I am not the only one who has looked at those photos of professionally reorganized closets and wept with envy. I am pathetic in the organization department, and my closets are the worst example of it all. In fact, they’re less closets and more like black holes. It’s always been a dream for some professional closet organizer to swoop in and organize the mayhem. Dream! (above) Reality! (Includes bent clothing rod and recently discovered squash racket that doubles as handy child-sized air guitar) So when the kind folks at Closet Factory offered to help me customize my...

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