Tag: home accessories

Pretty, pretty porcelain

I always love those artist and free thinking types who commit to something like wearing a different dress every day for a year, or cooking a different vegetable every day. And now there’s one more–UK mom and artist Lisa Stevens who’s creating a different beautiful porcelain dish every day for a year as a way to experiment with new techniques. In her day job, Lisa is a model maker with Aardman Animation (of Wallace and Gromit fame) so it’s no surprise that she has a wonderful eye. Her 356 project on Etsy and on Flickr features her collection of...

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In praise of the mustache

The hipsters have spoken! From Williamsburg to Silverlake, the official motif of the 2011 hipster movement is… the mustache. Specifically, the curly handlebar moustache. If I’m not seeing it on the faces of the kinds of guys who have traded up from trucker hats and Pabst Blue Ribbon, (and, you know, ye olde time-y circus folk) I’m seeing it the most adorable art and design. Here are 6 fabulous places to find mustaches. Not including 1980s-era Burt Reynold posters. –Liz Mustache pillows at Freaky Fleece (makers of the cute floppy disc throw pillows we love at Cool Mom Tech)...

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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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Swedish design as tough as it is pretty

We’re just a few days into summer vacation and  it’s already mud season. Not the kind of mud that’s made by Mother Nature. This stuff is kid-made, by way of a wading pool, a trusty hose, and a patch of mud-ready dirt. It’s given me the perfect excuse to look for a great new rug for the entryway–you know, something eye-catching and color-poppy, but still sturdy enough to withstand wet kid feet. And I believe I’ve found it. I absolutely love the bold, colorful zig-zags and geometrics on these floor runners and rugs from Brita Sweden—so mod.But what’s super cool...

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Ice cream season, Martha Stewart style

There has been a perceptible increase of ice cream consumption in our home over the last week. In fact, once the weather gets warm, I don’t think a day goes by without my kids asking for ice cream. (Yeah, it’s for the kids.) The folks from Martha Stewart were kind enough to send me this little set of ice cream bowls recently as a way of saying Happy Summer, and we’ve been giving them quite the workout. They really are very pretty, and the small size keeps portions in check. While the accompanying spoons are a little small for...

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Frames that will inspire you to get out the camera

Summer is here – hooray! Something about being outside in the sun makes kids happy to be photographed. But instead of shooting all those photos and then just leaving them in a drawer (or on the hard drive of your laptop), I suggest you get some summer-worthy frames for them. We’re crazy about Obrien Schridde frames, which are understated and classic, with clean antique finishes. This summer though, those same simple frames come in a rainbow of stunning new colors — blueberry, tangerine, strawberry and grape — that will go perfectly with all those pool and beach photos of...

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The perfect vase to showcase your May flowers

Etsy artist Cara Taylor of Northampton, Mass makes charming and simple ceramic pieces inspired by what she likes as part of her own everyday life– and apparently we have something in common. Coffee and flowers, meet your mugs and vases. I am so digging the clean, fresh design of her new bottle seam vases. As the spring blossoms continue to flourish, you couldn’t find a more perfect way to showcase them indoors. I personally love how the hand-drawn charcoal lines create a playful undertone. Adding them to my want list, stat. –Stephanie M See Cara Taylor’s full spread of ceramic vases...

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A clock that’s not digital? Shocking!

I find myself missing clocks these days. You know, clocks? Actual things with two hands that don’t glow in the dark from your DVR box or flash 12:00 after the electricity goes out? So when I saw this wooden clock, I felt this little pang of must have it. The eco-friendly Raindrops Clock by decoylab is made from bamboo, then hand-sanded and finished with natural oils. It runs on a single battery, so no worries about wires. And it’s silent, so no worries about gongs, alarms, or cuckoo birds either. There are some adorable children’s clocks in the shop...

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Breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day? Hey-ull yes!

Breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day is a given, right? Okay, it’s not. But it should be. And as someone who was lucky enough to procreate with a trained chef, I think we have no excuse not to start institutionalizing it. On our Mother’s Day gift guide this year, we’ve got a few gifts specifically to help you make a breakfast in bed experience a little more comfy, cozy, and pretty. But one of my favorites is this clever breakfast tray. The Le Petit Dej’ breakfast tray would make me so happy, no matter what was on it. I...

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Silicone Ally

Sprucing up for spring usually doesn’t include my kitchen utensil container, but I have long been a convert of silicone spatulas. And these swirly, pretty, funky spatulas are exactly what my kitchen needs right now.   Silicone spatulas are not only easy to clean, they’re heat-proof up to 500°F, and trust me, once you start using well-made silicone for cooking, stirring and pancake-flipping, your collection of old, cracked wooden and plastic tools will be nothing but a faded, slightly stained memory.  The green spoonula is great for working with doughs and frostings, the red spatula is perfect for spreading and clearing out that peanut...

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Handmade pillows to make you smile.

With a new couch on the way (yippee!) I’m preparing to say goodbye to the saggy, dog-scented, claw-worn monstrosity. It’s easy. Trust me. One of the fun things: Shopping for new throw pillows. I’m thinking with a red TV and entertainment console and the charcoal couch, a few pop-y touches of yellow will be perfect. So when I saw these handmade pillows, well, I smiled. The smile pillow from honeypiedesigns totally makes me do just that. Other designs feature words like love, relax, or home, but I really am thinking smile + yellow is the perfect combo. There’s also...

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Hang your coat up on your spoon, right this instant young lady.

One of the fun things about judging the children’s category of the Handmade Olympics this past week, was discovering so many super incredible new finds for you all. Some of which aren’t even necessarily for children. One of my favorites–and also one of the voters’–was this ingenious handmade solution for hanging coats and scarves. The personalized spoon racks from Wisconsin artist JJ Evenson lets you add up to ten names–or categories like scarf, keys, leash. Your children will never have an excuse not to hang their coats up again. (Or so we’d hope.) Although truth be told, it’s so...

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West Elm jumps on the indie artist train.

I love having a West Elm right in my hood. It’s always a fun source of home inspiration for me, and I like quite a lot of their accessories–even if some of their wood furniture gets beat up in like two seconds if you have kids. What I was particularly excited to see was the shop taking the Urban Outfitters/Anthropologie route by including more fun small housewares and accessories, and embarking on some super cool collaborations with small brands and artists. Like a whole table devoted to CMP fave Lotta Jansdotter, including these beautiful soy wax candles; though unfortunately...

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Just Shorn – Beautiful rugs from farmers, not factories

I have never been a fan of wall-to-wall carpeting. Maybe it’s a factor of living in New York, where hardwood flooring is the standard, but I find a great area rug not only looks sharp, it’s practical when you’ve got kids. It’s easy to clean, and when you decide to throw a three year-old finger painting party, at least you can roll it up temporarily. So this week, I was so happy to have been introduced to Just Shorn, a fabulous New Zealand company that produces the most beautiful, sustainable wool rugs with a pretty amazing backstory. The wool...

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One day at a time

Remember how nice it was when you were a kid and got kudos for oh, say, trying your string beans? Making your bed? Brushing your teeth? While we still hopefully commend our own kids for those things (that is, when they do them!), I am simply in love with this blackboard that gives us mamas a little virtual pat on the back every day too. The custom-painted mini-goals chalkboard is such a cool bit of decor to display in a kitchen to inspire and entertain the whole brood. Whatever you write in the space, you’re rewarded with a good day...

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Keeping the kitchen art gallery alive

In this era of the stainless steel fridge, there is one problem befuddling even the smartest of parents: where do we hang the kids’ art? Well, fret no more fellow kid-art aficionados, because Petit Collage has a brilliant solution that will change your life–or at least your kitchen–forever. Gallery Corners are little fabric adhesives reproduced from lovely vintage wallpaper patterns, and they’re designed to affix art, photos and even shopping lists to whatever flat, non-porous surface you need to stick them to. They’re removable, they come in triangles and circles, they’re waterproof (hey, if you’re one of those moms...

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You can even eat the dishes

Having recently introduced my girls to the joys of Willie Wonka (yes the original. Sheesh.) they became instantly fascinated with the idea of a teacup that you could actually eat. I had to explain that it was just a movie, and that no, we can not actually eat our dishware. But wait! Turns out you can. A clever group of entrepreneurial Parsons grads calling themselves The Way We See The World devised some fabulous edible cups from a vegan JELL-O substitute, aptly named Jelloware. I’m not sure about Rosemary-Beet, but Lemon-Basil and Ginger-Mint sound pretty darn good to me....

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What could be uglier than an Uglydoll? An Uglypillow!

I love the new Uglypillows from Uglydoll. Perhaps it brings out the motherly instinct in me? A face that only a mother could love? Oh, no. I hope this isn’t a throw back to my awkward years. Do you think the Uglypillows would be the last to be picked for kickball? And nobody would ask them for a slow dance at their best friend’s Bat Mitzvah? Well each of the four new Uglypillows is uglier (or cuter) than the next. These funny little friends are perfect for a nursery or playroom chair, in a crib (when they’re past the...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest art, decor, and kids furniture

Our art and decor categories are some of our richest, which always makes it hard to pare down our faves of 2010. Here, find just a few of our many, many favorites. Art I think everything about Custom Toy Portraits (at top) is just magical. There’s no better way to preserve your child’s favorite stuffed friend–or even you own. –Liz I’m so inspired by the bright, quirky art by Hsing Ping Pan. So fun for a baby nursery but still fitting as your baby turns toddler and kiddo too. -Kristen Decor I’m so happy that Obrien Schridde created a new line...

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Mama’s got a new tattoo. On her plate.

I admit that I completely poo-poo’d the idea of registering for fancy pants dishes when I got married. I also used Chef Mic (aka the microwave) for most of my meals back then too. But after seeing the amazing place settings by Ink Dish, I’ve come to learn that it was the stuffy, traditional designs I wasn’t digging – not necessarily the idea of owning fancy dishes. Too bad I hadn’t discovered these awesome dish sets featuring the artwork from some of the most renown tattoo artists in the world. I’m just dying to get my hands on the...

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