Tag: home decor

Winter white: decorate the French way with these fab wall decals

We’re dreaming of white…walls, that is. A white wall in a child’s room just begs to be noticed. You can go crazy expensive and find a muralist (we can dream!), or make a statement in a much less pricey way, like with these cool, quirky, totally new designs from a mom-run business in France. I am smitten with this group of wall decals featuring little illustrated birds from the new shop, Bumoon. I even clicked on the French version (there are English, Spanish, French and Italian vinyl applications) and am quite tempted to go that route. In France, birds...

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Wallpaper that’s easy on the eyes and easier to install

When decorating a new baby’s room, most people don’t think, wallpaper. Even if you do decide to entertain the thought, how many of us these days have the slightest clue how to hang it? I’m not saying that this wallpaper hangs itself, but I am saying that it’s beautiful, it will change the look of any room and that it is easier to install than most. Plus, it comes from one of our very favorite companies to turn to for all things cool for babies. Wee Gallery, makers of the most beautiful baby soft books, inspired activity books for...

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Not in the mood for a nutmeg-scented house? Jonathan Adler’s got your back.

I kind of love everything from Jonathan Adler. Especially the scents of his new candles, which are sure to make your home smell greenmarket-fresh, even if you’re just cracking open canned…whatever. Don’t expect the traditional nutmeg, peppermint or mulled apple cider scents in the Jonathan Adler Pop candles. Instead, you’ll find clean scents like tomato, watercress, earl grey, fig, and my own favorite, grapefruit. Earl grey and fig might be a little more fitting as holiday scents for this time of year, although tomato and fig together give you that red/green holiday pop for a great hostess gift–without the...

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The purple map

I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen enough red state outlines and blue state outlines to last me a lifetime. Today, I wanted to feature a message of unity–if there’s any to be found today–in this purple US map.   Maybe hanging one of these is on the walls is just wishful thinking for more conciliation, compromise, and just plain getting along to move the country forward for the next four years. We try not to get political on this site, and to respect the various views of a very wide readership. But I hope we can agree...

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Feed the world with beautiful limited-edition art

My kids are getting to an age when they’re understanding that there are big differences between the way we live and how families around the world live.It’s pretty tough these days, though, for a kid to feel like they can make any kind of impact in a faraway country. Because, frankly, when you only have a couple of dollars a week at your disposal, it’s going to take a long time for it to add up to much. The beautiful Global Compassion poster from Children Inspire Design might be just the answer our family is looking for. Purchasing a signed, limited-edition poster for...

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Funky kids’ furniture that’s not your average kids’ furniture

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,...

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The coolest dreidels ever. One word: LEGO

I know, I know…Halloween is not even here and already we’re diving headfirst into holiday picks. But it’s hard to resist when it’s a Hanukkah goodie as cool as these dreidels. [find out how to get a great limited time discount after the jump!] Made by artist Val Glaser, who does all kinds of cool things with LEGOs, the LEGO dreidel set is no different. They’re all hand-made from upcycled bricks, with the Hebrew letters handstamped. Hand these out, and easily they will be the best ones any kid brings home.  Plus, for a limited time, you can find...

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Pantone’s spring 2013 colors are announced and we’re not feeling blue about it at all

Pantone just announced their hot spring colors for 2013. While we’re barely into fall, I think those of us who care about such things (me!) have a few more reasons to think about the end of winter. While all the colors range from what they call “dynamic brights” and “novel neutrals,” I find them all really lovely and mostly very wearable. I love Lemon Zest, but personally, I have to limit it to handbags and shoes. Fortunately, the top two colors that are being used by more designers come spring, Monaco Blue and Dusk Blue, are going to give...

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Zara Home hits the US: parents and children rejoice!

We have been long time fans of Zara so it wasn’t hard to get super excited about the launch of their new new e-commerce home line for the US.  We’ve been drooling from afar by looking at their UK site, but thankfully now we can enjoy it for ourselves. And we’re excited to see there are options for both adults and kids.   [Click over for a first look at the beautiful options and design inspiration.]     Zara Home carries a plethora of the home decor products you’d imagine, like bedding, tableware, and living room accessories. I’ve seen the...

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The most spectacular vintage paper dolls. We want them all!

Paper dolls are the perfect emergency boredom-buster to have on hand, at least if you’re our family; every fall, a bunch of annoying colds and coughs descend on my children, leaving at least one of them at any given time home on a school day, moaning “I’m boooooored.” I’m loving this wonderful Etsy find as an alternative to 12-hour movie marathons. We’re already big fans of the gorgeous collectible carved Alice in Wonderland dolls at Etsy shop Cart Before the Horse, but we’re so happy to find their awesome articulated paper-animal dolls which are just as lovely. Just cut...

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5 brilliant ways to store (and display) your kids’ artwork

I’m just under two months into the school year, and with three school-aged children under the roof, I am swimming in artwork. The bulletin board, the stacks on my counter, my poor fridge! Then just yesterday, I got the nerve to toss about half of it…and my son totally busted me. Needless to say, I’m pretty much back where I started. Even if you don’t have a bunch of kids like I do, the artwork can definitely pile up. Here, I rounded up five smart ways to store and display their priceless creations. Whew. This DIY kids’ art collage...

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The Home by Novogratz book helps you make your home more yours

A few months back, I had the pleasure of meeting TV’s increasingly notorious design mavens, the Novogratz family, and drooling over their unbelievable Manhattan apartment firsthand. While I keep inviting them to break into my home and have their way with it when I’m away, they have yet to take me up on it. (Odd, right?) So for me–and the rest of us–it’s great to get a peek at their new design book. [Don’t miss the drool-worthy photos after the jump!] Home by Novogratz takes Courtney and Robert’s “there are no rules” style of eclectic decorating made famous on...

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A stylish solution for storage needs

Finding storage solutions is one of our obsessions. I love buckets and bins, but I need them to be on budget and, just as important for me, not boring to look at. Chewing The Cud has solved both of those problems by creating these adorable fabric storage buckets that are modern, whimsical and easy on the wallet. You can choose from a variety of colors and patterns as well as different sizes. These buckets are perfect for for display, gift presentation and storage. I can already think of so many ways to use them around my house!                                   Use them...

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Before Rowling there was Tolkien

This week, at their father’s insistence, we introduced the kids to Lord of the Rings–he wanted to get a head start before The Hobbit finally comes out. Well, my older daughter is now officially obsessed, roleplaying Frodo at every turn. (She didn’t want to be Arwyn, surprisingly. Kind of cool.) If you’ve got a kid who’s smitten with Tolkien, but you’re not ready to fill their room with giant full-color posters of Orcs, this minimalist design option is awesome. Designer Jamesy has created this lovely Minimalist Lord of the Rings series of posters. I think the Fellowship of the...

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Great organization solutions now that September is here (sigh)

While spring may be best known for cleaning, for me, September is my big organization solution month. As the kids get back to school and we start falling into routines, I feel like if I don’t get organized now, I’ll never catch up. I went through our archives to put together just a few of my favorite products, tips and ideas to help you get ahead of curve. If you’re like me, you’ll need it. GENERAL ORGANIZATION A dry erase board (at top) can work wonders, and I love this modern wall decal version at Wall Pops designed by Jonathan Adler....

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A little bit of back to school calendar organization brilliance

It only took my husband a good three months to install our large wall calendar system in the kitchen. And I won’t even tell you how much it cost. Ouch. Too bad I didn’t know about Wall Pops, whose awesome wall decals we featured in our back to school shopping guide, and would have saved me a whole lot of time and money.   If you’re not familiar with the Wall Pops wall decal calendar sets, then allow me to introduce you to their awesomeness. These pretty decals are actually dry-erase calendars that are stuck to your wall–kitchen, office,...

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Motherhood = coffeehood

I am still the world’s worst Starbucks orderer. I can’t remember whether I order the size before the “iced” and I still get the name of the coffee I love wrong. So of course I’m giggling at this adorable poster that breaks down the basic coffee types with charming graphics. The Know Your Coffees print from Kate Moore at Missouri’s Blimpcat Studios would look so cute in a kitchen (by the French Press perhaps?) or even above a desk where you might occssionally burn the midnight oil with a cup of java. Or half-caf. Or Irish. There are some hours at...

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Oh my oh my oh dinosaur

If there’s one awesome baby gift for any kid at all anywhere, it’s a bunch of books to start his library. Which means if there’s one more awesome baby gift, it’s going to be a sturdy bookend that does more than just sit there and look pretty on the shelf. Or in this case, look fierce. The weighted faux leather animal bookends at Serena + Lily come in all sorts of fun animals, but I think the dinosaur bookend is my favorite. At his height he’d be perfect for holding up all those palm-sized board books the new mom...

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Grow baby, grow.

Despite having found so many cool kids’ growth charts here on Cool Mom Picks, I confess I still use a pencil on the side of our kitchen wall. It’s not that I haven’t loved every single one of them, but they’re either too pretty or too big or just too…something for us. But that all ended with this Etsy find from Studio 1am. Sure, at a quick glance it looks like a gigantic yard stick, but upon closer examination the Measure Me Stick is a little bit of genius. Handmade in Chicago from solid wood that’s certified by the Forest Stewardship...

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The ottoman fit for your child’s adorable little butt

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,...

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