Tag: home decor

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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It’s map time

My 5-year-old showed almost zero percent interest in maps until we went on vacation to a beach town. Suddenly, it was very important that she be the holder of the map at all times. It was ultimately a good thing, even if said map ended up covered in melted chocolate ice cream and ripped in random places. Her newfound awareness about the world around her made me appreciate the genius behind Soft Cities even more. Soft Cities are exactly what they sound like: maps of your favorite places printed onto soft blankets and napkins (“mapkins”!). You simply write in the...

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Quilts go cosmopolitan

Ever look down from an airplane at the panorama below and consider how very much the ground looks like a crazy quilt? Us, too. That’s just one reason we’re smitten with how these stylish quilts that gorgeous capture the cities and places we love. Haptic Lab designs handmade luxury quilts that represent someone’s unique place in the world through the sense of touch. Each quilt is made of handstitched 100% natural cotton in a cooperative effort between designers in Brooklyn and certified fair trade labor partners in India. White quilts like the one above are so subtle–at first they look...

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A Brooklyn home without the Brooklyn prices

There’s a saying in real estate: location, location, location. But after that’s out of the way, in New York we tend to put a premium on character. You know, exposed brick, tin ceilings, original wood floors. (Don’t ever expect to find wall-to-wall carpeting here. If you do; wonder what it’s hiding underneath.) But now,  if you didn’t find the character you’re craving, now you can fake it with this unbelievable wallpaper series. The trompe l’oeil Brooklyn wallpaper series by Merci, at one of my long-time favorite shops, Rockett St George, is mindblowingly cool. The papers look like the turn-of-the-century...

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A taste of summer, indoors

Sometimes art just speaks to you, and that’s how I felt gazing at the beautiful original artwork from artist Rachel Austin. I was poking around the Poppytalk Marketplace and discovered Rachel’s wonderful mixed media map paintings. Clearly bitten by the travel bug, her work evokes lovely images across the country, from a lakeside campground to midwestern birds on a wire in Long Island City, all created over original maps. Some are mounted on a boxy, appropriately unfussy wooden frame, and then there’s also a series of archival prints you can have framed yourself.                           I can imagine that...

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The modern family room, redesigned by the Novogratz family

Last week I got a sneak peek at a cool new collaboration between design gurus and parents (of seven!) Bob and Courtney Novogratz and CB2. When I did, all I could do is smile. The colorful wool Family Rug charmed me right off the bat; and I have to say, I’m not always open to peppering my home with “sayings” or words. But in this case, I think it would be so perfect in…well, a family room. But I could also see it in a playroom or a modern entrance way.  Should yours be a little bigger than mine. It comes...

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Turning the cities you love into amazing works of art

When traveling, I find myself falling in love with places I go. I usually try and find something to take home with me that will always remind me of it, which is probably why I love when artists create that same feeling with their artwork. Susan Taylor of Taylors Type has created these eye-catching typographical city prints.  Each print is colorful and complete with iconic image that will look familiar to fans of Berlin, Chicago, Rome and more.  There are 11 cities to choose from in this collection, all beautifully captured. All you need to do is frame them....

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A coat rack almost too cute to hang your coats on

My favorite pastime is visiting flea markets and discovering items that will bring character to my child’s space and my own space.  And finding great deals adds to the excitement. But now there’s an adorable shop online that’s giving me the same thrills. All Lovely Stuff carries a collection of, well, lovely items that are sure to bring a smile to your home and space.  My favorite item, Animals of Whittling Wood, is a beautiful natural coat rack with fox, rabbit and cat profiles.  I think that I need this.                                 This moose rack would work great in an...

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Mod kids furniture that looks just like the grownup stuff

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...

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If you believe they put an owl on the moon

When I find myself with a little square of wall space to fill, I’ve found that ornaments can add nice texture and dimension, instead of another poster or print. And this Etsy shop makes ones that are so cute, I might just clear some space. The little red moon with owl ornaments from the Intres shop look adorably cute for a nursery that needs some brightening up. Considering you get two for just $15, it’s even worth the international shipping from Vigo, Spain. Although having been there last summer, I’m thinking maybe I’ll just fly back there again and...

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Fun with moose and squirrel

Let’s not limit it to moose and squirrel shall we? We’ve also got racooons and badger and that popular fox, plus skunk and one very smug wolf. What can we say? We’re smitten with the critters in this whimsical woodland creature print that’s been turned into artwork, stationery and more.  Artist and illustrator Dale Keys makes us want to kiss moose and squirrel in this sweet Woodland Critter print, which is available in several sizes and forms at Society 6. It’s a note card (shown), a framed archival quality print, or or even a very cute a smartphone case. Check...

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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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3 cheers for the Pantone 186, Pantone 12-4302 and Pantone 286!

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....

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Summer sights from your child’s room, even with the blinds down.

Every summer for the past few years, my entire family makes a pilgrimage to the Jersey shore for a week of pure old fashioned beach and boardwalk fun. I spend the other 51 weeks of the year making solo trips to the beach… in my head. But thanks to Meg Venter and her SUN-drenched photography series, I now have a little help getting there. A short pass through the September Wren Etsy gallery and you’ll be wishing you had a brand new beach house to adorn the walls with the entire collection. In reality, I am thinking a few...

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Animal art prints that don’t feel babyish – no pastels, no hair bows.

One of my favorite pieces to the puzzle of decorating a child’s space is art. It not only brings in personality and color, but great art can also can be used to stimulate your child’s imagination.  That is why I love these illustrations that perfectly balance artfulness and playfulness. Gingiber animal prints tell a story without being aggressive in their message–or their color-schemes. With all sorts of cute animals to choose from, several together on a wall would make a fantastic statement.                                                                Gingiber also carries adorable cushions, wall decals, paper goods and chalkboards.  If you decorate in themes, try...

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Minimalist posters from our favorite children’s stories

Love fairy tales and classic family movies but not interested in the commercial studio posters for your kids’ rooms? We’ve found just the answer. These gorgeously atmospheric and evocative posters from artist Christian Jackson are a beautiful way to decorate with the fairy tales you love and the sophisticated colors you might prefer. Each image perfectly condenses an entire story, like Mary Poppins above, into one iconic design that really opens up imagination options for kids of all ages. Your daughter loves Rapunzel, but good gravy, that’s a lot of lavender and pink. Instead of decals and licensed characters,...

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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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