Tag: home decor

Build your own adorable robot army without a single wrench

It’s never been so easy to build your own robot army. All you need is a wall and some imagination. Oh, and these amazing decals. Our friends at Pop & Lolli have struck wall decal design gold again with the Build-A-Bot set of fabric wall decals. The kit includes everything you need to build a variety of mechanical people, with 47 pieces including heads, glasses, bodies, appendages, and limbs. And they’re big, too, with each robot character topping out at 18 inches to 30 inches. This a company who won our love not only because of their unique and...

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Candyland, now on your wall

For an awesome kids’ room design quick change, I head straight for removable wall decals, which are such a smart choice for parents like me who have large wall spaces, fickle kids, and no desire to add more holes in my walls. My latest obsession: The brand new wall stickers from Wallcandy Arts designed by the talented folks at French Bull. And not surprisingly, they are fab. I’m pretty sure my kids would freak out over the Cupcake Land wall decals, a Candyland-inspired game that covers your wall in a bright game “board” that kids can actually play on....

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Pink bedding for girls, hold the cavities

I’m a big fan of gender-neutral colors, especially for the nursery. For my boys’ room I mixed in the requisite blue with lime, red and brown, all of which I consider both boy and girl-friendly. When I saw the new ultra-modern pink nursery designs from Olli and Lime, I actually had a change of heart–they are that cool. We are already big fans of the toddler bedding from Olli and Lime, which is best known for its gender-neutral nursery designs, so when they introduced their first “all about pink” collection (our name), we were interested to see how they...

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POP! goes the bookend

All around the Ikea bookshelf The bibliophile chased the bookend The bookend stepped on a Kindle plug POP! goes the balloon dog! Not really, though. That’s why these Balloon Dog Bookends by IMM Living from the SFMOMA store are so special– they can’t pop. What they can do is hold up books with style and color. In a new twist (ha!) on kids’ bookends, the airy, ephemeral but unpoppable balloon dog is cast in resin with enough weight to keep those pesky books on the shelf. They’re available in orange and purple and measure in at about the size...

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A new way to frame those fabulous family photos

I am always looking for fun ways to hang up pictures of the brood. Once I can convince my husband to help me arrange the pictures on the walls, they are pretty much up for good. We are big fans of Paper Culture around here, and they have come up with a perfect solution to my problem….printing beautiful rich photos on bamboo! It’s like my photographer and my ecologist got married and this is their delightfully sweet offspring. I’ve got to tell you, the bamboo really catches your eye. It’s textured and beautiful and frames the kiddos so nicely. It...

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‘Ere-be-dragons on your wall

Wallpaper is cool again, and it’s not all girly flowers and damask. If you’ve got a knight in shining armor (and Converse chucks), you won’t want to miss this quirky but elegant wallpaper made just for junior jousters. The ‘Ere-Be-Dragons wallpaper from Paper Boy is a beautiful merger of imagination and style. The founder, a mother of two boys, wanted to create classic and iconic yet edgy designs just for boys, but with lasting appeal for the whole family. And this wallpaper totally fits the bill, because these dragons perfectly fly the edge between whimsical and scary. Whether the boy...

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A cradle that will rock more than your baby

File this one under “Ever-Growing List of Gorgeous Things Celebrities Own That We Never Will.” It’s pretty much the most beautiful cradle I have ever seen. With the most extraordinary price tag. The So-Ro Cradle (“be calm” in Norweigan) is a stunning piece of furniture; walnut-covered baltic birch plywood, artfully crafted into a safe haven for babies that feels right at home with the Eames and the Noguchi. It rocks forward-to-back, not side-to-side which So-Ro creator Ane Lilian Tveit, a neurological expert, discovered soothes babies much better. And it’s evidently built with all kinds of safety in mind including a tilted mattress with various...

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Home is where the heart is

I like pretty designs. I like hearts. I am a girl. It’s not all that complicated. But I don’t believe that girlie has to mean cheesy. A perfect example of that? This funky heart patterned pillow cover. Texturas Urbanas is a one-woman show operated by a visual artist/designer from Buenos Aires. Her creations are imaginative, bright and dynamic. Look at her collection and you just know she is having fun at work. One of our faves from her home spun collection are these soft, cotton pillow covers perfect for the nursery, playroom or even master bedroom. Printed with water based...

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Indian Prints

Indian patterns are totally (and beautifully) on-trend right now– we wrote about Ikats and other beautiful prints a few months ago, and our allegiance has yet to waver. Especially since we saw these lovely designs. Hammocks & High Tea‘s new “Dreamweaver” collection is as gorgeous and global as can be. It’s a whole line of accessories made up entirely of handcrafted and eco-friendly fabrics, printed with water-based, solvent-free inks: tea towels, napkins, pillows, totes, and scarves. I’m especially taken with the dopp kits. All the prints are produced to evoke the beautiful texture of traditional ikat weaving, and depending...

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Practical kids furniture or delicious eye candy? How about both?

I’ve been on a self-imposed no-new-furniture diet lately–we kind of either have to buy a new house or knock down a few walls at this point–so this brand-new line of gorgeous kids’ furniture is absolute eye candy. Which may turn to in-my-house candy if I’m not careful. Launching this very second on the invitation-only Fab today, Wadaly is the coolest blend of modern, high-end, and whimsical. That’s uh, emphasis on high-end. I’m seriously dying over the Cloud Bench, an amazing storage trunk with pop-out cloud drawers (shown) and the House Bookcase; but for little kids, the Crib + Changer, the...

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Twin Bedding for Girls? – Reader Q&A

I am looking for more suggestions for twin bedding for girls. Not cutesy pink all over…something more sophisticated she can grow into. Thanks for your suggestions! -Lisa Hi Lisa, We’ve featured a bunch of great girls’ twin bedding options in past posts, and found a few new ones too. Bright and sunshiny, Serena & Lily’s Marni Collection (at top) brings such a cheerful pop of color to her bedroom, you may not even mind all the toys strewn across the floor. The yellow duvet pairs nicely with Berry Gobi Embroidered Sheets, though it’d be pretty with plain crisp white...

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Can you tell me how to get, how to get this really cool sign?

My kids love Sesame Street. Hey, I love Sesame Street. So we have a lot of Sesame Street decorations around our house–if by decorations we mean random books on the floor and half-dressed Muppet dolls. But we all really love the looks of this totally personalized Sesame Street inspired sign. Michelle Knox runs a shop selling custom invitations on Etsy but it turns out she’s also pretty rad when it comes to kid decor. She and her husband whipped up a personalized Sesame Street sign out of pine for their daughter’s themed party and it stole the show. So now you...

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How to turn IKEA into MyKEA

I’ve got a love/hate relationship with IKEA. I love it, because it’s reliable, dependable, and honest. I know what I’m getting, and there are no surprises. I hate it at times, for all of the same reasons. IKEA furniture can be dreadfully boring. Sometimes a room calls for more punk than practical. What to do? Thankfully, MyKea offers a solution that rocks awesome. It’s like Threadless meets Ikeahackers. Pick an artist’s motif, and then choose the piece of furniture to cover. The result is an artistic, colorful set of decal stickers that are professionally produced and made to fit....

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Art, meet alphabet

Instead of yet another poster for your kids’ rooms, I’m kind of digging this take on abc art, from Toronto Etsy shop, bookhou at home. The laser-etched birch plywood of this wooden alphabet would be so cool in a nursery or playroom. And I love the typewriter font on everything, this included. If your kids are outgrowing the alphabet (say it isn’t so!) poke around the shop for lots of loveliness. And a few more reasons to dig Toronto. -Liz Find the wooden alphabet and more for the home online at bookhou at...

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The Empire Strikes… a smart silhouette

I like Star Wars as much as the next mom. Okay, so maybe I like it a little more than the next mom, considering I can speak a little Huttese. I love that the Star Wars world is timeless, exciting, iconic, and fun, and I really love sharing it with my children. But I’m the first to admit that I’ve never thought of my favorite movie franchise as stylish or chic. But guess what? Now it kind of is. We’re Stormtrooper helmet over heels for this gorgeous trio of Star Wars posters from the handz shop on Etsy. All designs are...

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Getting organized just got a whole lot cuter

In the name of back-to-school for the kids and a new full-time job for me, it is high time to get the bills, to-do lists, paperwork, random photos and kiddo artwork into some kind of workable order.  Yes, I’ve said that about 87,000 times this summer alone. But this time I really, really mean it. After all, I didn’t have these cool stick-ems before. Stickr pockets from BUTCH & Harold are going to help me seem more organized than I am–which, in my book, is almost as good as actually being organized.  For $14.95, you get a packet of three adorable...

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Hide the good scissors!

Hide the good scissors isn’t just something you say because the kids will just ruin them cutting cardboard and digging holes in the dirt. It also happens to be the name of a super-sweet Etsy shop that we’re digging hardcore. The good news is they’ve got the freshest take on embroidery we’ve seen. The bad news is that they’re so adored that the shop is currently empty, although accepting orders by convo. Ping the artist, and hook yourself up with the beautifully hand-embroidered animals and plants that make our inner graphic designer swoon. These bad boys would be so...

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Magnetic wall paint: Redefining the term babe magnet

Am I the only one running out of space on the fridge due to a cheesy collection of state capital and alphabet magnets? It seems like my attempt at uncluttered living is in constant jeopardy… so what’s an OCD mama to do? Thanks to the brilliant minds at Kling Magnetics there may hope for us yet. These folks have cleverly developed a simple magnetic paint primer that can actually transform any wall in your home into a giant magnet friendly space. If you were amazed by the genius of chalkboard paint then this will be right up your alley. I think...

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Now I know my Q O Z’s…

If had to do one thing over with our nursery, it would be buying more items that look good after your kid hits two. As cute as those bunny rabbit rugs are under a crib–not so much with a kindergartener. I think the letterpress rug at CB2 is so cool for a kid’s room, especially if you’re not doing the pale pink/pale blue/gingham thing. Liora Manne’s letters are awesomely random, making it more fun than a regular old alphabet rug. And the muted colors could really anchor some pops of orange or yellow that you’re already using. Just don’t...

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Children’s art that won’t give you a toothache

Back when I was pregnant, I became obsessed with finding the perfect artwork to adorn baby M’s walls. I had almost no budget and was put off by most everything in the big stores–hearts, butterflies and safaris? Oh my. So I took to Etsy. Two years later I continue to stalk the site for new artists to make my gift giving more gratifying which is how I came by Rachel Dodge’ shop. After spending just a few minutes at Apple Blossom Print, I was in love with the artwork–especially this robot alphabet print proclaiming knowledge is the future–and I felt an instant...

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