I find it’s always a good idea to have a few nice hostess gifts stashed away in the hall closet in case of last-minute dinner party invitations or weekend plans. I do this with kids’ birthday presents too, and it makes life so much easier. We’ve covered lots of cool hostess gifts, and now I’m adding to the list these pretty handmade ceramics by Elizabeth Benotti at Etsy, which are so original and fun, a little funky, and simple. I think so many of my friends would love them. Elizabeth Benotti’s graphic style is fresh and modern, and I love that they’re not too precious or twee.Even...Read More
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I don’t have much space on my kitchen walls these days (I blame it on that folder that comes home on the last day of school filled with more art than my kids could have possibly created in only one year). But if I did, I know exactly what would be going up there. Food photographs! No, not the Instagrammed, look at my meal type of food photographs. I mean lovely (and hopefully even inspiring) food photographs. The kind that feature parsley and dill and cinnamon, oh my. Right now, there are a few charming kitchen art images available at the Temporary...Read More
I’ve learned that when kids are afraid of the dark, a nightlight can be their best friend. And have you ever seen a friendlier, cuter lamp than this Little Cloud Lamp? This adorable night light might be just what I need to get my scared-of-the-dark, light sleeper daughter to quit waking me up at 2 AM. Every. Single. Night. The Little Cloud Lamp was designed by an art duo out of NYC called FriendsWithUs, who have worked with Pharrell, and I think this piece has the same infectious happy vibe as his hit song. Even though it’s adorable and perfect for kids, it...Read More
If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own David Bowie to snuggle, we’ve got good news: These pop culture dolls by French artisan My Name is Simone are just as much for you as they are for kids. Whether you’re into Ziggy Stardust, the King of Pop, or a certain fabulous fashion designer named Karl, they’re all based on her favorite style icons who will look equally as posh on the couch or on a shelf in a mod nursery. There are five dolls available now from Little Collector, each made of 100% organic, sustainable materials. Along with the three you...Read More
We’re anticipating a new baby girl in our family soon (!!) and I’m having so much fun procrastinating from real life–er, balancing my bank account–by searching the Internet for pretty custom nursery art for her room. This sweet bamboo cloud from Hudson & Daughter is one of my new favorites at the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop at great.ly. It’s modern and sleek but still gives me those baby warm fuzzies. This piece is made to order with your baby’s initials and birth year, hand-stamped on eco-friendly bamboo in non-toxic ink. (Not that you’ll let your baby chew on it. But still. Environment.). Plus, it’s made right...Read More
Posted by Liz Gumbinner | Jul 11, 2014 |
Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like these daily. 1. The designer shoes we’ve woken up dreaming about. Not even kidding. 2. Love this decor idea for a kids’ bathroom. 3. Holy Mojito recipe! 4. Coolest looking babyproofing idea for your outlets. 5. Need a laugh? This should do it. Are you a type geek? Check out our new typography and design board for lots...Read More
I love gifts and artwork that have personal touches – if it has a monogram, sign me up. Our new house has so many blank walls just waiting to be filled, and one piece of personalized art that I knew I wanted to make for it was a framed silhouette portrait of my toddler. Once the realm of skilled paper cutters, if you have a computer and a printer, and you’ve always wondered how to DIY, I’ve got an easy shortcut for you so you can make your own silhouette portrait. Have an older child? Get her in on the action too and...Read More
I’ve said before that a quilt is the perfect baby gift. That said, all families are different and all blankets are not created equal. That sweet pastel quilt you fell hard for might not work for your funkier friends–you know, the ones who actually dare to keep all their restored mid-century furniture with children. (At least for now.) Enter the gorgeous handmade modern baby quilts from Nashville-based Twiggy and Opal, which I’m betting will be a hit with the mod crowd. Shop owner Jayne Willis makes every piece by hand, letting her instinct guide her style decisions as her inspiration pours in from her own children. At first glance...Read More
As I approach 35, I realize that I need to face the facts: I am a full-on grown-up. But as I look around our house, I realize that some of our decor and family habits don’t reflect this fact. Knowing that I want to be the family with the pitcher of milk–not the carton–on the breakfast table, I set out on a quest to find just the right piece; the one that said responsible, together, and happy. I think I found it at the Brooklyn-based LEIF webshop. My ideal sugar and creamer set is fresh, clean, cheery and oh-so-mature–much like everything in this gorgeous shop. This beautiful...Read More
Posted by Liz Gumbinner | Jun 27, 2014 |
Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like these every day. 1. Some of the best Instagram photos of kids and what we can learn from them. 2. Words every tween and teen daughter should read. 3. Healthy, yummy homemade popsicle recipe. Yes please! 4. Gorgeous kids’ room decor inspiration 5. Shoes to live in this summer....Read More
We’ve been having so much fun discovering new artists to be able to sell at the Cool Mom Picks indie shop, and one of our recent finds is Cheeky Monkey Home. Her handmade pillows are the kinds that just require one to make a whole room. And they’re made with such exquisite detail, they’re the kind of thing you’d expect to find in ABC Carpet or other pricy home decor boutiques. Only you won’t. You’ll find them at our boutique, because Massachusetts artist Holly Johnson actually made these designs exclusive to great.ly. Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We...Read More
Over the summer months, we love any excuse to host a party–July 4th, birthday parties, backyard barbecues. And the more we do it, the better we get at finding the right places to find the right stuff to make it easy. So we’re so excited to welcome back one of our very favorite sponsors, Minted, which also happens to be one of our very favorite sources for beautiful custom invitations. And right now, this is a great time to visit. Oh, did we mention the sale? The Minted Baby & Kids Summer Event Sale right now gets you 15% off all baby announcements, kids’ personalized stationery,...Read More
For a while we’ve been fans of the creative wall decals and wallpaper from Pop & Lolli made just for kids’ rooms –and so have our readers. So much so, they’re always getting requests for more designs, more styles, more colors. So weren’t we thrilled to get a first look at their new collaboration on new wallpaper designs (and decals too) with one of our favorite illustrators, Sarah Jane of Sarah Jane Studios who’s one of our Etsy mainstays. There is so much cuteness for both boys and girls, it’s hard to focus on one. Behold… Also, how great is this custom...Read More
When I was growing up, my grandmother had a lovely little poster on her bathroom wall reminding us of all kinds of old fashioned bathroom manners. My favorite was the reminder not to “keep the bath an hour or more when other folks are wanting one” because, well, I always thought that seemed like a pretty long bath. All those years reading that poster, though, and I’m now surprised (and admittedly a little disappointed) that my current bathroom wall is completely bare. But, that’s about to change now that I’ve discovered these sweet bathroom manners prints from Etsy shop, Niko + Lily. They are...Read More
I remember getting that last big piece of furniture for my house–years after moving in, of course–and thinking, “Finally, this is it!” It took no time to realize that a house truly comes together in the small, pretty details–at least the ones that the kids don’t destroy. My umbrella stand is one of the lovely accents that brings me a lot of joy and does an important job. Bonus: it doesn’t break easily. Check out these fab umbrella stands to add a touch of color, whimsy, or design to any size or style of entry way. Traditional Umbrella...Read More
So, if someone told you there was a product that might totally change your life in the coolest of ways, you’d be interested, right? Me too. And when I noticed a friend raving about Sugru on her Facebook page, I had to learn more. So, in the name of research, I decided to find out what Sugru was all about. And I’ve slowly been sticking it to everything I can imagine ever since. With astounding results. Sugru is a self-setting rubber product. What does that mean, exactly? It’s a squishy, plasticine-like substance that bonds to almost anything and cures...Read More
None of us at Cool Mom Picks has an original Picasso in our living rooms as far as I know, but we do believe in finding cool art for kids that engage, inspire, and yes, decorate. LittleCollector has long been a favorite online spot of ours for their carefully curated selection of kid-friendly, affordable contemporary art. So we are happy to learn that they have partnered with Artsy, one of the world’s biggest online art platforms, to bring the cool artwork they feature to a wider audience and make it even easier to find. The LittleCollector gallery on Artsy features art from quirky to sweet, colorful...Read More
I’ve been singing the praises of the gorgeous handmade mobiles from Portland’s Frazier and Wing for a while now, and as much as I love the artistry Heather brings to her paper mobiles and reusable handmade paper garlands, I’m so excited to see her getting into new materials. She’s just introduced the striking new Auden mobile made from German felt circles and natural maple. It’s a gorgeous piece of original art that can transition from a baby’s room to pretty much anywhere in the house. If you love wood, then you may like the Sandro mobile in a dark walnut that looks...Read More
Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer in operation. We hope you’ll find other cool stuff you love throughout our site. We are so pleased to announce the launch of the Cool Mom Picks Boutique at the wonderful new website Great.ly. This makes us so happy, you can’t imagine; if we could have designed a retail experience ourselves, this would be it–filled with wonderful handmade and indie items from some of the most talented makers around the world, all curated by top tastemakers into boutiques. And we’re honored to be among them! Update: Regretfully, the great.ly shop is no longer...Read More
Web Coolness: Last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas, the best states for working moms, and some poignant posts from around the web.
Every week we share our favorite links from around the web. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. It’s last minute Mother’s Day gift idea time and we have you covered with a ton of ideas you can make, by, or otherwise cobble together with love. These Mother’s Day ecards from our favorite apps are guaranteed to arrive in time. Looking to make a donation on your mother’s behalf? Check out the good work of the Worldwide Fistula Fund. Thanks Pinterest for sharing our Mother’s Day Pinterest board as a favorite. We kind of like it too! A lovely...Read More
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