Tag: home decor

All things being equal, I’d rather be in Paris.

Yeah, I know the WC Fields line was about Philadelphia but with all due respect to my partner Kristen and other cool Philly mamas, I’d rather hit the Champs Elysee these days. That’s why these vintage style Paris wall clocks need a place in my home immediately. Even if they’re set to Eastern Standard Time. Spotted at Design Atelier Article, the same shop that featured the most fabulous bookends we found last year, I’m not surprised that these birchwood clocks are inspired in design. Plus, you can pick up to 12 colors, whether you have your mind on an authentic...

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Cute animal pillows for your kids’ rooms get way more funky. And we like it.

I stumbled across these bold, modern, graphic animal throw pillows for children’s rooms online at Ferm Living tonight and am instantly smitten. They are a playful but not childish way to decorate a couch or armchair in your kids’ playroom or in the rocker in your baby’s nursery. I particularly love the way artist Ingela P Arrhenius has taken the formal portrait pose and made it whimsical by featuring modern, minimalistic animals with quirky expressions on their faces. Doesn’t that cat look like Frank Sinatra? Each animal throw pillow is made from 100% organic cotton, printed by hand in Denmark, and filled...

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Inspirational artwork for children’s rooms? Reader Q+A

Hello I don’t suppose you know the brand of the inspirational artwork for kids rooms you feature on an old post about Gilt Group personalized sales ? I love them but can’t find them.  Many thanks, Jill.   Jill, you have great taste–we love those prints too, and fortunately we tracked them down at Fresh Words Market, the same website that sells the wonderful Be Fearless inspirational art print we featured a year ago. It’s a terrific resource for inspirational posters that lean more towards cool than cheesy, with modern graphics and a kid-friendly bent. One of the wonderful thing...

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Lay off those tree trunks, lovers. This personalized ring holder will do just fine.

Yes, we all hope our love will be as everlasting as engraving our initials into a tree. But let’s lay off the trees and opt for a more modern approach, shall we? Check out this sweet little monogrammed ring dish from the oh-so endearing Wandersketch. Put aside the fact that I love the faux bois (that’s fake wood, folks) trend in personalized gifts, like this favorite personalized pillow cover from Cozy Blue, and Lisa Leonard’s Sweetheart necklace. A ring dish is one of those house items I have always wanted but have never secured. And I want it. Now. This...

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Ceramic dishes that make it a mod mod mod mod world.

Gray skies, dirty snow, and drippy slush of winter? I reject you. Give me color and shine! Especially if it arrives in the form of these vibrant, mod, ceramic dishes by Ceramica Botanica. Handcrafted in Texas by Susan Rodriguez, each ceramic work of art is hand built of clay and decorated with stencils and slips before firing to a food-safe shine. The artist calls the collection Modern Retro. We call it deliciously bright. Imagine the black and white bowl filled with apples and oranges.   We kind of want everything at this shop. And there’s a lot, so that’s saying...

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How to refinish old picture frames: the best tips from around the web

If you’ve ever tried to refinish old picture frames you know the look is so gorgeous. As for me, I am such a fan of the distressed frames from O’Brien Schridde, whose frames I now own quite a few of, and more recently, the stunning array of refinished frames above from The Art of Chic on Etsy. That said, my inclination is generally to buy great frames from artists like these, since I don’t always have the time to do major DIY projects. But if you want to refinish old picture frames yourself, here are a few resources to help you...

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How to decorate with tea lights: creating ambience, not a shrine

I’m a big fan of tea lights and votive candles around the house, especially in the winter months when the light is gone so early. I’ve started lighting candles at the dinner table with the kids, even to make a mac n’ cheese dinner feel a little more special–and you know? It does. But there’s a fine line between creating ambience and creating a scene out of Carrie. So here are some tips for how to decorate with tea lights that can warm things up when you need it most. And by the way, I totally cop to my...

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Custom map artwork makes our heart thump for Valentine’s Day

Whether your heart is in San Francisco, Madrid, or some little town on the outskirts of Quebec, a piece of custom map artwork for your beloved would make a most heartfelt gift for Valentine’s Day. Created by Bombus — that neat London-based company whose wooden storybook letters we recently discovered — their bespoke framed artwork is sentimental without being sappy. Plus, how cool would it be to show the kids that Mommy and Daddy met right there?   Globetrotters who can’t settle on any one spot should check out their trio of hearts, shown above, or the round-the-world 16 hearts (though...

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10 of the most awesome alphabet posters for nurseries of any style

It’s no secret that we love alphabet posters around here, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorites from the past few years. Whether you like it when X stands for X-ray, X-wing, or Malcolm X, we’ve got an ABC poster you’ll love.   1. The Cutest French Alphabet Poster Pourquoi? Because it’s si mignon and that’s a fact. Also because it’s fun to see the bee under the letter A, for Abeille. 2. The Most New York Alphabet Order an entire set of Joanne Dugan’s funky alphabet decals (complete set shown at top) or just the letters you need to spell a certain...

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Olive Box monthly subscription boxes: no olives, but still pretty cool.

Recently we featured 10 of our favorite subscription box gift boxes, and as the market gets increasingly saturated, we have to work harder at paring down the good ones for you. (Sorry, I don’t think you need to pay $35 a month for $9 worth of face cream samples.) So it’s nice when a trusted shop we love jumps into the game, like Pink Olive. I’ve long admired this local NYC shop, which is so beautifully curated with lovely cards, gifts, and announcements, and they’ve just added an Olive Box card box subscription. -Don’t miss a limited time discount for Cool...

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Web Coolness: Breastfeeding confessions, celebrity dads on fatherhood, free printable crafts

Every Friday we share our favorite links that we’ve found around the web. Here they are, and we hope you like them too!   Must buy:  Mike Boon’s Pixar Alphabet. [h/t whatanart] Must see: The worst apps for kids. Beyond what we could have imagined we’d find in the App Store. Must read: How one woman got over breastfeeding in public. Must watch: Hank Azaria’s new video series on Fatherhood featuring every awesome celebrity dad. [h/t blurbomat] Must look: London photographer Chino Otsuka‘s amazing series of her..with herself as a child. Makes you think: Adoptee Brett Hunneycut’s memoir of meeting his birth mother...

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Handmade stone coasters that will make grownups out of us yet. Or…maybe not.

Their purpose may be pretty utilitarian, but I love how a really good set of coasters can embellish a table, almost like a piece of jewelry jazzing up a basic outfit. And the handmade Italian-stone coasters I spotted on Etsy at Meadow Tea would look much nicer on my coffee tables than the round cardboard coasters pilfered from the local bar. Yes, I still have those. Don’t judge. Meadow Tea’s Wood You stone coaster set (shown at top) includes four faux bois-style coasters with a crimson heart etched into the trunk of a tree; a very cool little anniversary gift or Valentine’s...

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Fine art photos of vintage children’s toys that transport you to Coney Island, without the temptation of Nathan’s fries

I’ve always liked the idea of decorating with vintage children’s toys (I now own that there very toy typewriter), but there’s another way to achieve that feeling, should you not have the shelf space or the inclination to go thrifting every weekend. Take a look at David Levinthal’s wonderful photographs of vintage children’s toys that you can find exclusively at children’s fine art mecca Little Collector. They’re all from his Coney Island series, which feature — you guessed it — tiny amusement park replicas in the most wonderful colors. Each fine art photograph is only printed in editions of 50, 150, and 250...

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Got bling? Here are some of our favorite jewelry storage ideas.

We love fabulous jewelry around here, so, naturally, we love to find new, innovative ways to store all of it. Recently we shared a great jewelry storage tip in our post about solving 10 tricky organization problems, making us thinking about some of our other favorite ideas for jewelry storage. So here they are, including DIY projects, repurposed vintage items, and some amazing purpose-made storage pieces should you want to splurge. One of my favorite ideas comes from the Love and Lace blog. In fact, I’m swooning over the way she’s organizing her amazing jewelry collection. This wooden serving bowl (at...

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Clever, creative storage solutions for 10 tricky storage problems from LEGOs to jewelry.

Now that my house is overflowing with too many toys (thanks to very generous grandparents), it’s time for some serious storage solutions. I’m desperate for some organization for all those Rainbow Loom bands, LEGO pieces and  American Girl doll clothes, just to name a few. So, here’s a list of some of our favorite storage ideas, from kids’ stuff to your stuff. Storage Solutions for LEGOs (above) The one toy our readers keep trying to figure out how to best store are their LEGO collections. Do you sort by color? By kit? All in one huge bin, which gets...

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Aden and Anais Bamboo Daydream Blankets are all grown up

At the moment I am sitting on the couch in front of a roasty fire. There’s snow outside, Sarah McLaughlin is on in the background (guilty pleasure, don’t judge), and I’m draped in my new Aden + Anais Bamboo Daydream Blanket. You guys, this is the life. Aden + Anais swaddlers have been one of Cool Mom Picks’ top choices for essential baby gear since we first helped break the news about their launch in 2006. So when I heard about the Bamboo Daydream Blanket, a larger version of their luxury dream blankets, I couldn’t wait to get my hands...

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The ultimate collection of 15 of the most lovely, printable 2014 calendars. Some of them free.

Tracking down the best printable 2014 calendars online for you was so much fun this year. Because right up there with the fall tradition of splurging on school supplies, picking out a new calendar has always been one of my favorite shopping moments of the year. The truth is, now instead of limiting yourself to a few picked-over selections at the stationery store, there are thousands of printable calendars online to fit every taste. If searching through all those possibilities is overwhelming, rest easy. I’ve curated a list of the best designs the web has to offer. Modern Printable...

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The coolest kids’ furniture and decor: Editors’ Best of 2013

The coolest kids’ furniture and decor of 2013 is next up in our series of Editors’ Picks of the Year. We love daydreaming about all the ways to make our nurseries and kids’ rooms even cooler–or to rewind time and start over from scratch when we see some of the awesome options available now.  And yes, they are awesome.   Snurk Kids’ Bedding This is easily the coolest bedding we’ve ever seen. It looks fantastic on its own, but even better with a real live kid in there. And when you think about it, it’s a pretty smart way...

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Because Grandma’s walls could use a little gifting: beautiful custom photo canvases

It’s no secret that the Cool Mom Picks team loves to find unique photo gifts for family, friends and teachers. While photo books are a great option for any price level, it’s actually affordable and easier than you think to create custom photo canvases too. Because, hey, Grandma’s walls could use a little love too. So we’re excited about the photo options at Picaboo for home decor. You can easily upload your pictures to Picaboo’s site straight from your computer, Facebook, or Flickr. Then Picaboo offers two editing modes — Easy or Creative. As you’d imagine, the Creative mode offers...

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Deck the house with the coolest Christmas printables, lots of them free

Liven up your Christmas decor this year by printing out some great printable holiday decorations without leaving the comforts of home. The best part: you won’t need a degree in Paper Arts or a stash of obscure crafting supplies to get these pieces ready to display. The printable gingerbread house (above) may not include real candy, but it sure is sweet with lots of  individual characters to position. Or for your kids to reposition every chance they get. ($3 for download; with lots of other sets in Fantastic Toys’ Etsy shop) Tired of green-and-red everything? Check out these Scandinavian-inspired, geometric printable Christmas...

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