Tag: home decor

Nina in Vorm: Modern meets vintage gifts at this cool Etsy shop.

I love the warmth and comfort that vintage pieces can express. They bring to mind a slower pace and remind me to focus on the moment and quit rushing so much. I need that sometimes. But there’s a really fine line between that  charming and out-of-touch, right? Polyester crocheted afghan? No. Modern screen printing on vintage china? Yes. Meet Nina van de Goor, a graphic designer based in the Netherlands who does some amazing work. She’s the perfect mix of whimsy and modern, and I’ve fallen in love with her whole shop, Ninainvorm. Nina designs some amazing poster prints, which...

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This cute and crafty DIY calendar kit has us in stitches. Literally.

I’ve always been pretty crafty. Problem is, I’ve also always been kind of unmotivated to gather up all the materials required for said craftiness. So I’ll get these great ideas for homemade holiday gifts and then never follow through. Until now! I’ve found an adorable embroidery DIY calendar kit from Heather Lins Home that will leave me with no excuses but to cross-stitch my heart out as soon I get my hands on it. The 2014 Year in Stitches Calendar Kit comes with everything you need to stitch your way through the months of the year. All twelve months...

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These custom family plates are holiday-perfect

Little Peach Print Co. is an Etsy shop by artist Sally Leach based out of Northamptonshire, UK, and her prints and decorative plates have all the charm you’d expect from a shop in the English countryside, but with a great eye for modern trends. Each custom design on the personalized plates is hand illustrated and adhered to the plate on a decal, then sealed with acrylic varnish. They’ll arrive on your doorstep in a sturdy cardboard box wrapped with yellow and white bakers twine and a gift tag, so if you’re ordering these as a gift, you can be...

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Dried flower arrangements for people who don’t even like dried flower arrangements

I am a real, live, blooming flower kind of girl. I don’t mind the short-lived nature of them, just to have something fragrant and alive around the house if only temporarily. But when the weather gets cold and the imported tulips in our local bodega get more and more gangly and small, I can see the value in a gorgeous dried flower arrangement and I think I’ve found the nicest ones. Flores de Sol on Etsy chooses modern, tasteful dried flower designs that don’t pretend to be live ones. A thistle mound, an assortment of dried hydrangea with berries and poppy...

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Love: Perfect in any language.

Looking around Etsy for more cool Hanukkah gifts, I was so happy to discover an Etsy shop doing the most beautiful work with embroidery hoop art. (And you know how we like the embroidery hoop art.) Whatever you celebrate, there’s probably something here you’ll adore. At Buligaia, artist Adia Berkovich makes hearts that spell love in any language, and they are just so stunningly done. The Hebrew love art is such a sweet Hanukkah gift, plus you can customize it in any colors you’d like. I love how perfectly she cuts the felt to form a heart with the letters, then hand-appliques...

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Don’t wake the sleeping reindeer

Feel free to skip all the snowman Christmas sheets and red and green duvet covers because I have found the best Christmas pillowcase ever. Oh the fun I plan on having with the reindeer antlers pillowcase. Talk about awesome photo opps. (Original holiday card idea, anyone?). They’re screen printed by hand and shipped from the UK, so order now and you’ll have it in time for loads of holiday entertainment. At the expense of your adorable sleeping children. -Kristen You can purchase the reindeer antlers pillowcase at Erinnies on...

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Gorgeous custom photo decals for your walls that happen to be eco-friendly too

I love having a really nice camera built into my phone. I get to capture so many memories of my kids’ childhood that my mom didn’t because we only had twelve exposures on that roll of Polaroid film, so they had better be good ones! The only problem is that I now have thousands of photos on my computer, and not enough room on my walls to hang them all. What’s a mom to do? Paper Culture is saving the day (or at least the decor) with their new eco-friendly wall clings. This company has been a favorite of...

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Zombie prints with just the right amount of bite

Sure, Halloween is coming up, but around here we’re zombie fans all year long. So it’s no wonder these bold, fun prints caught our attention. All those times we’ve watched our kids perch on the diving board and refuse to jump in? Maybe they weren’t worried about swimming safely to the ladder. Maybe they were picturing zombies lurking at the bottom of the pool.   And when we spend the day making a snowman, only to wake up the next morning and find it gone, maybe it hasn’t melted after all. Maybe snowmen are actually zombie popsicles. Or maybe...

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A geeky gift shop for science gifts we can’t resist

If science truly is a jar of secrets behind the magic of our universe, this adorable shop is like a jar factory. Or, just a great way to buy handmade, beautiful objects that celebrate the wonders of science. If you’ve ever watched a murmuration of swallows or played with iron filings and a magnet, then you know how beautiful and magical science can be. Newton and the Apple is a stylish little store on Etsy that brings out the relatable, gorgeous side of science through images, jewelry, coasters, and more. It’s a shop filled with geek gifts, but you...

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Chalk on the walls? Go ahead, kids!

I really love the idea of chalkboard paint, but I’ll be honest that I’m not a fan of dark walls, particularly in my house that’s not well lit to begin with. But white chalkboard paint? I’m crushing hard. These days, Benjamin Moore is offering chalkboard paint in a rainbow of pretty colors, but white seems the most practical for me and my little kids. And wow, the possibilities are endless. Just paint the lower half of your walls and let your kids go wild, or create strategically placed shapes for calendars, menus, even inspirational quotes. Or if you’re like...

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Quick pick! Custom pillow portraits, available for a limited time only

We love it when Olliegraphic does thank you cards, chore charts, and growth charts. And now look what’s back until October 18: the chance to snuggle with your kid’s personalized portrait pillow.  Pretty sweet! The mod sweetness of Olliegraphic is hard to resist, especially when it’s huggable. Each 10-inch square pillow is completely customizable to match your kid, including choice of hair, skin tone, eye color, expression, base pillow color, name, and more. Order by October 18, and Olliegraphic will put one together just for you using upholstery fabric, muslin, felt, and hand-embroidered details. Your pillow will reach you...

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Places to go, people to see

Because I have a thing for typographical art, I’m geeking out over the typography shop online at Fab right now.   There’s so much cool stuff to see right now, from prints of the litograph book shirts we recently featured, to lots of cool tees and artwork. But the thing that really grabbed my eye is this You Can Do A Lot In A Day embroidery hoop art. Not to play too much into the whole “women can do it all” thing that drives us all crazy–but at least for me, it’s a nice reminder that if I spend a little less time...

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Unique nursery decor ideas: vintage toys galore

If you’re looking for a unique nursery decor idea, sometimes the best inspiration can be found right in your grandparents’ attic–if you’re lucky. I love the look of vintage toys framed as cool artwork for a baby’s room, or placed on bookshelves as striking accent pieces. But if you don’t have a relative who has saved every family heirloom for decades, then, hey, at least you have Etsy.  Here are 16 favorite finds (from zillions) that would make for great baby and kids’ room decor staples. Happy decorating! Vintage Walkie Talkies; Vintage Toy Clock; Vintage Metal Airplane Toy; 1958 Vintage Toy Sewing...

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The loveliest literary prints we’ve seen. And you can quote us on that.

Thoughtful quotes from amazing writers rank high on my list of favorite things. And a favorite literary quote deserves only the loveliest of typography. Fortunately, this collection of hand-lettered designs fits the bill, with beautiful words and beautiful art. These beautiful prints spring from a collaboration between artist Emily McDowell and Design Mom, who we just love. Each print features a favorite quote from a classic book, hand-lettered digitally and printed in archival ink.   Li Each print is available in several different sizes and also as a greeting card. That Shakespeare quote from A Midsummer Night’s Dream is...

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Gifts that give back beautifully: Given Goods Company

We always love websites with gifts that give back, and now there’s another one that’s not just all about do-gooding, but selling truly fabulous products. Let’s just say you’re not going to have to click all that much to find something you want to add to your wishlist.  Given Goods Company offers accessories, home goods, and all kinds of gifts that are amazingly well curated. Don’t expect a world of big beaded necklaces here (not that they can’t be great too), but the kinds of items you’d find in a favorite local boutique. Toggle over the little blue G icon,...

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Super cool wall hooks that bring the outdoors in

See ya, summer chaos. It’s time to get organized–with some fun style too. The modern Twiggy Hooks from StudioLiscious on Etsy are a pretty twist on your basic wall hook. Each one is made by hand in Ontario using only birch plywood and tung oil. (Not to be confused with tongue oil. That would be gross.) Whether you’re hanging a forest of necklaces or a tree full of keys, we love the clean, modern lines. One teensy drawback? There are two holes on back for mounting, but the hooks don’t come with mounting hardware. I’d recommend stopping by your local...

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4 nursery themes for the coolest kids’ rooms

Picking a nursery theme doesn’t have to be hard–but it doesn’t have to be boring, either. We always say, skip the easily outgrown cartoon characters and go for something you won’t have to change so fast. We know it’s hard to imagine when you’re pregnant and every day seems like a year…but one day that baby will be a toddler, will be an actual kid with a say in their room decor. On behalf of our wonderful sponsor Pop & Lolli, makers of the imaginative, extremely well-made and eco-friendly fabric wall decals that we were excited to discover last...

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Swear to Mod: Amazing mid-century vintage shop on Etsy with an extra reason to shop there

Browsing around Etsy as I am apt to do…oh, every hour or so, I discovered the wonderful Swear To Mod shop, featuring so much of the mid-century, 60’s, and 70’s housewares and art that I love. Only this experience was a little different than most.   I had the best time gazing at her colorful, well-curated vintage selection and settled on a fabulous fondue fork set from the 70’s (don’t judge; I had to have them)–but right after purchasing, my money was refunded. I asked Theresa if something was wrong, and she explained that she discovered one of the...

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Mr. Sharky says lights out: switchplate covers with big personality

Light switches are boring. Mostly. But thanks to our clever friends at Graphic Spaces, we’ve now got these fun switchplate covers in shapes like owls, octopi, and a rocket ship. So it’s a little more fun to turn off the lights for bed. “Mr. Shark says it’s bedtime…or else!” also has a nice ring to it. You know how much we love it when a company we’re keen on surprises us with something new. Right now we’re digging the way Graphic Spaces’ knack for unique designs and heirloom quality wood translates into switchplate covers.  Each switchplate cover is handmade of...

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How to stop your kids from drawing on the walls? Actually, don’t.

There’s probably not a kid in existence who hasn’t dreamed of drawing on the walls. Okay, most of them actually do it at least once in their lives. Now imagine you loved the results. That’s where CMP fave Wee Gallery comes in.     Their new Dress Me Wallpaper is designed with artistic kids (or adults) in mind. Sweet black-and-white images of Wee Gallery’s distinctively adorable characters adorn the paper, but they’re missing something: clothes. So kids get to design their own outfits for the bunny, fox, and piggy. Serious fun. Now I probably wouldn’t introduce this wallpaper into my home if there...

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