Tag: interior design

Peel-and-stick wallpaper = easiest weekend project ever. Parenting win.

My daughter’s ideas for how she wants to decorate her room change daily, sometimes by the hour, so I’m having a hard time keeping up. Does she want turquoise walls, a hand-painted mural, or are we going with that all-white walls and bright furniture look? Well, I’ve decided I’m going to vote to cover at least one wall in her bedroom with some of the fun, tween-friendly, peel-and-stick wallpaper designs from Chasing Paper. That’s right. Just peel. And stick. No trays of glue, no endless hours scraping it off the walls once your child decides they’re over it. Related: More of the world’s...

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7 cool playroom ideas for kids that let you reclaim your living room

I’ve definitely been looking for cool playroom ideas lately for my own son. Because between the art supplies in the kitchen, the Play-Doh in the dining room, and the pretend workbench and kitchen in the basement, my preschooler is quickly laying claim to our entire new house. I know you can’t really contain a kid to just one room, but I feel like what he really needs is a dedicated playroom or playspace where most of his toys can live, because, let’s be honest, I want my living room back. And my dining room table. And my kitchen floor. To get the design...

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Ever wished you could build a life-sized LEGO world? Meet EverBlock.

If you have a kid (or kid at heart) who’s wild for LEGO, you have to check out EverBlock. As in, right now. Because if you’ve ever thought about what it would be like to be a Minifig in one of those cool creations, this is pretty much your chance. EveryBlock offers a series of modular, giant bricks that you can turn into all kinds of cool furniture. Think coffee table bases, room dividers, kids’ desks, you name it. The site is packed with ideas, some more sophisticated than you might think.     Essentially you’ve got a full sized...

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The Design Mom book: How to live with kids and still love your home. Wow, I need this.

When I first learned that long-time friend, mom of (how many now?) six amazing kids, and blogger extraordinaire Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom was coming out with a book, my first thought was, finally! I imagined it would be as beautifully produced, thoughtful, and inspirational as every single post she’s ever written. Let’s just say my imagination has not failed me, because the brand new Design Mom: How to Live With Kids: A Room by Room Guide is a keeper, whether you’re a fan of her blog or just want to make your space a little — or a lot — more...

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Paint inspiration for 4 cool DIY home decor projects. Color nerds, we have you covered.

Where do you go for design inspiration now that the Pinterest feed changes have totally screwed up your experience? If you’re looking for paint inspiration to freshen up your home decor, you need to visit the blog of Colorhouse Paint, a brand that’s a favorite of designers, architects, and eco-conscious parents for its odor-free, low-VOC  paint colors, its eco-friendly manufacturing processes, and even a paint recycling program. I went to the blog to look for some home decor inspiration, then fell down the rabbit hole with so many DIYs and color trend blog posts that I immediately wanted to pin to my boards. What can I say, old habits die hard....

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The perfect kids’ chandelier, no lights required

Hanging a chandelier in your dining room or foyer can be gorgeous, of course. But hanging one in your kid’s bedroom or play room? Gorgeous–and totally unexpected. Especially when it’s a brightly colored acrylic kids’ chandelier from Nicole Ketchum, now in the Cool Mom Picks Indie Shop. Granted, these are just decorative chandeliers, so they don’t light up. But that’s even better, right? Since you don’t have to worry about wiring or outlets or fancy little bulbs, you can literally hang them anywhere. I like the idea of thinking outside the box (or house) and suspending a chandelier from a tree branch for an...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins of the week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! It’s fun. Plus you’ll find cool pins like these, daily   1. Adorable DIY wall art idea. 2. Fun ways to keep your kids looking stylish this fall. 3. Ingenious kids’ room design for small spaces. 4.  Great ideas for easy Halloween costumes that require little to no work. (We’re busy!) 5. Yeah, we’re kind of drooling over this boozy cold weather drink recipe...

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The fun 3D shelf that’s coming right at you

No matter how cool technology gets, there’s something to be said for a good old-fashioned 3D movie in which a shark tries to bite off your head. If I remember correctly, my first 3D movie was JAWS, which actually explains a lot. For my kids, it was Brave. And they were hooked, too. If your family loves a movie experience that includes paper glasses, this cool 3D shelf from our pals at Jellio would look fantastic on your game room wall or even in a cool kids’ room. It’s made of acrylic and features shelves mimicking the bright red...

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Cool umbrella stands: From modern to traditional, glam to just doing my job, ma’am.

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...

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Decorist makes stylish, affordable, online interior design available to everyone.

Repurposing our old furniture and accessories into our new house just doesn’t always work. That rug that was perfect in my old bedroom just doesn’t cut it in the new one, it turns out. And while I love interior design sites like nousDecor, sometimes I need  serious professional help. So the timing was perfect for me to discover Decorist, an online interior design service for any project in your house. I’d normally try to fix that rug situation on my own, because interior design services can be pricey. So I’m the perfect candidate for Decorist’s lower cost interior design consulting–also a great...

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10 modern growth charts to measure your kids inch by inch

I have really fond memories of my grandmother tracking the height of the grandkids on the wooden trim in her kitchen pantry, but when she sold her home, without actual growth charts, our childhood memories were left behind. So I love the new concept behind modern growth charts that are keepsakes you can move from home to home (or room to room) with you. It’s been a while since we looked for some really cool modern growth charts for our readers, so we’ve scoured the Internet for the coolest designs, from graphic to painterly, so you can spend your time monitoring...

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Design, organization, and playfulness all in one space. The mom trifecta!

My kids have some of the greatest toys in the world. In one of the messiest playrooms in the world. If there’s anyone who needs some design and organization tips, it’s me. And I’ve found just the resource. [don’t miss a cool giveaway after the jump!] Mariah Bruehl’s inspiring Playful Learning Spaces e-course has a new session starting on April 13 and it runs every Wednesday for six weeks. Sign up and learn design thoughtful environments that encourage kids to learn and create. It may sound like a tall order, but with weekly updates that include a video, assignments,...

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Wallpaper gets unbelievably cool. No really. Why are you laughing?

In the ’70’s my mom went absolutely berserk with wallpaper. It was everywhere; the walls, the ceilings, even the inside of our kitchen cabinets. Then, for a long time, wallpaper was considered very dated. Well guess what, baby, it’s back with a vengeance! And it’s cool. I swear.  The Mini Moderns wallpaper collection features vintage meets modern graphics that are a completely hip and simple way to turn your kid’s room into a space with atmosphere. The collection features really lovely color combinations like Battery Square (shown) that’s powder blue and light gray. The graphics are dynamic without being...

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Spring cleaning leads to spring redecorating

When spring rolls around, I always get a little houseware happy. Like I want to ditch every pillow and serving piece and object in my home and replace it with something bright and floral and cheery. Right in time, I just discovered the launch of the new Swedish housewares line, Camp Cirrus. Fans of modern textiles from the likes of Marimekko, Dwell Studio and Hable Construction will adore the happiness that abounds here. The floral birchwood trays (shown) are calling my name. I also love the fabulous bold canvas bags and pillowcases, which are all entirely handprinted. But I...

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Natura paints, hold the VOC’s

When I was pregnant with my firstborn, I spent a lot of time thinking about the nursery color, but spent exactly no time actually painting the room since the VOC’s in most room paints are considered a no-no for pregnant women. My asthma didn’t like it much either. Even now that pregnancy is but a distant memory, whenever my husband starts to paint another room in our 80’s wallpapered colonial, I pull the kids out for the day to avoid the stink. No more. Benjamin Moore’s Natura paints are virtually odor-free and emit no VOC (or volatine organic compounds),...

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Falling for Fall Leaves – CMP does etsy

It’s getting Autumnal all up in here! Fall is my favorite time of year because I love to wear jeans, sweaters and boots. I love chocolaty browns and ochre yellows and dark pumpkin colors. The latter two don’t look very good on me, but I don’t care. It’s fall, Y’all!  And in its honor, some of our favorite fall-like picks from Etsy this week. Just look at gorgeous bird giclee print above, by Mai Autumn. It’s printed professionally and would look amazing in a living room, bedroom, or nursery. Here’s a lovely Maple leaf wooden teether for the teethers...

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Affordable interior designer is now officially not an oxymoron.

I think I did okay decorating my son’s nursery nearly a decade ago, but if I’m honest with myself, it was hardly original. I wish iBabyInteriors existed back then; I would have killed to have worked with Julissa Arias, founder and creative force behind this amazing online design resource. She has designed children’s room all over the country without ever stepping foot inside the home, and you have to see her gallery of nursery design to believe how beautiful, unique and original her ideas are. You fill out a questionnaire, take measurements and pictures of the room you plan...

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The writing’s on the wall, literally

Telling your child to grab a marker and go scribble on the walls is right up there with asking them to run with scissors. Unless you’re talking about Idea Paint, which basically turns any surface into a dry erase board. It’s easy to apply; just prime a surface with the primer in the Idea Paint Kit and paint. The materials are free of lead, asbestos and formaldehyde, but I would keep the kids away from it until it’s fully dry. When it does, grab a bunch of colorful dry erase markers and your kids are ready for a life-size...

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Design Online: Making your home more like the one you imagine and less like the one it actually is

When it comes to interior design, let’s just say that my spirit is willing but my flesh is weak. I admire fabulous design, but possess neither the knack nor the bottomless pocketbook to bring it to life without some serious help. If I were in LA, I could rely on Designers Call–brainchild of Laura Fishman, owner of LA’s fancypants Storm Interiors–which travels around town in their DesignWagen providing eco-friendly, affordable design advice for your home. But since I’m not anywhere near LA, I get to try out the new Design Online service. Basically you can access design services from anywhere...

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