Tag: modern kids’ rooms

Personalized blankets for baby, and the child she’ll become (sniff).

I first discovered the fleece personalized baby blankets from mom-run Admiral Road a few years back, and really liked their bold, child-friendly designs right away. Having owned one for several years now, it sure has held up over time; it’s gone from a stroller blanket for my babies, to a toddler blanket when they outgrew the crib, and now it’s in its third career as a doll blanket that moonlights as a superhero cape. And it still looks great. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] Looking to see what’s new at the shop since back in the...

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The easy secret to an artful life.

Do you know what the secret is to raising a child who loves art? Love it yourself, and have it around, and make it, and talk about it. That’s it. Easy. And we’ve found a really easy way to enter the wide world of art, learn about it, and maybe even invite a few special pieces into your life with a fabulous new website. Little Collector is designed to connect you with a wide but carefully curated selection of kid-friendly contemporary art by recognized artists like Kenny Scharf, Shepard Fairey (whose elephant print is shown here), David Levinthal, and even designer Cynthia Rowley,...

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The glider chair has come a long way, baby

One of my most tedious nursery purchases nearly six years ago, was our glider. I went with that ubiquitous glider brand, whose styles were just…not me. It did the job of course, but it never made me happy to look at and it didn’t feel right when the nursery was no longer nursery. If you’re looking for a beautiful modern glider, and you’re willing to invest in something that will be part of your decor longer than that baby will be a baby, there are a few really beautiful options out there now. Dwell Studio’s Savoy Glider (at Arte...

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Cribstyles of the rich and famous

If MTV’s show Cribs was actually about cribs, this is what you’d see: Custom, handmade, super-luxe linens for only the poshest of tots. As narrated by Robin Leach. Of course, you can also buy it retail, but it’s still going to cost you. Olena Boyko is pretty much the celebrity wedding cake of the nursery linen world. From her sumptuous crib sets to her confectionery bassinets and high style Moses baskets, every piece is handmade and can be ordered completely custom, down to embroidery color, font, and monogram style. (What? Your own baby didn’t have monogrammed silk sheets?) The...

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Toy storage solutions? Reader Q&A

We have wood crates, with toy fruit and veggies, crafts, blocks, trains, etc., but no way to store or organize them. Do you have a toy storage solution? Do you dump everything by category into bins or baskets, and shelve them that way? Thanks in advance, and while I am at it, thanks for another great year of very cool picks! -Elizabeth Oh Elizabeth, I love your question because I feel your pain: With three kids and a slight obsessive neatness streak, I am always reassessing my toy storage situation, especially after the holidays. One solution that has worked...

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What could be uglier than an Uglydoll? An Uglypillow!

I love the new Uglypillows from Uglydoll. Perhaps it brings out the motherly instinct in me? A face that only a mother could love? Oh, no. I hope this isn’t a throw back to my awkward years. Do you think the Uglypillows would be the last to be picked for kickball? And nobody would ask them for a slow dance at their best friend’s Bat Mitzvah? Well each of the four new Uglypillows is uglier (or cuter) than the next. These funny little friends are perfect for a nursery or playroom chair, in a crib (when they’re past the...

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A swaddling blanket for the swaddle-impaired

I remember wrangling that swaddling blanket and trying to wrap our first newborn babe like a burrito over and over and over again. More often, we accomplished a tortilla, flat and floppy, with baby girl seriously unimpressed with her parents’ swaddling skills. Oh, if only we’d known about these buttery-soft new swaddling blankets–we might have gotten our swaddle on from the get-go. Honeydumplings–the smartypants creator of the padded baby caps and buckwheat toddler pillows that we have admired in the past–has come up with another brilliant idea: practically foolproof and organic swaddling blankets.  Each blankie–which is sized to fit a...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest baby gifts, blankets, strollers and gear

Whatever we cover here for bigger kids, our hearts still belong to those beautiful new babies, and their new moms who are just discovering the world of cool possibilities for them. While we have an awesome annual baby shower gift guide with more than 100 awesome picks, here are a few favorites of the year that might show up on our 2011 guide, coming out soon. Baby Gifts The new Jonathan Adler Junior collection (at top) means I’ve got a new go-to site for well-designed baby gifts for those mamas in my life who just won’t be satisfied with...

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Editors Best of 2010: The coolest art, decor, and kids furniture

Our art and decor categories are some of our richest, which always makes it hard to pare down our faves of 2010. Here, find just a few of our many, many favorites. Art I think everything about Custom Toy Portraits (at top) is just magical. There’s no better way to preserve your child’s favorite stuffed friend–or even you own. –Liz I’m so inspired by the bright, quirky art by Hsing Ping Pan. So fun for a baby nursery but still fitting as your baby turns toddler and kiddo too. -Kristen Decor I’m so happy that Obrien Schridde created a new line...

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Alphabet City

We’re kind of in love with Joanne Dugan around here. She’s an amazingly prolific photographer, with her work in about a zillion ads, the awesome Taxi Driver Wisdom book, and most importantly to us, a magical series of children’s books: ABC NYC and 123 NYC, which incorporate evocative numbers and letters photographed around New York City. Well now she’s onto her next project, which let you take those very letters out of the pages and onto your kids’ walls. While the neon B once stood for bagel, as a wall decal it can stand for baby or Braden or...

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Mod mobiles made just for you… I mean, your baby

We went crazy for the hand-sewn, graphic cut-paper mobiles by Frazier+Wing earlier this year, and it’s not hard to see why. Now Heather Frazier, the artist behind the art, has just upped the ante on the crazy-for-it-o-meter with a very cool new collaboration. Frazier+Wing has teamed up with Dwell Studio–the same design company behind the charmingly modern baby layette goodies at Target–to make awe-inspiring mobiles and garlands in Dwell’s own signature patterns: pretty birds, trains and cars, big round dots, and fluttery flowers. Strung on strong, clear thread and made with die-cut cardstock, the colorful mobiles hang from a...

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Here a dot, there a dot…

I am fond of the polka dot. As a little girl, I had a white dress with red polka dots and it was my absolute favorite. Now, as a mom, I tend to restrict my dottiness to dressing my daughters and for their nursery. One of the many fabulous attributes is it mixes well with everything else in a nursery. They’re playful, modern and just sweet enough. So, when a CMP fave, Winter Water Factory, designed a new organic collection of sheets exclusively for Land of Nod featuring polka-dots, I have to admit, I felt a little giddy. [don’t...

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Organic crib bedding for the wild at heart

When I planned my baby’s nursery, I obsessed over the furniture, color scheme, storage ideas, art, hamper, family photos, plus which toys to display and which ones to put away. I thought about everything, except what moms think about these days–how and where to go green. Knowing what I know now, I might have splurged on organic sheets that keep the chemicals out of the crib, and spent a little less on other things, like that pricey knit dachshund. (We had a dachshund at the time, so I fell hard for this stuffed animal. I know, embarrassing.) Some organic...

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Grab a seat on the ice cream cookie. I’ll be right with you.

Just when I was thinking “You know what would be cool? An ottoman made to look like an ice cream cookie!” our friends at Jellio came along and beat me to it. We’ve long admired this furniture designer’s wildly imaginative creativity. And now their brand new ice cream cookie piece, which is not to be confused with their already existing ice cream sandwich bench, is no exception. There’s just something about their whimsical creations (and imagining my kids freaking out if they ever saw one in our house that) can’t help but make a mom smile. Granted, the price...

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A tree grows in Brooklyn. And becomes eco-friendly kids’ furniture.

Searching for just the right children’s furniture always seems a challenge. You don’t want anything too adult, or too baby-ish either. You want something as beautiful as the rest of your decor, and if you’re going to invest in quality children’s furniture, you don’t want it outgrown before the kid’s fourth birthday either. Well feast your eyes on the exquisite kids’ table and chairs by Brooklyn designer and clever mom, April Hannah. Not only is this children’s furniture made from sustainable and safe materials like soy glue and non-toxic water-based finish, it’s a modern marvel of cool, inspired by...

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Mirror shatterproof mirror on the wall

It never occurred to me to decorate my kids’ rooms with mirrors, probably because they’re glass. And breakable. And potentially dangerous. At least when you’ve got a couple of rambunctious, climb-happy toddlers. Petit Collage must have thought of those hazards too when they came up with the idea of gorgeous acrylic mirrors. These beautiful decorative mirrors are carefully laser cut from shatterproof acrylic, so you get the lovely brightening and spacemaking effect of a mirror without the worry about them breaking into a gazillion pieces if they just so happen to fall. Or get knocked down by a wayward...

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Last minute Halloween costume for six-month-old baby? Reader Q&A

Help! I need last-minute ideas for a six-month-old baby’s Halloween costume and I don’t have the time to do anything crazy. The truth is, most little babies aren’t ready to wear full costumes, masks and complicated accessories, or even makeup which gets smudged easily. More or less, what you’re looking for is something that will stay on while the kid lies there in his Snugride or bassinet stroller. It’s easy to search the web for adorable ready-made pumpkin and peapod outfits for babes, but here are a few easy ways to get your kiddo costume-ready without much effort at...

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Drooling over DwellStudio for Target

Looks like it’s the time of year for another cool line at Target to make me –a Canadian– feel a little jealous. This time, it’s the DwellStudio for Target Fall 2010 collection – a whole bunch of gorgeous baby layette items that I’m already drooling over. In keeping with the bold and colorful DwellStudio prints and patterns we’ve all come to love, these new designs are fun and, of course, beautiful. And they’re affordable enough that you’ll be able to outfit your newborn in the snazziest of clothes with change to spare for a sweet blanket or two. I...

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Oh how fast they grow

I’m always looking for cool alternatives to our current growth chart – pencil markings on our kitchen doorway. Classy, huh?  I suppose anything would be a step up. But the amazingly cute personalized ones we just found are a huge, welcome leap.   Truth be told, we’ve long admired the work of the folks at Olliegraphic, and now they’ve opened their brand spankin’ new shop, complete with some of our past faves, and new ones – like these canvas personalized growth charts. Pick everything from hairstyle, skin tone, even eye shape and facial expression, and they’ll whip up a special,...

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A mobile that really moves

It’s no secret we are big fans of Houston designer Melissa Borrell, having selected her stainless steel jewelry as a 2009 Pick of the Year. But her product line extends far beyond amazing jewelry. I am thrilled to see that she has turned her talent to the baby nursery where her keen eye for shape, shadow and unique style transforms the baby mobile into a little floating work of art. [don’t miss the awesome giveaway after the jump!] Unlike most baby mobiles which come out of the box and are ready to hang, the 2d3d mobiles from Melissa Borrell Design let you...

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