Tag: modern kids’ rooms

The ultimate cute bookends

I don’t know about your kids’ book collection, but my son’s always looks like a cyclone tore through it. And as I’ve found out the hard way, toy trucks make pretty rotten bookends. Enter these insanely cute forest friends bookends from Graphic Spaces Wood. Each of the 10 creatures, including Orson the Owl, Finley the Fox, Mabel the Mushroom and Eugene the Sapling, is laser-cut from sturdy walnut. While they’re not super-cheap, each bookend is handmade with love in a family woodshop (very Pinocchio!), lined with protective cork and branded with a birthdate. I love that you can mix...

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Rockin’ deals on Rockin’ Baby Slings

I more than happily paid full price for my Rockin’ Baby Sling, and considering I wore it almost every day for six months with two out of my three kids, it was well worth it. But they’re currently selling all their stock for an exciting relaunch early next year, which means you can score amazing deals on one for yourself. There’s a reason why these were both Liz and my all time favorite sling, in particular their rockin’ baby pouch, which features gorgeous fabrics and a super smart zipper system that makes it adjustable without having to deal with a sometimes...

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I’m dreaming of a blue peacock

There’s really no right way to decorate a baby nursery, but a great tip I swear by is starting with a fabulous piece of art or set of prints as an inspiration–as opposed to something like crib bedding, which babies outgrow super fast. (Or in my house, never actually use.) You can definitely get some longevity out of your room with artwork like these cheery, unique prints from collage artist and past CMP pick Linda Solovic. They’re rather affordable as far as artwork goes, and the infusion of various color palates make it a cinch to find (or make) matching baby essentials. Plus, you’re...

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Building a better bookend

Bookends for a kid’s room are one of those challenging decor finds, or at least for me. A lot of bookends that I see and like are either too expensive (like, $100 a bookend), or they don’t actually hold up your books. In which case uh, what’s the point again? Leave it to CMP fave Kerri Lee to reinvent the bookend with a bookend shelf. The little painted wood shelf actually has bookends that slide along the shelf, so they can’t tip over when your tall Richard Scary word book is placed alongside your Boynton board books. The design...

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Just like the white winged dove

When you search for nursery decor online, you tend to get a lot of the same old same old. But when you search for decor and leave the kids out of it, sometimes you end up with something unique and beautiful and unexpected. I think these peace love bird wall decals would be simply lovely over a crib or filling some space above a changing table. You can get the decals in any of two dozen different colors, but I think the white is quite sweet. Especially if you’ve got a fabulous paint job underneath for contrast. Unlike barnyard...

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Bright and beautiful kids’ art, hold the usual characters

As so many of you know by now, in Cool Mom Picks land, Etsy is always the place to look for the nursery decor that won’t make you say, “That looks just like that print I saw at the store….” And on Etsy, we’re loving Hsin Ping Pan’s shop of lively and unique illustrations, each done via a mix of digital and hand-painting. No standard fairy tale characters here, but plenty of wildest imaginings sprung to life — like the tea party pictured to the left, or friendly dinosaur/SUV hybrids. I don’t know about you, but I feel more...

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Party like it’s 1959

I think I’ve discovered party favor central. And much to my delight, it’s not in a mall or a half-abandoned shopping center, which is where those party favor stores seem to be in New York. In fact, this little party supply shop is not even in New York. It’s in Wisconsin. But you can reach it through Etsy. Hey Yoyo definitely has a nostalgia/vintage-y vibe going, so if you’ve got your heart set on Thomas the Train plates and Big Bird cups for your kid’s birthday party, this ain’t it. However if you’re looking for a mid-century inspired 3-D...

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Home decor for a steel

At the NY Gift Show last week, there were so many fabulous things I couldn’t wait to run back and tell you all about. (These blisters? All for you, dahlings.) One of the very first booths I stumbled into featured the simply wonderful home and garden decor from These Creatures and I’ve been virtually decorating my kids’ room with them ever since. This bicoastal brother-sister shop (Andrew Fink is a Seattle metal worker, Amy is a Brooklyn graphic artist) makes such lovely items out of powder coated steel, I kind of want all of them. From the bright, modern...

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This keepsake baby gift will hang around for good

I don’t know about you, but my friends have been popping out babies pretty regularly for the last few years and it’s getting tricky to always think of an original new baby gift. (They expect a lot from a Cool Mom Picks reviewer, let me tell you!) [don’t miss a fab giveaway after the jump!] Thankfully, I’ve found the perfect keepsake baby gift for the next round of newborns in my life: The adorable personalized Baby Hanger from long-time CMP favorite, Julian & Co. Hand-crafted out of maple, this hanger has a beautiful sterling silver plate affixed to the...

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Not just a nightlight, a magic nightlight. Magic, I tell you!

My kids are in that nightlight phase right now. (They’re also in a Silly Bandz phase, a make me a sandwich and then I won’t eat it phase, and a fighting about who gets to drink out of which princess cup phase. But that’s besides the point.) So when I see something that calls itself a magic nightlight, how can I not check it out? The magic nightlight spotted at Chloe in Style is not one for the eco-istas out there, but it is one for those who covet quirky little Japanese bits of random coolness. It’s like your...

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Organization solutions that balance pretty and practical

I’m in a bit of a storage kick these days, trying to get all of the toys and games and stuffed animals and books that are out in our apartment, into something. Anything. Aaaaanything at all. Okay, maybe something pretty. Is that too much to ask for? I think the storage boxes from Fiona Kate are so fabulous, I covet everything on the site and only wish the shipping to the US wasn’t somewhat prohibitive. They’re sturdy and handsome; just the right balance between practical storage and decor you can live with happily. I love choices like the monster...

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Art appreciation for the preverbal set

Every few months (okay, every year or so) I take my son into New York City and hit one of the many art museums. After all, who doesn’t want their child to have an appreciation of art? Evidently I’m not alone. New Editions believes you shouldn’t have to look any further than the walls of your home to surround your child with art that will inspire and interest them. Founded by an artist, art gallery director and an art historian, this site features collections of small-run prints commissioned from working contemporary artists, all with kids in mind. You won’t...

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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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A blast from your past, now available in wall size

I remember vividly the first time I played Atari. The angels sang in a joyous chorus (in my head) as I spent the next two hours rotating a dial to move a single white line up and down the screen as a square ball bounced back and forth. Pong. Even now the word conjures up happy memories.  As it happens I’m in the process of converting a playroom that used to be strewn with toy cars and wooden blocks into a space fit for my tween. So I turned to Blik, one of our favorite wall decal companies, who...

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Desktop bookshelves – Hold the tools and the glue

The piles of books and catalogs on our desks around here have gotten completely out of control, and with another official reader in our house, I only foresee more clutter in our future. So that’s why I’m digging these desktop bookshelves from Ecolok. These simple handmade shelves are exactly what I need to keep things in order. They require no tools or glue, thank goodness, and because they’re unfinished, you can even turn them into a cool little project and have your kiddos paint or decorate them. Use them for books on a child’s first desk, or the ridiculous...

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Baby gifts with your own personal touch

Picking out a baby gift for my brand new niece, Isabella, was incredibly easy when I discovered makaboo–or difficult depending how you look at it. [don’t miss a great offer, and giveaway after the jump!] Easy, because the shop has a great selection of gifts, at every price point, all of which can be personalized. But hard, because eek! There’s so much to choose from. Look around and you’ll find everything on a new mama’s registry from blankets and burp cloths, to baby clothes and even a lovely moses basket by 3 Marthas with personalized liners. I really love...

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Behold the mysterious STEPONBOX

Talk about truth in advertising: The STEPONBOX is a storage box that also functions as a stool. That you can step on. And a ton more. Available in four Jetsons-esque color combinations, the STEPONBOX is crafted of Polypropylene and Thermoplastic Elastomeric, which in non-sciency terms, means it’s free of PVC, phthalates and heavy metals, and also that it’s possibly from Superman’s home planet. It can withstand up to 100 kilos of pressure, so almost your entire family can stand on it… or try to. And it has so many uses. Stand on it. Sit on it. Store toys in...

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Modern children’s furniture for modern tight budgets

There’s a lot of adorable children’s furniture out there, but the big problem is the cost. At least for the stuff I tend to like, which is vibrant and modern and doesn’t have the word Shaker anywhere near it. Then I discovered the affordable custom children’s furniture from Jesse Dirk and wish I had found her sooner. This Illinois woodworker makes beautiful modern children’s furniture to order, at truly great prices. You can have the wood grain stained to your specs, or even go with a blackboard top shown here plus two chairs, all for $195, which is amazing....

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A crib with a view

Back about six years ago when I was shopping for our first crib, they were still made only for sleeping babies and not for their style-conscious parents. But these days, moms have a whole array of amazing, inspired options, and one of the most incredible we’ve ever seen are the super cool new Ubabub cots. Most of the newer, modern designer cribs at baby furniture stores still give some sort of nod to the old classic bar sided cribs, but not Ubabub, which really has reinvented crib design. The versatile Pod (pictured) as well as the mid-century inspired Nifty...

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Clothes for your little baby Buddha

Come on, you know your little man fits the bill. Chubby cheeks, laughing eyes, and a perfectly round Buddha belly. Wouldn’t he look utterly delicious in a kimono? A masculine (but snuggly) kimono? [see our giveaway after the jump!] We’ve always loved Noko baby clothing for girls but we’re thrilled that they’re now offering clothes for boys in 100% pima cotton prints and solids inspired by tenugui, a traditional Japanese fabric that draws on the diverse patterns and colors in nature. But more importantly, these boy clothes are cute, soft, and definitely built to last.   You know how...

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