Tag: modern kids’ rooms

It’s great to be a Cool Mom Picks subscriber

You know, it’s been a while since we mentioned our awesome newsletter subscriber program, and all the stuff you might be missing if you’re not a part of it. Especially this month. Because if you sign up for our newsletter before April 30, you’ll have a chance to win a $2000 package of extreme awesomeness from environmentally friendly nursery furniture and decor company, Q Collection Junior. That is, on top of all the amazing offers and exclusive deals and news that are in our newsletter every month. The giveaway includes a Solare crib in your choice of finish, an...

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Prints Made Easy

It was somewhere in my mid-twenties that I vowed to never again buy a cheesy reproduction; adults collected art, not dog-eared posters. Of course, it didn’t occur to me that most work I would consider “art,” would probably be far too dear for my pocketbook. And while I often fell in love with work I saw in magazines and online, there was no chance of finding out how to buy a print for myself. I wish I had then to what I have access to now: Print Society. It’s like Etsy, but exclusively for artists and buyers focused on prints....

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For when a scribble is a heck of a lot more than just a scribble

If you’re anything like I am, you’ve probably got a lot of your kids’ precious artwork boxed up and you’re saving it for, well, who knows what. (Actually, if you’re really like me, then your kids’ glitter-encrusted volcano drawings and purple squiggle “princesses” are scattered about your house in random piles just waiting for a more organized person to move in and do something with it, but that’s another story.) Now that I’ve found the new offerings at Me Art, I know exactly how to preserve the precious memories of my kids’ blossoming artistic abilities – by having the...

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Baby loves sushi

You may already know how much we love Shokay, the little e-shop that put yak hair on our collective radar. Soft, cashmere-like, and socially responsible (the shop supports struggling Tibetan yak farmers), this luxury fiber makes some of the most beautiful clothes, accessories and toys we’ve ever seen. And they’ve just relaunched their site, making it much easier to navigate. Lucky for me, because that means I just happened upon their new collection of hand knit baby toys. Made of yak hair fiber (of course) the little Sushi Rolls are going to be a perfect baby shower gift for...

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Let your baby pay it forward, right from birth

Sure, it’s awesome to be gifted all kinds of needed gear and cute outfits when you’re having a baby. We’re the first to tell you that! But maybe you’re doing well enough to afford all of that stuff on your own. Or maybe this is your second (or third or fourth) baby. Or maybe you just hold children-focused charities near and dear to your heart. If that’s the case, head on over to The Baby Effect to print out little enclosure cards explaining that you believe that every birth represents a chance to make a better world for the...

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It’s a high chair. It’s a low chair. It’s a HiLo chair.

When you discover a kids shop through the Wallpaper* Magazine Facebook Fan Page, it’s a pretty good bet they’re going to have taste up the wazoo. So when I clicked over to ella+elliot, yep. That’s just what I found. This beautiful Toronto store carries pretty much every brand we covet, and their crib selection alone will make modernists get as drooly as their babies. But I was really excited to discover this new-to-me HiLo high chair by Canada’s Age Design, which comes in all sorts of fabulous colors and rings in at about half the price of other popular...

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14 x 24 inches of Patriotism

With a family of two girls and one boy, decorating a playroom with a gender neutral theme is a bit more complicated than it sounds. But thanks to the new limited edition travel poster series from design studio The Heads of State, I’m no longer at a loss for inspiration. These screen printed serigraph posters would make the perfect wall accent for a cool playroom, kid’s room, or the rest of your living space, whether it’s to celebrate the birth cities of your brood (like mine who were all born in different places) or to plant that travel bug in your kiddos...

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How one coloring book can make hundreds of kids happy

My nephew was hospitalized at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia when he was around two and I am forever grateful to the amazing staff who helped cure him — and to all of the special facilities that help children. I guess that’s why I am so blown away by RxArt. This non-profit organization pairs up with some incredibly famous contemporary artists like William Wegman, Frank Stella and Sol LeWitt in an effort to transform sterile hospitals and outpatient centers into places popping with creativity and color.  There’s even a CAT scan machine designed by one of my favorite artists,...

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Meep meep meeeep (That’s robospeak for cool kids art)

All girls do not love ballerinas and all boys do not love cars. Totally get that. Even so, I do get that the vast majority of moms are looking for less traditionally feminine themes for their sons, and that the bunnies and lambs that look cute in a baby’s room aren’t so great in about two years. That’s why I love something like these robot prints by French graphics artist Slati — which, by the way, are super cool for any kid, boy or girl. Made in a limited run of 300 each, you can buy one of the...

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The little desk set that could. And will.

There isn’t a single thing not to like about the functional design of these groovy desk/chair pairings from midesk, from their hand-crafted here in the USA wooden cut-outs to the non-toxic paints used to finish them. These desks are a marvel of storage — the chairs have two shelves tucked inside the base — and they’re sized just right for small scholars. On top of that, they take up remarkably little space, when the chairs are tucked neatly into the desks. So, sure, love them for all of that, but prepare to really love them: For every ten desks...

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A banner year for nursery design

If you’ve been in the cool kids boutiques, on the design blogs, or heck, on our site lately, you’d know that banners are a hot new nursery trend. And the freethinking coolies at Blik agree. We’ve covered these hip, do-it-awesome-yourself wall decals before, but the new Wee Gallery Birdie Banner, designed by one of our favorite baby cos, is too cute to miss. The package includes 100 removeable decorative decals, including two adorable birdies, 15 hiply colored banner pieces, a very small galaxy of stars, and 78 letters to cover everyone from A(lexis Anne) to Z(ane Benjamin). The design...

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Behold! Willie Wonka’s disco ball.

If Willie Wonka owned a skating rink, his disco ball would be a Candelier, and the Oompa Loompas would do synchronized skating in Gobstopper suits on a frozen chocolate lake, and… What’s a Candelier? I’m glad you asked. First our favorite imaginative furniture designer, Jellio, takes 5,000 sparkling acrylic gummi bears, then they hand-string them over the course of two months into a shimmering, brilliant rainbow of incandescent beauty. It’s 31 inches across. It weighs 50 pounds. There are only ten in the whole world. Oh, and did I mention it’s a chandelier made of gummi bears? Price available...

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Where the wild things art.

I have a cow when my little deers jump on the couch, but I’d be lion if I didn’t confess to fawning over the crazy creatures at WildLifePrints, a fun new shop on Etsy. (Ha sorry, couldn’t resist.) Award-winning photographer Jeff Friesen wanted to meld his brooding side with his wacky side, and the end result is a charming shop full of colorful, stylish, unique photographs of animals doing something peculiar, all on easily frameable, archival, 8 1/2 x 11 matte paper. There’s a duck in a bathtub, a pipkin full of pandas, and an elk named Walden posing...

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Wallpaper is back, baby

When I hear the word wallpaper, it conjures up really bad images of this odd looking flower pattern that completely covered my bathroom wall growing up. It a nutshell – it scares me. But thanks to advances in technology and design, wallpaper is again becoming a pretty cool way to decorate a baby or kid’s room. Take the super swanky boy-centric designs from UK-based Paper Boy Wallpaper, whose dinosaur wallpaper line called Dya-thank-esaurus (pictured) is tempting me into redoing my little dino-obsessed son’s room. I love the realistic silhouettes combined with the whimsical placement of the boy figure throughout....

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Mondo murals for your mini Matisse

My daughter is a normal three-year-old: obsessed with being big, doing grown-up things, and wearing leotards for 90% of her life. Okay, so maybe the leotard thing isn’t normal, but it’s no wonder she gets bored with the same old princess coloring books and tired box of broken crayons. She wants to do big things. Real things. That’s why I’m so excited about Art Projects for Kids, a free website with daily art projects for all ages that are different (crayons, shmayons), fun, and above all, real. Most projects include a short lesson on a famous artist and then...

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Organic crib bedding to grow with

Here’s what I’ve learned: Your daughter may be all Thomas, Thomas! now but in no time at all, that train love will become Abby Cadabby, which becomes Uniqua which becomes I only like things that are purple and turquoise but mostly purple. Which is why I can’t say I love character bedding for kids. But I do like the Canadian-made Wee Organics crib bedding. The solid color-blocked organic cotton interlock bedding sets are quite affordable at $159 for a crib sheet, skirt and blanket, especially considering how nicely they’ll transition when you turn that convertible crib into a toddler...

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Girls will be girls at Tollipop

I love little prints of little girls (as anyone familiar with our art archives probably can garner). So when I saw an entire of gallery them from Kirsten at Tollipop I immediately started bookmarking. Kristen is a real artist, writer, and creative visionary who sells original watercolors and prints of sweet little girls – and one boy. Goes by the name of Edwin Fink. Actually what I think is cool about them is that they’re are not too sweet at all. In fact, I see a wee bit of Edward Gorey in her children, which is in part what...

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A Ray of sunshine in nursery decor.

I hate my hand-me-down crib with the passion of a thousand fiery suns, which is why it’s in pieces in the attic while my kid sleeps in an old pack-and-play the color of used hospital scrubs. In my dreams, I’ve got something from Muu Furniture – I’m thinking white with vines, please.  And a slice of chocolate pie. If you thought Muu had cute kids’ furniture before, wait until you see the new Ray Collection for the nursery which packs a lot of style and grace into an affordable price point.  This is what we call a win-win-win situation....

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A glider that has beauty and brains

I remember waddling over to the glider section of the baby mega-store. I eased myself onto one of the basic floor models. It wasn’t much to look at (which is a nice way of saying, butt ugly), but I felt like I had discovered heaven in chair form. Well, if that was the Dark Ages of gliders, welcome to the Age of Enlightenment. The Grano Glider Recliner from Monte Design is not only one of the most incredibly comfortable gliders you’ll ever sit in, but one of the most sleek and stylish ones you’ll ever see. I love that...

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Around the world in 10 flashcards

I wouldn’t say I’m the mom who wanted my babies to come out of the womb speaking four languages and then send them to a tri-lingual preschool to learn a few more. But I do think it’s cool to see more and more children’s items available with multilingual options in our increasingly multicultural society. Take the new Eco Number Wall Cards found at Hazel Wood Children. This set of lovely flashcards printed on recycled card stock makes beautiful nursery decor as wall art, or a great educational toy. The cards teach children count to ten with the help of...

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