Tag: modern kids’ rooms

Oh, the joy you can get from one handmade mobile

We flipped over the graphic cut-paper mobiles from Frazier + Wing when we first discovered them at the Bubble show earlier this year and we’re so excited to see some of the new offerings, now at more affordable prices. The basic mobile is like a big joyous pompom, bursting with surprising colors (or neutrals, should you prefer) and delighting you with different die-cut shapes. They’re all hand-sewn by Portland artist Heather Frazier, then weighted in a way that they hang perfectly while still blowing gently if they catch a breeze. Or for something really different, check out the collection...

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Houzz call

From Christmas through January, I seem to go into serious nesting mode. All I want to do is organize my home and fix those shelves and dream about paint colors and alphabetize the kids’ books and…and…and… So I’ve had a grand old time flipping through the virtual pages of Houzz, a photo-sharing website all about homes and interiors. While a lot of it isn’t my style (or the home owners are working with, oh, say 400 million feet more space than I have here in Brooklyn) there’s definitely inspiration to be found. Search the photos labeled kids and you’ll...

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Editors Best of 2009: The coolest art, decor, and kids furniture

We discover so much incredible, inspiring talent from artists and craftspeople every day, that this just may be one of the hardest categories to cull down. Just imagine that we’re choosing a few picks of the year and that we’ve got about a 355-way tie for second, right in our archives. Kristen: Since we first discovered Idea Paint, I’ve become a little obsessed figuring out how I can make it work in my home. I suppose since my kids already write on the walls, it would be nice to be able to easily wipe it all up with a...

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Editors Best of 2009: The coolest baby gifts, bibs and gear for babies and kids

It’s the first things you look at when you have a baby: The bedding. The bibs. The gear. If only those humongo stores with the fancy registry guns had some of these picks in their repertoire, more moms would be a lot happier. (Eh, good thing you have the web.) Kristen: The gorgeous handmade baby blankets from Big Fat Hen (at top) are so soft and cozy that I want to curl up right in them. If only I could steal them away from my baby. Liz: I fell in love with the Honey Dumplings buckwheat toddler pillow and matching...

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X is for that cool coffee table in your playroom

Oh how I love the new Xylophone Music Table from the quirky, nostalgia-tastic furniture makers at Jellio. This 40-inch long coffee table inspired by that ubiquitous toy xylophone of my misspent youth would look so fantastic in a colorful kid’s playroom, or even as a conversation piece in a home office. (Any music producers out there?) Evidently it does actually work, although the mallets aren’t included. I would imagine that could be a good thing, at least if you have my kids. Though come to think of it, at this price, they shouldn’t just come with mallets, they should...

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Oh, mon coeur! Ocechou does adorable right

As much as I like modern design, I still want to see a heavy dose of adorable in a baby’s room. Thankfully, Switzerland’s Nicole of Ocechou does adorable right–not by using the same old licensed characters or doe-eyed puppies, but with sweet, original illustrations of happy creatures, from elefants to monstres. I got to practice my freshman-level French skills going through the site although you’ll find English translations on most pages. Even with limited French,you’ll want to click on everything since there is adorable everywhere. Using soft, muted colors, her children’s French ABC poster still really pops. And 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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Shoelace chic

Tween girls are often the hardest to shop for at the holidays – everything they covet seems to be a fortune (iPod Touch, I’m talking to you) and most of the inexpensive gifts are hopelessly disposable. But I think I just found a home run with the affordable Japanese fabric shoelaces at Spoon sisters. Okay, to get technical they’re actually Japanese fabric inspired, but so what. The cool kimono patterns will make any pair of shoes stand out, at a time when girls are looking to figure out their own personal style and make their mark. And they sure...

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A t-shirt can be a WYSH your heart makes

My daughter spent the better part of her second summer in a Che Guevara onesie that bore the tagline: I don’t know who this is. The thing about those hipster tees, though is that they’re generally not, you know, heartwarming and inspirational. Which is not necessarily something that you want every day but come on, aren’t there times when you look at your child and you sort of wish that the words I am so freaking adorable that I make the world glow with my incandescent light were emblazoned all over them? It’s not just me. The lovely Lu...

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Breaking News: Stork Craft crib recall is the largest in history

We tend not to post too many recalls here of brands we don’t tend to cover because, ugh, there are a lot of recalls. But in this case, today’s Stork Craft crib recall of 2.1 million units is the largest crib recall ever, so it seems to warrant a mention. Particularly because the faulty plastic hardware on the drop-side has lead to many injuries and several fatalities. We’re sick just thinking about it. Do you own one of them? According to the Consumer Reports Blog: The Stork Craft cribs were manufactured between January 1993 and October 2009. The recall...

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A teaching clock that also teaches kids “Go away. Mommy’s sleeping.”

I’m not much for toys with vchips and dolls that talk – in fact, they kind of scare me. But I will say I’m making an exception for the Teach Me Time clock for children which blends form and a lot of function. The first thing that drew me to it at a trade show was the great design – the round, anthropomorphic shape and the “feet” at the bottom make it feel like some sort of friendly Japanese anime character that belongs in a cool modern kid’s bedroom. You can also swap the blue accent ring for yellow...

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Stella McCartney for Gap Kids and Baby – we admit it, we’re fans

As it turns out, Target and H+M no longer have a lock on the lower priced clothing from high-end designers thing. We recently got a look at the brand new Stella McCartney for Gap Kids and Baby line, and the verdict is, many enthusiastic thumbs up. Don’t expect any super bargains here, or at least not until the end of the season – a gorgeous cashmere baby blanket will run you $98, and a lovely gray cotton-cashmere blend children’s cardigan with asymmetrical button detailing is $54. Although that’s still less than the $500 you might pay for the Stella...

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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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Yes, it’s stroller blanket season again

It’s only mid-October and already the babies in my hood are being bundled under stroller blankets and sleep sacs and other bits of coziness to keep the chill out. After four winters doing this mom thing, I’ve learned that it makes sense to invest in the good stuff because if you’re anywhere that gets an actual winter, you will definitely get your money’s worth. My dream bundle sac for the stroller is le sac igloo from 7AM Enfant (shown). It’s not only gorgeous on the outside (love that little furry hood!) and soft on the inside, it will keep...

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A limited edition designer high chair for those with unlimited designer funds

If the Fresco Fiamma was a car it would be a Lamborghini, all sleek and red and sexy. But since it’s a limited edition baby high chair it feels weird to refer to it as sexy, so I’ll just say super-awesome-cool. Bloom Baby, purveyors of some of the most innovative, beautifully designed, contemporary baby furniture has produced only 1,100 editions of this souped-up version of the Fresco Loft seat, each individually inscribed. Sounds like a piece of art, right? Well, I have to say, it kind of is. And lest you think it relies solely on its good looks,...

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Gender neutral baby bedding? Reader Q&A

I just found out we’re expecting a boy who’ll be sharing a room with our 3-year-old daughter, who will be 3 years old, so I need to buy bedding for both of them. Any suggestions on where to find bedding that will look great in a boy baby/girl preschooler shared bedroom? -Katie Congrats Katie! We didn’t plan as well as you have and now my two-year-old son currently sleeps in a bright pink room with his older sister. Thankfully, it’s easier than it ever has been to find gender-neutral bedding. You’ll find a bunch of lovely (and I mean...

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Dwell bedding provides some sweet girly dreams

When I went on the hunt for new toddler bedding for my daughter recently, I was amazed at some of the adorable options out there these days. One that really caught my eye is the Paper Dolls duvet set from Dwell Home Furnishings. The bedding features the classic paper dolls in fresh modern colors that are sweet and girly without being frilly. I love that this set says “girl” and not “baby,” which I think she will appreciate as well. And it will easily transition with her from little girl as she grows into a (gasp!) big girl. Well,...

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What’s a Noonie? A swaddle blanket. Or, utter sweetness.

I’m pretty sure that I’m done having kids, but every once in a while I see something that makes my arms ache to be holding a newborn again. Such is my reaction to the irresistible Noonie swaddle blanket from Lala’s Pequenos. It’s made from 100% organic fabrics with a super-soft organic sherpa lining. It’s like the sweetest, coziest little nest for that tiny newborn body. I say tiny newborn, but really, at 30 inches long and 15 inches at the widest point, this swaddle blanket would have worked well for my son for the first several months of his...

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Artwork for Sid (or Nancy) the Science Kid

Attention science geeks: The nursery art of your dreams is here. Etsy printmaker Shannon Blank has turned the periodic table into alphabet prints that can be assembled to spell out your child’s name. In fact, I don’t think you even have to be a science geek to appreciate how much cooler this is than some cards with Pooh bear spelling out the letters with his body. True chemistry experts will say but hey! What about J, Q and W?  Well Shannon’s taken care of those letters too if you don’t mind a little poetic license — J is Jennerium...

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Artwork you’ll love inside and out

What happens when you cross an artist and a doctor? Radiology Art, it seems. Artist Satre Stuelke took his fascination with everyday objects, and his fascination with radiology, and created one of the most avant-garde, unique, and downright awesome collection of art prints I’ve ever seen — and seen through. I think Stuelke’s prints, featuring CT Scans of tons of ordinary things like toys, food, and electronics, would be amazing wall art for any kid’s room. A lot of the images come out in super saturated Warhol-esque colors, like the cream-filled cupcakes, but others, like the wind-up  Bugatti race...

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