I always thought that LEGOs were cute for making walls and towers, maybe the occasional weird angular horses or something. I honestly had no idea that now you could make, oh, say…the Guggenheim Museum. Right in time for the NY landmark’s 50th anniversary. The reviews on the LEGO site are really funny – “flet3her” complains of the Seattle Space Needle LEGO set that “the banquet hall at the bottom is barely represented” but for those of you not looking for a perfect replica, but just a cool gift for an older kid, or some seriously great design-geek objects for...Read More
Tag: modern kids’ rooms
You know you’re a mom when you go from being a bag whore to a bin whore. But considering how awesome bins are getting these days, like the new cotton canvas storage bins from JJ Cole, I suppose it’s not a completely terrible transition. These storage bins are a little swankier than your big store versions, with their brightly striped lining and metal handles, but they’re priced so you’re not spending your entire decorating budget on a couple of glorified buckets that will be stashing your diaper wipes and toys. And they really do look like they belong in...Read More
I hesitate to admit that my daughter’s current toddler bedding collection includes a queen sheet wrapped twice around the mattress and a handmade quilt with shudder-worthy pink flowers. Needless to say, not my style. That’s why I was so drawn to Olli and Lime’s line of modern toddler bedding and their cool geometric sensibility. I particularly love the Egg comforter and pillowcase set (shown) and how its mod geometric design is perfect for boy or girl, since I have one of each — I figure I’ve got a greater chance of spending $100 on a comforter and pillowcase if...Read More
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...Read More
With three kids and only one bag, I’ve taken to paring down to what I consider to be an essential? to make room for stuff I really need when I head out the door. And lately, that’s meant tossing the usually hefty diaper changing pad and making do with my baby carrier or racing back to use the car seat instead. But thanks to the mom-designed Baby Burrito changing pad, which rolls up tightly enough to fit in my jam-packed bag, I’m back on the changing pad wagon. The fabrics are stylish and easily wiped down (key!) and their...Read More
Trifle brings all the prettiest things together in one place (I wish that place were my house, though)
When my boys were babies, I spent a lot of time looking for cool, original things for them — clothes and bedding and accent pieces for their rooms. But in a strip mall world, that meant a lot of shopping, and no mama has time for that. I wish Trifle had been around then. Trifle, an new online boutique headquartered in New Zealand, offers a carefully curated collection of beautiful craft and design for mothers and babies from around the world, all gathered together in one virtual stop. Each item is hand-picked, plenty are hand-crafted or eco-friendly, and they...Read More
Small space furniture is just getting smarter and smarter and I’m so glad to see that one of our fave U.S. kids’ furniture makers, P’kolino, is getting in on it with their Klick table and chair set for kids. Kids up to about 7 can sit on the cushioned birch plywood seat to sketch out their very important architectural blueprints or pen their first novels, and when they’re done, just slide the chair right into the table, Tetris-style and stash the cube away in the corner. It comes in three snazzy modern color combos, and I particularly like that...Read More
My son and I are currently in heavy negotiations over the impending redo of his this-is-it-until-you-go-to-college room d?cor. I’ve already said no to black walls, but the thing we both agreed on instantly were using these Critters wall decals, from cult-fave illustrator (and now mine), Zeptonn. We’ve been touting the flexibility and fun of using wall decals in kids’ rooms for a long time, but what’s really great about these particular designs is how unusual, silly and, perhaps, just a tiny bit twisted they are–which happen to be adjectives I would also use to describe my son’s personality. In...Read More
At two, my youngest daughter is already into dolls in a way that her big sister never was. She pushes them in strollers, shares her dessert with them, and gives them rides on the bulldog–much to the bulldog’s dismay. She tucks her dolls into bed with her with so much care and sweetness and kindness, that it almost makes up for the fact that she was shrieking bloody murder moments beforehand when I told her she couldn’t sleep in my bed. (Ah, two. Such a glorious, glorious age.) And now she is going to be able to tuck Rose...Read More
If you are like me and have a ton of photos that need to go on the wall, but you lack the motivation to frame and hang them, Stickr has got something to make the process a whole lot easier. We’ve recommended their more sophisticated reusable vinyl frames in the past (no hammer, nails or level needed), and now they’ve got a new train photo frame that’s especially perfect for the little one’s room, where breakable glass and sharp-edged frames that can get knocked off the walls are dubious ideas at best. The train set comes with room for...Read More
I used to love the show Happy Days–remember Arnold’s and all the sports pennants hanging all over the walls? (You do remember Happy Days, right? I can’t be that old.) I guess that’s why I loved these personalized felt pennants from Kristine Kaye which made me feel so nostalgic. How cool would it be to have a pennant made with your kid’s name in his favorite colors and maybe throw in a number (like his age) to boot? Every one of the letters is hand cut which makes them more special than something machine printed. Or, you can just...Read More
In my want-to-but-can’t traveling state, I can easily identify with Jennifer Hill’s Places I Have Never Been collection where she takes a city she’s never been and develops a pattern for it, using the pattern in fun prints, calendars, and cards. Now thoughts of starting her own family have prompted her to take her modern patterns and use them to create charming animal alphabet prints perfect to inspire that young crib traveler. She has worked with some old favorites like the Elephant (shown) but also veered off the beaten path with animals like the Moth, Snail, Nightingale, and Quoll....Read More
The brilliant folks at Oeuf have listened to the pleas of cash-strapped moms like me and created a new kids’ furniture collection that is chock full of the design and eco-friendliness of their other collections– but at about half the price. The new Oeuf Robin Collection includes a crib that converts to a toddler bed and a changing table/dresser, both of which are made of 100% sustainable wood and painted with water-based paints. The new collection keeps with the commitment to modern design, green materials and high function that Oeuf has focused on since starting the company in 2002....Read More
There’s a place for tradition, and there’s a place for innovation, and there is a place for both side by side. Sub-Studio design’s new nursery rhyme prints are a perfect combination of age-old nursery rhymes from past generations and a bold mid-century illustration style that takes them forward through the next. My favorite has to be the Wise Old Owl (shown). This modern-styled art print wouldn’t be relegated to the nursery in my house; in fact, it’s a message that I would appreciate being reminded of on a daily basis: A wise old owl lived in an oak....Read More
There aren’t too many pink posters I’d hang in my daughters’ post-feminist non-pink bedroom, but artist and graphic designer Robin Rosenthal’s counting bird poster would easily make the cut. When we first found her original counting birds poster two years ago, we fell instantly in love with the sweet chick motif and elegant modern typography, so I’m pleased she’s re-released it in an elegant pink and red color scheme inspired by one of my kids’ favorite books, The Snowy Day. By the way, before she was making our children’ rooms look gorgeous, Robin was making Martha Stewart’s magazines look...Read More
While I can’t say that sleep sacks miraculously kept my kids from waking up, they at least kept me from needlessly running to their cribs to cover them up or untangle them from their web of blankets. It’s a great practical gift for new moms, but it seems as though most baby sleep sacks are styled with the idea that kids are wearing them in the dark. That is clearly not the case with the gorgeous Mandarin Fun baby sleep sack from Violet’s Peapod. Fashioned in their unique signature pea pod shape to give baby’s feet plenty of room...Read More
For years, I dreamt about a playroom — a place (that wasn’t my living room) where my boys could make a mess with their superhero toys and have pillow fights and stand on the furniture without making me insane. Now that we have a playroom, I’m constantly on the lookout for accent pieces that are both kid-friendly and super stylish. In other words, stuff that can take a beating and still look great. diffractionFIBER’s onomatopoeia throw pillows are the perfect accent for kid spaces. Crafted of Eco-Felt (“100% recycled Plastic bottles!”), the pillows are a nice size for tossing...Read More
Just when I thought I could get away with absolutely nothing plane related in at least one room in my house, I happen upon the new acrobatic airplane hand towels exclusively at Mahar Drygoods. Granted, I don’t necessarily need to buy them, but they’re actually a great alternative to kid bathroom decor that typically involves licensed characters, garish colors, or worse, a combination of the two. Handmade by Kathy Steig, these whimsical airplane towels make the perfect bathroom addition, whether you’ve got a pilot and a couple of mini pilot-wannabes in the house like us, or just some kids...Read More
Just when I thought nothing else could be done with the alphabet, I discover the swanky alphabet prints from Paperfingers and my mind is instantly changed. Each print features a letter and corresponding word along with a fantastic graphic representation, making for a sophisticated approach to the plain old alphabet. Take a look at J is for Jazz (pictured) or Z is for Zeppelin (the dirigible, not the band) and think of all cool nursery or children’s room themes these pieces could inspire. What I love most about these prints is that you could actually get away with these...Read More
My refrigerator is a time capsule of my son’s life to date, covered with school pictures that show how much he’s changed over the years. Especially the awkward ones. Unfortunately, each one is pretty much a glorified mug shot, only with a soft-focus forest in the background. I would love to fill out the collection with the custom silhouette portraits from STELLA+HODGE, which lend a great modern twist to a traditional technique. Devon Adrian, a super talented graphic artist, transforms your digital pix into timeless works of art on heavy archival paper, and even designs the colorful, patterned backgrounds...Read More
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