Tag: modern kids’ rooms

Toy storage, cubed

We recently finished our basement, and having a spiffy designated playroom for the kids has done amazing things for my sanity. Now it’s time to find storage for all the toys we so eagerly transferred there. In my search for the perfect playroom storage solution, I happened upon dad Dennis King’s fantastic looking wooden storage cubes. Made by hand from reclaimed wood and finished with natural materials, these smooth-edged rustic squares will look great in pretty much any space. You can stack the storage cubes on top of each other like shelves or even flip them over and use...

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Bugs on a wall

When it comes to kid’s room decor, I never considered bugs and small crawly critters as a theme, mostly because aside from a few cute ladybugs, I’ve yet to see too many designers do something wall worthy with beetles, grasshoppers, or frogs. That is until I found the awesome origami bug wall decals from Byrdie Kids Graphics. This set of 8 small critters would be a fantastic addition to any baby nursery or kid’s room. Just choose your color and you’ll get the application kit, which includes instructions and a test decal (very smart!). If only all bugs were...

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Light switch plates – the most neglected part of your child’s room decor

My friend tells me she’s looking for some robot-themed stuff for her baby boy’s room and I start poking around Etsy for her. Next thing you know, I’m drooling over these robot light switch plates from Robot Candy. One is cooler than the next, from the classic 50s robot to the kitschy Japanese telephone robot to the storybook quality of the Italian Nando Robot. (At least I think it’s Italian. Is it?) Each one is handmade by the Portland based shop out of a recycled light switch plate and vintage art. And if robots aren’t your thing for some...

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Baby quilts approved by those of us who know baby quilts

I’m from small-town Iowa, so when my daughter was born, the Quilting Ladies (as they are known) whipped up something custom, no problem. I didn’t even have to ask. But fear not, Quilting Lady-less mamas, for Etsy has delivered once again. Baby Jayne’s quilted blankets have the piercing/batting/quilting/edging quality of aging Lutheran church ladies’ work, but these lovingly handmade baby quilts can be had by anyone with a credit card and mailing address. I’m also impressed by the design of these blankets, especially the classic looking black and butter cream baby quilt which would appeal to even you city...

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A is for Alexander Girard – Alphabet blocks for you mid-century design freaks

My heart is going thumpity-thump on seeing the new Alexander Girard alphabet blocks by House Industries. Yes okay, so the set is 100 bucks at maXimo design but the truth is, if I add up all the disposable plastic toys we’ve received for the kids, I could have owned about 60 of these sets–and actually owned something my kids could hand down to their own kids. The blocks, besides being utterly gorgeous in both color and typography, are all US made out of sustainable Michigan-grown basswood. (Love the idea of supporting Michigan industry these days.) And of course the...

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Creative playroom design inspiration? Reader Q&A

Wondering if you could point me toward a cool, creative book about playroom design or a website/book that showcases creative kid spaces in general? Can’t find anything beyond the usual pink teddy bears… -Courtney You’re a mom after our own hearts, Courtney – We recently featured an amazing book about children’s design and decor called Play All Day that’s just phenomenal. You’ll find architecture and design inspiration galore. As far as websites go, we’re huge fans of Ohdeedoh.com, the children’s decor and design blog from Apartment Therapy. In fact, just the other day they had a great post up...

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Baby Star, not just for newborns anymore

I’m always kind of bummed when I fall in love with a line of baby blankets or clothes and realize there’s nothing left for me from that label once my kids turn toddlers. So it’s nice that Portland’s Baby Star has been taking their crowd-pleasing modern prints and expanding them beyond just blankets and newborn basics. The double-lined baby dresses with rick rack trim and a cute little pocket on the front are just adorable, and you’ll find a great selection of them at Alex Casey Baby to get you through the rest of summer–especially if you are blessed,...

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Big brands doing cool things – Kmart Design, not an oxymoron

Earlier this week, I was part of a group of design and parenting bloggers flown out to Chicago by Kmart and plied with chocolate fondue, before meeting the talented and extremely passionate Kmart home design team who gave us a big sneak peak as to where they’re headed. Because I’m an ardent fan of companies that aim to make great design accessible and affordable for the masses (thus, my love for Target) I was intrigued–if admittedly skeptical. While I think Kmart still has a core audience that loves its damask, I was particularly impressed by the Ty Pennington style...

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Who says you can’t afford commissioned art for your kids’ walls?

I don’t have a lot of hand painted art on my walls, especially in the nursery. But I can easily change that with Brooklyn-based Rebekah Potter’s diminutive BloKs, essentially 3.5 x 5″ wooden blocks with a word and matching illustration, all hand painted in acrylic and ready to hang on the wall. She has several in her shop that work in a child’s room such as Play, Pretend, and Chick, but what’s really cool is that you can commission your own to celebrate your child’s accomplishments (think Graduate) interests (think Dance) or milestones (think Tooth). Each BloK also comes...

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Mid-century classics for the munchkin set

We’re all major fans of Knoll studio, which is synonymous with elegant, modern furniture design. So we’re especially happy that they’ve rolled out Knoll Kids, featuring scaled down versions of some of their most famous pieces. Your child can return to the womb, literally, in Knoll’s funky Womb Chair, which I have always loved for its simplicity and comfort. Imagine your child doing arts and crafts at a Rinsom table and chair set. I swoon just thinking about it. Although the pieces are smaller than the originals the price tags are anything but. The Maya Lin children’s stone stools...

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The joy of bins

With three kids running circles around me, I’ve made some concessions when it comes to cleaning up. And one of them is that I’m not going to be doing all of it. My philosophy has always been that if my kids can make a mess, then they can most certainly help pick it up afterwards. One way to make that happen more easily are bins – particularly cute ones, like the elephant storage bin from 3 Sprouts. We’re already huge fans of 3 Sprouts baby products (their adorable bath towels made our Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide) and these...

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A baby wrap so pretty you might steal it for yourself

My younger son has always been a big blanket kid; even now, at six, he sleeps with at least one baby blanket every night. I love this, both because a kid with a blanket melts my heart and because we got some great blankies when he was a baby, and we’re still dragging them out today. The Shinwa Organics line of baby wraps is perhaps one of the best baby gifts ever (no exaggeration). These luxurious Australian hand-printed bamboo swaddle blankets are soft and sturdy, framed with a thin trim of raw silk, and the patterns are adorable without...

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Swaddling blankets for summer

With a baby born in almost every season, I’d have to say that I had the hardest time swaddling my oldest, a July in Mississippi baby, mostly because the last thing you really want to do is wrap a hot little baby up tightly in a blanket. That’s why we’ve been a fan in the past of muslin swaddling blankets like the ones from Aden and Anais. Now our latest find from the company goes one step lighter with their organic cotton swaddling blankets. More gauzey than the muslin version, the soft, lightweight cotton allows you to snuggle your...

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J’aime l’alphabet

I am utterly taken with the limited edition French alphabet print from Barcelona-born artist Silvia Portella, just introduced at L’Affiche Moderne. And not just because it’s refreshing to see a bee under A instead of B, but because the 26 charming illustrations make me smile every time I look at them. Looking around the web, it seems Silvia also has a lovely selection of nursery art and decor through her etsy shop, Bukubuku, including sweet little Pepito shown here at right. You can even have it customized with your own baby’s name  – unless he just so happens to...

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The more dust bunnies, the better. For a change.

I love the idea of a growth chart, but I’d never found any that appealed to my decor sensibilities, which are admittedly a bit quirky. Then I got a peek at the Dust Bunnies height chart from UK graphic wall art shop Spin Collective, which is actually a wall decal. I laugh every time I see those wide-eyed, spindly-legged dust bunnies teetering on top of each other. The measurements are in meters, but I figure that will help my kids learn the metric system.  Unique, hilarious, and educational – plus measuring my kids’ growth in terms of dust bunnies...

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Design for Children. And of course, their drooling parents.

You know who you are, you design-crazy parents: You scour flea markets looking for vintage picture books to turn into nursery art, you spent more time picking paint colors than pediatricians, and your greatest dream is to discover some lost Eames crib prototype on a street corner somewhere. For you–and me–there is Play All Day: Design for Children. My first thought as I flipped through this wonderful coffee table book was that I should proactively shred all of my credit cards before I start tracking down every single item in the 240 page volume. The authors share our own...

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Nursery decor, Asian style

As someone with Asian heritage, I was immediately drawn to the lovely Asian nursery art by artist and mom Grace Hester. The prints feature original animal artwork, along with the English word and then simplified Chinese translation. What’s particularly nice is that if you’re looking for a different theme, Grace can create something custom for you other languages too so you can display a hummingbird, picaflor, or kolibri over the changing table. Of course I’m biased, but I’d go with the Kanji writing which really adds a beautiful touch. (Sorry Germans). Aside from being an affordable focal point in...

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Hooked on robots

I’ve got a little secret weapon that helps ensure my kids do not leave their clothes and coats lying around: Hooks. Of course, the key is to find ones that actually make some sort of design statement, so you can freely place them around your home without looking like you’ve completely given up. And that’s why I love this Robot Coat Hook. Made from laser cut sheet metal, this robot would look awfully cute in a play area or kid’s room. And if your foyer looks like it’s been taken over by small children like mine, you could even...

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Baby blankets with a softer side

I know, it’s summer and you’re not thinking warm, fuzzy blanket, but really, for those pregnant friends due in fall or winter or those of us with the air conditioning pumping all night, the handmade blankets from Big Fat Hen are a pretty great pick to have on your radar. These blankets combine bright, fun fabrics with a super soft underside, for a thick, plush blanket with a stylish twist. There are even a good number of choices for harder-to-shop-for boys from the tried and true transportation motif to cool prints and geometrics. All without getting too theme-y, which...

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Spring showers that won’t mess with your hair

When it comes to mobiles, we always prefer the handmade, battery-free versions that can do double duty as beautiful wall decor. And I’m so happy to have discovered the selection from The Butter Flying–in fact my immediate response to the cloud mobiles was “Gorgeous!” The fluffy felt clouds hover over colorful raindrops, which artist Sylvie can design to match the color scheme of your child’s room. I would totally put the fish mobile  (made from paint chips, how cool is that?) up on the wall in my son’s room now, and he’s 9. So that says a little something...

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