Tag: modern kids’ rooms

Nightlight out, k?telight in

I can’t believe how far the world of nursery and kids’ room decor has come even since I was first  waddling through the baby mega-store, wondering if there were really that many people interested in decorating their nurseries with Winnie the Pooh. There was certainly nothing like k?elight from Brooklyn’s Acme World Zoo, which wowed me at a trade show earlier this spring. Think of the k?telight as an illuminated wall sculpture; the compact fluorescent bulb behind the powder-coated metal box lights up the cute bunny or kitty or Scottie dog on the front, and the effect is both...

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French shopping, hold the airfare

I must say, despite the CPSA I still remain most confident by mass produced toys when they’re made in Europe. The standards are consistently high, and the products seem made to last more than one kid. Or more than one month as the case often is. Plus, the French know a thing or two about cute. Comptoir d’Enfance is a lovely little online shop filled entirely with French toys, decor, and wonderful baby gifts. You don’t even have to be a Francofile to love sweet Vilac pull toys or fun wall decals, but it would explain why I got...

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A pirate’s room for me

After having a son, I quickly realized that boys tend to get that end of the stick when it comes to decor options. Basically, you’re stuck with some variation of planes, trains, or dinosaurs, and that’s really about it. If you’re lucky, maybe a space ship. So when I found the pirate wall stickers from Nouvelles Images, a French-based design company, I just had to share. We’re already huge wall decal fans at our house, since we seem to be pretty fickle about design. Like most of the wall stickers we’ve featured, you can move and reposition them as...

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Sales, Whoo! Ides of May Edition

Check in with us every Friday for the best deals and discounts of the week! Get discounts up to 70% off (!!) beautiful crib bedding, blankets and more at Serena & Lily. The long-sleeved superhero outfits at Little Capers are 50% off with code LAST50 through 5/17 or until supplies last West Village Kids has a dandy clearance section right now, with high end kids’ clothing labels like Catimini, Little Marc Jacobs and Miss Sixty at 50-75% off. Hit Artebebe’s clearance section of cool duds for kids at some decent discounts. (Love that Mr. Hero Tee). Get 25% selected...

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From the landfills to your playroom

If only there was a way to make children’s furniture stylish enough for your taste, but durable enough that you can drag it outside for birthday parties and spring playdates. If only there was a way to make that furniture from recycled milk jugs and detergent bottles, so you could justify the fact that it costs more than your average kids’ table and chair set at Target. Oh, wait — there is. notNeutral teamed up with Loll DESIGNS to do all of the above, and the result is the fabulous looking BBO2 line of kids’ tables and chairs. It’s...

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Organic baby essentials make great gifts, naturally.

When my son was born there weren’t really tons of organic or eco-friendly baby products like there are today. Honestly I thought I was being environmentally responsible by making sure there was no lead paint on his crib. Who knew a scant 9 years later eco-friendly materials would almost be the price of entry into the baby product category. The beautiful all-natural organic nursery collection from Amenity Home is the newest gift stop on our radar. Their baby collection features super-soft, durable towels, blankets and washcloths woven from undyed organic cotton. You can get them packaged in nifty little...

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Affordable baby gifts that look like they’re not

I love buying artwork for baby gifts, but the idea of actually taking the time to get something framed is a bit of pain in the postpartum rear. So fortunately CMP (and pretty much every design blog) fave Binth Studio has a new line of wonderful framed prints, at prices that would make you think they’re not. You can imagine why the single letter alphabet prints are hugely popular already, especially at just $28 each. Man, you can hardly get a single letter alphabet onesie for that these days. But I also love their line of $38 city prints...

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Time to go bananas

I’ll grant you that — my son’s nickname being Monkey, after all — my fondness for all things primate-related may be a bit beyond that of the average person. Still, if you don’t think this little monkey clock by Tree by Kerri Lee is awesome, I’m tempted to believe you kick kittens in your spare time. What is there to say?  It’s a monkey. Made of wood. With numbers for eyes. It’s adorable, without being twee. Love. -Mir Get your Monkey Clock by Tree by Kerri Lee at The Pajama...

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An alphabet with attitude, dude

Frankly, I’m not certain I’m actually cool enough for this Alphabet Learning Poster, but let’s just say I desperately want to be. What’s not to like about an alphabet where L is for Love, X is for Malcolm, and Z is for Zeitgeist? Oh, and don’t forget my personal favorite: Q is for Question, and the illustration is a thought bubble reading What would JOE STRUMMER do? Ha. These posters are being offered as limited edition prints, and there are just 200 available. Get to ordering if you must have it. And because this is Learning Poster No. 1,...

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Baby blankets that are soft on the eyes, skin and wallet

We’re not usually big pastel gals around here, but looking at the Cover Me baby blankets spotted at Little Milk Junkie you can see why we made an exception. These super soft, cuddly, knit cotton stroller blankets are made in the US by two moms, and come in sweet repeating patterns like butterflies and stars and elephants. In person the colors are way way more subtle and pretty than they would seem on the website — that star blanket is actually a really delicate sage green (here’s a better shot) and what’s great is that it reverses so it...

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Take me out to the ball game

Even since having my son a couple of years ago, I’ve noticed the boys’ room decor options are getting way better. Even if you like the more traditional themes, like sports, you’re not stuck with some uninspired wall border of soccer balls or ugly football lamps. Take the awesome baseball switch plates at Mahar Drygoods. Created by a husband and wife design team, real vintage wallpapers dating as far back as 1930 are decoupaged onto jumbo light switch covers. Just find the size and style you like and it will be made to order. There’s just no way you...

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Introducing the 100% natural convertible crib. Thanks Q Collection.

So it’s not as though Q Collection Junior offering truly eco-conscious nursery items is new (it’s a whole year old), but we do love their new 3-in-1 convertible Luna Crib which helps you get more for your money as you do more for the planet. The crib is constructed of locally-sourced birch, 100% made-in-the-USA, and carries the prestigious Greenguard certification which basically means it’s as natural and non-toxic as possible. And to prevent the short trip from nursery to landfill, it converts to a toddler bed and then a day bed, hopefully for years of use to come. Those...

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It’s a bird! It’s an origami!

I love the idea of decorating your baby’s nursery like it’s a real room and not a clearinghouse for fluffy lambs and bright colored safari animals. Not that I don’t love baby decor, but in this economy, when you’re trying to get the most of the room for a baby that who quickly become a toddler and eventually a kid, why not decorate your child’s room to grow with your child? So instead of the typical wind-up baby mobile playing the tinny, robotic music, we love this gorgeous one-of-a-kind origami mobile from Roundhouse Designs. Using dainty bamboo sticks, wooden...

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Baby layette wishlist: 1. No chemicals 2. Makes the SIL jealous

It never seems to matter how many adorable baby layettes I’ve got, I still end up choosing my favorite and using it more than anything else. Had I received the amazing Dimples organic baby layette, it would have easily been the one I was washing and drying every single day. Made in New Zealand from beautifully soft organic cotton, the infant layette set features a blanket, sleep gown, and hat (oh that adorable baby hat). The bumblebee detail is just as cute as the set itself. No doubt it’s on the pricey side for a layette set, but if...

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Any childbearing folks out there still have some money in the bank? Anyone?

Maybe you’re in the mood to daydream, or maybe you’ve had your near-limitless wealth stuffed in your mattress all this time (in which case: Hi! I’m available for adoption!), but either way, if you want to let your most fanciful kid decor fantasies run wild, head over to Kidtropolis. They don’t just custom-build beautiful kids’ furniture, they design entire kid-friendly spaces. So in the case of this amazing Magic Tree House, that means the treehouse itself houses the bed, but you also get… a tree trunk and painted tree canopy, as well as every piece of furniture and every...

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Shower the people you love with love – and baby gifts

After many weeks in the making, we’re so excited to launch the Cool Mom Picks Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide! You’ll find a full 100 of our editors’ favorite baby gifts to give in 2009, from the cutest organic onesies to affordable personalized baby blankets, to must-have gadgets and gear. There’s even a few goodies for the poor neglected new dads of the world. Also? Discount codes (of course!), all of them good for the entire year. So click over mamas and get shopping, bookmarking, and oohing and ahhing. Because if there’s one thing we can universally agree is pretty nice about pregnancy — it’s the...

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Just when you thought there was nothing new in the world of baby wash cloths

Since falling in love with muslin swaddling blankets, I’ve donated most of my daughter’s other blankets to my kids’ play bin. So when Jessica Burros of the shop Bambino Land told me she was designing muslin wash cloths, I scrambled to get my hands on them — and they did not disappoint. If you can manage to wean yourself off terry, you’ll find the super soft muslin squares are perfect for wee baby bums, but are still large enough to work for older kids. They’re extremely durable but get softer after each wash, so unless you’ve got a washcloth...

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Cloud shelf, silver lining included

What do I see when I look at this cloud? I see a floor free from clutter. The metal Cloud Shelf is the perfect place to stash toys, books and even my son’s prized Spongebob baseball hat. It’s deep enough to actually put stuff on at 6 inches, the lip keeps books from falling off, and a hook wrangles jackets or backpacks below. Grab a few – they’d look great on a wall at varied heights so create a stylish and functional storage solution for your kids’ bedroom, a playroom, or any room where your kids, and all their...

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Childrens rugs get a much needed makeover

Modern children’s rugs are that one item that hasn’t quite proliferated at the same speed as other modern nursery decor. Mostly your rug choices for the kids’ room are stripes, butterflies, or um . . . stripes. But I’ve just discovered the really lovely children’s rugs from artist Katherine Yaphe at Oliver Yaphe and suddenly my kids’ floor is crying out for a makeover. The hand-knotted wool area rugs feature charming motifs like buttons, pears, or the word “love” highlighted in the alphabet, all using clean colors and fun squiggly lines. I particularly love the button and heart-adorned family...

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The Modern Baby Company: Designer baby bedding you can actually afford

It’s so nice these days that a modern mama has more choices when it comes to nursery bedding and accessories– even more so than I did nearly (eep) four years ago when I became a parent. And with the proliferation of all this great mod decor, you know what that means? Yep, better prices. We loved Quilt-Baby when we found them a year ago, and now I think I love them more as The Modern Baby Company which offers a much wider range of US-made baby gifts and decor, all about 50% less than comparable items from the high-end...

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