I’ve been to enough birthday parties to have witnessed that infamous phenomenon by which the giftee ignores all the fancy toys and plays with a box instead. And while I wouldn’t recommend you wrap up a plain box, I think the recipient of Green Lullaby’s clever Multi-boxes will think you are a brilliant gift-giver for many reasons. The three corrugated cardboard boxes are made from 60% recycled content and adorably designed to look like oversized alphabet blocks. The modern shades on each facade will go with any color scheme, even those nurseries that ooze minimalist cool. And they each feature...Read More
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It’s hard to believe I had my son a decade ago. Back then, no matter what your personal style was, you were pretty much limited to duckies, boats or flowers when it came to baby bedding. But now companies like Olli and Lime are turning out chic and modern textile alternatives to satisfy even the biggest style snob. In fact their fabrics are so stylish and “un-babyish” that they’re now also available for your kitchen. So far they’ve expanded the George and Charlie nursery collections into cool kitchen linens like napkins, tea towels, table runners and even an apron...Read More
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...Read More
Normally, wire coat hangers kind of skeeve me out. The way they get all tangled together makes me a crazy person. Therefore, you must understand what it takes for me to fall in love with anything made of wire with a pesky hook on top. These Original Personalized Wire Hangers from Lila Frances are simply too cute to pass up. Whether you use them for a unique wall decoration or to hang up that super-special-Princess dress, you’re going to smile every time you see your sweetie’s name in powder-coated metal. Hangers are available in 8-inch or 12-inch versions (while...Read More
Sometimes it’s the extra touches added to a baby gift that can make difference between a simple Thank you so much and an effusive Oh my goodness I absolutely love it! Take the sweet vintage-inspired wooden hangers at Zia + Tia. Sure, they make a lovely present all on their own, but include them with a baby layette or special outfit and you’ve got a really memorable baby gift–particularly since hangers aren’t generally the first thing new moms think about buying but can always really use. Let’s face it, wooden hangers just have way more closet appeal than the plastic ones you...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
I have always loved pretty much everything at KLT:Works. Kristin Loffer Theiss makes the beautiful artwork, plush, nursery decor and apparel that just makes you smile in every way. And I’m smiling even more since discovering that for St. Patrick’s Day, through midnight, if you buy anything in her shop that’s green it will be 20% off. And not just green green–like emerald, lime, or kelly–but eco green. Organic. Neat. Personally, I love this organic birds nest tee, right in time for all things springy and new. But if I had a baby gift to buy, or a nursery...Read More
More than 100 awesome baby gifts abound in our new Baby Shower Gift Guide, but if that isn’t enough for you, then you might want to add the new My Favorite Things Flash Cards to your wish list. Petit Collage creator Lorena Siminovich’s gorgeous designs are translated into 26 sturdy flashcards, with a picture and word for each letter of the alphabet. Aside from their lovely simplicity, the cards, which function equally well as educational entertainment for small hands and as a decorative nursery room accent, feature slightly atypical words compared to what you typically see in an alphabet...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
My kids (probably like yours) aren’t lacking for stuffed animals. But when I saw the amazingly adorable Jungle House Pillow from Toronto’s So Chic Gifts I knew I could totally justify getting them this handmade pillow-and-stuffed-animal combo. Made from beautiful recycled fabric, each one-of-a-kind soft, squishy pillow features three little critters tucked into little pocket homes, each one a different combination of cloths and textures. It’s totally fun for kids, since the stuffed animals can be taken out of their pockets at playtime or put back in for cuddling at night. If their bed is already crowded with lovies, or if...Read More
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....Read More
My son had a stuffed elephant named Tussle that went with him everywhere. In fact, he never knew it, but there were actually two Tussles in constant rotation, just in case one went missing. Tussle has long since moved to the “big happy farm where stuffed animals roam free,” but I wish I had known about Jennifer Maher’s Custom Toy Portraits so we could have preserved Tussle’s memory forever. Just send Jennifer a few high quality photos of your child’s favorite stuffed animal or toy along with a couple sentences about what makes it special to your son or...Read More
One of the stand-outs to me at this year’s overwhelming Toy Fair show weren’t actually toys at all, but the lovely handmade wall art from CMP fave Cate and Levi. Like their original, one-of-a-kind stuffed animals, the critters are pieced together beautifully from reclaimed wool. Even nicer is that these fuzzy fabric friends can be hung over a crib without glass, and if the baby hoists herself up on the rails and grabs at a picture? So much the better. The sheep looks plenty friendly and I’d imagine even the crocodile won’t bite. I was also happy to see...Read More
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...Read More
I may not have an ounce of Chinese in my heritage, but I still love baby gifts that reflects the Chinese zodiac. With the Chinese New Year starting The Year of the Tiger today, I’ve put together some of my favorite tiger-themed baby gifts. And a fun giveaway too! Tigers on clothing abound, but I prefer them to be more cartoon-cute than Ed-Hardy wild, which is why I have a soft spot for Colette Kids’ Organic Cotton onesie. It’s also available as a tee-shirt for bigger kids. We at CMP have long been fans of Oliver Chin’s Chinese New...Read More
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...Read More
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....Read More
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...Read More
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