Tag: nursery decor

Sweet dreams are a good gift for moms, too

My parents can’t help it – they see something cute for the kids and they buy it. I suppose that’s The Prerogative Of The Grandparent. My only hope is that their version of cute is my version of cute (and that it doesn’t happen to be loaded up with cadmium). Well recently my kids’ Grammy scored with a stop at the boutique of fabulous local kids’ playspace Appleseeds, and the procurement of two deliciously soft cuddle pillows from Angel Dear. These half-moon shaped pillows are actually cuddly friends like bunnies and puppies and sleeping elephants, and are apparently stuffed...

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Around the world in 10 flashcards

I wouldn’t say I’m the mom who wanted my babies to come out of the womb speaking four languages and then send them to a tri-lingual preschool to learn a few more. But I do think it’s cool to see more and more children’s items available with multilingual options in our increasingly multicultural society. Take the new Eco Number Wall Cards found at Hazel Wood Children. This set of lovely flashcards printed on recycled card stock makes beautiful nursery decor as wall art, or a great educational toy. The cards teach children count to ten with the help of...

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Pick a pair of Pampers

A diaper caddy isn’t exactly the most essential piece in your nursery, but when you think about it, it’s pretty important. You use it several times a day, for three or four years–not even my crib got that much use. So when I saw a Toronto designer and mom had actually gone and reimagined the diaper caddy as something beautiful and decorative, I shouted a big amen. Handmade out of wool felt then topstitched with sweet embroidery and appliqued, the WOOLi caddy from the Babies Breath Etsy shop looks structured enough to sit right on a changing table, but...

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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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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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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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It’s a blanket! It’s a pillow! It’s a Balob!

My son, the one who is afraid there may be a monster under his bed, is totally willing to curl up with a Balob, Joop or even a Doot as he heads off to dreamland. Who can blame him: Muddy Cloud’s adorable cast of characters, which we’ve loved on their childrens hats and gloves and their finger puppets, are much more cuddly than monstrous. And now they’ve been transformed into a line of limited-edition Pillow Blankets in time for the cold winter. These soft, squishy, sizable pillows measure 16″ square, a great size to bring on long car rides...

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Love the children’s book? Get the artwork.

We’ve been keeping our eyes open for those extra special holiday gifts, like for a baby’s first Christmas. I’m very intrigued by Picture Book Originals which offers which offers original illustrations and signed giclee prints from children’s picture books. It’s not like you’re going to find Maurice Sendak here – or not yet, anyway. Publishing vet and mom of two Anna Johnson has assembled five artists for starters, including a nice selection of signed Rosemary Wells illustrations which Max & Ruby fans like my kids will appreciate. Prices go from very affordable up into the hundreds, but there’s also...

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I’ve never felt this way about felt before

Honestly, I think of felt and often I think “meh.” But I’ve just seen the light, because the light, apparently, comes in the form of felt cushion wall hangings featuring bunnies and Matryoshka dolls that would brighten up any nursery in the world. If you aren’t slain by the cuteness of the Starry Night and Walking in the Rain cushions offered by Enna Design Shop on Etsy and all the remarkable attention to detail, definitely check out her assortment of plushies, too. If none of those speak to you, consider the possibility that you have no soul. I’m not...

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Small space baby gifts? Reader Q&A

My sister lives in Brooklyn and had a baby girl in June. I know that her living space is very limited and I am having trouble finding cool gifts to give to the baby. I was wondering if I could get suggestions on things that would be cool as well as functional in their limited space. -Melissa Knowing how it can be challenging to manage baby stuff in a tight space, it’s nice that you’ve got that on your mind when buying a gift, Melissa. I asked our Editor-in-Chief Liz, our resident Brooklyn-ite and expert on small living spaces and...

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For more pleasant dreams, try buckwheat.

Who ever knew that something like the perfect toddler pillow could be so instrumental in getting my daughter to sleep in her own bed? But that’s just what happened with the buckwheat toddler pillow from the lovely mom-run Honeydumplings and I’m giving credit where credit’s due. Of course, we call it the “good dreams pillow” which might have had something to do with its magical sleep-inducing properties, but I’d imagine it was also a factor of how its made: The pillow is wrapped in a mat that’s stuffed with natural buckwheat hulls to just the right size – just...

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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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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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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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Smart art makes a smart baby gift

When products claim to make your newborn baby smarter, I can’t help to be skeptical. Sure, I want the best for my kids but part of me wonders whether I really need a bunch of special educational toys and other gear to give them the upper edge. But the Smarts decals from CMP fave Wall Candy Arts are decidedly different. Their new line of wall decals are created using the black and white patterns and primary color palette that have been shown by doctors and baby experts to capture baby’s attention and promote visual growth. That’s not to say...

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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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Not all toy storage is created equal

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...

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It looks so wise, because it’s so smart

Of course my child, like yours, is an absolute genius, but even he wasn’t able to tell time when he was a newborn. So why get one of this adorable bamboo Baby Owl Clocks for the nursery? How else can you regale your friends with stories of how you were up from 3:12 to 4:52 without knowing what time it is? All kidding aside, I think these wooden wall clocks are really smart, because they are made from sustainable bamboo, and they’re unisex (check out the Baby Elephant version) which means if you have to paint your pink walls...

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