Tag: nursery furniture

The Maclaren 2011 preview – Stroller junkies, take note!

When Maclaren invited me to their NYC showroom to get a sneak peek at what’s in store for 2011, this was one preview I was not going to miss. From fun and flashy stroller shades to cool new buggy blankets, Maclaren has loads of goodies I’m super-excited about. And if you’re in the market for some new gear or an upgrade, it’s great to know what’s coming around the corner so you can decide whether to hold off a few months on that big purchase. Here’s the lowdown on my faves: [after the jump, catch the latest from Maclaren...

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Trading Cradles – It’s like Twitter and Craigslist had a really well-behaved baby

Honestly, the number of hoops you have to jump through to sell on eBay these days is crazy (who has the patience?), and I’m sure I’m not the only person who feels like Craigslist is overrun with scammers, cheapskates and crazy people. So what’s a mama with limited time and some quality pre-owned baby gear to do? If you live in or near a major metropolitan area, check out Trading Cradles, which is specifically for busy parents who want to sell or find gear for their tots. Perhaps the very best part: There’s a 250-character limit on descriptions, so...

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Modern children’s furniture for modern tight budgets

There’s a lot of adorable children’s furniture out there, but the big problem is the cost. At least for the stuff I tend to like, which is vibrant and modern and doesn’t have the word Shaker anywhere near it. Then I discovered the affordable custom children’s furniture from Jesse Dirk and wish I had found her sooner. This Illinois woodworker makes beautiful modern children’s furniture to order, at truly great prices. You can have the wood grain stained to your specs, or even go with a blackboard top shown here plus two chairs, all for $195, which is amazing....

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Breaking news – CPSC votes to ban sale of all drop side cribs

With the recent slew of crib recalls, and now Pottery Barn Kids voluntarily recalling 82,000 drop side cribs today, it seems that the CPSC has had enough, so much so that they voted unanimously to ban the sale of drop side cribs in the United States. The issue with drop-side cribs is not a new one, mostly due to poorly constructed and installed sides on specific brands and models coming loose and babies getting dangerously and sometimes fatally trapped. However, this new ban now applies to all brands selling this type of crib. So, once again, check your cribs,...

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Prettying up the nursery in unexpected ways

If you’re anything like me, you spent all this time picking out the nursery colors, obsessing over the crib sheets, and then completely forgetting to beautiful the very thing you look at 40 times a day–the diaper storage. I never really liked those hanging diaper caddies. And I’m iffy on the ubiquitous rattan baskets lined with fabric.  But I do like these handmade fabric storage buckets from Denver’s Mick & Mack. With colors from orange and teal to earthy browns and olives, they’d look fabulous in any nursery. I’d fill them with diapers and leave them in plain sight...

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A crib with a view

Back about six years ago when I was shopping for our first crib, they were still made only for sleeping babies and not for their style-conscious parents. But these days, moms have a whole array of amazing, inspired options, and one of the most incredible we’ve ever seen are the super cool new Ubabub cots. Most of the newer, modern designer cribs at baby furniture stores still give some sort of nod to the old classic bar sided cribs, but not Ubabub, which really has reinvented crib design. The versatile Pod (pictured) as well as the mid-century inspired Nifty...

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Breaking news – Over 2 million cribs recalled

It’s time to check your cribs yet again, mamas, as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall of 2 million cribs, including some popular brands. The list of recalled cribs includes Jenny Lind, Evenflo, and Delta (just to name a few). Evidently babies can fall out of these cribs, or worse, get dangerously and fatally trapped. Yikes.Thankfully no deaths have been reported, but if you have one of the listed cribs, you’ll want to get rid of it immediately. This isn’t the first time that drop side cribs have come under scrutiny, and according to the...

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Get a green nursery no matter what color you paint it

Back when my son was born, saying that you wanted a green crib meant you were literally looking for a crib that was painted green. I’m really thrilled now that more and more companies are offering eco-friendly options that are stylish too, like the new IoLine crib from Kalon Studios. The IoLine crib is made with all-natural, non-toxic bamboo with sort of a mod-meets-mission vibe. Open, geometric patterns on all sides give you a great view of your baby, and him a great view of the world around him. The collection also includes a changing trunk with great storage,...

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The crib of my dreams. Thanks Bloom.

I have a confession: I have two children and I’ve never owned a crib. As a co-sleeping family, we’ve never really needed one. But now I’m going to tell you about the most beautiful crib I’ve ever seen, by which I mean the one that’s making me think I want it if I ever have another baby. Presenting the Luxo crib from Bloom. Sigh. Just look at it. Soft, clean lines. Beautiful colors (it’s available in a pure coconut white or a striking white and cappuccino combination). And the clincher? With an add-on conversion rail, it becomes a sleek...

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It’s great to be a Cool Mom Picks subscriber

You know, it’s been a while since we mentioned our awesome newsletter subscriber program, and all the stuff you might be missing if you’re not a part of it. Especially this month. Because if you sign up for our newsletter before April 30, you’ll have a chance to win a $2000 package of extreme awesomeness from environmentally friendly nursery furniture and decor company, Q Collection Junior. That is, on top of all the amazing offers and exclusive deals and news that are in our newsletter every month. The giveaway includes a Solare crib in your choice of finish, an...

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The multi reasons I love the Multi-box

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...

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It’s a high chair. It’s a low chair. It’s a HiLo chair.

When you discover a kids shop through the Wallpaper* Magazine Facebook Fan Page, it’s a pretty good bet they’re going to have taste up the wazoo. So when I clicked over to ella+elliot, yep. That’s just what I found. This beautiful Toronto store carries pretty much every brand we covet, and their crib selection alone will make modernists get as drooly as their babies. But I was really excited to discover this new-to-me HiLo high chair by Canada’s Age Design, which comes in all sorts of fabulous colors and rings in at about half the price of other popular...

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A Ray of sunshine in nursery decor.

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....

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A glider that has beauty and brains

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...

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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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X is for that cool coffee table in your playroom

Oh how I love the new Xylophone Music Table from the quirky, nostalgia-tastic furniture makers at Jellio. This 40-inch long coffee table inspired by that ubiquitous toy xylophone of my misspent youth would look so fantastic in a colorful kid’s playroom, or even as a conversation piece in a home office. (Any music producers out there?) Evidently it does actually work, although the mallets aren’t included. I would imagine that could be a good thing, at least if you have my kids. Though come to think of it, at this price, they shouldn’t just come with mallets, they should...

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Breaking News: Stork Craft crib recall is the largest in history

We tend not to post too many recalls here of brands we don’t tend to cover because, ugh, there are a lot of recalls. But in this case, today’s Stork Craft crib recall of 2.1 million units is the largest crib recall ever, so it seems to warrant a mention. Particularly because the faulty plastic hardware on the drop-side has lead to many injuries and several fatalities. We’re sick just thinking about it. Do you own one of them? According to the Consumer Reports Blog: The Stork Craft cribs were manufactured between January 1993 and October 2009. The recall...

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Stokke enables eating, playing, and learning all in the same spot. Though you may want to keep the eating and playing separate.

Stokke’s Tripp Trapp high chair is a classic that’s been around for 37 years–in fact, my daughter recently sat in the one that I had used as a kid. How’s that for longevity? The basic principle behind it remains as popular with parents today as it was in the 70’s–it brings kids right up to the table. But that’s not new. What is new is Stokke’s Eat Play Learn Table Top, a tray that suctions to the table to give you the easy clean-up of plastic while keeping your kids entertained at the table. The tray covers a large area and has...

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The budget-friendly Oeuf collection. Yep, you read that correctly.

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....

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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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