Jewelry with embroidery and lace? I know, I know. Very dainty. Very breakable. But still. So pretty! I’ve gone through all the stages of mom jewelry — from chewable beads to no (pullable!) stud earrings. Now that my kids are old enough to avoid snatching my favorite pearls, I’m into more delicate looks and longer chains, but I like something unique, something with an edge. These pretty handmade pendants and earrings deliver, big time. And you can even have something custom-made from your wedding dress or other lace-y keepsake. Related: Affordable keepsake jewelry for moms and grandmoms. This new Quaintrelle...Read More
This time of year I start to get a little stuck. The excitement of Valentine’s Day is gone, light is still limited, the weather is frigid. It’s like I just want to imagine myself someplace — anyplace — else. So I started browsing Etsy for globes and found some outrageously wonderful options from California artist Wendy Gold that at least get my mind traveling, if not my body. The custom globes at her shop ImagineNations Vintage Globe Art are more than just an artist with a nice hand taking a Sharpie to a scavenged globe; this is true art with the prices to...Read More
I love going to my local flea market or browsing the rows of antique stores downtown to score some cool vintage finds for my house. There’s just something special about furniture that has history. Or, just having furniture that doesn’t come in a flat-packed box, to be honest. But honestly, how often do any of us get to spend our weekends at swap meets after having kids? Well now you can find very cool vintage finds at Chairish, an online marketplace where you can shop all kinds of vintage furniture, decor, and even jewelry and accessories from individual sellers and boutiques across the country. It’s been around...Read More
Wonderful vintage Christmas ornaments and decor on Etsy: And a very merry, mid-century Christmas to you too.
I think bringing vintage Christmas ornaments and other goodies into your celebration can bring so much personality to your holiday table setting and the rest of your decor. I really love mid-century items, so anything past the late ’60s gets a little modern kitsch for me–not that there aren’t a few goodies. So I’ve combed Etsy and put together some spectacular vintage Christmas ornaments and other finds I hope you’ll love as much as I do. Hey, sometimes one perfect, perfectly cool ornament makes the perfect little gift and it hasn’t cost you much at all. Mid-century Christmas tree ornament...Read More
I think I’ve found the perfect Christmas gift for my much cooler younger sister (shh, don’t tell). While we have tons of ideas for fun and irreverent best friend gifts, I’m excited about the embroidery hoop art over at Merriweather Council’s Etsy shop, where their wry sense of humor matches their hip design aesthetic. Merriweather Council has been a favorite of ours for a while—have you seen their irresistible monogrammed embroidery necklaces?—and these embroidery hoop art pieces have really gotten us talking. This is a fun, unexpected bit of decor to hang in the kitchen for that pop of vintage coolness. If you don’t...Read More
Perhaps thanks to Sophie the Giraffe, teething toys have gotten way more fun than the rainbow plastic rings we used to rely on. That drooly baby stage now has its own array of accessories from chic teething jewelry for moms to handmade organic wooden teethers. And now there’s another fun option in the vintage character teethers by Oli & Carol which would be a great add-on to a big baby registry gift, or a thoughtful baby shower gift all on its own. These adorable, pastel-shaded vintage animals–my favorite is the dusty blue seahorse–were created by two young Barcelona-based sisters from 100% natural Hevea latex. Plus they’re...Read More
There have been no shortage of clever products made since my kids have emerged from babyhood and the handmade bandana baby bib with a pacifier clip from SevenWhiteRabbits ranks high on that list. It’s quite a simple concept but one that’s so smart if you’ve got a baby who loves a pacifier. Take an adorable bandana bib (the most subtle of all the bib styles, by the way), then attach ribbon pacifier clip. Voila! A drool catcher and a binky catcher altogether. Oh, and a little hint: If you see a specific bib you like in the shop, just ask to have the pacifier clip...Read More
In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy! 1. An awesome wireless speaker that does so much more than blast your tunes. 2. Coolest iPad accessory ever. 3. We’re loving this new feature on one of our favorite photo editing sites. 4. You won’t believe what someone did with upcycled vintage toys. We want all of them! 5. Don’t miss these smart tips that could save you from a worst case tech...Read More
I love when vintage books are given new life, and I found that very thing in these gorgeous handmade recycled book journals from Renovated Books on Etsy. They’re made by carefully pulling apart old and rare books and recombining them with 70 pages of fresh, smooth paper to create an utterly unique journal with a mysterious past. Each book is beautifully hand-bound with Irish linen thread to lay flat, and 28 pages of the original book are thoughtfully placed throughout like mile markers. The spine even becomes a bookmark. Isn’t that clever? I love the dashing, Clark Gable look of the more manly volumes for...Read More
It’s been a while since we’ve found a label along the lines of Seven Smooches, a favorite indie designer who repurposes vintage clothing into stunning upcycled clothes for children and babies. And now…well, found one! A great one. Enter mom-run Kallio NYC. For parents who are looking for a special piece for their babies and kids that aren’t the same ones every other kid will be wearing, these carefully crafted, eco-conscious, Brooklyn-made clothes are a wonderful (if spendy) option. Men’s cotton shirts become swingy girls’ dresses of all kinds, which are definitely the standout of the collection. Skirts, dresses, and lounge...Read More
We love turning up awesome personalized gifts for kids, and we’re thrilled to find yet another cool custom gift idea. These sweet handmade personalized wooden letters, imported from London, have quite a story to tell. Crafted by the artisans at Bombus who reuse old books, vintage maps, sheet music, and even used stamps in their bespoke work, their Children’s Wooden Book Letters rescue pages of illustrations from vintage story books that are beyond repair. These illustrations are carefully applied to solid wood letters measuring about 4″ in height — spelling out a truly unique piece of room decor. I...Read More
Fine art photos of vintage children’s toys that transport you to Coney Island, without the temptation of Nathan’s fries
I’ve always liked the idea of decorating with vintage children’s toys (I now own that there very toy typewriter), but there’s another way to achieve that feeling, should you not have the shelf space or the inclination to go thrifting every weekend. Take a look at David Levinthal’s wonderful photographs of vintage children’s toys that you can find exclusively at children’s fine art mecca Little Collector. They’re all from his Coney Island series, which feature — you guessed it — tiny amusement park replicas in the most wonderful colors. Each fine art photograph is only printed in editions of 50, 150, and 250...Read More
We know personalized baby gifts are supposed to show you gave it more than two seconds’ thought choosing a special keepsake. These cozy pachyderms, an exclusive offering from Baby Gardner, do just that. This little baby elephant parade wall hanging is a a great find for anyone looking for a sweet, unique baby gift. The vintage vibe of these hand-stitched friends make them a darling accessory to any nursery. There is a tenderness to these softies with the interlocking of the trunks and tails of the family, very comforting indeed. We also couldn’t love more how these don’t scream safari theme —...Read More
I love the warmth and comfort that vintage pieces can express. They bring to mind a slower pace and remind me to focus on the moment and quit rushing so much. I need that sometimes. But there’s a really fine line between that charming and out-of-touch, right? Polyester crocheted afghan? No. Modern screen printing on vintage china? Yes. Meet Nina van de Goor, a graphic designer based in the Netherlands who does some amazing work. She’s the perfect mix of whimsy and modern, and I’ve fallen in love with her whole shop, Ninainvorm. Nina designs some amazing poster prints, which...Read More
This week, my glorious, generous business partners picked out the most stunning belated birthday gift for me: a necklace from designer Tamara Schafhauser. I admit, I’ve been coordinating outfits around it all week long. Can you blame me? The array of necklaces, bracelets and earrings from her line, Sheer Addiction Jewelry, comprises everything I love: vintage styling, statement pieces that are still super wearable, beautiful craftsmanship, and limited-edition designs so not every person on the street will be wearing the same one you are. (Admit it, that matters. A little.) My own Alexa necklace (above) is a combination of chains, crystals and...Read More
If you’re looking for a unique nursery decor idea, sometimes the best inspiration can be found right in your grandparents’ attic–if you’re lucky. I love the look of vintage toys framed as cool artwork for a baby’s room, or placed on bookshelves as striking accent pieces. But if you don’t have a relative who has saved every family heirloom for decades, then, hey, at least you have Etsy. Here are 16 favorite finds (from zillions) that would make for great baby and kids’ room decor staples. Happy decorating! Vintage Walkie Talkies; Vintage Toy Clock; Vintage Metal Airplane Toy; 1958 Vintage Toy Sewing...Read More
Browsing around Etsy as I am apt to do…oh, every hour or so, I discovered the wonderful Swear To Mod shop, featuring so much of the mid-century, 60’s, and 70’s housewares and art that I love. Only this experience was a little different than most. I had the best time gazing at her colorful, well-curated vintage selection and settled on a fabulous fondue fork set from the 70’s (don’t judge; I had to have them)–but right after purchasing, my money was refunded. I asked Theresa if something was wrong, and she explained that she discovered one of the...Read More
When I first decorated my baby girl’s room years ago, I designed it around a giant, kitschy vintage poster that I had owned for years. It was a surprising, fun focal point–and it sure made it easier to narrow down the six zillion options for crib sheets. So I nearly flipped when I found this site which features printable vintage posters–all free! Aptly named Free Vintage Posters, the selection is pretty amazing, to the tune of more than 500 free printables. I especially love the foreign language ones, but they’re all so wonderfully fun. How cool would a vintage...Read More
Looking for holiday styles with true vintage pop? If you’re shopping for a one-of-a-kind kid-seeking style that transcends the stuff on the rack–you’re going to squeal over this gorgeous line of reworked retro treasures. Homespun Vintage hearkens back to a time when children’s clothes were hand-sewn with care and built to last. This Mini Military Jacket is beautifully old-school in style, created using vintage military barracks bags. Each one features slight differences and irregularities that add to the charm. Some of the designs by Homespun Vintage are reproductions of vintage pieces they’ve found and cherished. Others are upcycled reworkings of old materials,...Read More
Every now and then I spot kids’ furniture that makes me wish I had a little expendable income, and that’s exactly how I feel about these amazing pieces from CounterEvolution. Table Tots are quite possibly the coolest kids’ table sets I’ve ever seen. And “cool” doesn’t even cover it. This is heirloom-quality furniture with an amazing story worth telling for generations to come. Each set is completely handcrafted from recycled wood and steel rescued from closed-down bowling lanes and other buildings scheduled to be demolished, then finished using green-friendly practices. Fab. And if the artistry looks familiar, it’s because designer Jim...Read More
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