New Colors For Muu’s Ray Collection

I’m so excited to introduce you to the new colors that Muu has introduced for their Ray Collection.

The Ray crib and dresser have a stunning, simple shape that I’ve always loved, and now in Honey, Coffee and Gray, they’re three times as useful and appealing.  I also love that they’re non-toxic, safe, made in the USA and are available at a popular price point.  The Ray cribs are $795 to $865 and the Ray dressers are $895 to $925.

I’m thrilled to see anything new from Muu because it gives me a good reason to talk about them and they deserve more attention than they get.

Modern Kids Dining: Pretty Pastels

Light shades and pastels are a growing trend this year and this modern dining room featuring the pretty shades of Muuto’s NERD chair is a cozy family space. BabyBjörn High Chairs are a good start in light green or light pink.

Kids Dining 9

To complete the table setting, I’ve added…

Utensils: Bambu Baby’s Fork & Spoon– $10
Placemat: Cloud Placemat– $24
Plate: Petits Et Maman Kids’ Wood Plate, Rabbit– $24
Cup: Rice DK Pastel Coral Melamine Cup– $7
Bib: Pastel Clouds Bandana Bib– $12

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30 Dec 2015, 11:40pm
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My Modern Nursery #106: Rose Quartz and Serenity Sponsored by Lullaby Paints

We’ve had a great time this month exploring how to use Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2016 in the modern nursery. Of course, when Pantone selected both a shade of pink and a light shade of blue this year, the obvious first thought was of baby girl and baby boy, but part of the point is to use the two colors together in less gender specific ways.

Rose Quartz and Serenity aren’t the typical shade of pink and blue that you’d see used at a gender reveal parties, baby showers and such, so I hope you followed along on our Pinterest board as I found products that really make the most of these great hues.

For the paint colors, though Lullaby Paints has a huge variety of wonderful colors that we’ve been using over the past few years, we finally were able to take advantage of their custom wall color option that allows you to specify any paint shade while still enjoying non-toxic Lullaby Paints and avoiding dangerous chemicals.

Though we combined Rose Quartz and Serenity in this month’s design, we really couldn’t choose just one for the wall color, so you know we had to do TWO rooms!

1- Custom Serenity Wall Paint from Lullaby Paints- $59 a gallon
2- Ambit Pendant from Muuto- $369
3- Amsterdam Cabinet from This is Dutch (Heaven Blue & Loving Blue)- $1300 each
4- Curves by Alexandre Reis- $ depends on size and framing
5- Roh Crib from Spot on Square- $1700
Crib Sheet- Taj Paisley from Rikshaw Design- $40
Plush Goat Pillow from Laura Frisk- $20
6- Aqualou Rug– 8′ x 11′- $4460
7- Moulin Roty Doll Baby Carriage– $200
8- Max Raccoon from Hazel Village- $42
9- Maileg Crocheted Princess Doll– $30
10- Joya Rocker from Monte Design- $1095

My Modern Nursery 106 pink Rose Quartz Pantone

1- Custom Rose Quartz Wall Paint from Lullaby Paints- $59 a gallon
2- Jeremy Owl from Hazel Village- $45
3- Mushroom Lamp from Egmont Toys- $60
4- Butterfly Prints from One Canoe Two- Set of 9 9×12 Prints framed- $430
5- Roh Crib from Spot on Square- $1700
Crib Sheet- Booti Pink from Rikshaw Design- $40
Cuddly Cloud Large- from Donna Wilson- $93
6- Sauri Rug– 8′ x 11′- $2050
7- Puffin Hardcover Classics Box Set– $105
8- Tolix armchair and children’s desk– $250 + $255
9- Whale from Oeuf- $36
10- Joya Rocker from Monte Design- $1095

Be sure to visit the Pinterest board where we collected all this “color of the year” inspiration and hope it inspires a colorful new year in 2016!

We hope you’ve enjoyed the year of nursery design inspiration boards that we’ve done in partnership with Lullaby Paints. We are so grateful for all their support and love having such a great partnership with a brand we feel so good about. Safe for baby and the environment, Lullaby Paints are the perfect choice for your modern nursery and we’re happy to pick them as the backdrop and inspiration for our designs each month. Happy new year!

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3 Dec 2015, 9:52pm
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Roze Quartz and Serenity: Pantone’s Color(s) of the Year 2016

I always love the day Pantone announces their color of the year. I enjoy the challenge of finding all the best baby gear and nursery accessories in the chosen shade, but I was a little disappointed this year when I discovered what Pantone decided for this year… Roze Quartz and Serenity! First of all, two color picks was a shocker, but then could they get any closer to the cliche baby pink and blue?

But let’s see what the challenge reveals…

Pantone color of the year 2016 rose quartz and serenity

As it turns out, pink lately has been paired with a teal or aqua shade of blue or a dark navy shade. Serenity is more of a cornflower blue or a periwinkle without any purple. Additionally, Rose Quartz is devoid of any yellow that would turn it into a more salmon or coral shade of pink. This made selecting Rose Quartz and Serenity items more of a challenge than I expected.

The pink and blue are meant to blend together this year. It’s a balance between the warm pink and cool blue as it’s explained on Pantone’s website, “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.

What do you think of Pantone’s picks for 2016?

1- Ambit Pendant from Muuto
2- Bugaboo Donkey Duo
3- Wooden Doll No. 7 by Alexander Girard
4- Mushroom Lamp from Egmont Toys
5- Stripes and Sunburst from Oz Cushions
6- Blueberry Pie Melamine Plate from Colette Bream
7- Capri Crib bedding from Oilo
8- Softline Pink Quadro Ottoman
9- Plush Goat Pillow from Laura Frisk
10- ITM Tropical Delight Pastel Braided Rug

Explore more Rose Quartz and Serenity on our Pinterest color inspiration board.

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My Modern Nursery #54: Neon and Light Blue

I think that nursery design is a great place to use fun trends in your home.  A nursery, by it’s nature, is a relatively temporary space in your home.  Kids grow quickly and the room transforms as they get older.  You don’t have to worry too much about investing in a timeless style the way you may feel you should in the rest of your home. If you’re loving a trend, go for it, because by the time you’re tired of it, it’ll be time to change the room up anyway.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you know I’ve been exploring the neon trend over the past few months.  I’ve even managed to bring a drop of neon into my wardrobe!  But it wasn’t until just this week that I was able to bring the trend into the nursery.

I discovered the blog My Attic via my pinning adventures and was inspired by this photo in her Neon vs Pastel series.  This is where it led me…

1- Ampersand Screen Print – Neon Pink from shopampersand- $22
2- Pickup from Areaware- $100
3- Mid-Century Dresser from DwellStudio- $1080
4- Scooter Crib Set from Finn + Emma– $190
All Slat Ray Crib from muu- $795
5- Baby Blue Bunting from Smith & Scott- $45
6- Vintage Mason Ball Jar Pendant w/ Neon Orange Pink Color Cord from Earth Sea Warrior- $95
7- HELLO silkscreen print – Moss & Neon Pink from mengsel design- $65
8- polka dot rhino//the strange planet from The Good Machinery- $69
9- Decorative Hawaiian Pillow Cover from Pillowation- $35
10- Joya Rocker in White Bonded Leather from Monte- $1095
Turquoise Herringbone Rug from Jonathan Adler (custom size and price)

So…?  Neon in the nursery?

I Spy: The New Nursery on Parenthood

I don’t watch a whole lot of television.  With my blogging schedule, there’s not a lot of time for it, but I do make sure to keep up to date with Parenthood on Hulu since I can watch it here on my computer!  In the latest episode of NBC’s Parenthood, It Is What It Is, Julia has been putting together the nursery for her soon-to-be-born adopted child.  Hopefully that situation will unfold without too much drama, but in the meantime, I spied a couple great items that are going into the room.  First, these prints leaning against the wall getting ready to be hung….

The Red Fox, Owl and Lion Screenprints from Sass & Peril are $30, $20 and $28 respectively.

Julia is also shown assembling a Ray crib from Muu in all Hazelnut!

Great choices Julia (and the prop and set people for the show)!

Shopping Guide: Inspired by Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  Here’s a small sampling of nursery and baby items and brands that I feature on the buymodernbaby product guides that are available in green!

Go GaGa Messenger Bag

Aprica Presto Stroller

Fauna Pico Pillows - Gorilla

4 Mar 2011, 7:51am

Modern Nursery on Traffic Light

I love when TV shows go modern with their nurseries.  Fox’s new show Traffic Light is the latest to feature some of my favorite nursery brands on their set.  The screenshot is from this week’s episode “Credit Balance” and you can see that Tommy’s nursery has a Ray Crib from Muu and DwellStudio Bedding.  Nice!

1- Royal Aero Model Helium Balloon Mobile– $70

2- The bedding (shown clearly in the next shot) is Owls Sky Crib Set from DwellStudio- $360

3- The crib is Muu’s Ray Crib in Hazelnut with Vines Muu Panel- $925

Who’s going to help me figure out where the artwork is from?

For more great TV nurseries, see Lily’s room from Modern Family and Milo’s Nursery from Gossip Girl.

“Coolest Cribs for Modern Tots” 2011 Cribsie Finalists

This weekend we’re going to take an in-depth look at a few of the Cribsie Awards that are close to my heart.

First, in the Nursery category (of course!), is “Coolest Cribs for Modern Tots.”  This was a tough one for me to pick as all the choices are really excellent.  The finalists in the category have all been listed on buymoderncribs for a long time.  So long in fact, that they’ve never been properly discussed here in the blog.  So, without further delay, let us introduce this year’s finalists.

First on the list is Oeuf.  You may or may not know that our own crib is a Classic Oeuf, which I ordered before they were even in stores back in 2005.  We’ve been happy with our Oeuf ever since and are using it right now for baby #2. Over the past 6 years, the Classic Crib has been joined by the Sparrow and Robin.  All are beautiful, eco-friendly, sturdy and safe.

Second up is Stokke.  Their Sleepi crib system is a now classic oval design that converts from bassinet to crib and then to a toddler bed and then junior bed.  It’s the ultimate in convertibility.

Bloom’s beautiful Alma Mini, Alma Papa and Luxo cribs have the added feature of being able to fold up for storage.  They are gorgeous enough for full time daily use, but they also make great temporary or short-term options.  How cool would it be if your hotel brought up an Alma crib for your little one?!

Spot on Square has an beautiful collection of cribs that are all made in the US.  I have yet to see one of these in person, but the designs are so amazing, I’m sure I’d go for it regardless.  From left to right the models are Eicho, Hiya and Roh.

Muu’s Sam and Ray cribs are clean and simple cribs to begin with, but they can be customized in dozens of ways.  The unique MuuPanel system adds a panel with the design of your choice to either style crib.

ducduc is the old man on the block, but they’ve got unparalled reputation, variety of incredible styles and tons of customization options.  Be aware, you’re going to pay big $$ for this level of awesome.

So, tell us… which are you going to vote for?

My Modern Nursery #34: Mid-Century Style Peacock

I think we all agree that Room & Board’s stock color for their Shay Glider is an unusual choice, but I went with it and made it work.  It would have been very easy to do flowery and heavy patterns here, (maybe I’ll use the chair again in another board and take it in a different direction!) but I went for a more restrained look and it just went all Mid-Century on me– in a good way.

1- Shaggy Multi Pillow from CB2- $50
Bennet Cayenne Pillow from Crate and Barrel- $20
Slice 18″x12″ Pillow from CB2- $35

2- Shay Glider and Ottoman from Room & Board- $900 and $450

3- Boka Persimmon Table Lamp– $200

4- Muu Ray Dresser– $450 ($125 for changing top)

5- A Little Colorful Peacock Print from dekanimal’s etsy shop- $30

6- Jet Set Storage Bench in seaglass from Urban Outfitters- $250

7- Thomas O’Brien Corsaro Ocean Rug from Safavieh 6’X9′- $3000

8- 3.14 White Bookcase from CB2- $450
Aurora Plush 12″ Perry Flopsie– $13

9- Alphabet Poster- Orange from SparklePower’s etsy shop- $15

10- Muu Ray Crib– Hazelnut with White Vine Panel- $925

I think this board is a great starting point.  Then you can have lots of fun accessorizing with interesting vintage pieces like:

Top: Pair Mid-Century Danish Modern Sculpted Teak Lamps– $275
Vintage Belart Mid Century Modern Wall Art Pair– $89

Bottom: Mid Century Atomic 1950s Dresser and Chair (and desk!)- $1059
Mid Century Table Lamp– $72

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