The Land of Nod Holiday Gifts Preview

I’m pretty sure that I say this every year, but if you had to choose just one store for your holiday gift shopping, The Land of Nod would be the one to pick. They assemble the best collection of beautiful, unique gifts that stand the test of time. They also work with makers and designers to develop exclusive products for the season. But I’ll quit talking about them and just show you a selection of my favorites.

First, there’s a number of fun playhouses.

The Gearhead Garage Playhouse is too fun. The Gas Pump and Speedster Sit-On are sold separately. I also like the idea of getting their Speedster Racer and/or the Fire Engine Speedster with the garage.


The canopy playhouses are great because they add a lot of whimsy but don’t take up a lot of floor space. The new styles include the Skyhouse Playhouse Canopy, London Calling Playhouse Canopy and Woodsy Playhouse Canopy.


The Land of Nod Canopy playhouses london phone booth and tree house

The Misha Lulu designed Log Cabin Playhouse is a super one that can be accessorized with Felt Stepping Stones and Leaf Welcome Mat.


There’s one other crazy new playhouse, the Monster Playhouse, but it’s a little weird for my taste so I could bring myself to post a photo of it.

In a world saturated with play teepes, the new Dip Dye Denim Teepee is a unique version worthy of note. Denim style canvas + ombre is a really cool look and the floor cushion they have to go with it is pretty as well.


If the full play tents take up too much space or if you prefer something more temporary, I love Suzy Ultman’s Hanging Around Hallway Playhouse that just hangs in a doorway or hall and included the welcome may.


Gingiber has created three unique versions of the Executive Nod Chair– Sheep, Bunny and Fox. They are like favorite stuffed animals that you can sit on.

Gingiber Furry Animal Nod Chair

Another soft, plush place to hang out and play is the Day Trip Plush Canoe that is part of the Camp Wandawega collection.


And if you like giant plush toys and don’t want the teddy bear from Costco, the Giant Simon Sit On or the Paleo Plush might be more your style.

giant-simon-sit-on paleo-plush-green

You may know I have a thing about rocking horses, and the Thoroughbred Rocking Horse designed by Adam Greber is a new favorite of mine.


I love how the What’s That Stand For can transform into a great number of places for pretend play. It comes with curtains, banners and theater, produce, ice cream, drive thru and bank signs as well as a chalkboard/whiteboard sign so the kids can add anything else their imaginations come up with. This might be my #1 top must-have pick for holiday gifts.


The Future Foodie Play Kitchen Sink, Fridge and Oven form my new favorite play kitchen items. When did my kids get too big for toys like this? Oh, so unfair.


Now we did have a nice wooden workbench when the boys were little, but this If I Had a Hammer (and a Workbench) looks even cooler. With so many black and white kids rooms, this one fits right in.


My final new toy pick from The Land of Nod for the holidays is the Modular Dollhouse. It is compact, can be arranged in different combinations and best of all, comes with the furniture and dolls.


I’ll just say this, I’m a little envious of all the kids getting The Land of Nod goodies for the holidays this year. I wouldn’t be mad if you tag me in your holiday Instagram photos to show off.

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Shelves from Rafa Kids

These are too awesome not to share, and basically too beautiful not to order. Who said your storage piece can’t be as special as the things you put on it?

Rafa Kids L Shelf

The line of shelves from Rafa Kids come in four styles / sizes.

The smallest is the S Shelf. €136,36 (about $150)

S Shelf from Rafa Kids

The next size up is the M Shelf. €177,69 (about $200)

M Shelf from Rafa Kids

Next you have the larger L Shelf. €219,01 (about $245)

L Shelf from Rafa Kids

Finally, the big beauty is the XL Shelf. €367,77 (about $410)

XL shelf from Rafa Kids

A bed, a desk, a couple of these, and kids room = done!

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Bugaboo Diesel Denim Collection

We fell in love with the first Bugaboo collaboration with Diesel and now they’re sharing the second edition of this partnership… the Bugaboo by Diesel Denim collection.


The collection features a complete Bugaboo Buffalo by Diesel with a blue anodized chassis, an all-over denim fabric with paint splatters, a leather-look handlebar, carrycot handle and many other blue jean details.

bugaboo diesel denim details

There’s also a Tailored Fabric Set for the Bugaboo Donkey and a denim and leather diaper bag to go with it all.

The Bugaboo Buffalo by Diesel Denim is $1,490, the Tailored Fabric Set for the Bugaboo Donkey is $185, the Sun Canopy for the Bugaboo Donkey is $120 and the Bugaboo by Diesel changing bag is $160.
Bugaboo by Diesel Denim collection
This latest collection collection will be available at selected retailers and online starting in November.

NY Now Summer 2015 Baby + Child Best New Product Awards

The NY NOW show wrapped up this week but I want to share the winners and finalists of the summer 2015 Baby + Child Best New Product Awards!


Pirasta (Brooklyn, NY) for its Let’s Color America: Really Big Coloring Poster, a giant poster that takes users on a tour of the USA while coloring a map, illustrated by Allison Kerek, depicting the 50 states. The poster is made in USA, and printed with vegetable ink on recycled content paper.”



Winner: “Candylab Toys LLC (New York, NY) for its Woodie + Caravan, wooden toy cars inspired by vintage American automobiles, which are made of solid beech wood, real walnut veneer sides and rubber tires. This particular model features a Woodie wagon with a canoe trailer and a magnetic surfboard on top.”

woodie + caravan

Finalist: little miss workbench™, inc. (Bellport, NY) for its Flash Zoom Mali.

Flash Zoom Mali - Black Wooden Toy Camera

Finalist: cate and levi (Toronto, Canada) for its Scrappy Dog Maker Kit.

scrappy dog maker kit


Winner: “Tree by Kerri Lee (Long Eddy, NY) for its Photo Holder Block, made in the USA from solid hardwood. The hand painted and laser engraved block has a slot on top for easy slip-in of photographs and has felt pads on the bottom.”


Finalist: Nawi Kids (Los Angeles, CA) for its Coco Plush Pillow.


Finalist: Pebble (Canton, OH) for its Pebble Character Cushions.

Pebble character cushions


Winner: “Innobaby LLC (Barrington, Il) for its Aquaheat On-the-Go Food Warmer, adding water activates the heat in this on-the-go food warmer, with no batteries/electricity required. This warmer accommodates all types of bottles, food jars or pouches.”

Innobaby Aquaheat on-the-go Food Warmer

Finalist: FunBites® LLC (Westport, CT) for its FunBites Two Piece Food Cutter.

FunBites Rainbow

Finalist: Chewbeads (New York, NY) for its Juniorbeads Broadway Necklace (GLOW in the dark).

juniorbeads broadway necklace

Which items are you most excited about?

Ferm Living Autumn/Winter 2015

Another season– another reason to love Ferm Living. For Autumn/Winter 2015, Ferm Living Kids is introducing four new patterns with coordinating accessories.

My favorite is Rose Rabbit. Rose Rabbit bedding comes in baby, junior and adult (twin) sizes. There are pillows (rabbit and bird) as well as storage baskets, changing blankets, wallpaper, bags, etc…

ROSE RABBIT BEDDING - BABYRabbit Wallpaper - Rose

Next they’ve got the Rose Stick bedding which goes beautifully with the Forest Wallpaper in Rose.


The Forest Wallpaper is also fantastic in blue


Their Mint Dot pattern is very neutral and easy to use.


Finally, the Landscape collection features neutral bedding and some amazing cushions.



Can’t choose a favorite? That’s okay, because all the collections mix and match beautifully.  All these items will be released shortle and in the US you will be able to find them at Clever Spaces.

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Petit Collage Rugs from Jaipur

Coming soon from Jaipur is a series of youth rugs designed by Petit Collage. Jaipur is taking the Petit Collage aesthetic to a huge new scale and I can’t wait to start using these in room designs!

Petit Collage Jaipur Rugs

The rugs were recently previewed at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. Hooray for great collaborations!

via Modern Musings, Kids Today, and Instagram

New Novella Crib and Dresser from Nursery Works

After debuting several new cribs last year, I didn’t expect to see anything else from Nursery Works for a while, so I was super excited to learn about the Novella Crib and Dresser.

Nursery Works Novella Crib and Dresser Nursery

With mid-century style, solid ash slats and walnut stained frame, the Novella Crib ($1000)…

Nursery Works Novella Crib

converts into a toddler bed and then a stylish reading nook!

Nursery Works Novella Crib converted to reading nook

The matching Novella Dresser features an asymmetrical 5 drawer pattern. $1400 I’m looking forward to checking these out in person soon! You can pre-order yours starting 6/15.

Novella Dresser changer nursery works


You can’t go wrong with anything from Kid O, but these Alphabuild magnetized blocks are the next must have.

Alphabuild from Kid O

While there are other great magnetic building sets out there, the curved pieces add a lot of possibilities, including forming all the letters of the alphabet.

Alphabuild all pieces

$50 for the set.

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Bugaboo + Van Gogh

You’ve gotta love an unexpected pairing, especially when it’s this beautiful.


In collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum, Almond Blossom is paired with the Bugaboo Bee³ for this new special edition stroller.

Get your Bugaboo + Van Gogh this April.

Soft Goods from Spot on Square

Spot on Square wants to give you more options to customize your modern nursery. They will soon be releasing a line of organic crib bedding with clean, modern patterns and easy-to-use colors.

Patterned crib sheets will retail for $55 (solid for $45), quilts for $85 and pillows will be $45.

Spot on Square Crib Bedding Combinations

Spot on Square will also have the Trio Rug in blue, grey, green or pink.


All the new soft goods are expected to be released March 9th but you can pre-order them today. Without too much thought or effort, you’ll be able to create an entire perfect nursery using just Spot on Square.

spot on square nursery with art, furniture, bedding

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