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Rich or Reasonable: Feather Pillows

I’m a big fan of the embroidered artwork from Coral & Tusk, and I’ve just got to choose which piece to purchase first.  While I think that this 12″ x 16″ pillow embroidered on linen with small feather and down insert is a steal for $88, you might prefer the cotton and linen Feather Pillow Cover with a digital feather print from Zara Home Kids for $36.  An extra $7 will get you the pillow to fit inside.

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Zara Home Kids…

Zara Home

Coral & Tusk…

Coral & Tusk Pillows
Which would you choose?

Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler

We enjoyed the Happy Chic collection at JCPenney and now there’s a Happy Chic collection specifically designed for the nursery at Babies R Us.  With four crib sheets grouped into two color options (pink and blue) and accessories to match, you can now get Jonathan Adler style for your whole nursery.

Olivia Crib sheet ($20), Olivia Blanket ($22), Dust Ruffle ($40), Quilt ($50), Owl Pillow ($20), 2-Piece Owl Wall Art ($28),  Text Wall Art ($30), and Bird Print Crib Sheet ($20)

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Charlie Elephant Printed Crib Sheet ($20), Quilt ($50), Dust Ruffle ($40), Charlie Baby Blanket ($22), 2-Piece Elephant Wall Art ($28), Text Wall Art ($30), Chain Link Crib Sheet ($20), Charlie Elephant Pillow ($20) and Charlie Lion Pillow ($20)

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This is a great way to get Jonathan Adler style for less.  Mix a couple of the Happy Chic pieces with your favorite Jonathan Adler Junior accessories for a custom look– whatever is most comfortable for your budget!

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The Elephant Needlepoint Throw Pillow features an iconic design in the traditional style of Jonathan Adler Pillows.  If it’s out of reach, the Happy Chic Charlie Elephant Pillow has an embroidered ear, eye and heart and might do the job for 1/6 of the price.

Rich or Reasonable: Rolling Ride Ons

Toddler ride-on toys are irresistibly cute, but for sleek modern style, Early Rider‘s award winning Spherovelo is as cool as they get.

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If $100 is too steep, maybe the $20 Jelly Bean Racer from Little Tikes might do the trick.

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1 Nov 2013, 9:06pm
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Rich or Reasonable: Building Bookcases

The Amsterdam cabinets from This is Dutch are spectacular, large, and guaranteed to add whimsy and drama to any space, but maybe the Brownstone Bookcase from The Land of Nod would do the trick in your home.

Building Bookcases: The Land of Nod vs This is Dutch

If the price difference doesn’t sway you yet, keep in mind that the $1300 price tag is for EACH cabinet and THREE are shown in the photo.  Either way, both cabinets are a lot of fun and a great way to store the mess behind closed doors.

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2 Oct 2013, 8:05am
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Rich or Reasonable: Hopscotch Rug

The Hopscotch Rug has been a longtime favorite nursery item from CB2.  Measuring 4′ x 6′, this simple design adds a ton of fun to any space.

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Well, now The Land of Nod has come up with their own version of the hopscotch rug in the form of the Hop, Skip and a Jump Playmat.  For just $70, this cotton playmat measures 30″ x 80″ and includes two beanbags to get the game going.

Hopscotch Rugs

Which one do you prefer?

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Rich or Reasonable: Giant Stuffed Giraffes

If your nursery or playroom requires a giant stuffed giraffe– and you may be surprised how often this is the case– I’ve got a couple options for you.  Unless you’re a serious Stieff collector and aficionado (I’m just a casual collector and fan), this one is a no-brainer though.

You don’t have to take my word for it.  Even celebrity nurseries are sporting Melissa & Doug’s Giant Stuffed Giraffe.

You can find it in Tori Spelling’s home


(photo credit: Michael Simon/ Startraks)

Martha Stewart’s daughter Alexis’s home….

And Rachel Zoe’s home


(Bravo via)

So you can either be the trailblazer with the $1175 Giraffe from Steiff (43.31″ tall), or snag the Melissa and Doug one (57″ tall) on Amazon for less than $100. (at the time of posting, the price is $72.09!!)

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Get the Look FOR LESS: Victoria’s Pink Nursery

Just one additional post about the nursery that Sissy + Marley did for Victoria.  The room of course is spectacular and it happens to come with a spectacular price tag to match.  Adding up just the sources I listed yesterday (not including the rug, books, wallpaper, snail from Australia and the cost of any other customization), the total of the items in the original picture is $9174.  This more economical version is about 70% less than the price of the original at a total of $2631.50!

1- Little Neon Bird Cage- $40
Pom Pom Organic Throw from PB Teen- $80 (same as expensive room)
2- Babyletto Kyoto Glider in Ecru- $700
Moroccan Contemporary Leather Ottoman- $135 (today on overstock.com)
Plush Snail Made to Order (custom color)- $16.50
3- Steiff Schana Swan (large)- $225
4- Thomas Paul Miss Kitty Pillow- $24
Ikea Expedit- $70 (same as expensive room)
Pandan Bins- Metallic- $24 each for 2+ (same as expensive room)
Japanese Wooden Gumball Machine- $52 (same as expensive room)
DwellStudio Bunny Push Toy (almost sold out)- $24 (same as expensive room)
DwellStudio Wooden Car Pink- $29 (same as expensive room)
Snail with Beech Ball (couldn’t find this anyplace else)- AU $22 (same as expensive room)
Zuny Series Elephant (Abby) Pink Animal Bookend- $55 (same as expensive room)
5- Baby S Pink Chair- $78 (I know it’s a knock-off, but we’re going for price here)
Malieg Mini Rabbit- $28 (same as expensive room)
6- Teodora Oval Frameless Mirror- $284 (sale price) it was tough to find a good replacement mirror!
7- Koppang 3 Drawer Chest from Ikea- $100 with a custom paint job.  Sorry for the DIY here!
Rag Dolls from Sandalias de Ana 1, 2, 3- $33.50 each
8- Geometric Landscape- $36
9- Happy Chic Bubble Table Lamps- $100 each (I couldn’t find a good sconce replacement, but these lamps look good)
Reclaimed Birdhouse in Raspberry Pink- $20 (or this is a great DIY opportunity- see inspiration here)
10- Sundvik Crib from Ikea- $120 (you could add some pink paint here too)
Charming Hamper (Dots/Pink)
- $89
Handmade Amish Rag Doll- $28.59

I kept some of the small, less expensive accessories the same, but you can always take some out to save additional $$.  Instead of the fabulous wallpaper, a coat of light pale paint would work beautifully.

The rug is a huge part of the impact of the original room, and while we haven’t calculated it into the design here, you’ve got to consider what you’re putting on the floor.  Here are a couple suggestions I found a Pottery Barn Kids.  Dhurrie Border Rug and Addison Rug

So what do you think?  Go all out in the original version?  Stick with the more reasonable options or would you mix and match?

Rich or Reasonable: Pico Pillows from Areaware or Laura Frisk Pillows

I was admiring the block printed animal pillows by Laura Frisk on etsy.  Her woodblock printed plush animal pillows are charming, fun and would go well in many-a-nursery. (Woodland Creatures Collection shown below)

As I looked at all the designs I was reminded of one of my favorite sources of animal pillows– the Fauna Pillows by Ross Menuez.  His photographic images are quite different from the block printed ones, but on a budget, Laura Frisk’s designs could be used for similar impact!

Fox Pico or Plush Fox Pillow in Yellow
Elephant Mini Cushion or Plush Elephant Pillow
Tabby Cat Mini Cushion or Orange Tabby Cat Throw Pillow

Thoughts?

Rich or Reasonable: Rocking Sheep

For some reason, I’m a sucker when it comes to rocking toys, so cozy, fuzzy rocking sheep really get my attention.

On the left we have the Rocking Sheep designed by Povl Kjer that was available from Crafts Collection.  I can’t find any place where you can actually order this “rockin'” design, but according to the The Perfect Baby Handbook, it would have set you back $575.  I saw these in reports from ICFF years ago, but for $575, you can imagine why they weren’t more popular.

Inspired by Povl Kjer, Max Tyrie of Bright Spark Design on etsy came up with his own interpretation of the Rocking Sheep.  It might be a little less rock-n-roll, but this handmade in the USA sheep still rocks!  Each one is made to order out of Baltic birch plywood, some reclaimed scrap wood and real sheepskin.

For more of my favorite rocking toys, see my list in our modern toy guide.

Tree Bookcase: Nurseryworks vs. Babyletto

Earlier this year we were excited about Nurseryworks’ Tree Bookcase, and now I can show you a more budget friendly version, Babyletto’s Spruce Tree Bookcase.  It’s smaller, but so is the price!

Both are available in Green and White.  You can order the Nurseryworks Tree Bookcase today but you’ll have to wait until February 2012 for Babyletto’s version.

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