6 Mar 2015, 8:37pm
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Ten Must-Have Boxed Book Sets

After the diapers, carseat, layette and sleeping quarters are set up, the most important thing to have is a great collection of books to help develop language and a love for reading. I’ve been reading to my boys nightly since they were just a few weeks old and honestly, it’s one of my favorite parts of the day and time with them that I truly cherish.

Here’s a collection of great box sets that will start your child’s library off right. They also make great gifts.
Boxed Book Sets

1- Dr. Seuss’s Beginner Book Collection- $27 We read Cat in the Hat tonight!
2- Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak- $13 I have mine from when I was a girl
3- Herve Tullet 10 Book Set- $119
4- My Very First Library by Eric Carle- $23
5- Mini Masters Boxed Set by Julie Merberg- $20
6- The Folk Tale Classics Keepsake Collection- $17
7- Peter Rabbit Naturally Better Classic Gift Set- $16 or get the entire Beatrix Potter Collection if you’re a real fan!
8- Pooh’s Library by A.A. Milne- $52 I love reading Winnie the Pooh!
9- Boynton’s Greatest Hits- $23 These were early favorites for our kids!
10- Baby Lit Complete Set- $160

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4 Mar 2015, 1:49pm
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Wonderful Whales: Sponsored by Sprout

The folks at Sprout know of my love for rocking toys as well as kids seating, so since their Whale Chair is a perfect combination of kids chair and rocker, we thought it would be fun to play around with whales today!

The Whale Chair is easy to build and disassemble and is made in the USA from recycled materials. It comes in Green, Gray or Pink and retails for $80. The fun whale-shaped seat also coordinates perfectly with other Sprout products or any of our whale picks below!

Whale Chair from Sprout

Gray Whales featuring Sprout Whale Chair

Gray whales from top to bottom:
Whale Chair from Sprout- $80
Diana Whale Princess from Milipa- $51
Whale Tail Hook- $30- $80 depending on size
Whale Silhouette from Avalisa- $60 (other colors available)
Whale Metal Art Bookends from Knob Creek Metal Arts- $60

Blue Whales

Blue whales from top to bottom:
Whale Tissue Holder from Shop Sparkly Pony- $40
Ferm Living Whale Mobile- $58
Whale & Waves Wall Shelf- $49
Monica + Andy Organic Muslin Always Blanket- $65
3 Sprouts Toy Chest, Whale- $25

Natural Whales

Natural whales from top to bottom:
Modern Whale Wall Clock from Decoylab- $70
Organic Whale Shaped Baby Teether- $12+
Very Hungry Whale Pillow from Coral & Tusk- $92
Whale Animal Box from Areaware- $49
Bamboo Whale from Petit Collage- $29

Thanks to Sprout for sponsoring this post. With their focus on creative, easy to assemble and environmentally friendly modern children’s furniture, Sprout is a fun choice for nurseries, bedrooms and playrooms. Check out their complete line as well as their Facebook page!

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3 Mar 2015, 10:31pm
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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.

2 Mar 2015, 11:06am
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Baby Catarina’s Nursery by SISSY + MARLEY

Sigh, some days I just want to move into the minds of SISSY + MARLEY. Isn’t it serene? Baby Catarina’s nursery is simply divine. The first nursery to feature SISSY+MARLEY for Jill Malek’s new Zee wallpaper (in Rain), this space uses shades of white and tan to beautiful effect.

Interior Design SISSY+MARLEY Images Marco Ricca

I love how the wallpaper creates a subtle texture on the walls, and Little Darlings from The Animal Print Shop are always perfection.

Interior Design SISSY+MARLEY Images Marco Ricca

The Oeuf dresser is styled with a lot more restraint than I use in my own home. I always end up using a lot of color in my own spaces, but I admire and often aspire to achieve this type of peaceful and quiet look.

Interior Design SISSY+MARLEY Images Marco Ricca

And once Catalina settles down in her Stokke Sleepi, there’s room to settle in for your own nap.

Interior Design SISSY+MARLEY Images Marco Ricca

Built in storage is perfect for all kinds of coordinating books and accessories.  And now I want to see what’s down that hallway…

Interior Design SISSY+MARLEY Images Marco Ricca

Incredible inspiration as usual. Thanks for sharing, Chelsea!

Interior Design by SISSY + MARLEY. All photography by Marco Ricca.

New SISSY + MARLEY Wallpaper

Some of favorite room tours on the blog are from the talented group at SISSY + MARLEY. The main feature that really stands out in their spaces is their use of modern wallpaper. Not surprisingly, they usually use their own wallpaper patterns and now they have even more to choose from! The SISSY + MARLEY for Jill Malek collection now features four new designs.

Drops is available in Rain (shown), Charcoal, Pink and Silver.

SISSY + MARLEY drops wallpaper in rain

Hop, with these cute little bunny silhouettes, is available in Candy (shown), Sand, Silver and Charcoal.

SISSY + MARLEY Hop wallpaper in candy

Zee comes in Charcoal, Silver, Rain and Pink.

SISSY + MARLEY Zee wallpaper in charcoal

And finally, with the look of hand painting, Stripe comes in Rain (shown), Navy and Charcoal.

SISSY + MARLEY Stripe wallpaper in rain

Which would you choose? I can’t decide!

25 Feb 2015, 10:59pm
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My Modern Nursery #95: French Blue Sponsored by Lullaby Paints

For our latest nursery board with Lullaby Paints, I selected French Blue. It’s a beautiful, versatile blue that can be used with many decor styles. French Blue is bright enough to make an impact but not so bold that it’s dark or overwhelming. Obviously, I ignored the “French” part of the name and not surprisingly steered far away from toile patterns. Instead, I used bold, bright, modern colors and shapes.

If you enjoy this scheme, please visit the French Blue Nursery Inspiration Pinterest board for more items to consider. You can complete your own space with additional options from the board.

My Modern Nursery 95 French Blue

1- French Blue Wall Paint from Lullaby Paints- $59 a gallon
2- Be A Gem Print from CB2 (no longer available) but you can find at Oopsy Daisy
3- Sky Pendants, Set of Three- $1000
4- French-Belgian Bright Blue Linen Panel- $50 to $70 each
5- Pop Icon Star Nightlight- $60
6- Gelato 4-in-1 Convertible Crib- $400
7- Gelato 3 Drawer Changer Dresser- $400
Gelato Feet Pack in Spring Yellow- $18
Gelato Knob Pack in Spring Yellow- $18
8- Serapa Embroidered Pillow- $30
Mingled 16″ Pillow- $25
9- Mr. Snake from Ferm Living- $146
Stegosaurus Throw Pillow- $19
10- Fiberglass Arm Shell Rocker from Modernica- $485
Quartz Cube Bin- $17

Thanks to Lullaby Paints for sponsoring our nursery board series. Safe for baby and the environment, Lullaby Paints are the perfect choice for your modern nursery. For more nursery color inspiration, follow Lullaby Paints on Pinterest.

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24 Feb 2015, 1:19pm
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Etsy Find: Tooth Fairy Boxes

My baby lost his second tooth yesterday. For some reason my boys have lost almost all of their teeth at lunch at school!

tooth fairy

Fortunately, the lunch ladies have these cute little treasure chest to help ensure that any teeth lost in the cafeteria get home safely for the tooth fairy, but you too can prepare yourself with the Tooth Fairy Boxes from Beehive Kitchenware. Choose rabbit or bird. $32 each


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23 Feb 2015, 10:35pm
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Fun with Food

Even easier than cutting their food up with cookie cutters or shaping it in Japanese bento molds, these plates and dishes really are worth it for that bit of joy and fun that they add to mealtime.

My favorite is Dinner Winner from Fred and Friends. It’s a board game with a treat as a prize at the end. $20

Dinner Winner from Fred and Friends

Also from Fred and Friends, the Food Face dinner plate featured endless creative possibilities! $16 Fred and Friends Food Face dinner plate

The customized Dress Up Plates from Little Me have cookie cutter shapes for the clothes so you can really go all out with the mealtime prep. Customize a boy or girl. These make amazing gifts!

Customized Dress Up Plates from Little Me

The Transportation plates by Bogusław Śliwiński are another fun surface on which to play with your food. $17

boguslaw sliwinski besign ceramic plate

From Constructive Eating, this plate isn’t as fancy, but the utensils really amp up the fun factor. $33

Constructive Eating

I can vouch for the fact that fun dishes make memories in childhood. We had the boy and girl set of these stacking dishes when I was little.

boy stacking dishes

Nowadays, you can delight your kids with these stacking sets from Wee Gallery. $40

Wee Gallery stacking ceramic dishes

So, why settle for regular, boring dishware?

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19 Feb 2015, 10:34am
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Happy Year of the Goat 2015

If you’re celebrating the Chinese new year or looking for a fun way to commemorate 2015 (perhaps the year your child is born?), try one of these cute goats as a gift or in your decor!

year of the goat 2015

1- G Is for Goat by Patricia Polacco- $17
2- 2015 Chinese New Year postcard from Zen Brush- $20
3- Goat Throw Pillow by Casey Rogers- $39+
4- BAGGU Standard Reusable Shopping Bag Mountain Goat- $9
5- Plush Goat Friend from Finkelstein’s- $46
6- Plush Goat Pillow from Laura Frisk- $20
7- Billy Goat print from Berkley Illustration- $18
8- Jellycat Furryosity Goat- $27
9- Baby Goat from The Animal Print Shop- $25+
10- 3 Sprouts Laundry Hamper, Goat- $20

If you prefer to call 2015 the year of the sheep, I’ve got you covered there too!

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18 Feb 2015, 11:38am
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My Modern Nursery #94: Wild and Wired Sponsored by NUMI NUMI Design

The exciting news from NUMI NUMI Design is that they have been able to reduce the price of their Wired Furniture Collection. The retail price of the crib and changer are $500 less than before! The Wired Crib is now $1,290 and the Wired Changing Table is now available for $1,390.

The colors I selected to go with Amber Bamboo finish of the furniture were inspired by the Triangle Print Wallpaper from Kate Zaremba Company. A nursery is a perfect place to use a fun removable wallpaper. Before you get bored with a pattern, it’ll be time to redecorate for your big kid. Kate Zaremba has a few fun patterns that you’ll adore until then.

My Modern Nursery 94

1- Akura Origami Lampshade- $105
Triangle Print Removable Wallpaper from Kate Zaremba Company- $27+
2- Yael Canvas from NUMI NUMI Design- $50 to $80 depending on size
3- P’kolino Safari Wall Hooks- $32
4- Giraffes Dancing in the Forest from Dekanimal- $20+
5- Wired Crib from NUMI NUMI Design- $1290
6- Wired Changing Table from NUMI NUMI Design- $1390
7- Turquoise Ottoman Pouf from Looping Home- $85+
8- Boy Rag Doll from Cleo and Poppy- $50
9- Collins Rocker from ducduc- $1600
Geometric Decorative Pillow Cover from Valerie is Here- $20+
10- Loll Designs Satellite End Round Table- $219
Areaware Balancing Blocks- $44
Eye Dot Rug from CB2- $170

Thanks to NUMI NUMI Design for sponsoring this post. I love a good excuse to imagine a NUMI NUMI Nursery!

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