I remember back in high school, we worked so hard not to “bite off” anybody. This was 90s slang for copying (seriously, it’s in the slang dictionary). You had to be careful not to copy the shoes someone was wearing, their hair color, backpack, you name it. We took being individuals very seriously. Imitation wasn’t flattery, it was “biting” and there was nothing more uncool than that.
Now in the real world, there’s some amount of copying that is acceptable. If you want to copy the design of someone else’s nursery, nobody is going to stop you. If a friend has a dress you like, unless she’s wearing it to the same event, there’s no reason for you not to buy one too. On the other hand (at the risk of stating the obvious), there’s a certain level of copying that is against the law. There are copyright protections and intellectual property rights that are protected in court.
It isn’t always easy to tell what’s acceptable and what isn’t. How do we know two similar ideas weren’t conceived completely independently? How can you be sure that an idea that seems unique isn’t just a copy of something that already exists? And do you even care or worry about that?
When it comes to things like etsy shops and artists, I do my best to highlight an original idea or style and not any derivative works. Is it possible that I’ve made a mistake?… Unfortunately, yes (but if I have, I don’t know of it). I put together this little case study to illustrate the issue. Browsing etsy, I noticed an owl clock that had a very familiar look. The bottom left owl clock reminded me an awful lot of the owl clocks from one of my favorite etsy shops, decoylab. Then I did a search and found a couple more similar items.
I’m going to leave it up to you to decide and discuss the question, “how close is too close”? What are your thoughts about how to find an original and whether or not you even care. I welcome any of the etsy shops in the case study to comment with their thoughts as well.
Top left- Modern Baby Clock – Owl from decoylab- $58
Top right- Buddy Owl Bamboo Wall Clock from decoylab- $86
Bottom left- Handmade Owl Clock – Natural Color Wood from WoodWell- $40
Bottom center- Owl Silhouette – Modern Wooden Wall Clock from Klokx- $26
Bottom right- Wooden Owl Clock from Say Hello- $30
I covered corporate copycats and ethics in a previous post but think this is a little different.
I was inspired by the Octopus Garden Giclee Print from The Paper Nut. It’s super cute, with great orange, yellow and coral colors and a sweet girlishness. I think it would make an incredible modern girl’s nursery.
1- Marine hanging mobile in coral colors from PukaPuka- $170
4- Ikea Sundvik Crib- $120
5- TIKI Stool in Orange from Offi- $80
6- Octopus Garden Giclee Print- 12″ x 12″ from The Paper Nut- $25
7- All Creatures Great and Small Curtain Panels- $35-$45
9- Ikea Hemnes 3 drawer chest- $150
What do you think?
shopping guide: back to school bench chairs clock easel play table
In the spirit of back-to-school, check out this Normann Copenhagen Play Board in Yellow.
Designed by Jesper K. Thomsen, the “Play” series is handmade in Denmark out of Lacquered Beech. Other items in the collection include the Play Soapbox Cart ($3150), a table ($380), bench ($370) and chairs ($315). (the Play collection is available at our affiliate All Modern Baby)
My husband and I were on a cruise (sans kiddos) this past weekend and we couldn’t find a single souvenir worth bringing home for the boys. These are more along the lines of what we were looking for.
3- Green Toys Tugboat- $12
4- Zoo Timer – Fernando the Fish- $150
6- A di Alessi Ship Shape Containers- $30 each
7- Guidecraft Chunky Puzzle – Boat- $10
8- Plan Toy Geometric Sorting Boat- $20
Fortunately, the boys were so happy to have us home, they didn’t even notice that we didn’t bring them anything. I think Grandma and Grandpa spoiled them while we were away!
shopping guide: armoire clock deer monkey pillows rug squirrel
As usual, CB2’s got tons of fun furnishings and decor items that work great for nurseries and kids’ spaces. First I have to let you know that the hopscotch rug is back!
This is a fun choice, especially with gray being as popular as it is.
I also like the Lolli Rug
and this Satellite Rug is speaking to me. Don’t be surprised if you see it in a future inspiration board.
When I was planning our nursery, I had the hardest time finding a great armoire. These two wardrobes are exciting new choices for some great storage. On the left you’ve got the Monolith Red Wardrobe and the Veer Wardrobe (love this one!) is on the right.
Finally, I know you’ve been looking for a modern cuckoo clock, right? Here ya go… CB2’s Cuckoo Clock.
Use your imagination and see what else inspires you in CB2’s new fall additions.
shopping guide: art clock feeding I buy modern recent purchases toys
I don’t just find all this great stuff for you to buy. I’m a big-time online shopper and I put my money where my mouth is. Here are a few of my most recent purchases.
1- I finally have my very own Cuckoo Clock from decoylab ($34). It fits perfectly in my son’s bedroom and I’m super happy with it. I got it on the Foundary! The packaging was great and would help make one of these an incredible gift.
3- Fire Chief Role Play Costume from Melissa and Doug ($23 on amazon). We love all the costume sets from Melissa & Doug and this is just the latest (we also have the chef, police officer and knight). They fit the 5 year old and we roll the sleeves up a bit for the 2 year old.
I’m happy to report that Decoylab has released a new clock. This sweet little fawn is made with eco-friendly 3ply bamboo and measures 7.5″ x 10″. The design isn’t new but this is the first time it has been made into a clock. $68
Soon I’ll have to show you a photo of my own new Decoylab clock in my son’s room. It fits in there perfectly!
Some great etsy Christmas gifts and decor ideas:
Shop quickly before they’re all gone for the year!
1- pillow from decology (sold out already- sorry!)
2- LittleLion Studio Christmas Tree Wall Decal from LeoLittleLion- $95
3- Ringo the Reindeer Natural Maple Wood Teether from littlealouette- $15
4- Cute Crochet Red Nose Reindeer Hat (2T-4T) from amiamigos- $25
5- Green Splat Bamboo with Red Modern Wall Clock from pilotdesign- $64
6- Holiday Ornaments Felt Mobile from dagmarsdesigns- $55
7- Gingerbread Man Crayon – Jumbo Sized from GiggleRainbow- $2 each
8- Naughty & Nice – Hand Stamped Holiday Pillow Cover from JoshuaByOak- $44
9- Chilly-Willy the Snowman Plush from TheWoolenZoo- $12