My Modern Guest from Small For Big

Mari, the friendly, charming and talented toy designer behind Small for Big, is just whose perspective you need if you’re obsessed with choosing only the best toys for your kids.  She has selected this list of newly discovered playthings to keep your kids busy and happy this summer!  Thanks Mari!

8 Toys I’m Obsessed About

Thanks Esther for having me over! Esther is one of my oldest blogging buddies – we’ve even met in person, which can be rare in the blogging world. I’m always jealous of her Florida weather, and I tease her about my Minnesota snow. Her Instagram photos prove she practices what she preaches here on this delicious blog. In other words, I’m jealous of her well-decorated home! Let’s continue that well-designed goodness with some great toy design finds.

These toys are my current absolute favorites. A couple of them for more obvious reasons than others, I suppose. All of them are relatively new to me – within the last 6 months – and all of them feature either a truly classic play value, or a new innovation that has my designer gears spinning. I tried to include a range of ages, as well as some rainy day toys too. But honestly, I just had to share my faves with all of you. I hope you enjoy them too!

  1. Wood Balancing Toy, Keepsake Toys
  2. Totem Nature Building Set, Alex and Alexa
  3. Story Box Circus, Janod
  4. Slingshot and SeedBomb Kit, Poketo
  5. Sailing Ship Kite, Haptic Labs
  6. Suzu Lever Bike Bell, Crane
  7. Ybike Glider Scooter,
  8. Rambla Tumble Toys, Hoppop

Thanks everyone!

Xo – Mari

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4 Jul 2013, 7:36am
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My Modern Guest from A Lovely Lark

Lauren, from the truly lovely blog A Lovely Lark, has a delicious summery nursery design for you this July 4th.  I hope your holiday is half as sweet as this gorgeous space.  Thanks Lauren!  And Happy 4th of July!

Yummy Summer Nursery

Hi, Lauren from A Lovely Lark here, pinch hitting for Esther while she and her family are on their summer vacation! Other than, of course, the obvious fireworks and red/white/blue, July makes me think of hot, glorious summer days filled with pools, lemonade, and popsicles. So when I came across this popsicle print on Etsy, I knew it would be the perfect jumping-off point for a summer nursery:

Clockwise from top right: popsicle print, tassel garland, gold heart print, ombre pillow, gold lamp, rug, love love print, gold pouf, crib bedding, rocker, zinc letter, narwal/whale, dresser

I also created a little boy version over on my blog – stop over and take a peek. Thanks for having me Esther! xo, Lauren

Some affiliate links included.

My Modern Guest from Kid Crave

Brooke from one of my favorite blogs, Kid Crave, has come up with this brilliant roundup of baby items that are made in the USA to celebrate the anniversary of the nation’s independence this week (which I am doing in Colorado as we speak).  Thanks for taking the reins for today Brooke!

Made in the U.S. of A

Since those of us in the good ole’ U.S. of A are celebrating our nation’s birthday AND I’m anticipating the upcoming birth of my second child, it was only fitting that I covered a few fantastic products for babies that are made right here in the States. In this collection of homegrown goods, you’re sure to find something special for a modern day Betsy, Georgia, Liberty, or Sam. Happy 237th Birthday, America!

1- Sock Monkey Blanket– $40
2- Made in Your City Onesie– $22
3- Twist Teether– $11
4- Wee Rock Rocking Toys– $300
5- Building Bridges– $46
6- Personalized Birth Story Keepsake Blanket– $130
7- Urban Baby Bonnets– $36

My Modern Guest from Spearmint Baby

Shari, from the must-read blog Spearmint Baby, took care of the red, white and blue for me this week while we’re celebrating summer and Independence Day in Colorado with family this year.  Nursery inspiration is just the tip of the iceberg on Spearmint Baby.  There’s so much more to read and explore on her amazing site.  Thanks Shari!

Red, White and Blue in Your Nursery

Hi Buy Modern Baby readers! It’s Shari from Spearmint Baby & I’m super excited to be guest posting today while Esther enjoys some quality family time on her vacation.

Since it is the week of the 4th, I’m sharing a fun dose of RED, WHITE, & BLUE today! Wouldn’t red, white, & blue be a fun/unusual decor theme for a gender neutral nursery? I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nursery decorated in these colors before, have you? If you prefer just a small dose, there are so many cute red and blue accessories/accent pieces that would be fun to mix into a white nursery.

My Modern Guest from With Two Cats

My great love for the blog with two cats is no secret.  Lauren’s posts have been featured at least three times in my “links to love” and I’m grateful today to share her talents and creativity with you.  You’ve probably already seen her daughter Violet’s nursery as it was featured everywhere under the sun (and deservedly so!).  I’m excited to have Lauren filling in for me today.  Hopefully my family vacation isn’t as much of a circus as this fun mood board!  Just add your favorite crib, dresser and rocker and you’re good to go.

Circus Nursery Mood Board

with two cats

Hi, it’s Lauren here guest posting from with two cats!  Everywhere I look these days I’m seeing all things circus – it’s such a popular theme for nurseries and birthday parties alike.  Who doesn’t love colorful stripes, festive flags and exotic animals?  If you’re looking to add a little three-ring fun to your little one’s space, here’s a roundup for you of all things circus-inspired:


Softie Doll – L’uomo Forzuto – The Circus Strongman from Contemori on etsy- $45
Curtains – Vitaminer Vimpel pair of curtains from Ikea- $25
Garland – Oeuf Flag Garland– $58
Pouf – Circus Pouf Ottoman- $192
Rug – Draper Stripe Ink/Cream Rug from DwellStudio 5’x8′- $200
Blanket – Taj Blanket from Rikshaw Design- $68
Print – Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic from Bird Ave on etsy- $20
Lamp – Utopia Elephant Lamp from Jonathan Adler- $350
Lion Pillow – Little Lion – Handmade Stuffed Animal from eggagogo on etsy- $12

Bunting – Spots and Stripes Fabric Birthday Banner–  from Betty and Barclay- $25
Giraffe Dots Print – Balancing Act 7″ x 9″ from VioletMay on etsy- $19.20
Alphabet Print – ABC Circus Print. A Love Letter. from 2142stuart on etsy- $12
Ferris Wheel Hoop – Classic Ferris Wheel from Layne81 on etsy- $20
Bunting Rug – Flags Dhurrie from Hable Construction
Crib- Caravan Crib from Kalon Studios- $695
Ringmaster Hoop – Cross Stitch Moustachioed Man Wall Hanging from MaMagasin on etsy- £30.00 (about $50.10)
Lion Plushie – Primitive folk-artsy stuffed Lion from rosiesrecycledcrafts on etsy- $12
Ferris Wheel from CB2- $80

Mobile – Eco Friendly Circus Wood Mobile- $73.95

And an added bonus: your little one will never run off to join the circus!  Want to see more of my roundups and idea boards?  Visit me over at with two cats.

My Modern Guest from Chic & Cheap Nursery

I’ve been a great fan of Chic & Cheap Nursery for a long time.  I love the budget perspective that Nicole uses in her blog, and it’s no wonder she has such a large fan base for her money saving ideas and lower cost design inspirations.  I’m often envious of the “Featured Real Room” tours she scores, and her inspiration boards show that you don’t have to spend a lot to get a chic look.  For her post today however, Nicole scrapped her usual price conscious perspective and went all out for this stylish inspiration board.

Hi everyone!

I’m Nicole from Chic & Cheap Nursery and I’m so excited to fill in for Esther today while she’s enjoying a lovely family vacation.

As you can tell from the name of my blog, I like to keep things affordable. But for this Pink & Navy Preppy Girl Nursery, I decided to do something that I’ve never EVER done before.

I chose everything for this nursery without even looking at the price. Eeek!

Some of the items are surprisingly budget-friendly. Others, not so much.

I decided on a pink, navy and white color scheme because it’s sophisticated and playful. Perfect for a little preppy girl! This room is filled with pieces that can grow with your child and/or can be moved to any other room in your home.

If I replaced the crib with a Queen size bed, I would be more than happy to call this room my own! Wouldn’t you?

Product links/info for this design board are available at

Hope to see you there!

My Modern Guest from Coos & Ahhs

The very lovely and talented Amanda of Coos & Ahhs is pitching in today to inspire you while I’m on vacation.  She shares both decor and fashion ideas for boys and babies from her home base in Brooklyn, NY.  As a mom of two boys, I appreciate this rare boy-centered, or gender-neutral perspective.  If you’ve got boys or are expecting one soon, you’re going to have to start following Coos & Ahhs.

coos & ahhs

Squirrel-y Round-Up

I am attracted to children’s decor and toys that celebrate the undistinguished of the animal kingdom: raccoons, rats, ostriches and, squirrels!

Unfortunately, living in new york city, I live amongst many critters, and squirrels are the only ones that don’t make my skin crawl.  Here is a little round-up of my favorite city dwelling critter.

1- Nutty Squirrel Pull Toy from Kid-O

2- Mini Squirrel Plushie from KLTWorks- $19

3- Squirrel Lamp*- $154 AUD

4- Garden Tatoos from Wee Gallery- $5

5- Woodland Squirrel Forest Animal Bookend from Graphic Spaces Wood- $80

6- Modern Animal Squirrel Clock from decoylab- $68

7- Mini-McNuttie the Squirrel from blabla kids- $36

8- Areaware Pico Squirrel Pillow– $28

9- Cyril Squirrel-fox by Donna Wilson*- £48

10- “Forest Friends” Paper Animals (pdf with instructions) from Mibo- $5.60

11- Squirrel in a Squall Serigraph by Charley Harper- $350

*not available in the US

My Modern Guest from Nursery Notations

It’s an honor to have Andrika King of Andrika King Design as today’s guest blogger. Her design work is impeccable and her blog, Nursery Notations, is at the top of my must-read list for inspired nursery decorating ideas. I share her design philosophy, “…children’s rooms should be playful yet harmonize with the rest of your home.”  and I encourage you visit Nursery Notations immediately and often!

Modern California Nautical

Thank you Esther for having me as a guest blogger on Buy Modern Baby!  I’m a huge follower of the site and am honored to contribute.

Since I’m a designer in California, I have a lot of clients ask me for an updated non-traditional take on nautical.  Our homes here are generally smaller than those of the rest of the United States (because of the cost), therefore many clients are looking to modernize and streamline their design but still have a love for nautical and beach decor.

The photo below, a room designed by Anne Hepher featured in House & Home 2009 photographed by Michael Graydon is a prime example of the look everyone loves.  Clean lines, bold colors, and lots of natural light and white surfaces.

To get a look similar to this with basic sheeting, purchase items such as pillows.  This is an easy way to update your look without blowing the budget.

Below are some outdoor pillows from Thomas Paul which would add the perfect nautical punch to any boy’s or girl’s room.  Outdoor fabrics are wonderful to use in children’s rooms because they ward off stains, keep their shape and are virtually indestructible after countless hours of pillow fights and being thrown on the floor.

Their new collection for 2011 (below) offers more wonderful graphics with an additional bonus, a reversible size. So you basically get two pillows for the price of one!

Almost the entire Thomas Paul collection shown above is available on-line at Velocity Art & Design.  Just one on a bed or glider will do to help transform your room.

Thank you again for having me Esther and feel free to visit me at my blog Nursery Notations for more inspirational images and sources.

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