Finding the perfect mobile for baby’s nursery was one of the hardest things for me during nursery planning. I ended up giving up and going with a paper lantern cluster instead, but when I find something unique, it makes me want to start all over with another very neutral nursery.
Pink Cheeks Studios creates the most unique and utterly adorable mobiles and wall hangings ranging from ninjas and Star Wars characters to woodland animals and animals with mustaches (below- Animals mustachioed mobile- $150. These mobiles could be the star of any nursery and would be easy to plan around.
And they would transition well from infant to toddler rooms. The playful characters add charm and fabrics are customizable so matching your nursery decor is easy.
Mod girls baby mobile ($120)
Woodland mobile ($165)
Inspired by Earth Day, I’ve put together this relaxing, gender-neutral and eco-friendly modern nursery inspiration board. We want our children to be able to live in a healthy environment both on a global scale and in their homes and the spaces they will occupy as they develop and grow.
For so many of us, while we’re expecting our first child might be the first time we start to think about the materials, toxins and chemicals that we use in our homes. When we moved into our new home while I was expecting baby #2, this meant I was also looking for safe and healthy paint, not just for the nursery walls, but throughout the house. We found the best options we could by looking for low-VOC paints, but I wish I had found Lullaby Paints at the time. With eco-friendly packaging, a non-toxic formula and the ability to order reasonably priced sample paint pouches (4 for $10) before you commit to a color, this was JUST what I was looking for.
For this Earth Day nursery I selected Celadon, a fresh, easy-to-use pale green that says spring, and all my other eco-friendly finds fit in perfectly with it.
1- Celadon paint from Lullaby Paints- $69 a gallon
2- Bug Print (Caterpillar) 10″ x 8″- $24
I Love You Print- Aqua 11″ x 14″ from Trendy Peas- $29
ABC Print – Yellow/Gray 16″ x 20″ from Trendy Peas- $39
Hape Quattro Strategy Game in Bamboo- $40
Greenington Orchid 6 Drawer Dresser- $1750
3- Aspect Pendant Lamps- Slender $380 and Squat from Schmitt Design- $430
4- Owl Branches Coat Tree from The Land of Nod- $100
5- Ross Natural Sheer Curtain Panels from Crate & Barrel- $60-$90
Bird Trio Mobile from Petit Collage- $56
6- P. Pod Companion Crib- $1090
7- Organic Crib Sheet from Buttercup Forest (#11)- $60
Gold Circles Throw Pillow from Plover Organic- $40
Cool Chevron 20″ Outdoor Pillow- $60
Peek White Pillow 18″ x 22″- $30
8- Eames Molded Plastic Rocker in Green- $550
Healthy Baby: Asthma and Allergy Friendly Floppy Froggie by Kids Preferred- $18
9- Kids Table and Chairs from Sprout- $200
Green Toys My First Stacker, Colors May Vary- $15
Handcrafted Wooden Truck- $22
10- Upcycle Rug from CB2 8′ x 10′- $600
Thanks to Lullaby Paints for sponsoring this post. I’m excited to be working with them on a series of nursery inspiration boards featuring their premium paints that are safe for newborns and pregnant moms.
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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…
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And Rachel Zoe’s home…
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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I might have to make a rare visit to JC Penney to check these out in person but I can’t believe I haven’t heard about this partnership before today (thanks Pinterest!). Happy Chic is Jonathan Adler’s lower cost decor and furnishings collection for JC Penny and if his style is prohibitive for you at regular prices, this might just be the perfect solution. I’m not sure why this hasn’t been publicized more widely (a la Target special collections), but here are my favorite picks to add to your nursery decor plans or just around the house.
1- Lola Magazine Holder- $25
Squirrel Magazine Holder- $25
2- Lola Owl Accent Lamp- $35
3- Charlotte Apple Bookends- $38
4- Set of 3 Nesting Tables- $300
5- Katie 18″ Square Pillow- $32
Katie Round Decorative Pillow- $50
Katie Owl Decorative Pillow- $32
6- Charlotte Ribbed Table Lamp- $28
7- Lola Owl Table Lamp- $75
8- Lola Set of 2 Owl Bookends- $38
9- Charlotte Round Pouf- $90
Katie Round Pouf- $90
10- Lola Zigzag Pillow- $32
Lola Oblong Pillow- $32
The only thing better than finding an Eco-friendly modern version of a classic children’s toy is discovering that it is made locally. Wee Rock Toy Co. is based near me in South Florida, where they produce this line of rocking animals. In addition to the traditional horse, they’ve got the highlights of a zoo covered with a gorilla, an elephant, a rhino and a giraffe.
Founded by two former architecture students, We Rock Toy Co. produces these beautiful heirloom toys in Miami using FSC certified Bamboo Plywood.
No tools, hardware or glue are required for their assembly and the rockers retail for $300. Any one of them would look fantastic in your modern nursery. Which would you choose?
2013 welcomes lots of new additions to the Jonathan Adler Junior collection. I’m having a tough time picking my favorite!
These printed canvas pillows include a feather/down insert and are an affordable way to add some Jonathan Adler style to a child’s space.
The colors of these new banks are spectacular. Add one of these to a shelf for a stylish display.
The crocheted creatures are large, handcrafted decor pieces. The elephant measures 18″x11″x22″ and the owl measures 18″x11″x11″.
The canvas storage bins come in large and small sizes and in pink or blue.
Finally, there’s a blue and a pink 3′x5′ flat woven cotton rug.
Would you add some Jonathan Adler style to your nursery? Have you? Send pictures!
If we can judge a year by its color, 2013 is going to be the best year yet. With Emerald as my birthstone, I love this radiant and rich shade as predictor of the color trend for the coming year. While I would probably gravitate to a darker emerald (the way I like my stones), 17-5641 is a versatile and easy to use shade of green. Somewhere between a pastel and forest green, it’s gender neutral, natural and elegant.
Here are a few ways to introduce the 2013 color of the year into your home.
1- Offi EVA Foam Chairs in Blue and Green- $199
2- Kale Kauzebot- $25
3- Twinkle Living Necklace Throw Pillow- $58
4- Artecnica Themis Prism- $40
5- Bugaboo Bee Stroller and Canopy – Special Edition-Jade Green- $660
6- La Pera- The Pear Poster by Enzo Mari- $550
7- Vipp 15 Kitchen Bin- Limited Edition Copenhagen Green- $319
8- Beatrix Little Kid Percival T Rex Backpack- $42
9- Pantone 2013 Color of the Year Mug- Emerald- $25
10- Crochet Floor Cushion- Green by lacasadecotó – $64
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With this weekend’s superhero party still foremost on my agenda, I’ve rounded up a few superhero themed nurseries and kid’s rooms.
First, Maggie Russo’s modern superhero nursery on The Wise Baby is about as right as it gets. Starting with completely neutral white furniture, this room got a lot of personality with some colorful, superhero inspired accents. Just by changing out the accessories, this room could be something completely different.
This Little Man’s Superhero Crib on From Weeds to Wishes is a more vintage superhero style. The artwork really makes this one cool.
Rex’s Superhero Room is a really fun space for a toddler. Rex is a lucky little guy.
If you’re going for a theme, restraint and moderation are very important. How do you feel about themes like this for a space? Is it okay in children’s rooms because they are somewhat temporary? Which one do you think executed the theme best?
Living in Florida, people always ask me if I miss the change of seasons. While I must argue that we do have different seasons (we’ll call one warm and the other hot), I do miss a little of the typical autumn of my childhood up north. I love real pumpkin patches, the crunch of autumn leaves and the colors of fall.
1- After Chinterwink from JuJu Papers- $164 per roll
2- Woodie Clock by A. Sala- $360
3- Industrial Mansard Double Book Shelf- $520
Jennifer Strunge Monster Raccoon- $49
White Metal Leaf Bookends from The Land of Nod- $35
Classic Kangaroo Animal Bookend from The Land of Nod- $50
4- Red Squirrel Head Portrait from The Land of Nod- $70
Black Squirrel Head Portrait from The Land of Nod- $70
5- Ebony Sahara Crib from Argington- $495
6- Tripod Wood Floor Lamp from West Elm- $250
7- Gandia Blasco Rasta Wool Rug- $1525
8- Orange Stripe Play Teepee from The Land of Nod- $150
9- Monte Luca Glider- $995
Kids Cushioned Stool: Log Themed Camping Stool from The Land of Nod- $90
10- Edge Chalk 23″x11″ Pillow from CB2- $50
Sculpted Origami Pillow Cover from West Elm- $34
Sweater Knit Pillow Cover from West Elm- $40