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It is not too soon to start shopping (or at least saving!) for holiday gifts for your favorite little ones. Year after year, The Land of Nod curates the best holiday gift collection and I’m here to share the most impressive best-bets for the ultimate in gift giving for 2016.
For the littlest ones, one of these new activity gyms or play mats are perfect! Choose the Blooming Baby Activity Gym designed by Elizabeth Olwen($100),
the Ringmaster Baby Activity Gym from Roxy Marj ($90),
or the Emoji Baby Play Mat from Michelle Romo ($80).
Designed by Colin Walsh, the Carry Home Rocket Ship is portable fun for kids 3 and up. ($80)
The Street Vendor Cart will make the ultimate lemonade stand or whatever other entrepreneurial plan the kids dream up. ($250)
The Land of Nod always has the most exciting and creative play tents and this holiday season is full of new introductions. The Decorate a Teepee and Patch Set add and extra layer of fun to the now ubiquitous teepee. ($200 for the complete set)
Suzy’s Cottage from Suzy Ultman is a charming play home that will look incredible in a little girl’s space. ($180)
The Floral Applique Pavilion Playhouse is another beautiful play space that might look perfect in a little girl’s room. ($200)
With a print designed by Virginia Crofts, the Perennial Playhouse has that look of your grandmother’s bedsheet turned into a tent. Of course the tent is a fancy framed camp tent so you’ve got the best of all worlds. ($200)
The dreamiest playhouse of the bunch is the Planetarium Playhouse Canopy. I love these space-saving hanging canopy style tents. ($190)
This season there are also tons of new dolls for both boys and girls. The Ringside Pals are fun playmates designed by Colin Walsh. ($15)
My favorite dolls for the ladies are the Fairytale Dolls from Nun Studio. Choose Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel or the Princess. ($40)
Dolls can be just as spoiled as the kids this season. There’s the Rosa Doll Size Teepee by Leah Duncan. ($34)
as well as the Mod Doll Bed ($60).
The Pint Sized Table and Chairs are just as cool as the doll-sized furniture, but for kids 1 to 3 years old. ($200)
I love the Off-Broadway Puppet Theater. It’s all the fun without taking up any space. ($40)
This year’s new giant plush is this friendly Dragon designed by John Murphy. ($150)
I’m always on the lookout for the coolest rocking horses and the Zebra Rocking Horse, designed by Dinara Mirtalipova, is my pick of the season. ($150)
Finally, Suzy Ultman’s A-Frame Dollhouse Deluxe Set is going on wishlists nationwide. I’m blown away by all the adorable details like the kettle grill, the crib and the swimming pool! ($300)
What’s going on your holiday shopping list?
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Shall I go so far as to say these are destined to become Ikea classics or even collectibles? Maybe I’ll reserve such strong judgement for after I see them in person, but Ikea has definitely hit the mark for the modern kids room with their Flisat collection.
The children’s desk can be adjusted to three different heights and you can add Trofast storage boxes to hold your art supplies. Buy a few of the wall storage ledges to create a simple and beautiful library wall.
Here the children’s stools create a little drop zone when paired with the colorful knob rack.
The toy storage bin looks sharp with the green accents, but I could see this piece being easy to customize in many different, fun ways.
Finally, the book display is perfect to place next to your favorite reading spot. My little one could use one next to his bed right now!
Forget that you know these are from Ikea and admire just how good these lacquered pine pieces look and how functional they can be in your child’s space! I can’t wait to find them at my local Ikea!
In case you haven’t seen, or have forgotten about the Bobbin activity center from Three Pears, I urge you to take a look at this beautiful modern alternative to the usual plastic nonsense. We’re mentioning it today because now it’s even more modern in MonoChrome!
There really is not another activity center on the market right now that I can recommend. It’s currently about $480 USD. Keep in mind that the price on the site is listed in Canadian dollars.
The next Cribsies category I love to check out is “Niftiest Play Table“. The Cribsie Awards select and honor the best baby brands and products and it’s the last week to vote. Nominations are in, the finalists have been selected, but you can still pick your favorite as the best for 2015.
Under the Play category, be sure to vote for your favorite as “Niftiest Play Table“. Are there any others you love that didn’t make the list?
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There are a few eye-popping new offerings from The Land of Nod. We’ve been waiting for this Spring 2015 collection since we saw previews of it on Instagram, and I’m just as excited about it now that I’m seeing all the pieces individually.
First and most notable is the Springwood collection. Designed by Maria Yee, each piece in the collection is handmade from bamboo and coated with a water-based finish.
The Springwood Rocking Chair is a unique, sculptural piece that adds a lot of style without taking up too much floor space.
The Springwood Crib anchors the collection, but I’m not sure why the back has to be higher than the front. I’m not usually a fan and don’t see the point unless it’s a crib that converts into a full bed, which this does not seem to do. $1500
Of course there’s a matching dresser ($1200) and changing top ($200). While the legs are beautiful, if you’re looking for a lot of storage, you might want to find another option.
Finally, there’s the gorgeous Springwood Bassinet. $550
The Land of Nod has really gone all out with bassinets this year and one might have to move from your “optional” list to your list of must-haves for baby!
In addition to the Springwood Bassinet, there’s the simple teak Olin Bassinet ($450)…
… and most spectacularly, the Norse Bassinet. This Scandinavian-inspired design is one of my favorite new baby furniture pieces in a long time. Other baby furniture brands are really going to have to start stepping it up in the design department!
There are a couple new small storage pieces that are worth mentioning. The Alto Bookcase comes in three colors with three base options that can be mixed and matched to create the perfect combo. I’m thinking we may need one in Walnut and White at our house. $250
I also like the little Next Chapter Bookcase. You can never have too many books nor too much storage. $250
Finally, the Neon Chalkboard Table is a fun pop of color for any child’s bedroom or playroom. It’s available with a hot pin or neon green base. $300
What new pieces are going on your wishlist?
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The collection features a beautiful white play table and bent plywood chairs with either rabbit or bear ears. Both adorable chairs come in birch or walnut and can be customized with fun fabric Play Stickers that can be removed and reused.
I’d even just want a set of the stickers ($19) to play with!
The play table retails for $269 and the chairs are sold in pairs for $226.
The Play Collection goes perfectly alongside any other Oeuf collections but it’s a clean modern design that you can be happy to place in any living space.
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With everything your active toddler needs, in a size that’s designed just for them, P’kolino’s Little Modern Collection has lots of great pieces to consider. Shipping May 30th, these are currently available for a reduced introductory price.
The Toddler Bed features a safe and stylish design with a hidden storage compartment at the foot of the bed. It usually retails for $300, but right now you can pre-order it for $250.
The Little Modern Toy Chest is 18″ x 15.75″ x 31.3″, so it’s a good deal bigger than previous P’kolino toy boxes have been. As their size was always my #1 complaint about them, this toy chest should finally do the trick! It retails for $170, but is available for pre-order now for $150.
The Little Modern Activity Table is similar to the table and chair set, but has as hidden play area inside and doesn’t include any chairs. It’s a great little train or play table for small areas. This retails for $150 but is available now for the introductory price of $130.
Finish off your toddler’s space with a comfy Little Modern Reader Chair. I wish we could have a couple of these in each of our preschool’s classrooms!
Congrats to P’kolino on this great new collection. I got a little nervous about your direction when I saw the Safari Adventure Toddler Bed and Bookshelf for Toys R Us, but you’ve redeemed yourself in my eyes.
With darker tones and a masculine flavor, I wasn’t surprised that this baby boy’s nursery was created for a first time, single dad. With dark wood floors and trim throughout the house, Amy Sklar had her work cut out for her when looking for a way to add some fun and light to the space.
Amy explains, “If we had started painting out the trim to make it lighter to work with the majority of the nursery bedding on the market, it would have really impacted the continuity with the trim and floors in the rest of the house, so we set out to find a bedding that would have the sweetness that the client wanted, but also work with the fixed dark elements of the house.”
The bedding she found, Ferm Living’s Mountain Friends, achieved the perfect tone and tied black and brown in with light blue. Amy used Farrow & Ball’s “Parma Gray” on the walls and the amazing wispy clouds were done by decorative painter Olivia Raeburn.
Apparently Amy reads BuyModernBaby too, so it’s no wonder 😉
In addition to his nursery, this lucky little boy enjoys playroom perfection as well. With an Expedit full of Ugly Dolls, the play table that’s on my personal wish list, and some colorful art and accessories, this room will be fun and functional for years to come.
Thanks for sharing the photos of this incredibly dramatic yet super sweet nursery and the sophisticated but fun playroom, Amy! You do amazing work.
Browse more of the talented Amy Sklar’s projects on sklardesign.com.
Pkolino’s newest table and chair set, the Little Modern Table and Chairs, is now available for pre-order. $230
The table top is reversible with wood on one side and chalkboard on the other. The top is also split for easy access to storage underneath. It’s a nice marriage between P’kolino’s Chalk Table and their Little One’s Table and Chairs. Check out their website for their full selection of play tables.
When someone asks me what I think is missing in the modern baby world, one of the first things I think of is an exersaucer, jumparoo, activity center type thing. These are those hideous plastic monstrosities that toddlers of a certain age really love. Parents love them because they’re a safe place to put a baby (who can hold their head up and support their weight on their legs) and watch them play somewhat independently.
I KNEW it was possible to make a modern version of these– one that I wouldn’t be embarrassed to have in the house. I’ve finally found the perfect design (and as you can imagine, there’s a price tag to match). The Bobbin Triple Play Centre from Three Pears is just what I’ve been dreaming of.
With solid maple legs, Greeguard certified finishes and formaldehyde free MDF surfaces, this play center is as safe and eco-friendly as is it spectacular. It comes in five different modern color combinations. Shown above is “Petal Pusher” and below you can see “Sea Legs” with the addition of the Bobble Toy accessories. These can all be attached to the table surface with detachable suction cups. Babies can reach all the way around the table because the seat rotates 360 degrees on an aluminum turn table mechanism.
Once your toddler is a bit bigger, you can lower the colored platform to make room for their longer legs.
Finally, when the life of the play center has run its course (and you’d be getting ready to donate the giant plastic play center), you remove the Bobbin top, flip it all over and you have a modern kids table. Add a couple Milking Stools and you can continue to use the Bobbin for several more years!
I am so excited about The Bobbin and the entire line of products from Three Pears. As I have warned you, the price is steep. The Play Centre is $850, the toys range from $35 to $70, and the stools are $70. Shipping to the US is an additional expense.
Update 3/6/2013: The price for the Bobbin (via comments below!) is now down to $550. Much easier to swallow. Hooray!