coming soon! shopping guide: gifts playhouse pretend play toys
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I’m pretty sure that I say this every year, but if you had to choose just one store for your holiday gift shopping, The Land of Nod would be the one to pick. They assemble the best collection of beautiful, unique gifts that stand the test of time. They also work with makers and designers to develop exclusive products for the season. But I’ll quit talking about them and just show you a selection of my favorites.
First, there’s a number of fun playhouses.
The Gearhead Garage Playhouse is too fun. The Gas Pump and Speedster Sit-On are sold separately. I also like the idea of getting their Speedster Racer and/or the Fire Engine Speedster with the garage.
The canopy playhouses are great because they add a lot of whimsy but don’t take up a lot of floor space. The new styles include the Skyhouse Playhouse Canopy, London Calling Playhouse Canopy and Woodsy Playhouse Canopy.
There’s one other crazy new playhouse, the Monster Playhouse, but it’s a little weird for my taste so I could bring myself to post a photo of it.
In a world saturated with play teepes, the new Dip Dye Denim Teepee is a unique version worthy of note. Denim style canvas + ombre is a really cool look and the floor cushion they have to go with it is pretty as well.
If the full play tents take up too much space or if you prefer something more temporary, I love Suzy Ultman’s Hanging Around Hallway Playhouse that just hangs in a doorway or hall and included the welcome may.
Another soft, plush place to hang out and play is the Day Trip Plush Canoe that is part of the Camp Wandawega collection.
You may know I have a thing about rocking horses, and the Thoroughbred Rocking Horse designed by Adam Greber is a new favorite of mine.
I love how the What’s That Stand For can transform into a great number of places for pretend play. It comes with curtains, banners and theater, produce, ice cream, drive thru and bank signs as well as a chalkboard/whiteboard sign so the kids can add anything else their imaginations come up with. This might be my #1 top must-have pick for holiday gifts.
Now we did have a nice wooden workbench when the boys were little, but this If I Had a Hammer (and a Workbench) looks even cooler. With so many black and white kids rooms, this one fits right in.
My final new toy pick from The Land of Nod for the holidays is the Modular Dollhouse. It is compact, can be arranged in different combinations and best of all, comes with the furniture and dolls.
I’ll just say this, I’m a little envious of all the kids getting The Land of Nod goodies for the holidays this year. I wouldn’t be mad if you tag me in your holiday Instagram photos to show off.
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We’ve been admiring Nobodinoz from afar for a long time, but their lovely collections are starting to trickle into US retailers.
Carrito Mapachito (raccoon trolley),
and a couple of their full sized play tents.
I love the color palette Nobodinoz uses. It’s fresh and modern (of course), a little bit tropical, and all goes together perfectly. I’m starting to think I should use their colors as the scheme in my new house! I can’t wait to see what else becomes available. Most of all I’m hoping to see the furniture! Who’s with me?!
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Now that we’ve gotten you all excited about the furniture from The Land of Nod for fall, you’ll really flip for these new decor items. Before you read any further, you might as well just go get your credit card out.
First there are three new mobiles. The Paper Mache Mobile designed by Kim Baise features a camp theme. The Celestial Mobile is part of the Lotta Jansdotter for Nod collection, and the Teepee Mobile is a cool laser-cut design.
In case the tent options you’ve seen before didn’t match your decor, perhaps the Urban Design Tent ($130)…
…or even the Geodesic Playhouse would fit right in.
You can order these now and they’ll be shipped as soon as they’re available.
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In a world full of teepee style play tents, these designs from Joyjoie stand out with their bold and fun designs.
My favorites are the ones with the woods build right in!
And then the peeking animals are really dramatic.
These ship worldwide from Sydney, Australia. Check them all out in the Joyjoie etsy shop!
shopping guide: play kitchen playhouse pretend play toys
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You know how sometimes you’ve been looking for something just right for a long time and you have no idea what it looks like, but then you find it and you just know? Well, I have finally found THE modern play kitchen.
Unfortunately, “ultimate” usually comes with a matching price tag. As shown, the kitchen combination is $1300. There is also a birch version for $900, and the pieces can be purchased separately as well.
Also worthy of mention from North Forty Design is the Framehouse. This open structure is made of FSC White Oak and can be used in any number of ways.
This retails for $725. Inspiring, no?
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If you’re looking for something really spectacular for your holiday grand finale that will keep the kids active through the winter, take a look at the Solo playset from Cedarworks.
This compact indoor playset is available in white or natural wood and includes a hiding nook, two sided chalkboard, steering wheel and slide.
Contact Cedarworks for information about pricing and ordering.
The panel design can be assembled and taken apart quickly and easily, and the birch plywood panels can be stored flat under a bed when not in use.
The larger one (above) measures 48″ x 38″ x 45″, and the Mini (shown below) is 32″ x 24″ x 36″.
A Place Imagined is now taking pre-orders for both sizes and they should ship in late October.
shopping guide: gifts i want it playhouse pretend play
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I want this and I want my kids to want this and I want to have a place to keep it. Obviously, I love the new Jetaire Camper Play Tent from The Land of Nod. $200
Paired with the The Smore the Merrier Campfire Set ($70), I can’t think of a lovelier pretend play environment. You’ve got indoor camping any day or night, regardless of the weather!
If the camping scene is too elaborate, these other new tents from The Land of Nod could be an equally exciting addition to your child’s play area. With two new teepees, three new pup tents and two shiny new canopy tents, there are going to be lots of happy children with picture perfect playrooms out there this holiday season!
A Teepee to Call Your Own (Black Stripe) $160
A Teepee to Call Your Own (Grey and White Dot) $160
Indoor Explorer Pup Tents (Multi Stripe) $100
Indoor Explorer Pup Tents (Blue Stripe)$100
Indoor Explorer Pup Tents (Pink Stripe)$100
Home Sweet Play Home Canopy (Silver Stars) $150 + $70 for the cushion
Home Sweet Play Home Canopy (Gold Confetti) $150 + $70 for the cushion
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It’s the last day of school here and so to me, summer beings tomorrow! While I’m obsessed with finding the perfect outdoor playhouse, I couldn’t help noticing this fantastic INDOOR playhouse from CedarWorks.
I’m slightly offended by their apologetic copy where they begin their description of the Rhapsody Modern Playhouse by saying, “Not everyone will like our Modern Playhouse…” Ooookay. Not everyone likes ANYTHING, even chocolate (gasp!), but that doesn’t make it any less awesome.
The Rhapsody Modern Playhouse is available for $795 plus $125-$195 shipping, depending on your location. Now if they would only adapt this modern style to their outdoor playsets, they’d have a customer in me, no matter what kind of description they wrote.
If you’re one who doesn’t like the modern playhouse, perhaps their Rhapsody Classic Playhouse is more your style (but then again, if that were the case you wouldn’t likely be reading this blog- heh). ($895 plus $125-$195)
I think this one is totally cute too.