New Addition: Surfin Kids Sideboard Storage Unit

This little storage piece screams “toybox” to me, so it’s my latest addition to buymoderntoyboxes.

From ecotots, the Surfin Kids Sideboard Storage Unit is part footlocker, part bench, part sideboard and a perfect place to store frequently used toys– either in the nursery, the playroom, or even more grown-up areas of the house.  This unit retails for $450.

All the products from ecotots are 100% formaldehyde free and made with FSC certified birch plywood.  They use non-toxic water-based stains and require no tools to assemble. The products are available in four colors:

I’m a fan of their entire line although I would caution you not to use too many pieces together making the room too “matchy”.  Using two pieces (maybe three depending on which you choose) can look coordinated; more than three looks like a showroom.

Ecotots Art Time EaselEco-friendly Kid's Beach Locker - Surfin Kids Fire FinishEco-Friendly Big Kahuna Toodler Bookshelf - FireEcotots Hang Ten Coat RackEco-Friendly Infant Surf Board Growth Chart - Leaf


New Addition: BE Mini Cradle + Desk

I’ve been sitting on this one trying to find out more about it before I shared it with you but I just can’t find any more information so here’s what I’ve got…

The BE Mini Cradle, from the brand BE, is one of the most simple (which somehow also translates to expensive!), portable, and lightweight bassinets on buymodernbassinets.  The bonus feature on the BE cradle is that once you are no longer using it as a bassinet, you can flip it over and use it as a child sized desk.  BE products are made in Spain and the only place I can find to purchase them stateside is Spunky Sprout.  You can order it there in white, orange or blue for $850.

I will be adding the other products in the collection to buymodernbaby soon.  They are all fantastic, unique pieces with a fresh, clean look and feel.

Storage pieces include the BE Block Cupboard and the BE Box Chest of Drawers.  They also have a simple crib which is so European and transforms into a child’s desk.


New Addition: Toy/Chaise™ from Iglooplay

I’ve been admiring this “toy box” since I saw a photo of it from ICFF 2008.  I have been waiting to see when you could actually get your hands on one and the time is now!  I’m so excited to finally get to add this to buymoderntoyboxes (and my wishlist).

There is nothing I like more than a multi-functional piece of furniture.  The problem with toy boxes is that they are low pieces with only one purpose– storing toys.  The space above them in the room is wasted because the top has to remain accessible.  With the additional purpose as a seat, the Toy/Chaise™ from Iglooplay becomes infinitely more useful and appealing.  As I type I’m trying to decide which boy’s room this would fit in better!

Iglooplay toy/chaise™ was featured on the CBS Morning Show, August 21, 2009. Take a look:

New Addition: Closet Dividers from Oré Originals

This is one of my favorite baby gift ideas ever and is my latest addition to buymodernbabygifts.  These closet dividers from SugarBooger by Oré Originals are one of those gifts that parents don’t know they need but will absolutely love!  I have a set and after you’re done using them to separate baby clothes sizes, you can use them to divide the closet into different categories (like separating long and short sleeves).  The dividers come in a great variety of designs and colors so you’ll find something to match almost any nursery.

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New Additions: Yam & Toast

Check out this colorful collection!  I found a notice to check the Sale page at Genius Jones, and there I found a little thing called a Gummy Bear chair– something I had never seen before.  I immediately searched for the maker’s website and found Yam and Toast.  In addition to the chair they have these fantastic, colorful toy boxes as well.

photo via Orial Tarridas Photography

The Free Range Toybox retails for $395 and is available from amazon.com or Genius Jones.  These are now listed on the guide at buymoderntoyboxes as well.

yam&toast Free Range Toybox, Greenyam&toast Free Range Toybox, Pinkyam&toast Free Range Toybox, White

The Gummy Bear Chair retails for $85.  It was featured in the April 09 issue of Elle Decor.  It is now featured on buymodernbabyseats.

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Etsy Find: Toy Boxes from Eastvold Furniture

There are so many different toy storage options and strategies but there’s always the old standard, the toy box. As you can imagine, toy boxes date from an earlier time when kids didn’t have many more toys than would fit into a toy box (something to aspire to again perhaps), but they can still have a place in a modern nursery. I’ve been looking for modern toy boxes for years, and the result of my search is on buymoderntoyboxes. I was visiting etsy.com today however and found some new options!
Eastvold Furniture’s etsy shop has two boxes that can be custom made for your nursery or play room.

The Art Box features a removable top with dry erase laminate on one side and chalkboard on the other.

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The Cool Toybox features casters and is available in a variety of woods and laminate colors.  Both boxes retail for about $380.

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Off the topic of toyboxes, they also have an amazing bunk bed on their website

My Modern Nursery #9: Baby Sister, Reader Request

A reader requested help with her kids’ rooms.  The first is for a 10 month old girl (her big brother’s room is coming soon).  She needs lots storage in a small (10’7″‘ x 11’) space.  They already have a white crib, changing table and the Play Spot in Pink & Brown by Skip Hop.  The crib bedding is pink and white.  I have filled in my own version of what they already have and then finished the room up.

1- Oeuf Sparrow Wardrobe in White– $1160
An armoire is fantastic for storage because it is vertical.  Any simple armoire would work here.  A low cost option is any thrift store or craigslist armoire that you can paint white.  You can use the inside to hang clothing or add shelves to hold toys.  If the closet is good storage then a bookshelf or even wall of shelving might be useful instead.  Some less expensive options include:

4D Concepts Girl's Storage Bookcase, White ASPELUND Wardrobe with 3 doors

2- Oeuf Sparrow Crib White- $690
They already have a white crib but this is one that I like.

3- Nurseryworks Storytime Rocker in Microsuede– $800
With a 10 month old, they either have a seat in the room or don’t find the need for one.  This particular rocker is one of my favorites as the children get older because it’s perfect for, well, story time!  Some less expensive options are ($150, $143, $600):

LILLBERG Rocking chair

4- Pink Enamel Mezzuzah– $60

5- Smila Blomma Lamps from Ikea– $10 each

6- ABC Alphabet Animals from Ink Tree Press on etsy- $25

7- Pink Zebra Print Pillow from MiCasaBella on etsy– $29

8- Trondheim 6 Drawer Dresser– $280
Dresser drawers provide a lot of great closed in storage for clothes, games, toys linen etc…  If you have more space you can put two dressers next two each other, mimicking built-in-storage.  I put a dresser here to stand in for the changing table they already have.  Hopefully, the changer has some good storage and can perhaps be used as one as their little girl grows.

9- Fillsta Hanging Lamp from Ikea– $40

10- Cotton Monkey Organic Sweet Jane Crib Separates– $300
I chose this organic bedding set to stand in for the pink and white set they already have.

I also highly recommend making the most of the bedroom closet with a custom closet system.  We were able to avoid using a dresser in my son’s room by building drawers into the closet.  This saved a lot of space in the room.  We also built in lots of shelving there as well which stores most of his toys.

Bins, baskets, and buckets are great for storage and make it easy for the kids to clean up.  Find a system that works for you and for the things you need to store.  We keep our baby’s stuffed animals in a large plastic tub in the corner. It’s easy to dump everything out for play and then throw it all right back in when we’re done.

The last thing, but possibly the most important thing in storing and organizing is to get rid of as much as you can.  Be brutal, prioritize and donate what you can.  That stuffed animal tub of ours is getting pretty full.  Instead of trying to find more places to put them, I’m just going to get rid of the ones that aren’t enjoyed as much.  If you have basement or garage storage, put some toys and things in bins and rotate what you keep in the kids’ rooms from time to time.  This keeps things fresh and interesting when they look for things to play with.

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