Friday, May 29, 2009

Colored walls are a necessity for me. We are lucky, our landlord let us paint our apartment however we liked. I know a lot of you are living with Navajo white. But, there are a lot of great vinyl decals out there that can really make your nursery or kids nook fun and sweet. Here are some of my latest discoveries from Figgy & Wink on etsy.

Green with pavilion envy

Not that I have time at the moment to kick back on the sofa and sip a tall lemonade... even if I had a yard to put this on... Still, I think this pavillion from Z Gallerie is dreamy. I do have the paper lanterns hanging over my desk. I'm part way to the dream...

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

crib bedding for dream menagerie rug

I've been searching high and low for crib bedding that would work with the dream menagerie rug from Anthropology.
I'm a big fan of mixing patterns. My rule is as long as the two patterns have colors in common, go for it. I think the charlotte crib set from Dwell Studio works best. The leafy motif doesn't compete with the animals, it creates a "background" for them.

tutu cuties

Jr. Jr. is two months now and we are finally getting around to doing her birth announcement. The picture we are using is "ancient" now but if we wait any longer it will never get into the mail. A friend of ours is a photographer and he's going to shoot her, but it keeps getting pushed off a week, then another week. I came across these photos above when I was looking for some inspiration for our shoot. Those are just the cutest baby pics I've seen in ages. The tutus are sold on the Layla Grace website.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Pewter Knobs

We built a dresser recently and drilled holes in the drawer faces instead of knobs. Kid shaped knobs seemed corny at the time. But, these pewter knobs by f. is for frank are tasteful, even down right cute. There are 29 to choose from. The owl is my favorite, today.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Off with their heads

Pillow Pals
I think it's the colors I like. Orange reminds me of my oldest. Her curls flip out below her ears too.

Wire monkey mobile

You certainly don't have to worry about overstimulating your baby to tears with this mobile. From the babies point of view there is really nothing to look at, just the bottom edge of the lowest bird. They barely even look like birds. Partridges? There's no contrasting colors. Nothing to make baby happy. Snip the birds off the wire and hang them on the wall, okay. You have to be careful with modern design and kids. Sometimes it's just sterile. Go for the modern furniture, skip this bland mobile, I say.

I'm surfing The Land of Nod today. I've never been one for frilly things myself, but I love feminine accessories for little girls rooms. I think this Whoopsie Daisy Chandelier qualifies.

Butterfly bedding

All Aflutter Butterfly Crib Bedding
I'm really into butterfly motifs so this caught my eye immediately. It's a sweet pattern in happy colors. I wish the sheets (available in solid pink) were sold with the butterfly print. I don't use bumpers anymore because it makes changing the sheets such a pain. My oldest threw up a lot and I got sick of having to yank the mattress out from under the bumper. It loosened the ties and it started to look sloppy. Maybe if the ties were velcro instead?
Regardless of my personal pet peeves, this is a cute collection.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Can't beat the cube

Kids deserve color. And for $119.50 they should get it. You can pick the color of each of the cubes and the table. Don't be boring and pick one color, please! I'm seeing a storage bin in each cube. I'm going to assume that you can put all four cubes under the table for space saving....

brilliant bookcase

I thought I was being clever when I told my husband to build in a temporary shelf for little baby books. I'm stealing this idea and putting my husband to work modifying our shelves. I hate the dead space that the little books leave.

This is the Nurseryworks Storytime single and double bookcase.

high style high chair

I thought I'd found a decent looking way to have #1 join us at the table when I ordered the Prince Lionheart boosterPod until I set my eyes on this. These are nicer than my dining chairs. Alas, I can't spring for a $345 high chair. But, if you can these Tavo High Chairs are the one's. They come in brown or black leather (recycled of course). Handmade in Canada.

Truly, My Brest Friend

Love this nursing pillow. The little bit of back support makes all the difference. Plus, it's firmer than a Boppy, so you can sit at the computer and blog, while nursing (some scary imagery for you). The cover zips off so you can throw it in the wash. It's a bit of a brain puzzle at first figuring out how to stuff the foam back in, but it's easy enough. There's something about buckling yourself in for a feeding.....

I'm still not sure what I would want to put in the little pocket. Any ideas? It comes in cute prints too.

Bird Bedding by Dwell

I stocked up on the Bird Bedding Collection fitted sheets by Dwell Studio for Target. They won't last long and I thought they were sweet. I wanted to be sure I had some for Newbie when she gets old enough for a crib. I think I bought four. With all the barfing that goes on in this house I think that should be enough. Lately #1 who has always been a big barfer (her longest stretch without barfing was two months) now requests a bowl when she is feeling sick. What a difference that makes. No more stuffing dripping wet sheets and blankets into a garbage bag and putting them on the stoop until morning.

See Kai Run

See Kai Run is my go to company for kids shoes. The leather is soft, they have nice soles and on sale, the price is right. I don't usually put my babies in shoes, I like them to wear the Mary Jane socks. But I got these little shoes for Newbie so she can match her sister. #1 keeps trying the babies on. A good lesson in "too small" I guess.
You can order right from the companies website. If you don't mind naming your child after a shoe, check out their names. It's a who's who of who's at the playground.

Out of the rabbit hole

It's been so long since I've posted that I almost forgot my password to log on. The last few months
of my pregnancy were overwhelming. Besides keeping up with my 2 year old I was trying to pack
in as much work as possible so I could breath a little easier when the newbie arrived. Add the
economic downturn, crazy clients and tax time and I was run ragged.

Newbie is here. She's 7 weeks old today and I think I have my sanity back. I realize this is still
the baby honeymoon period of sleep, eat, poop so I am enjoying it. Thank my lucky stars newbie
is only waking up once a night! Very different from the every 2 hours her sister subjected us to.
I think I'll be keeping my sanity this time around. Though we are thinking of having another baby.
That may be proof in itself that I'm insane. I'll have to ponder that.

To those of you who stopped by while I was away, thank you. I'll be posting weekly now. Especially
now that I'm in dire need of keeping our abode from turning into a kiddie playland. I'm on the hunt
for nice storage solutions.