Friday, July 31, 2009

Animal Alphabet Prints

I first found these adorable alphabet prints at a store in Manhattan Beach called Waterleaf which just started carrying childrens furniture, bedding and artwork. This wonderful home decor store picked up some of the best lines that we carried at Sprout after we closed including: Newport Cottages, Rickshaw Design Bedding, Serena & Lily Bedding, Netto Collection. The designers at Waterleaf framed the prints between two panes of glass with a rustic 1" weathered grey frame.

During the same week while shopping in Brentwood at the Brentwood County Market I stopped into an adorable childrens store called the Poppy Store and found the same prints on their walls. They had more of the alphabet prints but this time framed in a 1" white frame with a linen matte. Now that these prints had been following me around Los Angeles, I had to find the source. And I FOUND IT!

The prints can be purchased on Etsay from Strawberry Luna . The prints are $15 each! I loved the way both stores framed the artwork but now that the prints can be purchased separately the possibilities are endless. It would be wonderful to see a room with one complete wall covered frame to frame with these prints or to add a little more color, frame the prints in turquoise and orange frames. One could either purchase the prints based on the colors of the artwork or I thought it would be fun to spell a child's name with the prints too! (a nice alternative to those wooden letters hanging on the wall that everyone has seen in the past)

Each print is a hand printed screen print on 11" x 14" cid-free paper, cotton rag Stonehenge 90 lb cover weight in a natural color. The artist leaves the edges deckled to give the prints even more character.

Some of my favorites from the alphabet line are below:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Sophisticated Teen Bedroom

I found a new favorite blog last week Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper . The post which caught my eye was of a teenager's room. The dark brown color on the walls is dramatic yet the hot pink trim makes the paint more playful, interesting and vibrant. Also notice the thick crown moulding, this is a relatively inexpensive way to dress up a room.

The paint used on the walls is Benjamin Moore:
Walls: Chocolate Candy Brown (eggshell)
Trim: Atrium White (semi-gloss)
Ceiling: White Dove (flat)

The Oly Studio bed in white with raffia has always been one of my favorites - I can't wait to get one in our master bedroom!

One of my favorite elements in the room is that all of the furniture chosen is timeless and can later be used by this teen in her first apartment during or after college.

The pagoda style bookshelf by Jardins en Fleur is whimsical yet hints back to timeless chinoiserie design which is all the rage now.

To make the room a little more playful for a pre-teen, I would choose bedding similar to the Marimekko Unikko Red Bedding seen below. The large bright and bold print would play nicely with the white furniture and asian themed room.

I would also substitute some white Johnathan Adler animal figurines like the dachshund in the bookcase in place of the coral to make it a little more playful.

Designs for the Bohemian Baby

I was introduced to Rickshaw Designs about two years ago. The owner Catherine is actually a cousin of a friend of mine from New York City. During her previous work with Pottery Barn and Ralph Lauren, Catherine had visited India and fell in love with the people and the beauty of the country. The line is hand block print textiles from Indian, perfect for the bohemian baby!

My favorite sets are the Jaipur and the Bombay collection (see below respectively). Each set is reasonably priced at $380 and comes with the bumper, blanket and crib skirt. Although the sets do not come with sheets, any linen or poplin sheet in a coordinating bold color would look fantastic (as always white is also a safe and practical choice too). Bella Notte Linens also has some wonderful solid linen crib sheets available in over twenty coordinating colors.

All sets can come with coordinating elephant pillows which are adorable and unique. I think they would look wonderful on a glider in any nursery.

The newest set in the collection is the Udaipur. This would serve as a wonderful gender neutral set since the new green and yellow for the "I don't know baby" is orange.

If you like this look I was recently introduced to the line Roberta Roller Rabbit. They have a collection of children's cover-ups, and crib and adult blankets and pillows that have the same Indian Bohemian feel as Rickshaw Design.

Roberta Roller Rabbit Blanket in Seahorse Blue (a perfect gift for the beach baby).

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sophie the Giraffe

If you have been wondering what chew toy the child in the stroller next to you is holding that looks like a giraffe dog toy.  It is the famed Sophie the Giraffe!                                                            

The teething toy is seven inches tall and is handmade of 100% natural rubber (phthalates Free) with food quality paints in France.  It is slender, flexible, soft, and makes squeeky noises.  The babies love the sound it makes and as an added bonus the sound stimulates baby's hearing and helps them understand the link between cause and effect. It is a great toy to have around when the baby is teething and the singular scent from the natural rubber of the hevea tree make the toy easy to identify for a child.  I would suggest its use for babies 5 months-18 months. We have at least three of these around our house, one for the car, one for the stroller, and one in my son's hands at all times.

It turns out Sophie has cousins too: Chan, Pie, and Chad (think it means mushroom in French). These little guys also squeak and are a little easier to grasp for babies 4-6 months.  

Sunday, July 5, 2009

America's Birthday

I honor of July 4th, I wanted to share a few pieces of artwork by Oopsy Daisy which have a patriotic theme of the United States. These first two images are a little more sophisticated and would be well suited for a teenager or pre-teen's room. I love the license plate theme in both of them.

The next two images would work well in the room of a child in elementary school as you could read off the pieces of artwork and teach your child the names of the states and the capitols.