Thursday, July 29, 2010

Crezana Bambini Wallcoverings

I'm going crazy over these Crezana Bambini custom wall coverings.

The covering pictured above is the embroidered Anemone. Once you blow your budget on this custom grass cloth, thank goodness there is no need for elaborate bedding or accessories in the room. The walls will steal the show. Just decorate with simple solid colored bedding and an iron crib and you are good to go!

The HI+LINE ticking is pretty spectacular for a sophisticated boys room. It is s subtle stripe on rich textured burlap. Don't you love the navy built-ins shown in the photo above?

And one of my favorite of the company, the Arabesque. A spectacular design, wonderful for any room of the house. I'm afraid to ask for the pricing on this one but it is on my wish list for my bedroom makeover.

Ok Malabar II is pretty fabulous too! Perfect for the beach! I see my hallway downstairs begging for this one.

Ikea Duktig Play Food in Stores Soon

I'm sure some of you have already heard about this but I just wanted to share the good news with all my readers! Ikea's Duktig Felt Play Food in scheduled to his stores by the end of the summer. It is already available in the UK and is making it's way across seas. The sets are not just adorable but they are very affordable as expected. Each set is priced under $10! Seriously I don't know how they do it!

If you missed my post a few weeks ago on play kitchens, click HERE.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Caden Lane HUGE Giveaway

Anyone interested in a free $2000 shopping spree, a $1000 flight voucher or a $3000 gift towards your favorite charity? If so I suggest visiting the Caden Lane Blog, Facebook Page and Twitter page to enter into the contest.

For complete details on entering please visit their blog here.

If you don't know already, Caden Lane is a manufacturer of chic nursery bedding, diaper bags, great baby gifts & accessories and now they carry big kid bedding too. They are constantly pushing the envelope with unique and exotic print and bold color combinations. Dylan from the Modern Vintage Collection, pictured below was one of our top sellers at Sprout.

Their newest collection is the "Boutique Collection" centered around the color Turquoise. The four new crib sets are pictured below (they also come in big kid bedding & accessories).

Oh and if you are looking for inspirations for baby names, they have some of the best names for their crib sets. I know many customers who named their children after Caden Lane's designs.

Don't forget to register for the contest!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Outfits for Happy Travels by Sheridan French

My family and I have had seemingly endless travels so far this summer, so I am very inspired by cute clothes that pack well and still come out looking fresh. I also loooove seeing the different styles across the globe! When I stumbled upon this sundress featuring multi-color embroidery and silver sequin embellishments it made me yearn for a little girl. The dress screams, "Let's hop a flight to some exotic locale...Morocco here we come!" Paired with a kid's wardrobe staple, a true American classic: the denim jacket, and fashionista flats, you're set for a day exploring the markets. A woven rope cuff always adds a bohemian OR preppy touch to any outfit, depending on which route the other clothes are taking.

With this short sleeve tee featuring days of the week in French, your little ones can look cool and learn to speak another language. Bonjour! The distressed edges provide a great vintage feel, obviously acquired through all of its travels. Camo shorts are perfect for all sorts of summer adventures (whether they be across the world or in the back yard), and nothing beats a heavy-duty woven belt and great pair of slip on shoes, especially when they're a classic like Converse. A cotton twill sport cap allows for sightseeing all day long and adds to the overall look with a burst of color. The jean jacket, and bracelet for that matter, can be shared between brother and sister - can't beat that! Happy travels!

xoxo Sheridan

Monday, July 26, 2010

Harrison's Crazy Jungle Nursery

Here are the rest of the photos of the spunky nursery with no fear of color. The mother Lori wanted an energetic, playful, and stimulating nursery for her new son Harrison. I think she definitely accomplished this goal. There are so many wonderful things to look at and colors to take in. Please read below for a run down on how she designed the room and for details on her sources.

What was the inspiration for your nursery?
Really, in my mind I started with a blank slate but wanted to use either turquoise and red or turquoise and orange. I finally narrowed in down to turquoise and orange, painted three walls grey, one wall orange, and painted the closet doors and built-in bookshelf turquoise...before I found anything or even had a theme. I planned on finding some bedding with a lot of turquoise to go against the orange wall. Then, most of the inspiration came from the first piece I purchased (see #2).

2. What was the first piece that you purchased for the room?
We found the beach party canvas artwork and I got the largest size because it was really funky (it has crazy, silly jungle animals in and around a cabana on the beach and in the ocean). It was bright, had all the colors, and I knew that it would be fun to work around. Once I got that, it had zebras, giraffes, elephants, etc., so that kind of became the theme of the room...a crazy jungle. Then I got to incorporate some zebra prints into the orange and turquoise with the curtains and crib bedding...and I found the fabulous paper mache animals from Anthropologie to put up on the opposite wall.

(notice anything adorable sleeping in these bookshelves?)

3. What is your favorite aspect of the room?
Since he came home, Harrison absolutely loves to stare, play and laugh at the animals on the orange wall when he is on his changing table. So I would have to say that is my favorite part of his room.

4. Now that your room is complete, what would you change or do differently if you could?
I actually just changed the small wall space between the closet doors by adding some more circle decals and the foot/hand print canvases. It took several attempts to get the paint on his hands and actually get a good handprint! Luckily, the paint that comes with those little canvases wipes off with water so you can have several re-dos!

4. Please share any brand names and/or websites with our readers of the sources for items in your nursery.

Zinc Letters from Anthropologie

Growth Chart Decal found on Etsy (I can't remember the source)

Crib bedding by Custom House Baby on Etsy

Rocking Chair/Recliner in Black with Lime Green Piping from Peek a Boo in Tulsa, OK

Turquoise & Green Bins, Bedding, Circular Mirror, Turquoise Nighstands & Circle Decals from Target

Canvas Hand/Footprint Pack from Babies R Us
(comes in a set of 4 multi-color squares with the white paint-I painted the canvas squares orange and turquoise with the paint I used on the walls because they were originally pastels)

Friday, July 23, 2010

Accessorizing with Animal Busts

I'm not sure if it is because I grew up in Texas and loved going hunting with the boys every once in a while but there is something that I find charming about animal busts. Luckily now you don't have to actually kill an animal, there are a lot of fun more humane ways to bring this look into your home. Please visit Project Nursery for my latest post on some of my favorite faux animal busts.

The two busts above are paper mache. The first is from Rocket St. George and the one above is from Anthropologie. A reader of ours used these in her son Harry's nursery below and I think they look adorable. Stayed tuned for more photos of the colorful nursery tomorrow.

Tommy Hilfiger's New Plaza Apt in Bazaar

I hope you all have wonderful weekend. Here are some photos to swoon over of Tommy Hilfiger's new apartment at the Plaza Hotel in New York. How stellar is that entryway? I mean don't you look like that running out the door in your white suit and matching Baby Bjorn in the morning?

This dramatic pirate-inspired toddler room for son Sebastian is pretty remarkable. This is no Pottery Barn boat bed, this one looks custom designed to me. I really like the storage at the end for the stuffed animals.

The lavender daughter's room is a fun bold statement. The monogrammed pillows and diamond painted grey and and white floor are my favorite aspects here. Can't really tell but I bet the chandelier is pretty amazing too!

A cute photo of the whole family, my guess is that this is in one of the other daughter's rooms? Perhaps the oldest? Obviously someone who loves Mickey!

Just for good measure, I had to put in the photo of the kitchen since behind children's rooms I'm obsessed with kitchen design. The bistro feel of this one is spectacular. The back Bloom Baby highchair just blends in perfectly!

Photos by Douglas Friedman, courtesy of Bazaar Magazine

Little Dudes Only

I just happened upon this site yesterday called "Little Dudes Only". It is basically just that, a website dedicates to clothing for just boys. Their motto is even "dressing boys can be more fun than dressing girls"!

The Little Dudes Only carries unique lines that you usually can only find in pieces in your local trendy boutiques. We carried a lot of these lines at Sprout. Some of my favorites include JB Vintage, Gold Rush, Appaman, Surf Royalty, Tailgate, Imps & Elfs, & Acoustic. If you dress your boy in traditional, Ralph Lauren, or lean more towards the preppy style, they don't carry a lot of lines to suit your taste. This is definitely more edgy surfer, plaid, vintage-inspired look. More of a "west coast" , "LA" look. I tend to dress my little boy in a cross between both. But it is definitely still worth a look.

They also have a special discount special going on this weekend. Enter code Crazy20 at checkout and get 20% off your purchase. Happy weekend shopping!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Rest in Peace Dido

I apologize for my lack of posts this week. I had to rush to Canada this past weekend for my grandfather's funeral and I just returned home late last night.

Rest In Peace Dido, you will truly be missed. Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration to us all.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Lucas Studio Nursery

The House of Turquoise had a post today featuring this nursery by Lucas Studio. It was so over the top fabulous that I had to share it with you. This is not a minimal nursery by any means. Almost every inch of space is covered with something from oversized paintings, to curtains, to natural accessories. This room was designed for a show house: Stately Homes by the Sea in New Jersey. If you have kids you can see that it is not completely practical (with the logs, rosebush, & pointy peacock). But it has such a luxurious feel and is a fabulous vision.

My favorite parts are the daybed valence, sultan suzanni curtain fabric, sunburst mirrors, Oly Studio pelican painting, & Kalon Studio IoLine crib and changer. A lot of the accessories in the room are from Mecox Gardens, one of my favorite stores. If you were wondering what the photos were above the daybed, they are framed flash cards...think the inspiration for the room started here? I think so.

For more details on items in the room and the rest of the show house visit Shelter who started this blog waterfall.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Spiked Limeade via Mrs. Lilien

If you don't look at the blog Mrs. Lilien, start now. Kelley Lilien is an uber-stylist and graphic designer and her blog posts are so chic, right on, and create the perfect image - an outfit, room, or cocktail. Her blog is basically an eye-candy showcase.

The Limeade drink she posted today is perfect for a sunny weekend at the pool or beach. Enjoy this one with or without the alcohol.

Thank you Kelly for this wonderful and refreshing recipe. I suggest serving with watermelon, mint, feta and cucumber salad!

Kelly I hope to see some children's outfit posts soon!

Wedding Shower & Recipes

Well this has nothing to do with kids or babies, but I wanted to share some photos with you of a bridal shower I threw with a few friends in Palos Verdes, California (and no this is not my house, I wish!). My mother and I made all of the flower arrangements ourselves (well really she did most of the work, I did more of the bossing around). And made all of the food except for the quiches which came from Joan's on 3rd. (Delicious I might say). Menu is as follows:

Appetizer Table:

Crudites of Assorted Baby Vegetables with Chive Cilantro Dip

Meat & Cheese Platter featuring:
Pesto Baguette Crips, Organic Grapes, Ferrari Prosciutto, Humboldt Fog & Petite Basque Cheese, Rosemary Marcona Almonds & Sorrentino Olives

Lemon & Cucumber Water

Mary Mac's Famous Champagne Punch
(Recipe below, our go-to baby or wedding shower drink)

Assorted White Wines

Champagne Punch

1 cup triple sec
1 cup brandy
1/2 cup chambord
2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
1 quart chilled ginger ale
2 chilled 750 ml bottles dry champagne

Combine the 1st 4 ingredients and chill (covered) for at least 4 hours, or overnight (this allows the flavors to blend). When ready to serve, in a large punch bowl combine the mixture, ginger ale and champagne. Add ice, frozen ice ring or frozen fruit ice cubes.

The recipe yields 16 cups, serving 12. We usually double it.

Having an amazing family heirloom crystal punch bowl to serve it in helps too!
Thanks mum for letting us use yours!

Helpful Hint:

When throwing a shower and serving crudities, please take the time and cut and peel all your vegetables yourself. They taste and look much better. And if serving asparagus, snap peas or green beans, please blanche them instead of putting them out raw. They are much tastier and more vibrant in color.

We dined alfresco in the back yard on the porch overlooking Los Angeles. Thankfully the morning fog cleared and we had a breezy cloudless day. The centerpieces consisted of an array of flowers and fruits purchased from Trader Joes and Whole Foods (no time to run to the flower mart downtown). We had at least one tall and one short arrangement per table paired with a bowl full of other Washington cherries or apricots. As a last touch, my mom threw in lemons and oranges to scatter on the table that she found around my mother-in-laws house. Yes we are spoiled to live in California where citrus and avocado trees grow so plentifully.

To save money we used china, silver, linens and stemware from all of the hosts. I loved our tables but think we were missing that extra punch of color. If I had the extra cash flow, I would have purchased 30 of the glasses below from Anthropologie. I love the goblet shape for water glasses.

I forgot to take a complete table shot but here is a sampling of the rest of our meal:
Assorted Quiches, Tower Caprese Salads with Burrata Mozzarella, Arugula and Artichoke Lemon Salad, Homemade Focaccia.

Caprese Salad
(to serve 8 as a starter, or side salad)

4 Heirloom Tomatoes
1 bunch of Organic Basil Leaves
2 packages of Burrata Mozzarella
good Extra Virgin Olive Oil
good Balsamic Vinegar
Sea Salt & fresh Ground Pepper
Kalamata Olives for garnish (& to eat)

Cut Heirlooms to 1/2 inch thickness
(they must all be even and around the same size), and arrange on a plate
- sprinkle salt on the scraps and snack as hunger strikes

Cut Burrata in 1/2 inch slices and stack on tomatoes
(this can get a little messy)

Top each tower with a clean Basil Leaf

Spinkle with Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper

Drizzle Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar on Top
(use more oil than vinegar)

sprinkle Kalamata Olives around the plate for garnish and for those olive lovers


Now onto desserts...

Since we had less than thirty people, we did not want to make a huge dessert table. So instead we served an assortment of mini red velvet and lemon cupcakes, chocolate, strawberry and vanilla macaroons, chocolate and almond lace cookies, and a berry medley. Simple yet delicious. (Yes I should have made those cute signs but my friend who usually does them for our parties was the guest of honor! She usually takes care of the invites, paper products and flowers and I take care of the food and decor.)

A fabulous afternoon and a wonderful excuse for a girl's day out!

Some of the hostesses and the guest of honor in the center.

Yup that is me on the right in the tunic, I'm a sucker for a linen one! For a cold day or more conservative party this looks great with tailored white pants.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chic & Cheap Nursery DIY Tutlorial

The girls at Chic and Cheap Nursery have a wonderful DIY tutorial on their blog that I would like to share with you! It is on making your own crib sheet and changing pad cover.

If you have a sewing machine I promise that you can do this! I've never seen it explained so simply I just had to pass it along. Click here for the complete article.

Oilo on Sale on Mini Social

In keeping with the day's theme of the ocean, if you are looking for a modern nautical-motif inspired crib bedding set, Oilo is on sale at Mini Social today.

Crib sets are $100 off normal retail prices.

They also have matching pillows which would look great in a nautical room.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Whales, Whales...Everywhere!

Is anyone else seeing whale-inspired decor and children's items everywhere? I know this is a common motif on the East Coast but it seems to be creeping west and I like it!

An instant and functional piece of whale decor from the Land of Nod.
Just peel, stick and chalk!

The adorable piece of modern whale artwork is from ubabub, across the seas. I would love to see this print blown up 3 times this size as the focal point in the room.

I wrote about the alphabet designs of the Etsy shop Strawberry Luna last year, here, and a year later I still think this print is adorable.

A monogram melamine dish, the perfect mini hostess gift for your host's child. This one available at Layla Grace.

A sweet, sleepy whale by Oopsy Daisy. That yellow is so fun an vibrant!

Pottery Barn just came out with this whimsical wicker whale storage container.
(it also comes in white)

These whale surfer girl plaques are pretty cute and are surprisingly from Pottery Barn Kids. The soft worn and faded colors got me.

You can even find some swaddle blankets with whales. Baby Jar has always been one of my favorite accessory and gift vendors.

Iff you really want to make a modern whale statement in your room, this storage case from Muu available at Rosenberry Rooms is pretty outstanding for a storage case. An updated version of your standard toy chest.

Last but not least, it would not be fair to write a piece on whales without including a piece of clothing from Vineyard Vines, the preppiest beach whale outfitter out there! They have options for mom, dad, sis, and bro.