Friday, November 20, 2009

Fall to Winter...

We are having a blast participating in all of Fall's wonderful & festive activities, but now we are pooped! Looking forward to hibernating this winter and enjoying some cozy family time. This Breakfast in Bed Playset from The Land of Nod represents our mood perfectly. Check out this and the rest of their fantastic selection of toys; so visually pleasing you might not mind them scattered throughout your house!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Book 'em...

Children's books have been getting lots of street cred lately with the big screen adaptations of favorites like: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Where the Wild Things Are, Polar Express and the soon to be released Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. With holidays quickly approaching we wanted to remind everyone of the joys of giving and receiving books. Artistic, educational and most times hysterical; books are a timeless gift that that can be made extra special with a lovely inscription - almost making a time stamp on the keepsake. Click here for our extra special book selections that everyone big or small should have in their library.

New to our list of favorites are the recently revealed New York Times picks for the "Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2009" (including a beautifully structured pop-up book - LOVE pop-ups!). Be sure to check them out.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Project a Positive Image...

In this month's Martha Stewart Living, a basement renovation project inspired us to take a closer look at projectors. This piece of equipment is compact enough to use in various areas of the home (as well as outdoors for movie night under the stars!) and easily connects to a cable box or your computer. Imagine the possibilities of incorporating this fun gadget into your child's next school project or simply projecting a fun picture or message during a family gathering. Our wheels are spinning with ideas... Thanks, Martha!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Empty Nesters...

Did you see the most recent New York Times Style Magazine? It's theme, "Just My Size - Design that Bridges the Generation Gap" was a nod to high-end, mostly modern design relating to children. One of the most interesting articles was called "Empty Nest Syndrome" about kids growing up in uber-minimalist designed homes - uber to the extent that one teen was only allowed to have a pencil holder and tissue box on her desk. Very little of the kids interviewed objected to this way of living; one quoted as saying, "No other house anywhere had 100 feet of pure sock-sliding potential," and another agreeing that "... the longer you stare at the white walls, the more worlds and ideas are revealed."

Whether we agree or not, it's an interesting concept that these stark environments actually stimulate imaginations, creativity during play and spur self-expression in other areas such as dress.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Shop the best of bundle...

We are pleased to announce the opening of the best of bundle online shop! After reading our tid-bits on captivating products, brands, ideas and more, mosey over to our shop to browse the best of the best items in decor, gear, books and music.

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mash up...

Two names associated with uber high-end home decor have teamed up to bring good design to the masses! and Architectural Digest have partnered to create ShopAD, an online catalog of some of the most recognizable names in Furniture, Lighting, Textiles, Wallcoverings and much more. Finally we get a peek inside the usually "closed to the public" doors of Design Centers around the country, and we have definitely been missing out!

The textile section is definitely worth a browse, with easy to navigate categories such as Ethnic/Ikats, Green/Sustainable, Textures, Prints and our personal fav...Juvenile (a very impressive collection we might add!). Be sure to check out their growing assortment online.